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  1. I finished my first Whole30 in late August and started the fast track reintroduction 8/23. Before W30, I had frequent upset stomachs; more nauseated stomach ache. This was one of the main reasons to try out Whole 30 During W30, and after, those stomach aches went away but now I'm feeling bloated and uncomfortable instead. It's been pretty consistent, and I'm doing my best to rule out/not eat things that may cause discomfort (beans/peanuts, peppers, cruciferous vegetables, etc). But it seems to be coming back left and right, and sometimes for seemingly no real reason. My grandmother told me that my great grandmother had issues with gas/bloating too, and she was often uncomfortable, but suffered silently. Now I'm wondering, has anyone else experienced this too? Frequent bloating, discomfort, feelings of fullness, forceful burps, just overall really uncomfortable? Could it be a genetic sensitivity to lots of things? Does anyone know a quick way to help alleviate these feelings of discomfort? I'm very tired of feeling this way. I'm constantly aware of my abdomen. I've already went to the doctor and checked everything possible. She believes it's just sensitivity to certain foods and through process of elimination, stop eating those things that make me uncomfortable. I try to maintain as much of W30 as possible, but not to absolute perfection (I've had sweets here and there, and put cold cereals back in my breakfast with almond milk, etc). I'm not very interested in hyper-analyzing my diet, because I am already doing my best to evaluate that myself. I'm just wondering how many others may experience similar issues, and any words of advice on that/ways to help cope with discomfort. Thank you!
  2. Hello! Warning: this is gonna be long! I have just recently (one month ago) been diagnosed with endometriosis but I suspect that I have had it for 15 years (that's when my symptoms started). I am 28 years old. The end is my main reason for doing the whole 30. I am on day 4 and really loving it so far, the food tastes amazing and I love cooking so that part has been very enjoyable. The issue is, I am currently on my period therefore my endo symptoms are in full force. One of my most annoying symptoms is that I get very severe stomach bloating (I truly look 6 months pregnant) and stomach pain, and it flares up the worst when I eat. I have been having these symptoms for about a year, so way before I started the whole 30. I have been following the meal plan in the whole 30 book for the first week pretty closely but here is exactly what I've eaten: - Day 1: (1) 2 scrambled eggs, half and avocado, 2 tablespoons salsa fried in liquid coconut oil (2)protein salad (tuna, grapes, almonds, homemade mayo) and spinach (3) ground chicken with italian seasoning tomato sauce and spaghetti squash. - Day 2: (1) leftover spaghetti squash, tomato sauce, with a fried egg on top (fried in ghee) (2) Protein salas (as above) with spinach and a few pieces of orange bell pepper (3) seared chicken breast (in ghee), roasted potatoes and tomato (ghee), cabbage slaw, and roasted red pepper mayo. - Day 3: Was in severe pain that day. Woke up at 6:00am drank water and took pain killers. Slept till 12:30. Ate left over roasted veggies and a small amount of chicken breast with a fried egg on top (ghee) . Ate a nectarine around 5. And then ate dry rub steak, sautéed beat greens with garlic and ghee, mashed sweet potatoes with caramelized onions. - Day 4(today): (1) left over mashed sweet potatoes, fried egg (coconut oil) and 1 cup cantaloupe. The bloating was awful after dinner on night 2, bad after dinner on night 3 but not as painful. I know cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, can cause bloating and cramping, and they do in me even when I'm not on my period, so I am going to avoid those. My question is: Does anyone else on here suffer from endometriosis? What would be some soothing meals for my stomach that can help get me though my periods? Thanks in advance!
  3. Bloating

    Hello, I am doing my second Whole 30 and it is much different from the first. I am at the end of my first week and the only thing i have experienced is excessive bloating and fatigue. I really don't have much of an appetite either, and last Whole 30 I was constantly hungry. I have had both pretty much the entire time now. I am going to the bathroom regularly so I don't think that is causing the bloating. Any advice?
  4. Hello everyone. I'm on the last ten days of my first Whole30. I have seen what feels like some regression over the past week and I'd like to troubleshoot for the next 10 days or so. I'm splitting up my concerns/questions into bullet points. Feel free to message me for more details on any particular one, and thank you in advance for any input! -ON FODMAPS: While the first two weeks were great (almost immediate increase in energy, more stable energy levels, feeling lighter and happier) the last week I have felt heavier, fuller and significantly more bloated. Not much has changed in my eating or life habits, except that the daily stress quotient has increased, and I am being mindful of that and trying to offset. Ive seen after some research here that this could be a FODMAP problem. My diet is very heavy on those. Can someone give me a quick cheat-sheet on how long to eliminate these for? What next if that doesn't seem to resolve these latest symptoms? -ON ADRENAL FATIGUE: I don't have diagnosed adrenal fatigue, but because of my lifestyle and profession and some discussion with my GPs there's strong indication this could be a problem, which I'll tackle separately in coming months. In the mean time, what tweaks are recommended to the basic Whole30 program to better target adrenal fatigue? One guess is to eliminate coffee, and I am a big drinker. Is there a guide out there on how to reduce caffeine intake gradually (lots of changes in one month and do not want to pile more on). As a result of being more mindful on this program, I've limited my cups of coffee to 2-3 per day so far. Is there any summary out there to the science on coffee on an empty stomach, versus coffee with breakfast? How much damage are we doing if we are drinking two cups of coffee over our first waking hour or so, and then having breakfast? -ON FAT INTAKE: I was a pretty restrictive eater pre-Whole30, mostly limiting carbs, but with sugar binges, and I think my fat intake was average for my estimated nutritional needs but protein intake on the lower side. To substitute for milk in my coffee, I've taken to using coconut cream (maybe a teaspoon), and I'm aware of the added fat in that, but sometimes I skimp on the added Whole30 recommended fat sources per meal, so thought this is ok. Could I still be overdoing it on the fat intake? For example, last week was a busy week and I had a wonderful (but fatty) salmon three times. -ON MINDSET: While I have enjoyed the no-kidding-around approach to this program so far, I am worried that the planning involved (and the concerns I'm having now, forcing me to re-evaluate and restrict even more), might be making me even more obsessed with food and what I'm eating. What is the Whole30 recommendation for keeping a reasonable and healthy attitude about this? I understand some of it is just logistics and planning, but it is beginning to consume what I would consider a disproportionate of my thought process. Thanks very much.
  5. So I just finished my very first Whole30 this weekend. Greek yogurt was always a main staple of my diet which I missed. I bought full fat Greek yogurt and it's the only thing that's giving me a problem. Very quickly after eating it I find myself gassy and bloated as well as stomach cramps. I read someone's post yesterday about bloating with dairy and a moderator commented that this can happen since lactase hasn't been produced in the absence of dairy and your body will produce it again as you keep eating dairy. I really would like to be able to eat Greek yogurt. It's an easy on the go breakfast for me. I'd appreciate any advice or personal experience that you've had with this. Thank you!
  6. I'm on day 30! Yay! Currently planning my reintroduction schedule and I've come to a bit of a problem - during the whole30 I've still had most of the GI issues I had prior to the program. This mainly includes severe bloating and gas (I literally hiccup and burp maybe 30-40 times a day). I want to have a successful reintroduction, but since I'm still having a lot of digestive issues, how am I supposed to pinpoint what is causing what during my reintroduction? The idea is that your body is supposed to be "perfect" (aka the control group), and as you start to introduce foods back into your diet, or in to the "perfect" control group, you monitor the changes and attribute them to grains, dairy etc. But I don't have a "perfect" control group, and I'm afraid I've still been unable to pinpoint what is causing my GI issues. I just am wondering how I'm supposed to tell if the bloating/gas/stomach aches/etc. is coming from the legumes, grains, dairy, etc. or if it's coming from the other whole30 compliant food I've been eating over the last 30 days? Help!
  7. I am beginning my Whole30 a week from today, and have a question about the current supplements I'm taking. I've had stomach issues since I can remember (gas, bloating, CONSTIPATION), but as of the last year, things have been pretty good. Not great, but good. Every day I take a probiotic (Hyperbiotics Pro-15 Advanced Strength), drink a 1/2 cup of plain kefir, and take digestive enzymes with each meal (I used to take the NOW brand of these enzymes, but have since switched to Zenwise Labs Advanced Digestive Enzymes). I attribute my things being "pretty good" to the daily addition of these three things to my diet. However, I am wondering if I should go into the Whole30 sans the two supplements (the kefir is obviously out), and see if the program itself doesn't help me. Can someone please provide me with some guidance?
  8. Hi all, I'm on day 27 and I'm disheartened by my Whole 30 program. I've had no (or very little change) & I've followed the program properly. I've been vegetarian for approx. 30 years maintaining good health, fitness level and never experiencing anaemia or Vit B deficiency as I'm very conscious of food combining. I don't have any physical health diseases. The only problems I have experienced these last couple years are fluctuating energy levels, lower back pain, dark circles under eyes, and emotional dysregulation due to horrific relationship breakup, high stress jobs & study pressure. I'm in my final year studies of Bachelor Health Science (Naturopathy) and have to complete 300 hours of clinical placement this year. I believe in walking the talk and have been my own guinea pig testing the knowledge I learn on myself so I can explain treatments, nutrition, herbs, supplements etc to my future clients. I decided to complete the whole 30 after reading testimonials and reading 'It start's with food'. I thought it maybe a program I suggest to clients and was interested to see the results in myself. I started the program to do the strict vegetarian version, no soy, legumes etc but then had to add eggs as I felt I wasn't getting enough protein. After some initial nausea I thought I was going ok, my back pain had decreased and my menstruation had come & gone without the usual symptoms but my lack of energy had not improved. Week 2 I was feeling emotionally better & not being affected by external stressors/triggers as much. (But I put this down to the 30 day meditation challenge I was combining with the whole 30). Week 3 despite absolutely hating eating flesh I added fish every second day due to ongoing fatigue and feeling I wasn't getting enough protein. This last week has been the hardest struggle to stay on the Whole 30 as my energy has dropped to an all time low despite sticking to the program, adding more proteins. I've struggle to exercise other than walking the dogs every day for an hour and feel I have had muscle wastage. Previously I knew I had a intolerance to wheat as after eating it 2-3 days I would get GIT symptoms. Now I get GIT after every meal, which I thought was supposed to decrease on Whole 30 program. (Although this could be linked to eating on the run, eating to fast etc) To be honest I'm looking forward to finishing and returning to my prior eating habits. There has been some positives I will take from this; learnt how to make my own mayonnaise, linked to back pain to inflammation and not a structural problem, come up with creative recipes with limited ingredients. My next 30 day challenge will be to eat mindfully. Not eating on the run, standing up, driving, working, studying, talking etc and seeing if this influence my GIT symptoms (mostly bloating after meals) in anyway. Is anyone else disheartened at the end of their Whole 30 or are you all feeling wonderful?
  9. This is a littler personal, but I've struggled with bad gas, constipation, and bloating for about 15 years (I'm only 29 - it started when I was a teenager). To the point sometimes the pain is so bad I can't even stand up and have to lie down. I've literally tried everything, even got a colonoscopy (which showed nothing). The only time I've really felt better is when I did a sugar detox last year, similar to Whole30 but you can still have some dairy. This is my first time doing W30 and I'm currently on day 23. I've noticed I'm losing weight but throughout most of the program my stomach problems seem to have gotten worse. I'm bloated almost every day, still constipated (although sometimes I get random diarrhea out of nowhere), and the pain seems almost worse than normal. My gut has also been very noisy, making "angry" noises when it's hurting badly. I was really hoping W30 would help but it seems to be making things worse - too many vegetables perhaps? If anyone has any insight, I would greatly appreciate it. I'm feeling very frustrated and upset; this is an awful way to feel every day.
  10. Whole30 has officially taught me that it's possible to feel slimmer and bloated at the same time. I'm on Day 9 and I've been very..... irregular. Well, if we define irregular as me not having a healthy movement for the past 9 days. So I have some bloating from that. Meanwhile, my pants feel looser everywhere except across the lower abdomen that is feeling all puffy. So, I guess that's good? I drink a lot of water (upwards of 80 ounces a day, not counting the two or so cups of tea or cup of coffee--all compliant, promise!--I also have many days) and eat a lot of veggies. I've had issues with this my whole life and am IBS-C, and found that I need lots of soluble fiber to keep things comfortable. I'm still eating plenty of insoluble fiber, but the lack of beans and other starches I've relied on for soluble fiber in the past seem to be causing some serious disruption. I once had a doctor tell me I was his most severe case of IBS, and over the past 10 years I have had to do a lot of dietary adjustments as a result. I've tried most plans, like low-FODMAP and many other things, but found that just keeping a good mix of insoluble and soluble fiber and drinking lots of water has been the best solution for me. For a while I was taking linzess, but it is no longer covered by my health insurance so I stopped. That was the only time in my life that I had more than say 2 movements per week. FYI: My primary motivation for doing W30 is an elimination diet to determine sensitivities or allergens. I've had weird symptoms such as swollen eyelids in the morning that have me convinced I'm ingesting an allergen. I have ruled out environmental factors. I want to see an allergist for testing, and have a request in for an appointment, but don't know when that will be just yet. I have not had any of the weird allergic reaction type symptoms since I've started W30, so I think I'm on the right track. Anybody have any good tips on getting the trains back on schedule? Or recommendations for good soluble fiber foods that aren't super starchy? I don't want to overdo it on sweet potatoes, as I feel that could sabotage other positive results I'd be able to achieve on this plan. While I have maintained a fairly healthy diet pre-W30, or at least better than the SAD diet, I am victim to my share of emotional eating and sugar cravings.
  11. I'm on day 20, and feel like my body is on a backslide. This week, I was feeling awesome: steady energy, great mood, etc. Starting two days ago (Day 18), I began feeling bloated and started having some digestive issues. Yesterday (Day 19) and this morning I've had the same digestive issues plus a headache. I haven't experienced these symptoms since the first week of my Whole 30. Is this common? The only culprit I can identify is that while traveling earlier this week, I was eating more fruit than usual. Day 18 diet: Breakfast was eggs and ~2 cups of fruit (pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries), lunch was a chicken breast with sugar-free tomato sauce w/olives and artichoke hearts plus a spinach salad with no dressing, and dinner was a Chipotle burrito bowl (chorizo, lettuce, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, hot salsa, and guacamole). Day 19 diet: Breakfast was a piece of sausage and spinach frittata plus a larabar, lunch was another Chipotle burrito bowl (chorizo, lettuce, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, hot salsa, and guacamole), snack was carrots with guacamole, and dinner was halibut with orange ginger glaze (from Whole30 book) and butternut squash soup. Help!
  12. Hey Whole 30 Friends. I'm reaching out today in hopes to find some unique answers from the community. Trust - I've gone through pages of this "Troubleshooting" thread in search of answers, and it has become very clear to me that (unfortunately) every body is different, and there are no solid answers for any one (or multitude) of problems. Cutting to the chase - I am on day 8 of my second Whole 30, and let's just say it's not going so well. My first Whole 30 was basically a miracle - day 3 I was seeing clearer skin, less greasy hair, a pep in my step, serious shrinkage of my stomach area, great digestion, and more. Pants that hadn't fit me in months/years even slid right on. I never weighed myself but I could tell that weight was lost. It really felt like a godsend. I didn't even make it through the whole 30 days (stopped on day 24), and still felt like a new woman. This time around, I have been even more strict and compliant since Day 1, but am feeling barely any benefit. I do feel energy, but I am extremely bloated at all hours of the day. I can barely use the bathroom without popping a blood vessel (sorry to be graphic, but you get the idea), I barely fit into my pants, my skin is horrible? My hair is greasy as usual...it just sucks all around. The bloating is really the tough part - I wake up in the mornings in pain with gas, but cannot "solve the issue", and spend my day waiting for it to pass but it...doesn't. I take probiotics daily and drink more water than I ever have in my life, trust me. Here's an example of what I eat daily: Breakfast: black coffee, an egg "muffin" (scrambled egg, kale, tomato, onion, pepper, pepper, salt), a banana Lunch: ground turkey with cayenne, pepper, salt, broccoli (cooked), carrots (cooked) (disclaimer: I have heard multiple times that broccoli, kale, or carrots could cause constipation but my rebuttal is that this is not an every day staple of my meals. This is an example of what I ate today specifically, but I didn't have broccoli, kale, carrots, or anything along those lines in the past few days) Dinner: spaghetti squash with salt and pepper, chicken, tomato "sauce" with garlic, spices, tomato paste Note: I cook with and eat olive oil frequently. I drink water water water and some seltzer each day, sometimes green tea. I do snack occasionally on raisins or dates but I am putting emphasis on "occasionally". I don't eat too many starches (seriously), I don't eat too many avocados, any foods that have been listed to create bloat, I do not eat on a frequent basis. Another note: I ate pretty much these exact foods during my last Whole 30 and had no problem. Normally, when I am not doing the Whole 30, I never ever have indigestion or constipation issues. Something important to say might be that during now and my last Whole 30 (about a month or two ago was when I did my first), I definitely pigged out. Drank a lot of alcohol, ate a lot of crap, etc. All in all, I just need some kind of answer or even short term solution? This is making my daily life quite stressful and upsetting, to the point that I'm wondering - what is the point? I might as well eat like crap if it actually allows me to be comfortable! Please help
  13. Hey everyone! I'm on Day 5 of my first Whole 30. The first four days, I felt really awesome and my digestion was regular and comfortable. Starting in the evening of Day 4, I've been experiencing gas, bloating, and general discomfort for the last 20 hours or so. I'm wondering if this is just my system trying to get used to the new diet, or whether I'm reacting to something specific I'm eating. Is this a common experience for people at this stage in the Whole30? Thank you!
  14. Plz Help Me!

    I've had horrible gas and bloating this week. I can't seem to figure out the culprit though, so here's my meals for the week: My breakfast every day has been a vegetable egg bake. Ingredients: shredded potato, sauteed mushrooms, red onion and bell peppers, and eggs. This morning (Wednesday) I ate a hard boiled egg with half an avocado and olive oil for my pre-workout meal, then ate the rest of the avocado with my egg bake. I drink 2 cups of coffee every morning with Nutpods. Lunch every day has been a tortilla soup with chicken, bell peppers, onion, jalapeno, and chicken broth... plus seasonings. I also have homemade plantain chips, an apple and on Mon & Tue I ate the apple with almond butter. I assumed the almond butter was causing the gas... but today I'm having the same symptoms. I ate my apple plain today! I have been having a cup of coffee after lunch, but the symptoms usually start before that (they kick in right when I start eating lunch.) My dinner on Mon & Tue was sauteed potatoes, zucchini and Aidells chicken sausage. I realize there hasn't been much variety this week (I don't typically do that, I have a grocery store trip planned after work today.) I'm also on Day 10 of Whole30 and I drink about 3 liters of water a day. (I'm 5'6.5" and I believe 150 pounds... that's an estimate since I don't own a scale.) Please send help because 5 PM can't get here soon enough when this happens ha ha ha Thanks for the help!
  15. hi There Whole 30 community! I am on my day 13th and everything has been going pretty well, except the fact that i have been experiencing a lot of bloating, gas and abdominal pain/discomfort. i follow the protocol exactly and expected to have some of the bloating/gas, however it says in the book that this stage is somewhere days 11-12. i have been experiencing this for more than 5 days now. the new foods in my diet are coconut milk and ghee. i removed coconut mild completely for few days but the symptoms remain. i use Organic Valley Purity Farms Ghee and not sure if this could be a problem? i also started to eating much more veggies - like cucumbers and tomatoes, but i have been always eating them and never had an issue. i also started adding regularly raw almonds so wondering if raw almonds could cause the symptoms? in any terms, just wanted to check in and see if anyone experiences the same and what whole30 graduates have to say. thanks in advance for your response and advise.
  16. For the first week of the plan everything went beautifully. No headaches, no desire to kill things and no struggles to eat. I noticed that my skin felt better (no dishpan hands from all the dishes I was washing, dry heels were becoming a thing of the past and my joints felt more.. supple?) However, around day 10 things began to change and not for the better. Stomach cramps, diarrhea, joints aching, breast tenderness and bloating. My mother, a vegan and naturalist thinks I am going through a "cleanse" of all the toxins in my system from various issues over the years (surgeries, strepp, medication for treating a hiatal hernia ect) and that the program is causing me to "flush" them in a painful and aggressive way due to how "toxic" she thinks my system is (try convincing an 83 YO something different.. sigh). I am 51, post menopausal and yes, I am coming off 2 years of a lot of medications. I am listing some of the meal choices I have been making the past few days to see if there is any troubleshooting needed in how I am proceeding (note: I make all the dressings ect to make sure they are plan compliant): Breakfast: version1: 3 eggs (cooked in clarified butter, salt and pepper to taste), salsa, veggie sticks (usually celery and carrots and always at least a cup) ranch dressing (recipe from W30 book) and SOMETIMES fruit version 2: 1 open nature chicken/apple sausage (plan compliant! uses fruit juice for sweetener woot!), veggie sticks and ranch dressing and SOMETIMES fruit version 3: the delicious frittata in our whole 30 book with some fruit on the side Lunch: version 1: protein tuna salad ( 5 oz can of albacore, apple and celery, homemade mayo, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste) celery sticks and other veggies as the mood strikes to use to "scoop" it version 2: salad (lettuce, jicama, tomato, cucumber, carrot, celery, bell pepper) with leftover meat (chicken, steak) and salad dressing (oil based vinaigrette usually) version 3: traditional protein salad (grapes walnuts celery added in) over bed of lettuce and cucumber Dinner: version 1: Salmon cooked on the drill, mashed potatoes (made with salt, pepper, clarified butter, chicken stock), coleslaw (cabbage, carrot, sesame seed mayo, vinegar salt and pepper) version 2: grilled steak and veggie kebabs marinated in chimi sauce version 3: Buffalo chicken salad (chicken spun in hot sauce, ranch, lettuce, jicama, carrot, bell pepper, celery)
  17. Hi. I'd be feeling GREAT about Whole30 if I wasn't constantly battling constipation and bloating. I've read tons of stuff on the forum here about possible problems and solutions and, I think, have tried virtually all of them, largely to no avail. This morning, I woke up again with my stomach distended and the feeling like I have a bowling ball in my lower GI tract. I poop every day, but not alot and it's much darker than before -- certainly not as much as before Whole30. And....I've been waking up with a bit of reflux, something else I never had before Whole30. That usually eases over the course of the day....but still.... About me: I'm 48. Went on Whole30 because I'm overweight (5'2, 175) and want to get more mindful about my eating, as well as break my bread/starches addiction (as well as my fondness for sneaking terrible takeout chinese food). I'm an experienced cook and, long before starting this, when not eating too much bread or bad takeout, ate mostly high quality proteins and veg (organic/local/pastured/grass fed). I didn't eat nearly as much red meat. I also always ate dairy, though not a ton (lowfat yogurt, a bit of cheese here and there, cream in my coffee). I exercise by running and walking @ 4x/week. What I've been eating: I've been following the food template to a tee, I think. I was using cauliflower rice and onions as two of my favorite "fall back" veggies during the first 10-12 days of the diet, but I've cut them out thinking that maybe this was a FODMAP issue. (I should note that I've cooked with lots of onions and garlic my whole life and never got the tiniest bit of indigestion from them). Yesterday I ate: BREAKFAST 12 oz lemon water when I woke up Sauteed a sweet potato in a bit of oilve oil with cinnamon and cumin; mixed it with leftover hamburger, and I ate it with a couple of tablespoons of homemade simple guac (avocado,salt, lime juice). Had another 12 oz lemon water LUNCH 15-20- baby carrots another leftover hamburger 1/2 c homeade simple guac per above 12 oz unsweetened iced tea and another 12 oz water DINNER sauteed in a generous amount of olive oil 1 very large zucchini with 8 fresh wild shrimp, added olive oil, crushed red pepper, and a moderate amount (less than I usually would - probably 1 clove) slivered garlic. I tried to avoid eating the slivered garlic when I ate dinner 2 more 12 oz glasses of water Day before I ate: BREAKFAST 2 scrambled eggs with 6 crimini mushrooms 1 cup fresh spinach 2 small slices of proscuitto ghee for sauteeing iced coffee with homemade almond milk LUNCH grilled organic salmon romaine lettuce salad (it had a small amount of shredded red and green cabbage, shredded apple, and shredded carrot in it) closed handful of cashews 1/2 cup homemade pineapple salsa (pineapple, a tiny bit of red onion, a little bit of jalapeno, cilantro) 24 oz iced herb (non-caffeinated) iced mint tea DINNER 2 grilled applegate organic beef hotdogs 1 cup + saurkraut 12-15 baby carrots 1/2 cup of my homemade guac Another 24-36 oz of water. Supplements I used to take a gummy cal/mag and gummy vitamin c/d. I ended these when I started Whole30. I've been taking a probiotic (PB8) in the morning since I started Whole30. The past 4 days, I've been taking papaya enzymes before every meal in the hopes that they may help. (They do, I think, but not much). I take fish oil every morning too. THANKS FOR ANY SUGGESTIONS! MY PANTS ALREADY ARE A BIT LOOSER AND MY NAILS AND SKIN LOOK GOOD, BUT I WOULD FEEL SOOOOOOOOO MUCH BETTER IF I COULD SHAKE THIS!
  18. Hey guys, So I am on my Day 29 of my 1st Whole 30. I got my period about 2 weeks late and have been having really abnormal symptoms for my body so far. I have been lightly spotting and experiencing intense cramps and feeling bloated pretty much every day for the past week. Before I started the Whole 30, I had irregular periods, some months it would come, some months it would not, and barely would ever feel sore from them, but this one has been really really painful daily. I am feeling super bloated and not Tiger-Bloodish at all in my last week. I am afraid that when I take a look at my results from the beginning to the end of my journey they will not be accurate because how I am feeling now. Also, I am afraid my bloat will throw off my "flat belly" result and my weight loss total on Day 31. I know it's not about scale victories only, but I do want to get an accurate Day 1 > Day 30 comparison! Help!
  19. Hello! So I'm currently ending Day 7 of not having a normal BM. I'm going blunt, I tried going yesterday and today only to pass maybe 5-6 hard, dense little rabbit turds. That was a struggle and didn't want to put any more stress down there (if you know what I mean). Hemorrhoids have been inflamed, even without the straining from yesterday and day. -I am on no medication -my crohns disease is in remission -I don't have pain, yet it's uncomfortable -bloating is steady and increased after eating -I perform abdominal exercises to get the muscles working -drink over 64 oz of water daily (trying to drink even more in this state) -tried incorporating caffeine, raw carrots, and apple cider vinegar mixed with water (usually helps me if there's an issue in the past), detox hot tea -began abdominal massages today Normal day of meals... Hot tea (green, ginger, mint, detox) B: 2 cooked eggs in EVOO w/ kale, black pepper, sea salt, turmeric//palm sized beef// raw grapes, raw avocado, raw whole banana with lemon juice on top L: Sage burger//raw grapes, raw avocado, raw whole banana with lemon juice on top (made up multiples, usually it's different yet that's all I had available that day)// raw carrot D: Whole30 mayo on compliant ingredients for chicken turkey salad (celery, dill, chives, grapes, avocado) 12 oz Hot tea (green, ginger, mint, or detox) S: sweet potatoes cooked in EVOO, rosemary, thyme, sprinkled avocado seed, sea salt, black pepper Hot tea (green, ginger, mint, detox) --thought hot tea would help I didn't want to get to the enzymes or magnesium yet I'm debating now. I'm on Day 25 and have been compliant throughout. I still get hungry yet become bloated afterward. I almost don't want to put anymore food down there. Never had an issue with any of these foods before or when on the Whole30 diet. 145lb (before I started Whole30 and not sure current weight) sleep is well workouts are an extreme struggle unlike before I started energy is steadying out and it's amazing not cold as much after eating mood is well I'm a chick Anyone that took the time to read this-thank you and I appreciate any time or help you put forth. For sure, I'm grateful (I know, theres a lot there) Enjoy the day wolfgang
  20. So...I had never heard of this FODMAP thing until searching the boards, and am thinking that may be my issue. I've had painful bloating, gas (sorry...), belching, stomach gurgling after eating a few times on the whole30 which was worse last night and again tonight. I've found that dried fruit of any kind is an issue. Last night's M3: grilled calamari over greens with balsamic vinegar and EVOO, salmon w/ lemon sauce over greens (BV+EVOO), pellegrino w/ lime Tonight's M3: mocha pulled beef in bibb lettuce w/ salsa, grilled veg (beets, white potatoes, carrots, onions, and hazelnuts), mixed olives. I think I'm doing right by portion sizes, following the template, and taking in a lot of water/herbal tea. I'm on day 15 (1st whole30), and was mostly GF before whole30 due to what I thought was a gluten intolerance (same issues as above...realized it years ago when drinking beer/eating pasta etc. so cut it out entirely). Have also been fighting an annoying cough for 2 solid weeks, and overall am just feeling pretty wiped out which has been demoralizing...I usually run or WOD 3-5x week depending on work/kid schedules. I'm wondering how long after cutting out the grey items from the Whole30 low FODMAP list I should expect some relief? Or, any ideas on what else may be causing this? And last question, oh mighty forum gurus: any suggestions for immediate relief? Thank you!
  21. This is my first post - I have learned so much from reading all the other posts - I haven't needed to ask a question - they were all here in the forum and ANSWERED! Today I have had SERIOUS bloating, stomach pain and just feel BLECH. I have been feeling fantastic until now. I have TONS of energy, I'm sleeping better and my clothes are all fitting better. My husband decided to join me a couple of days ago and 2 days ago we had grass fed steaks marinated in TAMARI! We have used this in our house for years b/c our 11 yo has Celiac Disease. I felt fine Sunday after dinner, but then today I had the left over steak with eggs for bfast and no bueno. I was telling my husband how bloated and just YUCK I felt this afternoon/evening. A few hours later, he was reading up on whole 30 and declared he knew why I felt like this... TAMARI! So - here is my dilemma - do I start over with day 1.... yes, right? ALSO - how do i make myself feel better. This is an AWFUL feeling... Thanks for reading! Carrie
  22. Bloating

    I have noticed I feel so bloated (6-7 months pregnant stomach, I am not pregnant) from eating sweet potatoes. Yesterday I tried a few red potato wedges and carrots and while not quite as bad I still felt the bloating, huge stomach. Can I use cherries and berries as my carb dense food? They are not a trigger food for me and I'm only talking 1-2/3-4 cup. I know without a doubt sweet potatoes does this to me. I do not like butternut/acorn squash so please don't suggest. Raw carrots seem to be ok. PLEASE HELP! patty
  23. Hello my fellow W30-ers! It's seems a bit late in the W30 process (Day 23 woot!!) to come to this realization, but I think I've finally conquered my off & on bloat, particularly in the evening, as well as decreased my need for an afternoon snack of nuts... * Adding just a bit of extra fat at lunch: 1/2 an avocado (in addition, to a healthy dousing of olive oil on top of my salad), lasted me 4 - 5 hours until dinner!!! Today, I had no need to munch on hazelnuts or cashews in between!!! After dinner, I was full but not feeling uber bloated!! **The INCREASE of good fat at a meal, results in a DECREASED need for snacks!** This is CLEARLY stated in ISWF, as well as listed in several posts on this forum, but until I experienced persistent bloat & experimented w/my food, it didn't sink in!!! Oh, silly me!!! But, anyway, I'm still happy to report my 'discovery'!
  24. I NEVER post to message boards so being here is evidence that I believe in the program and the moderators that run these very helpful posts. I have read a lot of posts about aspects of my concerns and challenges, and found lots of great advice on other topics. I hope someone can help with this one and apologize in advance for its length. I am on Day 21 of my first W30. Within week one, I noticed an exciting & amazing reduction in the GI symptoms that brought me to this program--reduced bloating and distention and almost no stomach cramps or "burning" nausea that had ruled my life for months. I happily have stuck to my program and am even seeing big changes, for instance, I am actually hungry for breakfast for the first time in a decade (not within an hour of rising but at least I am getting hungry in the mornings and able to eat quality foods). So, I am seeing positive results, but after learning to eat three healthy, whole meals a day, limiting snacks, and limiting foods I can now see are troublesome for me such as nuts and dried fruit, I am feeling more miserable physically than I have since before the W30 began. For the last week I have been constipated, bloated, and battling cravings--far, far worse than in the early weeks which were surprisingly less miserable than I expected. Earlier this week I learned a lot about the dangers of skipping lunch and eating grapes as a snack late in the afternoon (I could NOT stop munching after dinner) and haven't been able to come to equilibrium again since. I find that if I eat a meal, I am stuffed full, but if I don't finish it I will be hungry in two hours or less which is supposed to mean I need to eat more at meals. Last night I ate what seemed like a reasonable sized dinner, but felt stuffed to distraction afterwards, and then spent the evening battling cravings--mostly for nuts but really just to chew. I finally allowed myself a green apple (although realized afterwards that I could have easily eaten only half but finished the whole thing). I feel like there is a compulsive piece to this as well as a rational concern about hunger in between meals driving this overeating. Should I plan to eat less at meal time and either save the leftovers for a couple hours later or plan other snacks for late morning and late afternoon? The following is what I have eaten the last couple days--I have been avoiding nuts and nut butters which I really overdid early in the week, avoiding dried fruits to battle the sugar dragon, and trying to eat only small amounts of fresh fruit with meals. (All ingredients and foods W30 compliant.) M1: egg salad (3), smoked salmon, leftover green beans Had to have a snack: Olives M2: beef chili on a bed of spinach, 1/2 avocado, two mandarins M3: Roasted sweet potato, mayo-baked salmon, green beans with butter, avocado & tomato salad M1: 3 poached eggs on bed spinach, salsa, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 apple M2: tuna nicoise salad: romaine, green beans, avocado, tuna canned in olive oil, red pepper, ranch dressing M3: beef burger, black olive and avocado tapenade (heavy on olive oil), roasted brussels sprouts, onions, and new potatoes Had to have a snack even though stomach full: green apple I have been drinking a lot of water and herbal teas, taking Miralax daily for the last three days, and while I am feeling some relief this morning from the constipation, there is no way I have eliminated all that I have ingested in the last 4-5 days so I am not feeling normal. Thanks for your advice!!
  25. Hi everyone! So, I have successfully concluded my whole30 two days ago (hurray!) and decided to do a 15 day reintroduction plan until the end of the year in this order: non-gluten grains, dairy, gluten grains, sugar, legumes and wine. So every 3 days I'll introduce something new, that's exciting (at least I thought so). Yesterday I had some rice with my lunch and kept everything else W30 compliant. WOW! I was expecting no problems with white rice but it turns out that I feel bloated, I was passing A LOT of gas all night (sorry for the TMI) and I feel really discouraged of trying to reintroduce any other food groups, I just wanna crawl again under my W30 blanket. My question is: what should I be looking for when reintroducing? Is bloating and gas a problem, or is it just my body readjusting? I really don't know what to expect, in two days I'll be introducing dairy and I am soooo afraid! HELP!