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  1. I am so hangry right now.. I'm curious to see what everyone's daily meal plans looks like. Right now mine is something like this (but again, this is day 1): 1: 6 prunes and a hand full of almonds 2: 2 clementines 3: Salad with 2 hand fulls of spinach/arugula, 1 hand full of cabbage, 1/2 avocado, splash of balsamic vinegar & EVOO 4: 2 hand fulls of carrots and a hand full of almonds 5: 1 sweet potato with whole mustard I also consume a gallon+ of water a day and have the occasional cup of black coffee. I don't think I am consuming enough of anything but I didn't get hungry until now (5:00pm). So maybe this is normal? I didn't do enough planning so I am worried about staying on track and using a sustainable meal plan. Any help is greatly appreciated. Friendly reminder: I need VEGAN suggestions and examples, not vegetarian. Thank you so much in advance! All the best, Stephanie
  2. Hello, This is the first time I've posted. Didn't want to but I really want this to work and I'm befuddled as to what is happening. I'm hoping someone may be able to give me some guidance or suggestions. I'm on day 22 and my head is still foggy, I'm tired, my skin is feeling itchy and dry and having the closest to a breakout in months and the bags under my eyes and dropped to new depths. I'm still feeling weaker than I did before I started the program. Yesterday I was about to rip a new one for anyone who dared look at me the wrong way. I thought this phase would be well and truly over. My friend, who said she felt amazing after a couple of weeks, is a bit confused too. A sample of a typical day's menu: Breakfast- coffee with cashew milk, ghee and coconut oil frittata with veggies, avocado and smoked salmon if I have them to hand Lunch- Baked potato - either sweet or white - tuna mayonnaise, lettuce, beetroot Supper- Whatever the family wants but a bit changed so I can eat it e.g. bolognese with zucchini spaghetti and veg. Chicken and roast potatoes etc... Before bed I have what we lovingly describe in our house as my disgusting drink - maca, cacao and spirulina mixed with water. I just drink kombucha, water and coffee (one or two cups daily). I stopped drinking kombucha a couple of days ago as my friend thought it could be the sugar that is causing issues. I use a lot of ghee and I'm wondering if maybe I'm making it wrong but I sieve it well using 2 pieces of kitchen paper and the ghee is completely clear once drained. If anyone thinks they know what I'm doing wrong or have any suggestions or tips I really would love to hear from you. Thanks so much, Helen
  3. Hi all! I'm on R1D7 and up until yesterday I have been feeling FABULOUS. For breakfast I have some sort of egg with some sort of veggies (spinach/mushrooms/peppers/potatoes) occasionally avocado and usually a banana. For lunch its usually a salad with some sort of protein from dinner and a small amount of berries. for Dinner its usually two palmfulls of protein, tons of veggies, and some sort of potato - and I'm including some sort of fat at each meal (between dressing/olives/butters/avocado/mayo) but for the past two days (day 6 and day 7) I have had terrible heartburn and not much of an appetite- should I be concerned or is this just my body adjusting? side note: I don't normally get heartburn so this is new to me- also I feel bloaty and kind of blah- and I haven't weighed myself but definitely don't feel like I've lost an ounce over the past week :( Although I've been eating super clean and used to eat like garbage.
  4. Hello. This is my first time doing Whole30. I have fibromyalgia and a gluten allergy. I am on Day 9. ALWAYS when I eat I get incredibly cranky, dizzy, and tired to the point of not being able to stand up. Since starting this diet ALL of those problems have gone away. I’ve had so much energy, I don’t get dizzy and cranky when I eat, and I haven’t taken any involuntary naps after eating. Until today. It’s come back and I’m looking for advice as I’m scared, because I was so relived everything was going well. For context, I haven’t slipped or cheated. Last night I ate out for the first time, I had unseasoned boiled chicken and green beans and broccoli at Applebee’s thought. Today my menstraul cycle started. And what I just ate was chili lime chicken breast Cobb salad recipe from the Whole30 instagram. 20 minutes after eating I got extremely dizzy and cranky. I got so tired I couldn’t stand. I had to lay down and legitimately fought to stay conscious and couldn’t. This hasn’t happened since I started the diet and I desperately don’t want it to start again because it’s scary. If anyone has been through this or has any idea what’s happening to me, I’d really appreciate the input. I was really happy being healthy for once. Thanks
  5. Day 16 and I feel worse than when I started. I sleep less, and I am tired all the time. I was hoping day 14 would start to feel better but I am sluggish and irritable, still. Not sure anything has happened with my weight. I have been constipated and had headaches, more now than at the beginning. What am I doing wrong?
  6. Hi, I sure hope I get some response to this as I am *only* on Day 2 of W30, but each day done is a victory, amiright? Anywho, you guys: I am probably the most picky person on the planet. Can someone help me with the following: Finding food that make me feel full. This was my menu yesterday: Breakfast: scrambled eggs made w ghee Banana Water Lunch: W30 Compliant Deli Turkey (3 slices) Salad w tomatoes, cucumbers, shredded carrots - NO dressing: as I attempted the W30 Ranch and must've done something wrong Watermelon cubes 3. Dinner: Rosemary Pork Chops w Potatoes & Onions Cucumbers Pineapple I do NOT like, hard boiled eggs, nor do I like nuts/seeds of any sort, almond butter, avocado, coffee. Send help. My snacking consists of a few grapes! Ideas????? I am a mama and have to have ENERGY to go!! Any help/tips/suggestions is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO appreciated!!! Much love!
  7. This is my first round of the Whole30 (5 days in). I found the weekend a little isolating because I was afraid to join my friend for dinner and drinks. I just can't trust myself that much yet. I was wondering if anyone had any specific tips other than the ones listed in the blog. I live in Houston, Texas, so there aren't many Whole30 friendly restaurants (at least the ones I have frequented). I don't want to be a shut-in for the 30 days, but my friends are a little confused about what to do with me since I'm not up for the usual tacos and beer.
  8. HI!! so i am on day 12, and there has been a death in my boyfriends family so we are flying back to his home (4 hour flight) on Sunday and returning back on Wednesday.. considering the situation, i will not be able to ask them to modify and meals, or be able to travel to a grocery store. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. please, any tips/tricks for a situation like this? i do not want to start the whole30 over, nor do i want to accidentally eat something i shouldn't, and have stomach issues (if you know what i mean) while on this short trip. I am thinking about packing some things in my suitcase, but i can only pack so much that wont parish.
  9. JMT1127

    Trying this again...

    Hi all! I'm a 38 year old mom to a 18 month old little girl and I need to get healthy. My husband and I want to eat healthy and change our lives. I have fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and was just diagnosed with premature ovarian failure which is an autoimmune disorder. I am overweight and honestly.... I feel miserable most days. I love my child and my husband so much but I have no energy and can't move easily so every day is hard. My doctor told me I NEED to do a Whole 30 to do a restart of my system and I'm totally ready....about 3 years ago I tried and lasted about 20 days. So, I'm back again and I need ideas before I really start of how to do this as easily as possible with a toddler and with low I want to be successful and I've started making my grocery list. But, give me SIMPLE meal ideas. I think simple is key for me. Thank you!! I'm excited to feel better.
  10. Ketchdesign

    First Day Concerns

    Already panicked, took one look at seven day readymade menu, I do not know how to cook, and do not have time to make an egg frittattatta for breakfast, I need simple easy stuff to do, driving a friend to Iowa City for Hospital care, picking him up at noon, have no idea what to eat coming and going (2hour drive both ways) or how long I will be in waiting rooms this afternoon. Had two eggs for a quick breakfast and water, maybe I just don't eat until I get home again?
  11. Hello, I had a greatly successful Whole30, ending on 2/13/18 (my second). On Valentine's Day and the days following, I ruined the reintroduction phase by not spacing out the reintroduction of different food groups. By the end of the week (2/16 and 2/17) I needed a mid-day nap and felt like I had no energy to get through the day. I decided to go back on Whole30 to fix what I did, but I've had a nonstop headache (pretty much ever since 2/14.. almost two weeks now) that is not responding to medication. Will this go away? I'm considering going to the doctor. I did not experience any of these symptoms on my previous Whole30. Thanks!!
  12. Hi all! I am on Day 17 of my first Whole30. I just landed a great job, and they are flying me to Germany in a few weeks for 10-12 days. However, the day I depart is 4 days after I'm done with Whole 30, meaning 4 days into my reintroduction schedule... I was excited about seeing how different foods make me feel as I reintroduce them, but I also don't want to not pass up an opportunity to eat (and drink) while I'm there (in moderation, of course!)! I'm also nervous about trying to make sure I'm only eating certain foods on certain days while I'm there...especially since I don't know the language at all (I know most people speak English), but there's also the cultural differences to overcome and I don't want to make anything awkward with my new team when food is involved! The company is planning everything in terms of flight, hotel, etc. I won't have a car, and I'm not even sure if I'll be near a grocery store. I've also never flown internationally and don't know if it will be too difficult to be following the reintroduction that day, I'll be at "Day 4: Evaluate non-gluten grains" I know the answer is probably no, but is there any way to speed up the reintroduction plan? Alternatively, what if I cut the 30 days by 2-3 days? I know, this is blashpemy and I'm sorry to be bringing it up—and it's called Whole 30 for a reason! I'm just trying to find a solution. I know I can do Whole 30 again, but I've been making good progress and the next time I can realistically do Whole 30 is in June, so I want to make the best of this! Any advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated!!!!!! Thank you!
  13. I apologize for what will surely be a LONG intro post... I've been having a variety of issues so far in my Whole30, the biggest ones being the common "loose" stool problem and also being hungry between meals/needing self-contained snacks. As a college student going for my BFA in musical theatre, I have LONG 12 hour days with multiple dance classes + occasional trips to the gym (trying to work on my strength since dance requires it but is a lot of cardio), and to top it all off, I have very little money for groceries, AND am a horrible cook. Looking for suggestions for my ailments (I will try cutting back on eggs, which I love but have been eating almost every morning, and cashews, which are my main snack/fat source but are probably causing my digestive issues): any afforable meal preps, since I am short on time to cook during the week?? And snacks I can grab and go? I feel I am eating enough at each meal because I feel satiated but also suffer from grumbly, angry tummy post-meal--but then again, maybe I'm not because I'm always hungry between meals? Always looking for better fat sources (I don't think I'm getting enough); I despise olives, and I like avocado, but usually not on its own. Need to cut the nuts. THANKS FRIENDS
  14. So I'm still fairly new to this whole 30 deal which is why I'm kind of starting to stress about a meal that is taking place tomorrow. I have babysat for a family all summer and tomorrow is my last day so they are treating me to lunch at benihanas which is a hibachi/sushi place. Has anybody found anything whole 30 compliant or am I completely doomed? I was thinking I could ask them to make special accommodations and order hibachi chicken with no butter and ask that it be cooked in only olive oil with a little bit of salt and pepper to season and then pair it with double veggies instead of rice and ask that they be cooked the same way. Do you think this would be a reasonable choice? I obviously wouldn't eat the soup and then the salad would come out plain and I would imagine they would have oil and vinegar on the side. Or, should I go with some sort of rice-less sushi. I'm at a complete loss when it comes to sushi so any help much appreciated! The thought of failing on Day 3 due to a meal that I have no choice but to attend would be upsetting.
  15. Hi, there. On day 6 I was a bit light headed and realized I didn’t eat much for dinner. I ate a slice of my daughter’s applegate turkey and didn’t realize the carrageenan in it was non-compliant. Start over/extend? It was one slice but I want to make sure I’m not overthinking this. Thanks!
  16. Hi There, I am on Day 8 and have been sliding through with out much issue until Day 6 or 7. I had energy, I wasn't having crazy cravings. However now I'm having building stomach pain and issues. My stomach has been really hurting (like sharp pains) and I am definitely having some weird bowl movements - kind of like what others describe when your body isn't consuming the fat. I have some existing issues with mild to moderate IBS but this is way different/worse. I'm seeing some oil/floating in the bowl movements, urgent need to go and again a lot of stomach pains. If this doesn't stop I don't know how much longer I can force myself into eating this way. I also am feel so sick of meat and animal's really grossing me out which is weird because I'm very much a carnivore normally. What I'm eating: Breakfasts Chia pudding with blueberries and coconut milk Egg, two pieces bacon, cauli rice Avocado pesto, zoodles, egg Lunches Waldorf Salad with Avocado Mayo and Lettuce Cup Chipotle Salad Paleo Tandori Chicken, squash, spinach, sweet potato Dinner Lettuce wrap burgers Steak with a pepper relish and watercress side salad Paleo options on Sunbasket Taco meats with onion and pineapple on lettuce wrap, side salad with olive oil/vinegar Snacks/Beverages Sparkling water (always have consumed a lot) Nut milk latte or bullet proof coffee (occasional) RX Bars Paleo Jerkey Apple with cashew or walnut butter Pate Frozen Grapes Berries in Coconut Milk, Shredded Coconut A couple of notes: I am taking the calm drink and trying probiotics, trying to drink more water, did tea last night, I know I'm eating a fair amounts of nuts and cauliflower and those are irritants so I've laid of those some but that hasn't helped. I am feeling very much like my body needs some kind of non gluten grain to process all the fat. Please help!!!
  17. Hi everyone this is my first Whole30 and overall I think it's going really well. Today is the halfway mark and I just can't get this off my mind. I have been a vegetarian/vegan for the past 9 years and am now eating animal protein because I am a firm believer that the soy and grain replacement products for meat have been extremely detrimental to my health. I also can't see a way to get enough protein from just plants themselves. Many vegans out there may disagree with me, but after 9 years of trying to nourish myself I am only left with IBS and other inflammatory problems in my body. On the Whole30 my energy is still leveling out but overall I feel much better. HOWEVER, I can't help but feel like I am eating way too much animal meat! I have reinforced my belief system for so long that humans can live healthy, long, sustainable lives completely from plants and too much meat can ruin your health. The Whole30 is really shaking up this value. I have especially drank the cool-aid when it comes to the negative affects of the meat industry on climate change. On Whole30, the only way I can seem to make meals work is if there is an animal protein on the plate. I suppose it's a bit of an existential crisis for me. Does anyone have any research, reflections, or thoughts on this topic they would like to share with me? I know this is not the majority. Most people go through this epic lifestyle change to become vegetarians/vegans and here I am going in the opposite direction. Thank you in advance for all of your help.
  18. Hi all! This is my first go at Whole30 and so far I feel pretty great! I should start by saying I wanted to try Whole30 because I believe I have a hormonal imbalance of some kind (I am in my mid-20’s and have dealt with depression, menstural irregularities, lethargy, difficulty gaining weight/low BMI, low appetite, and troublesome skin since I was a teen). About 6 months ago my appetite was healthy for the first time in years and I startrd gaining weight (although I had weight to gain, it wasn’t necessarily healthy weight because I wasn’t eating very healthy foods) and my period was shockingly regular for the first time in years. I went from having literally no idea when it would arrive, to having it begin on the 12th or 13th of the month every month for the last six months. I should mention I have been on the Mirena IUD for the last 3 years and while it helped by making my periods significantly lighter, they were still unpredictable and lasted 8 days on average. I should also mention I have been anemic since I was a teen but I found a good iron supplement that agrees with my digestion about a year ago and have not been tested since to determine if I am still anemic. This would lead to miserable, long, painful periods to the point I need to load up on painkillers to go to work, and I have missed many events due to my period prior to getting thr IUD and having lighter periods (most so light a pantyliner was sufficient - I have probably worn maybe 10 light tampons in the last 3 years whereas I used to have to change my “overnight” tampons multiple times a day and actually passed out on campus once in college due to overwhelming pain and lightheadedness). Now that you have a bit of backstory, my question is this: why would Whole30 make my period arrive a week early after only 6 days on the program? My last period ended about 2 weeks ago! I am eating lots of fats in an effort to maintain my weight. Also lots of iron-rich foods. In general I feel great, especially the last couple days, no overwhelming cravings and food boredom hasn’t hit too hard yet. My energy is the best it’s been in a long time, and I’ve also taken this opportunity to remove caffeine from my diet altogether. I should also mention this period is probably the heaviest it’s been since I got the IUD in (but not nearly as bad as prior to), and there was some cramping and acne but not as bad as usual. I also am very emotional and have gotten weepy over things I usually wouldn’t. That said, my depression/malaise have taken a hike as well (in this case weepy/depressed are very different) and I really haven’t felt this good in years. I am wondering if this is a definitive answer that my suspected hormonal issues are indeed diet-related? I know this program can have a strong effect on hormones which is a major reason I started it, but I’m flummoxed by the lack of scientific research on WHY my period would arrive 7 days early after just a few days of diet change. Can anyone provide insight as to why this may be occuring? Many forums I have read seem to inditate women getting their period later rather than earlier, much less a whole week early so early in the program. Should I be concerned by this dramatic shift? I was not planning on a Whole60 but now I am curious as to how my cycle would adapt if I kept this up. Thank you for reading and any additional insight you can provide!
  19. Hiiii! This is my first round of whole30 and tbh it is treating me great! I am so happy with the choice to clean up my diet however my emotions are crazy!!!! I feel on top of the world at some points and then just like a blubbering mess at others. I have been sober for 2 years and this legitmily is as unpredictable as that. I am on day 14!!!! and I’m not even so concerned about “getting my tiger blood” as I am with my emotions. For the past two days I have felt insecure and overwhelmed about everything! But before that I felt I had a handle on it and I was feeling more confident! I wasn’t feeling satisfied throughout the day so added in some additional fats and I am feeling better, I think? It’s hard to say I’m feeling better when I cry randomly I had one period when I first started ironically but I am on BC as it was that time, so idk. I am just looking for support and understanding I guess? My husband is doing this i with me as well, but not as strictly compliant as me. Ie. he is drinking soda and having cheese every once in awhile. He is also not an emotional person and has PTSD from a previous deployment (I AM) so talking to him about these things is hard. So anyways, thanks for listening to my whining and is anyone else going through this?!
  20. Hi all, I've reached a point where I'm no longer embarrassed and just want answers. I haven't had a solid BM since I started January Whole30 (I'm on Day 17.) I've just had diarrhea constantly. Am I dehydrated? Do I need to incorporate a probiotic into my diet? More leafy greens? Please help a sister. Thank you!
  21. Long story short, I've always had pretty severe anxiety and bouts of depression. It is what it is, and exercise always helps. The first couple days I felt fine and pretty optimistic. As of yesterday and today all that has changed. Yesterday I had two major panic attacks (which I haven't had in years) and without sounding dramatic I fell asleep crying and woke up crying. I haven't felt this miserable in a very very long time. I mean my outlook on life has done a 180 just since starting this, which makes no sense since I know it's only 30 days, and I know so many people have benefitted from it. And the idea of food (of any kind, even non-compliant) makes me sick; I'm nauseous all day long. I don't want to eat a single bite of anything (which I also know isn't good). I know the timeline says it's normal to feel agitated and short-tempered and everything, but my question to you is how do I know if that line is being crossed? I reached out to fellow whole30-er yesterday and she had a good point about hormones being reset and whatnot, encouraging me not to quit and I certainly don't want to quit and I know it could get better if I continue, but is this normal? And worth pushing through? I can honestly say I haven't felt this miserable since I was on medication for severe depression. (Side note: I fell off the workout train last summer and just started consistently running again in conjunction with this whole30, so if anything, I would think the return to exercise would help with my mood?) I am on day 7, I have been forcing myself to get enough starches- at least one sweet potato a day- believe me I have researched this topic endlessly and know the first thing advised is to up your starches. I have done what I can with what I can stomach given the problem. I also am aware of the whole "everything isn't caused by whole30" but to me this is just not a coincidence. It is rooted by whatever is going on in my body because of this diet change, undoubtedly.
  22. Hi. Not sure if this is the correct place to post this thread, but i'm wondering if anyone has experienced less migraines after doing the whole30? I have suffered from migraines since i was 5 years old, and i'm getting kinda desperate to find something natural that can help reduce the severeness of the migraines. I have been taking medication almost my whole life, and my migraines combined with the side effects of the medication is controlling large parts of my life. I'm looking for a lifestyle change, and i just want to see if anyone else has had a positive effect after doing the 30 days before i start to commit to testing this out. Thanks for any replies. xx
  23. ToniBaloney

    On Day 2 and CONSTANTLY Hungry!

    Hi All! I started on 1/3 and I have to say I'm surprised at how HUNGRY I am all the time. I'm staying away from everything off plan and am eating until I feel comfortably full. But it just seems, without fail, that I'm freaking ravenous within 1 to 2 hours. Did anyone else feel like this? I feel like I'm eating more now than I did before. Am I doing something wrong? I want to succeed, but if I'm worried that I will be miserable and hungry the whole 30 days if I'm constantly dealing with nagging hunger. Any advice appreciated!
  24. Hi, I have a rather embarrasing question. I am in my second round of Whole 30, I did my first round last month and plan to do it for 90 days. I know excessive gas is common with high fiber foods, but my gas problem seems to be getting much worse not better. I’ve been avoiding Brussels sprouts and other really high fiber vegetables but the problem seems to be unchanged. The gas is really really really bad. Like every five minutes and it’s loud and smelly. I also feel really bloated. I’ve been doing research and found that gut flora often needs time to adjust. But my question is, after 6 weeks on the whole 30 shouldn’t my flora have adjusted by now?! I’m very concerned that this problem won’t stop and I really don’t know what I’m going to do. I love the diet and feel so much healthier but I can’t keep it up if this awful side effect persists.
  25. Hey all, I've been reading a ton on the forum, but have yet to participate. This is my first Whole30, and I'm on day 27 (planning on attempting 60 days since this isn't THAT different than I usually eat...just way more restrictive, and I haven't seen any good results yet). I should have asked all of this much sooner, and I probably wouldn't be where I am right now. Anyway, I started off great, and felt really good after week 1 (aside from pretty bad "digestive distress", that started right away and "sort of" went away at 3 weeks, by decreasing water intake). Right around week 3 I started getting headaches every day, EVERY DAY. My energy level has gone way down (and I have NEVER had an issue with energy in my life), my workouts and strength are struggling, my clothes are too tight (it's definitely not muscle because I'm not lifting as much as usual) and my face broke out (I haven't had a breakout in probably 15 years). Oh, also, my breath has been HORRENDOUS, and I can taste it, which makes me feel a bit sick at all times (PLEASE HELP ME!)....but, I'm still sticking with it in hopes that this will all blow over. I'm hoping someone can provide a little insight and help a girl out if I'm doing something wrong here. Since everyone's first question is what do you's a breakdown (I pretty much eat the same thing every day); 7am Breakfast: 3 eggs (I tried holding 4 eggs in my hand and it ended with 1 egg on the floor), 1/2 avocado, 1 cup of sauteed spinach and about 1/2 a plantain 11am Pre-Workout meal: 1 egg or 85g can of tuna, 1/2 avocado, carrots Workout 2:30pm Lunch: Sheet pan dinner-type thing with chicken, red potato, sweet potato, carrots and spinach, doused in avocado oil with some cashews thrown in and usually a banana Sometimes another workout here 7pm Dinner: ground turkey with homemade marinara sauce & zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash and whatever veggies are in the fridge Sometimes another workout here I have a tenancy to graze on fruit and nuts (and sometimes medjool dates...yikes!) in the evening, which is not exactly on plan (I know, I'm working on cutting this out). Initially I was eating a lot of dried fruit, and Lara bars, but I cut that out around week 1 after I read that I should. How much fruit is too much fruit? I drink about 3-4 L or water a day...I usually drink a ton of water on the regular. However, I have been extra thirsty. Also, not sure if this is where to ask, but this has bothered me since day 1. In the Meal Template it talks about pre and post workout meals, and it refers to one of them as PWO. Which meal is the PWO? I mean, the acronym is the same for both. Is this just me? Also, what do you do when you workout 2x per day? I usually workout twice a day for about an hour per workout. Does this mean I should eat 2 PWO? Any insight, criticism, comments, etc. is much appreciated!!! I'm a newbie and I would love to get this right! Even if "right" starts on day 27...hoping to continue for another 30 anyway (if I can stop feeling like a pile of crap). Please and thank you...sorry for the long content.