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  1. I officially started my second whole30 on January 2nd (yesterday). So far, so good. Kind of. At 1.5 days in, I suspect I'm already having sugar withdrawal..... brutal headaches and I slept in for work for the first time ever today. Somebody save me now? Is it even possible to have sugar cravings after 1.5 days without sugar?!?!?! Jokes aside, over the last year I have really struggled. I hurt my back and slowly my workouts declined. As my workouts declined, my mental health declined. This combined with starting a new job that loves to feed us (wonderful, but perhaps overly appreciated by this food-dependant emotional eater), I quickly gained 50lbs. That's 50lbs in less than one year. From running distances, completing OCR's, training with Ashley Horner programs (she's a #badass!)...... to not moving at all, and struggling with my mental and physical health. What a drag. Anyhow, I've meal planned and prepped. Tomorrow is major grocery day (after having had to do a "mini" shop to start my whole30). I'm feeling ready and committed! "Fun" things about this journey thus far: my grocery list has never been this long in my life my office is full of sugar and wheat based delicious items like bread.... temptation is everywhere. This alone is probably why I've had a headache all day long. even if you've failed at making mayo a million times.... success is possible. Just buy a new immersion blender. As soon as you start a whole30, you will be invited to an abnormal amount of family dinners. It's like the universe is challenging you on purpose. I look forward to continuing this log as a part of my accountability.
  2. D1R2 Hello my name is Elissa ! I completed my first whole 30 in January of 2016 and I had never felt or looked better. I stayed fairly on track most of 2016. After some life changes and challenges in 2017 my eating habits went downhill. I currently battling anxiety and depression and have never weighed more than I do today. I am bloated, uncomfortable and my face and body feels all over swollen. I cannot remember the last time I slept through the night without waking up. I have decided to commit to at least 30 days of the whole 30 program because I want to feel good again. My appearance and how I feel as resulted in a loss of confidence and I am striving to regain that confidence. I am hopeful that by posting in the forum I will gain support from other whole 30 participants and I will stay motived and committed to the program. If any of you are willing or would like to help me stay focused on the journey I would really appreciate it. During my first whole 30 I belonged to a facebook group. We posted daily and it really helped me stay on track and be accountable for my action.
  3. MoonKisses


    Hello all, I was wondering if anyone has had any success with shrinking fibroids on this program? I am looking to start my fibroid shrinking journey and whole30 seems like a good place to start. Thanks in advance.
  4. Lady Bratface

    Whole 30 with Gout

    So, this is the second week on the program for my husband and I, and he has been struck down with a horrible flair of gout since day 4. It's so bad that he's not able to walk at all. It's the worst flair-up he's ever had. I'm /SO/ disappointed in this program that preached how eating this 'healthy' way was the cure for inflammation and pain conditions. Before I lose my temper completely, I want to reach out and see if anyone else has been struggling with this. My husband is amazingly still eating on program despite the pain he's in and being off work the past three days because he can't walk. I'm not sure this program is worth it if he's going to have this spike in his pain eating this way. The program wasn't supposed to make people worse than they started. Please help! The Brat <3
  5. loser_bride

    Heart Rate During Whole 30

    I am currently on day 16 of my Whole 30 journey and following the program as exact as possible, poor fiance hates that I spend more time reading labels anymore.. I know there is a curve from going from sugar energy to fat adapted and I'm slowly getting my runs longer and faster, however I'm experiencing something new... My resting heart rate has dropped since starting Whole 30 from 65/67 to 59/60 but my running heart rate has jumped through the roof. Example: Resting heart rate today as 59, but my 4 mile run of a 9:35, 9:24, 9:14 and lastly 8:44 had my heart rate well above 155-172 at it's highest. Has anyone else experienced this before? I have done about 20 half marathons and am not new to running in any respect. The above times are significantly slower than I was running pre-Whole 30 but the heart rate has gotten higher. Really trying to get a grasp on this whole thing. Thanks so much for any and all advice!! I feel like I'm some anomaly at the moment.
  6. Michelle V


    My friend and I are just about to start the program. We want to do our planning and research first. I have been reviewing the approved foods, supplements, etc. However I have been taking Isotonix (anti-oxidant, Vit A, B, C, D, K, and calciuma) as a regular part of my health regime and know what the consequences are of not taking them. I have read the labels. I would like to maintain this. Is there anyone else that may have been in the same boat? I searched the site but did not see it.
  7. habitualpurpose

    Starting TODAY 8/18/17

    Hi all Its been a long time since I've done a Whole30...TOO LONG!! I am now in a situation where I've put weight back on, I feel like crud and I'm not as strong as I'd like to be. It's been a tough few years with a son who has spent much time in the hospital and me stress eating and putting my own health on the back burner. Now I have hip arthritis and am looking at hip replacement surgery in mid November. I need to get my $&[email protected] together and get my health in order. My goals: - Slay the sugar dragon - Reduce inflammation - Feel more in control and eliminate the stress eating - Sleep better - Improve overall health - Lose weight (it really does need to happen to help ensure a smooth surgery experience) Glad to have others on the journey with me! Cheers!
  8. Does anybody know the kind I am talking about.....crippling calf/foot/leg cramps waking me up in the middle of the night. I have no idea if there's any truth to this but I used to get these and my doctor told me it had to do with a potassium deficiency and that I should eat bananas. Obviously, I have severely cut down on my banana intake since I started this two weeks ago. Or maybe potassium is not the issue at all. I have no idea.... any advice?
  9. CozzaWozzaBozza

    Legit general question re Whole30

    Hi there, I am seriously considering doing a family Whole 30 but I have a burning question which I have not seen answered in It Starts with Food or the Whole 30 book. The premise of the book/method is to find a foundation for health, not weight loss or ....., but health. If I was to mimic a diet of a people group who are the most healthy, you would look in the Blue Zones who have a reputation for long life and a lack of disease. My query is, if I look at these people groups, they all eat foods which are not Whole30 compliant, eg. rice, legumes, grains. True health it seems is not linked to specific foods, but a lifestyle of one which involves movement, sunshine, lack of stress, whole foods made from scratch and community/togetherness. My family does not have any health concerns so if my long term intention is to reintroduce some of these foods into our diet, is a Whole30 worth the planning, expense and rules based lifestyle for a month for other reasons? I am a foodie who loves all things food and the thought of cutting out whole food groups, even for a month seems extreme, but I would do it for a challenge, if nothing else. I get why people would do it as a guided elimination diet, but I don't see it as long term or necessary for good health. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance, Corrie
  10. hulmerous

    Too much sausage?

    I finished my Whole 30 a few weeks ago and am trying to maintain the basic guidelines. I have found the 2 easiest (and well-paired) proteins to be sausage and eggs... The sausage I buy is always Whole30 compliant, but most of my life, I've thought sausage was "very unhealthy." Is that an old wives tale? If I'm limiting other damaging foods like grains, sugar, dairy, then am I fine? Or should I be limiting how much I eat sausage as my protein (to 1-2x a week, for example)? Thank you!
  11. thisTimeWin

    Starting September 9!

    I'm starting my whole 30 September 9. I'm really excited but super nervous. Is anyone else out there starting 9Sep? Let's keep each other honest!
  12. Hey there! I have dabbled with Paleo in the past and have found it really effective. I'm a dancer and when I was in full time training, I adopted a paleo based diet and found it very beneficial. I am getting ready to go on tour in December and really need to get my strength, fitness and body back in order. As well as regular training, I need to get serious about my food again and this seems like the best way to go about it all! I'm excited and looking forward to feeling healthy and happy about my body. i will be starting on the 3rd of August as I can't go without coffee this week, extremely late working hours at the minute, 4 am hello! Any other athletes or dancers starting around this time, so we can help and encourage eachother?? Cheers!! Dee
  13. FierceFabulousConfident

    Living my life!

    Hello! I'm Shannon, I'm a food addict. In fact, I'm a recovering binge eater and laxative user. My first binge was when I was about 8 years old during a argument my parents were having. And so started my new way of coping. I was raised by two people who seemed like they had everything going for them on the outside, but they were actually not as they seemed. They decided to adopt me when I was 10. I was emotionally abused and so were the other kids that were adopted. They had a hold on me that I can't even explain to this day, I knew something was off and so I turned to food. When I was in high school, I started figuring out what was off and started trying to control my eating. Thus began 10 years of yo-yo dieting and only gaining weight. I moved out when I was 20, but it wasn't far enough away, they still controlled me. So when I turned 21 I moved to Chicago to be with my high school boyfriend and then when we were 23 we moved to Los Angeles. When I was 24 I slowly started to work on my past and try and overcome my binge eating, it back fired and the abuse continued. I started taking laxatives to try and control the binges. I got engaged to my wonderful high school sweetheart just before I turned 25! Again, I tried working on things with my adoptive parents and again it didn't work. I had to cut off all communication, it was tough. They stalked me and called me a liar, but I stood fast. Now as my 26th birthday has just rolled past and my upcoming wedding approaches, I realized I still continue to let them control me even without them in my life physically. I'm constantly living my life on the sidelines. I'm not doing that anymore, I'm reaching out to get help (from a therapist (soon, hopefully)) and from anyone that I can. This Whole30 will be one of the hardest things I've done, I can promise you that. But, I'm looking forward to completing something.I'm looking forward to the benefits. I won't lie, I'm concerned about the weight loss, but what really enticed me was the fact that I could control my cravings by eliminating my triggers. That I could have more energy. That I could have health benefits. That I could live.
  14. zBeverly

    Slaying the Sugar Dragon

    So here I am on the eve of starting my first W30. What do I hope to gain from it? Why am I doing it? Is it just another fad food thingy/diet I'm trying? Hmmm. Why have I spent the last 2 weeks or so pretty much eating anything I want, making sure I "get them in" before I dive in? It's what I've always done in the past, before embarking on a major change. I'm a 53 year old Wife/Niece/Grandma/Child-of-God/Aunt/Great Aunt/Sister who's pretty much always had some issues with food, with over consuming the 'bad stuff' like ice cream, sugar, cookies, popcorn, potato chips. Lots of emotional or stress eating. I used to have eating disorders. Now I still have mini binges, times when I'm completely ruled by consuming food, but they are less common and no where near the same extent as times in the past and not as long. Why can't I let this go? I'm thinking "It Starts with Food" explains it. I'm not fat (not skinny either) but I have a layer of fat that will not go away. From all I'm reading it's where I'm storing up toxins. Why do this? In the past year or so I was re-diagnosed with osteopenia...I am losing bone density. My dentist asked me if I knew because she could see it in my jaw. YIKES. I say re-diagnosed because they told me this over 10 years ago. So I've 99.8% cut out soda, changed my eating somewhat, and exercise more frequently (except lately). I have had a Morton's Neuroma for over 3 years now. Tried many things, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, cortisone and some sort of freezing injections (lots), ultrasound to no avail. Most everyone says next step is surgery. It won't go away. My new Chiropractor says it's also gut related, that people with them have gut issues, might not need surgery. Hmm, it isn't as bad when I'm not eating sugar. Hmm. I deal with Raynaud's Syndrome sometimes and have since college (my finger tips/toes will go white and or numb especially in the cold). There's drugs for this, nope. I have TMJ, worsened by the bone density issue. I've never been 'regular' till I met Magnesium. I'm in the midst of Menopause. I have periodic joint issues and my knees are close to bone-on-bone. A few times in my life my hands get so weak that I can't open water bottles or undo my watch latch. My paternal grandmother was an invalid brought down by rheumatoid arthritis. My parents' generation all have had some form of cancer (except my Mom); Dad died at age 59 riddled with it. One brother is pre-diabetic, a double-cousin is diabetic. All the women ahead of me have lost up to 3 inches in height, my mom more like 4 inches. So the epigenetic factors are there. Lately there has been stress and I've been in Scarlett O'Hara mode...will think about it tomorrow. In the last year or so: My husband has had his ascending aorta replaced (like open heart surgery with a twist), chronic pain and a surgery for skin cancer. Our office is in Ferguson and the only reason our building didn't burn down was someone stomped out the molotove cocktail thrown in the upstairs/un-boarded window, now our business is bad and I'm considering a career change while my husband runs it. My Uncle/second Dad passed with cancer. There have been some other family issues. Our sweetest dog died unexpectedly, ripped from our lives overnight. Another dog almost died, 'my dog', spending 30 hours in intensive care Halloween time. One of my closest friends had a golf ball sized tumor removed from her brain while another close friend ended up in the hospital and now has a rare lung disease causing her to move to a warmer climate. I was in the Best In Show with only professional handlers. I have awesome grandkids. I have a loving husband and 3 great dogs. I have a good life overall so no stressing over the details! I'm not sure if this is a public or private log as I write this. I'm not whining. I'm logging. In writing it down I establish my new baseline of health. I'm seriously looking for NSV...non-scale victories. I will know them as I feel them. My goals: 1. Make it through the W30...I didn't realize how pervasive bad food choices are in our lives. 2. Learn the W30 and enjoy cooking again but in a new way (while incorporating some of the old way for my husband). 3. View it as an adventure, an experiment. 4. Log it. What am I gaining? Reduced inflammation and increased bone density!! An understanding of how I'm addicted to today's food-like substances. How does my body feel? How am I 'feeling' toward food? 5. Incorporate what I've cut out one category at a time to see what it does. Decide if worth it all, part or none of the time for the future. My mantra: Progress, not perfection. My name: Beverly (or Amma if you're a grandkid) If someone else is reading this, may success be yours because you have worked for it. Savor it.
  15. meredithm1

    First Day of My First Whole30

    I actually started yesterday, but what's an extra day of health? :-) My sister did this back in October, and is planning to do it again. She's the one who convinced me to try it, but she's dragging her feet now, lol! I'm here mostly for health and energy benefits, though I'll take any weight loss that comes with it. I just turned 50 and I have a 9 year old son, so I've got to get as healthy as pssible for the long run. I'd love to find some like-minded friends here; I think we'll be that much more successful if we support each other. Breakfast was a small sweet potato and 2 poached eggs. I may have a half grapefruit shortly. Coffe with no sugar - I thought it would be disgusting, but I threw it over ice, and it was surprisingly easy. Acid reflux is kicking in, but I hope that'll go away with a little time. How about you?
  16. When I committed to the Whole30, part of me went into it with a “diet†mindset as much as a mindset to find a solution to annoyances including allergies, hormone nuttiness, unreliable sleep and sluggish energy. I kind of figured I'd get through the 30 days, half assuming that I'd wind up somehow disappointed or resigned to reverting to my slovenly ways when it was over (because I was not very happy with myself when this started, you see). Well, this long-ass post is to tell you that A#1) Today is Day 30, and B#2) I have learned more about myself in these 30 days than I ever would have expected. I've learned that: I don't in fact need a glass (or two or three…) of wine every day. I have not lost my sense of humor, my charm or my creativity without it. I don't even need it to wind down or as a “sleep aide.†Cheese apparently has nothing to do with my physical or emotional well-being or survival. Sugar withdrawal can induce crazy vivid dreams to rival those I've only experienced on a nicotine replacement patch. When my body is sufficiently nourished, I don't crash. For the first time possibly ever, I don't find myself hitting the wall that requires a snack/mid-day coffee/nap. When my body is sufficiently nourished I don't crave anything. Really. And “noshy†just doesn't happen. Moving through day to day, week to week without the expectation of weighing in creates a clarity that allows me to notice how I feel, rather than worrying what I weigh. I am finally learning the language of my body, and how to tune in and listen. It is nearly impossible to find a healthful, all-natural, pre-packaged food. Convenience comes at the cost of processing, additives, chemicals and preservatives. Then again, lots of veggies, fruits, nuts and my two new favorites – hard boiled eggs and leftovers – are convenient when you have a plan. I have a new-found love for: Eggs, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Coconut Oil, Mason Jars, Avocados, Almond Butter, Bone-in/Skin-on Chicken, Mashed Cauliflower, Licorice Tea and 10pm Bedtime. I feel so damn good that I plan to continue until Easter, and then begin the reintroduction phase. And now I know that I can trust my body to let me know what works and what doesn't when the time comes. I've experienced a shift in my relationship with food, and a surprising development of respect for my self and my body. I'm glad I stuck with it. That is all. Thank you. I mean it: THANK YOU!
  17. SJaneH


    Hi I was wondering if anyone else had been grumpy since starting the Whole30? I am on day 19 and despite not having many cravings, not really feeling bad about it at all, simply feeling great and energized- I seem to have a really short temper since starting it. I posted this in women's in case it's just hormones or something but I'm not usually this grumpy and wondered if anyone else was the same and changed something to solve it? I'm still going to the gym and excercising which is usually the reason I would be grumpy so I thought it might be the diet but don't know why... Any ideas/support would be appreciated- I don't want to be a healthy person but a grump to be around!
  18. I have just accepted a position downtown I am located in River North. I am finding it difficult to dial in a whole30 compliant habit here (there is SO much good food and restaurants everywhere!) Just want to put my foot out and introduce myself to anyone who might be in the area who is pursuing this program and want to successfully get through the program, and maybe offer some tips.
  19. ErinK

    Beating Addiction

    I am a week from finishing my first official Whole30 but my success story starts a little over a year and a half ago. I read Melissa's story and it really hit home for me and made me appreciate her, and her and Dallas' program even more. I struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for many years and when I lost a friend to an overdose I got a frightening reality check. The tragedy opened my eyes to the very REAL possibility that my addiction could and probably would kill me. When I still couldn't stop I knew that I needed help and couldn't do it on my own. I checked myself into rehab and immersed myself completely into my recovery. Everything else in my life took a backseat to my recovery (including healthy eating and exercise). This was important for me to do because I needed all my time, focus, and energies to go into getting clean. When 90 days rolled around I was feeling great but not great enough. I decided it was time to expand my healthy lifestyle changes to eating and fitness. I began eating paleo, encouraged by my brother, and started doing cardio. I dropped weight quickly and my confidence was growing. My urges to use were becoming few and far between as my activity levels increased. I began weight training about a year ago and made friends with people from the gym. I found a community there and got such amazing support and encouragement in my fitness efforts. At my 1 year sober mark I couldn't even remember what having an urge was like because all my focus was on fitness and my health. I felt better than ever, I looked better than ever, and I was truly happy. Diet was still a bit of a struggle, however, as my sweet tooth was a bit out of control. I ate strict paleo but still exhibited some of my old addictive behaviors with cravings for sweets. I also had issues with overconsuming so when I heard about the Whole30 it really peaked my interest. I decided to commit to it the day I got back from vacation (after a sugar free for all) and I am really loving the way I'm feeling and how my relationship with food is changing. I am eating for nourishment and not consumed by cravings anymore. I am also noticing changes in my body (but that's an added bonus). I feel healthier than I've ever felt, more energetic, and happier. I cannot say enough good things about this program. Thank you Melissa and Dallas for helping me, and thousands of others, make positive changes.
  20. Veinly, I admit I started the Whole30 to get rid of my gut (2 kids later, years of working out, triathlons... every trainer/instructor I have ever come across has commented losing the gut is not about working out, but what I put in my mouth. However, as I read the book and re read about foods, I am more intrigued with ridding my body of plantar faciitis that's been plaguing me since June 2012, and a annually recurring bout with tendonitis in my rotator cuff that I am now in physical therapy for. After mutlple injections of cortisone, naproxen, staying off it, icing with a frozen water bottle, sleeping with the night cast on... I am looking at laser surgery. With all the testimonials, it seems like this (whole30 and beyond) might do the trick. I am completing day 8 and have chose to no longer taking anti nflammatories. Not because I am pain free, because I want to be aware of the pain. I am falling into that category of impatient. I recall people saying they started to notice around day12 a difference in their inflammation pain, as in 2 weeks seems to be a turning point. Is this really the case? I thought maybe nuts were the culprit and first removed almonds and switched to macademia and cashew, limiting them to 1x per day. Now I am 2 days with complete elimination of nuts. I am committed to 100% of this eating regime, I am sorely frustrated by not being to workout to the magnitude I am accustom to. Can anyone who this has helped Plantar Faciitis/other joint tendonitis comment... Thanks.
  21. Hello all, I really need some advice! My (excuse my lack of a better term and my obvious disdain here) moron of an ex husband feeds our children absolute garbage! Think pizza, cookies, kraft mac and cheese, and- oh the horror- McDonalds. He is the quintessential "Disney Dad"- no discipline, shows up bearing gifts or goodies EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. His latest parenting fail involved buying my four year old a plastic gun and allowing him to shoot my ex in the face without so much as a "no sir we do NOT shoot people"...of course, I ripped the gun from my son's hand and could harldy fathom why he would bring a gun over in the first place, let alone completely disregard the behavior and subsequently act like I was a nutcase for getting so upset. Hence, EX! The problem I have is that I would like to make my kids paleo at my house, but I fear the constant switching back and forth between no gluten and then an onslaught of sugar and grains will be even more detrimental. He refuses to listen even though he typically eats healthy and wouldn't eat the crap he feeds our boys. Am I correct in this assumption? I just know that the longer I am "clean" the worse it is if I get glutened. Of course I still feed them the most nutrient dense stuff that they will eat, but they are resitant because they don't have consistency between the households. They love grilled chicken, broccoli, sweet potatoes and a variety of other fruits and veggies, but heaven forbid I tried to feed them fish or take their yogurt away. I have managed to replace their milk habit with Bolthouse Farms "Green Goodness" mixed half with water. They LOVE that stuff(so do I, truth be told)! I just feel like they eat the same stuff over and over and still want bagels and graham crackers, if not m&m's and other such disasters. Plus, I hate being the "bad" parent. Yes, I realize the irony here, but explain that to a two and four year old. I apologize for the lengthy post, but I am so frustrated and would appreciate any suggestions! Thank you in advance:)