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  1. Hi there, I've been searching all over the site and in the forums for the Whole30 Low Histamine shopping list. Does this still exist? I've recently been diagnosed with a Mast Cell Disorder and told that I need to follow the Low Histamine diet for at least a year. Prior to all this hullabaloo, a few years back, I did a Whole30 and felt fantastic. My immunologist is currently discussing effectively carpet bombing my immune system with low level chemotherapy - which is something I obviously want to avoid! I think doing a Whole 30 now, in tandem with the Low Histamine Diet could give me a fighting chance to stabilise any inflammation before they consider throwing chemo at me. I also have to follow a low FODMAP diet for IBS, so am trying to find the Low Histamine approved Whole 30 list for some proper guidance. I understand it's different for different people but some of the histamine lists out there are so conflicting! Thanks in advance for any pointers in the right direction x
  2. Hello everyone. I'm on the last ten days of my first Whole30. I have seen what feels like some regression over the past week and I'd like to troubleshoot for the next 10 days or so. I'm splitting up my concerns/questions into bullet points. Feel free to message me for more details on any particular one, and thank you in advance for any input! -ON FODMAPS: While the first two weeks were great (almost immediate increase in energy, more stable energy levels, feeling lighter and happier) the last week I have felt heavier, fuller and significantly more bloated. Not much has changed in my eating or life habits, except that the daily stress quotient has increased, and I am being mindful of that and trying to offset. Ive seen after some research here that this could be a FODMAP problem. My diet is very heavy on those. Can someone give me a quick cheat-sheet on how long to eliminate these for? What next if that doesn't seem to resolve these latest symptoms? -ON ADRENAL FATIGUE: I don't have diagnosed adrenal fatigue, but because of my lifestyle and profession and some discussion with my GPs there's strong indication this could be a problem, which I'll tackle separately in coming months. In the mean time, what tweaks are recommended to the basic Whole30 program to better target adrenal fatigue? One guess is to eliminate coffee, and I am a big drinker. Is there a guide out there on how to reduce caffeine intake gradually (lots of changes in one month and do not want to pile more on). As a result of being more mindful on this program, I've limited my cups of coffee to 2-3 per day so far. Is there any summary out there to the science on coffee on an empty stomach, versus coffee with breakfast? How much damage are we doing if we are drinking two cups of coffee over our first waking hour or so, and then having breakfast? -ON FAT INTAKE: I was a pretty restrictive eater pre-Whole30, mostly limiting carbs, but with sugar binges, and I think my fat intake was average for my estimated nutritional needs but protein intake on the lower side. To substitute for milk in my coffee, I've taken to using coconut cream (maybe a teaspoon), and I'm aware of the added fat in that, but sometimes I skimp on the added Whole30 recommended fat sources per meal, so thought this is ok. Could I still be overdoing it on the fat intake? For example, last week was a busy week and I had a wonderful (but fatty) salmon three times. -ON MINDSET: While I have enjoyed the no-kidding-around approach to this program so far, I am worried that the planning involved (and the concerns I'm having now, forcing me to re-evaluate and restrict even more), might be making me even more obsessed with food and what I'm eating. What is the Whole30 recommendation for keeping a reasonable and healthy attitude about this? I understand some of it is just logistics and planning, but it is beginning to consume what I would consider a disproportionate of my thought process. Thanks very much.
  3. Hi Whole30 Family! I completed my first Whole60 about a week ago. I was dealing with a gigantic and incessant sugar dragon so I decided to do a Whole60 instead of a Whole30. I was also trying to get to the bottom of my IBS issues (TMI alert: think sudden urges to run to the restroom about 30 minutes after eating). For the first 45 days my IBS symptoms drastically improved and I was a happy camper. Then those last two weeks of my 60 days I was dealing with constant pressure in my abdomen accompanied by a feeling of nausea and visible bloating. It was the worst! I preferred the immediate poos after a meal! Ha. I was in the midst of going through some breath tests with my GI doctor and turns out I tested positive for Fructose Malabsorption. Makes sense with my symptoms. I have now have a very low tolerance of coconuts, green beans, and even almond flour (post whole60 I made some muffins with whole30 compliant ingredients and it tore me up) and am working my way through other fruits and vegetables to see what does and doesn't negatively effect me. Has anyone else experienced any digestive conditions actually getting worse after completing their whole30? Is this due to eating so clean for a duration and then your body needing to stay on that clean food to have a happy tummy?
  4. I've done several W30s since 2012, but rarely stay on track. Due to starting on new insurance, I sought out a new doctor a few months ago. I told her about my GI issues, depression, anxiety, and recent panic attack (only the second in my life). She recommended I go gluten free for a month (which has helped more than I thought it would), to then try dairy free for a month as well, then low FODMAP. However, the low FODMAP diet she gave me is all over the place. It tells me crazy things like: For weeks 6-8 to continue with the diet, but only for two weeks; that maltodextrin is a good alternative on week 4, but to eliminate it on week 5; and that black beans and lentils are a no go, but soy beans are ok. So, I came back to W30 to try to figure things out. The last full W30 (W45, really) I did ended in February. I understand that if someone has never done a W30 before, that it's good to start with that, then do one of the other versions. Would it be a better choice to do a full W30, then a low FODMAP W30, or just start the low FODMAP version now and reintroduce high FODMAP foods at the end? Is it better to have that W30 baseline, then eliminate high FODMAP foods, or does that even matter since I can reintroduce them at the end of the 30 days? tl;dr I've done multiple W30s in the past, but the last one was over six months ago. Should I do another regular W30, then try the low FODMAP W30, or just jump right in to the low FODMAP one?
  5. Hello, I'm looking for some help/advice on what I'm learning from my reintro. I finished my 2nd whole30 on July 20th. The first was 3 years back when I didn't have a health problem, just wanted to clean up my diet. I was surprised during that reintroduction that I get anxiety from grains in general, and had tummy trouble with peanuts. I have eaten a fairly low grain diet since that time, mainly rice. This recent whole30 was to try to help my autonomic nervous system disorder which causes racing heart and fainting. Within a week, I felt like a new person! I have gone very slowly into reintro because I do not want to mess up a good thing. Also, I do enjoy what I'm eating and don't really desire much besides compliant food, so I am in no hurry. I mainly want to do a good, thorough experiment. 1st week of reintro - rice (mix of white and brown). It gave me almost too much energy - anger/quick temper, and increased anxiety. It was also PMS week, so I decided that may be confounding and to try the reintro again sometime later. 2nd week: I ate compliant, a little lax on sugar in things like sauces (I ate ketchup at a restaurant). 3rd week: Reintro a small amount of dairy by adding cheese to an otherwise compliant dish. I noticed that afterward I had gas, bloating, and a bit more sudden urge for BMs. These are the symptoms of lactose intolerance, but here is my question: as far as I can tell, there is little to no lactose in cheese. Also, I added about 1 cup shredded cheese (0 g sugar) to an otherwise compliant dish, which I divided into 6 portions for the week. So how much lactose could I really be getting? Or am I just really super sensitive? I have never had tummy issues with dairy before. Yesterday, I went to a restaurant and had a mostly compliant salad with blue cheese (which I read has low lactose), and I got very sick afterward. Horrible stomach cramps and diarrhea. It came on within an hour after eating, but I was basically fine in 6 hours. Seems classic for lactose intolerance, EXCEPT I don't think I was eating much lactose!!! I am very confused and would appreciate others' input. Do I wait a while and try dairy again? I truly am trying to make sure I only change one variable. Here is what I have been eating every day this past week, with the exception of yesterday's salad meal: Breakfast: 3 eggs, 1/4 avocado, sweet potato hash (eaten every single day of and since the whole30) Lunch:compliant taco salad (lettuce, tomato, olives, 1/2 avocado, banana pepper, compliant salsa, ground turkey cooked with onion, green pepper, spices) I ate this for 1 or 2 weeks during the whole30 for lunch. Dinner: chicken with coconut milk, sundried tomatoes, CHEESE, over zoodles. Yesterday's salad: BLUE CHEESE, Lettuce & spinach, hardboiled egg, bacon (w/sugar I'm sure), grilled chicken, tomatoes, red onions, no dressing. Final question: While the whole30 did wonders for one health issue, the thing that it did not help is my constant intestinal bloating, which has gradually gotten worse over the last 2 years. My abdomen is always hard and gets pains when pushed on, likely due to gas buildup. I do not get acute pain/cramping normally, just a general feeling of pressure/fullness all the time. From reading, I am thinking of trying a low FODMAP diet, and I have already tried to cut out broccoli, cabbage, and haven't eaten much fruit at all during the last 7 weeks. I do eat a lot of avocado. I am thinking of finishing my reintro, then eliminating FODMAPS but hopefully able to add in other foods such as rice. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated! If you've read through this giant novel, thanks
  6. As of Day 32, I have lost no weight. Yes, zero pounds lost. I am doing the Autoimmune Protocol version. I've felt bloated and gigantic the whole month. I have had non-scale victories like clearer skin, better sleep, better mood, mostly better immune system. To be fair, I have been nursing a shoulder and back injury so I haven't been working out for the past 30 days. Another non-scale victory is that the pain has lessened with the injury because inflammation has subsided. I'm unsure whether to stick with Whole 30 and adjust my portions downward: consume less fat, less protein at each meal, or whether to ditch this altogether and just focus on a low-carb, low-fat, sugar-free diet. Here is a sample day's meal that I pulled out of my journal: Breakfast Chicken broth with carrots and celery Palm sized roasted mackerel fillet (saba shioyaki) with grated daikon and lemon Fist-sized sweet potato mashed with 1 tbsp of coconut oil A small scoop of kimchi Lunch Braised kale and carrots Handful of olives Stir fried cauliflower Kalua pork Dinner Chicken thigh and drumstick cooked in lemongrass, turmeric and coconut milk Broccoli with bagna cauda Stir fried cabbage and carrots 1/2 avocado Small scoop of kimchi Last week I eliminated the sweet potato. I also started reducing FODMAPs such as broccoli and cauliflower, and replacing with bok choy, spinach, chard. Any advice from the wisdom of the Whole30 Forum? Thank you in advance for taking a look at my post and sharing your thoughts.
  7. 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?
  8. My doctor recommended combining the low histamine, low FODMAP, and autoimmune protocols. Anyone have recommendations for where to find recipes that meet all three of these protocols? Thanks in advance!
  9. I'm on day 27. For the last 2 weeks I've had a very temperamental intestinal tract. I've either had the worst gas on the planet, diarrhea, or a combination. The good thing is that I have had bowel movements ever since the first week my Whole30 was over. The reason this is good is because I've had IBS since I was a teenager. Most of the time is stays on the constipated side of the spectrum. So having daily bowel movements is good. Going all the time (and sometimes barely making it) is not a good thing. I've read many posts on the forums about the gas and GI issues. Last week I cut out cabbage and brussels spouts and the gas got immediately better. I am already not eating raw vegetables. 1) Because I'm not doing salads in January. 2) I already know that several raw vegetables, like broccoli and cauliflower, cause me digestive upset. I thought that I could eat cooked broccoli because many days I do for lunch in a mix of other vegetables (that comes in a bag of frozen vegetables.) This mix doesn't bother me. When I tried eating a side of just broccoli I had bloating, gas, and diarrhea. Now that I am 3 days away from the "end" of this Whole30 I don't think I should stop. I actually think I need to further restrict my diet by figuring out which vegetables are causing so much digestive upset. See, when I am ready to reintroduce other foods I am not planning on reintroducing much. I want to see if I can have dairy because I really love plain Greek yogurt as an alternate protein source and I love cheese. I will occasionally have alcohol, maple syrup, honey, and stevia. I plan on following a primal diet. Based on other posts that I have read about GI problems it looks like I should cut out all high FODMAP vegetables. My question about testing the low FODMAP is should I not mix vegetables in a meal? I found the other day that I cannot eat over 1 cup of broccoli at one time. The thing is that I eat 2-3 cups of vegetables with each meal. How do I make this work? Also one more small question, about fruit. When I read the rules about Whole30 it said to add fruit occasionally. Well, I have only had fruit 3 times. Each time it was a cup of frozen blueberries. The last time I had it was with some coconut milk after dinner like a dessert. I know that we are not supposed to have or think of food as rewards or have desserts so I just stopped eating fruit. Should I add fruit back into the mix or leave it out while I'm figuring out my gut issues and helping it heal?
  10. Low FODMAPS Whole30

    Hi everyone, Just wanted to introduce myself - I'm Belinda - and say hi - HEY!!! I just started Whole30 2.0 after a successful but-not-there-yet Whole30 three months ago. During the two months off I was travelling, so alcohol, gluten and dairy were very much a part of my diet. I feel surprisingly good considering, and believe the healing during my Whole30 helped. This time around, I'm trying the low FODMAPS version as I have a sneaking suspicion that's been contributing to my gut problems. Funny that when I looked at the low FODMAPS Whole30 Shopping List - pretty much every single fruit and vegetable staple that has been removed due to it's high FODMAPS score was a staple in my previous shopping list! I have a sneaking suspicion this will be awesome. #watchthisspace. You all rule. To health and happiness! Infinity and beyond! B
  11. This is big for me, I honestly never thought I would be posting here. I had done a whole30 before, and was eating pretty strict paleo, but I still had gas, bloating, and loose stool every couple of days. I decided to do a low FODMAP whole30, as a lot of the foods I had issues with were high in FODMAPs, so I thought that would help me identify which foods were triggers. When I started this whole30, I had a really rough time Day 9 “Really struggling here with digestive issues, I feel going low fodmap is contributing to this, which means it was something I needed to do, but I hope its over soon…ARRRGGGHHH!!” Day 11 “I'll be honest, I'm finding this really hard. I'm really tired all the time, and I can't see a way to break myself out of this funk….So far the issues have gotten worse, and I have no energy (worse than I was before). I'm getting sick of the food options I do have, and beginning to lose motivation to carry on with this” Day 12 “I'm thinking of extending out to a whole45, because I want to start reintroductions from a really good place” Day 15 “still slight digestive issues….I'm aiming for a whole45, I obviously have a lot of healing to do.” Day 19 “I am struggling with digestive issues ... I am doing a low FODMAP whole45, as I think I need the extended period to heal.” Day 23 “I'm seriously considering going off my whole45” Day 26 “I was mostly ok on paleo, but thought I would go low fodmap for 30 days to see if that made a difference. Since I started whole30 it's been worse…and just really feel like throwing in the towel. I've done more research on FODMAPs on the internet and it seems some thing I thought were low, there is debate about, like yams and sweet potato. I'm worried I've done this all wrong” Day 29 “I redid measurements today, and I have lost 1.3kg, which I wasn't intending to do, but I have also put on around 20 cm round the waist and hips and doubled my body fat percentage. No idea what's going on here” “Why is this so hard?!?!?” On Friday, day 34, I noticed I’d had less gas than usual, and my digestive system was back on an even keel. On Monday, day 38, I woke up with a completely unexpected side effect – no bloating! I had a flat stomach for the first time since the start of high school. I was shocked, I never expected this. I have had more energy to work out (I’m back at pre-whole30 levels, but not expecting miracles here), but the digestive issues being solved is making the biggest difference in my day-to-day life. The hard part will be sticking to whole30 guidelines to make sure I give my reintroductions the best shot possible, I made up a chart to plot what I have tried and what, if any effects it has had on me, and it’s a very long list – it would take about 6 months if I tested everything, with 5 symptomless days between each trial. Wish me luck, cheer me on, and expect to see me crying in the corner as my beloved swede goes out of season. Knowledge is power Knowledge is power Knowledge is power
  12. Day 19 over here and really struggling. Earlier in the week I had been dealing with a lot of post-meal indigestion/reflux and bloating so at the recommendation of several I got some Kombucha and sauerkraut and ordered some digestive enzymes online. I felt some small improvement with the sauerkraut but then yesterday (I just received the enzymes yesterday so have only taken once) things really got worse in the afternoon/evening. By about 4pm I looked and felt nearly 3 months pregnant. My stomach was distended, firm, gassy and so miserably uncomfortable. Here are yesterday's meals: breakfast - 2 eggs with sauteed greens/pulled pork, 1/2 sweet potato; coffee with coconut milk lunch - trader joe's chicken sausage sauteed with mushrooms/onions; 1/2 avocado; roasted brussels sprouts and butternut squash. about 1/2 cup of strawberries and blackberries dinner - wasn't too hungry d/t bloating but had some tuna mixed with avocado and cherry tomatoes and some sweet potato I felt OK in the morning, some reflux but no distension or gas. About 1 hour after lunch is when most of the symptoms started - I got gassy(kind of gross, sorry!), so bloated, crampy and just really uncomfortable with feeling like my stomach was incredibly stretched out. By the time I got home after work the distension had worsened and it stayed that way the rest of the night. I've never been pregnant but that's seriously how I felt I looked! I thought it would resolve by this morning but I woke up feeling similarly also with pretty much no appetite. I've had GI issues (gas, diarrhea, cramping) for several years and even pre-Whole30 had cut out most grains/gluten/dairy which did seem to help, but now I'm wondering if it's FODMAPs? Maybe the combo of brussels sprouts/mushrooms/onions? I don't remember ever having problems with mushrooms or onions before but maybe I was and I thought it was something else? I've resolved to cut those things out for the remainder of my Whole30 and see if that helps, just wondering if anyone has struggled with the same thing. Do digestive enzymes help digest FODMAPs too? Sorry this got so long, I'm just feeling so frustrated and discouraged. It's hard to be persistently eating healthy foods and trying to follow the template and still feel so yuck. I normally have a pretty flat stomach so it just feels really uncomfortable to have it so stretched out. I want to stick with the plan and keep going but it's hard when I feel like what I'm trying to do isn't working. I don't want to sound like a total complainer! Overall I'm really happy with the Whole30 experience and feel like I've definitely had some positive non-scale victories. I just want to maximize my experience and feel as best I can. Appreciate any/all recs. Thanks so much
  13. Hi guys and girls, so it's my first time doing a Whole30 and I wanted to tackle my sugar cravings, get more energy and loose a bit of weight as other "diets" haven't worked for me in the past. I have a thyroid problem but decided to stick with the normal Whole30 instead of doing the Autoimmune programme due to the amount of food that is restricted and my Hashitmoto's Thyroiditis is currently inactive according to my endocronologist. I thought my sugar cravings would be really bad but they haven't been an issue for me, its my stomach that is the issue at the mo. I haven't had any energy since I started this plan and at first I was always hungry but now it's weaned off a bit. I'm on day 15 now but for the last week I've had terrible bloating, like my abdomen is distended and I have had really loose stools. Today I've had to call in sick because I have had three bouts of diarrhea, sorry to be graphic but it's like water and I can't leave the flat! I'm not sure if this is normal and how to stop it. I used to take Actimel probiotics but because I'm not allowed dairy I have been eating sauerkraut but it hasn't helped. Do you think I need a probiotic in form of a pill? And can anyone recommend a brand or type? I live in Germany so will have to see if they do those here at the pharmacy. I usually avoid anything from the cabbage family as before it would bloat me out, I've tried cauliflower a couple of times since doing Whole30 and it still bloats me out and makes me gassy so have avoided it again and so I've been focusing on squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots and zucchini, all cooked not raw. I cook everything in coconut oil and sometimes ghee, either sauteeing, steaming, roasting. I work long hours starting early so have breakfast at 5am, lunch at 12pm and dinner at 6-7pm. My general meals look like this: Breakfast: green tea, usually have 2 eggs with a banana and spoonful of coconut chips (i can hardly stomach breakfast) Lunch: veggie soup with fish or meat of some kind or omlette with veg cooked in coconut oil, or leftovers from dinner night before Dinner: meat or fish with veggies and avocado or nuts/seeds (usually chicken, beef or pork (can't get lamb here in East Germany where i live and I hate liver)) I sometimes get hungry at work so have snacks of coconut chips, macadamia and walnut nuts and apples to hand. The first week I was snacking a lot due to hunger between meals but now I'm doing better and hardly snacking at all. I still don't have energy though and my stomach is really really bloated, almost like if I'd eaten wheat! I've been gluten free for 10yrs as have really bad symptoms when I eat wheat products. Tested negative though for coeliac. Last night my stomach bloated out during my meal and I couldn't finish it. (was peppered mackerel, sweet pots, roasted red peppers, parsnips and carrots with onion in coconut oil and sauerkraut) I used to eat meat or fish maybe 3 times a week, now its 3 times a day maybe that is the problem? I drink about 2-3 litres of herbal teas or water everyday, no coffee as am a migraine sufferer but always start my day with green tea. I know my trousers are tight and I feel really frumpy and I'm hoping it will pass as have read many comments on here to put me at ease about that but I am worried about the constant loose stools and diarrhea. Any tips or advice what I'm doing wrong or what I can try to ease up my stomach. It's so uncomfortable and getting me down Also I've noticed my skin is really bad, lots of breakouts. My doctor just thinks its IBS and this "diet" isn't any good as it cuts out too many food groups. many thanks!
  14. Is anyone else who has been following the FODMAPS diet going to continue this during the Whole 30 or just do the full fruit/veggie/nut inclusion for the 30 days? After years struggling with digestive issues I found the FODMAP diet over a year ago and have been following it since (firstly very strictly, but have slowly been introducing more and more foods). While I was 80% better than I used to be, I'm still nowhere near 100%. I tried "paleo" for two weeks (which basically just meant I cut out grains and my lactose-free dairy) but substituting what I cut out for more nuts/nut flours etc. made me worse - so I cut out nuts for two weeks and felt slightly better but still having problems. I am very excited to start the Whole 30 as I feel its really the only thing I've not tried to see if it helps reset my digestive system (except the only other things I've not tried cutting out are eggs, nightshades and shellfish - but don't feel these would help significantly if at all). I used to be able to eat anything I wanted during school and afterwards but I think after a few terrible bouts of food poisoning on holidays in Asia my stomach hasn't been the same since. I've had every test under the sun and tried so many elimination diets, I'm not really sure what else to do - apart from the Whole 30. So bring it on
  15. Candida overgrowth!

    Hi everyone! I have been struggling with acne for almost a couple of years now. A friend of mine has talked me into going paleo. In doing so, I was getting almost no carbs. My skin was starting to improve after about 3 weeks. However, In that time, I lost over 14 lbs. I blame that on me not getting enough healthy fats to keep my calories up. Since I lost so much weight, I decided to start weightlifting to put on muscle. I increased my carb intake and started eating 1-2 sweet potatoes a day... and little by little. . My skin Was getting bad again. I also have other symptoms of candida overgrowth such as brain fog, lots of mucus In my throat, hair falling out BY THE ROOTS, mood swings, depression and my bowel movements are EXTREMELY irregular. I wish I knew how to get rid of this! On paleo, I'm also doing the autoimmune protocol and low fodmaps diet as well. The only things I have been eating are meat, extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, kale, spinach, bok choy, ginger and sea salt. I cook or steam all the veggies. I'm not eating fruit. In doing this, I am losing weight again! I'm wondering if I can still reduce the candida if I'm only eating about half a sweet potato after a workout? Im also worried about consuming too much fats. Ive been known to chug 4 tbsps of extra virgin olive oil right before bed just to get my calories up. Very sickening! There was also an article that I read about how weightlifting can cause more candida. Does anyone agree or disagree with this? As of a few days ago, I've been drinking 3-5 tsps of Apple cider vinegar a day, taking probiotics and cod liver oil. I also take a prenatal. My digestion hasn't improved. I had diarrhea but that's about it. Sorry for such Personal information, buthow else can I explainwhat I'm going through? Another article I read stated that you shouldn't eliminate all sugars because candida will travel up your intestines to try and find something to thrive on! Sorry this is all over the place as I am posting this from my phone. So all in all, What do you all suggest? Could this be candida overgrowth? If so, What should I do? I know some of you may tell me to go get checked, but I cannot afford to at the moment, which is why I turn to this forum. I know stressing out about it doesn't help, but I can't help it:(
  16. So here's the deal. (I am on day 4 of my W30.). I have severe knee pain to point where one or the other knee straight up gives out in sharp pain if I try to jog or do any type of cardio (on land). With any activity the knee pain gets worse and weaker. I am only 25, not overweight and have had this going on for 3-5 years. Early Spring 2011 I started taking a high quality glucosamine supplement called Glucosamine 7 (put out by Amway). I called it my miracle drug. I took a significant amount and then lowered dosage when I saw the improvement. 8 months after starting the supplement I completed my first 1/2 marathon (praise the Lord). Then I immediately got pregnant and had to stop taking the supplement. My perfect son was born July 2012. (no knee pain during pregnancy but I wasn't) I still cannot take the supplement since I breastfeed. Soon after he was born my knees went back to being as bad as they were before ever taking the Glucosamine. My hips then joined in on the party and are painful daily. I went to a holistic practitioner in August and he said I had leaky gut. So I have been gluten free since September. No improvement in joint pain. My daily bloating decreased but it is still bad. In January I went to the orthopedic surgeon for knee x-rays and blood work. My knees are still perfectly intact and I don't have RA, gout, or whatever else they tested for. This confirms in my mind that my joints are being attacked due to my leaky gut. I need advice on when to start AIP. Should I complete my W30 before adding AIP? Am I wasting time by waiting? I also know that I react to at least some of the FODMAPs. Should I just go ahead and do everything at once?