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  1. TheReadingKnitter

    Bloated, nauseous and on my period

    So I’m on R1D6 and since about day 4 I have been bloated, nauseous and constipated. I started my period on day 3 so I’m not sure if it’s my period or doing Whole 30 but I’m miserable. What can I do to alleviate this awfulness?
  2. 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!
  3. Shannonmj

    Day 15 and still struggling

    I’m half way through my first round of whole 30, and still struggling with energy and bloating. Does the energy ever increase? Does the bloating ever disappear? I was hoping to figure out what foods cause bloating but it seems everything I eat bothers me. I’m committed to all 30 days but not really seeing benefits yet... Any advice from someone who has been there?
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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?!
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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??
  13. 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.
  14. 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)
  15. Madabout_riley

    Bloated, icky and mad!

    I just finished my whole 30 yesterday, not perfectly ( I had a few bites of a cookie and a handful of potato chips midway through I know I know terrible!) I have been battling bloating during my entire whole 30! I ate a lot of grains (whole) before my whole 30 but life without grains hasn't been much different on my gut! I look like I'm 4/5 months pregnant! My bowels have never been regular. I can go weeks without a movement. Since being on the whole 30 I've gone only a handful of times! And a few of those times I almost had to force it out! I've tried yogi detox teas and NOTHING comes out! I thought eating all these veggies would go me good and finally regulate my bowels but nothing. In fact, It's possible I might be worse. The other weird thing is, according to the tape measure, I've supposedly lost an inch off my waist! I measure in the morning when my tummy is relatively flat but what good is loosing that inch when I look like a freaking whale for the rest of the day?! Now unto what I've been eating, lots of spinach, kale, eggs, sweet potato and avocado, chicken, tuna, pork, turkey cutlets, ground beef, some fruits (cherries, apples, strawberries), onions, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, lots of carrots, asparagus, some Brussels sprouts, bell peppers and to tomatoes. My typical meals have roasted veggies (whatever I have on hand) and baked meat or fish. I don't know what else to do! I rotate my veggies and try new veggies each week. For example I never really had Brussels springs or asparagus, or cauliflower, before the whole 30. I didn't really eat sweet potato before either. I haven't yet checked my weight nor do I really want to but I hate the way my tummy looks! I've about taking enzymes but isn't that kind of hypocritical?! If I have to supplement (which is mentioned in the book as a no-no) then why did the whole 30? Am I alone on this one? I'd rather not supplement because I didn't believe in supplementing before so I'm not to start now. I eat a lot of sweet potato which I've read is good for making you poo, but I have no such luck. Could I be eating too much of it? I only have 4 a week. I should also mention, today is day 31 but I have no desire to re-introduce much at all. Maybe honey and the occasional threat (ice cream or cookie). I'm sticking with it but is there anything I can add to help with elimination?! I prefer a natural tea or fruit or vegetable. I'm considering doing a 3-5 day juice cleanse to debunk because I really feel gross! Any suggestions please help!
  16. I am on Day 25. One of the things that prompted me to endeavor to do a Whole30 was the amount of heartburn and indigestion I dealt with on a regular basis. I've been doing lots of reading and research during my W30, and have been doing everything I can think of to try and get things figured out. The last 2-3 days have been really aggravating. I am so bloated that I can't eat. I'm not exaggerating. I couldn't eat dinner last night, and I couldn't eat breakfast this morning. I could only eat half my lunch the last two days. I don't have a lot of gas, but I am burping a TON. I have bowel movements one to two times per day, but I still feel like I'm constipated. I read a lot from Chris Kresser's websites, and have implemented a few of the things he suggested. I started taking a probiotic, as well as eating more sauerkraut and drinking kombucha. I also started taking a digestive enzyme that has HCL and pepsin in it. The more I take the digestive enzyme, the more bloated I feel. I don't think that's how it should work. Kresser also mentions an imbalance between good and bad gut bacteria, so this morning I decided to increase the probiotic (still within recommended limits) to see if I could help swing the tide in my favor. I'll try that over the next couple of days and see if there is any improvement. Does anyone have any other suggestions? I'm grumpy and irritable because I feel so bloated and gross. The first couple of weeks were great, save for the heartburn I dealt with. I was hungry when I was supposed to be hungry, I could eat my entire meal and not feel bloated and uncomfortable, and I could go to the bathroom once a day and not feel like I still had to go. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!