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  1. I'm starting today. I just got back from vacation, and I ate enough junk/fake food. It's time. Now I just need some more accountability. Does anyone want to be my accountability partner?
  2. Day 29.

    It's day 29. I thought day 10 was the hardest, but I was wrong. Initially, I started Whole30 because I wanted to just generally feel better, although I wasn't even sure what that meant. Growing up I was blessed with a mother who made food from scratch and eliminated things like sugar and processed food from our family diet, without us even knowing the difference. We rarely ate out, so splurging wasn't an issue. As a young professional, I kept that habit. I got married last year and we've been trying to cram as many trips as we can into our first couple years of marriage before we start having kids. It's been a wonderful, wild ride, but we've obviously been "indulging" a lot more than I'm used to. Ergo, Whole30 came into the picture. I just felt like I needed to hit a reset button. So far I've survived a brunch wedding reception with a donut bar and bacon on a stick, our July 4 family gathering with chili dogs and beer, an out-of-town bridal shower (brunch again), and another out-of-town wedding that I was single-handedly coordinating, all while maintaining the Whole30 rules to a tee. While I feel slimmer, more energetic, and SO grateful to have somehow been able to meal prep through all the aforementioned events and say "no thank you" repeatedly to cupcakes and wine and bacon, I'm still, somehow, simultaneously just tired. We got home yesterday from the out-of-town wedding and my entire body ached. I had zero motivation to make the dinner I'd planned and when I did make it, it turned out horrible (for the first time in my Whole30 journey). I know I'm almost there, but for some reason Wednesday seems like a lifetime away. I'm tired of dishes. I'm tired of thinking about food all day. I'm tired of saying, "no thank you", and I'm tired of dreaming about pizza. I reflected a lot on the last (almost) 30 days while in the car on the way home yesterday and was so grateful for all the food lessons I've learned, all the great conversations I've had with friends and family members about this program, and just generally for finding out what "feeling better" really looks like for me. I think, though, more than anything, I'm ready to be unrestricted and figure out what works for me long-term and what I can still indulge in from time-to-time. Accountability, motivation, and encouragement are greatly appreciated
  3. Hello Whole30 Community - I'm Rebecca from Colorado - my husband and I, newly retired at 63, are on day 7 of the Whole30 experience. It's going well, as we are pretty active and have been cleaning up our diet over the last few years due to concerns about aging and staying as healthy as possible. We've had some dear friends and family decline and die recently, some of whose lives might have been longer with better lifestyle choices. It's sobering (no pun intended regarding alcohol - although that was a factor in several of the deaths). I've been gluten-free for about 10 years (non-celiac, but very sensitive to wheat) and had reduced my dairy and corn consumption sharply as well. My body mass index, digestive health, and sinus health have improved considerably, but not enough. Walking is my favorite exercise. My husband, Greg, who is a runner, prided himself at being able to eat anything (and everything, sometimes!), but realized he needed to cut back on grains, processed carbs, and added sugar. One of his concerns was joint and tendon pain, as well as trying to maintain his perennially slim profile. We aren't experiencing any adverse physical effects so far. Feeling great, sleeping well, and heads are clear. The only downside to Whole30 for me this first week is the extra meal planning and time-consuming preparation. I'm the chief meal planner and head cook - my husband makes salads and pitches in with veggie chopping, clean-up and grocery shopping. We'd be interested to hear from other over-60 participants, especially on keeping up their energy! We are also doing meditation and yoga. Thanks and glad to be here.
  4. Hey guys!! I've done 2 rounds of Whole30 before and I LOVE how I feel after. This time I'm getting in shape for an upcoming trip, and this week I'm preparing for my March 1st start date by researching (reading the 30 day guide as fast as possible), printing my favourite recipes for easy access, and talking to my friends about my journey! If you would like to chat about Whole30 and nutrition, (and maybe you even have some travel suggestions for Australia) please join me!! We can keep each other excited, motivated and accountable ☺
  5. Hello, I'm on day 13 today, and I feel like I am killing it as far as being prepared and sticking to the guidelines. I even made it through a road trip, baby shower and retirement party where there was a taco cart caterer- that's unchartered territory for me to resist the temptation! Other than not craving some of the foods I used to consume daily, or not missing my beer very much, I'm seeing/feeling very little progress. I broke the scale rule, I'm sorry! I get why we are told not to, because the number definitely can mess with your head. On day 8, I weighed myself and found that I had lost 0 weight, which was very frustrating. I have not weighed myself since and have stuck to the rest of the guidelines, but I can't help but feel afraid that I won't see any of the life-changing results I've read so much about. I get that it is not all about weight, but I've also seen VERY little NSVs. I haven't achieved "Tiger Blood," my clothing still fits exactly the same, I still have some blemishes that pop up, none of this skin glowy goodness. The only thing I can say is that my energy is more consistent throughout the day (only 1 cup of coffee per day, in the morning) though I do wake up with some gnarly eye bags in the morning, and that I have gotten back into a workout routine. Other than that, I generally feel the same, if anything, I have been slightly more emotional. I guess I just need to know that others have experienced something similar, and get some encouragement that this will eventually sort itself out. I would totally be willing to go for a Whole45, but I have a 10-day trip to Mexico just 4 days after my Whole30 ends. Thanks in advance for any words/help!
  6. Hello, I'm on day 13 today, and I feel like I am killing it as far as being prepared and sticking to the guidelines. I even made it through a road trip, baby shower and retirement party where there was a taco cart caterer- that's unchartered territory for me to resist the temptation! Other than not craving some of the foods I used to consume daily, or not missing my beer very much, I'm seeing/feeling very little progress. I broke the scale rule, I'm sorry! I get why we are told not to, because the number definitely can mess with your head. On day 8, I weighed myself and found that I had lost 0 weight, which was very frustrating. I have not weighed myself since and have stuck to the rest of the guidelines, but I can't help but feel afraid that I won't see any of the life-changing results I've read so much about. I get that it is not all about weight, but I've also seen VERY little NSVs. I haven't achieved "Tiger Blood," my clothing still fits exactly the same, I still have some blemishes that pop up, none of this skin glowy goodness. The only thing I can say is that my energy is more consistent throughout the day (only 1 cup of coffee per day, in the morning) though I do wake up with some gnarly eye bags in the morning, and that I have gotten back into a workout routine. Other than that, I generally feel the same, if anything, I have been slightly more emotional. I guess I just need to know that others have experienced something similar, and get some encouragement that this will eventually sort itself out. I would totally be willing to go for a Whole45, but I have a 10-day trip to Mexico just 4 days after my Whole30 ends. Thanks in advance for any words/help!
  7. Tzipi

    Hi ! I'm a new member. I'm very excited about this. I have been suffering from abdominal discomfort for years since i had a partial colectomy for colon cancer. I never have been able to figure out what foods will make me feel better, but I've been told that carbs and processed food are probably the culprit. I need lots of support for this but i feel very highly motivated. Will really appreciate any supportive comments from the community. I started this morning Jan 2. For breakfast this morning I had a big salad of cabbage , cucumbers, scallions, red pepper, tuna and hard boiled egg. I dressed it with olive oil and lemon juice. It was delicious. Im happy to be part of this community. Looking forward
  8. Day 6- need some motivation

    Hey everyone! I am on day 6 of my first whole30 here. Thankfully I have only had negative symptoms on Day 2 and man was that headache rough!! I made it through the weekend feeling good. I'm 21 so I brought along some La Croix while we went out to the bars. The whole30 has already improved my cooking skills and meal prep is a necessity. I started this with a coworker who had made it three weeks in to her program and cheated so she restarted. This weekend she completely fell off the wagon again so now I feel like I have no support. My boyfriend constantly complains about how he doesn't feel good physically and I've tried to get him to join me but I can't make him, he has to commit himself. So now I'm feeling like I'm doing this crazy thing alone with no support or anyone to hold me accountable. I'm lucky to not have any negative symptoms but that concerns me that maybe I'm not doing something right! I always check my labels and have not had a single slip up. The grocery bill sure is a lot higher I'll say! But overall I'm feeling so good about the choice I've made for my body and my mind! Just want to share my experience and get some help from others going through the same things!
  9. Starting June 28, 2016!

    Hi all! My name is Molly, I'm planning on starting my first Whole30 on June 28th, since I'm currently doing a lot of traveling, and that start date should give me plenty of time to get back home (which is currently located in Vancouver, BC) and do all the prep I need. I'll be doing the Whole30 alone, since my boyfriend (who lives with me) isn't 100% on board and none of my friends in the area seems interested. I will have support from at least one of my friends, but she's vegan, so I don't feel entirely comfortable talking to her about all the (delicious) meat I'm going to be eating! I've read both of the Hartwigs' books, and I'm psyched to start, but I also know that this is going to be a bit of a struggle for me. As a grad student, I'm used to eating whatever I can find that's convenient, cheap, or free. This usually means lots of carby snacks, crappy takeout, and department-subsidized pizza or Timbits. Since I'm doing this over the summer, I should have a lot more freedom to make my own schedule, rather than dashing back and forth from campus to go to classes or teach, but I'm still worried about my research and summer studies driving me to stress-eat, especially with the Tim Hortons right around the corner and a boyfriend whose favorite foods include crap, deep fried crap, and sugar-coated crap. Boyfriend has at least agreed to avoid alcohol with me for 30 days, which will definitely make things easier for me, since alcohol is a big part of grad school socializing and, to be totally honest, there's nothing like a pint to take the edge off a stressful meeting with a professor (a.k.a., any meeting with a professor). I should probably also note that my area of study is meat and DAIRY in the ancient Mediterranean. There will definitely be days during my whole 30 where it will literally be my job to read about non-compliant foods. So, I'm here to look for advice, support, ideas, inspiration, and anyone who might be starting on or around the same day. If you are, please do get in touch. I'd love to have some buddies to share the roller coaster ride that is the Whole30! Molly
  10. Beach fun, long hikes, fit in that gorgeous dress, overall health... what is your motivation to start Whole 30 this month? I want to be able to walk 450 kms and fit in ALL my clothes and just feel great inside and out. What about you?
  11. So this is not the first time I have tried a diet or new eating program. It is the first time I want to put all of myself into it and try as much as I can. I've ordered the books, read almost all of this website and feel mentally ready to do this. There is one problem. I was going to start on Saturday, then found a reason to wait until Sunday. Then on Sunday I decided it would be best to start on Monday. Now here it is Monday and I didn't start. I have one gigantic thing that is the hardest for me to quit. It is really embarrassing because I know there are people out there that struggle with real addiction to drugs or cigarettes or alcohol. The thing I can't seem to get myself to give up is my morning mocha. For about eight years now I have had one every morning and sometimes a second in the afternoon. Not only is that not good for me, its a lot on my wallet. In any case, I am hoping someone can help me? How do I quit wanting it every morning? I really don't even think its the caffeine so much. I mean it plays a role in it, but I think I have some serious dependency on it. I want one when I wake up, when I have a long photo shoot, when something bad happened, when something good happened. Is there anyone out there that can help me please? I am 34 years old, single, very overwieght, unhappy, and well on my way to becoming a cat lady if I don't make some changes in my life. But clearly I can't do this by myself. Any advice would be much appreciated!
  12. So after completing my first Whole30 in August I was so happy with my overall fitness and weight and the fact that I stuck it out for a month. Everything was just wonderful! Fast forward to now January and since then I totally went haywire. I have gained 7kgs, cant stop eating gluten, dairy and absolutely CRAVE sugar especially at night, im a serial binge eater and have no motivation whatsoever. Im only 22, I should be active and full of life but working a desk job makes me super lazy (8 hours of sitting down everyday.) I need some motivation again and I need serious help. Thinking if any legends out there wants to join in with me and help each other we could start asap?
  13. Starting on Thursday Oct. 29

    Followed the AIP for a very long time, for health reason . But it seems I need a new challenge in order to get back and keep on track. i'll start on Thursday when I'll be back home after a few days in Denver visiting my son. Went to "True food kitchen" and had a spaghetti squash casserole that should be easy to replicate without the cheese. By the way I love to cook!
  14. I had a very bad night last night. And while I am doing better today, I'm still feeling very discouraged. The first 15 to 20 days of my Whole30 I continued to struggle with upper GI issues I have battled since I was 18, nearly 15 years of it. Somewhere near day 20 this finally began to get better. And I finally felt like my digestion evened out and was more average or normal for me. Then near Day 30 I started to observe new symptoms, lower GI issues. It could be they were there on Day 20 and I didn't recognize them because they were mild and I was so relieved to have the upper GI distress done with. I can't really say at this point. But I can say that I have had only one or two days since Day 30 where I could count my digestion as having no issues what-so-ever. No gas or gurgling at all. And this is what I find discouraging. Am I expecting something I shouldn't? I thought I was supposed to have invisible digestion. And when I was able to have multiple days in a row of that, THEN I could do a re-intro. I am on Day 44. I have tried to do a corn re-intro and a rice re-intro. While I think I know what symptoms I can attribute to those grains, I can't really know for sure because, in my mind, I never stabilized and had no symptoms at all. I have been researching FODMAPs and have been trying to cut them out but have not been successful. There are just SO many of them, and with it being harvest season I just can't justify passing those foods up. From the research I've done, I would be limited to squash, greens, and many root veggies, along with some citruses and olives. And that's basically it. I think I can do that for a while later into the winter, but I just can't start doing it out of the blue at this time of year. I was so discouraged last night I didn't even eat dinner. I was battling over whether to go out and get a Thai curry (comfort food) or not and basically throwing a pity party tantrum. I kept wondering why I should continue to bother. If I can't do re-intros, why not jump to riding my own bike. I won't know how things affect me one way or the other because I never don't have symptoms. So while I didn't break down and get curry, or a hamburger, I did decide to give myself a break today. I allowed in some dairy this morning and will in my dinner plan as well. And I expect to be back at compliance tomorrow, with FODMAPs. And I'm just going to wait until later in the season and see if I can find the right time to cut out FODMAPs to observe the affect. I know this is long. I needed to vent. And I'm looking for some support. I'm still pretty weepy over this. It just feels dumb and hopeless. I'm seeing other positives, but how can I possibly know what I can and can't digest well when it seems like I can't digest /anything/ properly?
  15. Day 9 into my very first Whole30! I can definitely see why the timeline says that if you're going to quit, you're most likely to quit right around this time. My "good decision" high has worn off and the super energy boost I was feeling last week has gone in the absolute opposite direction (even though I'm finally sleeping through the night again). I'm still finding meals super yummy, but recent tummy troubles have made meal time less appetizing. I haven't seen any (positive) changes to my body composition yet. My poor husband tells me I've been grouchy and, if given a choice, I'd likely choose to stay home in my PJs all day and ignore the world. Fortunately work keeps me in the land of the living, but even at work I'm feeling like a sourpuss. I'm having a lot of doubt right now and I just wanted to say hi and see if anyone else out there has been through it and has come out on the other side. I'm finding myself second guessing my program - am I doing it right? Are my portions too big/too small? Am I eating too many (sweet) potatoes? I'm using the Whole30 book and the Instagram page for all my recipes, so I can't imagine that I'm doing it incorrectly. I'm so committed to doing this for myself, but I admit I'm in a rough patch and since this is my first Whole30, I don't know if the benefits are just waiting right around the corner. 21 days to go and I want to stay strong!! Thanks for listening
  16. Starting June 6th, words of wisdom?

    Hi! My name is Anne and I am a returning Whole30-er. I completed my first one two years ago and have tried to complete another one, but have yet to succeed. I keep making it a week or two in and finding a reason (a stupid one I'm sure) to cheat. I never can seem to pick it back up right away and start on Day One again after that one cheat. I wait a couple of months and try another one. But NOT THIS TIME! I can and will succeed because this is the only body I'll ever have and I want it to be healthy! Any wisdom from you all? How have you recovered from a cheat or two? Or rather what are some strategies you have used to combat the cravings for not so good for you food? Especially in stressful situations.
  17. Hello, tomorrow June 1st begins my first Whole30. I'm slightly nervous as I'm not sure how far I'll go before I break down for a cookie,soda, or any of the other not so good for you things I've been shoving in my face in recent years. I had knee surgery in early May and that was truly a wake up call about about how I've been treating my body. It's no wonder things have started to break down. Most of all I'm excited for the possibilities and the opportunities to learn how my body really reacts to food. I feel this will be the beginning of a journey I will never forget. I'm sure I'll see you all around as I ask many questions and read every topic in the Can I have... section. Chalice
  18. Hi Everyone, I started my first Whole30 on May 19th. It's been harder and easier then I expected. It's been easier or rather I've enjoyed committing to healthy eating 100%, but at the same time my cravings have been more intense than I expected. When I read that some people have craving dreams during the Whole30 I didn't expect to experience that personally. But last night I had a dream about nuts and cashews of all things. Lol Having craving dreams about foods I can have is a good thing right? Unfortunately my cravings during the day always seem to be focused on sweet foods and baked good. :/ The first couple days my main struggle has been portion sizes. Day 1, I seemed to be hungry all day. Day 2, was a little better though not a ton. Today, Day 3, I am going between feeling too full to eat when meal time comes to feeling really hungry in between meals. Not sure what that's about... But I'm optimistic that my body will adapt and I will begin to see a healthy pattern develop. I'm looking forward to seeing the difference in my body over the next 30 days! I appreciate any and all encouragement and suggestions that you may have. Sincerely, Hannah
  19. Hi, I haven't technically started Whole 30 yet, but the fact that there are as many of you out there to help me get through the hard times is incredibly motivating. Before getting off the ground, however, I've run into a bit of a hitch. My future husband (April 25, 2015!) is not one to control his eating. I will say, when he is gaining weight, he does an OK job of monitoring his intake and choosing "grilled" instead of "fried" or "diet" instead of "regular". But that is the extent of it. When I asked his interest level about Whole 30 (to start it after our honeymoon), he was completely uninterested. He doesn't see the benefits outweighing his desire to eat crappy food. His comment, "it's like speeding. I will always want to go 75 in a 70" How do I motivate a mentality like that?? He says he will do this with me, and I believe him. I truly think that if he goes the 30 days without cheating, he will see a difference and stick with the healthier eating program, but the trick is getting him NOT to cheat with bad foods/soda/cheese. Not to mention, I'm not much of a cook, so that will add an extra challenge. I mean, how can you add flavor in paleo?? I guess that is one thing I will figure out on this journey. Help!! -Jess
  20. I'm on Day 12 and everything has been going great. Today, my school cafeteria (I'm a teacher and I usually eat lunch at school) is serving pasta alfredo. This is killing me right now. It's all I can think about and suddenly my Whole30 compliant lunch that I brought from home (grass fed steak, celery root puree and sauteed cabbage) sounds completely unappetizing. All I want is some creamy, garlicky, cheesy pasta. This is my second whole30 and I have never had a dragon rear it's ugly head as passionately as the dragon before me right now. This is why we have the whole30, right? To overcome this unhealthy relationship with food. I know this, but it's not helping right now (although it usually does). How do you get through these moments?
  21. Instagram for Whole30?

    Hi everyone! I love following people's Whole30 journeys on Instagram! I get lots of motivation and meal inspiration there, and I'm going to try to start doing more food posts myself. Anyone else using Instagram to post about Whole30? Leave your IG name below! @jennysara11
  22. Hey there I'm on Day 16 and so far I am doing okay. But since a few days I have absolutley no motivation to keep going! It's not that I'm craving for something. I'm just so lazy/tired to do anything. I have abolutley no energy and whenever it comes to food I would rather eat nothing than cook or warm up pre cooked stuff. I really don't know whats going on. And so far I feel like I haven't lost a pound. I know that the whole30 isn't about losing weight! But I need to lose weight. Something around 30pounds. And I dind't excpet to lose all in those 30 days. But I tought that 10pounds or something would be possbile. Maybe I'm eating to much! But I always stop when I'm not hungry anymore and I really stick to all the rules and the Meal Template. And I actually cannot really feel any positive diffrence so far. I still have all the same spots on my face, I am tired and sleep bad and my hair and nails are still weak! What am I doing wrong??
  23. I'm on day 5 of my second Whole30 and I'm having a hard time staying motivated. I've found better recipes and I'm trying not to cook separate meals for my family this time around. That has made things easier but I'm starting to wonder if all the sacrifice and struggle is worth the benefits. Don't get me wrong, I know there are many benefits but I found them to be pretty short lived from my first Whole30. I lost 6lbs (I don't know how people lose 20!) and I gained it back within a matter of weeks. I didn't lose my taste for coffee creamer or some of the other things I enjoyed pre-Whole30, in fact it probably made me want that stuff even more. On the plus side, I felt more comfortable experimenting with recipes and creating meals. I could never live a Whole30 lifestyle because it's so much work and way more expensive. I spent close to $200 on groceries for a family of 3 and cooked all weekend in the kitchen. Sadly, most of that stuff will only last one week. I'll admit to being an emotional eater but I've actually found that I dread meal time now because all I can think about is what I can't eat. Is this just a Day 5 lull or am I the only one who feels like this?
  24. Hey there, I am a 31 (almost 32) year old female that works a lot, stays fairly active but due to my busy lifestyle I haven't paid as much attention to my diet as I should. My parents both have health issues and I am determined to not go down that path. With that said, I have made the decision to do the Whole30 challenge starting on Monday (10/13/2014)! This is a big step for myself because like many other people on here, I love my coffee (with creamer) and have not paid as much attention to ingredients as I should. I was in the best shape of my life while living in Korea for a year and I base it solely on the food not being processed. I want to be happy with my body, happy with lifestyle and healthy. Thank you for offering this option and I will continue to document my progress. Kind Regards, Heidi
  25. I need help!!!

    hey everybody on the forum! How are you? I have successfully completed my first, and so far only whole30, which lasted for almost 70 days in the spring/summer of 2013. I absolutely loved how I felt, how much energy I had and how great food tasted. However, then I went on vacation. A seven day cruise to the Bahamas as a graduation present. I ate, and I ate a lot, of everything! I loved it, for one or two days, but then I had the worst mood swings, tiredness, and just an overall feeling of failure. I had lost near 20 pounds following an almost crazy intense workout routine of over 2-3 hours of working out a day and an absolute lack of any caloric intake that wasn't absolutely necessary. I completed this whole30 during the last semester of my senior year of college and I wouldn't have changed a single thing. However, since June, I cannot muster up the courage and the desire to do another whole30. I start for a day or two, then give in and tell myself that I deserve whatever it is that I want. I have been gluten free since the completion of the whole30, and I am extra sensitive to dairy. I am in an almost depressed state when it comes to my mind and body. I moved to Ireland to play basketball here, so I am pretty much alone when it comes to the desire to eat anything besides meat, potatoes and veg. Please help! I could use any support or advice that could be offered!