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  1. I have quite a few complex chronic health issues: fibromyalgia (18 years), pyrrole disporder, homozygous MTHFR mutation, copper toxicity, hypothyroidism, iron deficiency anemia, IBS, high cholesterol and BP, fatty liver, numerous nutritional deficiencies like zinc and B12, life-long excema, psoriasis, and I'm atopic with multiple low-grade food allergies (including lettuce if you can believe it!), anterior bony impingement syndrome in my ankles, bursitis in my shoulder, have very tight muscles and tendons body-wide, and I'm obese. These are the issues I can remember off the top of my head. As you can imagine, that's quite a list of symptoms, most of which change for apparently no good reason (or none that I have pinned down, anyway), and which could be impacted by quite and number of environmental or bodily factors - including other conditions. EG 'fibro fog' could also be the copper toxicity or the IBS might be firbromyalgia related or the pyrrole disorder. My hubby and I are almost finished our Whole30 and I'm not noticing a lot of changes - measurable or otherwise. I'm getting to sleep faster, but that might be largely because I've stopped my habit of eating something in bed at night (awful, I know) while I read till I start to fall asleep (helps shut my brain down). I still have IBS symptoms, but they may have improved a bit. My fibro is bad at the moment, largely due to back cramping which means some days I can't get through a shower without having to sit down. Judging from the fit of my clothes, I've lost a little bit of weight but I didn't want to get on the scales before or after, I wanted to go on how I felt. My memory sure hasn't improved! My integrative doctor (and the one I saw when we lived elsewhere) recommended going sugar, gluten, dairy, and caffeine free and low GI and paleo seemed the easiest way to get my head around doing that. When I started paleo early 2015 I was good as gold (with paleo treats) for 6 weeks before my husband was deployed and things fell a bit to the wayside and I started snacking unhealthily again. I noticed a big improvement in that 6 weeks - for the first time in years I was able to stand up at the kitchen counter long enough to help prepare and cook meals. We fell off the paleo-bandwagon almost completely in 2016 (meals were still pretty clean, but they were the only thing that was) until we started the Whole30 program (with the additional 'rules'). My integrative doc had me on a TON of supplements, which we can no longer afford. Part of that was a Metagenics cleanse to hopefully fix gut candida and dysbiosis (may be back given what my diet has been since then). She's pro vegan and that's not a direction I want to take. So I'm just seeing her to manage my hypothyroidism till I can hopefully (medical issues notwithstanding) get a part-time job to pay for her treatment and all the supplements and prescriptions. So, that's the background. My problem is that I'm torn about whether to extend our Whole30 or add to it by eliminating nightshades and/or other potentially problematic foods. Anybody have any thoughts?
  2. Folate & MTHFR

    I have the MTHFR gene mutation meaning I can not convert folic acid into folate. Because of this I must take Folate and B vitamins especially now that I am trying to conceive. I am currently on a supplement that has all the vitamins and minerals I am lacking. It is gluten, soy, corn, gmo etc free but has the equivalent of 6 grapes of natural fruit sugars. All the prenatals recommended on other threads have a small percentage of folic acid or gluten (since I have celiac disease as well) which I can not have. Would the fruit sugars found in my supplement sabotage my Whole 30 reset? Thank you!
  3. Hi, I'm Abbie! I'm looking for someone interested in having a buddy to check in and be a mutual support daily during the whole 30. I'm on day 3 (my start date was 3/4) but if you're a little ahead of me or about to start that works, too!!! I'd also love to connect with anyone going through any of the same issues I am going through as described below- regardless of where they are at in their journey! A little about me: - I'm a 27 years old female - I'm doing the whole 30 because I have some chronic health issues: depression/anxiety, recurring infections, and fatigue. - After years of conventional treatments, my doctor did some genetic testing and...SURPRISE! I have a genetic mutation associated with depression that causes your body to be unable to convert folic acid into folate and apparent you you really need folate for neurotransmitters to work properly- so the gene might be why I haven't found relief with conventional approaches. - After this diagnosis, I started working with an integrative medicine doctor who suggested I try cutting out gluten, sugar, dairy, and all forms of synthetic folic acid (which is, by the way, in everything!) I decided to give the whole 30 a try because I want to take control back over my health. For me this does include losing weight but my main goal is not how I look- it's my mental and physical health- both of which have been out of control and need to be addressed! Looking forward to connecting. Abbie
  4. Hi! I found out 4 months ago that I have an MTHFR gene mutation. I have had nearly 2 decades of progressing symptoms of this and it was after another miscarriage that I was tested. After an initial period of "oh well, just another thing wrong with me," I started my research and supplementing. I am feeling like I am ready to make food changes because with this gene mutation it really won't matter how much supplementing I do, I need to change my food intake. My 4 months of research have convinced me that the Whole 30 is the best system for beginning to deal with my gene mutation. I feel ready. But, I have been ready to do other diets before and have failed. Actually, I have failed at every diet and exercise program I have ever tried. I feel so defeated already and I am not even starting until May 1st. Unsure if I should do this and if I do what can I do to go into this with a better attitude and less fear of failing yet again. TIA