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  1. Started July 3rd, 2017

    Feeling great on day#21. On the road I've had meat, poultry, or fish, with vegetables, maybe baked potato, using little if any salt, but with instructions to cook or grill them plain. Left most of canned Brussels sprouts on the plate last night. Carrying hard boiled eggs, apples, bottled water in cooler in the car. Appetite well controlled, energy high (I stopped caffeine at same time started whole30 & got brief headache,) mood is good. I'm gonna stay on this for foreseeable future. Goals more vegetables & more recipes.
  2. Hello everyone, I'm posting here to see what, if any, advice/ encouragement, I can get from other women who have completed a W30 during pregnancy. I started the W30 on April 24th and found out I was pregnant on April 25th. At this point, I should be right around 8 weeks. I have read many threads addressing morning sickness and food aversions, which were helpful, but I'm curious to know about how others felt over this time in regards to energy and mood. Fortunately, I feel I've gotten better at managing my blood sugar levels - eat first thing in the a.m./ before I leave the house, and eat small meals/ snacks throughout the day. Being as I'm now on Day 19, I was hoping I'd have some rush of energy or some hint of awesomeness. Sorry to say, but there is not a drop of tiger blood running through my body these days. Overall, my energy is average from waking until I get home from work. At that point, I just want to get in bed for a nap or lounge on the couch. I have no interest in cooking most nights, and doing so can put me in a bad mood. I just feel too drained to deal with it. As for my mood the past few days, I really feel more flat than anything. I'm not sad, not happy, just bleh. (All that I'm describing here is not my "normal". I generally had decent energy and mood was content-happy.) I really want to stick this through Day 30 and 10-day reintroduction, but I sometimes feel so defeated I just want to stop and start reintroducing. Or at least eat something besides protein, veggies, and fruit - even though I enjoy those foods (most of the time) and I know they're good for me. I did not have nausea/ food aversions with my first pregnancy, so this is completely new and different for me. I honestly don't know if my symptoms, i.e. mood and energy are W30-related or pregnancy-related, but I'm guessing the latter. I do have a supportive husband who is also doing the W30, and we have a 2.5 year old son. I just didn't think it would be this difficult this far in the game
  3. hi there Whole30 community! just wanted to share how i feel on my Day 23. I started the program mostly for the health reasons ( my sugar cravings were uncontrollable!!!!!) . I know that this is not a weight loss diet and benefits of the program are so much greater that just shedding the pounds. however i was 172 lbs on 8/17, my first day of the program and and i am [edited by moderator to remove weight] for last couple of day i have noticed that my sugar cravings are less and it seems i am able to do the right plate composition as i am now holding about 5 hour intervals between meals. however what was surprising to me, that this morning my usual portion sizes for greens and protein seemed too much food to handle. weeks ago looking at the same amounts on my plate i would say it was too little. overall i am very happy how things are going thus fur. i do not lie , i still have cravings for junk food and sugary treats, but i am managing it so much better ! Soon I will be traveling for few weeks covering different countries across different time zones, this will probably be a test to how i do in this circumstances, i would like to be prepared and keep the program going till finish 30 days and beyond. so i would like to get as much feedback from the community as possible on "survival" during travel, adjusting the eating habits to new environment and time zone too. thanks in advance,
  4. This is my first Whole30. I've never been able to stick with a strict plan due to my mood becoming affected (irritable, mostly). It was helpful to read in the Whole30 book that cravings, on average, last between 3-5 minutes. I've been tracking this and so far it rings true for me. My biggest challenge in all of 2 days is finding the time to get food on the fly. I haven't found one prepared food without sugar, which is eye-opening. I gave up wine a week prior and sleep so much better. Anyway, looking forward to the challenge!
  5. Hi all, I am on Day 3 of my first Whole30. Things have been going surprisingly well in regards to compliance and physical symptoms, however, I am finding that my anxiety is driving me CRAZY! Background: I have always been an anxious person, and although it's never been so severe that I have needed medication, when things are bad it certainly interferes with my enjoyment of life and make me irritable with people I care about, etc. Generally, when I feel anxious about my new job, or have stress about my busy schedule, or am in any way feeling emotionally sub-optimal, I have a snack. Usually junk food. Now, on Whole30, that "escape route" is unavailable to me and I am REALLY feeling it. My chest is always fluttery, my hands occasionally get the tingles, and my irritability level is slowly climbing. (And I know that these are symptoms of my anxiety and not an underlying medical condition, in case anyone would wonder). I'm hoping I am not the only person who has experienced this. Thankfully, the actual cravings have been minimal, plus I am so horrified at how blatantly I have been treating my anxiety with snacks that my resolve to stick to the plan and BREAK this cycle is getting stronger by the day, so right now I'm not too worried about falling off the wagon. However, if anyone has a similar story and has found ways to redirect their anxiety or invented some healthier ways to cope, I would love to hear them. Thanks!
  6. Hi Whole 30ers, I completed a Whole 45 (wasn't ready at Day 30 to let it go) and I've been diligently reintroducing foods on schedule. Yesterday was dairy. And, yesterday, I didn't feel that much of a difference: slightly bloated, unfocused, gassy - but nothing crazy. But this morning, when I woke up, my watch didn't fit on its normal rung, my ring was tight on my finger, and I was slightly constipated (which hasn't happened in a long time). THEN...I went for a run with my husband and I couldn't quite keep pace with him, and I flipped out! I mean, my mood did a complete 180 -- it was like this ugly monster came out expressing my worst fears about inferiority etc...etc... and I started crying and couldn't stop for a while. The rest of the day, I was in a fog, felt like a Mack truck had hit me. Now, I have not suffered from depression, clinical anxiety or any other psychological disorder, but an occasional freak-out is not entirely out of character for me. But this did not feel like me - and it came out of nowhere - and I was so so sad and down. I have tried finding research about reactions of dairy with mood and I can't find anything that directly correlates, and how quickly mood can be affected. Questions for this forum: 1. Do you think this behavior could have been caused by simply eating some DAIRY products this day before? I've eaten dairy my whole life and seemingly never had any issues. 2. Has anyone else had this reaction? If so, did you eliminate dairy from your diet from then forward? How quickly (or far after) did you experience these side effects? I really appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks, EJ
  7. So this is my Day 6. Before Whole30, I was 70-80 lbs overweight and basically living on carbs and junk food. I was absolutely a hardcore carb addict Since starting Whole30, I basically haven't been hungry at all. Don't get me wrong- I'm following the program and eating my three meals a day. But I never feel starving and I barely feel hungry. Also, I'm not craving ANYTHING (what the heck?). It makes me wonder if I'm doing something wrong. I don't think I'm eating too much or anything, but this is just SO strange. I expected this to be so much harder. The Sugar Dragon has yet to rear its ugly head, and the only things I'm really missing are Diet Coke and a glass of wine after work. I'm not even relying on fruit, I've only been eating one very large fuji apple a day. This isn't normal for me- on previous carb-cutting eating plans I've tried, the Sugar Dragon was brutal. HOWEVER I feel like my mood is basically a rollercoaster. My experience really isn't closely following the Whole30 timeline. I go from feeling good about things, to ambivalent, to downright grumpy. I never really had a "Kill All the Things," just grouchy. And I'm already really really bored with food. Which worries me, because it's super early, and also, I've been cooking a large variety of Whole30 compliant recipes. I've been sleepy the whole time and also not sleeping well. I had to pop a melatonin the last two night just to get some sleep, since I'm a nurse and if I don't sleep, I put my patients in danger by being less alert. Anyway, I'm just seeking some sort of validation or confirmation that this can be normal. I am 100% committed to my Whole30, and I am 100% committed to improving my health. Thank you in advance! -Jessica
  8. 3 weeks in; so far, so good

    I'm late checking into the forum, so I'm already 3 weeks into the program and feeling amazing. I already knew that I do much better without gluten (which inflame the arthritis in my knees, among other things) and, since I discovered about 5 years ago that I'm lactose intolerant, I didn't find getting into the program all that hard, since I'm used to cooking gluten and lactose free. But I've been pleasantly surprised by other ways that I'm feeling better: -- Much MUCH less stiffness. Even after a 2 mile walk with my dog in the morning, it was hard bending over to pick up the newspaper. Not a problem anymore. -- Like many folks on the board, I've had a lot of trouble fighting a monolithic sweet tooth, so I was worried consuming fruit would lead to binges. Hasn't really been a problem, which delights me, because being allowed fruit makes this a much easier-to-stick-to program compared to Atkins or strict paleo. -- Another big problem over the years is that the hormone (whatever it is!) that regulates fullness never seemed to work in me. I'd end up overeating because I never felt full -- and was hungry as soon as 60 minutes after a meal even if it was a low carb, high fat meal. But twice today I pushed away the plate before it was empty. I'm so THRILLED to say "I'm full" after eating a NORMAL, moderate amount of food! So that's a delightful surprise I wasn't expecting. Not sure what's going on except maybe hormone levels and perhaps gut health has improved. -- My mood is UP along with my energy levels. Sometimes feeling euphorically happy. Was dancing while making lunch today... which freaked out my dogs, but that was fun, too. Either way, I'm thrilled at how much I'm enjoying this. Haven't a clue whether I've lost weight (although I suspect I have) but I don't care. I'm a woman in my late 50s, so I don't expect dramatic weightloss. Feeling this good is WORTH it, regardless of what the scale says next week. Thank you, Hartwigs and Whole30! Kim
  9. ...... and I FINALLY feel like I'm back to myself! Pregnancy absolutely clobbered me. I was sick as a dog through the first tri, and the only things I could get past my lips and not immediately spew were english muffins and ginger ale. That's all I ate for three months! Ack! Not surprisingly, by the end of my pregnancy, I had gained a colossal 50lbs and was suffering from all kinds of inflammatory ailments, carpal tunnel, etc. After my baby was born in October, I was kinda shocked to see that the weight did not "magically" fall off. I know I can't weight myself until Day 31, but I'm sure I'm back down to my pre-preg weight, which is amazing. But all that aside, I also suffered from incredible, debilitating postpartum depression, from about 3 months pp until about 7 months, when it slowly started improving. This included awful intrusive thoughts, extreme mood swings, debilitating insomnia, and inexplicably crying. BUT! After I finished the sugar detox stage around day 4, I started feelilng awesome. I'm full of energy. Instead of wanting to ram people on the sidewalk who are slow-walking ahead of me, I'm all smiles and saying "hello" to random strangers. I feel fantastic. And I'm just barely halfway through!
  10. My husband and I both started eating a Paleo diet. We did the Whole30 in July (woohoo!) and continued with it's principals since then. We both have had quite a distinct change in our mood. Where we before were happy and content we are moody and grouchy and blah. We really like the way Whole30/Paleo makes us feel physically. But the mood problems need to change or it isn't feasible to continue. My husband is one of the most easy going, happy men I know. And he is short tempered and feels like he is losing his mind. I have bi-polar depression and that could play into this. However, I have been steady on my meds for years now with no issues. I was actually hoping this lifestyle change would make me feel even better not worse. I feel like I do when my meds are not working well. Super irritable and short tempered. It is so discouraging. Any help or direction would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you so much. Food log of the last 3 days below. We eat similarly each day. Very rarely eat off plan. And when we do it's things such as sushi etc. and not sugary nastiness. Day 1 Meal 1 - all of our meal 1's are the same every day 2 eggs with orange pepper, mushroom, spinach and approx. 1/8 cup cubes yukon gold potatoes - fried in compliant bacon greese 2-3 pieces of compliant bacon 1/3 - 1/2 avocado Meal 2 - left overs from dinner the previous night - this meal was turkey breast pounded and rolled with seasonings (complaint) mushrooms, spinach and garlic. With roasted asparagus as a side. Meal 3 - turkey meatloaf (recipe from Make It Paleo cookbook) green salad with homemade ranch (compliant) dressing Day 2 Meal 1 - as stated above Meal 2 - leftovers from meal 3 above Meal 3 - ground turkey taco salad - ground turkey with all compliant ingredients and seasonings on bed of greens with cucumbers, red onion, tomatoes, red peppers with compliant ranch dressing Day 3 Meal 1 - as stated above Meal 2 - leftovers from meal 3 above Meal 3 - walnut-crusted port tenderloin recipe from Whole30 book with roasted brussel sprouts roasted in olive oil with salt and pepper
  11. Edgymama's Success Story

    I made it, I did it, I honestly didn't think it was that hard! What?! Maybe I was just ready for this change, or maybe it was the fact all the olives and avocados kept my salt tooth happy (because I have more of a salt dragon than sugar dragon haha). Regardless I did it and here is my final report! I plan on continuing a whole30 style life and will continue to log here for as long as I see fit. My journey has just begun What I didn't do great I did get on scale a couple times, this just wasn't a deal breaker for me though as I just don't feel this drives my happiness if that makes sense? As in although I would like the scale to say a lower number I measure my success on lots of other factors such as how my clothes fit and how I feel. I did eat I think 5 or 6 lara bars total, although I realized these could easily be a SWYPO for me I was happy I was able to identify that I would grab these because they were easy as opposed to me actually being hungry What I rocked Bar a couple meals, pretty much every meal I had fit the template! I was able to eat out twice and keep it simple and compliant I didn't even want to cry when turning down various sweets and other goodies SLEEP! As soon as my head hit the pillow at night I was out Handled some stressful times and not with food What I learned That my body can run really efficiently off three meals a day and rarely added snacks! IF I am fueling it properly! LaCroix is my new pop! I really enjoy having veggies with breakfast (ahem meal 1, thank you very much) Discovering new healthy foods for me AND my family is really rewarding Seeing my toddlers being more open to trying new foods is awesome (still a picky 5 year old but she actually put melon in her mouth which was huge!) That I did lots of mindless eating prior to the Whole30, so many tastes, and licks, and bites that I became aware of once I started turning them down. Other Advantages Skin clearer and glowy Happier mood (even after some mega stressful things) Sleeping like the dead Waking up feeling refereshed No more naps needed on the weekends (I was taking 3 to 4 hour naps easily once or twice a weekend previously) Teeth and eyes both seem brighter No more tummy issues (have IBS) Clothes are getting looser Cravings gone Oh and I am down 12 pounds Attached a pic of me day one and day 31, yes I know background and lighting are different and I am kind of smiling in second one but there is still no denying my face looks less puffy!
  12. Hi Everyone. I've been on antidepressants for many years now (yikes...about 20 years) with periodic med changes (Prozac, Wellbutrin, Lexapro) and attempts to go off of them. I didn't take them when I was pregnant or nursing ( three times ) and I have gone off of them for months at a time, but always end up back on them when my depression feels overwhelming. Currently I'm on Lexapro, 20 mg. I've gained about 15 pounds since I started taking Lexapro a year ago. I'm on day 27 of my first Whole30 today, and although I haven't weighed myself, my clothes aren't feeling any looser, and I don't think I look any different. I love the food, love the lack of stress about what to eat, and love the other non-scale victories, like less joint pain and better sleep. I'm wondering if I will ever be able to lose weight while I'm on this drug. I'm also wondering if I'll ever be able to go off of it...and if so, is it possible that diet could actually work to alleviate depression? Just wondering if anyone else has experience with any of this.
  13. I am, for the most part, stoked to be doing this program and already have felt the benefits of more energy, better focus, less inflammation, fewer skin rashes, etc. I've made it through the hangover, the necessary naps, and a six-day stomach ache, and I'm committed to seeing this through. BUT. I am so. hungry. all. the. time. Even when I'm not particularly hungry--when I eat a compliant meal, I'm just not feeling satisfied. I can't tell if it's cravings, that whole psychological hold food has on us (really identifying with the timeline right now), or if I'm not getting enough fat, or what. I eat until I'm full. I eat lots of protein. I add fats to every meal. But the second it's time to eat again, that moment my blood sugar dips, I feel extremely angry at anyone nearby and at every food group I'm not supposed to eat. And God help the family member who uses up the last of my ghee, or eats my last bag of nuts, or otherwise leaves me without other options when I'm needing sustenance. What do I do? Add extra meat? I feel like what I'm missing is more grease and fat, but I'm not sure how to add more than I'm already using. (Pre-Whole 30 I felt most satisfied after ... hate to say it ... a fast food meal. Maybe I'm really addicted to that kind of fat, and this is the withdrawal? Am I making things up at this point?) Does anyone else feel furious and vindictive about these restrictions at the halfway part, all the while grateful and committed and seeing progress?? I just fear I'll not be able to sustain this way of eating and living when it's over, even though it seems to be the only thing that has given me my energy back. Thanks for letting me vent.
  14. Day 17! Started on May 7th

    A friend told me about the book It Starts with Food and I got it and jumped in! I was drawn to it because of wanting to get a handle on my moods and hopeful to help with chronic tendonitis in my heel as well as shoulder pain thats been hangin on. And, as a side note to lose some stubborn weight. I'm feeling so much better than before. I'm way less foggy-headed and feel so much better in my body. I see this as a long term lifestyle change. I'm tired of being ruled by food and I can see how much food affects my mood. I was made for more than giving into sugar cravings and going on a guilt-cycle and having mood crashes! I feel like I'm stepping into freedom to live a fuller more abundant life. Going well. Definitely spending a lot of time in the kitchen, but I'm experimenting with a lot of new recipes and feeling good about all the changes. Getting ready to dig into some of the recipe resources to look for a new way to marinate my steaks. Excited for this new change in my life. It will be fantastic if it helps with tendonitis as well. Haven't noticed much on that forefront yet, but hopeful. I've noticed a lot of positive changes with my mood...and my waistline!
  15. Peanut Butter, No, No

    I have been Whole 30'ing for a bit now and wanted to give peanut butter a try. Peanut Butter was once a great go-to smothered on veggies and paired with fruits like apples and bananas. I re-introduced peanut butter into my diet this week and found some nasty after effects. I woke up feeling bloated and moody. I didnt feel as energized as I have been while whole 30'ing. I am interested in others thoughts on peanuts/legumes. Have you introduced them? How does eating peanut butter make you feel? for me...its not worth it. Buh-bye to peanut butter!
  16. I just started the Whole 30 on August 1st. I've been thinking about it for awhile but never committed. Around Feb/March I started doing Primal/Paleo pretty good...about 80/20 and felt great and lost about 12 pounds....then fell off the wagon hard....gained all of it back and my mood went back to pissy. Anyway, I'm trying again. Just a little back story, the reason I want to do this isn't to lose weight necessarily but to feel better. I have rheumatoid arthritis and have promised myself to get in gear for my health and overall wellbeing. I've also started going to the gym regularly, not doing anything extreme, but I'm not in any sort of shape at all...actually I did the free fit test at my gym when we joined and my fit age is 61 years 7 months.....I'm 29! That's awful. My heart rate is ridiculous when I do cardio...bought a HRM and I'm addicted. Anyway, back to topic...some of the things I'm having difficulty with...I'm on day 3 and last night(Day 2) I wanted animal crackers so bad I salivated a little I think. ha! I didn't do it but I wanted them bad. I woke up this morning wanting to skip the health breakfasts I've been doing cause I'm in a crabby mood and eat my husband's Fruity Pebbles....the whole bag. Don't worry, I didn't, but I wanted to. Also, my coffee in the morning usually consists of full half & half and 2 teaspoons sugar. I know that black coffee is doable but are there any suggesions for additions to make it better?? Also, I'd love to have a buddy. My husband isn't too helpful. He'll eat what I eat but he also loves his carbs and isn't ready to do this full on yet.