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  1. Critic please!

    Hello! I am on my first round of Whle30 and on day 14! woo woo half way practically! but I would love some critic to see if there is anything I might be able to improve on or maybe something im actually doing all wrong haha so here's a little play by play of my day and meals from this week ( week 2 whole30) Just a preface, I come from a "bodybuilding" background of fasted cardio and calorie restriction. Before whole30 I was most recently eating keto and macro tracking because I felt it helped with my hormone imbalance (high test low estrogen, no cysts so im told its not PCOS) with terrible cravings, mood swings, low libido, and hunger signals all out of whack, my poor husband! I have suffered from amenorrhea for the past three years and my weight has fluctuated between 130-170lbs during that time. I have a history of binge eating and anorexia that I believe will forever haunt me. Any way just some useful information I figured. Currenly i am happy with my weight although its been two weeks since i weighed myself (obeying Melissa) but im probably 140lbs 5 foot 6 inches and an athletic build (ex gymnast but still pretty muscle dense and fairly lean but not unhealthy i would guess about 17-20% bodyfat) 4:30am - Wake up (I work 6am-2pm) I have been weaning myself off this slowing so I don't shock my body but I used to do 30min on the stationary bike 5 mornings a week fasted, so far I have it down to 15-20min, next week I am aiming for 10-15min and probably cut it out the week after next. 5:30am I usually drink an espresso with 1/4 cup lite coconut milk and about 1 TBSP MCT oil ( I love the thickness it gives the coffee) on my way to work, and then eat breakfast once I get there ( I do this to give myself the max sleeping time but still don't want to eat while driving so I can give my full attention to my breakfast). 5:45am Breakfast - 3 cage free eggs cooked in a spoonful of ghee (fourth and heart) , 2 huge kale leaves cut up and sautéed in another spoon of ghee with peppers onion and garlic. 11:00 am Lunch - 1 can wild salmon (I think its 6 or 8 oz) , 1 heaping spoon of primal kitchen mayo, 1 open handful or olives, on top of about 2 cups spinach and 1 cup spiraled zucchini washed down with a Hint water. ( usually a decaf coffee with again about 1/3 cup lite coconut milk some where before I leave work) 2:00pm off work 3:00 pm Work out ( 5 x a week) - usually lasts about an hour and consists of about 40 mins circuit style weight training and 20 min treadmill or stair master hill intervals. 4:00 pm get home and usually make dinner while packing my lunch and prepping my breakfast for tomorrow. 4:30 or 5:00pm Dinner- a palm sized portion of pork tenderloin that was roasted with veggies ( Brussels, onions, garlic, beats, and cauliflower) coated in EPIC brand beef tallow) served on a bed of arugula and topped with a Tessemae's or primal kitchen dressing. 5:30pm - take my pup on a 15-30 min walk and then get ready for the next day or hang out with my husband until around 7:00 when I shower and settle down with some herbal tea or crio bru with coconutmilk and my book. Usually asleep around 8 or 9pm. * I have found myself being able to follow this template fairly easily, I find on some days I get very hungry between meals 1 and 2 or even after dinner before bed. about once a week I will have a what I call mini binge session where I stay compliant but its a bad habit and I always wake up feeling slightly swollen, puffy, hot, and exhausted regardless how much I sleep. Its not always that im hungry i feel physically full at times but just feel drawn to the fridge on these nights it happens! For example this happened last night. around 6:30pm I found my self dipped brussel sprouts in mayo and ghee and eating coconut oil with a spoon ( improvement from the first week where I ate three lara bars, 2 epic bars, and so many nuts) since then I have banned nuts, dried fruit, and bars from my whole30 (straight abstainer here). the binges have only happened twice since i started the whole30 (14 days in) but prior it would happen like twice a week on bad food and carbs so its an improvement. im sorry for the novel but i hope i can gain a little perspective and criticism on this post! thanks so much! i really want to gain control over my relationship with food!
  2. Starting On March 28th!

    I am starting the Whole30 on Monday! I am a HUGE sugar addict! Any tips on avoiding this? I usually use gum, but that is not allowed. Also, I can go all day eating healthy and keeping myself in check, but the second I get home, I can eat the entire refrigerator! Any suggestions on why this is or how to keep that at bay during the whole30? Thanks in advance for all your support! Angela
  3. I am on day 18 of my Whole30. I'm incredibly proud of myself for making it this far with no slip ups in non-compliant food! Despite this, I have had two binge sessions; on day 10 and day 14. I have since removed all "trigger foods" from my diet (plantain chips, fruit, larabars, nuts) for the remainder of my Whole30. I have went four days without these foods and so far so good! I haven't experienced any cravings. In addition, I'm creating an after dinner ritual of drinking tea, brushing my teeth, and closing down the kitchen. This is when my binges normally occur. Binge eating was a major reason why I decided to do the Whole30, so although I have been compliant and feel as if I am taking the right steps to make the rest of my Whole30 a success, I'm battling some serious guilt about cheating myself out of a proper 30 days. Has anyone else experienced this guilt or successfully overcame it through the Whole30? Are there any additional tips or tricks I could use to prevent this behavior in the future?
  4. Binge, Binge, Binge

    Hello all, I did Whole30 (er... Whole19) towards the beginning of the month, and fell of the bandwagon one week ago. By "fell off", I mean I fell off, got ran over, and certainly haven't gotten back up. haha. But in all seriousness, I had to bake last Saturday for a sale, and after slipping up, I went into full-force binge mode. I struggled with emotional eating/binge eating before the W30, so this wasn't necessarily new, but I was hoping to find Food Freedom (reading Food Freedom Forever) during the Whole30. I havent stopped binging since last saturday-- eating so. much. sugar., going out to ice cream, multiple brownies a day, eating whatever bread is in sight, midnight snacks... You name it. And my stomach is suffering because of it. It's been a rough road, but I just keep going down it. I know that the Whole30 isnt the end-all-be-all, complete health-fix and Food Freedom Gateway. But I do think it's going to be the best way (I hope) to help me reach food freedom. I'm just afraid if I start again (thinking either tomorrow or Monday) I'm going to go off the rails (hard) if I get the chance. (There are many special events in February. I honestly do not mind missing the food aspect of them- I focus way too much on food anyway- but I know there will be so many opportunities to slip). I'm just wondering if anyone knows of any strategies to get through?? I know I need to cut out nuts, Larabars, and plantains this time around. Those were not good news last round. I really just want to live in a way that my focal point in life is no longer on food. If I never eat sugar again, so be it. (easier said than done, huh?). But I just really want to get over this feeling of being out of control every moment of my life. I'm afraid it will never stop. Anyone else have similar experiences?
  5. I started my Whole30 on the 27th of Feb this year. After successfully completing the program, I reintroduced almost every food group back into my diet – except for sugar. Ever since I started Whole30 I've been binging almost every day, eating a lot more than I should have. And with Whole30 now over, I've started binging on the "bad" food, some of which I suspect are responsible for the recent outbreak of acne on my face (and by binging I mean eating half a huge loaf of bread plus almost a quarter of a 1kg cheese block in addition to a big fish fillet and half a kilo of veggies and a banana and two kiwifruits and half a pineapple — all in one meal! I'm 5'5 tall and around 114-115 pounds by the way). I'm desperate for a solution to stop this binge eating. I'm wondering if the binging is caused by my sugar cravings. Maybe I just need a little sugar and then I'll be satisfied and stop binging? Maybe I'm binging because I'm not letting myself have sugar and I'm subconsciously trying to compensate for it by overeating everything else? Or am I just making up excuses so I can have some sugar? I haven't touched any food with added sugar since I started in Feb (though I have been eating a lot of fruits), and I'm considering just buying some kind of dessert, eating it, and seeing if it stops my binge eating. But if it doesn't work I'll probably end up binging on the dessert too and it'll be a disaster. Has anyone had any similar experiences? Any advice would be really appreciated! Thanks in advance!
  6. Start date: 27 May, 2015

    I have a binge eating disorder. There, I said it. The worse thing to me about it is that my job is to help people with this as well as other health issues. So knowledge clearly is not power. I need someone to outline a clear path for me because "just drink a cup of water to make sure you're just not thirsty" isn't working for me. Enter Whole30. I am very excited about this concept. My weakness is sugar. I have the sweet tooth of a Willy Wonka character and the uncanny ability to hide the effects of said sweet tooth with occasional weeks of vigorous exercise. It is simultaneously defeating and cathartic to write this down somewhere that isn't one of the myriad journals I have poking out from under my couch where I've forgotten them. And I am not yet comfortable enough to reveal this to my friends and family as I would likely be pressed to reveal the origin of my disordered eating. Never mind admitting perceived weakness to people who view me as the "pillar of strength". Those words were actually used by one of my loved ones to describe me once. I almost choked on my powdered doughnut. So, I hope that I find a community here that will help me with this path because I am sick of the double life, the bloat, the shame and the power that food has over me. By my start date, I plan to finish reading the Whole30 book, read this forum obsessively building a successful kitchen so that I can hit the ground running. Good luck (is that what you say about something like this?) to me and to everyone on this journey.
  7. Hello all, So I have to stay that I am new to the whole30 program, started reading about the website after I found out about it on the Paleo Reddit channels and ordered both the book and kindle version to read on my tablets (both excellent by the way) I understand that this is a lifestyle change, I wanted to try something new to give me a new perspective on food, get more energy, better sleep and ultimately lose the excess weight I have gained recently. Though after I cheated and did weight myself (Day 10 vs Day 18) I noticed I had gained a lot of weight, that made me think of what have I done wrong, so I started searching these forums for answers, read many posts from people asking about weight gain, restarting due to the fact that they had eaten illegal type foods in the 30 days, and responses from moderators. I found out that the deli meat and bacon I was consuming (even though w/o preservative/nitrate had sugar in it), so I read quite a bit these forums/online blogs about what type of bacon is allowed, where you could buy the recommended ones, etc. I figured I lived w/o Bacon before Whole30, I can cut it and start all over again. Though also after reading many other posts I noticed that I also need to be more careful with nuts & fruits, especially that I am known to binge on fruits and sometimes nuts. So I am planning to restart with these in minds: - No Bacon unless I get it from recommended places (online or retailers) - Cutting Bananas and Dates (I tend to binge on them when available) - Favoring Berries over Apples/Oranges (I tend to binge on fruits late at night) - Cut down Nuts (Walnuts, Hazlenuts) - Cut down on Coconut Milk/Cream for my Coffee or go for the lighter options. Couple of questions: - Are there any recipes for breakfast when you get sick of eggs/meats but give you enough protein for the day? - What is the max daily recommended amount for consuming fats such as Ghee/Coconut Oil and Avocados ? How about Coconut Milk/Cream ? Thanks, Houman
  8. Living my life!

    Hello! I'm Shannon, I'm a food addict. In fact, I'm a recovering binge eater and laxative user. My first binge was when I was about 8 years old during a argument my parents were having. And so started my new way of coping. I was raised by two people who seemed like they had everything going for them on the outside, but they were actually not as they seemed. They decided to adopt me when I was 10. I was emotionally abused and so were the other kids that were adopted. They had a hold on me that I can't even explain to this day, I knew something was off and so I turned to food. When I was in high school, I started figuring out what was off and started trying to control my eating. Thus began 10 years of yo-yo dieting and only gaining weight. I moved out when I was 20, but it wasn't far enough away, they still controlled me. So when I turned 21 I moved to Chicago to be with my high school boyfriend and then when we were 23 we moved to Los Angeles. When I was 24 I slowly started to work on my past and try and overcome my binge eating, it back fired and the abuse continued. I started taking laxatives to try and control the binges. I got engaged to my wonderful high school sweetheart just before I turned 25! Again, I tried working on things with my adoptive parents and again it didn't work. I had to cut off all communication, it was tough. They stalked me and called me a liar, but I stood fast. Now as my 26th birthday has just rolled past and my upcoming wedding approaches, I realized I still continue to let them control me even without them in my life physically. I'm constantly living my life on the sidelines. I'm not doing that anymore, I'm reaching out to get help (from a therapist (soon, hopefully)) and from anyone that I can. This Whole30 will be one of the hardest things I've done, I can promise you that. But, I'm looking forward to completing something.I'm looking forward to the benefits. I won't lie, I'm concerned about the weight loss, but what really enticed me was the fact that I could control my cravings by eliminating my triggers. That I could have more energy. That I could have health benefits. That I could live.
  9. This is my second whole30 and I'm on day 5. I'm a 24 year old female. I've been 85-90% paleo for around 3 years, but my problem is always the weekends where I binge eat anything in sight. I didn't struggle with this before, but today is the weekend here and all I want to do is eat! Typical day is breakfast: 3 eggs, loads of tomatoes and mushrooms Lunch: Chicken salad, grilled vegetables, salsa, sweet potato, a whole avocado Dinner: Mince meat or steak and veggies, sometimes more sweet potato or roasted carrot All i can think about is food. Today i batched cooked sweet potato for 3 meal and just ate the whole lot with lunch. I am feeling a little stressed and don't know if that is affecting it. Pre this whole30 I've also been off work on vacation for about a month, eating absolutely anything chocolate, cake, eating out loads so maybe that affecting it. What can i do?
  10. Hi Everyone. Today, I was 6 days into my first Whole 30. I am a very healthy eater, but lately became too reliant on 'healthy treats' (bliss balls, banana bread with honey/almond meal/egg/banana etc.) and decided to do a Whole 30. I included some low-sugar fruits (apples, berries) to satisfy any cravings, but mainly stuck to loads and loads of veg, chicken, turkey, oily fish, eggs, avocado (I don't eat red meat) Today, I just hit a wall. And I went crazy - and the weirdest part is -- On things I don't normally even eat?? Feta cheese?? Brown rice? Muesli?? Dried fruits?? Nuts (which I have always had trouble controlling, so I tend to avoid these on a daily basis) I don't eat these foods!! I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!! I feel like such a failure. I am now on the floor of my living room, my stomach is so distended that my back is ACHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't even move Can someone offer advice? Help?
  11. Hi All, I did my first whole 30 which ended on May 21st. I didn't go super crazy on day 31, but I probably didn't re-intro as I should have due to 2 consecutive weekends spent at weddings. During the days inbetween I ate predominantely whole30/Paleo, I'd say about 75% of the time. However, this week I have really fallen off the wagon. whilst doing some mild re-intro I found that gluten/grains most definately gave me an unsettled stomach, along with dairy giving me heartburn and making me feel quite sick. This week I have eaten pastry, chocolate, chips, cheese and snacked way too much. I feel hurrendous and am so angry with myself. I worked really hard during the whole30 and was feeling awesome, people were commenting on my energy, skin and my weight loss too. I mostly enjoyed how awake I was feeling when my alarm would go off in the morning, now I'm back to feeling groggy and taking a good hour to feel alive. I'm going on holiday to Spain on Tuesday and I don't know what to do. I really want to get back onto another whole30 because I clearly haven't dealt with my poor relationship with food well enough. At the same time, I know checking labels in spain for sugar, eating out in restaurants and making sure they haven't used bad oils/butter and added extra secret ingredients into things will be really really hard. I'm looking for any kind of advice, I feel so cross and disappointed with myself for falling so far and so fastly off the wagon, I want to feel the way I did in those final few days of whole30, I don't want my hard work to go to waste....
  12. I made it to day 12 today, which felt like a huge accomplishment! I am battling binge eating and so far have had to start my whole 30 over three times, first after 3 days, then 5 days, and now 12 days. I am hopeful that this will be the last time, but I am feeling horribly guilty for slipping up. Like last time I got off track, I was baking cookies for a charity, and wound up eating three monster-size cookies. The last week was insanely stressful for me because I had a family member in the hospital, yet I managed to stick perfectly to the whole 30 and I even ramped up my exercise routine to include more sprint work. I was feeling great and even wore a tank top to the gym, which I haven't felt confident enough to do in a longggg time. Now I feel like I have undone all my hard work and have to go back to hiding under a baggy t-shirt. Other than the guilt and shame, I have never felt this sick to my stomach from eating. In the past, I have done way worse binge eating, letting it go on for hours, even days. Now I feel like throwing up, my heart is racing, and I feel so weak that I am laying down now feeling paralyzed. I have never experienced anything quite like this, yet all I had was a few cookies. I at least feel good about the fact that I was able to stop eating a lot sooner than I normally would have on a binge. I know I will be right back on track tomorrow, but I am really upset about having to start over and dealing with the water weight and sick feeling. Does anyone have any tips on how I can recover and move on? I'm thinking about skipping the post-workout carbs and backing off on salt and fruit for the next couple days. Does this sound like a reasonable plan? I will also be drinking extra water to try to flush my system out. I would really appreciate some encouragement right now.