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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'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.
  3. 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?
  4. What about Orgain?

    Our family is starting the Whole30, however our 13-year old daughter normally drinks 2 Orgain drinks (whey) per day as a supplement since she has Crohn's. She needs the calories plus Orgain has had good effects. I'm thinking of switching her to the Vegan flavor for the first 2 weeks, then reducing to 1 per day, and then maybe stopping the Orgain the last week to see what happens. I'm afraid to skip it for 30 days. She does not need to lose weight and it appears to help with nutrient absorption. Plus it has been recommended to me by other Crohn's patients who also control the condition through diet and supplements only. (She will not drink Absorb Plus.) Anyone have related experience to share? Thanks! Ingredients: Vegan flavor is non-dairy, has 9g of sugar, and contains Organic brown rice, hemp, chia, flax,
  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. 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
  7. I'm on day 26 and I've been doing so well in regards to pain and Crohns symptoms. As of last night I had terrible stomach pain and it's been off and on all day today. I'm not eating many FODMAPS at all. Could this be just part of the healing process?
  8. 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. I had an ileostomy reversal surgery on May 28th and started Whole30 on June 7th, a little over a week later (so I just finished Day 14). The surgery wound is healing very well but I am not supposed to stress myself for the next three months, which means no lifting anything over 5 lbs and no exercise beyond just walking. I'm also very busy right now because I'm working during the day and taking online classes in the evenings. Consequently, I'm not getting as much sleep as I normally would because I'm doing more cooking and food-prep in the early evening and studying into the night. I'm concerned that this lack of exercise and sleep is having a significant impact on the effectiveness of Whole30. I've seen no improvement in mood, sleep quality, energy, or really any other of the usual positive effects. I also went to the doctor the other day for a post-op visit and discovered that I'm up several pounds. I can certainly feel it; I feel like I'm bloated and occasionally feel nausea. I have Crohn's but these are not my normal symptoms (constipation and gas are, and my last visit report is that everything looks healthy). I've also had either a very bad cold or seasonal allergies this entire time. Usually I drink cold care tea with local honey to help, but now I'm just drinking cold care, which isn't as effective (not a sugar thing, I only sweeten hot tea if I'm using local honey to combat allergies or soothe a sore throat). Overall, the only positive effect I've seen as that I don't have any cravings anymore. It wasn't too hard to give up extra things because my Crohn's diet is already so restricted, but now, at least, I don't feel the strong call of Oreo ice cream anymore. Is there a way I can still reap the better effects of Whole30 despite my restrictions? I have a desk job but I try to get up and walk frequently, and I take a 1-mile circuit around the building during lunch. I'm doing the best I can for sleep but most of my homework takes several hours and needs to be turned in at 11pm, and I wake up at 6:30am for work so I don't have much flexibility there. I'd really appreciate suggestions. Or just support, if you've been in a similar situation and know that it gets better. I'm sticking to this because I'm stubborn but I'm really starting to doubt how much good it's doing for me given my limitations.
  10. 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
  11. **warning TMI ahead** I am on day 12 and have hit some of the timeline issues spot on (i.e. Kill.All.Things and sleepiness). I was following a sloppy paleo diet for 2 years prior to starting the Whole30, so the premise and cooking wasn't too tough. My issue is I have IBD and prior to starting, I have trained my body to take care of it's business in the morning. I am moderately lactose intolerant, so my thought was my morning coffee with a splash of organic 1/2 & 1/2 helped move everything out in the morning (I told you this was TMI). Unless I completely ate something crazy, such as a lot of pizza, my symptoms were completely manageable. However, it is definitely not the case now. My stomach is more "rumbly" and I have more than one issue with going to the bathroom. The only thing I can think of are all the veggies I am eating. I rarely had veggies for breakfast and the only meal that was a definite was dinner. Perhaps all the fiber I am now getting is the issue. I know I am healthier overall but wonder if anyone else with diagnosed IBD is experiencing this issue. The following log is from my last two days and is pretty much what I've been eating throughout. Day 11: Workout: 5:30am bootcamp class Sleep: Slept well. I’m dreaming a bit, which never happens, so I take that as sleeping better. I woke up before the 5am alarm but still tired. Overall: Feel good but tired. I don’t feel that awful potato chip craving. I think big addition of working out is assisting my sleepiness but that’s okay. Was in a good mood. A bit of stomach issues with IBD continues. Breakfast: Serving of sweet potato and sausage casserole and a few raspberries. 2 cups black coffee Lunch: Kung pao chicken, sauteed brussels sprouts and ½ sweet potato Cashews and dates for snack Dinner: Bibimbap. Amazing!!! Really satisfying meal. Day 10: Workout: none Sleep: Went to bed quite early and woke up before alarm but still tired. Slept okay though. Overall: Feeling tired today. I’ve been much more active, so perhaps that is why. I honestly wish I could just have one day where I wake up and feel refreshed. I definitely am less hungry and have to psyche myself up for eating. Not sure what that is about. If there was a bag of potato chips in front of me, I would have no problem eating that. Ate potato wedges for dinner and I think that satisfied my potato craving, so maybe I just needed more carbs. Breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 strips bacon; sauteed sweet potato with onion and garlic; 2 cups black coffee. Lunch: Meatloaf with steamed broccoli and leftover sweet potato from breakfast. Dinner: Kung pao chicken, sauteed brussels sprouts and roasted potato wedges Any thoughts or just ride it through? Thanks, Alissa
  12. 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.
  13. 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.)
  14. 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!
  15. Crohn's

    I've had Crohn's for about 10 years now. Today is day 2 of my first w30. I'm definitely having a problem with all the fruits and veggies. I can only eat a very small amount of raw. Almost all veggies need to be cooked or blended in my Vitamix. About six months ago I watched several vegetarian/vegan documentaries including Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. I was totally on board and excited. Then I landed myself in the hospital with a severe Crohn's flare from all the fruits and veggies. Very disappointing. It took steroids and many months to recover from that. So I'm being very careful during my w30. Anyone else out there also not able to eat all the fruits and veggies?
  16. Hi This is my first Whole30. Iv been doing the Paleo thing for a few months now but the occasional off track moment. I have been diagnosed with Crohns disease for 10 years now and 6 surgerys & numerous unsuccessful med trials later with more active crohns I am searching for something else! With the results iv had from paleo I am very excited to see the results from the Whole30. Im tracking my progress on this and other non-food related things im trying on Instagram under @savihealing4crohns. Looking forward and nervous at the same time to the next 30 days Casey
  17. Hi everyone! I am on Day 8 of the Whole 30, after being on a very flexible version of it off-and-on for a while. I decided to get serious in the New Year because of flare-ups with my Crohn's disease and to tame my binge-eating/emotional-eating/out-of-control dragon! I was diagnosed with Crohn's about half a year ago and started taking Cimzia, which kept me in recovery for a couple of months. For the last couple of months however, I've felt like I'm on the verge of a flare-up, i.e., many bathroom emergencies, sudden cramps, etc. It happened no matter what I ate, if I ate, how much, what time of day, etc. Maybe I'm being impatient, but I was expecting at least some sort of change, even slight alleviation, after being on a strict Whole 30 for a week now. But alas, it seems as bad as ever. I'm going to my GI this week, but I assume she will try to prescribe more medication rather than be receptive to helping my symptoms with diet changes. Does any one else have advice about this, or their own story about curing Crohn's (or any IBD) with Whole 30? Perhaps posting an eating log of some sort would help you help me troubleshoot this thing? Thanks for your help!
  18. 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?
  19. Hello! My name is Bethany. My husband, David, and I started our first day of Whole30 today. David has had Crohn's disease for the last 13 years and has been on a medication called Remicade for the majority of that time. While this medicine has helped him to live an active and functional life, we have concerns about staying on it forever, and we want to try other methods of getting well. David has never attempted any form of diet to help his Crohn's (and his doctor claims there is no specific dietary approach - and anyone who tells him otherwise "is just trying to sell books". how frustrating). David has typically eaten whatever he feels like (including McDonalds and Bdubs and lots of sweets), although his appetite is often poor compared to other people our age. Along with experiencing common Crohn's symptoms, he also frequently lacks energy, especially lately for some reason. I, being a nurse, am definitely not against medications, but I am convinced there are other things we could be doing to help David's health, especially after reading ISWF! I am joining him on this Whole30, hoping to see increased energy and health benefits for myself, as well. I realize this might take longer for David to see improvement, but I'm hoping we can stick with it long enough to get to that point! If any of you have Crohn's or know someone who does, please let me know if you have specific tips or encouragement for our Whole30 journey! I am excited and also nervous at the thought of planning out and preparing each and every meal, but I think we can do it! Thank you and happy new year!
  20. 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