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  1. tamcot68

    Starting 2/17

    My husband is having gastric bypass surgery at the end of March. The diet he has to follow 2 weeks before surgery is very strict, so we going to ease into by doing Whole 30. My best friend has been on it for 3 months and is very satisfied.
  2. Day one is done. So I might as well say it...I’ve never been 100% happy with my body. Ever since I stopped rowing at 16 years old I found my relationship with food changed and it became more and more complicated to adjust the amount of food I ate to meet the energy needs of my body. I’ve had some great successes with WeightWatchers in the past and also with generally improving my exercise regime and diet, however two years ago I changed jobs and life has become very fast paced and pretty stressful since then. I’m now living in Spain, and my days are pretty long. I tend to get up around 0630 and try to get some exercise in if I’m not so tired that I can’t drag myself out of bed. Work is 9-7 with an hour long commute before and after (except for work from home days) so I end up eating dinner late and getting into bed even later. Since September 2018 I’ve become more and more aware of the negative impact that stress is having on my diet. I want to be in control of what I eat, I want to feel healthy, and I know that eating real food and making good dietary decisions will help me exercise more, cope better with stress and generally feel better overall. But I’ve been struggling with how to do this. WeightWatchers doesn’t work over here in Spain and I haven’t seen anything else or heard about any other diet which looks like it might work. It’s also worth saying that I’m a long standing migraine suffering suffer. Have been since I was about 7 or 8, and I’m getting really bored of it. The past year or so things have got worse and over the past six months I’d say I’m in pain around 60% of the time with either a migraine or headache. I like the idea that with whole30 I might actually identify some things that could be causing this pain. It’s not so much about losing weight anymore it’s about a shift in mindset improving the way that I think and react to feed and creating habits that are sustainable and make sense of my body. My husband left for China yesterday, he’s working over there for two months, so this felt like the right time to knuckle down and try to make this change happen. So that’s it, those are my reasons, and this is day one: FOOD: 0745 Morning detox tea 0930 MEAL 1: potato and mushrooms fried in olive oil with 50g smoked salmon, a fried egg and half a small avocado. Lady grey tea (black, no milk). Side of a handful of blueberries and raspberries combined 1400 MEAL 2: big salad...iceberg lettuce, lambs lettuce, rocket, red cabbage, cucumber, tomato, raisins, walnuts, pinenuts, chicken breast, hard-boiled egg, raspberries, basil infused olive oil 1800 Countess Grey tea (black) 2200 MEAL 3: beef carpaccio with olive oil and herb vinegrette, aubergines fried in olive oil with a handful of black olives, salt pepper garlic powder and oregano, two satsumas, sparkling water with lemon slices 2300 Chai tea with coconut cream (this substitute works nicely with the chai) 0000 Nighttime detox tea 2 litres of water. 7h 30mins sleep. EXERCISE: Aero yoga - I’m currently trying out lots of different classes with my gym pass. Today was an experience and a half...I’ll leave it there... HEADACHES: Woke up feeling like someone was splitting my head open like a coconut. Not good at all. Yesterday I juiced, I wanted to put a firm full stop at the end of my unhealthy habits. Headache could have been to do with missing my normal two cups of tea...or not having decent food. However I am also used to “weekend migraines”...they’re the best. Took Zomig tablet and cleared up a couple of hours later but groggy for the rest of the day. FEELINGS: I felt good in general today (apart from the migraine that plagued me for the first few hours). I’ve been pretty distracted and busy with various things all day which means that my mind hasn’t been on snacking or anything like that, however I felt full after eating each meal and haven’t felt the need to reach anything extra. my only concern is that perhaps my portion sizes have been too big, however my stomavh was definitely sending hunger signals at appropriate times.
  3. Hello everyone, I'm new to all things Whole30! I have been reading and researching this approach to wellness for about the past week. I am excited to get started and have picked Monday as my start date. I'm anxious because I have not been able to make good food choices stick in the past for more than a day or 2. I really want (need) for this to work. It's a long story, but I have medical issues that will be much approved by better dietary choices. Not to mention the improved feeling of wellness which no doubt is the best part of this lifestyle. My biggest challenge is that I am at best culinary challenged. I have zero confidence in the kitchen that is realistically based on past experience. I've cut myself, a couple of times severely, in the past chopping veggies and I've set my kitchen on fire once cooking. I wish I was kidding about this because it would be quite funny if it didn't cause anxiety that holds me back. I'm also very practical and like to keep things simple so I can easily become overwhelmed. If you're still reading, well first thank you, I'm asking you to please post anything that you've found helpful in your process with this 30 day plan. It could be recipe/food tips (MUCH APPRECIATED!) or just a light bulb moment you've had in your new mental clarity. Looking forward to reading your replies and other posts on this forum! Kim
  4. Robin Strathdee

    Don't over think this.

    Welcome all newcomers, welcome back vets, and for those of you who never left...welcome to this post. I just wanted to pop in here and remind you all to take a deep breath before you dive into all the questions about what you can and can't have. The program guidelines are clear on what you can and can't have (grains, dairy, W30 muffins), but things get a little grey when people start talking about what you should and shouldn't have. Please don't over think think this. You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. If you need to you can always extend or repeat the process, and things will get better each time you do. My advice to you is this: Stick to the rules like they are your port in a storm (really, they will become that). Take the Moderators responses seriously (we know what we're talking about). Take community members suggestions as advice from those who came before, but keep in mind they are not the rules and not the Mods. Everyone here is well-meaning, and everyone here wants to see you succeed, but everyone here is at a different place in this journey. And finally, take comfort in these words (from Melissa Hartwig, on another forum post): Here's the thing (and this is an interesting discussion)... there are Whole30 "rules," which are strict, clearly outlined, and very well defined. No grains - and here are all the things we consider grains. No dairy - and here are all the dairy items excluded. No Paleo-fied food choices, and here's what those look like. Then, there are Whole30 suggestions for success. They're not part of the official rules, but they're things that we've seen really help (or harm) people as they move through the program. Fruit smoothies for breakfast - not a good idea. Skipping breakfast - not a good idea. Eating every two hours, all day - not a good idea. These things won't necessarily affect your Whole30 results (although they might), but if we can give you additional suggestions that will make your transition and your program easier and more effective, we're going to give them to you. Keep Calm and Whole30 On.
  5. Howdy! I’m Jess, and I’m from Texas. I’ve had the Whole30 book for a while, but I’m finally going to act on it. Hoping to have better energy levels, better sleep, and healthier eating habits by the end of this process. I work nights in the ER, and I’m hoping this helps me cope a bit better with all the opportunities for unhealthy eating that come along with working nightshifts. If anyone has any tips or advice, please feel free to let me know! Excited to start this journey!
  6. julietca

    Starting 1/12

    This will be my first Whole30 but teaming up with a friend who's done it before. Anyone else starting mid-month or have tips for a first-timer? Thanks!
  7. I am starting my first Whole30 January 1, 2019. I have had a lot of friends do it and even thought about starting one last year. Background... About a year and a half ago I moved back to the US after spending 3 years in Australia. While in Australia I found a trainer and loved the healthy lifestyle. I was the fittest I'd ever been. I had spent most of my life overweight. I wasn't tiny by any means but I felt so good! Fast forwarded, to new job, new place and lots of stress and I feel like I've reverted right back to old habits. I sleep poorly, I have frequent migraines and the fun aura that comes with that, aches and pains and I am not managing stress well at all. I had a bit of a wake up call a couple of weeks ago that I need to reset my life and be taking care of myself, so I can function in the rest of my life at my best. So here we are. Goals for the next 30 days: 1. I am mostly focusing on fixing my relationship with food, I want to make good choices and fuel my body instead of just feeding it. 2. Exercise: I pay for boxing classes I don't attend. I want to attend all 6 in the next 30 days. I will also be aiming for 10,000 steps each day. Ultimately I am hoping to do Whole 30 4 times in 2019, January, April, July, October. But fist I am focusing on completing January.
  8. Desmo

    A coward checks in

    Greetings from 1-week in, I was unsure if I was able to succeed, but after my first 7-days, I thought I'd "up the ante" and confess that I've begun the program. Now I've got peer pressure as well as my remaining determination. I've been by-the-book so far and have experienced most of the symtoms outlined as early stage, although my sleep has been terrible. I'm 68, male and cooking for myself... some of my change in body distribution can be attributed to my loss of desire to eat my cooking... more to come.
  9. GeminiAmbivert

    Starting in December

    I purchased the Whole30 book some months back. This past Friday, I purchased the planner which got me looking for my book. After discussing it with my husband I decided to plan and prepare now and start in December. I have have so many sensitivities, I don’t really know what’s causing them. I heard many good things about Whole30 and we’re hoping it will help when we start trying for a baby again.
  10. Jcleary

    Starting Black Friday

    Hi, I'm Jennifer. This is my first attempt at Paleo and Whole 30. I'd like to make a commitment to health BEFORE the new year, and will be starting on Black Friday by making a delicious Whole-30-friendly Thanksgiving meal that will give me a ton of YUMMY leftovers!
  11. MarianneF

    Here I go!

    Bought my book ... went grocery shopping ... purged everything from the fridge and pantry ... looks like I'm ready! Tomorrow is Day 1!
  12. Mrsdooley

    Day 1 Oct 1

    Hi everyone I am completely new to Whole30. My first day is this Monday. I excited and trying to prepare as best I can.
  13. Hello. I am starting my Whole30 on Saturday May 21. I wonder if there are any other breast cancer members here. I have some digestive/weight issues from my cancer medications and, also, ptsd. Hopefully, this program will be helpful for its anti-inflammatory benefits and for me/us to become stronger in the battle. OncoWarrior fighting cancer one day at a time
  14. This has been a crazy year. Whew. I went from the strongest I've ever been in my life, Olympic Weightlifting and Crossfit, to using a Walker to navigate and not being able to take 2 stairs at a time. I found out I have Crohn's via a massive peri-rectal fistula which required a temporary diverting colostomy (as well as several other surgeries and still more to come). I'm still healing/ recovering after being in the hospital for more than a month. All of this occurred while listing my house of 15 years (um... stress management?), and the super scary prospect of not finding my new home in this crazy spring market. I'm currently living in my camper, but thankfully close on my new house on 8/2. Great time to clear out the kitchen and start new habits! While most doctors, including my own, can't definitively say what foods are negative to Crohn's, I believe there are foods that have an exceptionally strong impact on my health and disease. I was loosely following Whole30/paleo lifestyle before I got sick and I noticed a vast improvement in how I felt when eating "right". So. I've decided to commit to myself to learn about my disease and diet and what works best with MY body. I know it will be tough (I'm definitely an emotional eater), but I MUST do this if I want to live an active and healthy life.
  15. beagreenberg

    Mirena IUD and Whole30

    Hey everyone - this might be a weird and unrelated question but I have the Mirena IUD, and I haven't had a period in months. No bleeding at all. I started my Whole30 a little over a week ago and a few days in I had a period with fresh blood. I know irregular bleeding is something common with the Mirena but I thought it was weird that it would just start up again after months of no period. Has anyone else experienced this and think it might be something to do with the Whole30 eating rules/habits? Thanks!
  16. Get healthy

    Looking to start soon

    I am new to While 30, I have been doing all the reading and getting prepared. Thoughts on when I should start I am going on a two week vacation in August, should I start now or should I wait until I get back which would be the end of August? Thanks in advance!
  17. Prior to starting whole 30 today, I have enjoyed eating 4th and Heart white truffle ghee. Is white truffle whole 30 compliant? I did some research about truffle and it’s some type of fungus. Thanks!
  18. Farm Cooking

    Let Me Introduce Myself

    Hi y'all! I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Sheri. I live on a 1-acre homestead, and I committed myself to doing whole30 because of severe stomach and gallbladder issues. I just finished my first round of whole 30, and am presently working on the Reintroduction phase. Because of severe pain I know that doing this for just 30 days will not be enough to heal my digestive system! So, I'm planning on a whole30, or 60, or even 90! Most likely, because of the progress I have already had, I expect this will be a lifetime gig! I'm okay with that! - Being healthy and pain free is a good thing! I even have plans to turn the whole northwest section of my small farm into a whole 30 compliant garden! Looking forward to meeting others who are on this same journey! Here's to better health! ~ Sheri
  19. Is anyone else starting on the 15th?? This is my 1st time doing Whole30.
  20. LauraKY

    Easy Lunch Ideas

    Hi All~ Newbie here. I have read the entire Whole30 book and just bought and read Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook. I wanted to come to you all to see if you could give me suggestions for some tasty, easy lunches. I don't want salads everyday. I am really picky (which I realize I will have to overcome during this). I am used to eating sandwich, chips and fruit for lunch everyday. So if you have any suggestions, please let me know! Laura (first Whole30 coming 5/2/18)
  21. Katia00Mack

    Started Today - June 6th !!

    Hi, I am a Mom to two kids (4 year old, 1 year old) in Houston, TX, we keep a pretty healthy pantry/fridge and stick to buying most of our groceries at the farmer's market, we know exactly where our grass-fed beef, no soy pasture-raised chickens and eggs come from and produce too. I've been gluten-free since 2016, stick to it as much as I'm able (restaurants )... But I eat at least one (or two) of these on a daily basis: dairy, beans, corn(tortillas), and agave nectar or stevia (coffee)... AND WINE on an almost daily basis (one glass... a MOM glass) I've been playing around with the idea of W30 for a couple of months now, started following Melissa Hartwig, W30 social media, W30 recipes... but never really committed to actually doing it, just seeing what it was all about and testing recipes, ingredients and so on. Reliazed its not really that much different that what I'm cooking, but I cave and buy gluten free pizza or canyon bakehouse ancient grain bread for my avocado toast! Started W30 today...I can do this. I've done other elimination diets, one for 60 days that made you drink some disgusting shakes and supplements, made it to 26 days, then a work trip came up. So here it goes, I want to declare my intention to complete W30...Besides, I got a girls' trip coming up in 42 days !!!!
  22. Wyt Raven

    Newbie saying hello

    Hello Everyone, I am a newbie. Driven by a peptic ulcer problem, I've been looking for diets and recipes to heal my gut and I came across Whole30 this afternoon. I intend starting the Whole30 program on Saturday June 9th 2018. Wishing you All wellness Wyt Raven
  23. Hey my name is Evy. I’m was going to start today BUT I didn’t plan very well and wanted to just rush in. I’ve taken under advisement from a couple friends who have done it before and obviously this site, that that wouldn’t be the best way to meet my goal so I’m using the weekend to write up a meal plan for a month and to go shopping. When I first started thinking about doing this my fiancé was going to do it with me but he has since backed out. I was wondering if anyone had experience with that and how hard it was, and maybe some pointers on what to watch out for. Given I won’t be able to go through the kitchen and have a complete whole30 kitchen. I also work at a coffee shop as a baker, however I’ve worked there for over three years and have grown ALMOST immune to the things I bake. Anyway, I’m very excited to start this journey and to find out some things about my body and mind.
  24. Hello gang, my first time here so i wanted to do a shout out, HI!! I'm excited to be on the Whole 30. Now on the 4th dayI I feel pretty good. I've also given up coffee at the same time so my first 3 days were pretty rough. I cant wait to see where this journey takes me.
  25. Hi everyone! I did my first Whole30 this year, Feb and am currently R2D6. I mostly stayed on program in-between and now that I have (some still in progress) read the books and re read some, I am excited to work the Food Freedom post 30 days! I am considering becoming a coach b/c I simply LOVE everything about this program and what it has done for my health and wellness. I own a yoga studio in Louisiana and already have requests to host a studio wide Whole30. I have a lot of weight to lose but am committed to trusting the process and focusing on health benefits and NSV's! I am excited to explore this forum and connect with this community! Lori