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  1. HealthySnacker

    Success while snacking?? Migraines too.

    Hi there everyone, I'm writing to ask about your experiences with Whole30 if you didn't stick to big meals (i.e., following all the rules but not all the recommendations). I'm at the end of day 3, right now, and I feel like I can manage Whole30 as long as I can graze throughout the day and eat fruit as much as I like (probably five+ servings a day). Questions: have you done Whole30 this way? And if so, how did you feel about your overall results? I'm not capable of eating big meals (I get full too soon- I'm fairly petite) but I really don't get the concept of satiety that lasts for hours. I get full, then hungry rather quickly. A bit about me: My regular diet is pretty typical for Southern California: mostly vegetarian with some chicken and fish. I do eat a lot of carbs, but don't drink alcohol, I avoid fried foods, msg, processed foods & snacks. I'm saying this to give you an idea of which things are and are not big sacrifices for me. I'd love to hear from other people who started in a similar position to me. I understand that Whole30's aim is to help people change their hormones in a way that would give them more of a sense of fullness. I'm open to the idea that I may be able to eat larger meals with bigger gaps as the month goes on... but right now that sacrifice is too great ob tip of everything else. I had a migraine in each of these first three days ( for which I took triptan medicine) so struggle of this experience has been compounded. Thanks for reading. I look forward to hearing from you!
  2. I’m on day 21 on my whole 30 and with 1 week left, I’m starting to think I failed/going to fail it (in a sense). I will succeed in the way that I wanted to succeed the most, I wanted to figure out the stem of my stomachaches and headaches and I haven’t gotten either since I started. However, I was also hoping to gain control of my food and sugar cravings but they haven’t lessedned at all and I think it’s my own fault. I snacked on fruit the entire program because my meals weren’t filling enough due to not liking eggs and having limited time to make meals (I work 55 hours a week). If i never lost any sugar cravings at all during my program, did I fail? Is there any way to still succeed and lose the cravings?

    Fruit juice

    I understand we can use fruit juice as a sweetener in small amounts. But curious, if it’s 100% apple cider why can we not have a glass to drink?
  4. I am on day 18 of my first whole30, and I have the overwhelming feeling that I am making no progress in terms of weightloss. Obviously I want to get the myriad of benefits from the program, but one of my biggest motivators and something I was looking forward to was the weight loss I assumed would happen. I have been eating a lot of fruit (at almost every meal and for snacks) and nuts throughout the day. I am scared that all of this fruit sugar is inhibiting my weight loss. Also for reference, before starting the program I consumed a fairly healthy diet with nutrient rich veggies and lean meats already, but with more treats, added sugar, and dairy. I do feel that I have cut out a lot of the bad things from my diet, so it is frustrating that I am not seeing results. I also think it might just take longer for my body to adjust and the weight loss might be delayed and happen at the end... when does most of the weight loss happen for women??
  5. Mamas - can you please share how much (portion, size, frequency) of your Whole30 meals while breast-feeding? I am an active mama nursing a 10 month old. and exercise 6x per week. - I know I'm way overdoing the nuts/nut butter and fruit but it's so easy and satisfying when I at home with a busy baby! What tools or strategies do you find helped you? The typical Whole30 meal template doesn't feel reasonable. Help, please!!!!
  6. peak

    …”some” fruit

    Have read and reread The Rules many times and while it says “…plenty of vegetables and some fruit…” how much is too much fruit (if that is possible?) I am only in my first week and perhaps it is easier to grab another banana, apple or orange clementine cutie at the office to offset any pangs… but I am upwards of 10 pieces or so a day which might also include a couple of prunes before retiring. I am not noticing any extra, (ahem), digestive issues as that is still normal although occurring at different times compared to my regular constitutionals. I can see more of a balance of foods next week as I will buy some raw snack veggies… carrots, celery, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, etc. to add to my normal meal veggies consisting primarily asparagus and Brussel sprouts. Should I be concerned about too much fruit when W30 Rules clearly state “some” fruit?
  7. So this is my third Whole 30 and I think I’ve been progressively more successful in each and learned something new. My first I probably snacked too much and I definitely turned to dried fruit and nuts. My second I eliminated the dried fruit and most of the snacking, but I still turned to fresh fruit for an allowable treat. For example, I could kill almost an entire bunch of grapes in a sitting, if I really wanted to (and some times I def did!) This Whole 30 is MUCH better - I’ve really been following the template and am completely satisfied with three nutritious meals, with virtually no cravings in between. The only snacking I do is pre-work out (shortish, slow runs of about 3 miles after coming back from injury). For whatever reason, full fat meals of olives and iberico ham seem to help my run energy. my question- while I haven’t been snacking due to cravings, I have been having a serving of fruit with dinner. Usually a Cara Cara orange since they’re deliciously in-season. Any thoughts on if it’s worth it/advisable to focus on cutting out all fruit for the last two weeks to really kill the ol’ Sugar Dragon?
  8. JanellaR

    Veggie or fruit?

    I was told on a FB group that tomatoes, squash, and cucumber are fruit, and should be eaten accordingly (smaller amount on the plate than veggies). I can't seem to find anything in The Whole30 book or anywhere else that says this.
  9. 1. I am on day 25 and about two weeks ago I got sick with what I now know is walking pneumonia. My coughing with constant so I took a tincture which was glycerin based and I also took cough drops regularly for several days. Just as I was feeling better it started all over again. And now I am on antibiotics. I am not happy to have had to eat sugar during my whole 30. But I also don't want to start it all over. I'm also really bummed to have taken antibiotics which I know will mess with my gut. I know Dr.'s orders come before whole 30 but it's disappointing and I'm not sure how these small amounts of sugar might have affected me. And I never get sick but I've been sick for at least two weeks of my whole 30. So tiger blood? Not so much. Honestly the first several days I felt like I had Tiger blood but that's unlikely I know. Before I got sick I did feel that I had better energy. 2. I have seborrheic dermatitis, other autoimmune issues, muscle and tendon and ligament aches and pains, and migraines. And I'm also a bit overweight. Besides maybe losing 5 pounds or so none of these other issues seem to have changed at all. I'm wondering if I need to cut out nuts for the migraines and Cut out eggs, nightshades and citrus for the autoimmune issues. I guess at this point I am going to finish to day 30 and then cut out these additional things and add in one or two other things I would like to try eating again such as brown rice. But overall I'm going to try to keep my diet the same. 3. I'm really wondering why I haven't lost more weight. Here are a few things I'm wondering about. For the first couple of weeks I did sort of have for meals a day instead of three. I would eat a small breakfast at around 745 and then at 10 have a larger lunch. Then at around 2 o'clock have another small meal because often I can't eat dinner until around six or so. Also in the first week or two if I was really hungry and couldn't eat dinner until later I would have some nuts and maybe one piece or so of dried fruit. I have stopped all of that for the most part. I also have trouble letting go of the idea of dessert. So I will eat some fruit but I will do it right after I finished eating dinner. Like immediately so that I'm digesting it together. But I might eat something sweet like pineapple. Or half of a banana. And if I'm really hungry when I'm cooking dinner I might have a bit of fruit then as well. I am also eating a lot of that. Lots of avocados, some olives, etc. If I want to continue losing weight or any of these things contributing to me not being able to do it?
  10. sasandbe

    fruit for breakfast

    I'm only on Day 2 and I was wondering if it was a dealbreaker to just have a piece of fruit for breakfast. I'm keeping the amount of fruit I eat in a day down to 2 servings or less (I pre-planned my meals for the week) but my stomach's just not in a good enough place yet to eat a heavy, protein-filled breakfast without getting sick. I'd keep working towards eating a proper breakfast, of course, but for now, is this okay?
  11. I was in a bad place when I started the Whole 30. It was 8 months after giving birth to my second child. I was still 22 lbs overweight despite working out several times a week and choosing “healthy” foods (not much meat, lots of grains and beans). I ate zero packaged junk food, but I had delicious high quality pastries a couple times a week and thought nothing of it. Oh, and I regularly had 2-3 glasses of wine per night just to “wind down.” My childhood asthma had returned. My skin was on a hormonal rollercoaster; besides breakouts I had eczema and keratosis pilaris (chicken skin bumps on back of my arms). I was always hungry and always eating. I tried calorie counting. I tried Weight Watchers when the calorie counting got demoralizing. I tried weighing all my food when WW didn’t work. All that micromanaging sucked the joy out of living, and I still couldn’t lose the weight. My mantra was that I deserved that pastry/glass of wine/bowl of tortilla chips because I had been “so good” all day. I’d pile on the calories after the kids were in bed. But then I simply turned a corner, and decided that I deserved to feel healthy, to feel like I did before my pregnancy. Heck, why not feel even better than that? So I decided to give W30 a try. What did I have to lose? Which begs the question, 30 days later, what did I lose? As it turns out I lost ZERO pounds. 30 days of total compliance, and I weigh exactly the same. Yep, I’m one of those. (At this moment in time, while nursing, anyway.) I gave myself an hour or so to feel really down about it. But then I took at the NSVs I drafted yesterday before I weighed in. I weigh the same, but I’m not the same. I GAINED: - the ability to breathe freely without asthma. This is truly priceless. I have not touched my inhalers in one month. - a peaceful relationship with food. I’m not battling it any longer. I know what makes me feel good. And once I finish the reintros I’ll know what doesn’t! - knowledge and acceptance. I know my body is holding on to this weight because it needs it for nursing. Sure, I can tweak things here or there, but by and large I’ve proved to myself that it just doesn’t want to let go of it right now. I’m going to have to be patient. I am ready to stop nursing for a variety of reasons, but it may take a while for my hormones to catch up. So, what next? I’m going to do reintroductions to see which food group(s) were exacerbating the asthma. I'll have the occasional glass of wine over the next week or so (we’re traveling). I also had bloodwork done on Day 25. In two weeks I will meet with my chiropractor who has nutritional training to review that. Perhaps there are hormonal factors at play that can be worked on. Once I know the bloodwork results, I’ll decide whether to jump into another Whole30. For now, I will stay compliant while at home, avoid whatever it is that’s causing the asthma even when out, and have the occasional glass of wine. But mostly, I am going to enjoy the calm Whole30 has brought to my life and give my body some grace. Read on for details if you’d like. As always, I’m open to any feedback on how to move forward. These forums were an amazing resource through the whole process. NSVs: - Asthma GONE without the use of steroid inhalers - Skin clearer - Nails growing like crazy - Eczema gone - Keratosis pilaris (chicken skin on arms) drastically reduced - On the rare occasions where my alarm goes off before the kids are up, I only press snooze once instead of three or four times - I can see my waist again! hallelujah! - Clothes fit better and I can get into some I couldn’t a month ago - Even energy all day long - More time between meals means more efficient work - Free from cravings. I no longer struggle with food choices. - Not tempted to eat after dinner - I don’t “need” wine to relax anymore - I don’t need to weigh myself every day as I used to What went well: - I rocked it with the homemade condiments: mayo, ketchup, ranch dip and Nom Nom Paleo’s “magic mushroom” seasoning were my favorites - Egg bakes saved my bacon for breakfast - such a time saver, and great to start the day without having to “think” about the meal - Kombucha was the perfect treat instead of wine/beer/cocktails - I made it through Easter with flying colors - I cooked many compliant meals for my extended family (we’re talking large groups of 12-20 people, and they all loved them) - I did NOT evangelize to my family, which is something I’d done in the past, but tried to set a quiet example What could have gone better: - I ate more frequently and had more fruit and potatoes than necessary in the beginning. I was still breastfeeding heavily then (I’m down to one nursing session a day now), so I was nervous about my supply and likely overdid it. All compliant, so no harm done, but once I got down to 3 (large, by my previous standards) meals per day, which was about two weeks in, I felt much better. - Some days I ate 1/2 an avocado at every meal. Maybe I need to dial that back to 1/3. - Still having some skin breakouts but then again I’m in a transitional place hormonally as I slowly stop breastfeeding - Sleep is not a long or solid as I would like, mostly due to kids waking me up - if fact, SLEEP could be the largest factor in the weight hanging on. - I need to drink more water. 62 oz/day isn’t cutting it. What I’ll do in the future, to keep doing better: - Make fruit and potatoes a once a day thing, not an every meal thing - Aim to be in bed by 8 and asleep by 9 - Read for 1hr before bed instead of watching tv - Dial coffee back to one cup per day, replace second cup with matcha - Aim to drink 3 32-oz bottle of water/day - Keep working with my preschooler on not waking us at night when he goes to the bathroom in the middle of the night. He can do it, but it helps when we prep him by talking about it before bedtime. - Let my husband take over the 5:30 feedings when he is home so I can sleep longer - Take measurements to track inches lost, not just weight - Stay on whole 30 at home. I rarely eat out (maybe once a week) so that would be a pretty complaint lifestyle, and I find it easy to do at home. - I won’t go back to having stevia in my coffee. That was the hardest thing to give up, and I think it was triggering a cycle of sugar cravings. In fact I may even give up my almond milk. I think I’m ready to enjoy coffee black, and I like the simplicity of that.
  12. Today the Sugar Dragon reared its head. While I stayed compliant, I fed it with dates/coconut/almonds. NOT the best choice since the dates prob shot up my sugar (and calorie load) and dropped it again. I really want to avoid this tomorrow!! Eek! I have fruit 1-2 times a day, but today I found myself picking at the date rolls all afternoon. They might not get purchased the remainder of this 30 day challenge!! Today's only day 4. AKK! Aviva
  13. I am looking at the meal template and am confused about fats, fruit. The meal template says closed handful of nuts, thumbsize of oils, handfuls of olives (hate olives) and handfuls of shredded coconut plus butters????? And the fruit.....I thought I read somewhere to limit fruit to 2 servings a day????? I can actually do without fruit, maybe an apple or banana, 1 per week.... I do so much better with following macros (concrete boundaries) do you know if you are eating enough? I think I could just sit here and shed a few tears. I was on a program called Ideal Protein from July - December and I lost 40 lbs. I've been floundering since going off it. I am terrified of ending up back where I started. I know what the body does if you don't eat enough. I still want to lose 25ish lbs. I exercise 5-6 days - weights and cardio. PLEASE, is there someone who would be willing to mentor me thru this till I get going??? Patty
  14. Kinnakeet

    Confused By Stevia

    Just starting Whole30 today. If we're supposed to be weaning ourselves off of sweets and things with a sweet flavor, and not supposed to use stevia to sweeten anything, why are we allowed to have fruit that I think is even sweeter than stevia? I had some grapes and pineapple last night that I swear gave me cavities! I love having a cup of herbal tea with a half a packet of stevia. Is that really not allowed? What if I beg?
  15. I know you're supposed to get some good protein prior to working out, but what about during a long run/ride? I'm training for a half marathon, cross training with cycling and some weight lifting, and I want to keep to the spirit of the Whole30 when I run my half (my whole30 ends tomorrow, run is end of November). I used to take gummy worms on long runs (10+ miles) and I'm wondering if dried fruit would be a good alternative to goo, pretzels, and/or other quick carby snacks. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!
  16. I love fruit. Like, looooove it. I don't even crave or desire any other sweets or anything off-plan. But fruit... that's another story. I know that it's recommended to have a moderate serving with meals, or even as a rare snack (mini-meal) so long as it is not eaten alone. Today I was grocery shopping, and I couldn't help but buy some bananas, apples, raspberries, blueberries, and peaches. Not all for me, I do have a family that likes it too. But I pushed my cart out of the store feeling shame, because I know I will not even be able to resist indulging, especially at night. Like, 2-3 pieces of fruit. I know this sounds bad or weird, but my addiction to fruit is my Whole30 secret shame. I literally crave it, and nothing else. Am I being too hard on myself? Do you have any thoughts or ideas about overcoming the need for fruit? (This is my first time posting, please be gentle. 2nd round, day 15)
  17. Hi All, I am new to the whole30 and this is my first post... I feel that I have been doing really well with the program, but I fear that my work constraints have restricted my ability to incorporate enough vegetables into my diet, especially at breakfast. I work in construction so break times are pretty strict and usually i do not have a refrigerator or means to heat anything up at my disposal... I should also mention that I am a relative big guy (6'1" 257lbs when I weighed in at start of program), and am relatively active because of my work (step tracker has been averaging 13,000-15,000 steps a day). Below is a typical day for me and what I eat (FYI I know that I need to get more sleep...). Please offer any suggestions. 3:30AM - Get Up 3:45-4:415 - Bike for 1/2" hr 4:20 - PWO meal: Palm sized piece of organic egg fritata loaded with veggies (tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach) Black organic coffee small (half cupped) handful of blueberries 9:00 - Breakfast Black Coffee from local coffee shop about 2-3 cups of fruit salad (watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, pineapple) 11:00 - occasional snack Banana or peach maybe a few nuts (almonds or pistachios) 12:00/12:30 - Lunch (typically left overs from previous night) Today's lunch is: palm size of walnut crusted pork tender loin 1/2 bunch of grilled asparagus (about 15-20 stems) 1/2 cup of mashed cauliflower 2:30/3:00 - Occasional snack berries, banana, or some other type of fruit occasionally a small handful of almonds 5:30/6:00 - Dinner Typically a well balanced dinner out of Whole 30 cook book w/ a salad (oil and vinegar for dressing) No fruit with dinner 7:30 - Occasional Snack Cup of tea small handful of fruit 10:00-10:30PM - Bed time Please let me know your suggestions (especially for breakfast). I am very dedicated to having a successful whole30 experience, but I want to make sure that I am maximizing its value and not handicapping myself with the amount of fruit that I consume...
  18. I've been digging through the forums today and there seems to be a lot of fruit hating. I'm on Day 11 and am a marathon runner that is using fruit during long runs in addition to at meal time. I thoroughly enjoy fruit when it is in season and do not see the issue with eating it on this plan. I'm not using it to compensate for a lack of sugar, I just like it and feel it adds value to my nutrition. Could someone explain to me why fruit is so bad for you? I don't understand why a lot of people give it up when they are on this plan. Second question, why can't I include fruit in a pre or post workout meal? Prior to the whole30 I would consume carbs before a long run but on this plan it suggests protein and fat. Why not carbs? Last weekend I had a sweet potato before my long run; my body reacted fine and the world didn't end so I'm not sure what I am missing here.
  19. heatherhactenus

    Frozen fruit usage ideas?

    I inherited 3 bags of frozen fruit - peach, blueberry, and mixed berry - shortly before the time I started my current W30 from a friend who was moving, and they've been sitting in my freezer for weeks since I have no idea what to do with them. I don't want them to go to waste, so I'm hoping some of the experts 'round these parts might have some creative ideas. Per the Hartwigs' advice online and in their books, I don't want to make smoothies, and I don't want to make anything that could be deemed SWYPO. I'm also following the AIP grocery template in hopes of helping my psoriasis, so that rules out a few other items that I would have thought to pair the fruit with. Does anyone have suggestions? I'm thinking maybe some kind of sweet/spicy meat or fish glaze would be nice, but without being able to add nightshade-family spices into the mix, I'm not sure what I could use to give it a kick (this is all still very new to me!). Or maybe there's something else completely different I'm not thinking of. I'm trying to avoid simply defrosting and consuming them as they are (especially the berries); it would be nice to use them in the context of a recipe.
  20. Beth49

    OMG - did I goof?

    I had a banana with my eggs for breakfast. I must have screwed up. I could only eat half because it tasted too sweet and too rich. If I eat fruit it's only at breakfast. What's the scoop on these?
  21. New to the program! Day 4 here. I am getting insanely confused about why I can have trader joe's canned coconut milk that has 2g of sugar in it, but I cannot have trader joe's coconut milk that has 0 sugar in it. (This information is coming from google searches that pulled up these forums). I'm also confused why at the same time I CAN have coconut water that has 20g of sugar (or can I actually NOT have that and I'm just reading labels/rules wrong? The brand I have is called Thirsty Buddha, which turned up no results on this forum when searched for.) Is it because that is the natural sugar and it would be LIKE eating the coconut, essentially? When the "can I have" list states fruit juice - what do they mean? I can go out and buy orange juice and put it in a recipe - or I can juice my own orange and have it that way? Is there such thing as a fruit juice that has NO added sugar (or in other words, is there fruit juice that is whole 30 approved?!) I tried for 2 days to research this on my own and I just can't figure it out. I just hear contradictory things, or maybe I'm interpreting the information wrong! please clarify! -Lacey
  22. MarkLA

    How much is too much?

    My daily breakfast usually includes, along with eggs, an apple and approved nut butter. My wife feels that eating the apple and nut butter every day is too much. It's usually the only fruit I eat in a day and definitely the only time I eat nut butter. Is my wife correct?
  23. I just finished my first whole30! I plan on continuing with it. I noticed my energy is more stable throughout the day but not more energy when I run/lift/workout. I actually felt a little slower. I noticed something that said not to eat fruit before a workout?! And not carbs?? Help! Need advice! I've alwayyyyyys eaten a banana before a workout. Sometimes with a spoonful of almond butter. Don't we need carbs before a workout? If you burn carbs and fat during a workout, and you haven't had carbs right before, don't you burn muscle?? I've always been taught to eat sugar and carbs like a banana before a workout. My goal is to lose about 4% fat and gain 5 lbs more muscle.
  24. OK so I've been posting questions like a madwoman so I hope everyone's not sick of seeing my name. Anyway, I dipped my toes into Whole30 condiments by making compliant mayo and ordering a couple of products from Tessemae's. I hated all of the above. I'm really frustrated and want to make something fun and interesting. I've always adored BBQ sauce and I'd like to make some to go with my compliant chicken nuggets. I finally found a recipe that doesn't call for date paste, rather the sweetener is fresh orange juice. I'm scared to death of feeding my raving sugar addiction. (We're talking serious, here). Do you think this will be a problem? Thank you all for helping me out. :-)
  25. Hello I'm on Day 3 of my Whole30 experience and this is my first post as I am really struggling with whether I should have 1 piece of fruit and a daily serve of sweet potato with my meals if I hope to lose weight on the program? I am doing the Whole30 for the overall health benefits but I am also hoping to lose weight. I have about 20kg in total to lose and I hope that the Whole30 will set me up with good, sustainable habits to lose the weight and feel healthier this year. I am 5'2", 80KG and am not currently very active. I would love to hear from more experienced participants and the moderators about whether including 1 piece of fruit and a daily serve of sweet potato would slow my weight loss significantly? Or would they help me enjoy the program more, and therefore help with compliance? I have to admit, its causing me a bit anxiety!! Thanks.