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  1. alisonmae


    Hey everyone! On the cusp of my 30th birthday, suffering from migraines and asthma, my boyfriend and I have decided to tackle the Whole30 together! We were originally going to do it in November, and after double checking calendars and training schedules (we are both runners with numerous race events we've already paid for, so we didn't want to struggle and feel we had wasted our money), we decided to move our start date up, to September 4th! Little did we know, there'd be a big movement to have as many people as possible participating in the month of September! This will be coming days after our second overnight relay in the month of August (CLR and Hood to Coast), AND my 30th birthday! What better way to start off a new decade than with improving my health?! I am committing to this challenge in hopes of getting my nutrition on point as a runner, to rewire my brain about food and cravings, and to hopefully discover trigger foods for my migraines and asthma! I will be chronicling this journey for us via Instagram - @rundrinknerd - feel free to follow along! We look forward to getting inspired by all of you, sharing our journey, and hopefully inspiring others to take the challenge! Cheers! Alison
  2. Scott W

    Starting 8/28 Excited

    I am reading "It Starts With Food" and think a better title would have been Scared Straight LOL I am looking forward to getting my weight in check but after reading through the books I am even more excited about the health changes. I am familiar with the Paleo diet but never really fully understaood the "Why?" The Why is very compelling. I am not used to spending much time preparing foods so this will definitely be an adjustment but it seems like it will be worth it.
  3. Hi Everyone! My husband and I are starting Whole30 for the first time tomorrow. I'm excited and a little nervous at the same time. I knew we both needed a "reset" of our diets in order to feel better; a lot of junk food has crept into our diets over the last 5 years. So I'm excited to get started and have planned meals and prepped for the week, but also nervous about the detoxing I know we going to go through. Wish us luck!
  4. Hey everyone! Happy to be here! My physio recommended this program to me as it may help reduce my aches and pains. I suffer from a bad back which is putting quite a dampener on my life currently. Im really nervous but have began preperations as best I can, including this very post! I have the book, which I am reading through currently. There appears to be a wealth of information on this forum as well so I already feel well supported. I am not a good cook, so the purchasing of ingredients and cooking them fills me with dread...but I an do it! Happy to meet you all! Trev.
  5. ssmith0314

    Day 1

    So, I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease and my doctor advised me to do the Whole30 diet for 6 months. I prepped this weekend and started today. Good thoughts and prayers are definitely welcomed!
  6. EmilyKess

    Starting tomorrow

    Hello, I am excited and a little nervous to start whole30 tomorrow. I've never done anything like this, I've always pretty much eaten what I want, when I want. But after 4 kids and a changing metabolism, I need to change things up! I just made my grocery list and meal plan for the next week after looking all over Pinterest and this site. Seems a little overwhelming!
  7. Hello new Whole30 friends! My name is Sam and I'm a professional singer living in Boston, MA. I am a pretty fit and nutritionally informed 28 y/o but because my body is my instrument and I feel one can always feel healthier and look better, I have listened to the testimonials of my friends who have completed Whole30 and decided to take the plunge. I currently eat 6 meals per day, each of which I prepare myself and weigh out each different ingredient for. I almost never eat out except on special occasions or when I am traveling on a gig. Honestly, what I am most nervous about is not the foods I will be giving up (most notably grains, yogurt, and alcohol) but rather giving up my very set meal prep and eating schedule! The idea of letting my body tell me when I am hungry rather than eating every 3 hours without fail, and not being so anal about weighing out each individual thing I put in my mouth is daunting. I've been eating this way since I was 22! But I believe that being more aware of how the food I am eating makes me feel, and the messages it sends to my brain after eating will really feel great in the long run. Plus, I am looking forward to seeing how cutting out grains and alcohol effects my system in any and all ways. I've got to keep my immune system in top shape at all times! So as a first timer, does anyone else have suggestions for someone who is coming from an already health-nut (but different than Whole30) lifestyle?? Looking forward to it!
  8. Well, here goes.....heard many people and friends who have done it. Like they say: "I can do anything for 30 days." And, then they've gone further or started over because they felt so good and had such success! I hope I have enough will power and self control to do it. My husband was going to do it with me, but he has a fishing trip planned in Sept. and didn't want to bother. I can't wait any longer! Anyone interested in joining me?
  9. Mezzodiva

    Starting Date - September 1

    Greetings everyone! I am giving myself two weeks to start my reading on the books, get through my first couple weeks back into grad school, and allow my boyfriend and I time to figure out what is the best strategy for his helping me succeed as he will not be following 100% with me. I cannot wait to talk with you all and get to know you on this journey. I am extremely nervous especially knowing the accountability that it takes to do this as it is intended. Heres to the beginning of a healthy relationship with myself and food!
  10. Allstarbatgirl

    First Whole30 starts July 12th!

    Hi, Everyone. Like the title states i'll be starting my first Whole30 on July 12th. This is exactly 40 days before I go on vacation with my husband's family for a week, so it seems like the perfect time to start even though a bit of me doesn't like starting at the beginning of a new week. A little about me: I've decided to start Whole30 after starting crossfit at the beginning of June. I've really enjoyed the classes and want to get the most out of my performance. Starting Whole30 seemed like the better choice than just starting Paleo since I knew I would just eat Paleo compliant treats. On top of that I have PCOS and am insulin resistant, plus I have a history of feeling sluggish (which doctors have not been able to figure out why). My hope is to be able to eat better and be able to sustain a healthier relationship with food. Last year I lost 30lbs on Weight Watchers - first time losing in forever, but the program is not sustainable for me long term. I didn't want to constantly think about numbers whenever I went to eat something. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone and going through our journeys together. Here's to us!
  11. Hi! I am going to to start the program this Saturday after I go to the grocery store tomorrow and am very excited but nervous. I am a photographer and I shot a wedding last weekend for a friend of mine. He was the one who told me about the program. I didn't think too much about it until I saw some of the photos of myself. I am not doing this program just to lose weight, in fact it's more about adapting better lifestyle choices for the long haul. However, I am much more overweight than I would like to be. I've never had good willpower when it came to food. I am worried about not being able to stay strong and resist temptations and about my friends not supporting me during this. They aren't bad friends, but they like to drink and go out and these are going to be temptations for me. However, I have also read a lot of these are there are so many women on here who are also mothers doing this. First of all, I want to high five you (through the internet). I believe being a mother is one of the hardest things, being a father as well, don't mean to leave the dudes out. I am single with no kids so I don't have to worry about making meals for everyone or be tempted by what others keep in the house. So I guess I have a leg up on some people there. But I feel for years I have let my eating and weight get in the way of me enjoying my life, finding happiness, finding a guy to share my life with. I suffer from mild depression and anxiety and went through some very difficult things in my past that I don't want mention. I'm just ready to stop living in the past and hurting over those things and start living and enjoying my life and loving myself. OK, I probably sound like a somewhat annoying motivational speaker or something. I'd love to make some friends on here that I can have a mutual friendship with! Help each other, motivate each other, talk about obstacles that get in our way, goals we achieve, etc. Anyway, I am excited and nervous about this and I look forward to meeting new people and changing my life!
  12. I'm very excited to start my Whole 30 journey! I am a little nervous because I travel for work and I would like to be able to stick to the plan while on the road. Does anyone have recommendations for this? Also, I am currently living at home to save money and my family keeps tons of snacks in the house. Does anyone have recommendations for how to combat this without throwing away their snacks and upsetting them? Thank you! I appreciate the tips! Kim
  13. Emilee777

    First Time

    This is my first time doing Whole30 and my start date is February 8th!
  14. Plan: Today we celebrated "King's Cake Day"... with cake of course. Which is why I picked tomorrow as the start of my Whole30, and plan to continue until Valentine's day. History: I started playing with Whole30 July 2015 (154 lbs), and officially did my 30 days in September 2015. It took at least 45 days for me to really see the results I wanted (mostly around mood and energy.) I did end up losing 14 lbs while never counting a single calorie and without increasing my exercise, and never felt hungry, so my body definitely responded to it well. But I have other issues like IBS (which didn't improve) and bad moods (depression? I can't call it mood swings because it was rarely "up",) that I'm hoping to work out this round. Sadly, my mood seems to be high when I eat gluten (or grains maybe? very high carbs?) but it crashes when I see the bloat and loss of patience that inevitably creeps up afterwards. Cravings: Do they really last less than 5 minutes for most people? I'm lucky if mine are gone in 5 hours! I don't think they're cravings actually, they act more like Obsessions. I've always been a "live to eat" type of person, I adore most foods, and dream of fabulous taste combinations. Whether it's a new flavor combo or a trusted oldie, once it's in my mind it's not going anywhere *sigh*. (I blame being French.) Support: My husband does all the shopping and cooking for me and our 2 kids, and he absolutely 100% refuses to give up cheese. And most everything else. So while he is "supportive", as in "I'll cook meals where cheese is added on after or optional", it doesn't keep it out of the refrigerator, or even out of my face. (I know *exactly* what he's chewing on when I hear him rummaging in the kitchen and coming back to the office with his mouth full... hrmph!) Life: I live in Las Vegas with my husband and 2 children (6 year old boy 3 year old girl,) whom I adore more than anything. I work full time from home for a large casino corporation. My husband does contract work from home. I feel like our lives are high stress, and have a tight budget that we ignore too often (we are both "head in the sand" types unfortunately.) We seem to always be insanely busy and yet nothing ever gets done. I'm not sure what, if anything, I can do to make this easier... actually that's not true, I could have sat down (hah, with what time??) and meal planned and shopped and prepped like the book spells it out for me, but apparently regardless of my intentions that's just not me. yet. And now here I am, day 0, night 0. Tomorrow, it begins. (Oh, and I weaned myself off caffeine last week in preparation. I now drink 12oz of french press decaf a day. So I can't use caffeine as a mood enhancer anymore )
  15. Hi there!! My name is Adrianne and I am 21 years old. ~I have the largest sugar craving dragon throughout the land. ~I love eating healthy but I also love eating an entire roll of cookie dough. ~I have decided to start this journey because I am hoping the combination of eliminating certain food groups will beat my intense cravings once and for all. ~Sugar has ruled my life and I am ready to take it back. ~I have looked up recipes all week and just got done prepping some foods. Excited: To hopefully wake up every morning and feel energized Nervous: That I will want to overeat an "allowed" paleo food in place of my normal sugar snacks. Good luck to you all starting tomorrow as well! I would love to hear your story and share cheap/easy recipes! Cheers
  16. Hi! My name is Andee and I'm starting my family on the Whole30 today! I'm nervous, excited, and stressed all at the same time. My biggest worry is getting my kids to eat on the Whole30. At our school we have to supply lunches and because of life-threatening allergies with other kids we are not allowed to send coconut, sunflower seeds, or any nuts. Any recommendations? I am still reading the "It Starts With Food" book and I need to figure out menus so I know what to buy. We are already gluten and dairy free because of my son's allergies and ADHD. So I guess I start with a food diary as well? Lost in Whole30 Newbie Land -=Andee
  17. AbiGoLucky

    New Here!

    Hello, everyone! I'm preparing to embark upon my first Whole30, and I thought I'd drop in here to introduce myself. I'm Abi, 25yo grad student and young professional. I work in medical education running a clinical simulation center, and I'm in the process of applying to medical school. I was always a fairly athletic person until about halfway through undergrad, when I began having severe hormone problems. I was diagnosed with PCOS and endometriosis at a very young age, and my endo flared up badly in my early twenties, requiring surgery. Years of hormone therapy (some for maintenance and a couple years of very intense therapies/injections) left me feeling like a stranger in my own body. I completely lost the concept of what 'normal' felt like for me. During my first round of intensive injections and after an unfortunate traumatic event, I entered a very dark period of my life. I grew very depressed and gained about 80 pounds in less than a year, a combination of the medication flooding my system and increasingly poor lifestyle choices. I lost site of myself completely--I stopped playing the piano; I stopped skydiving; I stopped going to yoga; I stopped chasing so many of the adventures that make my soul sing. I let myself and so many beautiful pieces of my humanity shrink away, even as my body mass increased dramatically. Much has changed in the years since then. I've rediscovered the girl I am, and I'm taking daily steps toward the woman I strive to become. I've released so much of the negativity which defined that period of my life; and while I don't feel weighed down by the unseen burdens of fear and despair anymore, I am still carrying the physical weight with me. And I'm done. I'm so, so over it. I've done the work to heal inside, and I'm ready for the outside to match my inner sense of joy, peace, strength, and hope. I bought It Starts With Food and will begin reading it this weekend. I'm in the process of moving across town and have a road trip (HARRY POTTER WORLD YASSSS) and a few short business trips coming up in the next couple weeks, but I've picked a start date. I'm not much of a planner (admittedly spontaneous thrill-seeker right here), but I believe quite strongly that preparation is a key component to success, a quality that has served me well in academia and in my career. That said, this is a call to Whole30 veterans: Please feel free to leave any tips, advice, preparation anecdotes, or words of encouragement in the comments below. I appreciate and value your expertise, and I look forward to the journey! Abi
  18. aconnolly

    Hi! I'm new!

    Hello everyone, my name is Amber and although I've heard about the whole30 previously, was happy with just being paleo/primal. Well, as I'm kind of addicted to cheese and other dairy products, I've decided that I need to adjust my diet and the whole30 seems to tick all the right boxes. I'm nervous about this as it seems pretty strict compared to what I'm used to. Any tricks or advice anyone has would be greatly appreciated! I'm starting Monday so I can get my shopping done now.
  19. I am a mom, wife and teacher. I am a fast food lover, chocolate snacker, pop drinking, carb queen. I come from a family that didn't eat many fruits/veggies growing up. It's time to change some habits and my cousin told me about this month-long plan. I am most nervous about: 1 - temptations for bad snacks, 2 - not looking like a fool in the natural food grocery store as I try to find foods, 3 - figuring out WHAT in the world to make for 3 meals a day, 4 - missing out on memorable food: state fair tradition, labor day with the family, etc 5 - eating at a restaurant or someone else's house and learning how to stay on the plan I am most excited about: 1 - challenging myself to stick with something for 30 days 2 - helping my digestion and figuring out what causes my post-meal stomach aches that come 5-8 times a week. 3 - watching my body change: stomach bloating, energy levels and more 4 - doing this along with my husband and our two girls who are 3.5 years and 22 months. Thanks for your support!
  20. alissafoo

    nervous about starting!

    Hi! I am SO nervous about not being able to sustain this plan and failing at something yet again. I was recently diagnosed with acid reflux, and, in addition to my post nasal drip, allergies, fatigue, obstructive sleep apnea and various other ailments, I feel like it's time to make a change. My doctor simply prescribed prilosec for the reflux, but I do not want to be on yet another medication- I am only 31! I'm hoping this plan can help solve some of my issues and am drawing on all stores of resolve, and hopefully support from you guys, to be able to get through it!
  21. Hello, everyone! I am going to start my Whole 30 journey on Monday, July 15. I'm both excited and nervous. I know this will require a lot of planning and dedication, and I have a bit of fear around falling off track. However, I'm going to do my very best to stick to the program! Now, onto the personal bits and pieces! Please forgive the long post! (If you want to skip the background information, scroll to the Summary at the bottom of my post to see what I want out of the program.) I am currently 29 years old, an editor by profession, and have been trying to follow a healthy lifestyle and lose some weight. Back in the day, I was really overweight (think size 26/28 and up in women's clothing). I never owned a scale back in high school/college, but I would estimate I weighed around 280 pounds, easily. Oh, did I mention I'm about 5'9 1/2"? I was a little more health-conscious in college, and got my weight down around 250 pounds. In Fall 2008, my job offered an at-work Weight Watchers program. I decided to try it. Toss in my first 5K, 10K, and half-marathon races; a wider array of healthy food choices; and some exercise classes, and that brings us to Fall 2011. I had lost 80 pounds and was at 170. In 2012, I started following my own ideas about healthy eating and increased my fitness. I tried new fruits and veggies, took baby steps toward gluten-free eating, and really monitored what nutrients went in my mouth. I hit 165 pounds in Summer 2012, which is the lowest weight I have ever been. Where am I now? Allow me to give you the good ... Weight: I hover between 170 and 175 pounds, never really going up too much. Appearance: I generally wear size 8 pants and M - L shirts (compared to 26/28 back in the day!). My muscles are nicely defined in a lot of areas, which makes me proud of my progress! Fitness: I exercise about 5 - 6 days a week for at least an hour per day (personal training, boot camp, kickboxing, running, etc.), run at least one or two half-marathons a year, and generally consider myself a fit person (resting heart rate of 41 for the win). Food: I eat mostly organic/locally grown foods when at home, and try to make the best choices when out at restaurants. I also try to keep processed foods out of my house (i.e., I never stray from the outer wall/organic section of the grocery store). ... the bad ... Weight: As I said, I hover between 170 and 175 pounds. While I never go up too much over that, I also can't seem to get my weight to go down any more. I know weight is not everything when you take muscle mass into account; but, I don't like it that I am at the top of, or slightly over, the highest weight on the "Normal" range on those random BMI charts. Ergh. Appearance: While I can fit into smaller clothes than I used to, I still have a pretty large stomach. This is where I seem to carry most of my weight (well, stomach + chest/upper back). Part of it is skin from losing around 90 - 100 pounds. A great deal of it feels like plain old fat, however, and it wears under my clothes as such. (You know the "back fat" rolls around where your bra sits? Going from a size 46 band to a 38 band seems to have changed nothing about those. Joy.) Fitness: Although I exercise a lot and consider myself fit, I fatigue easily. I have trouble with moves that take me from the floor to a standing position too quickly. I also have very weak upper-body strength when it comes to push-ups, pull-ups, planks, etc. I know I have gained muscle in my arms, but I still struggle after years of doing so. Food: I am a natural sugar fiend. I love honey, maple syrup, agave nectar (I know, I know), etc. So, yes, they are organic, but are still sugars nonetheless. I really want to cut back. ... and the random (and possibly ugly?) ... Sleep: I admittedly have the world's worst sleeping habits. Some nights, I'm lucky to get 3 hours of sleep; most nights, it is 5 - 6 hours with the rare "binge" on a weekend of 10+ hours in one night. Part of it is a long-distance relationship with a 4-hour time difference NOT in my favor; part of it is being a natural night-owl; and, part of it is very poor time management on my part. Meat: Although I like meat, I struggle with trying to eat enough of it. Fish is my protein of choice, with the occasional bit of chicken thrown in. Once in a blue moon, I'll pull some local/grassfed ground goat, bison, or turkey out of my freezer. After going through some of the Whole 30 materials, this has me a little worried. The "Icky": I feel bloaty or generally uncomfortable almost 24/7. My stomach never really feels "happy," and I am almost always tired. As of the past month, this "icky" feeling has escalated to a bit of a high, which was a big motivator for doing the Whole 30. Other Health Issues: I have chronic dry skin (diagnosed when I was a baby). My nails peel/break/bend very easily. I have Otitis in the inner/outer ears, most likely related to the dry skin. I show a lot of symptoms of hypothyroidism, though I have not yet had any in-depth tests (on my to-do list!). Summary: I want to feel good, and not "okay" or even "bad" most of the time. I want more energy. I want to feel happy and less stressed. I want to cut back or eliminate my sugar cravings. I want to lose this confounded belly fat and be able to see the abs that I've worked hard on and know are there. I want to be able to do more than 5 push-ups without my wrists wanting to snap. I want to enjoy my food for what it really is. I am committing myself to this Whole 30 challenge starting on Monday, July 15. I see others are starting on that day, too. I would love to help motivate one another and keep each other accountable as we all start our journeys. I am still new to the forum, but feel free to contact me (whatever that means in terms of this forum/Web site) if you'd like an accountability partner. Thanks for reading!