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  1. New to the whole30

    Hi! I am ready to start my whole 30 and am looking forward to the benefits. I battle daily with headache/migraine, fibro, and sleep issues. I'm also vegetarian and looking for ways to incorporate protein in my diet as I do not eat eggs even. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated..
  2. I have been doing Whole 30 for approximately seven weeks. I have had wonderful results with my chronic migraines. The migraines have gone from daily, intractable pain and have been reduced to about four days a week (INCREDIBLE results)! I believe much of this has to do with inflammatory issues from food triggers that I didn't realize existed. So, I don't intend to give up on the plan. The problem is I am also determined to lose weight. Prior to the plan, I lost approximately 70 pounds on Weight Watchers. I lost about 13 pounds within the first few weeks of the plan, but have ceased to lose any additional weight. I still have about 30 pounds to go. With the severe pain I experience, I often must stay in bed until between 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Therefore, I don't have time during the hours left in the day to fit in three meals. I have no problem eating within the plan for the two meals I am able to eat daily. I wonder if the inability to eat three meals is hindering my progress in losing additional weight. I also have limited ability to fit in much physical activity. Any suggestions or advice is appreciated!!
  3. Hey Everyone! I need some help. Today is Day 12 and I've felt horrible for the last 5 days. My head is pounding constantly, I've had 1 migraine that kept me home from work a few days ago, and my back and neck feel like they've been hit by a truck. All of this is made worse by the fact that every night this week I've woken up between 1 and 2 am and have NOT been able to fall back asleep (something that never happened pre-Whole30. I'm drinking plenty of water, salting my food, and eating according to the template with one or two palm-size portions of protein, added fat, and between 1-3 cups of veggies. Some days I've haven't had an appetite but I've still managed to eat through it. I heard that eating a sweet potato with Meal #3 could help with sleep which I been trying but, alas, no such luck. Has anyone else felt his way? Will this phase pass? Any advice or red flags you see? Thanks, all!
  4. It's day 28 and I'm feeling discouraged. I started the program because over the last year I've developed allergies to chromium, carba mix and gold and despite trying to eliminate contact with these things (which is tough because chromium is in everything) I am still experiencing eyelid swelling, dry eye and itchy patches of skin/hives. I've had extensive testing for everything under the sun with no answers over the last year. I've also struggled with migraines for about 20 years during which I've taken a lot of ibuprofen, maxalt and for the last year, Inderal. With these meds, I'd reduced my migraines to 1-2 a month. I thought the program might help reset my system and make my immune system less reactive and my hormones more balanced. I had the typical experience days 1-12 and then started to experience some tiger blood now and then. My skin was clearer and my eyes seemed every so slightly less swollen. I'd lost a little weight. I was so excited. Then, day 16 and I tanked. I've had migraines almost every day and my eyes and face are swollen, itchy rashes, acne, etc. A few things happened around that same time: *I had my period. I usually get a migraine during this time if I'm not on Inderal. But I was and I had a migraine every day. I read the forum and upped my starchy veggies and protein. I'd say it helped a little with the migraines. My period was also late by about 5 days, so maybe my hormones were out of whack responding to the program? *I was drinking Kombucha and La Croix about once a day each, which I did not do before Whole30. I eliminated these to see if it would help and it reduced my migraine frequency and intensity. Strange. Anyone else have this experience? *I was trying to slowly cut out coffee. I mean sloooooowwwwwllllly. Like by a teaspoon every few days. I was at about 3 teaspoons by day 16. When the migraines started happening I started drinking coffee again to eliminate that as a possible cause because I was miserable. I plan to try again after the Whole30. I drank a cup of coffee every day before the Whole30 and with Inderal, never had a problem. With the three things above, I've reduced the migraine frequency and intensity, but not entirely. And, all of the allergic reaction symptoms are the same: eyelids swollen, face swollen, itchy patches of skin, etc. I can't for the life of me figure out what is causing it. And again, I was hoping that the diet overall would make me less reactive. I've read a lot about leaky gut considering my past with migraine meds and have started drinking bone broth once a day. Any ideas on how long it takes to see results with this? Did anyone who also used Inderal or migraine meds also develop allergies? I'm thinking after reintroduction I might do some of the other elimination diets. I just read about a low chromium one, FODMAPS, etc. And, I may try to do a Whole60 if those don't work. Is it possible that with all of the extra veggies and meats that my chromium levels are too high? Anyone else allergic to chromium have this experience? Has anyone else had a similar experience and did you find any answers? I know that I may need to try for a longer program and that it doesn't work for everyone, but it was just so disheartening that I was starting to feel results and then my period came and everything tanked. It seems like after my period I would have recovered, but I didn't. Why? And why the allergic reaction that won't go away? Any insight is welcome. Thanks!
  5. I completed a Whole30 a few weeks ago and until Sunday I had not reintroduced any forbidden foods, except for occasional small amounts of cane sugar, and at least one serving of non-compliant oil. On Sunday I purposely consumed wheat as my first official reintro. I didn't start the reintroduction until around dinner time, so I ate several servings of wheat at once, in the form of two pieces of bread, a small serving of pasta, and a serving of pot roast cooked in a beer-based sauce. Since that meal, I have returned to Whole30 eating. Sunday evening I noticed a headache but this did not surprise me since I often have tension headaches. However, not only has the headache continued on and off since then, but it has been accompanied by intermittent nausea ranging from mild to quite bad this morning. Interestingly, eating (Whole30 meals) seems to help with the symptoms. I have no history of migraines. Is it possible that there is a connection between the wheat and my intermittent headaches and nausea? If so, is it unsurprising that I would still be experiencing these effects almost three days out?
  6. Hello! I decided to start the Whole30 in an effort to discover if there is a food trigger to why I get migraines. Short story on migraines for me: I get them 1-2 times per month since my late teens. I have annoying "normal" headaches 3-5 days per week. Not related at all to my hormonal or menstrual cycle. I drink tons of water, 64-100 ounces per day. I'm 28 years old, 5'5" and 125 pounds, decently active and have a decent sleep schedule. Migraines do not appear to be related to stress. Migraine prescriptions don't work for me, some over the counter meds help. I've seen a neurologist, I've had CAT scans and MRIs done, I've had my thyroid checked, I've had blood work done. I'm completely "healthy and normal." The food journal I kept in the past revealed no food triggers (no, it doesn't seem to be chocolate or MSG or yogurt, or coffee, or any of the typical triggers), so I'm trying the Whole30 to try a more drastic approach. I'm on Day 23 of the Whole30 now and have been eating more "clean" foods for about 8 weeks total, leading up to and including the Whole30. Here is my food log: Whole30 Log_Chrysta.pdf Here's my issue... I have had MORE headaches and migraines since doing the Whole30. I have had almost a constant headache for 3 weeks now, 6 migraines, and only one day where I did not have a headache at all. I'm coming up on when I should start reintroducing foods, BUT if I'm still having these kinds of headaches, how will I be able to tell if any of the non-compliant foods are a trigger? If I already have a headache or migraine, I won't be able to tell if a newly introduced food is causing the headache. How much longer should I keep doing the Whole30 while having these headaches before I introduce other foods again? Any suggestions would be very much appreciated! Thanks for your thoughts. Let me know if you need any more info.
  7. Hello All I am on day 13 of my Whole30 and so far would classify it as a success. There are parts I love and parts I am struggling with. I have been good about preparing foods and following the meal template. I have increased the fat in my diet and have therefore been more satisfied than I expected. I suffered some nasty insomnia and weird heart racing palpitations at bedtime.. it was so odd because I have never had anything like that before. I have also had amazing nights sleep, 10 hours solid. There are days I am not hungry in between meals and can go to bed feeling content and there are days where I could eat all day long and still feel hungry. I will eat some nuts or coconut to stave of hunger, or try a piece of fruit with nut butter but I fear I am relying too much on nuts, coconut and nut butter in between meals. I am also trying to vary my meals so I don't get bored AND I don't create some sort of inflammation or intolerance by eating avocado, potatoes, eggs, ect every day. I would fight through the hunger but unfortunately I suffer from migraines and hunger and sleep deprivation are huge triggers. I have had to take my prescription meds 3-4 times in the past 2 weeks and that is a lot. I do feel well over all, bowels are doing great! mood and energy are up for sure! HELP! How can I stay full and what is going on with my roller coaster sleep and eating patterns?? I want to feel amazing and try and drop some pounds while I am eating all these veggies but my nut, dried fruit, and coconut binges are really hindering that.
  8. I'm on day 16 or so, and am having more migraines than I was pre-W30. Over the past 2 years I have controlled my migraines by diet. What on earth is going on? Each of my last 3 migraines have been preceded by an aura of lovely shiny flickering lights and blocked vision. Any thoughts? Thank you Liz
  9. I almost miss my migraines

    So, the story begins after I had my 3rd child at age 35. Eight weeks postpartum and I still had a little more than 20 pounds to loose to get back to my normal weight. This was discouraging because with babies one and two I carried around an extra ten pounds while nursing, then did Weight Watchers for six weeks, and I had my perfect little body back. Obviously all those people who told me taking the weight off after age thirty-five were right. After complaining to friends enough one of them recommended I read WWGF by Gary Taubes. It was a huge eye opener, and I began to toy with Low-Carb and then Primal lifestyles. I did loose some weight, although I never got back to where I wanted my body to be. I have always been very healthy and fit. I get maybe one or two sinus infections a year and that's about it for sickness . . . unless you count the migraines. Occasionally as a child, and constantly as an adult I suffered with migraines. Only once or twice a month if I was lucky. They generally last 24-48 hours, only once or twice a year would they last more than two days. After suffering with a particularly bad 3 day migraine that struck on a long weekend and totally ruined time I wanted to spend with my family, I did a web search for migraine cures and stumbled on to Whole30. My diet had gotten unrecognizably crappy. I was eating any and everything. I was frustrated because it seemed no matter how healthy or unhealthy I ate, my body composition stayed the same. I knew I needed a challenge to motivate me, so I jumped in to Whole30 and didn't look back. I have not had a migraine since! My body hasn't changed much . . . yet. Thanks to Whole30 I have the energy and the drive to exercise and eat right. I haven't used a sick day at work since I began my Whole30 almost 90 days ago. I feel great and I know this is just the beginning. I am doing a crossfit work out once a week, zumba two or three times a week and I just added back morning runs four or five days of the week. I've got energy to spare. I sleep great. I hate that all my sick days are going to waste though!
  10. So today is day 28 for me and at dinner my husband and I ate sushi. I made the sushi annoyed (and the rest of the staff laugh) with my requests, but I found a roll wrapped in cucumber that seemed to fit the bill. However, 30 minutes after eating I started feeling dizzy, a bit nauseous, and then a terrible headache on the right side of my head that is worse with movement. Migraine, right? So now I'm thinking, what was non-compliant? My best guess is that the crab meat was imitation crab. So my question: anyone know what is in that "crab" so I can avoid it? This migraine is awful.
  11. Hello all, I'm finishing Day 25 of my first whole30. Actually I have gradually been eliminating foods since January, so it's been 48 days without gluten grains+corn+processed foods+alcohol+refined sugar+nightshades, 45 without grains+dairy, 31 days without legumes, and now 25 without any sugar, coffee, paleoified desserts. I've also gone without eggs for the last 10 days. I had one reason for trying this whole food adventure: since Christmas time I've had mysterious swelling and pain in both my hands, mostly at the base of the thumb. I also have inflammation in both my feet (though that has been for at least a year). I am 32. Normally very active runner and climber, but since 3 months almost nothing, though I have been going for walks lately to try to get some exercise. Doctors have attributed it to an overuse injury (I use my hands a lot at work and there was nothing in the bloodwork to suggest anything systemic). I have noticed wonderful gains since starting the whole30: I'm slimmer (I haven't weighed myself, but I notice it). That wasn't a goal at all, but it's nice. At least in the first 2 weeks, I noticed amazing gains in energy and appetite control. Again, not a goal and I didn't even think about trying to improve that, but it's nice. I came home from work hungry but not exhausted like I used to. I've never had digestion issues, but at the start, there was some discomfort. Now, no GI issues, and I'm generally more regular than ever. But the pain in my hands is still there. Definitely better, as the swelling has subsided, but pain is still there. I've been resting them, but it's pretty difficult given my job and the amount of cooking on the Whole30! (Yay for supporting boyfriend willing to chop things!) Also, aside from the hand/feet problems, I'm generally feeling worse: I'm starting to have serious headaches this week. I have a history of migraines. I get them about 6-10 times a year, usually around my time of month. I think they're mainly hormone-triggered. This week, just as I thought I was getting a hang of this whole30 thing, I had a migraine that lasted all day and part of the next. Not during my normal hormone cycle. Today it was better in the morning, but a mild headache came in the afternoon and is still lurking. I've been trying to stick to 3 meals a day, which was OK at the beginning, but now it's tough. I eat until I'm very full at each meal, but still I get VERY hungry 3-4hrs after each meal. I've also been super tired this week, whereas earlier in the whole30 I was much more energetic. So, I've been adding a snack for the last few days. I've stuck to the other rules like my life depended on it, including the recommendations for protein/fruit/fat. Drinking tons of water and herbal tea. So here's what I'm thinking: either I'm still eating something offensive to my body (i.e, nuts--I've eaten a lot of those recently, especially since eliminating eggs 10 days ago)? OR I'm just not eating enough, so the headaches and residual pain is from the stress of not getting enough energy? Thoughts are appreciated. Sorry for the super long post.
  12. My hubby, two kids and I are about to start our first Whole30 in about a week. I have had chronic, daily migraines (24/7) for many, many years. My current treatment plan, which I will need to stick with for a year before I can determine if it will be effective or not, includes a wide range of meds (which are constantly being tweaked), Botulinum A injections every three months into various muscle groups of my head and neck, steroid injections every few weeks into various muscles and nerves in my head and neck, and steroid nerve blocks every few weeks to months into the space next to my spinal cord in my neck. (Btw, I've seen every kind of doctor/practitioner you can imagine, and tried *every* kind of treatment you can think of, so I'm not looking for treatment suggestions.) My question is whether the regular steroid use, in particular, will interfere with the hormonal aspect of the Whole30? Will all the meds I'm taking (including heavy duty narcotics) render the Whole30 useless as far as healing my gut? I'm feeling very stuck between a rock and a hard place.....I need to do the Whole30, heal my gut, slay the sugar dragon and discover any food intolerances.....but I have no choice but to stay with this current pain management regimen, either. Any thoughts as to how the steroids and other meds might affect my results would be appreciated. Thanks!
  13. I just completed my 2nd Whole30 and began dairy reintroduction on Day 31. As recommended, I added yogurt (nonfat greek), cheese and ice cream (as well as a little sour cream) to my meal plan and ate 100% compliant. I went to bed feeling great and woke up feeling great. However, at midday, I had a migraine and two hours later I had a diarrhea attack (sorry, TMI). Now, I'm happy to admit that this suggests some intolerance to dairy (even if it never manifested in the past), but what does it mean for my reintroduction going forward? Do you I consume dairy again to "test" it again? Or do I just move on to the next "group" for reintroduction? Also, can migraines be a typical allergic or sensitivity response? Hard to imagine it's a fluke... A little background: I've been an infrequent migraine "sufferer" for 15+years. 4 a year seemed normal, but it has slowly been creeping up for the past few years. Flashes of light would trigger them, but I was never able to determine diet triggers (although, I never ruled them out). I didn't suffer migraines during either of my Whole30 experiences and only suffered migraines between the experiences when I "fell off the wagon" during the Holidays.
  14. I was eating Primal about 70% of my diet before going on the Whole30. I had a bad migraine about 2x a month and maybe 1 dull 3 day long migraine a month. Since last week I have experienced the longest dull but always there migraine ever. I have been sticking to the Whole30 plan a 100% of the time. I haven't added any oils I didn't eat before (Olive in salads, coconut and ghee for cooking) or any large quantity of nuts. My day to day meals usually include: Hard boiled eggs, a small fruit, sweet potato(every 2-3 days), canned tuna, vegetables, some protien (skinless chicken, stew beef). I had been drinking about 2 cups of coffee a day. But now i have a black Americano about 2 days a week and other days about 3 cups of earl grey tea. Any clues or insights into what may be causing this?
  15. Sudden Migraines

    I'm on day 11 of my Whole 30 and have recently experienced some pretty heinous migraines for the past week. My first and worst migraine was about a week ago when I was doing a rough deadlift work out (30 DL @ 135 lbs, run 200 m, 25 DLs, run 200 m...you get the picture) which I had to quit--the first time I've ever quit during a workout. I honestly had a moment where I thought I was having a stroke. Frightening. I've had one every day since then, mostly when I exercise but sometimes not. I'm an endurance "athlete" and have been crossfitting for almost three years. This is my 3rd Whole30 and honestly think I'm eating enough carbs (fruit and sweet potatoes or squash every day) and drinking enough water (60 oz), although maybe I'm missing something. I've never had any symptoms like this before although migraines and low blood sugar/diabetes does run in my family. Does anyone have any ideas? I can't give up working out, but I also can't workout with these headaches!
  16. All has been going well, I'm on day 10 and becoming more relaxed about the food template- it has become intuitive very quickly. Yesterday i started with a big breakfast; rushed around a bit more than usual, so when I was in the supermarket I grabbed a 1oz pack of almonds & dried fruit, it looked harmless. Obviously hunger and fatigue had marred my thinking- I bolted them down, only then did I look at the ingredient list- preservative, sunflower oil, sugar. Now it was such a small portion but I ended up with the most horrendous migraine. Migraine always make me hungry, so far I have followed the template, but now I am hungry for protein like chicken dipped in mayo and the thought of veges turns my stomach. What to do? I can feel my blood sugar dropping and migraine returning, usually when it is this bad I eat honey from a spoon. I also feel really depressed and want to weep so am hiding in bed...
  17. I completed the Whole30 in Jan13 and felt amazing. I'm following the guidelines with occasional diversions - mostly the odd glass of white wine or dark chocolate. i have not reintroduced any grains or dairy. I use to have around 3 migraines a year that would keep me in bed for 24hrs. However in the last 2 months I've had three migraines and still feel headachy. Any suggestions on any diet related things that I might look at? After feeling so fantastic - these headaches bugging me. Off to the doctors for blood tests - just to check nothing else is going on by the way.
  18. After 9 days in to my Whole 30, I have had 3 migraines. I have struggled with them forever, but they have significantly improved since going Paleo. This is my first whole 30, and I am shocked to be struggling with them so badly. If anything, I thought this would help. Does anyone have any similar experiences or answers for me? I am on day 10 today, and I will definitely continue. Thanks.
  19. I have suffered with migraine for over 20 years. I decided to try whole 30 to see if it would help. I have now finished a whole30 with no improvement in headaches or migraine and am still suffering most days. I am frustrated as I have not really felt much benefit at all. I have found whole30 difficult as I get a migraine normally if I don't eat for more than a few hours. I feel that its because of low blood sugar. I have been along fruit as a snack 2-3 times a day so not sure if that's where I may have gone wrong. I can't decide whether it is worth continuing so any ideas on what my help would be appreciated. Thanks Lisa
  20. Hi there Whole 30 family, I'm wondering if anyone has any feedback for me. I did my first Whole 30 in July and it was amazing. I lost 12 pounds and had a lot of energy all day. I was so committed to it, that when I went to Colorado for a work conference I ordered a week's worth of Premade Paleo meals and had them shipped there so I could stay compliant, and I did. However, I did get altitude sickness while I was there and experienced my first migraine (towards the end of the Whole 30 like days 30, 31). Immediately after my Whole 30 I went to my mother's house for 10 days and fell utterly and completely off the wagon, and really paid the price. I felt horrible in every way. No energy, IBS symptoms back in force and actually I felt a little depressed, too. Enough so I committed myself to doing another Whole 30 as soon as I got home. I started it on August 13th so I am 10 days into this second round. My issue is that I haven't experienced any of the energy boost I did the first time (which I experienced on day 2 the first time - great incentive). I've had on and off bouts of dizziness and migraines, maybe three since I started again. And I feel tired a lot. I guess I can see the results varying from one Whole 30 to another. My bigger question is, could this be related to the Whole 30 and diet? I half wonder if something else is going on and the altitude sickness I had in Colorado was the beginning of some other issue related to my migraines, since the dizziness/headaches and tiredness I'm experiencing feels similar to the altitude sickness I had in Colorado, just less severe. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. Thanks.
  21. I am currently on Day 10 of my Whole30. Yesterday, I had the Queen Mother of all migraine headaches. I have been the lucky recipient of migraine headaches since I was about 8 years old. Most of the time they are triggered by hormonal changes but this one was not. The best way to describe it was like someone took a 2x4 to the left side of my face. It hurt to move facial muscles on the left side and it hurt to move my eyes back and forth (like someone was stabbing an ice pick really hard behind my eye into my brain.) Needless to say, I did break the rules and took an nsaid (and later, a hydrocodone since the pain was a 9 on a 1 to 10 scale. Yes, my broken leg and childbirth were less painful). Does anyone have suggestions on what I can do the next time this happens? I did not take my normal path of eating Dark Chocolate or eating a ton of sugar to make it feel better. I did increase my carb intake (via sweet potatoes) for both lunch and dinner and adding an extra serving of fruit for dinner. (Cherries and a peach along with 4oz grass fed beef, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, brussels sprouts, kale, onions and califlower cooked with some coconut oil). Thanks for any advice!