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  1. Day 10

    Hello, I started my first whole 30 October 1st. Two of my sisters have been telling me how great this program is for a long time. Last year I got the book and started to read it and doing online research but I wasn't ready to commit to the program. I knew I had to quit smoking first. I quit in February of this year and I have gained a lot of weight ( I was already overweight so it added to the amount I needed to loose.) I have been trying to eat better, drink more water and I work out almost everyday, I had my dr check me for any medical problems and nothing so I knew it was time for me to try something new. I don't normally blog or go on websites and introduce myself so this is also new for me. So far I am on Day 10- I feel really good and haven't had to many cravings. I have had couple of dreams that I ate something or drank something sweet and felt bad but once I woke up I laughed about it. I can't wait to see how I feel in the next few weeks.
  2. Starting Oct 9

    I am starting W30 for the first time on Monday, and I am a big sugar addict. My biggest goals are to kick the sugar habit. Change my habits around food being a reward/consolation for my emotional stress. Teach my kids how to make good food choices (they are three and two). I’d also like to start a regular yoga practice. And I’m excited to see what positive changes my body goes through. But I’m really nervous too. Worried about sugar cravings and feeling overwhelmed. Any advice?
  3. Starting 9/2 - gearing up

    HI All, I am doing Whole30 for the first time and have picked September 2 as my start date. I work in higher education, so this gets me through the first week of the semester, which I usually work extra hours. I knew starting before them would set myself up for failure. I am looking forward to slaying the sugar dragon! Sara
  4. Hi all! I started the Whole30 on Wednesday, August 2nd (it's currently day 3). I am already finding this challenging, but I'm excited to be connected to others making this commitment! I am so used to having something sweet (even if it's just fruit) after EVERY meal. And once I start on a cookie/something dessert-y/chips/trail mix/something snack-y I will sit and eat way too much of it, way beyond the point of feeling full. I definitely have a problem with portion control and eating out of comfort/boredom. I really want to drop these habits and have a healthier relationship with food. Yesterday (day 2) I felt pretty miserable and was realizing how dependent I am on always having "dessert" after every meal, and how used to eating half a bag of veggie stix (essentially potato chips) each day! I have 3 weekend camping trips and a birthday party planned for this month so far, so that will be challenging. But I'm determined!
  5. Hi - I'm in my first week of the Whole30 and I have probably spent almost 10 hours in just the first four days doing food shopping, food prep, and cooking - and this is just a fraction of what food I need to prepare for me and my family. My husband asked me if the food I prepared was available to him (he's not following Whole30) and I couldn't say no but was also secretly thinking that this program is going keep me shackled to the kitchen if I have to cook for both of us! Any thoughts from those of you who are more experienced in food planning/prep/cooking and have to contend with the food needs of your family (I also have a 6 year old)? Thanks!
  6. Newbie - Day 5... Woah

    Okay, so I'm gliding through the first four days of my first whole 30! More energy, better mood, clear headed and just healthier, then came day five. It actually started last night on the evening of day four. I was so tired, I had all of these plan for my Sunday night (my usual rituals to prepare for the week which includes grocery shopping) but I couldn't move once I sat on the couch. I was so exhausted I ended up in bed at 8pm then slept until 6am and am still exhausted. On top of it all, my stomach and bowel movements seem to be... not the best. I know in the blog article about what to expect, this can be normal. Curious if you all experienced this too and if you have any ways to stay energized while you go through this phase. Thank you!
  7. Starting April 1!

    April has 30 days, so it seemed like a perfect fit! Plus, starting on the weekend will allow me to prep and get used to everything before a dreaded Monday hits
  8. Hey guys, My name is Rachel and I'm ready to commit. For many months now I've worked out frequently, often 5-6 times per week, and tried to track my eating habits. Most days, I do well about protein and nutrient intake while keeping low in calories. But nothing works. My muscle is good, but my fat hides it better. I'm done feeling like my clothing might rip right off of me. I'm tired of hearing that I "look fine" just because I know how to hide it well, because my PBF and overly tight clothes say otherwise. More than that, I'm done with the joint pain from holding up so much weight. I'm done with the awful digestive flow that often leaves me bloated, prone to acid reflux, or even with unbearable abdominal pain or discomfort. I'm done with the day to day fatigue that won't go away with sleep or vitamins. I'm tired of the doctors telling me they don't know what's causing this or that and prescribing me another pill that doesn't work. I'm tired of feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally uncomfortable in my own body. And I'm tired of the binge-modes I fall into when I get frustrated that nothing seems to be working. I don't know much about Whole 30. I have a few friends who have done it and claim its amazing wonders. I know it's a lot more like God intended our diets to be, and so it likely is good in so many ways. But it's new to me. I used to be one of the most unhealthy people my age growing up and even into early college. Now I'm suffering the consequences and I'm ready to go all in. I'm ready to commit to just one month of clean eating and challenge myself physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually. I'm new to my area of living, heck even my country of current living, and therefore don't know anyone who has committed to Whole30 or who can support me. My flatmate is not at all a poster child for healthy eating and it's going to be hard to restrain from stealing her soda from the fridge. I'm awful at meal-prep to boot. I don't know how to do this, or even where to start, but I'm ready! Please, join me on my journey. Keep me accountable, fight the cravings alongside, and encourage me because I'll need it! And even if no one reads this, my commitment is there for all to see, and that's enough for me. I'm ready. God-willing, I am ready.
  9. I've gone from 240lbs to 150lbs and now 35 lbs heavier than my ideal of the low side. I work out daily, eat a lot of healthy veggies/fruit but am totally addicted to carbs. Toast with butter, grilled cheese sandwiches, sugar sugar sugar! I quit drinking alcohol 8 years ago and gave myself permission for dessert. Cookies at 9:30 am? Why not? Learn to make the most delicious lemon squares and cheesecake? Hell yes. Not only is my weight out of control, I feel like crap. I can physically feel my body clogged with garbage. Every now and then I'll make a meal and know after eating it was exactly what my body needed. I want that every day! Ive been making my own sauces and dressings for years and stay away from processed food - unless it's a cupcake. I recently discovered a colleague lost weight and more importantly changed her life for good with Whole30 and she's been inspiring and offered great support. Sharing recipes to get me ready, offering a shoulder if I need to vent. I am lucky. Ive been spending time making shopping lists and menu plans. My husband is in too, he'll eat what I make for him, and help with the prep, yay! But it's going to be challenging. Saturday is shopping day, Saturday is the prep and fine tuning for the week and off we go on Sunday. its only 30 days, but I plan to make lifestyle changes in the process. We'll see in 30 days!
  10. Folks - I started my official Whole30 3 days ago - I'm a bit worried that I'm not experiencing any of the side-effects everyone's been talking about - negative or positive! No grogginess or cravings (however, I do have some wicked dreams of cheating!!), nor more energy or fresh feeling,etc... Maybe I need to get a few more days into it seeing as "everyone's different". I'd love to hear if anyone has feedback or similar experiences/worries! Additionally - I'm a little concerned that eating less-than-kosher-grade meat might be affecting the detox process - could this really make all the difference if I prepare my meat leanly?
  11. Well I still have a couple minutes before the clock turns over here so I guess I'm not technically late yet. This is my first Whole30 that I've ever done and I am so nervous! I did NOT prepare this last week since I was down with the flu since before Christmas. I DID, however, manage to go through my kitchen today with my very loving and supportive boyfriend today and got rid of all the junk. He's doing the Whole30 with me! I'm so excited to have his support and to go through this together. His diet is a lot better than mine so I'm guessing that he will have an easier time taming his carb dragon. I nearly panicked today though when I had to prepare meals for work and was trying to make mayo and my vitamix kept creating this watery weird stuff that looked NOTHING like mayo. I ended up attempting it with my regular blender and got it to work. I have so many questions and nervousness that I'm bringing to the table today. I'm a night shift ER nurse who has fallen off the wagon when it comes to taking care of my body. Last year in February I had a personal trainer who wrote an awesome nutrition plan and exercise program complete with a super complicated supplement regimen. I was in the gym pretty much every day, eating small meals four times a day, and taking handfuls of supplements with every meal. Then my car was broken into at the gym. I had been going so hard that when that happened it totally took the wind out of my sails and I have been struggling ever since. I've put on 20 lbs in the last 10 months, I have no energy, my depression is worse than it has been in years... Basically I'm ready for change. My biggest concern is that I'm a night shift nurse in an ER, where there seems to always be junk food and caffeine a plenty. Do any of you have any tips for night shifters or nurses specifically? It's also hard to get breaks some times but this program isn't so strict that I can't just eat when I have a minute to sit. Also, my boyfriend and I did not do any measurements on day 0 and I ran out of time today. Is it going to be a big deal to do the measurements (we did weigh ourselves yesterday) and take the pictures? Looking forward to sharing with all of you on this journey.
  12. I'm so excited to do the Whole30, starting Monday, January 2nd. My family eats really bad and I'm excited to do this to reset our bodies. My husband and I live next to my parents and they are joining us on this journey...I just hope they both stick with it! My dad is on tons of medication and has lots of joint pain and my mom has arthritis and I hope they get results from this program. I also have a chronic spontaneous disease that is dormant right now and I hope this will be a way to get rid of it whenever I need to.
  13. First Whole30 Starting Oct 1st

    Hey guys! Excited and nervous to start my first Whole30! After a couple of years of uncontrollable eating/cravings and lack of energy, I can't wait to be healthy inside and out and feel like my actual age of 28! Who else is starting on the 1st? Would love some support!
  14. Weeks ago, I learned about Whole30 from the awesome website Be More With Less. I checked out the Whole 30 bible, read it cover to cover and made a commitment to start on October 20th. I prepped my kitchen, I pre-made emergency meals, I've been practicing reading my labels, I made my countdown calendar, I even recruited my husband (a die-hard sugar junky). I. Was. Ready. Yesterday, I started with a lovely scrambled egg and spinach omelet. Lunch consisted of a cucumber-chicken salad with avocado, olives and a red-wine vinegar/olive oil dressing with italian spices. My day was going great...no cravings, no hunger, I even managed to get in a small walk. I was CRUISING!!! Needing to run an errand, I decided to pop into a favorite green-awning coffee shop for an iced tea to help cool me down on such a hot day. I ordered my usual iced tea, no sweetener, light ice. I heard my name called, grabbed my drink and walked out. Three steps out the door and nearly 3/4 of the way through a successful day one, I take a sip of my beverage..... ...my SWEETENED beverage!!!!!!! AAARRRRGGGHHHH!!!! Thwarted by the sugar gods! Dejected, I walked back inside and re-ordered my tea. Everyone was very apologetic, and I was very cool about the whole thing (mistakes happen). I then finished my day Whole30 compliant (I wasn't going to blow off the whole rest of the day just because of one sip of tea). But I also made sure I started over, Day 1 today. . So far, so good - and nothing outside of food/beverage I prepared myself!!! But I learned a valuable lesson (and luckily only on Day 1)....something as simple as an iced tea can mess up your best laid plans in the 11th hour. So be careful out there!
  15. Starting Today

    Today is my first day of the Whole30 and I'm scared. I just came of off the Omni Drop diet, like today is my first day of reintroduction (totally unhealthy, I know) and am worried that eating the food on the Whole30 is going to make me gain the weight I just lost. I have a terrible relationship with food and the scale. I've been struggling for years and need to break the cycle. I'm in a wonderful marriage with a happy and healthy 3 year old and a good job. I cannot keep taking time away from the most important things in my life to weigh and measure every ounce of food I put into my mouth. HELP, I'm a wreck. On the bright side, I love the foods on the program and have been staying away from dairy anyway so I feel that's a headstart. :-)
  16. New

    Hi everyone, my name is Johnetta but you can just call me Jay I'm a first time Whole 30(er). I haven't set a definite start date but I'm thinking some time before I turn 35, so next week sounds good but we'll see. I just want to get and stay healthy and active and make the right choices for my body. I also want to get off the hamster wheel of dr appointments and sugar cravings! So any advice? Let me rephrase that, any encouraging words of wisdom from someone who's done this before?
  17. Starting 10/10

    I'm looking forward to starting tomorrow. Not only am I looking forward to getting my overall health on track, I hope this will help my migraines. I have done the prep and have planned, planned, planned!! Ready to roll tomorrow!!
  18. Starting Oct 1st

    Wow.....My wife and I are starting on the Whole 30 journey tomorrow morning. Is there anyone else starting Oct 1st that we can share the journey together with? I'm sure the support will be good. Looking forward to finding out more about my body.
  19. Day 10 - Shoot Me Now!!!

    I am on day 10 and last night I had dreams of sour cream on top of nachos. I am tired of eating the same foods so I choose not to eat at all. I wait until it my stomach hurts before I eat something. On day 5 I landed in the hospital for 2 days due to migraine headaches, it was thought I was having a stroke as I lost my vision. I have been overweight all my life, I am convinced I am not meant to be healthy; however, I want to prove to myself I can do this. I cheated, kinda of...when in the hospital, I was weighed and they kindly (rudely really) wrote in on the board in my room. I do know I am making progress in that area. It is a cool fall day in Nebraska and I am going to make the Chili from the Whole 30 book. I am looking forward to something a little different. I am going to the Farmer's Market this morning to get fresh veggies. I do feel better, the swelling in my legs is gone, I have more energy and I would still kill for a diet coke. Thanks for Listening Piper
  20. New to the program

    Hello! I am starting this program for the very first time on September 1! I am both excited and nervous! My system is in a desperate need of a reboot! I am hoping this does this trick! Any advice or anything I need to keep on hand? I am in the process of organizing and prepping my kitchen.
  21. Help! How do I start?

    Hey guys! This is my first time ever doing a Whole 30 and I am a little apprehensive about how to start. I am finishing up reading "It starts with food" and I have the "Whole 30 Guide." I know the program rules, but unsure on how to begin. What do I need to do ahead of starting, prepping myself, my kitchen, and etc. Any tips and suggestions on how to prepare are more than welcomed.
  22. Hi, all~ My name is Brie and I will be starting Whole 30 for the first time on Monday, July 11. I've done some prep work - cleaned out my fridge and cabinets. I have a bag ready to go to the food pantry. I've selected my recipes for the week and went grocery shopping. I still have a couple more things to pick up. Tomorrow is Sunday which will be my prep day to do all of my cooking for the week. I will be doing the program alone as I'm single. Friends of mine have done the program and have seen great results. I have started several different weight loss programs over the years - Atkins, Weight Watchers, Paleo, Super Shred, 21 Day Fix. Some have worked better than others, but obviously I haven't been as successful as I wanted to be since I am yet again starting something new. Discipline is the key. Not giving in to temptation. Eat to live, don't live to eat. The thing that I'm most looking forward to is feeling better as well as feeling better about myself. While I want to lose weight, there are other non-scale goals I'm looking forward to. Fitting into my clothes better and into some that are too small. I'm also a runner and would love to look good in race photos. Actually, I would love to look good in all candid and unposed photos. I've recently starting using essential oils, Himalayan salt lamps and other natural things - working to balance my body and mind. I'm really looking forward to Monday and hitting the reset button. Brie
  23. Kickoff July 10th!

    Hello fellow Whole 30er's! My name is Debbie and I am starting my first Whole 30 tomorrow. My youngest daughter just competed hers (and over a family vacation I might add) and she really inspired me. I am excited and nervous about doing this. While supportive, my husband is a naturally thin person and doesn't get my challenges. Both daughters are behind me 100% so I'm hoping with them and all of you I can stay the course. I've read the book, downloaded all the cheat sheets and got my daughters favorite recipes and shopping guide. So...I'm off to Trader Joe's to complete my pantry and frig restocking. Fingers crossed!
  24. Beginning 4/7 for an anti-allergy reset

    This will be my first time doing the Whole30 program, although I already keep a gluten and dairy free diet most of the time. I need to take it to the next level. Here are my reasons for doing the program: I get frequent, severe sinus infections when I eat dairy. My under-the-tongue glands swell when I eat various grain-based foods. I thought it was just wheat and my symptoms were very mild for a few years but they've become severe in the last month. Within a few hours of eating/drinking anything grain-based, my glands are throbbing. I need to listen to my body and stop giving it things it doesn't want. My mom is battling cancer and in her journey, has learned the true value of caring for your body through food choices. I, too, have learned a lot about the effects of less-than-great food choices through watching her and observing myself. Thus, the only reason I still make bad choices is out of sugar addiction or self-destructive tendencies. My hope is that after completing my first Whole30, I'll be able to see a big enough difference that I will be motivated by the benefits of living a whole life, rather than being motivated by the pain/exhaustion of making less-than-healthy daily choices. I'm 23, about to graduate college, and I manage an office that must remain open 24/7 for student safety. My schedule is all over the place, I never get near enough sleep, and I'm surrounded by booze and peers who are as far from a whole30 lifestyle as can be. It won't be easy, but I'm tired of feeling horrid half the time from sugar, grains, and booze. There may never be a perfect time to do this, so no excuses from here on out. Now is as good a time as any, and this way I'll by happier and healthier by graduation:D
  25. I am starting this Whole30 thing June 1st so that I have a good even start point. I'm also choosing this date so that I have time to use the bread and dairy products I already have seeing as I have a very low budget and need to use what I already have and don't waste money. I'm terrified, but determined. I know sugar and grains will be my biggest struggle. Fortunately, I do currently work at a Natural Grocers so good healthy food is right at my fingertips and even at a discount. If anyone has any pointers or tips, I welcome any suggestions or help. I've never been much of a cook. And I need to know good snack foods that are compliant.