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  1. Hi, I started the Whole 30 three days ago. Although my asthma is under control and I rarely have to use my inhaler, the first three days of being on the 30 have been horrible. I was up all night with asthma attacks. This is very unusual. Did anyone else have the same issue? I'm really concerned because I might have to stop the 30 if I keep wheezing like this. Also, there is nothing that i'm eating that would trigger an attack. I've been eating kale, spinach, potatoes, chicken... all of the foods I ate before starting 30. HELP! Thank you, Janice
  2. Hi all! I'm a 28 y.o. web developer. When I was in my late teens/early 20s I started developing a pile of health problems and at some point I realized the prognosis for my life couldn't be good if I felt so crappy so young. I decided to turn my life around by fixing my lifestyle. I've lost 57 pounds, cured severe acid reflux, and learned how to exercise for the first time in my life (I'm now an avid cyclist, skier, and yogi). However, my relationship with food is still super complicated. I seem to develop new or worsened food sensitivities all the time, and now I've progressed to having hives for 9 months straight and newly developed moderate-severe asthma. I feel run down and exhausted all the time, and I'm constantly getting sick. This makes it really difficult to hold down a full time job. I have already pinned down a number of my allergies, but I end up eating those foods anyways because 1. My allergist cautions against cutting foods out lest you become more sensitive to them and 2. Junk food is delicious and I want to enjoy my life. Long story short, it's time to stop harming my body and to get to the root of the issues before it gets even worse! I considered GAPS but the foods list is complicated and contains a lot of things that I can't eat. So instead, I'm trying Whole 30 minus eggs and nuts.... except I plan on doing it for at LEAST several months, maybe longer, while drinking bone broth and eating fermented foods every day as per the GAPS diet protocol. I've already been 95% whole 30-ish for 9 days while I use up what's left in my fridge, and I'll start the real program next week. I just couldn't wait to get started, I was feeling so crappy that I had a moment where I realized that I needed to jump in right then and there! I'm terrible at being concise, but I just wanted to say that if there is anyone else out there doing whole 30 to deal with allergy related maladies, I'd love to hear from you! I definitely feel alone and wish I knew others who could share knowledge as I go down this path to what will almost certainly be radical, permanent changes in my lifestyle once again. Happy to be here!
  3. I was in a bad place when I started the Whole 30. It was 8 months after giving birth to my second child. I was still 22 lbs overweight despite working out several times a week and choosing “healthy” foods (not much meat, lots of grains and beans). I ate zero packaged junk food, but I had delicious high quality pastries a couple times a week and thought nothing of it. Oh, and I regularly had 2-3 glasses of wine per night just to “wind down.” My childhood asthma had returned. My skin was on a hormonal rollercoaster; besides breakouts I had eczema and keratosis pilaris (chicken skin bumps on back of my arms). I was always hungry and always eating. I tried calorie counting. I tried Weight Watchers when the calorie counting got demoralizing. I tried weighing all my food when WW didn’t work. All that micromanaging sucked the joy out of living, and I still couldn’t lose the weight. My mantra was that I deserved that pastry/glass of wine/bowl of tortilla chips because I had been “so good” all day. I’d pile on the calories after the kids were in bed. But then I simply turned a corner, and decided that I deserved to feel healthy, to feel like I did before my pregnancy. Heck, why not feel even better than that? So I decided to give W30 a try. What did I have to lose? Which begs the question, 30 days later, what did I lose? As it turns out I lost ZERO pounds. 30 days of total compliance, and I weigh exactly the same. Yep, I’m one of those. (At this moment in time, while nursing, anyway.) I gave myself an hour or so to feel really down about it. But then I took at the NSVs I drafted yesterday before I weighed in. I weigh the same, but I’m not the same. I GAINED: - the ability to breathe freely without asthma. This is truly priceless. I have not touched my inhalers in one month. - a peaceful relationship with food. I’m not battling it any longer. I know what makes me feel good. And once I finish the reintros I’ll know what doesn’t! - knowledge and acceptance. I know my body is holding on to this weight because it needs it for nursing. Sure, I can tweak things here or there, but by and large I’ve proved to myself that it just doesn’t want to let go of it right now. I’m going to have to be patient. I am ready to stop nursing for a variety of reasons, but it may take a while for my hormones to catch up. So, what next? I’m going to do reintroductions to see which food group(s) were exacerbating the asthma. I'll have the occasional glass of wine over the next week or so (we’re traveling). I also had bloodwork done on Day 25. In two weeks I will meet with my chiropractor who has nutritional training to review that. Perhaps there are hormonal factors at play that can be worked on. Once I know the bloodwork results, I’ll decide whether to jump into another Whole30. For now, I will stay compliant while at home, avoid whatever it is that’s causing the asthma even when out, and have the occasional glass of wine. But mostly, I am going to enjoy the calm Whole30 has brought to my life and give my body some grace. Read on for details if you’d like. As always, I’m open to any feedback on how to move forward. These forums were an amazing resource through the whole process. NSVs: - Asthma GONE without the use of steroid inhalers - Skin clearer - Nails growing like crazy - Eczema gone - Keratosis pilaris (chicken skin on arms) drastically reduced - On the rare occasions where my alarm goes off before the kids are up, I only press snooze once instead of three or four times - I can see my waist again! hallelujah! - Clothes fit better and I can get into some I couldn’t a month ago - Even energy all day long - More time between meals means more efficient work - Free from cravings. I no longer struggle with food choices. - Not tempted to eat after dinner - I don’t “need” wine to relax anymore - I don’t need to weigh myself every day as I used to What went well: - I rocked it with the homemade condiments: mayo, ketchup, ranch dip and Nom Nom Paleo’s “magic mushroom” seasoning were my favorites - Egg bakes saved my bacon for breakfast - such a time saver, and great to start the day without having to “think” about the meal - Kombucha was the perfect treat instead of wine/beer/cocktails - I made it through Easter with flying colors - I cooked many compliant meals for my extended family (we’re talking large groups of 12-20 people, and they all loved them) - I did NOT evangelize to my family, which is something I’d done in the past, but tried to set a quiet example What could have gone better: - I ate more frequently and had more fruit and potatoes than necessary in the beginning. I was still breastfeeding heavily then (I’m down to one nursing session a day now), so I was nervous about my supply and likely overdid it. All compliant, so no harm done, but once I got down to 3 (large, by my previous standards) meals per day, which was about two weeks in, I felt much better. - Some days I ate 1/2 an avocado at every meal. Maybe I need to dial that back to 1/3. - Still having some skin breakouts but then again I’m in a transitional place hormonally as I slowly stop breastfeeding - Sleep is not a long or solid as I would like, mostly due to kids waking me up - if fact, SLEEP could be the largest factor in the weight hanging on. - I need to drink more water. 62 oz/day isn’t cutting it. What I’ll do in the future, to keep doing better: - Make fruit and potatoes a once a day thing, not an every meal thing - Aim to be in bed by 8 and asleep by 9 - Read for 1hr before bed instead of watching tv - Dial coffee back to one cup per day, replace second cup with matcha - Aim to drink 3 32-oz bottle of water/day - Keep working with my preschooler on not waking us at night when he goes to the bathroom in the middle of the night. He can do it, but it helps when we prep him by talking about it before bedtime. - Let my husband take over the 5:30 feedings when he is home so I can sleep longer - Take measurements to track inches lost, not just weight - Stay on whole 30 at home. I rarely eat out (maybe once a week) so that would be a pretty complaint lifestyle, and I find it easy to do at home. - I won’t go back to having stevia in my coffee. That was the hardest thing to give up, and I think it was triggering a cycle of sugar cravings. In fact I may even give up my almond milk. I think I’m ready to enjoy coffee black, and I like the simplicity of that.
  4. Hello there! My name is Jessica and I am on day 23 of my first Whole30. I am 32 years old and have been diagnosed with asthma since the age of six. I have stuck to the program very closely and am feeling much better. I have noticed a notable improvement in my asthma symptoms so far. I take one 10mg Singulair tablet at night and an inhaler as needed. I'm down to 2 puffs 1-2x a day (an improvement from 2 puffs several times a day.) All of the sudden the other day it dawned on me that maybe I shouldn't be eating nightshades. I was digging into some baked eggplant with a homemade tomato sauce with ground chicken when this happened. Being Italian and growing up consuming tomatoes and spicy food daily...and also having an extreme love affair with all ethnic food...I immediately panicked. As I started to research online all I could find was inconclusive information. Asthma can be looked at as an autoimmune disease in some schools of thought and not in others. Many personal accounts I read said that their asthma symptoms had disappeared after only a couple weeks on the Whole30. I do know that everyone is different and this is going to be a further process of elimination. But I could not find clear information on whether or not I should be consuming nightshades, eggs, and maybe even ghee and nuts and seeds. I sort of started to feel down yesterday seeing as my egg and nightshade consumption have been very high during my Whole30. I know that even considering that, I have been rewarded with many benefits. SOooo...my question is for all you Whole30 asthmatics out there. Are you eating nightshades? If not, did your symptoms improve with the removal of them? Are you eating eggs? Ghee? Nuts and seeds? Thank you!!!!
  5. Mark Hargreaves

    Onward - my Whole30 Story

    Let’s see – where shall we begin our tale? Life’s a pretty tough thing, and so are beginnings, really. My name’s Mark, in case you didn’t read the little icon over to your left. That’s me in the picture, too, about a year ago, playing my guitar out in the woods. It’s a favorite pastime and one of my great stress relievers. I’m a social worker by trade, and anyone who’s done work in human services knows what a mess of stress that can be. It’s hard to maintain professional distance when you see someone who could be your grandparents every single day. There are rewards too, of course. Not monetary, but they are there. So, we’ll pick up our story in July 2014. A Thursday, I think, because Thursdays are generally pretty average days. On this particular Thursday, I was weighing in at a solid 287 lbs., BMI 40.1. Asthmatic, my entire life. Multi-seasonal allergies, ditto. Severe depression, which I picked up with all the cool teens in high school. Severe obstructive sleep apnea – sometime last year, snoring so badly folks rooms down complain, which led to a helpful but much reviled CPAP. Borderline hypertensive (140/90) – which is generous. 10 years ago they would have just called it hypertension, but it’s so common now, that I have been getting away as borderline, and haven’t started meds. Likely pre-diabetic, though I don’t have a test results to verify that one, but I certainly had the sugar crashes and the poor circulation. There’s probably more still besides, but that about covers the major stuff. So, if the fact that living life that way, just unto itself, wasn’t hard enough, and miserable enough on its own, well, things got even more complicated. Work stress went through the roof as we prepared for a new data system and finished our first year (of two). My usual morning consisted of a couple candy granola bars and a large coffee. It was enough to last me the whole day. I’d come home, exhausted. Fall asleep in my chair for an hour or so, wake up, deal with dinner, chores, drag myself into bed between 11pm and midnight, toss, turn, wake up 2 or 3 times during the night, and then wake up for good around 5am and do it all over again. I’m not sure how to feel about it all, now. I almost worry talking about it will resurrect the ghosts of poor decisions past. Also, my family is doing a family group holiday cruise this year, and I’m really tired of the constant nagging from my mother (though it’s all good-intentioned), and snark from my grandmother (which seems less so) for a week. And my mom is right, there are bad genetics in the family, a long history of cardiac issues, especially on my dad’s side. There were also the clothes that don’t fit – not just the work clothes, though that was embarrassing – I have a few costumes that aren’t replaceable, but also were becoming completely unwearable. I knew I needed to change. I also knew that my previous attempts to change had been – well, less than successful. I’d cut soda out of my diet for 6 months and actually gained weight. More walks with the dog? Nothing – well, except a tired and happy dog and that’s something – so the walks would stay, or I’d have a sad puppy. Enter an old friend of mine – one time housemate, then a few miles down the street, and now on the other side of the country. We still chat and play video games together on occasion. Out of the blue he told me about being a few weeks into this new elimination diet program, which was doing wonders for him – weight loss, and more energy. And since it came up in a discussion about how poorly I sleep, I went ahead and had a look. The general theory intrigued me, as did his success – he wasn’t one to stick to these sorts of challenges, usually. I was incredibly fortunate that one of my roommates agreed to join – he’s far more talented in the kitchen then I and handled more than his fair share of the food prep (in return I handled a good bit of the purchasing, so it evened out). I was surprised by the resistance I got from my other roommate – he’s the one considering gastric bypass in a few months, and I figured he’d jump at the chance to try a serious diet and maybe lose the weight and prevent the surgery. Instead I got incredible and at times angry resistance. From him and others I heard that this was a fad diet, that it was unsupported by science, that’s others successes were at best flukes and at worst lies. All this for the idea of eating meat and veggies for a month, which simply hadn’t struck me as that revelatory of an idea. The actual process, for my roommate and I, was very enlightening. The sugar cravings were truly intense at times, and especially my roommate, who ran his own hobby shop and had pizza and soda and Monsters as his staple diet for most every weekend, well, the sugar cravings were fierce. Our sugar dragon was a mighty and angry one indeed. We both found out how much we use sugar as a crutch to deal with stress (a lot, in both cases). We also found out how much good food there was out there. Never let anyone tell you there isn’t good food on the Whole30. We had good food in abundance, and that was mostly thanks to my roommate Fen. I can’t imagine doing this solo, honestly. It’s an enormous help to have someone with you that you can rely on, who can cover when you’re having a hangover day and make meals for you or with you. As an aside, making my own meals was an experience, too; it is deeply and primaly empowering to eat food you know everything about. This ground beef came from a farm 20 miles away, then it came to me, went into this skillet and became basically the best ground beef it’d ever tasted. And it expanded my horizons, below one such meal – lamb (which I almost never ate before), grilled asparagus (ditto) and mashed potatoes (OK…those I ate, but we did cauliflower more often than not, just not this particular night) And as we muddled through the cravings, and the arguments with the other roommate (which also became quite fierce), things did, steadily, get better. Neither of us quit drinking coffee, but it became much less of a crutch, much more something to have and enjoy (because really, drinking water does get a little dull). It reached the point that my boss asked if I had given it up entirely, and I could say no, but that I really didn’t need it to get going in the mornings anymore. The Whole30 community, especially GoJo09, Kmlynne, and Physibeth, was a tremendous support through it all – one of my goals, going forward, is to hang about the logs section and try to return some of the favor in kind. Thank you for your support, advice and encouragement. I’m not sure you’ll ever know how much the help meant, but I don’t know I would have made it through, even with Fen, if I hadn’t had your support. With all the support, even during all the rough bits, things got better. About two weeks in I could feel my mood and energy levelling off. For me there was no switch and no giant jolt of energy as some people talk about, but there was, at least, a nice solid abiding energy to get me through the day. All the walking around the hospital that I did got easier. Dealing with the deep, constant stress of work got more manageable. Things began to roll off me instead of sending me into rages or panics. I think I took lorazepam 2 or 3 times in the entire month. Even more exciting, a few weeks into the program, I was able to ditch my CPAP. I am still snoring, but its light snoring, not room-quaking, sleep shattering, gasping apneic snoring. Folks can stay in the same room with me and sleep through the night, rarely waking at all. I’m awake and alert through the whole work day, not like before where a late afternoon meeting became a struggle against a late afternoon nap. I cut the use of my maintenance inhalers in half, and I can’t wait to see what my next set of PFTs look like. I’m barely using antihistamines, anymore, just on the very worst of days. My resting heart rate is down in around 76 – it used to be in the mid 90s. Serum cholesterol is at 167, fasting glucose at 92. There’s even simple, slightly embarrassing, almost ridiculous changes I’ve noticed – how much easier it is to bend over and tie my shoes. That being from the trimming of my belly – I’m down to 260 pounds. The biggest change – biggest success - is also the most difficult to quantify. I feel more in my own skin. More in control, more able to do, to feel, to function. Work or play, things are just easier, more achievable then they have been in a long time. I can only imagine where I’d be now if I wasn’t getting beaten down so much, day by day at work, but the fact that I’m still here at all is an amazing thing. I like who I am on this side of the 30 days. I’m still me, but it’s a better me. And still improving. After all, that’s the only place we have to go from here. Onward.
  6. Hello folks, I really hope this doesn't sound like a moaning post, because it's not - I'm just trying to get some answers. To give you a quick(ish) background, I was diagnosed with Endometriois, Lipoedema and Thyrotoxicosis (all autoimmune diseases) in my early twenties. The Hyperthyroidism (Graves Disease) was horrendous, and I ended up having Neutropenia as well. After 5 bouts of thyrotixic episodes they told me I would either have to have my thyroid removed or I would have to destroy it through radiation. I didn't want either option but didn't have a choice, so I went for what I felt was the lesser of two evils and chose the radiation. My rationale was that there was a slim chance that a small amount of the thyroid would survive and would therefore be able to produce all the necessary hormones on its own. Unfortunately I was not so lucky so I now have Radioiodine induced Hypothyroidism for which I take a daily dose of thyroxine and have done so for the last five years. The more 'minor', but still troubling issues I have are psoriasis on my scalp, exercise induced asthma, mild eczema, IBS, as well as excessive chest/throat infections (5+ a year) and constant lethargy and exhaustion. I've had a binge eating disorder for most of my adult life and have abused my body by flipping between binging on every carb in sight followed by a rigid and extreme diets (juice fasting, veganism, raw veganism - you get the idea). As a result my weight has yo-yoed wildly up and down to the point where I have gained and lost 100lbs+ over and over again. Anyway in August last year I started yet another fad diet (called Lighterlife in the UK) which is an extremely low carb and low calorie diet that is a 100% meal replacement - yes, you don't eat any food. Healthy huh??? Anyway I lost 5st (70lbs) between August and the end of December but although I was loosing weight my health started to get worse and worse (nausea, vomiting, constipation - it was delightful.) I decided to stop the diet because even though I was loosing weight I was so sick, and I also started to eat meat again after being a vegetarian for the previous 7 years! I had gone veggie believing it was better for my health, but have never been more sickly, so figured that maybe I needed meat to be healthy again. Anyway after the fourth visit to my doctor in as many weeks, she diagnosed me with gluten and lactose intolerance. BEST THING EVER! I have been 100% gluten and lactose free from 15 January this year, and have been 95% Whole30 since. I started on the autoimmune protocol (no nightshades, eggs, tomatoes etc.) which I followed for the first 50 days or so and then slowly reintroduced eggs, tomatoes etc. As I said I am mostly Whole30 all the time, with the rare exception of a small glass of bubbly at a wedding, some dark 85% chocolate on occasion. It is difficult as I still suffer with my eating disorder so this is very typical of my 'restrictive' phase of my binge cycle. However, because I am eating low carb, and no sugar my cravings and compulsions seem to have almost gone. Many of my symptoms are hugely improved. No more vomitting or nausea. No more IBS (or very minimal discomfort), better quality sleep, better skin. I couldn't change this way of eating even if I wanted to as I feel so much more human, I wouldn't want to go back to feeling how I was before. However after 14 weeks of eating whole, fresh foods I am still struggling with the following; Lethargy/exhaustion - although I am feeling more rested and have made a real effort to get at least 7-8hrs sleep every night I am still feeling low on energy. I long to feel full of vitality but this hasn't happened yet. I must also add though that I am not getting out and moving my body much. Partly a combination of the exhaustion and some old sports injuries (knee, ankle and back), plus when I did kettlebell training recently it left me depleted for the full week following. I'm not quite sure what to do about this. Psoriasis - it has hugely improved, it is not as red or angry or anyway near as painful, but it has also not gone. Weight loss - I am still loosing but it has slowed down to a crawl, from about 14lbs per month (pre W30) to only 14lbs in the last four months since starting W30. I am not eating any starchy tubers or fruits, and very low carb with good quality grass fed meats and organic veg, nuts, coconut milk and oil. Whilst my focus has totally changed from being about weight loss to becoming healthy, loosing weight is part of that equation as I probably still have somewhere in the region of 40-50lbs to loose. Sore throats - whilst I have only had one throat/chest infection since I started this which is a big improvement for me, I often have a consistent although low-grade sore throat. I do take thyroxine and sertraline (anti depressant) along with vitamins (magnesium, cod liver oil, probiotics and glucosamine). It's hard to know if the vitamins make any difference as I started them at the same time as starting W30. If you managed to read through this whole post, well done!! Sorry that wasn't exactly quick or quick(ish)!! Anyway, any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks CaveGirl
  7. MsBrit1

    Eagered to Join

    I plan to start tomorrow or Saturday. I'm excited to see the efforts the different things have on my body. I want energy!