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  1. This has been a crazy year. Whew. I went from the strongest I've ever been in my life, Olympic Weightlifting and Crossfit, to using a Walker to navigate and not being able to take 2 stairs at a time. I found out I have Crohn's via a massive peri-rectal fistula which required a temporary diverting colostomy (as well as several other surgeries and still more to come). I'm still healing/ recovering after being in the hospital for more than a month. All of this occurred while listing my house of 15 years (um... stress management?), and the super scary prospect of not finding my new home in this crazy spring market. I'm currently living in my camper, but thankfully close on my new house on 8/2. Great time to clear out the kitchen and start new habits! While most doctors, including my own, can't definitively say what foods are negative to Crohn's, I believe there are foods that have an exceptionally strong impact on my health and disease. I was loosely following Whole30/paleo lifestyle before I got sick and I noticed a vast improvement in how I felt when eating "right". So. I've decided to commit to myself to learn about my disease and diet and what works best with MY body. I know it will be tough (I'm definitely an emotional eater), but I MUST do this if I want to live an active and healthy life.
  2. 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???
  3. I'm starting Whole30 on Monday and am hoping for great things. I am doing this program after numerous suggestions from my doctors and my trainer, but mostly because I seem to find myself with some new ailment almost weekly now. And all of my ailments seem to have inflammation at the root, so time to figure out the culprit and put a stop to feeling like I'm falling apart. On a personal (and vain) level, I hope to lose a few pounds (ending back up at a size 4), have clear skin (goodbye eczema and acne that has plagued me my whole life), and get off my infusions for moderate Crohn's for good. I've also let my diet slide to the point where a meal doesn't feel complete until I eat dessert...and I don't normally have a sweet tooth. THAT bad habit needs to be nipped in the bud ASAP. Today I spent the evening reading through the website, saving resource documents, signing up for the meal plan and email help. Tomorrow will be meal planning, grocery shopping/purge, and getting mentally prepared. Then I'm off to the races. My boyfriend thinks I'm crazy for doing this during the holidays, but I think this timing is easier because I tend to be more focused in the winter without festivals, street fairs, camping, margaritas on patios, long days of sunlight, and all of the other activities that can throw me off. Does anyone else agree with me? In any case, I hate the grocery store, can't cook, and have a long and slightly uncomfortable love affair with fast food. On top of that, I have a boyfriend who doesn't really support my goals (combination of him feeling threatened by change and it forcing him to look at his bad habits) so I will have to battle my demons and side step his landmines and traps. This is going to be a challenge. Any advice on avoiding temptation by your significant other would be much appreciated.
  4. Summary: I am going to starting my first Whole30 Sept 1st. Problem is I am about to start weaning off of prednisone. I am a crohnie and an ostomate. I have been on low dose prednisone for YEARS. Without it I throw up. My new GI wants me off the steroids but the weaning protocol jumps me up to 40 mg for 14 days then down by 5 mg one week at a time (currently taking only 7.5mg daily) High doses usually make me feel great, energetic and happy. I am concerned that I won't know what I feel due to the 'roids vs. my change in diet. Don't want to delay whole 30 due to a trip mid October. Anyone been through something like this?
  5. My husband is a teacher who starts school this week, which is typically a stressful time for him. My twins are starting the 1st grade the day after labor day. I am the food preparer and planner of the family, but I work full time and have health issues (crohn's disease and body aches) so change takes time for me. I am currently practicing daily meditation, walking, weight lifting and stretching/yoga. I plan to finish listening to the audio book I bought, "It starts with food" and read the Whole30 book I bought in September in hopes that I can finish the prep and planning required to start the Whole30 on October 1st. With luck and hard work, I hope that I'll get my act together and have food and physical fitness come together by the end of October. Change takes time, but I'm starting!
  6. 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?
  7. 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
  8. Erica Gucc

    Need more food.

    I understand the meal template should keep you satisfied. But I just can't eat all that food in one sitting. Eat till I am physically full, but I still am hungry. Poor nutrition absorption due to Crohns. Lost a lot of weight and hadn't been able to gain back. Not losing anymore for months and I don't want to lose now. I don't care to gain, but I just want to eat. More. Food. But I can't do it in 3 sittings. What do I do?
  9. MichelleEClancy

    Started on TAX day (4/15/2015)

    Hello all! I've signed in and I'm on track. After doing a lot of prep this weekend, I was ready to start yesterday. Would appreciate a partner who started on Tax day or after. Also, I have Crohns so I would apprecaite any feedback from other suffererers (regarding the chrons, I know we are all "suffering"). I'm a very positive person so Iam anxious to see what the next few days do to alter my mood. I must get off this sugar addiction! Good luck to all! Very Respectfully, MC
  10. I'm on day 13 of my first Autoimmune Whole 30. I started because I have crohn's disease and have been really ill / 50% bedridden for the past year. I've been 100% compliant food-wise, been doing some gentle yoga and walking when I feel up to it. I was tired before I started, but would have patches of energy, especially in the morning. But the past couple of days I feel tired to my bones, like my body is too heavy to hold up. I haven't been sleeping that well (because my tummy gets me up several times a night) and I might have eaten a bit less because I feel too tired to eat. Just getting out of bed feels like the hugest effort. Is this normal? Is this what the "tired" stage in the whole 30 timeline is supposed to feel like? Has anyone else had this? I've felt like this on days when my illness has been really bad, so I'd like to be reassured! I'm not having any other recurrences of crohn's symptoms, just this lethargy. Help please!
  11. Sara Hallgren

    Crohn's Trouble

    I started my Whole30 AIP on June 30, everything is going well and I can definetly tell a difference in my stomach/intensities. But all of a sudden on day 14 (yesterday) I had really bad stomach pains and diareaha. Anyone else that has gotten this far on their W30 have any issues with their Crohn's along the way? I wasn't able to eat anything else the rest of the day without it disturbing my stomach and having to go to the bathroom right away. Any advice or reassurance would be greatly appreciated.
  12. Sara Hallgren

    Starting Whole30 on June30!

    ​I'm starting my Whole30 on Monday June 30th! I am very excited and nervous for this lifestyle change. I have recently been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. My goal is to figure out what is safe to eat so I do not have to be on medication for the rest of my life. I am going to try to follow the Auto-Immune Protocol (this is the part I'm nervous about; I live an active lifestyle and want to make sure I'm putting enough fuel into my body). I have built up my confidence by reading "It Starts With Food", reading other people with Crohn's testimonials, and by having a veteran of the Whole30 as a best friend! I wish everyone out their good luck, weather you are on your first day or your last! -Sara (I will try my best to keep up with the forum.)
  13. Amanda Stamps

    Skeptic believes

    I don't really believe in much that claims to "change your life." So when a friend presented me with whole30, I honestly didn't expect much. I will start with a little background on myself. At 15 I suffered my first Crohns episode that resulted in a bowel resection. For more than 20 years I have battled the "disease." I've been hospitalized a couple of times but mostly suffer from inflammation, bloating, and severe diarrhea. Its never held me back but is a constant annoyance. Over the years I realized it was all about what I put in my mouth so I have been conscious of that. I'm a triathlete. I exercise frequently. Despite this, I maintain severe bloating and joint pain. Six months ago I jumped on the gluten free bandwagon and then went dairy free. While I felt better the bloating stayed put. The day after my last race, I started the whole30. I am at day 32 now and you have changed my life! I wish i had taken measurements but since I was skeptical I didn't. I have lost my bloat belly, 15 lbs, and most importantly, I have not had a single episode in a month. My joints feel great and I sleep like a baby. I have finally found the right combination of food for my body. I never once lacked energy. I won't go so far as to say you cured my Crohns because I actually do not think it is a real disease. I have told people for years that it is just a reaction to food and would not exist outside of personal choices. To me diseases are conditions we cannot control. Thank you for providing me with the tools to change my life. Amanda