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  1. Sara Liz

    Whole30 - Day31

    So, I did a Whole30 and dragged the McHubs into it with me (for an almost Whole30, because of nightshift) and I had some interesting results. Bear with me, this is a little long. I previously had some food allergen testing done in August 2016 - and dairy (the love of my life) was marked as a pretty high irritant (cow’s milk, specifically - followed by 3 types of cheese and malt). 4 grains, gluten, peanuts, yogurt, and chicken were also listed as irritants. So when I decided to go Whole30, I was already armed with some background info. Guys, no cheese and no wine - no alcohol at ALL- was hard. Label reading was not too much of a challenge, and the cooking was - dare I say it - more fun than I expected, even with McHub’s and I’s busy schedule. Here is a list of what I noticed on my Whole30 before I got down to the brass tacks … taken from a long list. I noticed the following - Undereye circles marginally better - at least in my opinion. Wedding ring fitting better - more comfortable. Less bloating after eating. Better GI stuff. Better seasonal allergies. Less anxious. Feeling in control of food. Fewer carb cravings. Better food relationships/improved disordered habits with food. I listen to my body more. More nutrition in my meals. Better understanding of cravings vs. hunger. Fewer ADHD symptoms. Sounder sleep. No 2pm crash at work. Changed tastebuds - I can tell if diet soda is real or diet again! The tape measure gave some odd results - I added inches in some areas and lost inches in others, which may be why clothes were fitting differently. I lost .2% body fat, which is nothing, and the scale did NOT show the work I put in on food this month - I lost around a pound. Frankly, I was pissed off. I completely committed to eating healthy, avoiding allergens, and eating ‘clean’ for a month, following the rules to a T, and nothing happened on the scale or the tape measure that I can’t explain away with normal body deviations. Especially as this is the longest I’ve gone without binging/emotional eating in a while. I ate well, I didn’t fight with my body about portions, and I got balanced amounts of fresh veggies and protein. I won’t say this month was a waste - but I will say that I am terribly disappointed in my results. McHubs raised the point that while I don’t like my weight where it is, I typically don’t eat junk, and I cut out a lot of unnecessary carbs/grains/etc on a regular basis. Due to this, I have fewer things that I removed from my diet, which may be why I didn’t notice a drastic change in my body. I also haven’t been exercising, which would have likely had an effect. I still am kinda pissed off. #whole30 #beforeandafter #mixedfeelings #healthyeating #frustrated
  2. HELP! We are two men, both 50, married, and living in a city where we have access to amazing produce and organic butcher meats. We followed Whole30 for the entire 30 days and were strict adherents to all of the rules and restrictions. We both love to cook, eat relatively healthy every day, and are both in good health. We are hoping to lose 10-15 pounds each to get back to a really great weight for each of us — somewhere around 150. That is ideal. THE GOOD NEWS. Some pain caused by slight arthritis in my hand disappeared around Day 3-4 and has not returned. Amazing news. I had been waking in pain every morning for 6 months and now I am convinced it is due to food. We are embarking on introducing food back into our diet tomorrow to see what might be causing the problem, but I can thank Whole30 for helping me figure this one out. In addition, everything else is better: sleep, rising in the morning, concentration, digestion, overall emotional state, no crashing mid-afternoon, delicious meals, and an overall feeling of wellness. THE BAD NEWS: Neither of us lost any weight at all. Granted, we are not exercising. We walk our dog, but winter and torrential rain for nearly every day in our normally sunny climate has created a problem for us. We intend to go back to exercising (hikes, bike rides, etc), but neither of us can believe that exercise - or LACK OF - is the culprit here, especially since we have lost weight in other ways in the past with diet alone. Weight Watchers was particularly good for me. Here is the real question for all of you — I cannot believe that cutting out alcohol, dairy, wheat, legumes, gluten, all sugar, and soy and everything else Whole 30 forbids did not result in weight loss. It makes no sense to us at all. Frankly, it made us depressed. Any and all thoughts would be appreciated. (Also, I know our metabolism has slowed down, but still... reducing all of those things, many of which we regularly partake should result in SOME weight loss, no?) Thank you community!
  3. Hi everyone, I was excited about the program and eating healthy for awhile and then this Sunday on day 13 I started to feel itchy behind my ears. I thought nothing of it until the itchiness started to slowly spread to other areas on day 14 and then got incredibly uncomfortable on day 15. Today on day 18, I took a bath with oatmeal to soothe dry skin but within a fews hours the itch became unbearable and burning. This itch and hives went from the back of the ears to my right hand, to my neck, near my left eye to the scalp occasionally, then really red and bad on the belly button. Even the anus, that affected my sleep. At this point it's interfering with sleep and even normal functioning of life. I haven't gotten any answers from my dr because no one can see me (they're booked!). PLEASE HELP, this is unbearable. I've never experienced rashes this intense and widespread. Actually, I have no history of getting rash or hives or any allergic reaction for that matter. I HAVE had tiny bouts of eczema in 1 or 2 places. But this is unlike anything I ever experienced. It's so annoying because my family tells me it's dryness. Believe me, this is not just dryness. I haven't used any new detergents, bathing products or lotions. I did drink a water with Orange Essential Oil and rubbed Ginger Essential Oil on Sunday but I don't think that would be causing this 5-day breakout (i stopped them on Sun). The only difference in my diet is that I've been eating coconut oil/milk, eggs and sweet potatoes almost everyday. I also consuming large amounts of squash/zuchini. Please help me stop these rashes, they're keeping me from functioning!
  4. londonrome

    Help me!

    I am on Day 23 of my Whole30. I am a 23-year-old woman who has always struggled with my weight. I'm 5'10" and weigh about 185...not terribly overweight, but I really should weigh about 20 pounds less. I had several friends who swore by Whole30 and I understood that it was more about being all-around healthy and less about losing weight. I ultimately decided to do Whole30 because I just felt gross, and I believed that this lifestyle would not only make me feel better but also help me lose weight in a healthy way. I thought that these 30 days would be incredibly difficult but rewarding. As it turns out, giving up all my favorite foods was much easier than I had anticipated. Sure, there were some difficult moments, but all in all it really has not been that hard. The hardest thing by far as been not being able to drink in social situations when everyone around me is drinking. I have stayed strong, though, and proudly sipped my sparkling water. Now, I am 23 days in. I am not going to quit simply because I've already made it so far. But I'm going to be honest - I am really, really pissed off and very frustrated. I feel like I have wasted these last 23 days of my life when I could have either been enjoying my life, OR been on a productive diet where I would actually lose weight. I have experienced NO results from Whole30. My primary goal was to lose weight, and I've been reading the emails everyday saying that sometimes the weight loss doesn't come til the very end and it's not about losing weight....I get that. BUT, I have not experienced any other benefits either. I am not sleeping better or more soundly. I have not noticed a difference in my complexion. I have not noticed a change in mood. I have not been anymore energized than normal. I do not feel physically different in anyway, whether it be from a lack of bloating, from less pain, less stomach upset, nothing. I tried to trust this diet/lifestyle change because I really, really want to believe in it. I have been fully faithful and only consumed compliant foods. I have been working out as much as possible and eating the right pre- and post- workout meals. From what I can tell, I am not doing anything wrong. Why is nothing happening and why should I bother making my life less fun for absolutely zero results?? I'm so frustrated! Any thoughts, help, or advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!
  5. Hey guys, I am feeling very frustrated. I am on day 19 and I honestly don't feel any better. Pants that I haven't worn in months because they were too big are now fitting while my regular pants feel tight. My skin feels the same and I'm not feeling like I have any additional energy than normal. In fact, I've been extremely tired the last week. I know the program is 30 days and I'm not going to see everything yet but, I thought I would have some positive side effects by now. Has anyone else experienced this? I don't even really feel like I am missing out on any food. I honestly don't have food cravings or feel like there is something that I can't eat that I wish I could. I have always had a ton of self control with food when I set my mind to it. I have read It Starts With Food and the Whole30 book and I know I am following all the rules so that is definitely not the problem. I mostly just want to hear from some people who have experienced similar frustrations and I wanted to see when things got better for them and when they started feeling the "magic" that Melissa and Dallas reference in the books.