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  1. Wooh, can't wait for the challenge! It is the end of Day 1 in my Whole30 journey, and I am already feeling the sugar cravings set in. For the past couple years I have experimented with dietary alterations ( originally around my hashimotos Hypothroidism, which has caused acne, low energy levels and other health issues) from vegan to AIP Paleo, and at this point I have come to grasp the major sources and habits of my body's discontent. My food lifestyle is 90% paleo, with exceptions here and there (college is stressful) and a wavering nightly sweet tooth which has the power to absorb all of my attention and focus it onto dark chocolate and paleo "desserts". Many times when I do indulge, I tend to get into a fix that is seemingly impossible to come out of. After feeling my energy and stress levels on a rollercoaster this year, and eating half of a pan of paleo carob brownies last weekend, I decided it was finally time to start this journey. Day one was a bit difficult; I am swarmed with work and had counted on grocery shopping that has not yet happened, but I am not too worried. My tastebuds have a reasonable amount of experience in paleo-world and I have gained resilience in tough times. I still am unsure about eating eggs, still need to get used to no rice or honey or syrup this month, and want to work on planning and time management around homework and meal-preps. I am open to any and all tips from college students doing Whole 30!!
  2. Hi guys. I have quite the dilemma on my hands. I'm starting my Whole30 on the 26th of August (two days before I go back to college). The only problem with doing my W30 during college is that I'm also on the swim team (where carb loading is a popular pass time). I'm concerned that I won't be able to stay properly fuelled and finish my reintroduction correctly when the time comes because after every meet its either pizza or pasta for dinner. There's also the issue of keeping enough carbs in my system to survive grueling two-a-day practices. For meets, I was thinking about packing my own lunches before the meets (maybe a mason jar salad with lots of carbs or something?) and snacks during the meets (dates + almond butter and some homemade larabars) however, I don't think that I can also bring along dinner... And bringing enough food for a multiple day meet is out of the question. The other issue is that my campus is a residential campus so getting food from off campus is more difficult (mainly due to swimming and my class schedule). So making my own meals is an extremely rare possibility. At most I want to say that I could make it to the local grocery store once a month, but I'd be on my bike so there's that limitation. Also, since it's a residential campus I'm at the mercy of the dining hall and whatever they cook their meals in or "secret" (read: non-compliant) ingredients they sneak in. However, we do have an allergen-friendly line (which avoids all the major allergens) only sometimes they have legumes and other things that I personally just don't like. I guess my real question is is whether I should attempt to do a "Whole365" (even though it's not recommended) until swimming season ends and then do an actual W30 after it does. Or what other options I have. Thanks in advance for your help.
  3. Beginning 4/7 for an anti-allergy reset

    This will be my first time doing the Whole30 program, although I already keep a gluten and dairy free diet most of the time. I need to take it to the next level. Here are my reasons for doing the program: I get frequent, severe sinus infections when I eat dairy. My under-the-tongue glands swell when I eat various grain-based foods. I thought it was just wheat and my symptoms were very mild for a few years but they've become severe in the last month. Within a few hours of eating/drinking anything grain-based, my glands are throbbing. I need to listen to my body and stop giving it things it doesn't want. My mom is battling cancer and in her journey, has learned the true value of caring for your body through food choices. I, too, have learned a lot about the effects of less-than-great food choices through watching her and observing myself. Thus, the only reason I still make bad choices is out of sugar addiction or self-destructive tendencies. My hope is that after completing my first Whole30, I'll be able to see a big enough difference that I will be motivated by the benefits of living a whole life, rather than being motivated by the pain/exhaustion of making less-than-healthy daily choices. I'm 23, about to graduate college, and I manage an office that must remain open 24/7 for student safety. My schedule is all over the place, I never get near enough sleep, and I'm surrounded by booze and peers who are as far from a whole30 lifestyle as can be. It won't be easy, but I'm tired of feeling horrid half the time from sugar, grains, and booze. There may never be a perfect time to do this, so no excuses from here on out. Now is as good a time as any, and this way I'll by happier and healthier by graduation:D
  4. TOMORROW! March 21st

    Hello all, I'm just your everyday college girl who's tired of feeling tired, bloated, and lethargic all the time. I try to eat heathfully, but between chugging coffee to stay awake, grabbing pizza before a party, and drinking on the weekends, I feel like I've let my health fall down on my priority list. Well no more! I've always wanted to try the paleo diet, but I've always thought that it wouldn't be possible in college. However, I've decided that I am at a point in my life where I need some change. So I've been making some radical changes lately. I signed up for a marathon in August, and I'm now committing to the 30 days of clean, whole eating for this program. This is going to be tough, so if you have words of advice, wisdom, or kindness, send them my way. There are 3 areas that I think are going to be hardest for me to complete: 1. Coffee: I love coffee. SO. MUCH. But I've committed to a 2:1 ratio, 2 cups of water to each cup of coffee. I've also committed to start drinking my coffee black, with no added flavoring or sweeteners whatsoever. 2. Drinking: Not that I'm a crazy party goer, but 30 days without alcohol in college is going to be tough. I plan on telling my close friends that I have committed to clean eating, but I think that I'm just going to tell everyone else that I've been having liver issues and that I simply cannot drink anymore! If anyone has tips for getting out of the social pressures of drinking, let me know 3. Social eating: Ordering pizza with friends, going out to get Indian food, or the various other social events that involve food will now be off limits to me. As someone who loves getting lunch, dinner, and other meals with all of my many friends, this is going to be a tricky situation to navigate. So, here I go! Please get in touch, because I would love to connect with some other members of the community, and wish me luck!!! XOXOXOXOXO bookshopgirl
  5. Starting Janurary 2ed!!!

    Hi all! I am pretty excited and nervous to start my second try at whole30! I tried back in may and fell off the band wagon at a wedding and never was able to find the perfect time to start again. Which I realize now that there never is a perfect time so gotta try again! I'm 25 and have some pretty bad eating habits that have left me unhealthy and overweight. I'm a full time college student and work two jobs so I'm pretty busy and on a tight budget. I'm hoping to get my mom and sister on board for some support!
  6. I'm looking to start the whole30 the first week of January. I've been trying to get my health back on track ever since I came back from a semester abroad in May. I had a great time enjoying the food in Spain, but created some poor habits that I have not been able to break 7 months later. I gained 10 lbs abroad and literally haven't lost one.. or i'd lose a few and gain twice as much by the end of the week due to my sugar cravings and alcohol. I'm ready to take on this challenge. I know it will be hard because I am about to start my last semester of college. I hang out with people who drink often and who will probably think I'm nuts to take 30 days off. But it won't be impossible and I know it will be so worth it in the end. I am a Pure Barre fanatic and also want to get 4 classes in a week while on the whole30. If anyone has tips for someone who is in college I'd love to hear them! Excited to begin this journey to improved health
  7. Hi everyone! I'm trying to start my very first Whole30, but I'm very anxious about how to do it. I am a freshman living in an on-campus dorm at a very small University, which means there are a lot of restrictions on what I can and cannot eat. I'm trying to figure out how I can possibly do it, and I hope you all can help! Here is a list of the specifics about what food is available to me: 1. I am required to be on a meal plan where I have 15 meals a week. One meal is equivalent to $4.08 and can be used on any restaurant on campus (which include: Sandella's, Dunkin Donuts, Subway, Chickfila, a coffee shop, and Einsteins Bagels), and also in the cafeteria (more on that in a second). Anything over that amount I have to personally pay, and I do not have the budget to do that on a consistant basis. This also means that anything I purchase has to be $4.08 or less, meaning I can't stock up on fruits and veggies that are sold at these places. 2. The cafeteria has very limited options. There is always hamburgers and fries, pizza, and a do-it-yourself station for both sandwiches and salads. The salad options very and there is never any grilled chicken available to put on the salad. The only form of protein for the salad bar is a hard boiled egg, which is only available about once a week. There is a homestyle foods station, which can sometimes serve grilled chicken and potates, but more often than not serves fried chicken, chicken covered in sauce or meatloaf (which i think may be Whole30 approved?). Finally, there is an international station which serves things like burritos, french onion soup, and is completely random and changes daily (unpredictable). 3. I have little to no money to spend on food. I don't have a job, and I rely mostly on my meal plan to sustain my eating habits. Furthermore, I have no kitchen in my dorm, and crockpots/burners (etc) are not allowed due to safety reasons. This being said, I really do want to do the Whole30 and I am committed to doing it. I just honestly have no idea what to eat! My cafeteria rarely serves fruits and veggies (seriously, they almost never have fresh fruit or any sort of vegitable). Before now, the way I was getting my fruits and veggies in was by drinking Naked Juices, but i know smoothies are off-limits. I really don't know what to do, so if you have any ideas, PLEASE let me know!! Thank you, and sorry for the lengthy post!! Emily
  8. Hi! Had a major scare last week with colon inflammation and I am hoping to clean up and clean out all while going into my last semester of college! Feel free to talk to me with or without these perameters!
  9. College and Whole30

    Hi everyone! A little background: I have lost 60 lbs before on the keto diet, but I gained them all back, because I didn't stick to the plan forever. I'm trying again with Whole30 (starting Tuesday the 7th), and eventually paleo. It seems a lot less restrictive, but still restrictive enough to stay healthy. Weight loss isn't my only goal. All of the other energy/sleep/other benefits are things I'd like to have as well. I'm ready to tackle this head on! However, I have already purchased a meal plan at my university. Now, they still offer a salad bar, and hamburgers (no bun), which I imagine are the only options that are Whole30 compliant. I am fine with not going there as much, (I have a meal limit anyway), but I don't want to just throw away my parents money. It's already been paid for, so I want to make the best use of it that I can. They are fully supportive of my new Paleo/Whole30 interest, but are concerned they wasted money on the meal plan. Has anyone had a similar experience? If so, or even if not, please let me know how you made your situation work in your favor!
  10. I'm an Olympic Weightlifter. I'm a small girl, compete at 58kg, but struggle to stay down near my weight class and usually end up having to cut 4-6kg a week or two before competition. Which totally sucks and effects my strength BIG TIME. I'm hoping whole30 will help me with this. I am worried though that, changing my diet so drastically will effect my weight lifting. I'm hoping it will be in a positive way. I started whole30 yesterday the 13th. I'm looking for fellow athletes to chat with, and maybe give me some advice on my whole30. I'm also very busy, and I'm a college student with a pretty small budget. I don't have hours to spend making fancy meals with a billion ingredients! I often times have to eat on the go and would take any advice on meals I can bring on the go or whole30 meals that are quick and simple! Thanks Everyone!!
  11. Friends Are Taking Me Out

    Well, I'm a college student and some of my friends are driving 3 hours to my school to take me out to dinner in a nearby city because I've had a bit of a rough week. I didn't intentionally start a second Whole30 but I'm on Day 25. I wanted to stick with it for 30 days because I wanted to do proper reintroduction. They are taking me out to dinner tomorrow and it's a surprise where we are going. I sent them the guidelines to my diet and they said I will be able to eat meat and veg where we are going, but I'm not sure if they understand I have to watch out for sauces and oils. I don't want to make a big fuss out of it because they're doing something nice for me, but I really want to see the menu for the restaraunt. But it looks like that is not going to happen. Help me out?? What do I do? How do I make sure I stay compliant? I don't wanna be rude and just order water.. Chinese restaraunt? Italian restaraunt? My friends told me it was fine dining. So, I'm expecting I will be spending a bit of money. How do I order a steak and stay compliant? How do you order meat and veggies without sauces?
  12. I've been kinda paleo for about 8 months, and started a Whole30 on Monday to (hopefully) finally kick the sugar cravings and get myself back on track after a crazy summer and first few months of grad school. Honestly, its been great so far, but when I decided to start, I failed to realize that all of my best friends from college are getting together for a big reunion/party weekend at one of the girls' mountain cabins. Basically, its going to be a big, drunken party with all of my favorite people. So, my question is, if I choose to partake in the festivities (i.e. drink), will it totally derail my Whole30? Thanks! Emily