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  1. Hi friends, I just recently started the Whole 30 Diet about a week ago and it has been good, however I have been experiencing some pain and cramping in my lower abdomen and in my lower back, as well as being fatigued often. I got diagnosed with endo and IC about 2 years ago and have had two surgeries. I was wondering if any of you with endo and/or IC have experienced some pain/fatigue/cramping once you started the Whole 30 diet? My pain isn't to the point where it is crippling, but it is definitely hard to keep up and I am debating whether or not I should modify the Whole 30 diet or stop it all together? I am contacting my doctor on Monday to consult with him, but would love any feedback/advice/testimonials from the Whole 30 community! Thanks Haley
  2. I was recently diagnosed with endometriosis and am in the process of getting my six month treatment. This is a series of (2) 3-month shots. This process started prior to me learning about Whole30 and I plan on starting Whole30 in a few days. Is it ok to start while my treatment is going on and will it affect my results of Whole30?
  3. Hi there! 1st time poster and experienced W30'r here! My younger sister has crippling endometriosis, and has agreed to do the W30 with me in January (with her doctor's blessing, of course). Any tips for her? Based on my understanding, the condition isn't an autoimmune disorder, but it might respond well to an AIP. Should she do a strict AIP protocol? Or, should she make smaller modifications, like limiting fatty meats or avoiding eggs? Most of what I've read suggests that she increase her fruit and vegetable intake a lot. How should she reconcile that advice with W30's fruit intake recommendations? Any advice is much appreciated.
  4. Hello! Warning: this is gonna be long! I have just recently (one month ago) been diagnosed with endometriosis but I suspect that I have had it for 15 years (that's when my symptoms started). I am 28 years old. The end is my main reason for doing the whole 30. I am on day 4 and really loving it so far, the food tastes amazing and I love cooking so that part has been very enjoyable. The issue is, I am currently on my period therefore my endo symptoms are in full force. One of my most annoying symptoms is that I get very severe stomach bloating (I truly look 6 months pregnant) and stomach pain, and it flares up the worst when I eat. I have been having these symptoms for about a year, so way before I started the whole 30. I have been following the meal plan in the whole 30 book for the first week pretty closely but here is exactly what I've eaten: - Day 1: (1) 2 scrambled eggs, half and avocado, 2 tablespoons salsa fried in liquid coconut oil (2)protein salad (tuna, grapes, almonds, homemade mayo) and spinach (3) ground chicken with italian seasoning tomato sauce and spaghetti squash. - Day 2: (1) leftover spaghetti squash, tomato sauce, with a fried egg on top (fried in ghee) (2) Protein salas (as above) with spinach and a few pieces of orange bell pepper (3) seared chicken breast (in ghee), roasted potatoes and tomato (ghee), cabbage slaw, and roasted red pepper mayo. - Day 3: Was in severe pain that day. Woke up at 6:00am drank water and took pain killers. Slept till 12:30. Ate left over roasted veggies and a small amount of chicken breast with a fried egg on top (ghee) . Ate a nectarine around 5. And then ate dry rub steak, sautéed beat greens with garlic and ghee, mashed sweet potatoes with caramelized onions. - Day 4(today): (1) left over mashed sweet potatoes, fried egg (coconut oil) and 1 cup cantaloupe. The bloating was awful after dinner on night 2, bad after dinner on night 3 but not as painful. I know cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, can cause bloating and cramping, and they do in me even when I'm not on my period, so I am going to avoid those. My question is: Does anyone else on here suffer from endometriosis? What would be some soothing meals for my stomach that can help get me though my periods? Thanks in advance!
  5. I have recently been diagnosed with endometriosis after finding a whole bunch of previous ailments return after the birth of my son (i.e. once the endometriosis came out of it's pregnancy nap). One of the things I've found with the endometriosis is that I get really tired when I eat, and I feel sick and have tummy troubles if I eat too much in one go. And by 'too much' I mean more than about half of a standard meal. Because of this I eat really frequently, every hour or so. I know that with the whole30 you're supposed to have three big meals, but in my current state it just isn't going to work for me. Is it something I should push through (and potentially be really, really hungry for 30 days), or is it okay to let myself have the extra snacks because I can't eat enough otherwise?
  6. Hello there - I'm currently on R1 Day 17 of my first Whole30 (started feb 27). What motivated me to post is I've been having intense pain flare ups especially during this current week 3 but also week 2. This is my third day in bed since starting the whole30 and I'm not sure if it's just a detox reaction? Or perhaps just regular endo/adenomyosis progression, as these are such insidious conditions. It's difficult being in chronic pain to begin with and then have it get worse thoughtout.I've been 100% compliant throughout except my regular tramadol/liver and immune supplements/and limited medical cannabis (approved by my medical team).I've had two surgeries so far and they want to do a hysterectomy next; the whole30 is my attempt to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress to try and help us conceive and avoid a hysterectomy for the time being. Is anyone currently doing the whole30 who also has endo etc? What's your experiences been? I'm aware that with autoimmune conditions such as these, it may take up to 3 months to see results, so patience and self discipline is the name of the game. I'm trying to be patient waiting for my tiger blood to kick in, it's hard lol! But how to manage that with escalating pain control? In addition, as I'm sure it's somehow related but I had the absolute worst cracked and chapped lips from day 5-9 and then it cleared up. Another detox reaction? Thanks for reading and I look forward to hearing from others on this same path.
  7. Hello! I finished my first whole 30 ten days ago and it was an amazing experience. I have always struggled with weight problems and have done crash diets but within the past year nothing was working and I was actually gaining weight. Top all of this off with the fact that I was diagnosed with possible endometriosis and was told I needed exploratory surgery to confirm the diagnosis. My hormones were crazy out of whack and my body just felt miserable. For about two weeks out of every month I would have bad endo bloating and pain so my life had become consumed by things to help which mostly consisted of me taking high pain medications and living with my heating pad. As my surgery day started coming closer I decided to research more and found that many women had found success in diminishing their symptoms by changing their diet. I was skeptical to do it because I "already ate healthy" and "couldn't live without sweets" but i knew that if I didn't try something that surgery was my only option. My friend recommended that I try the Whole 30 and so I jumped on board and started the following Monday. I had a few bumps along the way and still felt some pain during the 30 days. I also weighed myself during week 3 and had a mini break down which wiped away all the good I had been feeling! As of today I still have not weighed myself and honestly I don't want to. I know that the number will never make me happy no matter how small it is and this is a HUGE victory for me because I was obsessed with the scale. My friend has my scale and I told her I don't ever want it back. I also started my period this week (sorry TMI) and had absolutely no pain and very minor bloating/swelling. This is an amazing change for me and because of it I decided to cancel my surgery that was scheduled for next week. I am so grateful for what Whole30 has done not only for my pain but for my overall well being. I'm a changed woman forever!
  8. Hello, I know this topic has been talked about often and I have read other people's advice, I just have a few questions. I'm on day 25 and just started having constipation in the past week. Prior to this last week I was having no issues in this area and I haven't changed anything i'm eating. I have been drinking kombucha (compliant) and Smooth Move tea but these seem like short fixes. I am going to purchase a magnesium supplement but have some questions: How much should I take to help the constipation along? Should I take a much larger dose than normal? If so for how long should I take the larger dose? I have endometriosis which causes poor digestion already (lucky me), should I be taking anything else to help with digestion because of the endo?
  9. Hello folks, I really hope this doesn't sound like a moaning post, because it's not - I'm just trying to get some answers. To give you a quick(ish) background, I was diagnosed with Endometriois, Lipoedema and Thyrotoxicosis (all autoimmune diseases) in my early twenties. The Hyperthyroidism (Graves Disease) was horrendous, and I ended up having Neutropenia as well. After 5 bouts of thyrotixic episodes they told me I would either have to have my thyroid removed or I would have to destroy it through radiation. I didn't want either option but didn't have a choice, so I went for what I felt was the lesser of two evils and chose the radiation. My rationale was that there was a slim chance that a small amount of the thyroid would survive and would therefore be able to produce all the necessary hormones on its own. Unfortunately I was not so lucky so I now have Radioiodine induced Hypothyroidism for which I take a daily dose of thyroxine and have done so for the last five years. The more 'minor', but still troubling issues I have are psoriasis on my scalp, exercise induced asthma, mild eczema, IBS, as well as excessive chest/throat infections (5+ a year) and constant lethargy and exhaustion. I've had a binge eating disorder for most of my adult life and have abused my body by flipping between binging on every carb in sight followed by a rigid and extreme diets (juice fasting, veganism, raw veganism - you get the idea). As a result my weight has yo-yoed wildly up and down to the point where I have gained and lost 100lbs+ over and over again. Anyway in August last year I started yet another fad diet (called Lighterlife in the UK) which is an extremely low carb and low calorie diet that is a 100% meal replacement - yes, you don't eat any food. Healthy huh??? Anyway I lost 5st (70lbs) between August and the end of December but although I was loosing weight my health started to get worse and worse (nausea, vomiting, constipation - it was delightful.) I decided to stop the diet because even though I was loosing weight I was so sick, and I also started to eat meat again after being a vegetarian for the previous 7 years! I had gone veggie believing it was better for my health, but have never been more sickly, so figured that maybe I needed meat to be healthy again. Anyway after the fourth visit to my doctor in as many weeks, she diagnosed me with gluten and lactose intolerance. BEST THING EVER! I have been 100% gluten and lactose free from 15 January this year, and have been 95% Whole30 since. I started on the autoimmune protocol (no nightshades, eggs, tomatoes etc.) which I followed for the first 50 days or so and then slowly reintroduced eggs, tomatoes etc. As I said I am mostly Whole30 all the time, with the rare exception of a small glass of bubbly at a wedding, some dark 85% chocolate on occasion. It is difficult as I still suffer with my eating disorder so this is very typical of my 'restrictive' phase of my binge cycle. However, because I am eating low carb, and no sugar my cravings and compulsions seem to have almost gone. Many of my symptoms are hugely improved. No more vomitting or nausea. No more IBS (or very minimal discomfort), better quality sleep, better skin. I couldn't change this way of eating even if I wanted to as I feel so much more human, I wouldn't want to go back to feeling how I was before. However after 14 weeks of eating whole, fresh foods I am still struggling with the following; Lethargy/exhaustion - although I am feeling more rested and have made a real effort to get at least 7-8hrs sleep every night I am still feeling low on energy. I long to feel full of vitality but this hasn't happened yet. I must also add though that I am not getting out and moving my body much. Partly a combination of the exhaustion and some old sports injuries (knee, ankle and back), plus when I did kettlebell training recently it left me depleted for the full week following. I'm not quite sure what to do about this. Psoriasis - it has hugely improved, it is not as red or angry or anyway near as painful, but it has also not gone. Weight loss - I am still loosing but it has slowed down to a crawl, from about 14lbs per month (pre W30) to only 14lbs in the last four months since starting W30. I am not eating any starchy tubers or fruits, and very low carb with good quality grass fed meats and organic veg, nuts, coconut milk and oil. Whilst my focus has totally changed from being about weight loss to becoming healthy, loosing weight is part of that equation as I probably still have somewhere in the region of 40-50lbs to loose. Sore throats - whilst I have only had one throat/chest infection since I started this which is a big improvement for me, I often have a consistent although low-grade sore throat. I do take thyroxine and sertraline (anti depressant) along with vitamins (magnesium, cod liver oil, probiotics and glucosamine). It's hard to know if the vitamins make any difference as I started them at the same time as starting W30. If you managed to read through this whole post, well done!! Sorry that wasn't exactly quick or quick(ish)!! Anyway, any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks CaveGirl
  10. AmythestTiger

    To AIP or not AIP?

    Hello, I'm on day 22 of my first Whole 30. I started this with the hopes of finding relief from my endometriosis pain, IBS symptoms, allergies/asthma, and to feel more energized. While on this journey, I do feel that my digestive health is a bit better. I feel that I know now how much fruit is "too much fruit" for my tummy and one accidental consumption of feta cheese helped me realize that dairy products hurt too. I am still experiencing endometriosis pain and allergy/asthma symptoms. I suspected from the get go that my healing process would be a long one. I've had IBS since I was 10 years old and endometriosis since my first cycle at 12. I'm now 27. I've always planned to do a Whole 60. However, I'm still feeling very tired. I also have a lot of acne breaking out on my face. I have read on the forum a lot of support about how it can take longer to get the energy boost. However, this fatigue along with my (newer) acne and with my medical conditions has me wondering if I should try the AIP for my second whole 30. While this is daunting to me as eggs and bell peppers are some of my favorite ingredients and I enjoy almond butter, I wonder if it wouldn't be more beneficial. For my energy level, I've made sure to eat starchy veggies with each meal (mainly sweet potatoes, since I love those). However, I don't notice a difference. Still lethargic during the day. Any thoughts, help, or support would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  11. fibromomma

    Started 1st Whole30 April 1st

    After over a year of consideration, I started my 1st Whole30 on Tuesday. I'm really hoping this makes a giant change in my life. On my third day, and some of my Fibromyalgia symptoms are not present. I'm so ready for this change!
  12. I recently did my first whole30, and so have already eliminated a lot of things from my diet, some were easier than others - as I have quite severe reactions to nuts these were already excluded from my diet, and I actually have an even worse reaction to coconut (can't tell you how irritated I get reading all the recipes with coconut in them that I obviously can't make!) so can't eat these things anyway, plus I didn't really eat seeds (so no great loss there), and I've always hated legumes (just think they taste of nothing and I can't stand the texture) so had no desire to eat those anyway. But kicking the dairy, sugar and grains was tough! Actually I totally disagree with the statement in 'It starts with food' that this program is not hard - as I said, some things were not hard to eliminate, but actually I quit smoking at the same time (which was hard as I was addicted) and I have had no dreams about smoking, but I did wake up more than once in a sweat feeling guilty that I had eaten a ton of sugary sweets - quitting sugar is definitely hard when you're addicted to it! But anyway, after further reading, I have also been thinking I should completely eliminate eggs from my diet, even though there is a part of me that really doesn't like this idea because it adds a bit more variety to the things I can cook to eat. In the book it suggests that for autoimmune conditions, eggs should be eliminated for at least 90 days. So I am wondering what is the reason for eliminating this food type for longer than 30 days? The book gives no explanation for why it should be 90 and not 30 days, and it doesn't seem to suggest eliminating any other foods for this length of time before reintroduction - so I'm a little confused! When I did the whole30 before Christmas, I was a bit overwhelmed with everything I could no longer eat, so decided not to eliminate eggs. In the first week I ate some tomatoes although after this I stopped eating any nightshades and I've continued with this as I'm yet to try those again, and towards the end of the 30 days when I was getting more used to things I could cook, I actually stopped buying eggs. After the 30 days I reintroduced dairy first which I'm quite sure I reacted to, and then some things which were not so definitive as they had multiple ingredients, but it was Christmas and I think I've done well so deserved a treat. I will not buy any more bad foods now, and I've mostly been eating whole 30 approved things over the holidays anyway (with the exception of a few treats), as I intend to continue with this diet over a much longer period and don't want to undo all my hard work. I suffer very badly with endometriosis, which was actually the thing that kick-started my change in diet. I had read a book on nutrition for endometriosis which suggested that both wheat and bovine dairy are very likely to negatively affect endometriosis symptoms. So decided I had to try removing these things from my diet (and when I reintroduced dairy I did try goats yogurt before anything from a cow, although I unfortunately I seemed to react to this anyway). I didn't know much about paleo other than the fact it excluded some of the same things, so I asked a couple of friends who I knew had followed this diet, one of them found some internet articles on paleo and endometriosis, and my other friend suggested 'It Starts With Food' and 'Perfect Health Diet' as good books to read. But because my symptoms are intermittent (I'm not in pain every day and when I am the levels of this can vary) it will be very difficult to know if anything in the diet is helping unless I do it over a much longer period of time. I haven't read anything that suggests eggs may specifically have a negative impact on endometriosis, but obviously if I do have a reaction to them after eliminating for a period of time, then I would stop eating them. But just to find out if I have any immediate reactions to foods such as eggs, is it really necessary to cut these things out for longer than 30 days? I'd just like a bit of an explanation as to why is suggests 90 days for eggs and not for anything else. So anyway I just hope someone can help.Thanks x