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  1. I've read a million topics on this but am still confused by my whole30 experience so far...the first two weeks I experienced none of the negative effects (no carb flu, no 'kill all the things') and felt incredibly lean, as if I could physically see chronic inflammation subsiding in my stomach, arms, and face. However, the past 10 days I have had awful on-and-off bloating and generally feel like I look exactly as I did on day 1. I'm discouraged, especially since I was so excited about my progress at the halfway point! I keep psyching myself out thinking I'm eating too much or just "doing it wrong". Would love any advice or encouragement--here's some background and food info: - I'm 5'9", ~150 lbs pre-W30 with a good amount of muscle, so I'm not expecting significant weight loss. - Currently training for a 1/2 marathon, running short to mid distance ~3x a week and doing HIIT/strength training ~2-3x a week. - I generally get 7-8 hours of sleep a night and energy levels are typically good. - Throughout my whole30 work has been much more stressful than usual due to upcoming deadlines for a big project I'm managing. I've noticed my stress response is much more pronounced than I'm used to (crying, shaking, splitting headaches etc), and I think this might be related to me not using food as comfort in difficult I guess it's a good thing? But still odd. Sample food logs: (I workout @ 6:30 am, breakfast directly after @ work -- I've tried preWO protein and can't stomach it) M1: slice of frittata with sweet potato, spinach, chicken sausage and ~2 eggs, 1/4 avocado, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 cup coffee M2: 6-8 oz roast chicken, raw pecans and 1/4 sliced apple on mixed greens with balsamic dressing, rest of the apple with ~2 tbsp almond butter M3: zucchini noodles from 2 zucchinis, 1/2 almond meal crusted chicken breast, 2 fried eggs, all cooked in coconut oil M1: 2 hard boiled eggs, 1/2 roast chicken breast, 1 big sweet potato with 1 tbsp almond butter, 1 cup coffee M2: Curry chicken salad with homemade mayo + chopped mac nuts on mixed greens, apple with 2 tbsp almond butter M3: 4 egg omelet with 1/2 roast chicken breast, 1 cup broccoli, guacamole, salsa, and 1/2 cup plantain chips I know the daily apple and almond butter could be a red flag, but I had no issues with them during the first two weeks of whole30 and find that they completely eliminate my need to snack between 12pm lunch and a 7pm dinner, which is miraculous as I used to put away 1/2 a family sized bag of kettle corn, a few oreos, and handfuls of swedish fish around 3pm on most work days... Anything stand out that might be the culprit? Or is this inflamed, day-1 feeling just part of the process for some people? Thanks!
  2. In need of some help! I have read through several forums already and I have done the things that most are recommending. Here is a little about my situation. We are on day 15 of our second round of whole30, and I have dealt with constipation chronically (on and off). I thought that this would help and the first round it actually didn't seem to be an issue. This time around is a entirely different situation; major constipation, bloating and a lot of gas (such a fun topic right?!). I had my gallbladder removed a few years ago (biggest regret). So I am unsure if that is the problem - just looking for some advice from anyone who maybe experiencing something similar. I am drinking plenty of water, taking magnesium supplement and a digestive enzyme. My energy level is great - but sleeping is on and off - mainly due to constipation. HELP!
  3. RoseElizabeth

    Day12 help

    Hi! I'm on day 12, and would love some encouragement and guidance! I know everyone's whole30s are different, but it is discouraging that most people are starting to feel a lot better on day 12, and I'm not quite there. Brief summary of my whole30 so far. Days 1-5 I felt awesome. My headaches were gone, I had no stomach issues, and I felt really motivated and great. Then day 6 and 7 hit and on and off since then I've felt bloated and just had some stomach pain in general. I hate some loss of appetite, but continued to try to stick to the meal template as I've seen suggested. Appetite is back, so that's good. I ate a lot more avocado and guacamole those first few days so I thought maybe the big increase of that was messing with my diet so I tried to cut down on that. That didn't eliminate the stomach pains altogether, so I'm trying to limit my avocado/guac to one meal a day. Day 10 I had a really hard day and night, as I know can happen. I got so worked up and anxious about the fact that my stomach was hurting that I went into sort of a tailspin and had a panic attack. Day 11 I felt a lot better; no cravings and no stomach pain. Today, though, which is day 12, my stomach issues are back. For an idea of what I've been eating: M1: 3 eggs scrambled, sautéed kale, sweet peppers, onions, chicken sausage. Sometimes with guac, except for the days I was trying to limit it to see if it was affecting me or leftovers (like meat sauce, steak, grilled chicken) over roasted white potatoes with veggies (green beans, cauliflower, noodles) M2: Mostly salads with either tuna or chicken on them for protein, sweet peppers with guac, hard boiled eggs, carrots or this week: white chicken chili, salad, carrots M3: pork chops or steak or grilled chicken (like 1.5 palm sizes), >1.5cup of roasted or sautéed veggies (ex: cauliflower, green beans, asparagus, zucchini and squash, mushrooms) I haven't been snacking much, but if I do I've been having seaweed, or following the template of having protein and fat so having some compliant deli meat with guac or mayo. I am very motivated to carry on until day 30 but it would be great to hear from people who have experienced this sort of flip-flop of the first 5 days or so being easier than the next 5 or so. Maybe my "hangover" phase was delayed until now? Before whole30 I was eating good for about 4 or 5 days and then honestly "treating myself" a little too much with some candy here, some chips there. Any advice would be welcomed!! Thanks in advance!
  4. I'm on Day 22 and am finding Whole 30 refreshingly easy and it feels good BUT one of the main reasons I did it was the constant bloating, constipation, irregularity and also restless legs that I had. Restless legs gone but the bloating, constipation and irregularity is actually much worse. What could it be?!
  5. Hi! So I just finished Whole 30 for the first time which is a huge deal for me! But...I have 2 concerns: 1) I know people say that they feel like a whole new person on Whole 30 and they are much happier and energetic but I can't say I have experienced that. If anything, I've been more moody and obnoxious lately. 2) I tried putting rice back in my diet and the second I had a little bit with my dinner, my stomach blew up. Its been 5 days and it still has not gone down. Is that normal? Did I do something wrong?
  6. On day 6 and feeling pretty good today after being exhausted yesterday, but I have NO appetite. Barely ate 3 forkfuls of my lunch and then a few dried apricots (no added sugar, no preservatives - yes I checked) because I didn't want my blood sugar to dip as a result of being unable to eat. I'm also feeling bloated with pressure in my stomach. No constipation though. Recent meals: Today: Breakfast - scrambled eggs & an apple; Lunch - a few bites of leftover shakshuka, avocado & dried apricots Yesterday: Breakfast - scrambled eggs & mango; Lunch - Leftover salmon & courgette and sweet potato latkes; Dinner - Shakshuka Sunday: Breakfast - scrambled eggs & melon; Lunch - a nakd bar (emergency, late getting home), fried egg & sweet potato hash; Dinner - Salmon, asparagus, new potatoes, & avocado Do I just wait this out? Am I doing something wrong? Help please! xx
  7. Hello Whole30ers, I need some help. I am on day 22 of my whole 30. I am 5'5" and weighed somewhere around 140 lbs before starting this program. I put this in the athlete category since I workout daily but I would not currently consider myself an athlete. I was a professional dancer that got a day job where I sit at a desk all day. Woo. What do I need your help with? I feel like I am gaining weight and bloating more than normal (it is that time of month but this is exceeding my usual discomfort). I am also having a really hard time not snacking. I have eaten totally compliant foods but have wavered a little in portions depending on if I workout or not or what meals are available to me. I do typically eat about a palm and a half size portion of my protein. I cook most of my veggies in coconut oil or olive oil with salt and pepper. If I eat avocado, I only eat half. For a while I wasn't eating hardly any fruit. I have started to incorporate dried fruit as snacks (maybe that is part of the problem?). I was snacking on cashews prior and I was probably overdoing it (more like 2 servings at a time than one). I just started tracking what I eat in myfitnesspal to get a better idea of what is going on. I had a dental implant on Friday so I am eating acai bowls for breakfast since they are easy to consume but that is also a new thing for me. Here is a breakdown of the last couple days: Sat, May 20: -no workout; still healing from surgery -M1: Green Bowl w/paleo topping (the bowl is blended coconut water, coconut yogurt, kale, spinach, avocado, banana, mango blended with toppings: almonds, cashews, cacao, hemp seeds, coconut shavings, bee pollen and strawberries. All organic. Black coffee afterwards. -M2: Mostly snacks - homemade tostones (plantains, coconut oil, garlic, salt), 1/2 c of watermelon, handful of dried mango -M3: About 1 1/2c of roasted Brussel sprouts and cauliflower in olive oil, Gingerberry Kombucha -M4: Paleo burger (lettuce, meat, mustard, tomato and onion) Sun, May 21: -Walked for an 1 1/2 in the AM post meal 1, casual pace. After Meal 2 I had a 3 hour dance/theater rehearsal (nothing too straining but moving). Walked another hour or so after Meal 3. -M1: Almond Butter Acai Bowl w/paleo topping (bowl is House-made almond mylk, almond butter, pure unsweetened acai, blueberry, banana with same toppings ^). Black iced coffee afterwards. -M2: Snacks - handful of dried mango and 1 c watermelon -M3: Green Chef (delivered paleo box) meal - Pork Burrito bowl w/cauliflower rice, pepitas, avocado and chimichurri -M4: Paleo burger, shaved Brussel sprout salad with small slices of apple, hazelnuts and vinaigrette. Mystic Mango kombucha. Prior to my surgery, I was having more eggs scrambled with a meat and veggies for breakfast. The green chef meals vary but they are all organic and paleo. The portion sizes seem correct. I also work 8a-5p Mon-Fri. I eat breakfast when I get to work, have a preworkout snack around 11a (usually a handful of cashews or dried fruit), eat lunch right after workout, eat another small snack around 4pm and have dinner around 7. My workouts are BBG (30 min high intensity circuit training) M/W/F and 30 min on elliptical on Tues/Thur. I am just starting to go to the bathroom regularly. Prior to whole 30 I had a lot of trouble with constipation. What do you guys think? I am having a very hard time feeling satisfied. No real cravings - just always wanting to feed myself. Thanks for any advice!!!
  8. Hi everyone - I am on day 4 and this is my second Whole 30. My first one was several years ago so I may not be remembering everything correctly but I feel like I was pretty in line with the "schedule" of side effects experienced by most. This time it seems different. I did not experience the "hangover" days (which I am not complaining about!) and now I'm not really wanting to "kill all the things". I was a little irritable yesterday but nothing major. It may have been mainly because I am so tired!! I feel like I'm walking around in a bit of a fog and I just want to crawl into bed. Is anyone else feeling like this? Is it normal? I am journaling my food so I can see what I'm really eating and it helps keep me on track; I don't want to write down a non-compliant food so I can't eat it! I'm not sure if I'm not eating enough? I feel full and actually pretty bloated today which I think may be a result of dinner last night. When did regular potatoes become compliant and why did they? The first time I did a Whole 30 it was sweet potatoes only. Last night I made the mexican twice baked potato recipe form the Whole 30 cookbook. It was delish! But I was SO full afterward and this morning I was so so swollen, I couldn't even get my wedding ring on. I've been bloated all day. I had thought about doing the autoimmune version since I do have Celiac disease but taking out tomatoes, eggs and potatoes seems even more limiting. However after dinner last night I'm thinking maybe I really shouldn't eat potatoes. So now I just feel fat and bloated while I walk around in a fog at work and want to sleep. Any tips or input?
  9. Hello W30 pals. I have a question for you all. I'ce read through some other people's meal plans and it seems like I'm eating a comparable amount, but I have been feeling bloated after eating for the past few days. I have transitioned out of snacking habits, so my meals are a little larger than they used to be. I also read in the timeline that days 8/9 can be higher bloat days. Anyway, here are two sample meals. I'd love some feedback! Meal one: Two small-sized hamburgers (about a palm size together), one medium tomato, 1/2 avocado, 1 cup roasted brussel sprouts. Meal two: 1 cup ground pork/diced apple, half grapefruit, two beets, one egg. Thanks everyone!!!
  10. Hello! I am happy to have made it to day 14, however my clothes are getting tighter and tighter, which is making me feel quite anxious and disappointed. I have a long history of disordered eating and eat a very clean diet in general and being on Whole 30 seems to have triggered a lot of anxiety around food. I know I am eating too much on Whole 30, and way too many fruits and nuts, and tons of snacking. Which I know is not technically doing it "correctly". The only additional things I eat normally are some dairy and some stevia products and gum. I feel like taking those away has made me really slip back into overeating and I am feeling quite depressed. The idea of being overly restricted is tough for me given my history. And I was especially depressed when I couldn't zip a dress that normally fits and that I was planning on wearing to a formal event in 2 days! I am wondering if anyone has experienced this and has any thoughts? My instinct would be to discontinue as it seems like a lot to handle. I am also doing the program with my husband, who has zero issues with food, so that has also been difficult for me. I am also under quite a bit of stress. Thanks in advance for any thoughts or ideas on this.
  11. Apologies in advance for this novel... I just 'completed' my Whole30 as of yesterday, but for the past 5-6 days I've had some moderate GI issues. I *think* I've pinpointed what may have caused it, but I am definitely open to some outside opinions/thoughts, as I did this Whole30 round all on my own (first time was back in 2012, and I don't think I was nearly as strict, and certainly didn't properly reintroduce, and in the end fell back into terrible habits). To give some background, I am 31, 5'10" and have no idea how much I weigh (but I know I'm not happy with my current physique, so ultimately I'd like to lose). I've dabbled in eating Paleo and tried to stay as gluten-free as possible in the past few years, but definitely battled cravings, bad habits, and well, living with someone that is adamantly against eating healthfully can be tough to say the least. Late in Feb I saw someone in a FB group mention doing a Whole30 starting March 1, and I just made the snap decision to go for it. Having done one before I knew how to prepare and figured that I had nothing to lose but inches and feeling awful both physically and emotionally. So, I went for it, stayed super strict, and for much of the program felt good. However, the weekends were definitely the most difficult for me, as my days are less structured than during the week. I still managed, although I likely ate less than on week days. This past weekend was the Easter long weekend. I had no desire to indulge in chocolates, candies or any other typical Easter treats. I did have a 4 day weekend however, and my parents came to visit from out of town. They knew the drill, that they had to eat clean, and were great about it - no issues there. On Saturday my stomach started feeling "off", and frankly, I tried to downplay it in my own head because I was so darn close, what could possibly be causing this now, right?! I packed snacks with me for when we were out and about during the days (turkey meatloaf muffins, banana, unsalted mixed nuts, hardboiled eggs, etc), but mainly ended up having meals at home. Things that changed when/since my parents arrived: - They brought me their dehydrator, since I'd been talking about how I wanted one to make my own jerky and dried fruits/veggies. Friday night I made dried banana, apple, kiwi and strawberry (2 bananas, 3 apples, 4 kiwis, and maybe half a tray of strawberry that my mom happened to have cut up). I tested pieces of each on Saturday morning, but certainly not to excess. Made jerky on Sunday - may have overindulged on Sunday evening. - I bought a jar of unsalted mixed nuts from Costco. Previously (but during my 30 days) I'd had the occasional addition of raw almonds, macadamias or coconut flakes with meals, but really just as a boost of fat where I felt I needed a bit more. Definitely snacked more on these. *The more I read, and the more I wracked my brain for what might be going on, I think this may be my culprit. - we had steak with 3 out of 4 dinners. I LOVE red meat. However, I don't often make steaks myself at home (and hadn't for the duration of my Whole30) because well, I'm just not that good at it. (We don't have a BBQ, and our normal *awesome steak* ritual includes A LOT of butter, so just no). I'm not certain this played any role, but in the interest of transparency, there it is. A typical day looks like this: Breakfast: Coffee (over ice) with approx 2-3 Tbsp full fat coconut milk (not missing sugar in my coffee at ALL - WIN!) Savory Breakfast Casserole (12 Eggs, 1lb ground turkey, 1 sweet potato & spices - made in an 8x8 dish it made 9 servings) + 1 cup raw veggies (turnip, peppers, cucumber, carrots or whatever else is hangin around) or Paleo breakfast sausage patties (probably a palm & half worth) + small banana & sometimes a hard boiled egg *definitely found it difficult to get in my veggies in the morning, so although in the first couple weeks I pretty much avoided fruit, I started adding in a banana when I felt it necessary. Lunch: 3-4 cups of Earthbound Farms Power Greens Can of tuna or 5-6oz chopped chicken breast additional chopped veggies hard boiled egg 1/2 avocado (when I had ripe ones on hand) 1 1/2 tbsp dressing (usually olive oil and balsamic vinegar, sometimes with a squirt of mustard in there) or Leftovers of dinners - always with extra raw veggies Dinner: zucchini noodles (2 cups) - often raw, but sometimes sauteed or half a small-ish spaghetti squash 4-5oz ground beef or turkey, browned in coconut oil, in tomato sauce with spices smaller green salad with oil and vinegar dressing or homemade chicken tenders (palm & half, typically) rest of the plate filled with either roasted or raw veg *I appear to be lacking on the fat at dinner time... I've endeavored to not snack much, but in the event that I *need* something I try to have either nuts, coconut, eggs or raw veggies nearby. I have a 24oz SBux cup of water at my desk that I am constantly refilling, and I drink lots of water at home as well, with the occasional GT's Kombucha. For the initial 3 weeks I felt great, skin cleared up, no stomach aches, and I was able to just hop out of bed in the morning rather than snoozing for an hour. I will say that I did just get my period today, so I'm not sure how much bearing that has had on my stomach issues in the past week, although I often feel bloated, crampy and generally just gross leading up to it (lucky me, I got that twice during my Whole30!) I'd love to blame it all on this, but I'm trying to be realistic here... I don't think I've lost any weight or inches (as I said, I don't use the scale, so I'm basing this solely on the fact that it doesn't appear that my body composition has shifted at all just yet), and I know that isn't an overnight thing, so I'm doing my best to not be discouraged by this. My main goal was really to get my cravings and eating habits in check, so that I can make a habit of just making smarter and healthier choices from here on out. Long story short, it's Day 31, and I'm holding off on starting my reintro, as I want to feel the way I did in weeks 2/3 before I start messing around with things. I have decided to cut out nuts entirely, to see if perhaps that was the culprit this past weekend and into this week. So, perhaps this will be a Whole40, or just a Whole35, but I'm looking forward to being able to identify without a shadow of a doubt what foods just plain don't agree with me, and build on the things I've learned from this round. Any thoughts or advice are welcome and appreciated. Cheers.
  12. samianne724

    Morning Bloat

    I'm on Day 24 of my 2nd Whole 30 and absolutely loving the effects so far. I mean, LOVING. However, I've found that I'm still often bloated in the mornings (this is something that I've struggled with for a longgg time). If I eat later at night, it's some nuts or nut butter, not a ton of green leafy vegetables or anything like that. Sometimes it goes away after an hour to so of being awake, sometimes not. Does anyone else struggle with this, or have any ideas as to what could be causing my morning bloat?
  13. Hi There. I'm almost finished with my Whole60 (first Whole30 and 60). I'm on day 54 and am suddenly very bloated, my pants feel a bit tighter and I feel as if I have gained 5 pounds in water weight. I had a small amount of bloating in the middle of my whole30 that went away on it's own. I haven't changed what I have been eating and just completed my time of the month. I drink lots of water. I have been taking magnesium. I have been pooping less than normal. I'm thinking about trying digestive enzymes but I think this would have come up before day 54. Does anyone have any ideas what could be causing this? I want to go on and do a Whole90.....but not if this continues and if I'm not going to see any results. Thanks much!!
  14. chezjulie

    Gas and Burping

    Hi there, The past few days I've been having a lot of gas in my stomach, which I experience in the form of frequent burping and also bloating. I do have acid reflux, for which burping is a symptom. But it's particularly bad right now. I think that having a meal and a snack that included hot sauce and then lying down yesterday kicked off some bad reflux. I am taking a digestive enzyme, which I've increased the dosage of to two with every meal, and I've had a kombucha each day. I broke down and had a non-compliant Gas-X on Day 21 because I was so uncomfortable. I also tried a TBS of apple cider vinegar yesterday. Here are my meals from the previous two days. The gas has been particularly bad in the evening and in the morning when I wake up. W3D21S1 Larabar, 1 tbs. cashew butter W3D21M1 4 turkey sausage patties, grilled mushrooms, roast potatoes, strawberries, raspberries, & Amaya Roasting Company Temporado coffee with coconut milk W3D21S2 Synergy Kombucha Gingerberry W3D21M2 boiled shrimp with mayonnaise, sweet potato with ghee, ginger, & cinnamon, 2/3 avocado, sauerkraut curtido W3D21M3 grass-fed hamburger with guacamole, salad w/EVOO & balsamic vinegar, spinach w/EVOO W3D22S1 Synergy Kombucha Gingerberry W3D22M1 tuna fish, Earthbound Farm rainbow chard w/EVOO, red delicious apple w/cashew butter, coffee w/coconut milk W3D22M2 3 chicken sausages (kale & balsamic), green beans w/EVOO, 2 cooked beets W3D22S2 smoked oysters, 1/2 avocado, hot sauce W3D22M3 chocolate chili, russet potato, strawberries Thanks for any feedback. Also... that was the last Larabar in the house and I haven't bought any more.
  15. Hi Guys, I am on day 24, and i am feeling awful (maybe an understatement). I have had stomach aches for a week now, on and off (my latest attempt to figure this out is cutting out cauliflower and onions) I have also been feeling extremely tired, when i sleep (8.5hrs) i sleep right through the night, but i wake up exhausted. i have tried sleeping less and more and same thing. I have headaches early in the morning and i wake up starving, even after eating a proper dinner. I am bloated 90% of the day. and my skin is breaking out (i never ever get pimples- EVER) I am emotional and my brain is scattered. Yesterday at crossfit, the thought of back squats at 85% of my 1 RM seemed too much and i just couldnt even attempt it, i had to walk away to fight back the tears. i dont understand exactly whats going on. I do have a bit of stuff on for work, but i dont feel so stressed for all this to happen. I am so close to throwing in the towel and walking away, eating some nutella but i dont want to. I wanted to commit to 60 days but I feel that all this pain in my stomach and headaches and feeling absolutely shithouse is making me stressed. Ive written down everythng i have eaten and the difference between this last week and the one before is i havent been able to eat avocado, since its not in season where i live. i am waiting till october when I go home to australia to see a specialist because i do think i have some gut issues so in the mean time im trying to figure this out by eliminating food. I really dont expect anyone to give me a miraculous answer to solve this, but I wonder if anyone else out there has had similar thing. I know someone else mentioned coconut oil, so i have stopped using it for 3 days and no change. I guess im just after some words of encouragement, advice.. anything.
  16. I am 50, I exercise and am in good heath. But I was relatively carb-dependent. I’m on Day 14. My cravings have not been too bad and I’m enjoying the food – though I am not used to eating so much meat. My symptoms seem to be lagging vis a vis the time line: I’ve been tired and bloated for about a week, my muscles are achy, I get lightheaded at the top of the stairs. I normally run regularly, but I don’t have the energy. I bike to work 4 days a week, and hills are more painful. I do yoga once a week, and it’s more difficult. Also, I feel constipated and I feel like I have lots of weight on (I haven’t weighed myself). I find that I am getting very hungry, especially between lunch and dinner, and I am eating many nuts and seeds as a snack. Yesterday is the first time I have felt moody and cranky on the plan. Seems to help to put sample meals. Today: Brkfst: burger patty and 2 pieces of bacon with steamed mixed veggies, and black coffee. Lunch: 3 oz of pulled pork, 1/2 acorn squash baked with coconut oil, steamed green beans, 1/2 small avocado. Fuji apple as a snack. I haven't had dinner, but it will likely be baby back ribs and sweet potatoes (I have a 15K run tomorrow). I often snack on almonds, raisins, sunflower seeds. In the mean time, I’m going to try to work on these things and my hope is to report next week that I am feeling much better. Any advice is welcome! Thank you.
  17. Hey there, I'm on day 10. I think I've lost a good bit of weight because i look a lot more gaunt in the face. I was 140 pounds starting this program. I am trying to fix an undiagnosed gut problem that I've had for 10 months. So i really do not want to lose anymore weight. My thing is i'm not sure how much i am suppose to be eating. I have only brunch and dinner everyday because of my work. I eat about 12 eggs a week. i usually have 1 steak or chicken breast or a fillet of fish a day with vegetables and sweet potato. For brunch its usually an omelette or a tuna salad Snacks may be nuts, fruit, olives. I am also eating fermented veggies. I eat coconut milk and drink coconut water...and i'm on a extra strong probiotic. I'm eating really clean but i think i'm not getting enough protein and fats? I feel really tired in the morning and have low energy levels. Any suggestions would be appreciated
  18. I just finished my Whole 30 and this is my story… I LOST 13.5# !! I lost a bunch of inches too! My husband lost 12.5#! I'm 54 and a physical therapist assistant in home health. I have not felt bloated or "miserable" after a meal since starting this. Cravings for "something else" after meals are gone; Chronic throat clearing and 2 year old ache in right shoulder gone; no more night sweats, restless legs, insomnia or constipation; And I never counted a single calorie, Points Plus value or fat gram. I just ate good food! And I'm actually becoming a pretty good cook and being much more creative in the kitchen. Heck, I've spent more time in the kitchen in the last 30 days than I have in the last 6 months! MIRACULOUS! But so worth it! Prior to doing the Whole 30 I felt defeated, miserable, hopeless, and and like a phony. I have always been interested in and promoted healthy living and was not living it at all. I was a closet food addict. For most of my adult life I was able to exercise enough and eat healthy enough to maintain a decent weight fluctuating 10 pounds up-and-down. But I would drive through McDonald's every morning for breakfast and be embarrassed because the people at the drive-through knew me. I would eat fast food for lunch and then need "something else" before I got home (usually a candy bar...or 2.) I would vow every evening that I would not do it the next day only to do it the next day, and the cycle continued. I was diagnosed with diverticulitis the week I found a post about the Whole 30 on my Facebook feed. It was truly a God thing! It came at exactly the right time because I had hit an all-time high on my weight and an all-time low emotionally. And I felt like crap! I have learned to love trying new recipes and even tweaking some of my old recipes. I'm typically a "veggie hater" and have tried several new veggies and liked them. And even if I don't love them I've found ways to sneak them into my food so I don't really notice them. Fruit tastes so good to me now. Although the first week was hard (getting organized and learning to shop for the week,) I felt like a new person was living inside me by the 2nd week. I never got a lot more energy but I'm definitely not as tired mid-afternoon and evening as I was before Whole 30. I can't encourage you enough to try it. It's truly a lifestyle change for me, and the best thing I've ever done for myself.
  19. Hi friends! I am currently on Day 9 of my Whole30. Just some background: I am lucky if I poop 3x a week, and usually they are rabbit pellets that take all of the might of my body to evacuate. As a young child, I had a phase of constipation, but then it went away for many, many years. I eat WAY more healthy now than I do then, but I just can't seem to go ever. I also always bloat after my meals, no matter what it is. I was hoping the Whole30 would help. Here is an example of my meals Breakfast: Eggwhites cooked in olive oil, half avocado, snap peas sauteed in oilive oil. coffee (black) Lunch: salad of turkey, half avocado, spinach, carrots, and olive oil and vinegar and sometimes a sweet potato. If i am at work, its a salad with tuna or turkey, half avocado, tomato, carrot, portabello mushrooms, butternut squash, and oil and vinegar Dinner: spaghetti squash with ground turkey and tomato sauce, or a stir fry with broccoli, mushrooms, green beans, coconut aminos, and grilled chicken. Sometimes I have a few berries. I really feel digusting, bloated, and uncomfortable. My tongue is starting to turn a weird shade of white/yellow, probably because I've been stopped up for so long. Any suggestions??
  20. I'm on day 21 and have been eating very well. I didn't eat poorly before, but included regular butter, plain yogurt, cheddar cheese, some grains and carbs and some legumes in my diet. I did not eat much meat before, so I'm eating way more meat and eggs than I'm used to. I ate lots of vegetables before, but I'm definitely eating even more now. However, my stomach has been almost constantly bloated and I've had some bad gas too. I started taking digestive enzymes which helps a little, but shouldn't things be evening out now in my GI? I wasn't having any of these issues before starting my Whole30.
  21. Around day 15 I started feeling GREAT! Energy ramped way up around day 17. My clothes were fitting better, I felt great, and suddenly, like I had never started this Whole30 journey, I woke up bloated on day 20. It hasn't gone away. Bloated, gassy, stomach pain almost after everytime I eat. Admittedly I think I ate too many fruit and nuts on days 18-19 (I was working, running errands, busy, and out of groceries- so I relied on what was quick, easy, and available). Things I will admit- -I love fruit. So I have about 3 servings a day (one with each meal) -I have a long span of time between my lunch break and when dinner is finally ready, so I often end up eating nuts, or raw veggies with guac. -I only have 1 cup of coffee a day -I haven't been drinking as much water lately. I know it's probably not enough. Things I have considered- -Too many fruits and nuts? -Problem with nightshades? -Eggs? I eat 2-4 a day. Sample: Day 21 Breakfast- 1/4 of a quiche (eggs, sweet potato crust, ground turkey, rosemary). black coffee. Banana. Lunch- Leftover moroccan chicken (recipe from ISWF book), salad greens and raw veggies, avocado, avocado "ranch" dressing. (homemade, whole30 approved ingredients) Snack- raw almonds Dinner- "pizza spaghetti"- (spaghetti squash, ground turkey with italian seasoning, whole30 approved pepperoni, eggs as a binder, spaghetti sauce). Fruit bowl (1 banana, 1/2 cup blueberries) Day 22 Breakfast- 2 hardboiled eggs, 1/4 avocado, banana with almond butter. coffee black Lunch- Left over "pizza spaghetti". Small green apple Snack- Raw carrots and cucumber, guac. Raw almonds Dinner- Citrus chicken salad- (lemon pepper grilled chicken, greens, slices of orange and grapefruit, citrus dressing) Snack later- couple of oranges (this is unusual for me, but my bf was complaining about all these oranges we have that can't go to waste. weak excuse, I know) **Horrible stomach pain before afternoon snack, and after. Horrible pains after dinner for several hours. Day 23 (today) Breakfast- 3 hardboiled eggs with avocado. banana. almond butter. black coffee Lunch- chicken breast with seasoning (definitely some peppers- paprika, cayanne, chipotle), raw veggies and guac, small green apple. haven't had anything else today. Lunch was about 2 hours ago and I am miserable. I feel like I have eaten a pile of cookie dough and pizza, followed by a beer and hard cider. I have pain and tenderness in my abdomon, and severe bloating (like end of first trimester pregnant look) HELP? Things were going SO WELL, and now this change? At a point of wanting to quit if this is how I am going to feel
  22. *Disclaimer - topic of discussion is not lunchtime friendly* Hi All, Before my whole 30 I was a very "regular" person. Daily at least, if not twice or three times. I was anticipating slight constipation as mentioned in the timeline, I have been predominantley paleo since January so eating clean and only have a cheat moment here and there on special occassions. Now I am on day 25 and still feeling pretty bloated, and am only having bowel movements every other day, and they aren't really even that...substantial. Anyone else experienced this? Any advice? Would something like Kombucha help my movements and my bloating? Are there any particular supplements that I could take? I prefer not to have to take supplements and just let the food do its thing but I am slightly uncomfortable (I cut out almonds 5 days ago after reading lots of people say that that was giving them some bloaty feelings - I only drank it in my coffee/tea anyway) Thanks
  23. oceanrn

    Day 20

    I am on day 20 of my first Whole30. I am frustrated, irritable, bloated, hungry but no appetite, craving sugar and tired. What the??? I am one of the people who has a long way to go to health. But it's frustrating on day 20 to feel so crummy. I have stuck to the program, I take digestive enzymes and magnesium and fish oil and was feeling a bit better before but today is really difficult. I WILL stick to it but just had to vent today....... GRRRRRR!! Hormones are not balanced right now!!
  24. It pains me to have to post here, but I just need a little help. I completed a Whole 30 in August of 2012 and everything was hunky dory. I effortlessly lost my last 6 pounds, finally felt comfortable with my body for about the first time in oh, 40 years. I had energy, I had strength, it was great! I was doing very well with not rebounding until this past May and then things started going downhill. i lost my job, which meant more time around the house, which translated to not feeling so great, which led to more snacking and general poor food choices. I made an effort to remain very active over summer and spent an enormous amount of time cycling (at least 50 miles/week), in addition to yoga and running. I did gain a bit of weight from my low, but about 5 or 6 lbs. Manageable. However, as Summer ended and Fall (in Chicago) began, I pretty much stopped my outdoor activity and even my regular yoga practice. I also got really out of control with the food during a vacation in Mexico and then the Halloween to New Year stretch. So, here I am, back on the W30 to get myself out of my terrible grain/sugar/booze/dairy pit. And of course, I would love to fit back in my non "fat jeans." Only thing is, 16 days in, I swear I'm even heavier than when I started (and when I started, I was about 15 lbs heavier than at the end of the last W30, and for me, the heaviest I've been in decades.) I'm not weighing myself, but nothing is getting even the teeniest bit looser. I measured and I'm seeing numbers I don't remember seeing since 2003 (hint, not good.) I feel like I'm following the template to the T. I drink tons of water, I get 8 hours of sleep, I practice power yoga 60-75 min/day at least 5 days a week, with less intense practices the other 2. I walk my dog. I meditate and I make sure to keep my stress level as low as I can manage. I just don't know what else is going on, except maybe my calories are way out of line for my activity level? Here's an average 3 days of meals: Day 1: M1: 3 eggs with spinach or broccoli (1-2 cups), either 1/2 an avocado or a few olives, plus 2 cups of coffee with a Tbsp of unsweetened coconut milk, a few blackberries or strawberries (3-5) M2: grilled chicken breast over arugula salad (2 cups), some red pepper slices, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, maybe a few olives or the other 1/2 of avocado, with olive oil and balsamic, a few blackberries or strawberries (3-5) M3: chicken breast, green beans with a T or so coconut oil, 1/2 medium or whole small sweet potato, 2 dates or Day 2: same breakfast as above M2: compliant chicken sausage, green beans sauteed in olive oil, cherry tomatoes, 1/2 apple M3: chicken breast, broccoli slaw, red pepper slices, 1/2 avocado, 3 strawberries or Day 3: breakfast remains the same M2: ground turkey/ 1/4 roasted acorn squash with coconut oil, curry cauliflower rice (Well Fed), 1/2 apple M3 angus beef patty/ 1/2 sweet potato, small arugula salad, spoon of homemade mayo, 2 dates Too much of something? Not enough of something? Any advice greatly, greatly appreciated. Other helpful stats (F, 43, 5'3", currently 130 lbs., I'm normally between 118 and 120-ish)
  25. Hi guys and girls, so it's my first time doing a Whole30 and I wanted to tackle my sugar cravings, get more energy and loose a bit of weight as other "diets" haven't worked for me in the past. I have a thyroid problem but decided to stick with the normal Whole30 instead of doing the Autoimmune programme due to the amount of food that is restricted and my Hashitmoto's Thyroiditis is currently inactive according to my endocronologist. I thought my sugar cravings would be really bad but they haven't been an issue for me, its my stomach that is the issue at the mo. I haven't had any energy since I started this plan and at first I was always hungry but now it's weaned off a bit. I'm on day 15 now but for the last week I've had terrible bloating, like my abdomen is distended and I have had really loose stools. Today I've had to call in sick because I have had three bouts of diarrhea, sorry to be graphic but it's like water and I can't leave the flat! I'm not sure if this is normal and how to stop it. I used to take Actimel probiotics but because I'm not allowed dairy I have been eating sauerkraut but it hasn't helped. Do you think I need a probiotic in form of a pill? And can anyone recommend a brand or type? I live in Germany so will have to see if they do those here at the pharmacy. I usually avoid anything from the cabbage family as before it would bloat me out, I've tried cauliflower a couple of times since doing Whole30 and it still bloats me out and makes me gassy so have avoided it again and so I've been focusing on squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots and zucchini, all cooked not raw. I cook everything in coconut oil and sometimes ghee, either sauteeing, steaming, roasting. I work long hours starting early so have breakfast at 5am, lunch at 12pm and dinner at 6-7pm. My general meals look like this: Breakfast: green tea, usually have 2 eggs with a banana and spoonful of coconut chips (i can hardly stomach breakfast) Lunch: veggie soup with fish or meat of some kind or omlette with veg cooked in coconut oil, or leftovers from dinner night before Dinner: meat or fish with veggies and avocado or nuts/seeds (usually chicken, beef or pork (can't get lamb here in East Germany where i live and I hate liver)) I sometimes get hungry at work so have snacks of coconut chips, macadamia and walnut nuts and apples to hand. The first week I was snacking a lot due to hunger between meals but now I'm doing better and hardly snacking at all. I still don't have energy though and my stomach is really really bloated, almost like if I'd eaten wheat! I've been gluten free for 10yrs as have really bad symptoms when I eat wheat products. Tested negative though for coeliac. Last night my stomach bloated out during my meal and I couldn't finish it. (was peppered mackerel, sweet pots, roasted red peppers, parsnips and carrots with onion in coconut oil and sauerkraut) I used to eat meat or fish maybe 3 times a week, now its 3 times a day maybe that is the problem? I drink about 2-3 litres of herbal teas or water everyday, no coffee as am a migraine sufferer but always start my day with green tea. I know my trousers are tight and I feel really frumpy and I'm hoping it will pass as have read many comments on here to put me at ease about that but I am worried about the constant loose stools and diarrhea. Any tips or advice what I'm doing wrong or what I can try to ease up my stomach. It's so uncomfortable and getting me down Also I've noticed my skin is really bad, lots of breakouts. My doctor just thinks its IBS and this "diet" isn't any good as it cuts out too many food groups. many thanks!