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  1. I can't seem to figure out my reaction to tomatoes. In my previous whole30, after about 3 weeks, every time I ate them I had really bad acid reflux and obvious digestion issues. So I stopped eating them. Then when I went off the whole 30 for the past month or 2, I was eating them much more and not really feeling the extreme effects (but I was also eating sugar, gluten, etc. and feeling inflammation and bloating from that so it could have all been a combined issue). Now in my current whole 30, I've been testing it again, and sometimes its really bad reactions, and other times I have none at all. If anyone can shed light on this I would much appreciate it. I really dont want to stop eating them so I keep finding reasons to "test it out", but I can't seem to come to a conclusion. I thought maybe the nightshades was an issue, but I'm fine with peppers and eggplant. I just don't get why sometimes its such bad gut issues and other times not.
  2. Hi all, I'm on day 27, have been going fiercely strong (many thanks to this motivating forum) since the beginning. Although my first week was rough, I've had no major issues to be concerned about until now & im terrified this has ruined all my hard work. My meals have been balance of grass fed high quality meat, steamed or roasted veggies & salad with homemade dressing consistently. Drinking lemon water & tea, not even coffee. So, I've been researching restaurants (calling, trolling menus online etc) and finally found one that cooks everything in olive oil so I decided to try it for dinner tonite. Luckily we've eaten here many times before & were familiar with the menu too. I was super specific about the restrictions & already a lil worried something could go wrong. A few hours after dinner, my stomach got very very very upset in the form of an urgent bathroom run. I'm totally confused about what happen & very concerned there was a mix up between the order. Ok so here's what we ordered bcuz I cannot for the life of me figure out why I had such a bad reaction. melintzanosalata- blended eggplant with garlic & lemon juice Lamb chops- grass fed marinated in lemon juice, evoo, oregano & spices (I confirmed the spices were ok) steamed veggies- broccoli, carrots, green beans grilled shrimp skewer- marinated in evoo & lemon juice. thats it! I was being so so careful now I'm beating myself up. I first thought the waitress prob gave me hummus instead of the eggplant meli. But even after calling the restaurant to confirm my order was indeed meli not hummus, the manager mentioned there was gluten in the meli! Idk what to do now. My digestion is still very upset, but I'm more worried i have to start over. Help. Thoughts. Advice? Thanks in advance for everything u guys do!
  3. This is a littler personal, but I've struggled with bad gas, constipation, and bloating for about 15 years (I'm only 29 - it started when I was a teenager). To the point sometimes the pain is so bad I can't even stand up and have to lie down. I've literally tried everything, even got a colonoscopy (which showed nothing). The only time I've really felt better is when I did a sugar detox last year, similar to Whole30 but you can still have some dairy. This is my first time doing W30 and I'm currently on day 23. I've noticed I'm losing weight but throughout most of the program my stomach problems seem to have gotten worse. I'm bloated almost every day, still constipated (although sometimes I get random diarrhea out of nowhere), and the pain seems almost worse than normal. My gut has also been very noisy, making "angry" noises when it's hurting badly. I was really hoping W30 would help but it seems to be making things worse - too many vegetables perhaps? If anyone has any insight, I would greatly appreciate it. I'm feeling very frustrated and upset; this is an awful way to feel every day.
  4. So I totally killed my flow and ate a bag of pretzels last night. Thankfully, I was only on day 5. I spent hours and hours salivating over the thought of a bread product and I just couldn't take it anymore. I also have OCD and a history of disordered eating, so I'm faced with a million triggers each day. I am a total believer in the science and research behind Whole 30, but there is one question that I'm REALLY struggling with. Especially because my brain is not doing well being told that it can't have dairy for another 30 days. I understand that eating dairy, for example, during reintroduction can cause a plethora of digestive issues. However, when I eat broccoli, for example, I experience gas and bloating for a couple of hours. Especially when I haven't eaten it in a while. So how is it that both can cause the same issue, when one is a known inflammatory and one isn't? This observation has caused me to doubt the reintroduction process ... and I don't want to doubt !
  5. I am almost to day 30, day 28 here and have not had a solid BM once. I am quite frustrated at this point and want to know if I should just keep going and limit FODMAP foods to see if that helps first and skip the reintroduction? I'm not sure if I should do the re-intro or not. Please help. I could list out what I've eaten in the 28 days but I do eat Apples, dates, a new nuts but not a ton of nuts. Almost every meals has onion in it and red or green or yellow peppers. I just started taking a probiotic again to see if that will help, I've also been drinking "GUT SHOT" the last week and that hasn't helped. Breakfast usually contains eggs. It just feels very annoying that I'm eating very healthy and still hasn't helped my diarreah! I also drink Kombucha and that apparently doesn't help either.
  6. I am hoping that maybe someone on here is in the same boat as me! I have had bad diarrhea for the past two weeks, at least from what I can remember. I wake up in the morning and after a few minutes, I have to go. Then within the hour I go at least 2 or 3 more times. I can't get to the gym until after an hour of waking up because I will have to use the restroom if I do. It's so frustrating, irritating, and my stomach hurts! I have been following program to a T since day 1 (not my first whole30 either). I'm just not sure what to do about this. It's really hindering my morning. Does anyone have any ideas? I've tried googling it but anything I read says nothing about it being so frequent so late in the game. Is my gut just not healed yet? Am I eating some foods that cause it even though I'm sticking to the meal templates etc. HELP!!!
  7. Kanita

    I am on day 16 of my first whole30. For the past week or more I have had lots of gut rumblings and (sorry for the details!) loose bowels some days diarrhea. I feel like all I am thinking about is whether what I eat will make this worse. My diet pre- whole30 was heavy on dairy, light on meats, no sugar, no breads, moderate veggies and fruits. Could this be a dairy withdrawal? If so, can I do anything to get over this?? Oh, I did cut way back on my veggies :-( to see if that would help and it did just a little but still very rumbly and uncomfortable.
  8. Hello all! I'm looking for advice on how to tweak my Whole 30 if possible. I'm on Day 9 of my Whole 30 experience. All has gone fairly well so far. I think I'm experiencing the usual things most people do... sugar withdrawal, cravings, etc. However, the one thing that is becoming a bit of a problem for me is that I have had diarrhoea since day one. I won't go into detail, but it's not pleasant for 9 days! I'm not experiencing stomach cramps or pain or even extra bloating and gas. In fact, I'd say I feel less bloated and gassy! But, if it does happen, let's just say I can't trust a fart! I'm staying well hydrated with lots of water. I've been having about four litres every day (I do this for other health reasons). My diet before I started the Whole 30 did contain vegetables and fibre and didn't have any digestive issues, and while I have increased my vegetable intake, I didn't think it would have this kind of effect on me, but I could be wrong! So, any advice would be welcome. Like I said, I'm not physically uncomfortable with what's going on, but I would like to get it sorted as I feel that it's an indication that I'm not getting something quite right. Thank you!
  9. Hello Everyone! I am a 25 yr old female who attempted my first whole30 in January of this year, but only wound up making it to day 19 because of some mistakes I made following the guidelines. I chose to do the whole 30 because I suspected some food allergies and intolerances. In 19 days I saw so many improvements in areas I had no clue I could ever see a change in! I was in complete disbelief! Severe sciatica, swelling, joint pain and immobility had vanished! My swollen face was returning to how I used to look years ago! And my massively bloated pregnant looking stomach had miraculously slimmed down and flattened out more than it ever had! I am a total believer in this program and can't wait to do it again! I just need a little advice with some issues I had the first time around. I also did paleo for 2 months after my whole 30 and it helped immensely. I plan to complete a whole 30 and then continue with a paleo diet afterward. Here are the issues I had: Extreme fatigue if I missed a meal - I believe I just need to eat larger meals that fully follow the meal template (protein, veggies & fat). Last time around I didn't always follow the template and some of my meals were way too small, so I'm chalking it up to that. Any other suggestions? Diahreah for the entire 19 days - I've always had pretty bad constipation issues my whole life, so this was surprising. I am normally pretty on top of eating enough fiber so I don't think it was my body adjusting to a fiber increase. I believe I may have celiac or some sort of wheat/dairy intolerance, so this could've just been my body adjusting and starting to heal. Anyone else experience this? I seem to have issues with consuming too many eggs, and eliminating them for a few days helped a bit. Food boredom - I know the food boredom can be a common side effect towards second half of w30, what did you do to overcome this? I get almost nauseated by certain foods at this point, it drives me nuts! My game plan for next time is to write a list with a ton of compliant recipes I want to try, as well as having some of my favorites premade and frozen. Food logging- I like to keep a food log. Not so much for calories or following specific macros, but to have a reference I can use to compare my symptoms with. It helps me to gauge what works/ what doesn't. I'm a certified holistic nutritionist and I am totally guilty of being obsessed with the cause and effect side of things. I know food logging goes against the spirit of whole 30, and it's also a pain in the rear in many ways, but I really want to be able to look back at what I ate on specific days and see how certain foods effected my medical symptoms. Has anyone logged during whole30? Or decided to forgo logging and loved the freedom from it? I want to skip it entirely as I did during my first attempt but I almost wished I had logged to try and pinpoint what could've caused my digestive issues. And finally - stress and timing. My first attempt was during a stressful time right before a big move, and sandwiched between lots of social obligations that involved food. I have an upcoming 6 week window without any birthdays, weddings, parties or etc, but I am still in a very hectic spot in life right now with a lot of stressors. I know that it will be an additional challenge to complete a w30 during this level of stress, but I feel like I need to do this for my health and I really want to make it work. Has anyone else complete a w30 during a stressful period of life? What tips do you have for managing stress while w30ing? thank you all in advance and sorry my post got so long!
  10. Hello, This is my second time doing Whole30. First time was 2 months ago. 2 weeks into the first round I experienced an itchy anus problem which lasted the rest of the diet. It then lasted off an on for 3 weeks post Whole30 then went away for almost 2 weeks until I started Whole30 again, and Day 2 the itching started again. I checked for pinworms which was negative. My toilet paper, detergent, and soap have all remained the same, and I do not have any known food allergies. In addition my bowel movements are pretty much normal. My only guess is the food I'm eating or not eating now, so here are the foods I eat more of while I'm on Whole30 and foods I eat more of when not on Whole30. There aren't any foods I exclusively eat on Whole30, just ones I eat more of than normal. If anyone has helpful advice on what it could be and how to make the itching go away it would be really helpful. It's really embarrassing and uncomfortable Foods I eat more of on Whole30 than normal: Sweet Potatoes, Eggs, and Steak Foods I eat more of when NOT on Whole30: Yogurt, Whole grains (usually granola or oatmeal), and Dark chocolate Any helpful advice appreciated!
  11. I have been living a pretty healthy post W30 lifestyle for the past 2-3 years. I have done 3 W30's in the past 3 years. In the past two years I have had chronic diarrhea and digestive pain, with it getting much worse in the past 3 months. I am working with two MD's...one in Kaiser and one outside of Kaiser, who uses a far more holistic approach -- even though the Kaiser Md is delightfully more progressive than most. My Kaiser MD referred me to a GI specialist after hearing my complaints and after blood work had a celiac test come back slightly elevated. The GI specialist wants to to a double oscipy (at least that's what I call it)....endoscopy with a biopsy of the small intestine, and a colonoscopy....at the same time, to rule out Collitis, Celiac Disease and Chrons Disease. My biggest concern of all of this, I have to eat gluten -- and from the sound of it, lots of it -- for the next 3 weeks. I already know that gluten causes me a bunch of discomfort (pain, bloating, digestive issues, emotional troubles and brain fog), but from what I understand, there is not a way to do these tests properly without doing so. I'm torn -- my holistic MD says I can also just forego the tests and the discomfort, OR I can have my insurance actually pay for something to properly and medically rule it out. Any feedback? Why would any of you do?? Thanks in advance!!
  12. Lump in Throat

    Hey all I am 15 days into my first Whole30! I am feeling fantastic and loving every minute of it! Starting Saturday afternoon (roughly 2 days ago), I developed what I can only describe as a lump in my throat. It feels like something (food?) is stuck back there and I constantly feel like I need to clear my throat, swallow, and/or make some awful hacking sound to get the "mystery object unstuck". The feeling is nonexistent in the morning and worsens as the day progresses. I am not having any trouble eating, drinking, or swallowing. And it actually feels better when I'm drinking or swallowing. I haven't tried any crazy new (compliant) foods in the past few days that I haven't already had throughout my whole30. And I've never experienced something like this in the past (no history of indigestion or reflux). Other than this weird sensation, I feel great. Curious if anyone has advice as to what it might be? Or experienced a similar sensation? Hoping it leaves quickly, as it's rather annoying. If it hasn't disappeared in a few days, I probably will go see a doctor - just to have a peace of mind that it's nothing serious. Thanks for your input! I appreciate you! Laurie O
  13. 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?
  14. I'm starting the day after my birthday. Why even tempt fate. Have let the hubs know I need his help for the 30+ days. I used an apple stamp to mark the days on the calendar for his ease and mine. Don't think it will be too hard as I eat pretty healthy, but I'll definitely will be needing to use a few different products. As I've been preparing I've been reading labels and I'm amazed at the junk in the simplest things. I am worried about my antacid... addiction would I call it. I pop papaya enzymes probably every day. I also take an antacid in the evening if my tummy isn't digesting well. Read label on Papaya enzymes and they are out for sugar. I'm sure my antacid tabs do too. Hoping the Whole30 will help my old lady digestion. I've been thinking and preping and deciding what will be the hardest for me... I think no digestive aids will be. Going to look into fermented items for possible help. I can't eat leftovers as I don't digest them well. Food needs to be cook that day or I have a big ole stomachache. So sad as I loved cooking ahead to save time. I quit eating after 6pm the past year as I need that 5 hours before bedtime to digest or I'll be up all night with acid indigestion. Sometimes my busy day gets away from me and I've gone without dinner many a night. Working on better dinner planning with the Whole30. Eggs don't always agree with me. I wonder if they are a problem for me? I think I'll be eating more eggs in the next 30 days than I've eaten in the last 10 years. This will be a test. I have my hardest time with them first thing in the morning. They may be lunch or dinner thing for me.
  15. So I'm on day 28 of my first Whole 30. Although I've lost some bloating, I continue to have 'unhealthy' BMs, am tired, bags/dark circles have returned and I've started breaking out on my face!?!? I thought that this eating plan was suppose to help with these things, not make them worse! Anyone else experiencing/experienced this? Help?!?
  16. I'm on day 18. I've pretty much had gas issues since I started whole 30. Well, I've pretty much had gas issues forever. Even started out with severe colic says my mother. Anyway, most of the gas does not come out and that's the problem. It just sits in my stomach as bubbles or mild uncomfortableness. I was hoping it would be improved by now on the whole 30. So I've been looking at reasons why it wouldn't be. Is there some food that is whole 30 compliant that I need to cut out? Should I be looking into FODMAP this early on? I rarely get enough sleep. Maybe 6-7 hours a night. I have five kids from 2-16. So sleep will not be normal for a while. I have had periods of lots of stress, however I've been dealing with it better since I started eating better. I do have about 20lbs I'd like to lose of baby fat. I haven't been tracking my meals that well so I don't know if I can give a few days worth, but I'll think on it and write it in another post if I can remember.
  17. I had a very bad night last night. And while I am doing better today, I'm still feeling very discouraged. The first 15 to 20 days of my Whole30 I continued to struggle with upper GI issues I have battled since I was 18, nearly 15 years of it. Somewhere near day 20 this finally began to get better. And I finally felt like my digestion evened out and was more average or normal for me. Then near Day 30 I started to observe new symptoms, lower GI issues. It could be they were there on Day 20 and I didn't recognize them because they were mild and I was so relieved to have the upper GI distress done with. I can't really say at this point. But I can say that I have had only one or two days since Day 30 where I could count my digestion as having no issues what-so-ever. No gas or gurgling at all. And this is what I find discouraging. Am I expecting something I shouldn't? I thought I was supposed to have invisible digestion. And when I was able to have multiple days in a row of that, THEN I could do a re-intro. I am on Day 44. I have tried to do a corn re-intro and a rice re-intro. While I think I know what symptoms I can attribute to those grains, I can't really know for sure because, in my mind, I never stabilized and had no symptoms at all. I have been researching FODMAPs and have been trying to cut them out but have not been successful. There are just SO many of them, and with it being harvest season I just can't justify passing those foods up. From the research I've done, I would be limited to squash, greens, and many root veggies, along with some citruses and olives. And that's basically it. I think I can do that for a while later into the winter, but I just can't start doing it out of the blue at this time of year. I was so discouraged last night I didn't even eat dinner. I was battling over whether to go out and get a Thai curry (comfort food) or not and basically throwing a pity party tantrum. I kept wondering why I should continue to bother. If I can't do re-intros, why not jump to riding my own bike. I won't know how things affect me one way or the other because I never don't have symptoms. So while I didn't break down and get curry, or a hamburger, I did decide to give myself a break today. I allowed in some dairy this morning and will in my dinner plan as well. And I expect to be back at compliance tomorrow, with FODMAPs. And I'm just going to wait until later in the season and see if I can find the right time to cut out FODMAPs to observe the affect. I know this is long. I needed to vent. And I'm looking for some support. I'm still pretty weepy over this. It just feels dumb and hopeless. I'm seeing other positives, but how can I possibly know what I can and can't digest well when it seems like I can't digest /anything/ properly?
  18. 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!
  19. I have now finished the whole 30 days, stuck to the programme with 99% organic food, and am half way through the reintroductions. Before beginning it, i would regularly wake up with a heavy belly, not hungry in the mornings, even when I made sure I ate hours before going to bed. I hoped this would change throughout the whole 30, but now, 5 weeks into it, and I still regularly throughout the programme have had this feeling in the morning. I have wondered if I was eating too much for each meal, but when I tried eating less I was still hungry and didn't feel 'full'. I also wonder if it's best for me to stop eating before I'm full as maybe I am addicted to an over full feeling. Things I've thought about as the reason - not chewing enough, eating too fast, eating too late, over eating, slow digestion... It feels like my body has trouble digesting. Would love some feed back or advise. Many thanks
  20. Hi, I have just completed the 30 days and into the reintroduction stage and wondered if anyone has advice about what foods are best to eat in the evenings. Basically I find that when I eat an evening meal I find it very hard to sleep and wake up feeling sluggish. I know that most nutritional wisdom suggests eating early to allow time for digestion before sleeping. However, for me its a bit extreme. For example if I go to bed at 10.30pm or 11.30pm then I need to eat my 3rd meal at about 6pm latest and even then the same problem persists. The only way I know to make sure I get decent sleep is to just not have an evening meal, which I would often do prior to doing Whole30. Then I would go to bed feeling hungry but at least I would sleep well. Its been like that for as long as I can recall and it hasn't changed since doing the programme. Are there any particular foods that would be helpful to eat in the evening? Ones that digest fast perhaps? Thank you.
  21. I had an awesome Week 1, but now that I'm on Day 9, things are starting to change. I think part of it might be that I haven't gotten much more than 6-ish hours of sleep since Monday night, and it's been really hot and humid at work (back to school this week!) but I wanted to share my issues here and see if anyone has had a similar experience and could offer some feedback or suggestions. Week 1: no cravings, no moodiness, great sleep (though not 8 hours), energy, "regular" in the bathroom, skin clear and glow-y, etc... Start of Week 2: grouchy, headache, 2 bouts of diarrhea today, nearly licked icing off a knife at work yesterday, barely an appetite for lunch today, a zit on my chin...that kind of thing. Oh, and I dreamed about cheese. In my dream I piled shredded asiago on a salad. Then I guiltily scraped it off into the garbage can. Sheesh! Here's a typical day of eating: B: sauteed turkey or chorizo with spinach, apples, onions; 1-2 hard eggs; and either a bit of sweet potato or some berries with coconut milk; coffee with coconut milk or green tea L: chicken breast or turkey meatloaf, greens, avocado, cauliflower rice S: I had been having nuts and fruit, but I learned that I shouldn't be doing that, so yesterday it was a mini meal of tuna, tomato, spinach and balsamic and evoo D: paleo chili or grilled steak, sauteed veggies with coconut oil, sweet potato or squash, or a salad. Toinight it's whitefish with capers, tomatoes, onions, chilis and olives, roasted red cabbage and half a baked sweet with some ghee. Any insights or feedback would be awesome! Thanks!
  22. Hi there, My husband and I are on Day 10 of our first Whole30, and I am absolutely loving it! I started because I needed to have better control over my overactive sweet tooth, and my husband needed to address some digestion issues. So far, my body is really thriving from this way of eating, but my husband is struggling a bit in a couple areas... 1. Breakfast. He just isn't hungry. He never has been a big breakfast eater, and he used to just make a fruit smoothie or grab something on his way to work (usually a something without protein, if you know what I mean.) I remember reading that if you're not hungry when you wake up in the morning, it's not a good sign. For the first week of our Whole30, he's been dutifully eating the breakfast I make for him (usually 3 eggs, veggies and some fruit and tea), but yesterday he was in a rush so he took it to go and didn't eat until noon! And then he said he actually felt better eating later. i know you're supposed to eat within an hour of waking... 2. Constipation. My husband has always struggled with regular elimination and proper digestion, so the feeling of being "backed-up," as he describes it, isn't anything new. I'm hoping that a full month of this will help with that, but right now I just want him to feel better. During meals, he says he's hungry and wants to eat but that it feels like there's no where for the food to go, so he doesn't really feel satisfied. He's obviously going through withdrawal, too, from the typical things we crave like sweets, bread, dairy, etc, which I know will pass. For reference: He's 33, not really overweight or underweight, and he has a pretty fast metabolism even though these days he's not as active as he'd like to be. I know that most people struggle through the first 2 weeks and that usually by the beginning of the 3rd week start to feel much better, but I would love some helpful advice for getting him to that point. Thanks!
  23. Hi guys! I just purchased the Kindle edition of 'It Starts With Food' and am really enjoying it. The reason I bought it and am now going to start the Whole 30 program tomorrow is because for the last 18+ years I've struggled with IBS symptoms of the diarrhea, cramping, and bloating type. It comes and goes in severity and frequency but it's always there. I'm fortunate that it's never gotten to the point that I've been bed ridden but the symptoms certainly interfere with my health (obviously), my energy levels, and my ability to work. Case in point, I recently stopped working as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor because I was so drained (I was working too much overall but the IBS definitely played a role.) What I'm looking for is some stories of Whole 30 program success from those with similar IBS situations, particularly the diarrhea-type IBS... What worked for you what didn't? Any advice about additional measures, dietary changes that you found helpful in controlling/lessening your symptoms? (Ex. cutting out FODMAPS, coffee, etc.) Did the Whole 9/Whole 30 protocol take care of all symptoms, lessen them, or make them worse? Here's a little more background on me... I'm at a healthy weight (and don't want that to change), ~30 years old, and my husband and I are planning on starting to start trying to conceive in January. I do have a regular cycle but I do worry about how my digestive issues will affect my actual chances of conceiving and the health of a growing fetus. I take medication for hypothyroidism, Vitamin D, Vit C, fish oil, and a multi. I had a full blood work up two weeks ago and all levels are normal. I do have a history of anxiety and depression due to my family history as well as the deaths of two immediate family members. Was on medication for a year but now control with meditation/yoga, exercise, and talk therapy. Coming of the medication (Cymbalta) wrecked havoc on my IBS so I'll do whatever I need to to stay off of it! I was working out entirely too much because of my job (read 2-4 hours of exercise 5 days per week) and am so glad not to be doing that anymore (since 3 weeks ago). I took a week off from anything except walking and stretching and now try to get in some activity 5 to 6 days per week but keep it around 45 min and moderate in intensity with the exception of a long hike each weekend. I don't plan teaching again anytime soon so I am on the job hunt and hope I can get back to feeling healthy and energetic before starting a new position. ETA: My face has also been breaking out a lot lately and that rarely happens. Could be from the change from working out a ton to now being active a reasonable amount. I will interested to see how the Whole 30 protocol affects this. My diet is overall quite good and not that far removed from the Whole 30 program... *Lots of fresh veggies at lunch and dinner *Moderate amount of fruit, usually at breakfast *Almost always have a small afternoon snack in addition to my three meals (typically a non-dairy KIND bar sometimes with fruit) *Cut out Gluten containing foods, and the remaining small amount of dairy products I still ate a month ago *Usually have eggs, fish or occasionally beef once a day *Drink 1 cup of coffee in the morning and 1 in the afternoon *Drink lots of water. I often drink home brewed, unsweetenend herbal tea and homemade lemonade made with fresh lemon juice and lemon stevia from NuNaturals. *Generally drink a cup of coconut water after workout/run etc. A typical day of eating now looks like this... Breakfast ~7am: 2 Egg and 1 banana pancake topped with nut butter, figs or strawberries, and cinnamon (also have 1/2 to 1 cup of coffee with almond milk) Lunch ~12pm: big greens and veggie salad topped with salsa and avocado, 1 slice homemade gluten free bread, and 1 portion canned salmon Afternoon Snack ~3pm: non-dair kind bar with or without fruit or homemade oat/nut/flax seed granola with almond milk (also usually have 1 cup of coffee with almond milk) Dinner: Usually very similar to lunch but sometimes make homemade sweet potato soup or homemade gluten free, dairy free veggie pizza. Evening Snack/Dessert: homemade oat/nut/flax seed granola with almond milk and berries (Lots of water and herbal iced tea in the morning, when active, and throughout the day.) The main changes that I need/want to implement to be on the Whole 30 is... *Cut out the non-gluten grain products I'm eating daily, particularly oats *Cut out any soy and legume products (usually have them ~once per day *Make my own almond milk to replace store bought (used to do that but stopped because of cost and the fact that it spoils easily) and replace any other processed foods *Eat more meat *Cut out my evening snack/dessert (generally homemade oat/flax/nut granola with almond milk) *I generally eat sunflower butter instead of peanut butter but need to cut the PB out completely *Eat more meat/fish *Stop consuming stevia. Sorry this is such a long explanation - any help, advice you have is much appreciated. Thanks so much!
  24. I've been using NOW Super Enzymes for a few weeks now and I noticed a difference, although I am not the best at remembering to take them before every meal, but my stomach still has some issues and I want to make sure that I am still on the right track to healing my gut. I bought NOW HCL as I saw someone recommend it in the forums. Can anyone speak on taking the two supplements together? I'm not sure if the HCL is meant to replace the Enzymes or be taken with them for additional support. I just want a normally functioning gut all the time! Ugh.
  25. Hey everyone, I'm a 23 year old female, and this is my first honest shot at the Whole 30, after many half-ass attempts before. As Day 13 is nearing an end, I'm wondering if I'm missing something. I've been 100 % on track with Whole 30 compliant choices, but I thought that by now, I would be seeing more changes. My only difficulties have come from eating a little too late at night, and I don't know if my portions are correct. I've also still got new instances of acne showing up on my face, bloating at most times of the day, and now my stomach feels kind of upset after I eat anything, not just non-paleo items. I'm not "springing out of bed" nor falling asleep super quickly, and I am getting hungrier sooner than I would think after a meal of 2 eggs cooked in ghee, and a huge portion of sauteed cabbage, for example. And, though this might be too much information, my trips to the bathroom are not as 'solid' as I would expect. No diarrhea or anything, but it stills seems kind of "fluffy" for what I would expect from a clean diet. I need to lose about 20 lbs, and obviously that's not going to happen in two weeks, but I thought for sure that I would start to see some changes in the way my clothes are fitting. I didn't come from super-unhealthy eating habits before hand nor do I have 30 years of bad habits to overcome like other folks do... so maybe this 30 days isn't going to give me a dramatic change? I am going to complete all of my 30 days, I have at least made some awesome changes in the types of foods I'm eating now and saying no to junk. However, I'm not experiencing any life-altering results, and am getting frustrated by that. Any advice is very much appreciated! Thanks, Melissa