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  1. Finished my first whole30!!

    I finished my very first whole30 cycle as of August 31st and I must say, I am so damn proud of myself! First, body changes. I lost 10 pounds and definitely see my face is slimmer and my stomach sticks out less. One of the greatest improvements though is my energy. I was the NAP QUEEN before all this, even with coffee. Now I'm not saying that all of a sudden I'm running marathons, but I definitely do feel a steady energy level increase throughout the day. Second, self awareness. At the beginning of the whole30 I would often be on autopilot when it came to food. Oh the cheese department is giving away samples? Sure, I'll have some. You'd like me to taste this new wine? Of course! There's only a few bites of pie left? I'll take it, no sense in getting a box. And so on. But having to have laser like focus about everything I ate really made a difference. I never really realized how often I eat on cruise control. Plus, I soon learned that cooking healthy food for myself is not a chore or punishment, it's treating myself with respect. Something long overdue. I celebrated my victory my first reintroduction day with some wine. Today, on my second, I had a little black beans and rice. And while I was tempted by my boyfriends cheesy tator tots, I have continued to abstain from dairy and will continue to do so. I know that my journey isn't over, but I'm really proud of how far I've come. I feel confident going into my future, knowing now that this lifestyle is possible. Good luck to all those out there starting their whole30 for the first time. Believe me, It's totally worth it.
  2. I am 22 year old woman who just graduated from college. I tried the whole 30 about a year ago and only got 3 days in and caved. This time I really need to complete this. My health is the worst it has ever been, and I feel sick after ever meal. Also, I am trying to go into law enforcement and need to pass multiple fitness tests. I am also trying to have a better relationship with food and health. If you have any advice or want to help keep me accountable, it would be greatly appreciated!
  3. Starting TOMORROW June 29th!

    I am starting the Whole 30 tomorrow. I have been on a weight loss and lifestyle change journey since January 2016. I am getting fed up of the tracking calories, and constantly weighing. Even though I am fitting my calories for the day I feel like I am not really eating that great of foods. So the whole 30 should help me get on track, and teach my body the good stuff! Nervous, and excited.
  4. For 10 years I have suffered from canker sores in my mouth, for those who do not know what that is, they're the little white ulcers that people sometimes get from biting their lips, and they're extremely painful. I have tried everything, everything except diet change. For years I drank a lot and are mostly fried food, while always maintaining an active lifestyle, I have never been over weight. I get around 2-8 canker sores a month and at most I have had 6 in my mouth, going into my throat. I currently have one on my lip and one on my throat and cannot handle the pain and irritation that come with these! I do suffer from anxiety and took a low dose anti anxiety for about a year, but even saw no relief with that. So here's to trying this!!!
  5. Hi my name is Brittany and I'm starting my WHOLE30 tomorrow !!! couldn't be more excited to get in shape and feel GREAT. Ready to love and treat my body with what it deserves!
  6. Hey all! I'm doing my first Whole30 ever. I spent months prepping and priming myself to do something that scared me half out of my wits. (I have a legit sugar addiction and a lesser but still potent comfort/junk food addiction). I finally started on Wednesday, the 4th, so this is my fifth day. I keep waiting for something to change - my body, my mood, my energy... NOTHING is happening. It's like I've not even changed anything except that I want sugar and junk food. But even that is perfectly normal! I crave things just as much as I did before, not more, not less. I've read avidly about the Whole30 "timeline" and others' experiences and none of it is happening for me! The only thing is that I feel depressed, listless, and outrageously anxious about food choices. Last night I had a nightmare that I gave up on the Whole30. (Not a "food dream", either) I woke up practically in tears. What am I doing wrong?!?! I'm so afraid that I'll somehow push myself through these next 23 days, only to find at the end that nothing's improved. My skin, which suffers from chronic acne, has cleared up SLIGHTLY, but it's barely noticeable. But when I was eating crap all the time but not eating gluten or white sugar then my skin was just as clear as it is now! I feel like I'm stressing and putting all this work in for nothing. Any help??
  7. My third, his first

    Hi everyone! I'm really excited for my Whole30 starting Tuesday. It's my third, and I NEED it this time. My eating has been TERRIBLE, my exercise habits have been even worse, and I can't wait for this re-set. I'm also excited because this time, my husband is doing it with me! But I could use some advice. I tend to lose weight on my W30s, and I need that this time (I'm 5'8" and I don't know my weight... probably 195ish? I'm afraid to look). My husband, on the other hand, does NOT need to lose any. He's 6'2" and 160lbs -- a total bean pole. He eats like he's hollow but cannot put on weight... so I'm worried that he might lose weight too. Should I make any tweaks to his meals to ensure he maintains his weight? Should he eat more snacks? Any advice on that front is very appreciated. In the meantime, I'm glad to be back on the boards and paleo living!
  8. Hi everyone, my name is Madison and I am on Day 6 of my first Whole 30. I am 21 years old, 5'9" and a little overweight although I do not weigh myself. I also have had stomach problems for 2 years and depression/anxiety/panic disorder. I went gluten free April 2014. I like to think I have strong willpower when it comes to the Whole 30 but I must say I am not the best at following the meal plan, hydration and snacking rules. I am feeling rather discouraged although I do plan to keep doing the remaining days. My discouragement may have been spurred from today's stomach pains - I know it is early but I was hoping the Whole 30 would help with this. However I did have a compliant Applegate hot dog last night so maybe that is it? I also do not have a gallbladder so maybe I am eating too much fat? Anyway, I would love some words of wisdom from you all! My typical day: January 6th M1 - 9:30am Stir fried peppers, onions, garlic with 2 eggs M2 - 1:30pm small kale salad with avocado, pepper, onion, egg, strawberries M3 - 4:20pm tuna salad (1 can) with onion, pepper, capers, mustard, more pepper on the side (1/2) snack - 5pm apple with 2 tbsp almond butter snack - 10pm larabar I know I really shouldn't have eaten the Larabar because I wasn't that hungry. I know I have a cravings problem because I stare at all the bad foods at the store and think about what I'm going to eat when this is over. I also have a problem getting all of my meals down, which may be why I get hungry. Halfway through M1, I was almost gagging and had to force the rest down real quick. This has also happened at lunch and dinner so it is not just that it is the morning. In terms of compliance, I know that everything is compliant based on what I've read here (my LaCroix, the Applegate hot dogs, teas with natural flavors) but that still worries me. What if I screw myself over for eating these things? What if my eating habits are ruining it? What if I am wasting my time? I'm sorry, that is the anxiety talking. Thanks for reading everyone! Any advice or anything would be greatly appreciated!
  9. 100% AWESOMENESS COMING SOON......

    Hi all! I'm a business owner, marathoner, fitness freak, major foodie, world traveler, dog lover, & continually amazed by this crazy thing we call life. Today, November 3rd, is my day 1 of the Whole30. Who's with me??? Well, as embarrasing as it is to admit, I've been here before. Making notes stating that this is "Day 1 of Whole30". And then quit by day 3, 4 or maybe 5. Because it's someone's birthday so I must have a glass of wine. Or there's a baby shower so of course I have to have the cute pink cupcake. Old friends are in town and we're getting take-out. The cycle continues. I eat clean about 80% of the time and then let the weekend completely ruin me. It's a nasty, nasty cycle. The good news? I CAN CHANGE IT. I can break the cycle. I'm in total control. That's right. If I choose to succeed or fail - it's on me. I feel like today is different. Today is new and I have a new attitude. Not only do I have a new attitude but I've prepared myself and have laid the groundwork for success. Yesterday, I planned each and every meal for the next week. I went grocery shopping and got every single item that I need to make each and every meal. There is no tempting junk food in this house. I did my food prep so meals are quick and easy. I cleaned out the refrigerator and pantry. I am prepared. I am following my meal plan. I am going to succeed. In addition to preparing, I also posted the "I am doing the Whole30" icon on my Instagram, promising my followers updates and quick recipes. Now I'm accountable to others as much as I am myself. Completing the Whole30 would be an enormous victory for me personally. Yes, I could tell others I did it. But mainly, I want to do it for ME. Because I've never be able to before. Because my relationship with food is probably the toughest relationship in my entire life - and I feel as if it's a really important one. For the most part, I am a very motivated and determined person. I feel like I have every other area in my life under control and happy with the way it is. I don't blink an eye at having to work hard for something. I don't think twice about training for multiple marathons (through the winters, might I add!) or even sigh at the idea of working 50+ a week and completing my Masters degree. Quitting a high paying job to start my own business was pretty challenging at times but I did it. Preparing to speak in front of 500+ people? Not a huge deal. So why in the hell has sticking to a "diet" always been so damn defeating for me? I don't get it. So I'm going to change it. Starting today. Right now. I am going to change my life, the way I eat, and my relationship with food in the next 30 days. 100% awesomeness coming soon, very soon....
  10. Hey all! The steps for whole30 told me to join the forum so here I am. I start tomorrow on my journey. I have many reasons for starting.... weight loss, asthma, arthritis at the age of 32, migraines, tummy troubles... and that's just the beginning. I'm a married mommy of 2, working full time. I live in Brooklyn & work in Manhattan. I am originally from England and have lived here since 2006. I have lost 64lbs to date but have got into a place where I keep losing and gaining the same 6lbs. I am currently in the gaining cycle lol. Anybody else in NY here? Any Brits? Is anyone else starting tomorrow? Thanks for reading!
  11. Hey guys I'm starting my Whole 30 journey today. I'm typing this from Sydney Australia, where I plan to stick this out. I've already done 3 months of no alcohol and no sugar so feeling good but looking to feel even better. I've had issues in the past with gluten and just this week had an unexplained case of lethargy and brain fog which i think is triggered by gluten, so really looking forward to giving it the flick. Today I had a pear and almond milk flat white for breakfast, tuna salad for lunch and another tuna salad and egg for dinner. I had a huge bowl of fruit salad for dessert..... probably should lay off the fruit a tad but it was delish! Looking forward to hearing about others who are kicking off their Whole 30 today too! Cheers, Freya
  12. Hey Folks! So this is my first time taking the Whole30 challenge!! Luckily, I have a great support system that is doing it with me. My husband has graciously decided to give up his love for cheese and coffee (large quantities) to support me in this adventure! I also have a few friends that have jumped on this crazy train as well. I'm hoping to kill my sugar monster (because it is HUGEEEE!!!) I definitely have an addiction to sugar ... no doubt about it. But, I also want to have food freedom. No more being a slave to food!!! I can tell this is going to be a long journey, but hopefully one that betters me in the end! I would love any tips or tricks that make the process less boring and easier to get through. I'll be writing back soon (if we don't kill one another by the end of the first week that is!). - Chelsea "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" - 1 Corinthians 10:31
  13. Family Whole30

    My wife and I decided to do the Whole30 5 days prior to Jan 1. Part of our deicsion was do we include our 4 year old son and 5 year old daughter. Long story short, we decided to go with the "All or Nothing" method here: http://whole9life.com/2012/11/whole9-let-us-change-your-kids/ Ok, just some background info: I am 5'9" and was 169.0 on January 1st. My wife is 4'11" and was 148.0 on January 1st. Our kids are both not overweight at all. We had concerns that they would not be able to thrive on the Whole30, but we decided to give it a shot anyway. Prior to Whole30 we ate 'healthy' according to what we used to know. Here WAS our typical day: Breakfast - Cereal (organic and usually gluten free with 1% milk) Snacks - Plain yogurt w/ honey Lunch - Sandwich with whole wheat bread and deli turkey Snack - Cheese stick Dinner - Spaghetti / Fish sticks / Homemade chicken nuggets / whole wheat rolls / corn / green beans My other snacks - I would constantly snack on Goldfish crackers, cereal, or anything else that I craved. On January 1st we cleared out ALL non compliant foods and shopped based on the shopping list here: http://whole9life.com/book/ISWF-Shopping-List.pdf At first our fridge was very bare and for the first few days I was so worried me and the kids would starve!! I want to cut out most of our experience during the 30 days to keep this short. However I do want to go over some basic achievements from the Whole30 (some expected and some not excpected): 1. I lost 11.6 pounds (over 6% of my body weight) 2. She lost 10.4 pound (over 7% of her body weight) 3. Kids did not gain or lose significant weight (maybe 1/2 pound at most lost) My son is a wrestler so he is weighed in often and I never saw a huge difference. 4. I can now breathe through my nose when I sleep - Ok, about day 15-20 I told my wife that I noticed I could breathe through my nose consistently. She replied with, yeah I know I can't even hear you! I have been a mouth sleeper as long as I can remember. I seriously did not expect this to happen. And I am still breathing and sleeping peacefully through my nose. I don't exactly know why this happened, but if I had to guess it's due to the systematic inflammation that the 'other food' was causing. 5. My wife and I both never get too hungry or too full. Seriously, I used to come home from work starving pretty much no matter what I had for lunch. Now, I could honestly go all day and yeah I would be hungry but not the belly growling craving hunger that I used to feel. AND I am never too full. I used to get so bloated after meals and snacks. Well that is no more. 6. My kids behavior has improved. Ok, this is apparent by not only our observation, but at school as well. Just last week my son's Pre-K teacher said "He has had an excellent week". Umm, are you sure this is my son! And, my very very talkative daughter has for 2 weeks in a row been allowed to go to the office and pick out a prize for her lunchroom behavior. Only 2 kids in her class of 20 have been chosen both weeks. So, yeah we have noticed and so have their teachers. 7. My son used to complain of belly pain throughout the day. We not once heard him complain during the 30 days. Throughout the past 1-2 years we have listened to him complain on and off of belly pain. We have had him on Miralax and even visited the doctor. However, since the Whole30, nothing, no belly pain complaints. 8. We are not picky eaters anymore. My kids cheer for breakfast, lunch, and dinner now. They love the real food they now get. One example, before the Whole30 my kids liked eggs a little bit, only when we had them for dinner with toast and bacon. Now, in the morning they cheer for scrambled eggs (that I cook in Ghee). Then put out a platter of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, pineapple, and strawberries and they think they are in heaven. Before the Whole30, my son wasn't snacking on cucumbers and guacamole. My daughter wouldn't think about eating raw carrots. We have had a variety of brussel sprouts, spinach, mushrooms, cucumbers, squash, zuccini, spaghetti squash, carrots, onions, etc and our kids know they have not choice and they actually look forward to dinner. One of their favorites is sweet potatoes sliced and cooked in EVOO. Yeah, I have always been picky and have always looked forward to whatever BREAD was cooked for dinner. But now, I love my veggies. My wife has cooked some amazing dinners with REAL FOOD. My daughter used to only eat Mac'N'Cheese for lunch. My son would always want the bread for dinner and nothing else. This has caused them to eat more protein and eat more veggies and they actually like them. 9. We didn't step on the scale for the entire 30 days. I totally did not expect to lose 11 pound. I have not been in the 150's since my early college days and I am a runner. I feel stronger now and much leaner. My wife has been on SlimFast and other 1200 calorie plans and this was a total shock to her. How in the world can we just eat whatever is on this list and still LOSE WEIGHT? How? Well, we were both shocked. We are still going forward with Whole30 lessons learned. 3 of our family members have birthdays in Feb, so yeah we will have some cake. We are more flexible with our kids when they are out, but at home we still eat REAL FOOD. Thanks for reading. I have before and after photos and other details. I totally support the Whole30 and cannot say enough about it. Jarrett Family 2014
  14. Hi, everyone! Our names are Brady and Kristen and this is our FIRST Whole 30. We've been eating mostly paleo for about 6 months now, but we decided to dive into the Whole 30 thanks to our Crossfit trainer. (our "box"--it really isn't a box, we work out on a military post on the tennis courts!--is doing a challenge, and Whole 30 is part of it) I (Kristen) have It Starts with Food and haven't finished it yet, but it is definitely eye opening. I'm hoping we don't hit the "Kill ALL the things" stage, but who knows what is going to happen. Any tips or encouragement would be greatly appreciated!
  15. ORBren 1st Whole30

    Here I go... Book to arrive Monday, but I have scoured the web site and read lots of other books so I feel prepared to be successful. I need this because the older I get the more aches and pains and gut issues with foods arise. I need the accountability of a challenge and look forward to a community of folks who think like I do about food. I plan to really notice and appreciate the ways I feel better during the next 30 days as inspiration & motivation - because I am the poster girl for knowledge not equalling action/ behavior. I currently keep a thankfulness journal and plan to use that to capture the good stuff related to Whole30. No excuses...grass fed beef - check, fresh & fermented veggies - check, olive &coconut oil - check, water - check. Let the new habit forming begin.