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  1. Day #9, July 11

    Going good. Did 1st recipe, Spinach Frittata. Too good for breakfast. A bag of spinach is healthier than I ever eat. Great taste. My wife enjoyed it to. I'm the pioneer on this diet. Maybe she'll try it. She's liking me cooking. Grilling salmon on George Forman grill, Cod too. Next I'll try strip steak & baked potato. Bone weariness of recent times is gone. Craving for sugar is gone. Didn't know artificial sweeteners increased appetite so much. I'm thinking of staying on this after 30 days.
  2. Day 29.

    It's day 29. I thought day 10 was the hardest, but I was wrong. Initially, I started Whole30 because I wanted to just generally feel better, although I wasn't even sure what that meant. Growing up I was blessed with a mother who made food from scratch and eliminated things like sugar and processed food from our family diet, without us even knowing the difference. We rarely ate out, so splurging wasn't an issue. As a young professional, I kept that habit. I got married last year and we've been trying to cram as many trips as we can into our first couple years of marriage before we start having kids. It's been a wonderful, wild ride, but we've obviously been "indulging" a lot more than I'm used to. Ergo, Whole30 came into the picture. I just felt like I needed to hit a reset button. So far I've survived a brunch wedding reception with a donut bar and bacon on a stick, our July 4 family gathering with chili dogs and beer, an out-of-town bridal shower (brunch again), and another out-of-town wedding that I was single-handedly coordinating, all while maintaining the Whole30 rules to a tee. While I feel slimmer, more energetic, and SO grateful to have somehow been able to meal prep through all the aforementioned events and say "no thank you" repeatedly to cupcakes and wine and bacon, I'm still, somehow, simultaneously just tired. We got home yesterday from the out-of-town wedding and my entire body ached. I had zero motivation to make the dinner I'd planned and when I did make it, it turned out horrible (for the first time in my Whole30 journey). I know I'm almost there, but for some reason Wednesday seems like a lifetime away. I'm tired of dishes. I'm tired of thinking about food all day. I'm tired of saying, "no thank you", and I'm tired of dreaming about pizza. I reflected a lot on the last (almost) 30 days while in the car on the way home yesterday and was so grateful for all the food lessons I've learned, all the great conversations I've had with friends and family members about this program, and just generally for finding out what "feeling better" really looks like for me. I think, though, more than anything, I'm ready to be unrestricted and figure out what works for me long-term and what I can still indulge in from time-to-time. Accountability, motivation, and encouragement are greatly appreciated
  3. 23 Day Slump

    I am day 23 of the Whole 30. I am beginning to feel extremely discouraged. I have yet to experience even one NSV. I realize the Whole 30 isn't a competition; my husband is rockin' his Whole 30, and has experienced multiple NSVs. But, it also seems like every day we have the "I miss {insert food, social events, convenience} conversation or the "When we reach day 30 I'm going to have {insert food or drink}" conversation. I have a condition called POTS (Postural Orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) symptoms of which include: fatigue, headaches, lightheadedness, vertigo, heart palpitations, nausea, diminished concentration, Raynaud's phenomenon, chest pain and shortness of breath. While I am lucky and don't suffer quite as bad as some POTS patients, but they still do occur and disrupt my daily life. I began this journey to see if eliminating sugar and carbs would reduce some of my symptoms. I feel the same as I did before. I'm always hungry. My stomach is constantly bloated. I'm pretty sure I have gained weight. My PMS symptoms are still just as bad. I guess I am looking for some sort of "I feel ya" or "It gets better." If it wasn't for my husband doing this diet with me I would probably throw my hands up and partake in a greek yogurt.
  4. After having my first successful run with Whole30 in January, I have encouraged my family to try it with me starting the day after Mother's Day! DH is finally onboard and ready to commit. DS is willing to give it a go, but a little scared, especially the thought of having to commit to 30 days (he did a 7 day sugar/gluten cleanse when I started my W30 in Jan). My main reason for pursuing this with my family is to alleviate some symptoms I've noticed in my son's health (low energy, weight gain, moodiness, mild gluten allergy, dairy intolerance, not hungry in the a.m., adult-sized appetite). Aside from the usual advice about reading the Whole9 literature about Kids doing the program, I would love some general tips and tricks from those of you that have had success with Kids' Whole30 or are in the process right now. Is there a mantra that helped you guide your kids through the program? A kid-friendly recipe website you couldn't live without? Did you modify the program at all for your kids? How did you explain the program to your kids to motivate and educate them? How did you manage slip ups? Any other words of wisdom to help with a 9 year old? Any advice you can offer is greatly appreciated!!
  5. Hello friends. I'm on Day 11 on my first round and I feel miserable, exhausted, sad, aND depressed. Not only this but my period came a week and a half early and I am having cramps and just feel like I've been rolled down a rocky hill. I am looking for some words of encouragement, personal stories, etc. I need to make it through this slump, but all I want to do is go eat chocolate. Please help :'(
  6. That Daily W30!

    Just wanted to give a shout out to the Whole 30 peeps who put together that Whole 30 Daily... I have to admit, I wasn't exactly thrilled that I had to pay a few bucks to sign up for that, but now I'm super glad I did! Those emails are awesome- They are chock full of great help, support and suggestions for your Whole 30, but also just great help for life in general! I've saved every one, and I have tons of links to cool sites, found some new books, great ideas...just a lot of good stuff in there. I'm not one to typically leave comments like this either... I don't like daily emails, I don't send companies messages on how much I love their product, etc...but I really look forward to getting these every morning! Smart thinking, guys. Really great! Thanks for the great encouragement and help with the W30 Daily! Totally worth that money after all! PS...what do I do when my W30 Daily ends? Is there a POST W30 Daily?
  7. My husband are on Day 1 of the Whole30 and I couldn't be more excited. Each of us can use this for different reasons and I cannot wait to start feeling the benefits of cleaner eating! My husband is doing this to support me and deep down knows he needs it. The problem already is that he is not a veggie lover and feels HIGHLY constricted out of the gates. I can be a good cheerleader for about 48 hours and then will most likely lose it. I continue to point out the many wonderful things we CAN eat and that our son will benefit from our learning's as well, we just need to get through the 1st few days together. Any help/advice is greatly appreciated on how to get over the anger hump with him!
  8. In need of encouragement

    I have done the Whole 30 before, so this is my second time around. The first time I did it I got great results, but then I got injured, and started dating someone. I gained a bunch of weight and my inflammation has returned. I am now more overweight than when I did it 2 years ago. Above all, I am just extremely discouraged that nothing is going to change, even though I know it did the first time around. I am having a hard time getting my head in the game that this is a positive thing for me and I can turn my life around. I feel like I will never drop the extra weight and that my inflammation will not change. I am on Day 3 of this new round and I just need encouragement and/or a buddy to walk this out with! Any advice?
  9. Starting 8/17!

    Hello Whole30 family! I'm finally going to start the Whole30 next Monday. I'm waiting mostly because I'm moving this coming weekend and don't anticipate having a ton of time to cook/prepare food over the course of this week. My live-in boyfriend and I are doing it together because we tend to enable each other's sugar monsters (do you want to go get froyo?" "I'll go if you want to.") and want to live a healthy life together. Because I've got a whole (hah, punny) week before I officially start, I'm trying to make this my "slow start" - eating pretty healthy, but still allowing myself to indulge 1-2x/week when we say goodbye to our various friends and favorite restaurants. Plus, I'm hoping it'll be easier since we won't have to throw away any food and can start this journey in a completely new environment, one free of ghost-of-ben&jerry's past. I would definitely classify myself as someone who wavers a lot with her diet; I have done sugar cleanses, carb-free months, etc., and always manage to fall back off the wagon pretty hard. I have a weight range of 155-170 lbs that I generally fall under, and I'm at that 170 right now, which is pretty difficult for me to see. I would love to be at 140, since I'm 5'5," but I'm really trying not to make this about weight. Luckily enough I already stay away from the scale, if not for my mental health than more so for the fact that I'm always scared to see the number. I'm someone who really values her mental health and that's why I want to do the Whole30 - I really want to learn how to actually listen to my body and have a healthy relationship with food, not the one I have now where the "I'm bored, what's in the pantry" thought comes into my head way more than it should. I also struggle with positive self image, ie moving between "I should be proud of how I look so I should be able to eat this doughnut because who cares what other people think" and "well eating that doughnut makes you feel awful but it tastes so good so what do I do." I'm also a mediocre runner; prior to a week or so ago I was doing 10-15 miles/week. Last week I wanted to take a break from running to try and focus on making healthy choices from a food standpoint. I want to start running again, though, so it'll be interesting to see how running fits into the whole30. Besides all of that, I'm starting law school in a few weeks, which is a lot of the reason I want to do the whole30: I want to make sure that through the stresses of studying and reading and exams I can keep a healthy lifestyle and not sink into old, bad habits. I probably should have started this earlier, but I honestly knew nothing about it, and I don't want to wait until further in the semester when I'm shoulders deep in textbooks. Any words of encouragement are more than welcomed, especially in regards to keeping from snacking and staying satisfied while in school! I'm excited to start this journey and am praying for success!
  10. Hi, My boyfriend and I started our Whole30 on July 6th. I read It Starts With Food and most of The Whole30. He didn't read either book and is just going along in good faith, and because I do the cooking so he has to go with it by default. When I tell him why we can't eat this or that he usually tells me that it's contrary to the things that he was told in his younger body building days. We have been doing pretty well but I have a hard time finding ways to keep him positive and from slipping. I think beer is going to be his hardest challenge as the days go on. We didn't eat that bad at home before we started (don't keep snacks or sweets in the house, ate veggies and meat for dinner, I don't bake), but when we went out to eat we would go over board and he would have several beers. Prior to me moving here he ate a lot of pizza and subs too so pizza may be a big challenge for him. Any suggestions on how to encourage him when he is feeling temptation creep in? I myself get cravings for dinner rolls and biscuits which is strange because we don't eat a lot of bread either, but I've managed to subside with an egg or something.
  11. Hello everyone! This is my second attempt at this and I'm successfully on day 9!!! Woo Hoo! I'm determined to make it throughout his time even though today I wanted to face plant my face in a red velvet cake someone brought to work!!!! It wouldn't stop looking at me!! Anyway I'm here to encourage, learn and lean on you all for support!
  12. I am on week 1 of my second attempt at a Whole30. I tried it about a year ago and gave up after a week. I was so hungry and stressed out about remaining Whole30 compliant that I ended up in the hospital with pulled rib muscles from tensing. That night I ate a whole pizza. I have always had acid reflux and it does get better when I eat better. Lately, I have been traveling a lot so I felt my food intake wasn't as good as it could be. I decided to give Whole30 another try. This time I would just watch my stress level. To me, whole30 seems like a diet. I know every posts says it isn't but in a way it is. I also am completely on the side of Whole30 members who get annoyed when people tell them it is a diet. I obviously think Whole30 is an assume idea. In general I eat well and I exercise regularly. Diets stress me out. I get so nervous that if I slip up I will be dammed. This entire week I have been unusually bitchy to everyone around me. I eat and I feel full but I am not satisfied. I feel myself getting stressed out again. Reading all the comments on instagram and some on this forum, people say 'you'll get past that". Right now I am having trouble figuring out the "why". If at first through this program you are miserable and tired what is the point? I feel bad for my friends and family because I am kind of awful to be around right now. I guess I need some inspiration, because right now all I want to do is eat an entire jar of peanut butter.
  13. Day 1 - my adventure begins

    Today is my official Day 1. I am excited to start this change in eating and SUPER excited to see all the resources! I will say that breakfast has me a little baffled. Eggs I understand. The vegetables and no fruit I will be harder. I guess I am so used to eating dairy, carbs, and fruit....and grazing through the day (shame on me) that this meal may be my biggest challenge. I rarely wake up hungry. I need this! I am really looking forward to not writing everything I eat and counting points. I like reading labels. SO bring it on! Mary
  14. I almost posted yesterday about how discouraged and miserable I felt. I had a really rough few days, emotionally, and I was feeling like this thing wasn't working at all. I felt tired, lethargic, and like I had totally lost that "tiger blood" feeling I had on days 18-22 or so. I was searching the forums for hope and found a thread where GlennR said that some people hit a wall near the homestretch and it's as if the body and mind are trying to force us back to the old unhealthy ways (I am paraphrasing). That made so much sense to me. I realized that my mind was clawing at the walls, trying to find a way to get me discouraged enough to feel like I should give up. Sugar and general overconsumption have been an emotional crutch for me my entire life. To put them down, and to put down any "substitutions" (SWYPO foods), and to just eat to nourish my body and not to check out emotionally or comfort myself emotionally... this is a HUGE change. The novelty is over and my mind is racing to try to make it back to the (unhealthy) comfort zone. The zone that was slowly killing me, ironically. I also realized that I had created this crazy unrealistic expectation that I would lose some insane amount of weight 30 days, my skin would be crystal clear, my emotions would be even and generally exceptionally positive (which is especially ironic considering the above - I think it will be a while before my emotions fully resolve around the desire to eat for comfort), my mind would be 100% clear and focused and at rocket scientist-level performance, and that in general the Whole30 would solve all of my problems entirely. Of course I wasn't consciously aware of those expectations - if you had asked me I would never have admitted, or even realized, I felt that way. But I think the last few days I was feeling some sort of letdown that I was so close to 30 days and life wasn't perfect yet. Yesterday I talked myself through this, with the help of the guidance I find here and in my support system, and I realized all of these things. I looked over the past few weeks and took in and acknowledged the small (and phenomenal) changes I am seeing so far. My digestion is worlds better, my thinking is somewhat clearer, I have certainly lost weight although I don't know how much - my clothes are fitting a bit better, AND. MOST importantly to me. I am not using food to comfort or to check out. I am not craving sugar. I am not planning a binge. I feel free of the grip of food today. That is the greatest gift I could have hoped to get from this, and I hope it sticks around, a day at a time. And of course added to all of that: I am not done yet. I have a few days left, I may extend a bit, and after that I have the rest of my life to continue to evolve into the healthiest possible way of nourishing my body and mind. I'm not sure if this is the best forum to post this in, as I'm not asking for help troubleshooting anything at the moment. But I have personally spent a lot of time on this forum, searching for solutions. I thought if someone was struggling and saw this it might give them hope. Of course if there is a better place for this I will understand if it is moved/removed. I just wanted to put it out there.
  15. Loved this short bit about awareness. On the "want to quit" days, I find it helpful. http://www.theminimalists.com/awareness/
  16. Hi, it's my first time doing Whole30 challenge - and...I...am...struggling!! ugh I've had 7 successful days, but find myself very irritable today, and wanting sugar so bad that I dreamed of myself at Disneyland - chasing down small children and stealing all their treats!! lol I could use any words of encouragement you guys might have! THANKS so much! I also attached my breakfast. It's a kale, asparagus, and bellpepper quiche I made, with homemade pico de gallo and avocado. At least I'm enjoying all the new cooking I've been doing
  17. Day Five

    Hello all, It's my fifth day of the Whole 30 program. Up until yesterday, everything was glorious. I was enjoying preparing the meals, not experiencing cravings, sleeping so well, and seeing results. However, yesterday was a rough day and I would like to share things that I believe could have prevented some of the challenges of yesterday, day four: 1) Adequate amount of sleep. The night before my rough day, I slept about 5 hours. Due to exhaustion from consecutive, heavy CrossFit WODs and little sleep, I think my body was just searching for energy sources of any kind. 2) Pre-planning meals and making preparation nearly effortless at mealtime. I have been beginning meal preparation when I was already hungry and ready to eat the meal. This led to snacking before the meal, or as I was preparing the meal. On day four, I didn't eat anything prohibited, but I did have 2-3 servings of fruit and ate more veggies and meat than what I needed to be nourished. I don't think this necessitates a start-over, but I'm willing to begin again. Lastly, I am looking for advice of conquering this program while living in a house divided. I share my residence with others, and the people residing here are not interested in doing the Whole30 program or Paleo-style eating in general. So, at mealtime and snack times, there is constantly "off-limits" food out and in the kitchen. Cereals, bagels, freshly-baked bread, chips, crackers, and cheesy dips sit out on the counters, daring me to cave. Thankfully, I have not gone off track, but I don't see my environment best enabling me to succeed. Please offer your suggestions, advice, and counsel on how to handle eating and meal preparation in a tempting environment. Thank you!
  18. I'm feeling horrible today after slipping up yesterday. I have a history of compulsive eating, and last night I wound up really craving nuts after work. I was on day 4 of my second attempt at whole30(I had started once before that and only made it to day 3.) Even though I set a rule for myself not to eat nuts for the duration of my whole30 because I know its a trigger food, I caved and had some dry roasted macadamia nuts, which only intensified my craving and led me to eat some almond butter, which I then realized had added sugar. Angry at myself for having the nuts and going off plan with the sugar, I'm completely threw in the towel and picked up two pints of haggen daaz ice cream on the way home. I ate about half of each one and made the mistake of putting them both back in the freezer....so that ended up being breakfast this morning also, followed by a mocha. Now I'm feeling like $h!t...bloated, cramped, spaced out, and most of all guilty and discouraged. I am planning on making tomorrow day 1 again, although I will not be having any more non-compliant foods today. I would love to find a friend on here to help hold me accountable. Maybe someone with similar issues so we can motivate each other. Any tips from whole30 veterans are welcome of course. I have tried enlisting a couple of my friends, but they both keep falling off the wagon and don't seem to care too much. Also I should metion I live with my fiance who has no interest whatsoever in this way of eating. Luckily, he doesn't usually keep foods in the house that trigger cravings for me. I should also add that I am doing whole30 in hopes of alleviating my PCOS symptoms, including acne, irregular periods, and wheight gain and more importantly, to overcome the "sugar dragon" and stop binge eating once and for all.. I am 5'2, 142 lbs, 20 yrs old. Other than binging on unhealthy, carb-laden food, my diet was good to begin with. I have been doing paleo for a few months, and before that I was doing a lot of lean meat, eggwhites, vegetables, and small amounts of oatmeal and sweet potatoes. I feel much better with more fat and less grains. I am confident that this is the right plan for me, I just a serious boost right now to get me past the first week.