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  1. Better Late than Never - Started July 10

    Hello All, I am a working momma of two under two. Before having two kiddos in the last two years, I was active, fit, and generally a healthy eater. Now two kids later, I am still active, not quite as active as I was, but I am getting there; however, in my quest to do all and be all I got into some bad eating habits. Like really bad. Like hamburger helper bad. I used the excuse of being busy. just having not one one but two babies, and breastfeeding. Now, kiddo number two is nursing less due to the introduction of solid food. I also have crazy allergies. I have had six sinus infections in as many months. A friend of mine had completed Whole30 as a nursing mom, and had nothing, but positive things to say about it, so I read the book in two days. I had to rush read the book and start the program the following Monday because of a Family Reunion at the end of August. This will give me just enough time to complete the program and the reintroduction period. Note: I did my prep the Sunday before I started. I am on Day 2. The only thing I miss so far is cheese. The hardest part of my day is when my toddler gets home from school. He snacks while I cook. I usually snacked with him, Other than that, so far so good. -Alicia
  2. I have a 7 month old and have done cleanses/detoxes before but do not want to do those this time around because I am breastfeeding and I know that whatever ends up in our bloodstreams can get into our breastmilk. Seems like the Whole30 is a good fit for me because there are no supplements to take and it is not as strict as just juicing for a week. However, when I hear words like "carb fever" and hear other symptoms people mention, there seems to be some type of detox effect for each person separately. I understand there are psychological relationships we develop with food that are also being undone in these 30 days, but a clean diet gives your body the chance to heal, hence the idea that it would start cleaning itself up by getting rid of toxins makes sense to me. It's not out of the realm of possibility for those toxins to end up in our blood streams and pass through to the breastmilk. Does anyone have experience or technical experience on this subject? I want to do this to reset myself because my son has eczema and I have never craved carbs like I did when I was pregnant and the first 5 months of breastfeeding. I believe a super clean diet for me may help him, and I'm willing to ease my way into it if that means he doesn't end up taking in toxins my body is trying to get rid of.
  3. Hi, All! I started the Whole30 after a friend posted a success story. I've been looking for something to help lose some baby weight, and changing how I looked at food seemed like a natural start! Not to mention, she lost 14lbs on her Whole30, which was inspiring! I started February 5th, 6 days after her instagram post. I took the time to prepare and use up the non-compliant groceries I bought that week. I feel great so far. I've had lots of energy the last two days, I feel proud, and I feel committed. I am breastfeeding my 4-month old son, so I never let myself get hungry, but I feel awesome about my choices. I'm just worried right now about when I'll stop feeling good. I had/have such a big sweet tooth that I know my body must start missing it soon. Any other (presumably non-football fans) Whole30ers start on Superbowl Sunday?
  4. Hi there, I am about one month post op from a total thyroidectomy (8/1/16) from medullary thyroid cancer (diagnosed 7/12/16). I also have alopecia areata and am a breastfeeding mom. I'm on R2D8 and am suffering from severe migraines, fatigue and nausea. In addition, I know the fatigue and brain fog can remain until we get my medication correct. The migraine/nausea are making it difficult to eat and drinking enough, which is hurting my supply. Some days are a little better than others but today is the worst. I'm currently on Synthroid, calcium carbonate (TUMS - not compliant) and Calitroil. I also have been taking my migraine medication because my headaches are unbearable and have my son to take care of. My son breastfeeds morning and night but my supply seems to have dipped. My symptoms have been making it diffiucult to eat and drink enough. I completed my first W30 two weeks before my diagnosis. I lost a good amount of weight but still suffered from the brain fog, interrupted sleep and fatigue. I'm wondering is if it's too soon after my surgery to tackle a Whole30. I've read of ways to ease into a w30 or paleo lifestyle. I see my new endocrinologist on the 15th and will speak to him about this as well. In the meantime, I was hoping to feel like I have more control over my health. Can anyone relate or have experience with these conditions?
  5. I'm doing whole30 while breastfeeding a 6 mo old. Here's a sample 3-day meal plan. Any advice is welcome! Thanks 1. Almond milk, chia seeds, berries, boiled egg 2. 3 scrambled eggs, 1/2 bell pepper, tomato, olives 3. grilled chicken, lettuce, cucumber, olive oil/sesame seed dressing (homemade), 1/2 sweet potato, 1/2 banana 4. Salmon patties, homemade olive oil mayo, tomato, asparagus, lettuce, homemade dressing 5. ham, guacamole, 1/2 banana 1. boiled egg, mayo, baby carrots 2. sausage, sweet potato, fried egg, peach, pecans 3. lettuce, ham, boiled egg, cucumber, tomato, olive oil dressing 4. Whole30 chili, potato, clarified butter, sour kraut 5. tuna salad, mini sweet peppers 1. 2 fried eggs, tomato 2. breakfast soup (potato, carrots, tomato, spinach, sausage, broth), coconut milk 3. grilled chicken, mayo based sauce, zucchini in olive oil, baby carrots 4. 3 mini burgers, tomato, mayo, pickles, small salad 5. grilled chicken, nuts & raisins
  6. I have a six month old, and decided to start Whole 30 mainly because it is a diet that focuses on health rather than weight loss. Among my many non-scale goals is to increase my energy (I deal with a lot of fatigue), eliminate my cravings, find foods that make me less healthy, and create healthy eating habits. That said, today, day 7, I woke up very hungry at 6 am, but I wanted to sleep in. When I did get up for breakfast, I felt the symptoms of low blood sugar. I tried to eat breakfast, but had such a queasy stomach, I couldn't eat more than a few bites. My symptoms got increasingly worse very fast. My mom was concerned and call some close friends for me. By the time they arrived, I had drank some orange juice and raised my blood sugar to 71. Still low but a lot better! They fed me (non whole30 foods) but I was in no mood to protest. After reading forums in search of answers, I have come to the conclusion that I need to eat more! (kind of obvious, but I thought I was eating enough). I've learned my lesson, but my very kind, well-meaning friend was pretty adamant that I needed to eat more sugar. After all that, I'm have a struggle with being confident in this program. I was having feeling great the last 2 days (kind of surprising, as I was expecting to feel worse before I felt better.) Then this came out of nowhere! After reading the forums, I feel that the general advice for breastfeeding moms is to eat 4 large meals and 1-2 additional mini meals when needed. I already have decided that I will have a mini breakfast early every morning, even if I'm going back to sleep (those night-time feedings leave me tired and hungry by morning). I just need encouragement from people who don't believe more sugar is the answer.
  7. I was in a bad place when I started the Whole 30. It was 8 months after giving birth to my second child. I was still 22 lbs overweight despite working out several times a week and choosing “healthy” foods (not much meat, lots of grains and beans). I ate zero packaged junk food, but I had delicious high quality pastries a couple times a week and thought nothing of it. Oh, and I regularly had 2-3 glasses of wine per night just to “wind down.” My childhood asthma had returned. My skin was on a hormonal rollercoaster; besides breakouts I had eczema and keratosis pilaris (chicken skin bumps on back of my arms). I was always hungry and always eating. I tried calorie counting. I tried Weight Watchers when the calorie counting got demoralizing. I tried weighing all my food when WW didn’t work. All that micromanaging sucked the joy out of living, and I still couldn’t lose the weight. My mantra was that I deserved that pastry/glass of wine/bowl of tortilla chips because I had been “so good” all day. I’d pile on the calories after the kids were in bed. But then I simply turned a corner, and decided that I deserved to feel healthy, to feel like I did before my pregnancy. Heck, why not feel even better than that? So I decided to give W30 a try. What did I have to lose? Which begs the question, 30 days later, what did I lose? As it turns out I lost ZERO pounds. 30 days of total compliance, and I weigh exactly the same. Yep, I’m one of those. (At this moment in time, while nursing, anyway.) I gave myself an hour or so to feel really down about it. But then I took at the NSVs I drafted yesterday before I weighed in. I weigh the same, but I’m not the same. I GAINED: - the ability to breathe freely without asthma. This is truly priceless. I have not touched my inhalers in one month. - a peaceful relationship with food. I’m not battling it any longer. I know what makes me feel good. And once I finish the reintros I’ll know what doesn’t! - knowledge and acceptance. I know my body is holding on to this weight because it needs it for nursing. Sure, I can tweak things here or there, but by and large I’ve proved to myself that it just doesn’t want to let go of it right now. I’m going to have to be patient. I am ready to stop nursing for a variety of reasons, but it may take a while for my hormones to catch up. So, what next? I’m going to do reintroductions to see which food group(s) were exacerbating the asthma. I'll have the occasional glass of wine over the next week or so (we’re traveling). I also had bloodwork done on Day 25. In two weeks I will meet with my chiropractor who has nutritional training to review that. Perhaps there are hormonal factors at play that can be worked on. Once I know the bloodwork results, I’ll decide whether to jump into another Whole30. For now, I will stay compliant while at home, avoid whatever it is that’s causing the asthma even when out, and have the occasional glass of wine. But mostly, I am going to enjoy the calm Whole30 has brought to my life and give my body some grace. Read on for details if you’d like. As always, I’m open to any feedback on how to move forward. These forums were an amazing resource through the whole process. NSVs: - Asthma GONE without the use of steroid inhalers - Skin clearer - Nails growing like crazy - Eczema gone - Keratosis pilaris (chicken skin on arms) drastically reduced - On the rare occasions where my alarm goes off before the kids are up, I only press snooze once instead of three or four times - I can see my waist again! hallelujah! - Clothes fit better and I can get into some I couldn’t a month ago - Even energy all day long - More time between meals means more efficient work - Free from cravings. I no longer struggle with food choices. - Not tempted to eat after dinner - I don’t “need” wine to relax anymore - I don’t need to weigh myself every day as I used to What went well: - I rocked it with the homemade condiments: mayo, ketchup, ranch dip and Nom Nom Paleo’s “magic mushroom” seasoning were my favorites - Egg bakes saved my bacon for breakfast - such a time saver, and great to start the day without having to “think” about the meal - Kombucha was the perfect treat instead of wine/beer/cocktails - I made it through Easter with flying colors - I cooked many compliant meals for my extended family (we’re talking large groups of 12-20 people, and they all loved them) - I did NOT evangelize to my family, which is something I’d done in the past, but tried to set a quiet example What could have gone better: - I ate more frequently and had more fruit and potatoes than necessary in the beginning. I was still breastfeeding heavily then (I’m down to one nursing session a day now), so I was nervous about my supply and likely overdid it. All compliant, so no harm done, but once I got down to 3 (large, by my previous standards) meals per day, which was about two weeks in, I felt much better. - Some days I ate 1/2 an avocado at every meal. Maybe I need to dial that back to 1/3. - Still having some skin breakouts but then again I’m in a transitional place hormonally as I slowly stop breastfeeding - Sleep is not a long or solid as I would like, mostly due to kids waking me up - if fact, SLEEP could be the largest factor in the weight hanging on. - I need to drink more water. 62 oz/day isn’t cutting it. What I’ll do in the future, to keep doing better: - Make fruit and potatoes a once a day thing, not an every meal thing - Aim to be in bed by 8 and asleep by 9 - Read for 1hr before bed instead of watching tv - Dial coffee back to one cup per day, replace second cup with matcha - Aim to drink 3 32-oz bottle of water/day - Keep working with my preschooler on not waking us at night when he goes to the bathroom in the middle of the night. He can do it, but it helps when we prep him by talking about it before bedtime. - Let my husband take over the 5:30 feedings when he is home so I can sleep longer - Take measurements to track inches lost, not just weight - Stay on whole 30 at home. I rarely eat out (maybe once a week) so that would be a pretty complaint lifestyle, and I find it easy to do at home. - I won’t go back to having stevia in my coffee. That was the hardest thing to give up, and I think it was triggering a cycle of sugar cravings. In fact I may even give up my almond milk. I think I’m ready to enjoy coffee black, and I like the simplicity of that.
  8. I am on day 25 of my first round and I am still struggling with constantly feeling hungry. Background on me: I am 2.5 months post partum for my second baby. With both pregnancies I had gestational diabetes, but it cleared up immediately after delivery. With this pregnancy I was diagnosed with hashimotos (hypothyroidism) and I am on a low dose of medication for it now. I wanted to do the Whole 30 to kick my dessert addiction, get energy and hopefully loose some inches So far, I have the energy, but that's all. My pants still fit the same and I still want sweets. My real struggle is I hardly ever feel satisfied after a meal- I am constantly hungry and because I am nursing I don't want to not snack. I have been eating things like olives, hb egges, guacamole with veggies or apples with almond butter for my snacks. Here is my question- how do I know that I am hungry vs just wanting to eat? I have been checking myself with "would you eat a cucumber/carrots/chicken dinner right now?" And almost always the answer is yes. I only don't want to eat when i'm uncomfortably full- is nursing really driving that or could it be an auto immune thing? I'm a little perplexed on why I don't see results - I for sure thing that I am eating enough (sweet potatoes with two meals usually) I have also recently picked up more physical activity (running & light weights)- I crossfitted through my pregnancy, so I have
  9. We are not doctors, and we will always defer to your pediatrician's recommendations. However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you know how important Mom's nutrition is to the baby's health and development, and we believe the diet that's healthiest for you is also going to be the healthiest for your baby. The more nutrition Mom receives from her diet, the more she is able to pass along to the little one – and there is no diet more nutritious than one that focuses on healthy protein and fat, vegetables, and fruits. Michele Blackwell, an OB/GYN in Houston, TX, agrees, saying: “I have personally experienced the benefits of the Whole30 program, and I wholeheartedly recommend the Whole30 plan to my patients to optimize a woman's health during pregnancy and lactation. The nutrient-dense foods recommended provide ample vitamins and minerals without the need for the standard prenatal supplement. Eating real food Whole9-style will also help regulate blood sugars, alleviating hypoglycemic spells common in pregnancy. In addition, the Whole30 will reduce the likelihood of gestational diabetes, excess pregnancy weight gain, and possibly macrosomia (large babies) and polyhydramnios (excess amniotic fluid).” -Michele Blackwell, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology We've had many pregnant women and new moms attest to the benefits of the Whole30 for both the mother's health, and the child's. Most (if not all) have reported that milk supply actually improved during their program, and their babies were less fussy, slept better through the night and experienced less digestive issues and rashes.
  10. Starting June 20th

    Hi there, I'm Kris and I'm starting June 20th, when I'll officially be one month postpartum! I'm currently breastfeeding and plan to continue doing so during my program. I'm hoping this will help me shake off some of the "baby fog" and reset from the third trimester when I made really poor food choices. Lots of lasagna, cookies, and ice cream! I normally eat paleo, but I gave in to those pregnancy cravings BIG TIME. I'd love to hear from other moms who did this program while nursing! Thanks guys, Kris
  11. Okay I'm on Day 11 and finally getting the hang of this. Still bloated and learned a lot about what I can't eat (even on this program). But I'm still nursing my 13 month old twins and I've noticed they both want to eat more often? I feel like I eat when I'm hungry and was also snacking/grazing in between. I know snacking isn't permitted but I just felt so hungry. I'd eat meals until I was full and then I'd be hungry soon after. I'm totally eating enough and still feel like I don't have much milk. I just started to add second breakfast (like a hobbit lol) and it's sort of helping ease my hunger. Am I crazy or are there any other twin mommies feel this way?
  12. Hi all, I'm on Day 5 (see log below) and I would love advice on the following (and anything else). About me: I'm 36, two kids ages 3 and 8 months, in school part time and the rest of the time caring for them. Love good, local food. Have about 20 lbs to lose from the pregnancy, and finally realized that all the working out in the world wasn't going to make a difference if I was eating cheese and drinking wine every night. I am nursing my 8 month old (but not exclusively. She eats solids too and has 1-2 bottles of formula a day). Wake time and Meal 1 timing: My wake time is . . . fuzzy. For example, I might feed the baby at 5:30, doze off, then my toddler comes in bed at 6, doze off again (sort of hard to do with a squirmy 3 yo), and get out of bed by 6:30, eat by 7. Is this OK? Is it within an hour of waking up? Meals: am I eating too much? It feels like a LOT. I know that is common in the beginning, and of course I also want to keep my milk supply up. But it feels like a lot. I have only been ravenously hungry once, and that was a random 4am feeding. (I didn't have anything and was able to fall back asleep.) Should I be hungry before every meal? Should I wait until I get hungry to eat the next meal? Logging: I have been an on and off again calorie counter and I really want to get off that treadmill. However, keeping a log like the one below helps me plan ahead and anticipate mealtimes. And I would love to know from you seasoned people whether it looks like I'm on track - no way to do that without logging. BUT is this detailed a log against the spirit of Whole30? I'm thinking of letting it go if I get a general sense that all is well. Water: I didn't log my water religiously, but I typically drink 2 32 oz bottles, plus 2 cups coffee and a 16 oz kombucha. I know I should be drinking more water. NSVs so far: - Even energy all day. (Low energy after dinner, but this could just be burn out with the kids!) - More time to get things done since I'm not always hungry, thinking about food and/or snacking. - No cravings, other than for stevia in my coffee, but even that has not been much of a struggle. Thanks in advance for any advice or tweaks!! MON 3/21 // Day 1 (didn't track nursing/pumping on day 1) M1: 7:50 sweet potato hash made with bacon fat, egg & sausage bake with tons of veggies, 1/2 small avocado, 1/2 tomato. coffee with carrageenan-free almond milk (Califia brand). M2: 11:30am Broccoli 1 cup Chicken salad with apples, celery & homemade mayo Potato salad M3: 3:30 Kalua pork Green beans Pineapple 1/2 avocado Handful olives M4: 7:30 pm 16 oz kombucha corned beef boiled cabbage, carrots & onions **felt very full after dinner** 10:30 Bed TUE 3/22 // Day 2 4 am 1st nursing session - very hungry after (kept me awake for a while) but didn’t snack 6 am son came into my bed - dozed but not good sleep 6:45 got out of bed M1: 7:00 AM egg & sausage bake with tons of veggies 1/2 tomato 1/2 champagne mango coffee 1 cup water 7:30 2nd nursing session M2: 10 AM Madras chicken salad Greens Green Beans 1/2 avocado Small serving of potato salad (olive oil and vinegar, not mayo) small serving pineapple chunks 11 AM pumping session 1:19 pumping session M3: 2pm Madras chicken salad Greens 1/2 avocado Sweet potatoes & purple yams Cherry tomatoes 5pm 3rd nursing session M4: 6pm Korean ribs Bok choy Sautéed spinach/bell pepper/onion Small serving of sweet potatoes & purple yams Kombucha 10pm bed 1 am wakeup - toddler 1:45am wakeup - toddler WED 3/23 // Day 3 4:50 nursing session #1 6:15 wakeup PreWO: 6:40 2 hard boiled eggs coffee with almond milk 7am workout PostWO: 8am kalua pork (small) sweet potato hash (small) **mini meal** M1: 9:30 Egg bake with sausage & veggies 1/2 avocado pico de gallo sautéed peppers, onions & spinach sweet potato hash coffee w/ almond milk 9:45 pumping session #1 12:30 nursing session #2 M2: 2:10pm kalua pork bok choy 1/2 avocado olives 4pm nursing session #3 M3: 6pm chicken tenders brussel sprouts 2 small white potatoes with ghee kombucha 6:30 nursing session #4 10:30 pm bed 11:00 toddler wake up THUR 3/24 // Day 4 1am nursing session 2am toddler wake up 3am toddler wake up 6am toddler wake up 7:15 wake up 7:20 nursing session #1 M1: 7:30am Egg bake with sausage & veggies 1/2 avocado sautéed peppers, onions & spinach sweet potato hash coffee w/ almond milk 9:25 pumping session #1 M2: 11:15pm kalua pork roasted brussel sprouts green beans with ghee sautéed onions, peppers and spinach 11:40 pumping session #2 2pm nursing session #2 M3: 3:15pm chicken fingers green salad w/ 1/2 avocado green olives small serving sweet potatoes & purple yams with ghee herbal tea 4:25 nursing session #3 M4: 5:30pm 3 tandoori chicken drumsticks curried cauliflower rice olives green beans with ghee few bites sweet potatoes kombucha 10pm bed FRI 3/25 // Day 5 5:30am nursing session #1 6am toddler comes in bed 6:30am wake up M1: 6:45am Egg bake with sausage & veggies 1/2 avocado 1/2 tomato sautéed peppers, onions & spinach coffee w/ almond milk
  13. Hi everyone! I am brand new to the whole30 as a nursing mother and was wondering how much i should be eating to keep my supply up or better yet increase it. I am on day 2 officially and feel hungry all the time. I have done Whole30 twice before and don't remember ever feeling ravenous. I eat whenever I am hungry but I'm worried of my supply dropping. I plan on nursing for about 3 more months so I definitely don't want to do anything to affect it. I appreciate any insight! Thank you!
  14. I started my first Whole30 Jan 25th and so far so good! I am exclusively breastfeeding my 5 mo old son. I feel like I am eating a TON! Could I get some feedback? I don't want to be overeating just because I am scared of decreased supply! But I'm also HUNGRY before each meal! Oh, also I do CrossFit 4-5 times a week. Yesterday here is what I ate: Breakfast: sweet potato hash with spinach, 4 eggs, cooked in olive oil, coconut milk (1/4 cup) snack: closed handful of almonds and some carrots lunch: ground beef (about size and 1/2 or my palm) green beans (I needed to go to the store so not much variety here) tomato puree with basil and a handful of olives, coconut milk (1/8 cup) Pre-workout: banana and almond butter (I know fruit isn't ideal here but I needed to go to the store...) Post- Workout: boiled egg and a yellow pepper Dinner: Chicken breast (about the size of my palm) roasted potato and eggplant, a few olives, coconut milk (about 1/4 cup) TIA for the feedback!
  15. I am about to start my whole 30 and want to plan a little bit. I understand that working out is determined by the amount of effort that you put in. I definitely do no do any crazy workouts, but caring for a newborn can be similar to working out on many days. I typically take a 3 mile walk each day 1/2 of it is uphill. I try to do a little yoga a few days a week- this is mostly stretching and core rebuilding. I also bounce on a trampoline off and on during the day trying to calm my little one. I have been struggling with low supply from the start (I only produce about 6-10 oz a day) and I am hoping whole 30 might help me increase a bit more. I have followed a basic paleo diet for about 5 years. I am trying to prepare a bit and am just wondering if any post/pre workout snacks are needed. Possibly for the walk? Or should I just eat a lot during the day and not worry too much about it.
  16. Does anyone have a recipe for something containing Brewer's Yeast? I've had my supply drop and that always gets it back up, however, with the restrictions I can't make my paleo lactation cookies. (and we all know how gross brewer's yeast tastes without being covered up)
  17. Background: First W30 completed July 21. Weaned my 14 month old towards the end of June. Began training for a marathon June 28th. Life Before Whole 30: I ate what I thought was healthy...a lot of fruits and veggies but also relied heavily on grains! I was a carb addict, partly because I thought that was what I needed to improve my running performance. I ran my first half-marathon in April and averaged 15-20 miles per week. Problem: During the W30 challenge I noticed my pants were falling off of me..woohoo a NSV! However, I seemed to have developed a "mummy tummy" and almost look like I'm 3 months pregnant again. I did full body measurements and there was really no change there either, which seemed odd. Full disclosure--I have not done well with the no snacking and have found myself reaching for the nuts and raisins a little too often. Typical day: 6-8h of sleep. I run early in the morning, usually by 7:00am, averaging 15-20 miles per week. M1: 3 eggs unless it's a long run day, I usually eat a hard boiled egg with some guac. Post run I'll have protein and sweet potato or butternut squash. M2: a salad filled with veggies and some form of protein, M3: protein and veggies Has anyone had a similar experience? I'm not sure whether to attribute the weight gain to weaning, or diastis recti, or training, or snacking or if I need to shoot for a Whole 60 instead.
  18. I'm on day 22 of my first Whole30 and could not be happier! I have the most beautiful 3 month old little girl who is mostly breastfed but due to supply issues was getting 10-12 ounces of formula a day. She was gassy and constipated and very difficult to soothe. Our pediatrician started her on lansoprazole for reflux because she spit up constantly! I was talking to a friend of mine who is also a pediatrician about my disappointment in having to both supplement with formula and put her on a reflux med. She recommended I try an elimination diet and I started Whole30 3 days later. Within a week my milk supply increased and now I only need to give her 4 ounces of formula a day. We have taken her off her reflux med and the most amazing thing is that she is sleeping through the night. She went from sleeping 5 hours max to 10 hours straight! I have skeptics tell me that all of this is due to her getting older but the changes were so drastic and immediate that I know it was my diet change! I have the happiest baby girl now who loves to laugh and play! And of course I can see my own body changing as well. I wish I would have found Whole30 3 months ago!!!
  19. Background: First W30 completed July 21. Weaned my 14 month old towards the end of June. Began training for a marathon June 28th. Life Before Whole 30: I ate what I thought was healthy...a lot of fruits and veggies but also relied heavily on grains! I was a carb addict, partly because I thought that was what I needed to improve my running performance. I ran my first half-marathon in April and averaged 15-20 miles per week. Problem: During the W30 challenge I noticed my pants were falling off of me..woohoo a NSV! However, I seemed to have developed a "mummy tummy" and almost look like I'm 3 months pregnant again. I did full body measurements and there was really no change there either, which seemed odd. Full disclosure--I have not done well with the no snacking and have found myself reaching for the nuts and raisins a little too often. Typical day: 6-8h of sleep. I run early in the morning, usually by 7:00am, averaging 15-20 miles per week. M1: 3 eggs unless it's a long run day, I usually eat a hard boiled egg with some guac. Post run I'll have protein and sweet potato or butternut squash. M2: a salad filled with veggies and some form of protein, M3: protein and veggies Has anyone had a similar experience? I'm not sure whether to attribute the weight gain to weaning, or diastis recti, or training, or snacking or if I need to shoot for a Whole 60 instead.
  20. Hi Ladies, I was hoping for some advice from anyone who has been through a similar situation to what I'm facing now. I have an 8 month old daughter and am having trouble recovering from pregnancy and her birth and thought Whole30 might help. I am on day 5 of my first Whole30, physically I feel really good and I can definitely feel that things are improving so I'm really determined to keep with the plan but mentally I'm falling apart. For the last two days I've been feeling very sad, crying a lot for no real reason and just feel like it's such an effort to get through the day. I didn't feel this way before beginning Whole30. I wondered whether anyone had any advice as to what I could do to help with this? I think it might be low blood sugar related but no matter what I eat I can't seem to shake it. I feel a little better after a meal but that doesn't last long. Thanks in advance for anyone who is able to help out.
  21. I'll be starting August 1, which will be just shy of my baby's 1st birthday. I have some friends who will be starting with me. Just ordered a bunch of pantry staples off Amazon, and will be working on making and freezing some stuff this weekend; my friends and I might do a freezer meal swap, since we are all doing this together. I'm already gf, but since my family (5 kids, spouse, and exchange student) won't be doing this with me, I am hoping to prepare enough that I can avoid giving in to temptation when they are eating all the delicous stuff they eat:) Hoping that this will help my thyroid problem, my mood/anxiety, and maybe even shed the baby weigh!
  22. Hey Whole30-ers! This will be my second time going through a Whole30 while I continue to nurse my 12 months old baby! I would love to hear from all of the mama's out there who have been through the Whole30 a time or two for some great recipes to keep my caloric count up so I don't loose my supply! This is such a great way to loose that extra baby weight and really make a great step forward in giving my little one a healthy perspective on food. Here we go! Starting TOMORROW!
  23. Hi Everyone, I am doing Whole 30 for the third time and it's my first time doing it while nursing. I was wondering what I need to adjust on the program (if anything). Do I need to eat more snacks? An additional meal? If so, do you have some examples of stuff I can eat? I found an almond butter with just almonds in it...would that be whole30 compliant? Thank you in advance and I look forward to hearing back from you! Lindsay
  24. I'm about 3 weeks into our first whole 30 endeavor, and I'm exclusively breastfeeding a 2.5 month old. I just want to know if I'm eating too much or not. I try to eat very filling meals and include starchy veggies with almost every meal and have a few snacks in between consisting usually of fruit with almond butter or avocado or olives. And I start every day with two eggs plus starchy veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, or butternut squash. So I feel I must be eating a sturdy enough breakfast. Why am I still so hungry?! Also, I feel like I may have lost a couple pounds, but not much more than that. And I was really hoping to see my stomach flatten quite a bit, but so far I don't think it has much. Am I eating too much? I really want to see some good results, but I also don't want to live feeling hungry:/
  25. Hi, I'm Rae. My husband and I started tonight at dinner. Monday (tomorrow) was the original start date, but since I was able to get to the store and prepare, I thought, why not start now! I am still nursing my 8 month old and I'm worried about milk production changes, and also the fact that I'm ALWAYS starving because of it. I am hoping this Whole30 help with my major sugar and carb addiction I began three years ago with my first pregnancy. I am also hoping for some weight loss, but I will not be weighing myself Both my husband and I are in need of some weight loss, but we also need help with portion control. Here's to sticking with it!