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  1. I’m hoping someone can share their experience with me. I have endless layers of health isssues and have given up on Drs. It started with food intolerances to finding out I had a form of IBD then layered that with sibo and then sibo I couldn’t conquer due to a layer of toxic mold illness. I’ve lived about 90% dairy and gluten free for many years now and just this past year went grain free as best as I could. (I would say a 100% but I’m not perfect). However I’ve also relied on elemental drinks to help kill off sibo and heal my gut. The main ingredient is dextrose. It’s not absorbed by the small intestine so it helps keep you alive while your body kills the sibo. So with that said my body loves dextrose. I feel incredible when I live solely on physician’s elemental diet. So I know I have a sugar addiction even though outside of the ed diet I really only consumed honey or fruit. I did go a little wild this holiday! I will admit. Anyways I struggle with eating and finding what I can eat without getting hives, having my stomach turn into a giant beach ball, or having massive right side pain. So that’s my background. I decided I would just take on whole30 to help my body learn how to handle food but I’m beyond sick. The only other time I felt like this was 14 years ago when I was pregnant and I ended up in the ER on fluids. I had chronic morning sickness. I’M NOT PREGNANT, NOT POSSIBLE! ☺️ A few days ago I couldn’t even get out of bed. I feel like throwing up. I have about 6-8 bowel movements a day. I thought maybe I had the flu but I don’t. A cold has come and gone through our house. I do have some sinus congestion still. Nothing sounds good except oven roasted potatoes or some soup. Is this normal? Or is something wrong with me? I’m worried. But I told myself after thousands of dollars worth of medical bills this last year and Drs who could never help me but keep finding things wrong I was going to try this in my own. Is anyone else this sick on day 10? Is it’s because of all my health issues? I don’t want to give up at all. Looking to see if this is common???
  2. I started Whole30 the day after Labor Day, September 5. It's been 7-1/2 weeks and I'm among the 75% they stated have made this a lifestyle. Before I dive into questions, I absolutely love this program. I was never one who looked at ingredients. I had the mentality if I can't afford all organic, why bother. I looked at the ingredients for a rotisserie chicken and almost gagged. I can't believe I use to eat that. I started Whole30 because I was losing hair from the roots. I also have several chronic illnesses and wanted to see if and how removing preservatives and processed food from my diet could help. (i.e., thyroid, estrogen replacement, epilepsy, and colitis.) I did not approach this to lose weight. However, without trying, I lost 10 pounds in four weeks. Seven weeks later I've lost 14 pounds. I'm 5'6" and I'm at 115. I don't need to lose more, but the pounds keep coming off and I eat all the time. I had one day when I was ready to cheat and have pizza. I told my husband that one day wouldn't hurt. He asked me what the name of the book was. I told him "Whole30," and his reply was, "It's not Whole21." He has been a great support and all should find someone to encourage you to stay the course. I kept telling myself I do not want to start over. I was mentally prepared to start over if I were to cheat. It wasn't until week six that I felt I was over the hurdle of exhaustion. Some negatives: I do not see a change in my skin. In fact, I feel that I have more blemishes than before. I am experiencing more constipation, which is the total opposite for those with colitis. I still have bouts where I feel sluggish, but not like it was the first six weeks. I want to stay on Whole30 and I'm wondering what are some average foods/ingredients that sneak in that I may not recognize are hindering overall health benefits? I drink 8 ounces of coffee a day, no cream. Is this okay? I do not drink alcohol. I have eaten out a few times and have asked what oils they use. There was one instance they used soybean oil? Could this have set me back? I'm going to start asking restaurants to not cook my proteins in oil. What other restaurant ingredients might I've absorbed that I don't know about? When I eat out and I'm uncertain what was in my food, I take the next week to eat only compliant foods. For those of you who have a moment or two, I would appreciate hearing if you've encountered the same and what wisdom you can share that helped you see greater health benefits. Thank you for your help and feedback! Teresa
  3. Anyone got any experience doing Whole30 with Crohns/colitis or any other digestive disorder? I've had some success already going grain and legume free and giving up alcohol. But I'm still on quite a few medications, although I am no longer on steroids and am tapering off 2 of my meds. I have a colon stricture and I take miralax every day at the moment, otherwise I get blocked up and it's very painful. It's got much worse over xmas when I haven't eaten as well and had some foods that don't agree with me, so I'm hoping that the Whole30 will get me going on clean eating again. I'm interested to see what stopping dairy and sugar will do as well. Any other Crohnies out there with Whole30 success to report?
  4. Hello everyone! I am going to begin my Whole30 journey tomorrow. I should follow the Autoimmune Protocol, but I am going to ease into it (AIP next go-around). I have Premature Ovarian Failure, Hashimoto's Disease, and Psoriasis. I have recently gone through two episodes of Pericarditis and have been recently diagnosed with Lymphocytic Colitis. The reason for my post is because I am hopeful that the LC is a misdiagnosis, and would like your thoughts. Also, i need advice for my journey around fruits and veggies. For three years I have eaten no corn, soy, dairy, gluten or preservatives. I also ate few grains (cooked rice was about it). I lost about 80 pounds and felt pretty good. However, my weight loss was stagnant and I knew I could feel better. So, I decided to go VEGAN! I was never much of a veggie eater before, so I thought it would be tough. I ate ONLY beans, nuts, seeds, veggies and fruits for 1 month. I felt fantastic! I lost 15 pounds and felt like I could maintain it forever. In week 5 I got VERY sick. Diarrhea 7x a day. My doctor told me I needed to eat rice and chicken to get better. I did get better, but anytime I ate something healthy (a carrot, an apple) I would get sick again. So, I began eating mainly meats and starches (rice bread, rice cereals, flax seed brownies, etc). I have gained 35 pounds since May! It seems as if I cannot "bind" without some sort of starch. When they diagnosed me with Lymphocytic Colitis, they said that white blood cells were coating my intestines and colon. What I am wondering is...could it be that I caused some damage when I overloaded my system with fiber, and my body is trying to heal? Also, since I am sensitive to fruits and veggies, I was hoping to find suggestions for my W30 journey to ensure I get enough good nutrients and fiber. Any help, support or encouragement you could offer would mean the world to me. Annie