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  1. Ok, forgive me for the graphic descriptions and I am sorry if this has been addressed already. I could not find anything that specifically focuses on post program bowel problems. Especially when there weren't any during the round. Throughout my 30 days I followed everything to the T. I remain 100% compliant to this day minus the 4 re-intro days and a 5th day where I ate half of a twix stick (out of 4 sticks) - this was the first time I had sugar in 49 days but it was after I was already having the problems so I don't think it is related. During whole30 my bathroom time was not the best but not the worst. I actually had relatively solid movements (sometimes not but not diarrhea) and pretty regular movements. This is different for me as I have suffered from constipation and IBS since I was a child. I expected this to happen with such a drastic diet change and it was welcomed. After whole30 I did reintroduction and everything effected me minimally (mostly bloating, gas, acheyness)... until dairy. Dairy hit me HARD. My belly threw a giant temper tantrum and I struggled for 5 days with persistent diarrhea daily. Multiple trips to the bathroom and no substance what so ever. I drink lots of water though I don't exactly count how much. My meals since whole30 have gotten smaller because it seems that if I eat too much or honestly eat at all it makes my stomach upset. I keep them mostly compliant to the template though. On the 5th day I decided to try a probiotic and a digestive enzyme. I researched and got the 50billion ultra jarrodophilus and the garden of life raw enzymes for women. The day after that I felt great, no multiple trips to the bathroom, but by the end of the day I did still have diarrhea. For the last few days after starting the supplements I continue to have diarrhea about once or twice a day. It has been 9 days since dairy re-intro. I typically have over easy eggs in the morning with some sort of veggie and avocado or ranch or pesto. If I am in a hurry and can't cook I will have applesauce or grapes and some cashews but this doesn't happen a lot maybe twice in the last 9 days. my lunch usually consists of dinner leftovers which have been: buffalo chicken salad (buffalo sauce from book, small amount of onion and mushroom, chicken, romaine and home made ranch) swai (fish) with garlic lemon ghee topping, chipotle seasoning, zoodles and cauliflower alfredo (cauliflower, garlic, onion, nutritional yeast, chicken broth, coconut cream) I do not snack. I do drink kombucha on occasion - maybe 1/4 to 1/2 a bottle once or twice a week (typically GT's Trilogy), and I don't really eat fruit other than the occasional hurried breakfast. sometimes after I eat (since reintroduction) my stomach becomes rumbly and I feel a bit nauseous and gassy. I am thinking I need to eliminate nuts for awhile just to see, but I don't really know if this is the overall problem as I was eating these during the round as well. All of these major, questionable, annoying problems started after whole30 re-intro... Should I just keep waiting it out? Is this just a delayed detox? I am getting very frustrated and so sick of having to go to the bathroom all the time! Thanks for any help you can give!
  2. Hi - First off, thank you for manning the forum and helping me complete my Whole30! Greatly appreciated. Secondly, I searched the forum but couldn't find an entry that matched my question so I hope I’m not missing something…. I'm on day 5 of the Whole 30. I ate pretty clean before starting (no refined sugar but honey and maple syrup, no caffeine, some carbs, but I did eat dairy). I had the stomach flu 4 days before I started the Whole 30 and am having the following problems now: Not sleeping well at all. I LOVE to sleep but I am having a hard time falling asleep at night and staying asleep even though I’m tired during the day. Days 1-3 I felt pretty good but had a bit of nausea randomly throughout the day and felt a bit weak Day 4 I felt really tired and pretty weak (as in I normally can carry around my 30lb toddlers no problem but I got tired just picking them up). I have had a really low appetite and having a hard time finishing all of my food Day 5 (today) I’m beat. I have a slight headache, but it’s the nausea, diarrhea and lack of appetite that seems odd to me. For breakfast I’ve been eating at least 2 eggs, compliant bacon or sausage, ½ a sweet potato, and fruit. For lunch I try to eat a green salad with lots of veggies, eggs, grilled chicken and an apple with cashew butter (or whatever was leftover from dinner the night before) For dinner I eat either fish or meat and a veggie and fruit or green salad. I’m just not very hungry or excited about any foods that I’m eating, so I’m not getting much food in. Do you have any thoughts on what could be causing the diarrhea, lack of appetite, nausea and sleeplessness? Are these normal whole 30 side effects on day 5? Thank you for your input! Amy
  3. Hi all! My husband and I have been doing Whole 30 for many months now. Curiously, when we eat clean and stick to the W30 plan, we BOTH have the worst diarrhea. When we go OFF plan for a special occasion and enjoy a big cheesy pizza or a yummy burger w/all the fixings, our GI tract is better - significantly! We have tried adding a probiotic, we've ruled out any chance of parasite, or other illness. But for MONTHS now, our #2's are just as fluid as our #1's and it makes us both want to stop W30 altogether. We like the healthy way we feel otherwise and logically, we like knowing we are giving our bodies good nutrients, but the GI stuff is SO tiring!! Anyone else having this issue? Any ideas or successes in fixing it AND staying on Whole30?? Help!!!! (thank you!!)
  4. I am on Day 29 (!!!) of my first Whole30, and I have to say that I've never felt better in my life. I have so much energy, I sleep better, my muscles don't hurt, my mood is stable, all of that great stuff. The only complaint I have is this: I've had either diarrhea or generally messy stool for the last 15 days. More TMI to follow, sorry. It is mushy, doesn't come out clean, smells very bad and is off-color (yellowish, sometimes greenish). At the start of this issue 15 days ago I had pseudodiarrhea 5 or 6 times a day; this lasted about a week. Bowel movements have slowed down to 2-3 times, but has never fully gotten back to normal. Has this happened to anyone else?? Before my Whole30 I suffered from stomach & abdominal discomfort, gas & nausea almost constantly. All of that stopped once my body got on board with the diet change, but the diarrhea is still around. I don't know why or what I might be doing wrong. I thought at first I was eating too much fruit (summertime fruit is too hard to resist!), so I've cut back on that significantly. I probably have two servings a day at this point. For breakfast I usually have either a banana with almond butter, or more often 4 eggs hard boiled or scrambled. Lunch I'll have a salad with chicken or fish, or leftover dinner. I try to get as much variety in my dinner as possible and try new veggie combos every night. For protein I mainly use fish, chicken, beef or turkey. Snacks consist of cashews, pistachios and raisins. I cook mostly with coconut or olive oil, and dress salads with balsamic. Any thoughts on why this might be happening?
  5. discouraged

    Hi All. I'm on Day 11 and feeling discouraged. When I started, I immediately lost some puffiness in my face, waist, and hips, but I seemed to have leveled out and don't think I'm losing any more weight (though I'm not weighing myself). I'm tired, irritable (I was very short with my partner this morning ) and also still missing pasta, bread, and sweets. Up until yesterday morning I was having consistent diarrhea. I'm feeling some non-scale benefits of the program, even ones I haven't read about: bad breath seems to be gone; I stay fuller longer; I'm not as reliant on coffee in the morning; skin inflammation seems to have gone down-- these are all great things! But what I really want is to no longer have bread/pasta/sugar cravings and to experience this tiger blood energy I keep reading about. Is it simply too soon for that to happen, or am I doing something wrong? Here's my typical day (everything is homemade, so I know it's compliant because I check labels very carefully): Breakfast is usually eggs and sweet potato hash browns with black coffee and either a few strawberries or a couple of fresh pineapple slices. Lunch or dinner has been one of the following in the last four days: spinach salad with avocado and two hard-boiled eggs or steak; homemade meat marinara with zucchini or butternut squash noodles; grilled calamari with steamed broccoli; steak with green beans and 1/2 sweet potato. Anything I cook on the stove (except steak) has olive oil. Sometimes I add a couple strawberries or a slice of pineapple to lunch or dinner. If I can't make it to dinner because I'm hungry, shaky, or have a late meeting, I'll do a snack of an apple with almond butter. If I'm hungry at bedtime I'll have a banana with almond butter. Thanks in advance for your help!
  6. I am on Day 7 and just had my worst night of sleep yet. Woke up feeling congested, headachy and body achy. I had the carb flue effect on Day 2 but it was gone by Day 3. I had cut gluten and sugar out of my diet for a full year before starting the Whole 30 so wasn't expecting to have such a dramatic reaction. Wondering if this could be a diary withdrawal reaction? Also still quite a bit of diarrhea. Looking forward to all this stabilizing and welcome thoughts, insights!
  7. I am currently on R1D10. I am doing the whole30 ina n attempt to diagnose some terrible digestive issues I've had for about 5 years, plus tame a sugar dragon. I have had diarrhea everyday for 5 years. I've had testing done for intolerances and bacterial overgrowth in my intestines and it all comes back negative. I do have an appt with a gastroenterologist in 3 weeks to help figure it out. I was diagnosed with IBS a few years ago. I have fermented smelling gas (great for my marriage! Ugh!) and lots of it. My hope with doing the whole30 was to eliminate any problematic foods for a time and learn a lot through the reintro. However, I'm on day 10 and I swear it's getting worse. I've been woken up at 3am the past three days with oily and watery diarrhea every 20 minutes throughout the morning. I'm exhausted, probably dehydrated now, and frustrated that all my hard work at sticking to the program perfectly has actually done more harm to my gut. I haven't tried eliminating FODMAP fruits and veggies and avocados yet, but I realize that can make a huge difference for IBS sufferers. I will admit, I eat A LOT of onion, avocado, and other high FODMAP foods. So, my question is: on day 10, is it unrealistic for me to be expecting to see positive results from the whole30 already in my gut? Would it be a good idea to, at day 10, now eliminate FODMAP foods as well? Or should I just accept that this increase in diarrhea is actually normal and my body healing or detoxing? Any input would be appreciated!
  8. For the first week of the plan everything went beautifully. No headaches, no desire to kill things and no struggles to eat. I noticed that my skin felt better (no dishpan hands from all the dishes I was washing, dry heels were becoming a thing of the past and my joints felt more.. supple?) However, around day 10 things began to change and not for the better. Stomach cramps, diarrhea, joints aching, breast tenderness and bloating. My mother, a vegan and naturalist thinks I am going through a "cleanse" of all the toxins in my system from various issues over the years (surgeries, strepp, medication for treating a hiatal hernia ect) and that the program is causing me to "flush" them in a painful and aggressive way due to how "toxic" she thinks my system is (try convincing an 83 YO something different.. sigh). I am 51, post menopausal and yes, I am coming off 2 years of a lot of medications. I am listing some of the meal choices I have been making the past few days to see if there is any troubleshooting needed in how I am proceeding (note: I make all the dressings ect to make sure they are plan compliant): Breakfast: version1: 3 eggs (cooked in clarified butter, salt and pepper to taste), salsa, veggie sticks (usually celery and carrots and always at least a cup) ranch dressing (recipe from W30 book) and SOMETIMES fruit version 2: 1 open nature chicken/apple sausage (plan compliant! uses fruit juice for sweetener woot!), veggie sticks and ranch dressing and SOMETIMES fruit version 3: the delicious frittata in our whole 30 book with some fruit on the side Lunch: version 1: protein tuna salad ( 5 oz can of albacore, apple and celery, homemade mayo, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste) celery sticks and other veggies as the mood strikes to use to "scoop" it version 2: salad (lettuce, jicama, tomato, cucumber, carrot, celery, bell pepper) with leftover meat (chicken, steak) and salad dressing (oil based vinaigrette usually) version 3: traditional protein salad (grapes walnuts celery added in) over bed of lettuce and cucumber Dinner: version 1: Salmon cooked on the drill, mashed potatoes (made with salt, pepper, clarified butter, chicken stock), coleslaw (cabbage, carrot, sesame seed mayo, vinegar salt and pepper) version 2: grilled steak and veggie kebabs marinated in chimi sauce version 3: Buffalo chicken salad (chicken spun in hot sauce, ranch, lettuce, jicama, carrot, bell pepper, celery)
  9. Hello all. I am in Day 21. For the past few days, I have had less energy than before I started. I have been so strictly sticking to the diet. I am never hungry, eating lots of fruits, veggies, meat, and some nuts.My dark circles were gone on day 8, and back by day 13. Worst of all, I've started to have diarrhea. It is so discouraging because I have been giving up everything I love. Any advice or anyone else go through this?
  10. I have been doing whole30 for 8 days; however, I had to start over so technically day 4 for me. It seems no matter what fruits or veggies I eat, I end up with terrible gas & diarrhea. My intestines are so inflamed and sore. I have juiced in the past with no problems. Many years ago, I had diverticulitis. I am afraid that with constant bowel issues on whole30, it may cause a reoccurrence. Any ideas on what is causing such terrible inflammation/loose stools? Veggies I eat: lettuce, raw carrots, cooked cauliflower, cucumbers, cooked red peppers in dishes, cooked onions, raw and cooked tomatoes, baked kale chips Fruits: strawberries, melon, blueberries, bananas, citrus, pineapple, lemon juice, cherry juice, dates, avocados, apples protein: eggs, chicken, beef, turkey, cashews, almonds drinks: water, water with lemon, sparking water, coffee with almond milk (once in awhile), hot tea, 100% fruit juice (rarely)
  11. Help. I'm on day 8 and constipated. I've had maybe two bowel movements of lesser size (I normally go daily)...advice?! What foods will trigger this? I've been told I have IBS-C...but I had worked hard to be pretty regulated before I started this. But maybe that's because I was eating a lot more crap?! I take probiotics every night. Help Please!!!
  12. So I did my first Whole40 back in October and instantly discovered a FODMAP issue, so I avoided those foods as much as I could to avoid the diarrhea, stomach pain and nausea that followed. Then I went travelling after my Whole40 was complete and took probiotics and digestive enzymes on a daily basis to help me digest the foods I would have to eat. This seemed to have worked relatively well, but I didn't like having to depend on supplements to eat. When I returned, I tried to return to a Whole30 diet and continued on the probiotics, but was terrible constipated (up to 6 days without a bm). I have stopped on the probiotics, but my stomach has returned to the flushing everything through me method as soon as I eat it, accompanied by more nausea and stomach pains. Along with avoiding FODMAPS, I've been finding that my stomach now cannot digest things like coconut milk, vinegars, almost all fruit, and the list goes on. Even if I eat the smallest amount of these foods, I can feel it just go right through me. It's like my body can't digest anything with even the remotest amount of sugar, carb or even too much oil. The past couple days I've been drinking a teaspoon of kombucha and it's literally jammed my insides and given so much pain. I just find it weird that all of these foods, even fodmap foods affect me, when they never have in the past. Has this happened to anyone else? Does anyone know what could be going on with my insides?
  13. Please help! I've read through the forums that spoke of diarrhea but none of them mentioned getting it so early on. Today is my day 1 on Whole30 and a couple hours after breakfast, my first Whole30 meal, I got diarrhea. The problem is that it wasn't just once. It won't stop. I had the flu two weeks ago with similar symptoms but I was completely better about a week ago. My breakfast was wilted spinach cooked in coconut oil, spaghetti squash, and two poached eggs. I also had two cups of black coffee over the course of about six hours. I ate my lunch, which was crack slaw (ground beef, ground turkey, shredded cabbage, shredded broccoli, carrots, and kale), balsamic sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts, and half an avocado. My stomach isn't painful but it feels like it's churning and I've had to go three or four times in the last two hours. What is going on with me? Is this normal? Thanks
  14. Hello All, I originally got into Whole30 because I have been struggling with IBS-C for 10 years, and Whole30 did not necessarily provide me the relief I was hoping for. However, it did open my eyes to what my underlying issue is, which I am ever thankful for. After a few days of following the Whole 30 diet, I was in so much pain. I was bloated, gasy, and so full that I could not even put my pants or shorts on because the band around the waist was digging into my stomach. Now, I ask myself how could this be, as I was only eating chicken, fruit, vegetables, and other "harmless" foods? No alcohol, beans,caffine, chocolate, soda, ect. Then I realized my pain was coming from certain fruits and vegetables. I would put onions on my bun-less burger, have apples for breakfast, and have cauliflower and broccoli as a side for dinner entrees. It didn't make any sense that I was so bloated. It brought me back to a time when I was living in LA, and saw the "top" gastroenterologist in town. He told me I had IBS-C (thanks I knew) and we ran several tests. Vitamin deficiency, food sensitivity panel, fecal analysis ,blood tests, ect. Everything came back pretty normal, and he told me to 'eat more fiber and vegetables, and drink more water."I told the doctor that certain vegetables make my stomach worse ( brussel sprouts, broccoli, okra, cauliflower,) and still, he had no answer and sent me on my way to eat Bran cereal with milk for breakfast every morning. And this was also after my results of food panel came back saying I was off the charts sensitive to eggs, gluten, and dairy. Now I'm not a medical doctor by any means but I came to realize it is such a shame how western medicine, or at least in this case the "top" gastroenterologist in one of the biggest cities in the country could fail to help someone struggling with a serious medical issue such as constipation. I even told him I go up to 5 or 6 days without using the bathroom, and he just said "everyone is different". No, I'm sorry but that is NOT normal. So thanks to Whole 30, I went the DIY natural route to help fix myself. It then lead me to stumble upon the Low Fodmap diet, which in clinical trials has shown to eliminate IBS symptoms and has a 75% success rate. I am now following a Low Fodmap Whole 30 diet and thank you GOD I have finally found the answer to my digestion! I urge everyone with IBS issues to get tested for Low Fodmap (Hyrdogen and Methane breathe testing) AND Candida. All tremendous resources if you have digestion issues. I think it has been a miracle for me. I hope my message can help others out there suffering!
  15. I have upped my sweet potato intake over the last few days and had watermelon last thinking I may be somewhat sensitive to mannitol....All of a sudden this afternoon...let us just say that I have what my dad calls the trots...BAD...and that is not something I have experienced the first 16 days. ~~~~~~~~~~ I went to trusty old Google and searched each item I ate over the past couple of days and landed on this little gem...and several other sites that back this up. "To avoid overwhelming your limited capacity to handle mannitol, avoid other mannitol-rich foods, such as watermelon, mushrooms, cauliflower, celery and snow peas, on the days you have sweet potatoes" Last night was the first time I had sweet potatoes and watermelon at the same time. I maybe ate sweet potatoes once or twice a week before the W30 and now I am eating at least 1/2 a day. Note to more mixing of the above...because the symptoms mentioned on that link are pretty much me this afternoon. While I might not be 100% sure of the accuracy of that is easy enough to not mix those food items, and I am bad enough right now that I would rather not risk it. Just out of curiosity any one else notice something like that when they eat any of those foods at the same time? Any suggestions for helping to tamp down on the runs?? Probiotic?? Thanks!
  16. Hi, I'm on day 3 and I'm doing well, but today I've had the runs all day. Is this normal? It's almost like the colonoscopy prep I did last week! I didn't think I was going to have to do that again for 10 more years!
  17. Guar Gum

    Hi guys - I didn't see anything on the forums about guar gum so I wanted to post this here so anyone who has these same issues in the future can find it. Guar gum is the devil. Seriously. It started with my store no longer carrying the coconut drink hubby prefers in his smoothies (he doesn't like the full on coconut milk so we compromised with an unsweetened "coconut drink"). We grabbed another brand, figuring it would be worth a shot. BIG MISTAKE. I have Celiac's so I have a proclivity towards having a sensitive digestive system. But I've never had anything this bad happen before. About twelve hours after I tried it for the first time I started having stomach cramps. I went to the bathroom...for almost half an hour. Cramps, terrible flatulence that brought liquid out with it, with the occasional 'rabbit pellet'. Half an hour of that, and the toilet water looked very pale...I didn't think about the coconut milk since it had been pink/purple in the smoothie (banana, frozen berries, and the coconut milk). I woke up at 0430 the next morning with the same cramps and it was almost 45 minutes straight on the toilet with the same issues. It took 4 days without this coconut milk in my diet for everything to work itself out, during which time I finally figured out the cause. I'd suspected several other things (I'd made my hubby a gluten free cake for his birthday - maybe something in that? Maybe the brisket I'd eaten that was a week old?) in the interim but finally pinned down the smoothie and, thus, the new coconut milk. A quick google search showed many other people with similar reactions to guar gum. So I have now dumped out that thing of coconut milk and will use almond milk in smoothies if the store doesn't resume buying the old brand. I dumped the jar of guar gum my mother in law sent me as she was cleaning out the gluten free stuff in her pantry (she got all of it to make me Christmas cookies but it never panned out. And guar gum will never be in my diet again. Ever. If you have a sensitive digestive system, steer clear of that crap! So NOT worth it!
  18. Warning.....long post. This was my longest training run for my upcoming 100 miler at the end of March. Some background: I have completed 35 marathons, 3 ironmans, and 3 ultra marathons (including one 101.46 24 hour race).........with little or no GI issues whatsoever, and little or no bonking/energy loss. My pre-race and during race nutrition and hydration are down to a fairly well oiled machine........I know what my body needs, how much and when to keep going and avoid cramping. I have been trying to fuel my runs Whole 30 compliant. My longest run so far was 18 miles on trails, and I ate: strawberries, turkey, pickles, tangerine, sweet potatos, fruit puree. It was a very easy trail and I was finished in about 2:50, feeling great most of the run and no GI issues. I tried to use a similar fueling plan for yesterday's 50 miler, but on a more difficult trail, and only pass the car every 10 miles, so need to carry enough to fuel during the about 1:50 loops. I know that many of you have stated that once my body adjusts to Whole30 I will burn fat more efficiently and that I also won't need to fuel constantly during my long long runs. However, I feel that during strenuous exercise you must fuel consistently and little bits at a time, so that the already overworked circulatory system can get enough blood to the stomach to digest. I need about 220 calories per hour for my size and that is what has worked in previous long runs/races. Maybe after eating clean for longer this will change and I can run 24 hours with just 3 main meals and a few mini meals, but I just don't see that yet? In my 24 hour race last year, I passed my aid station every 15 minutes, so I would just grab a handful of something that was between 50-60 calories and munch on it during that lap. Every other lap this was liquid Perpetuum which is a drink I tolerate well and that fueled almost half of my entire caloric intake for the 24 hours. The other items I consumed included: strawberries, orange slices, bananas, hamburgers, pickles, chicken, chicken noodle soup, red bull, coke, gummi bears, cookies, protein bars, Goldfish crackers, cheetohs, pringles, grapes, m & Ms, turkey, pretzels. My plan worked famously, and I maintained consistent energy for 24 hours, no GI ussues-only 2 big bathroom trips, no cramping or gas. I also drank water, coconut water. I did not drink any gatorade, hate it! I also took elecrtrolyte capsules. I ate chicken, butternut squash and veggies for dinner Friday evening......not spicy, proven to be easy to digest before a big workout. For breakfast I ate: 1 RX bar, 1 banana, 1 cup coffee, 5 strawberries, handful of almonds. I would have liked to make bacon , veggies and eggs, but woke up late. During Lap 1 I ate 4 figs. I was HUNGRY. At the end of Lap 1 I ate: some leftover grilled chicken, strawberries, almonds. Lap 2: 1 buddy fruits (80 cals) 3 dates, 3 coconut yummy bites, drank coconut water 6 oz. Still feeling hungry but stomach ok. End of Lap 2 I ate: 2 hardboiled eggs, few sweet potato pieces, almonds. Lap 3: starting to feel full, but stomach ok, energy ok. 1 Buddy fruit, 4 figs. 1st bathroom trip and of Lap 3....approx. 31.5 miles in. Starting to feel crampy/gassy. Legs feel great....only issue is stomach. Small bowel movement, blood in urine. Chicken, strawberries, sweet potato pieces. Lap 4: Tired, losing energy and focus. Fell. Slowed down a lot. More cramps and gas. Mile 34, coconut water. Mile 35, lots of walking, totally bonked, had to sit down. Mile 36.....more walking, gas, cramps. DRANK Perpetuum (1 scoop about 130 cals) soon returning and able to run. Mile returning, running more, but having to stop and walk with gas/cramps. Legs feel good. Ate a Buddy fruit. Bathroom: diarrhea, lots of it. Miles ok, tons of GI distress. Mile 41: Barely made it to the bathroom.........tons of diarrhea, tons and tons. Last mile ran about .5, then had to walk it in..........just too much GI pain. Ended the run at 42 miles. Any thoughts on what went wrong? I had to have the Perpetuum or I would still be sitting out there on the trail. I am used to fueling these really long runs with mostly liquids or gels, so I am worried all the solid food was too much for my body to process. I have 3 more pretty long efforts before my 100 weekend I'll still be on my Whole30, but the other two I will be free to eat whatever. I plan to finish out this Whole 30, but I am not sure what to do for my 100 miler on 3/28. Are there any Whole30 compliant liquids or gels, as I think I need that option combined with quality whole30 foods to get through the 100 miles without such bad GI distress. Any advice or ideas are much appreciated. I'm sorry for the long post, but I wanted to be specific about what I ate. Even today, I still feel crampy, but bowel movements back to normal consistency. Sorry for the TMI. Thanks, Regina
  19. Hi everyone! My fiance was advised to try the Whole30 by his doctor due to years of intermittent GI signs (bloating, cramps, diarrhea). I didn't have digestive issues prior to the Whole30 but wanted to do the program with him for moral support and also to see if I would "feel better" eating more wholesome foods. I have been following the guidelines, cooking many recipes from the book, and also paleo recipes that I found online (making sure they used compliant ingredients). We try to adhere to the serving suggestions for protein, fat, fruit, we eat a variety of veggies (bell pepper, carrots, celery, cucumber, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, sweet potato, green beans, cauliflower, etc). Since we started the Whole30, both of us have had very soft stool or diarrhea EVERY DAY. My fiance's bowel movements are worse than they were before, ie. watery. Myself, before the Whole30, would RARELY ever have soft stool or diarrhea, and I have been having daily diarrhea for the first 20 or so days, then started having days where I would "skip" a bowel movement, so I was hoping that things would be firming up. However, no such luck, will skip days then have worse diarrhea next time I have to go, and sometimes have tummy cramps too. I think that my fiance is eating too much fruit sometimes for his serving sizes. We've been trying to eat more cooked veggies because I thought I read that too much raw stuff can be hard for your digestive tract. We are planning on extending the Whole30 for a couple more weeks, but I was wondering if anyone has any tips? Are other people experiencing problems like these? My fiance doesn't think that he will be able to tell if he 'reacts' to any of the reintroduced foods since his GI tract is not any better than it was before.
  20. Hey, Me and my girlfriend are doing whole30 together. It's her first whole30. We are writing this post together. She has diarrhea since day 3 of the whole30. She always has headaches. This has worsened since she is on the whole30. She feels a bit more tired during the whole30. She has chronic hepatitis B. We are trying to clean up her diet. We hope to prevent her to need to take medicin. Why she is doing the whole30: * feeling more healthy * exploring what kind of foods better suit her body * improving her hepatitis B blood markers (lowering liver enzymes) * feeling less tired * having less headaches * wanting to have more energy We are doing a normal whole30 but we are trying to eat more foods which are good for the liver including red beets, tumeric, artichokes, shiitakes, coffee, eggs and dandelion tea. Important chronological facts and dates: * We met on june 20th. She hasn't done paleo before. She eats paleo/primal meals when she eats at my place. During the whole30 I often cook dinner for her. * She took a morning after pill on june 23th. She is often tired and/or ill since she used the morning after pill. This continues until this day. * She started using anti conception pill on june 29th. * She did a blood test for hepatitis B markers on september 11th. * We spoke to her liver doctor september 30th. Her blood markers were worse then before. * She started the whole30 on october 2nd. * She started having diarrhea on october 4th. * She was having a UTI infection and has taken antibiotics from october 8th until october 13th. * We made a mistake on october 12th. We didn't check the ingredients of some licorice tea. It contained a little bit of germinated barley. * She stopped eating processed salt and switched to sea salt from october 13th. * We started whole30 day one again on october 13th. * She started using the following supplements on october 16th: ** Now foods - Liver detoxifier & regenerator (whole30 compliant) : ** Source Naturals - Mushroom immune defense (whole30 compliant) : * She has a blood test scheduled for next week (around october 30th) for blood markers related to hepatitis B. We hope to see some improvements. Typical breakfast options: * shake with vegetables(spinach/kale/beets)/1 raw egg/1-2 pieces of fruit/coconut milk or coconut water * 3 eggs baked in coconut oil with tomato and spinach * 3 eggs and a (pork) sausage baked in coconut oil with tomato and spinach Typical lunch options: * sweet potatoes baked in coconut oil. With ghee and sea salt. Sometimes she bakes 1-2 eggs in coconut oil to go with that. Sometimes no protein at all. * sometimes leftovers from dinner. * sometimes she combines breakfast and lunch into one meal Typical dinner: * sweet potatoes, vegetables, eggs/salmon/chicken/beef (liver/hear/meatloaf), herbs/spices, ghee/coconut oil/red palm oil. ** Sometimes mayonnaise made from organic refined olive oil/egg/lemon juice. ** Often a glass with some fruit and a bit of coconut water and/or kombucha as a dessert. Typical snacks include: * nuts * dates * prunes Other possible important facts: * She doubled her nut intake from about 250 grams to about 500 grams a week (compared to before the whole30). She eats different kind of nuts including cashew/brazil nuts/hazelnuts/walnuts/pecan nuts. * She eats more eggs and therefor more protein than before the whole30 * She eats less carbs than before the whole30 * She doesn't eat probiotics except for kombucha. She doesn't want to eat sauerkraut. We can't find whole30 compliant kimchi. * She hasn't eaten ghee, coconut oil, red palm oil before she met me (june 20th). * Coconut oil is not a likely suspect because she has eaten it at my place before the whole30. * She eats 2-3 pieces of fruit a day. * She stopped eating processed salt and switched to sea salt from october 13th. She doesn't eat seaweed often. I'm going to feed her kombu About her headaches: * She has a continuous headache through the day. It's a permanent thing. Sometimes it's less. * Headaches are worst when waking up and before going to sleep and when having sex. This week we are going to focus hard on sleep quality. Trying not to look into blue light before sleeping. She is going to switch to a hormonal based IUD to get less hormones into her body compared to the anti conception pill. My rough guesses of causes of her feeling so crappy are a combination of the following: * impact from hormones (morning after pill / anti conception pill) * impact from anti-biotics * hepatitis B * change of her food patterns but this should be a temporary thing * eating less carbs than usual (she was eating rice and bread before) * she has started drinking coffee often during the whole30. Before the whole30 she almost never drank coffee. Coffee drinking was recommended by her liver doctor. Any recommendations ? Should we put her on probiotics supplements? Any probiotic foods you can recommend ? Should we put her on predigestive enzymes ? Should we reduce nut intake ?
  21. The day I was to start the Whole 30 program I got sick with a stomach bug. I had 3 days of diarrhea and have not been able to eat much since then. It has now been 7 days. I have stuck to the Whole30 plan even though sick. I've barely eaten anything for 7 days and lost 7lbs. My stomach is still sore and food looks unappetizing. I will get hungry and try to eat but only can handle very little. I was wondering if I should take a day or so off and eat some crackers to help soothe & heal my stomach or if there is something else that you would recommend that would be acceptable on this plan to help my stomach and intestinal system heal.
  22. Immodium

    I have been sick with diarrhea since May, and was recently diagnosed with lymphocytic colitis. My doctor recommended that I take Immodium every day. However, Immodium has corn starch, and I am intolerant to corn (and, of course, it is not Whole30 compliant). Any ideas on what to take to relieve diarrhea? Also, I need a good electrolyte replacement drink. Pedialyte is a no go...any suggestions? Thanks! Annie
  23. I just completed my 2nd Whole30 and began dairy reintroduction on Day 31. As recommended, I added yogurt (nonfat greek), cheese and ice cream (as well as a little sour cream) to my meal plan and ate 100% compliant. I went to bed feeling great and woke up feeling great. However, at midday, I had a migraine and two hours later I had a diarrhea attack (sorry, TMI). Now, I'm happy to admit that this suggests some intolerance to dairy (even if it never manifested in the past), but what does it mean for my reintroduction going forward? Do you I consume dairy again to "test" it again? Or do I just move on to the next "group" for reintroduction? Also, can migraines be a typical allergic or sensitivity response? Hard to imagine it's a fluke... A little background: I've been an infrequent migraine "sufferer" for 15+years. 4 a year seemed normal, but it has slowly been creeping up for the past few years. Flashes of light would trigger them, but I was never able to determine diet triggers (although, I never ruled them out). I didn't suffer migraines during either of my Whole30 experiences and only suffered migraines between the experiences when I "fell off the wagon" during the Holidays.
  24. Hi guys and girls, so it's my first time doing a Whole30 and I wanted to tackle my sugar cravings, get more energy and loose a bit of weight as other "diets" haven't worked for me in the past. I have a thyroid problem but decided to stick with the normal Whole30 instead of doing the Autoimmune programme due to the amount of food that is restricted and my Hashitmoto's Thyroiditis is currently inactive according to my endocronologist. I thought my sugar cravings would be really bad but they haven't been an issue for me, its my stomach that is the issue at the mo. I haven't had any energy since I started this plan and at first I was always hungry but now it's weaned off a bit. I'm on day 15 now but for the last week I've had terrible bloating, like my abdomen is distended and I have had really loose stools. Today I've had to call in sick because I have had three bouts of diarrhea, sorry to be graphic but it's like water and I can't leave the flat! I'm not sure if this is normal and how to stop it. I used to take Actimel probiotics but because I'm not allowed dairy I have been eating sauerkraut but it hasn't helped. Do you think I need a probiotic in form of a pill? And can anyone recommend a brand or type? I live in Germany so will have to see if they do those here at the pharmacy. I usually avoid anything from the cabbage family as before it would bloat me out, I've tried cauliflower a couple of times since doing Whole30 and it still bloats me out and makes me gassy so have avoided it again and so I've been focusing on squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots and zucchini, all cooked not raw. I cook everything in coconut oil and sometimes ghee, either sauteeing, steaming, roasting. I work long hours starting early so have breakfast at 5am, lunch at 12pm and dinner at 6-7pm. My general meals look like this: Breakfast: green tea, usually have 2 eggs with a banana and spoonful of coconut chips (i can hardly stomach breakfast) Lunch: veggie soup with fish or meat of some kind or omlette with veg cooked in coconut oil, or leftovers from dinner night before Dinner: meat or fish with veggies and avocado or nuts/seeds (usually chicken, beef or pork (can't get lamb here in East Germany where i live and I hate liver)) I sometimes get hungry at work so have snacks of coconut chips, macadamia and walnut nuts and apples to hand. The first week I was snacking a lot due to hunger between meals but now I'm doing better and hardly snacking at all. I still don't have energy though and my stomach is really really bloated, almost like if I'd eaten wheat! I've been gluten free for 10yrs as have really bad symptoms when I eat wheat products. Tested negative though for coeliac. Last night my stomach bloated out during my meal and I couldn't finish it. (was peppered mackerel, sweet pots, roasted red peppers, parsnips and carrots with onion in coconut oil and sauerkraut) I used to eat meat or fish maybe 3 times a week, now its 3 times a day maybe that is the problem? I drink about 2-3 litres of herbal teas or water everyday, no coffee as am a migraine sufferer but always start my day with green tea. I know my trousers are tight and I feel really frumpy and I'm hoping it will pass as have read many comments on here to put me at ease about that but I am worried about the constant loose stools and diarrhea. Any tips or advice what I'm doing wrong or what I can try to ease up my stomach. It's so uncomfortable and getting me down Also I've noticed my skin is really bad, lots of breakouts. My doctor just thinks its IBS and this "diet" isn't any good as it cuts out too many food groups. many thanks!
  25. Hey ya'all. I am on day 15 of the whole 30. A few days before starting, both my husband and I got this sort of like stomach virus or something where we had painful diarrhea. It lasted about a week (for him). I started Whole30 and thought the looseness and cramping were still residual from the stomach virus, but its been about 20 days. I wake up and have my coffee and within about 30 minutes, I have to go. It hasn't been solid since I started Whole30. Prior to, I was pretty regular and before the tummy virus, I was pretty solid. I don't have diarrhea, but its painful. Cramping etc. Appears some undigested food in stool and it smells wicked (sorry- just the facts man). It seems to happen in the morning and also right after meals, sometimes before I'm even done with the meal I start to cramp. I am also bloated. I am not weighing but my stomach seems distended and my pants are tighter. I am not sure if I am having more calories than usual since I am not counting per the instructions. My guess is I am not. I do notice when I am under extreme stress I get painful cramps and usually have to go. Before whole 30 I did a paleo diet and was pretty strict. So the main difference is now I have cut out the paleo treats like coconut flour bread, stevia sweetened drinks and excessive grazing between meals. My diet is pretty consistent: Breakfast is eggs, avocado and veggies (squash, onion and spinach) sautéed in ghee. Lunch is usually steak or porkchop with salad. Dinner is steak or burger or chicken, broccoli, sweet potato. I try not to snack, but when I do, I have a banana or some pecans or almonds. I drink some almond milk or almond water to calm cravings, which have all but gone away. I am on a very low dose of wellbutrin. I should also note a few other things. I am trying to recover from adrenal fatigue and my immune system is just shot. I take the pig adrenals but I suffer from frequent (as in once a month) illness (flu, colds, respiratory and sinus infections, sore throats, etc). Because of this, its been tough for me to get into a consistent exercise routine. While I don't know much about IBS, as I said before, typically I am solid and regular unless I am under stress. However, this 15 day stretch is extreme. I never have 15 days of straight toilet misery. I started drinking some psycillium husk thinking maybe that would firm things up. It has not. I used to track all my meals on my fitness pal but stopped since the book suggests not counting or tracking or weighing. So- any help or ideas is really appreciated. I am feeling discouraged. Thanks everyone.