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  1. I have suffered from chronic migraines since childhood and I am hoping to have some relief when starting the whole30 on October 1. However, I am concerned because the only medication I have found that helps alleviate my migraines works best when taken with caffeine. I have always done 4 oz of Coca Cola with it, but that is definitely out of the question with the whole30. Coffee upsets my stomach, and the caffeine in tea does not work fast enough. Additionally, I work in an Emergency Department, so I can't just go in my room and shut down for an extended period of time when I do have migraines. Any other recommendations? Thank you!
  2. I wrote this glowing success story after 30 days on the Whole30 plan, raving about my weight loss, mood improvement, and cured migraines, pledging to continue for 90 days: I made it 71 days and am now about 90-95% compliant and considering going back to 100%. Here is my update! That first month I lost 9.6 pounds and over 7 inches in 30 days and was ecstatic. I did that WITHOUT counting calories after a 2.5 month weight loss stall (I'd lost about 60 pounds in the year-ish prior). Unfortunately, in the next 41 days I only lost an additional 1-2 pounds and lost no inches. In the first 30 days my migraines went away almost 100% and my depression and anxiety lifted in a way they hadn't in years. In the next 41 days, both came back (though my migraines do seem less severe than they used to be). I saw no improvement of my keratosis pilaris. I was feeling pretty discouraged, so when holiday temptations came around my willpower eventually crumbled and I reintroduced all eliminated foods within a span of about 48 hours. Boo. The good news: nothing dramatic happened after eating all those things so I don't think I have any intense food allergies/intolerances except for one thing - after eating a bunch of sugar, I became catatonically lethargic on two separate occasions. So tired that I could barely move my mouth to talk! That was very interesting to observe because I realized that I used to feel that way all the freaking time. I also noticed that immediately upon reintroducing sugar I became obsessed with sugar. My sugar dragon never went into full slumber mode because I ate fruit every day but it was definitely dramatically subdued, but once I reintroduced candy, baked goods, and ice cream, I was reminded how my next sugar hit becomes paramount in my mind at all times. It's to the point that I sometimes have trouble concentrating on conversations I'm having with someone because all I can think about is the plate of cookies in the next room and whether I should go get one. Not good! The weight loss stall (even while 100% compliant for those 41 days) was frustrating because I technically have an obese BMI (trust me, it's not muscle) and would like to lose 50-60 lbs to get back to my college weight. But this week I realized something - I have gotten really into cooking on the Whole 30, which is great, but it means that I eat a lot of recipes. The problem with recipes is that it can be tricky to ensure you're eating the recommended Whole30 portion sizes: a thumb of oil, a palm of protein, etc. I realized that I had taken "fat is good" a little too much to heart and was piling on the high fat foods at every meal, not paying attention to portion control. So starting yesterday I'm back to paying attention to portions - a thumb of oil, a palm of protein, a plate of veggies - and I'm shocked how much smaller my plates are than what I was eating before! I was probably eating two servings at most meals, which might be ok for some people but I'm a short woman who spends about 17 hours a day at a computer. I don't need the extra fuel! I like the flexibility of not being officially "on" the Whole30 but I'm realizing that I do need to be on it 90-95% and there are certain foods I have to avoid entirely because they trigger cravings and binges. Though I was discouraged by how much less successful my second 41 days were compared to my first 30, getting off Whole30 entirely has made me realize how much better I really did feel when I was on it.
  3. I just finished Round 1 of my first Whole 30 and I liked it so much that I'm converting it into a Whole90. I lost 9.6 pounds in 30 days, y'all. I haven’t lost this much weight in a single month… ever. I’ve lost 7.5 (!) combined inches from my hips, waist, chest. I’m down at least one full clothing size. My migraines are almost entirely gone. My mood is like I'm a different person. After about 15 months of counting calories, an over 60 pound weight loss, and a 384-day MyFitnessPal logging streak (RIP), I was stuck in a 2.5 month stall and nothing I tried would shift it. Following an offhand comment from a coworker, I decided to take a break from logging and try the Whole30 program. As a historically BIG TIME proponent of calorie counting (I lost over 60 pounds that way, after all), I had previously been pretty sure that a program like this would NOT work for me. I was sure that I’d overeat and gain weight just like every other time I’ve tried to eat “healthy” or “intuitively." (How can someone eat “intuitively” when her intuition is telling her to order three double cheeseburgers and an oreo McFlurry in the drive-thru at McDonald’s?) But I was fresh out of answers, so I tried to be open minded. I read “It Starts With Food” and Melissa and Dallas convinced me that there MIGHT be something to the idea that the reason I overeat and gain weight when I’m not tracking is that the kinds of foods I eat are foods with no brakes — foods that are designed (often literally in a lab but sometimes in nature) to make me want to eat more and more even if I'm not hungry. Hello, tortilla chips, my old friend. I was still super suspicious and pretty sure this was all going to end in tears, but I was feeling so jaded over my 2.5-month weight loss stall (I still had 65-75 lbs I wanted to lose), I decided it was worth a try. I mean, how much damage could I really do in 30 days? What am I going to do, eat too much broccoli? So I tried it. Letting go of that MyFitnessPal streak was surprisingly hard. I had been holding onto that streak as the One Last Thing I was still doing right. Sure, I had completely stopped losing weight. Sure, I was back to ordering delivery pizza and eating my weight in mint chocolate chip ice cream. But I was still logging! I still had my streak! It gave me a sense of (false) control. My fear was that I'd eventually fall off the Whole30 wagon but having lost my calorie tracking mojo in the process. Then I would have nothing at all! I know one of the things we really stress on the Whole30 is that it’s NOT a weight loss plan. Sure, if you google it you’ll find hundreds of people online claiming to have lost seemingly impossible amounts of weight on it, but the gentle recommendation is that you chuck your scale in the dumpster. My reaction was: maybe you can have my food log, but you will pry that scale out of my cold, dead hands. Here I am 30 days later and while I’m not quite ready to chuck it in the dumpster, I’m actually starting to see a glimmer of understanding as to why I should put less emphasis on the scale (and perhaps even none at all). One of the things we push on the Whole30 is to pay attention to your measurements and not your weight. I rolled my eyes at that initially because duh, your measurements and your weight are the same thing. At least they always have been for me since I'm pretty sedentary. It's hard to cling to the idea that muscle weighs more than fat when you don't actually have much muscle. But I can't ignore the hard numbers here - the number of inches I lost in a single month is the same number of inches it previously took me seven months to lose (even though I exercised more in the previous seven months than I did during the month of W30), despite losing more pounds on the scale during those seven months! In other words, the inches dropped faster on the W30 than the pounds did, even without exercise. Also, for the first time I really noticed how minor weight fluctuations would harsh my chill (you’re not allowed to weigh yourself during the Whole30 but I did a few times because I’m a REBEL and also I make poor life choices). I would be in a great mood, noticing how light I felt, how much energy I had, how my clothes were fitting better — and then I’d step on the scale, looking for that extra boost from seeing a lower number... and I’d be disappointed when it wasn’t quite low enough. It stole my joy. And ultimately… for what? In 30 days, my weight went from 190 lbs to 180.4 lbs. Sure it’s cool to break into the next “decade” of weight, but would I really be healthier at 179 than I am at 180? Would I look better? Would I feel different? The answer is honestly no, but that half a pound made me feel irrationally disappointed after a month that is clearly an unqualified success. The scale is only one metric of progress and it’s not even an exceptionally reliable one. Lesson learned for the next 60 days! That scale has nothing for me. Repeat: that scale has nothing for me. So, in the spirit of the Whole30, I’ll stop talking about my weight loss. Another great success of this month is that I normally have a migraine 6-12 days per month (so many days!) and that's been happening now for several years (I even track them in an app). But this month I had a migraine only ONE day of the entire month and it only lasted a few hours! That is truly remarkable and tells me that diet is most likely a major trigger for me, something I had not previously believed. Even if I had experienced zero other benefits on the Whole30, this one alone is life changing. Another major benefit was the full 180 effect on my mood. Prior to starting this way of eating, I was depressed and anxious basically all the time. I struggled sometimes to leave my house due to anxiety (I work from home). I often felt hopeless about the future and the past. I ruminated endlessly over things that didn’t matter. Though I actually have a wonderful job, I would get set off by small irritations at work and go into an emotional spiral for the rest of the day, devoting half my energy to talking myself out of rage-quitting. Almost immediately after starting the Whole30, that changed. I found myself ending the day and when someone would ask “how was your day at work,” I would be surprised to hear myself say “pretty good, actually!” I noticed that I wasn’t getting angry about stupid things. I wasn’t reactive, responding with a snippy email over the slightest perceived insult or inconvenience. I wasn’t getting wound up and anxious about things that don’t even have much to do with me. I was, dare I say… chill? I am not, historically, “chill.” Where before I had barely had the strength to hang on by my own thread, I now had the emotional space to be compassionate, generous, supportive, patient, helpful. Not every second or as often as I would like, but noticeably more often than before. Could it be that for me, like for many people, there are dietary triggers that actually make me a jerk? Now I’m not implying that swapping pop tarts with zucchini will cure major psychiatric disorders or that I will never have a crappy day again. I did have one or two less-than-stellar days and there were definitely a few instances when I experienced a negative emotion in reaction to something that happened. The difference is that those reactions felt proportionate to the cause, like any person might experience, and the feelings passed in a reasonable amount of time. I didn’t fly into an uncontrollable rage or sink into an endless pit of despair. I just felt my feelings and then they passed. Before, my mood issues were suffocating me; now it feels like a fog has lifted. I feel more resilient – even while PMSing, which was the real test. A few things that the Whole30 didn’t cure for me (yet): my occasional acid reflux (I have a few suspects left in mind: tomatoes, alliums, coffee, eggs - PLEASE DON’T LET IT BE COFFEE (it’s probably coffee)) my keratosis pilaris (a common and benign but annoying skin condition that is often triggered by dairy - I guess not in my case!) my self-diagnosed carpal tunnel syndrome (nice try though) my poor sleep (which sucks because that's one of the most common benefits other people experience on this program - I'm guessing coffee again) dry hair / brittle nails (people often comment on stronger nails and thick, shiny hair after this program, but I noticed neither) If there was any downside to this program, it might have been these two: My grocery bill! Grassfed beef? Organic kale? Smoked salmon? COCONUT AMINOS WHATEVER THOSE ARE? Hope you’re the CEO of a multinational corporation or you get an employee discount at Whole Foods! (On the other hand: zero beer budget, no frappuccinos, no temptation to order stuffed crust pepperoni pizza.) That said, in defense of the program, there are certainly ways to be more budget-minded than I was,* I just happen to be CEO of a multinational corporation AND have an employee discount at Whole Foods,** so I made it rain in the produce aisle every week. Lucky me!* shopping at less expensive grocery stores, coupon-clipping, taking advantage of sales, pre-cooking meals in bulk, skipping the organic/pastured labels ** neither of these are true Good luck to you if you travel a lot or have any sort of social life. Lucky for me, I work from home and have zero social life where I’m living right now and I just happened to not have any business trips during this month. I feel for people who have to navigate those situations while on this program (I know it's possible). I only had to navigate ONE social event the entire month and it was a little challenging but I learned some tricks for next time.*** If I’d had to travel, I would have had to really think ahead (I even had a stress dream one night about trying to find Whole30-compliant foods in the food court at JFK), but I did find some Whole30-approved convenience foods I could stash in my bag for my next trip.*** bring a healthy snack to share while you wait for mealtime, eat before you go, try to convince people to migrate away from the kitchen for socializing Those were really the only two downsides I observed. My daily experiences didn't really track with the Whole30 timeline - I did have strong cravings the first several days (I literally smelled chocolate chip cookies baking everywhere I went like my mind was hallucinating them) but I never went into "kill all the things mode." I wouldn't say I ever got full on "Tiger Blood" either. In fact, my energy was up and down throughout the month - very low at first, then perked up after I realized I should eat more carbs (and more food in general), but was never like SUPER POWERED. Exercise probably would have helped as I spend a lot of my day sitting at a computer (which probably affects my energy, sleep, and of course aches and pains). The thing I thought would be most challenging about the Whole30 was all the cooking. Before starting the program, my idea of “cooking” was putting a Lean Cuisine in the microwave. I would even get annoyed by those frozen dinners that required setting the microwave to 50% power or pausing to stir in the middle of the cook time. I thought this was supposed to be convenience food, not The Great British Bake Off! I was also pretty attached to my processed food and fast food. And by “pretty attached,” I mean “pry it out of my aforementioned dead hands.” Ice cream was a nightly ritual. The baristas at Starbucks would see me coming and start unwrapping the plastic on my ham and cheese foldover. Frozen meals or delivery were pretty much the only thing I ate for dinner. Or lunch. Or breakfast. It wasn’t just that I liked processed foods, it’s that I didn’t feel I had time for anything else. I’d buy fresh produce at the grocery store to make my cart look a little more balanced, but then it would wilt shamefully in my refrigerator. I don’t have kids, but I have a demanding job (working past midnight is not unusual and I'm convinced the concept of "weekends" is a mass hallucination) so I was convinced that I didn’t have time to chop vegetables, wash dishes, etc. Not to mention the fact that I self-identified as a terrible cook. Plus, I was weighing and logging every bite I ate for over a year and packaged foods had calories on the package so they were easy to track! This was crucial. Crafting meals from scratch required advanced calculus if I wanted to attempt to log a serving size. And god help me if my scale zeroed out when I wasn't looking. The most surprising thing about this experience was learning how easy it actually was for me to throw together delicious meals with healthy whole foods and still lose weight. A staple breakfast for me now is to fry a couple slices of compliant bacon, then sauté kale in the bacon fat with a splash of coconut aminos, sometimes adding some shredded sweet potato (pre-shredded in a food processor on the weekend), then top it all with two runny fried eggs and a few shakes of iodized salt and crushed red pepper. It’s AMAZING and only takes a few minutes! Dirty dishes: one pan, one bowl, a spatula and a fork. That’s it! And it’s so filling that it doesn’t even cross my mind to snack until I eat lunch about five hours later. An easy, frequent lunch for me is a GIANT bowl of romaine lettuce with a homemade lime vinaigrette (pre-made and stored in a mason jar in the fridge) with a crumbled plantain-crusted pork burger (pre-made in a big batch on the weekend, then frozen or stored in the fridge). Takes just a couple minutes to throw together (if the burger isn't frozen), is unbelievably delicious and is so filling that eating again doesn’t occur to me until dinner five hours later. A dinner I made frequently this month was a Thai green curry with coconut milk, green curry paste, shrimp, zucchini noodles (purchased pre-spiralized from Whole Foods) and a crapton of frozen vegetables, served over riced cauliflower (bought pre-riced and frozen). Tastes exactly like a Thai restaurant to me! Even my family thought it was good (they aren't doing this program). It only takes maybe 20 minutes, is SO simple, and I have leftovers for 2-3 days. I ate delicious, high fat foods like that, measured nothing, counted nothing, didn’t exercise at ALL and still somehow lost almost ten pounds in 30 days. That’s like... magic. Snacking is pretty rare for me at this point, which I’m realizing is probably the biggest key to my weight loss this month. It’s not that I’m being so virtuous and disciplined; snacking just doesn’t occur to me because I’m eating so much fat at meals and I'm not eating sugar or any other foods that trigger cravings. Sidebar: I want to echo what the founders/moderators say a lot - watch out for Larabar, that foul temptress. I ate four of them over the course of the month, none in a true "emergency" as advocated in the program but more as a dessert. In each case, I could literally feel my sugar dragon sleepily opening its eyes. Though they are exceptionally delicious, I've learned I have to steer clear. Gee, it's almost like there's a recurring theme where I disregard the rules and guidelines of the program and then realize why those rules and guidelines are there. Anyway, I don’t want to imply by this INCREDIBLY LONG blog post that I am somehow “cured” of anything. I’m a sugar addict, a food addict, a binge eater. That behavior has historically been an ongoing, recurring part of my life. I would be surprised if those tendencies never rise again. In fact, in Melissa’s latest book “Food Freedom Forever,” she says pretty bluntly that they absolutely will. Success is not “curing” myself of those things; it’s finding tools to help me put them into extended remission, and then manage them when they flare back up. For the first time, I actually feel the confidence that I might be able to do that. To learn to do that. To practice doing that. Another cool benefit of this month is that I really slowed down. I actually would occasionally eat meals not in front of the computer. I started setting boundaries on my work day. I read a book about meditation. I started making my coffee in a Chemex instead of my Mr. Coffee because I wanted to learn to enjoy it black. Do you know how long it takes to make coffee in a Chemex? Like FREAKING FOREVER. I’ve taken a break from some violent TV shows I was watching and am surprised how much clearer my mind feels. I’m not saying I’ll never watch those shows again, but eating better inspired me to want to bring that lightness to other areas of my life as well. Free up some space. Breathe. I’ve been more grateful, more mindful. I feel closer to my family than I have in decades. I feel closer to my colleagues and more valued at work. I'm actually thinking of taking a yoga class. I signed up for a volunteer opportunity doing something I’ve been dreaming of doing for years but had been too scared to try. Things aren't perfect, but I feel more at peace with my life, both where I want to be and where I am right now, and all the uncertainty in between. What I’ve learned this month is that changing my diet = changing my life. I’ve learned that it IS possible for me to cook my own meals from whole foods, even with a hectic schedule. It IS possible for me to not eat sugar and grains (and more) for an extended period of time and not even miss it that much. It IS possible for me to lose weight without counting calories or weighing my food or over-exercising or going hungry. Lastly, eating a more nutritious diet DOES improve my mood and my migraines - dramatically! In light of all of that, I’ve decided to extend this program into a Whole90, which means no pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, none of my aunt’s famous chocolate chip cookies at Christmas, and no champagne on New Year’s Eve. Those things will be waiting for me on the other side if I decide I still want them. I’m hoping 90 days will help me cement these healthy new habits and continue to shift my tastes and my body. Will my weight loss stall again? It might! Will my migraines and mood problems return? I hope not! Or will these new healthy habits further solidify, fortifying me for when I eventually reintroduce the foods I’ve eliminated to learn which are my triggers and which are safe to enjoy? I’m hoping for the latter obviously. I’m also REALLLLLY hoping that my migraines aren’t caused by cheese. PLEASE IF THERE IS A GOD.
  4. I'm on Day 22 of my first Whole30. I've had migraines for about eight years and I track them in an app so I can try to figure out a pattern but I've never been able to see one. I take sumatriptan (prescription migraine medication) at the onset and it usually works, which is great, but it has its own side effects (it makes me feel drowsy and strange) so this year I finally made it one of my 2016 Resolutions to find a cure for my migraines. By October, nothing I had tried had worked (massage, special pillows, stretches, weird devices, orthodontistry, even LASIK surgery). But here I am on Day 22 of the Whole30 and I haven't had a single migraine yet. I had a mild headache for a few hours the first day of my period but a low dose over the counter pain killer knocked it out without having to resort to prescription medication - that has never worked for me before! In all previous months in my record, during this 22 day stretch I would have had a migraine at least 4 days and sometimes as many as 12 days. It's clear to me now that my migraines are triggered by food. I've gone gluten-free for about 6 weeks once before and that didn't help so it must be something else - my guess is either dairy or artificial sweeteners (I was a Coke Zero addict before Whole30 and also was vegan about 10 years ago and did not have migraines then). Even if I do end up having a migraine at some point again, to have gone this long without one is unprecedented and shows me that diet really was the primary culprit all along. Wow!
  5. Started April 18

    Hello everyone! I started my Whole30 last week, so today is day 7. My daughter is doing her second Whole30, and is very encouraging. I have fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, hypertension, chronic migraines, Geri and depression and I'm very excited to see what health benefits I can reap from this gastric re-boot. I actually took about two weeks before I started to wean myself from sugars. I stopped grains and dairy cold turkey, but cut back on stevia and hidden sugars gradually. With my chronic Fibro pain, I wanted to minimize the Carb Flu if I could. After a week of tummy troubles, I have had more energy and less brain fog - a big improvement in quality of life! That has made it possible to exercise more, which is also a big help. Pain level has remained about the same so far. I'd love to hear from anyone who has similar health issues, or is a bit on the older side like me.
  6. Hi there, Well my name is Jennifer I am a 38 yr old mom of 2 crazy kids and 1 crazy husband. I get horrendous migraines that put me in the ER at least once every 10 days if not more frequent depending on if they are breaking or not. I have read the book that goes along with the Whole 30 diet and over the last few years have dabbled at trying to do something like this. Well NOW I AM SET! I have to do this for my health and to be a better Mom for my kids. So as of March 1 I am starting The Whole 30. I have pulled up the grocery lists to go shopping and even the list of what to look for in ingredients that we don't want to have. If anyone has any recipes they would like to share I am all ears. I know I can do this! But any pointers are welcome. Thanks for being here for support. Jenn
  7. Hello all- I have been intrigued by the idea of a Whole30 for over a year, and I've gone through phases of paleo eating, but have never done a Whole30. I guess the reason is I'm not sure I need one. I don't have any specific medical conditions. Actually, I'm in pretty good health and do not need to lose weight. I do have a tendency to get migraines which seem connected to hormones, weather, alcohol, and exercise, but not really to food. I have a history (12 year ago) of eating disorders, and feel a bit scared of food rules, "can't have" or "have to eat" kinds of things. In general, I'd love to have more energy and feel less sleepy (which is how I feel even when I've slept well), it'd be nice to not feel like I have brain fog, and I'd love to not get headaches. Are those reasons strong enough to carry me through 30 days? Following a strict plan while cooking for my family when I don't have a pressing "need" to do so seems…perhaps pointless? I'd love some feedback/thoughts! Angela
  8. I'm on Day 29 of my second Whole30. Lots of things trigger my migraines, and man, this is a nasty one. I've tried eating in case it was my blood sugar and drinking extra water in case dehydration was the trigger, but all I can think is that it's probably the barometric pressure outside, as storms are going to roll through tomorrow. My doctor prescribed Imitrex (sumatriptan) and Phenergan for migraines. I don't usually take the Phenergan. The ingredients for the Imitrex are: sumatriptan succinate, croscarmellose sodium, dibasic calcium phosphate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium bicarbonate, hypromellose, iron oxide, titanium dioxide, and triacetin. Can I take it? I made it almost all the way without having to take any medication for headaches and migraines, but this one hurts something terrible.
  9. So I have been struggling with migraines more than normal on the Whole30, which is frustrating but not shocking. My dietary choices have always been a trigger, as is hunger and sleep deprivation. I have been eating too many nuts for sure and that has been revealed to be a huge "trigger", so I will be cutting them out for a while and see how that helps. But I think the bigger reason I have been eating so many nuts is because I am hungry all the time. I KNOW I am eating enough but maybe my body is rebelling against being low-carb? My hunger triggers a headache, which means I am not sleeping well most nights, which again, triggers a headache. I am in a vicious nasty cycle. My biggest concern is that I can take my prescription meds and feel "better" but then I have a good day or two of feeling "hungover", tired, ravenous and just off. So, again, the cycle continues. Anyone else on these meds while doing the Whole30.. Not ready to give up, I know this is something I need to work through but I just need to know I am not alone.
  10. Aura Migraines

    Hi All, I am currently onto day 3 of my first whole 30 (yey) I have been an aura migraine sufferer since I was younger (Aura migraines are where you experience certain sensations such as loss of sight, tingling in your arms and legs, blurred vision, a circle of light in your eyes before and during a migraine attack) I was told by doctors from a young age that the cause of my migraine were predominantly chocolate and cheese. I loved both so ate them in small quantities but found when I did binge on these I would suffer with a migraine attack. Since January I've taken on board a predominantly Paleo lifestyle, and have now embarked on a whole 30 to really restart my body. Last night I suffered a horrible migraine, I'm not sure what could have caused it if I've been off the dairy. I think maybe the sugar withdrawls could be part of it....anyone have any tips for helping to treat migraines on the whole 30? What they have found best to avoid so as not to bring on a migraine attack? I am currently experiencing a constant headache, this I know is expected on the programme but I didn't expect migraines Any help or advice would be much appreciated Thanks p.s....I am from the UK also so uk friendly tips are welcomed
  11. I started August 1rst and am now on day 7. I've had a constant headache (average pain rating 7 out of 10, 11 being the start of migraines) since day 2. It can't be caffeine since i didn't drink that much prior and I still have my cup of green tea every morning. I thought it could be just the detoxing process but I didn't think it would last going on 5 days. Has anyone else been experiencing this?
  12. I am on Day 3 of my second Whole 30--the last one was in Feb/March. I asked then whether there was anyone else with dysautonomia, and I want to ask again this go around. Anyone else out there doing this? I'd love to compare experiences. I also have: fibro, migraines, low blood pressure, high HR, TMJ, IBS, allergies, high cholesterol, and lots of other stuff, but dysautonomia/POTS is what really keeps me down the most. I had somewhat helpful results with my first Whole 30, especially in the area of reducing my migraines from near daily to only 4 days of 30, but I got impatient with the reintroduction and gave in about day 45 and ate teriyaki and rice (sugar, soy and grains at once, oh boy). Something made me really sick, but I don't know what. So I'm back again to do it right. Hoping anyone else with dysautonomia might be here to discuss the unique trials that come w/ this rare disease.
  13. Hi All. I'm only on Day 9 of my journey, but I'm already seeing the amazing benefits of the W30. I'm so excited about this new way of eating & new life for myself that, of course, I want to share it with everyone I meet! Most of all, though, I want to share it with my Mother. She has a very complex medical history, and I want to know what the best way to go about this would be.... Beginning at age 5, she had a stroke. Doctors told her she'd never walk/talk/have children etc etc. She proved them all wrong & had a fairly normal childhood. In her 30's she began to have migraines & seizures. Doctors told her it was likely due to her stroke at a young age. Gave her pills to take on a daily basis for the seizures & told her the migraines would only get worse with time. Which, of course, they did. She soon later developed IBS; although this wasn't "diagnosed" until about 10 years later. 3 years ago, she had a meningioma tumor removed from her brain. Again, more meds. She has Osteopenia, high cholesterol, and in the last 6 months we found out she had a blood clot in her leg; so now she's on Coumadin as well! My mother is only 52 and takes more medicine in a day than my 75 yr old grandmother! I would LOVE nothing more than to see her get off all these meds & be a healthy, happy individual. The biggest obstacle, though, is all the meds she's on cause her the inability to eat certain foods; ie the Coumadin prevents her from eating lots of leafy greens. Certain foods, like citrus fruits, trigger migraines for her. SO my question is, how can I start her on this path to eating whole foods when there are so many foods she isn't suppose to eat? Should we first consult her neurologist/family/coumadin doc? I'd love some feedback on what you all think & what direction we should take! She truly is a great candidate for this type of eating and I know it would only make her better! And in turn, I'm sure this way of eating would benefit my father as well & help with his High BP & Diabetes!
  14. I'm feeling pretty frustrated. I started Whole 30 on April 1. I have not cheated. I drink plenty of water (watered down coconut water) and if not that, green tea or black coffee. Meals are usually - Breakfast: 3 eggs and half and avocado (sometimes I add some shredded pork) Lunch: lean protein with veggies, snack: nuts, dinner: protein and veggies (avocado - depending) I work out 3-4 times a week, Crossfit. By mid-way I was experiencing may of the benefits of Whole 30 - great sleep, good energy, stable mood, etc. But there was no body change. In fact my pants were feeling tighter. (Background - I did Whole 30 in January too. My body changed a bit, but it wasn't really fat - it was just water and general bloating.) I thought maybe I was eating too much fat, so I cut way back on the avocados and eliminated any fruit for about a week. My energy level tanked. I added back the avocado, fruit, and some almond butter and saw an increase in energy - YAY! Well here I am on Day 26 and I'm having crazy digestive issues, my second migraine in three days, and I have not lost a single centimeter. Any where on my body. I'm wondering, since I'm having migraines - is it possible it's taken my body this long to begin the hormone switch associated with Whole 30? Is it possible that my Mirena birth-control - being a hormonal thing - impacts the way my hormones respond to Whole 30? I'm feeling VERY discouraged. I was planning to go for 60 days of Whole 30 but with the migraines and the zero leaning out - I'm wondering "what's the point?" I see all these wonderful body transformations that result from Whole 30 and I'm so bummed that after two tries, NO cheating, and regular exercise - it's not happening for me. And I'm having more migraines. Thanks, in advance, for any insight you can provide.
  15. Migraines

    Hi All, Long time sufferer of migraines. Once (sometimes twice) a month. generally lasting 3 - 5 days. Standard symptoms - severe headache, neck ache, nausea, sensitivities to light and sound, Extreme hot flashes followed by extreme cold flashes. They are connected to my cycle. I have to admit that they are quite a bit better since my first whole 30 - down to suffering anywhere between 1/2 day to 2 days still. And only once a month. I am still wondering if there is something more that I can do. A friend suggested I try a 21 day liver cleanse - consisting of Hot water and lemon, Milk Thistle supplement, and digestive enzymes. Once a day after breakfast. It sounds reasonable. Wanted to get some peoples' feedback on this. Or any other suggestions to alliviate the pain. Second question - Are digestive enzymes the same thing as probiotics?