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  1. Hello all!! Today, 06/05/2018, I am committing to my second whole30. I completely fell in love with this program when I started it in February of this year. At the time, I was 8 months pregnant with my second son, but knew I needed to reign in my eating habits and food addictions. I was amazed at the changes that took place in those 30 days. My energy levels were amazing, I lost inches from my thighs and arms, and most importantly, my relationship with food had changed; it no longer controlled me!!! However, since that time I have had my baby and started nursing him full time. I also have a 19 month old son and a husband who is in the military and currently deployed. My life is exhausting and demanding. Food has again become my outlet for relieving stress and attempting to “feel good “. I want to restart this challenge because I want to change the way I think and feel about food, forever. I know from experience that when I am able to gain control of this area in my life all other areas are positively affected. My biggest concern about completing this while breastfeeding is eating enough calories and including enough fat. I would love to lose weight during this next month but I know this desire will tempt me to eat less in an effort to accelerate weight loss. Any advice or support, especially from other nursing mommas, would be greatly appreciated!!
  2. Hi, I’m Arielle. I have a 2 year old daughter, am nursing my 5-month-old son, and I also have 3 stepdaughters that we have 50% of the time. I have no hobbies and really need to do something for ME. This will be my first Whole30. I “tried” back in 2015 but was pregnant shortly after starting and about halfway through the program the nausea / vomiting was too much and I gave to crackers and pretzels and the occasional burrito Now 2 kids later, I’m ready for this change. I’m hoping to help improve my mood, patience, and energy levels as well as get rid of the nausea that has stuck around postpartum. I’d also really like to lose weight, but honestly I’m more concerned about the mental aspect right now. I’d also really like to change my toddler’s diet to a healthier one, and set her up for a better relationship with food. So anywho, that’s me and my why, here today.
  3. I was in a bad place when I started the Whole 30. It was 8 months after giving birth to my second child. I was still 22 lbs overweight despite working out several times a week and choosing “healthy” foods (not much meat, lots of grains and beans). I ate zero packaged junk food, but I had delicious high quality pastries a couple times a week and thought nothing of it. Oh, and I regularly had 2-3 glasses of wine per night just to “wind down.” My childhood asthma had returned. My skin was on a hormonal rollercoaster; besides breakouts I had eczema and keratosis pilaris (chicken skin bumps on back of my arms). I was always hungry and always eating. I tried calorie counting. I tried Weight Watchers when the calorie counting got demoralizing. I tried weighing all my food when WW didn’t work. All that micromanaging sucked the joy out of living, and I still couldn’t lose the weight. My mantra was that I deserved that pastry/glass of wine/bowl of tortilla chips because I had been “so good” all day. I’d pile on the calories after the kids were in bed. But then I simply turned a corner, and decided that I deserved to feel healthy, to feel like I did before my pregnancy. Heck, why not feel even better than that? So I decided to give W30 a try. What did I have to lose? Which begs the question, 30 days later, what did I lose? As it turns out I lost ZERO pounds. 30 days of total compliance, and I weigh exactly the same. Yep, I’m one of those. (At this moment in time, while nursing, anyway.) I gave myself an hour or so to feel really down about it. But then I took at the NSVs I drafted yesterday before I weighed in. I weigh the same, but I’m not the same. I GAINED: - the ability to breathe freely without asthma. This is truly priceless. I have not touched my inhalers in one month. - a peaceful relationship with food. I’m not battling it any longer. I know what makes me feel good. And once I finish the reintros I’ll know what doesn’t! - knowledge and acceptance. I know my body is holding on to this weight because it needs it for nursing. Sure, I can tweak things here or there, but by and large I’ve proved to myself that it just doesn’t want to let go of it right now. I’m going to have to be patient. I am ready to stop nursing for a variety of reasons, but it may take a while for my hormones to catch up. So, what next? I’m going to do reintroductions to see which food group(s) were exacerbating the asthma. I'll have the occasional glass of wine over the next week or so (we’re traveling). I also had bloodwork done on Day 25. In two weeks I will meet with my chiropractor who has nutritional training to review that. Perhaps there are hormonal factors at play that can be worked on. Once I know the bloodwork results, I’ll decide whether to jump into another Whole30. For now, I will stay compliant while at home, avoid whatever it is that’s causing the asthma even when out, and have the occasional glass of wine. But mostly, I am going to enjoy the calm Whole30 has brought to my life and give my body some grace. Read on for details if you’d like. As always, I’m open to any feedback on how to move forward. These forums were an amazing resource through the whole process. NSVs: - Asthma GONE without the use of steroid inhalers - Skin clearer - Nails growing like crazy - Eczema gone - Keratosis pilaris (chicken skin on arms) drastically reduced - On the rare occasions where my alarm goes off before the kids are up, I only press snooze once instead of three or four times - I can see my waist again! hallelujah! - Clothes fit better and I can get into some I couldn’t a month ago - Even energy all day long - More time between meals means more efficient work - Free from cravings. I no longer struggle with food choices. - Not tempted to eat after dinner - I don’t “need” wine to relax anymore - I don’t need to weigh myself every day as I used to What went well: - I rocked it with the homemade condiments: mayo, ketchup, ranch dip and Nom Nom Paleo’s “magic mushroom” seasoning were my favorites - Egg bakes saved my bacon for breakfast - such a time saver, and great to start the day without having to “think” about the meal - Kombucha was the perfect treat instead of wine/beer/cocktails - I made it through Easter with flying colors - I cooked many compliant meals for my extended family (we’re talking large groups of 12-20 people, and they all loved them) - I did NOT evangelize to my family, which is something I’d done in the past, but tried to set a quiet example What could have gone better: - I ate more frequently and had more fruit and potatoes than necessary in the beginning. I was still breastfeeding heavily then (I’m down to one nursing session a day now), so I was nervous about my supply and likely overdid it. All compliant, so no harm done, but once I got down to 3 (large, by my previous standards) meals per day, which was about two weeks in, I felt much better. - Some days I ate 1/2 an avocado at every meal. Maybe I need to dial that back to 1/3. - Still having some skin breakouts but then again I’m in a transitional place hormonally as I slowly stop breastfeeding - Sleep is not a long or solid as I would like, mostly due to kids waking me up - if fact, SLEEP could be the largest factor in the weight hanging on. - I need to drink more water. 62 oz/day isn’t cutting it. What I’ll do in the future, to keep doing better: - Make fruit and potatoes a once a day thing, not an every meal thing - Aim to be in bed by 8 and asleep by 9 - Read for 1hr before bed instead of watching tv - Dial coffee back to one cup per day, replace second cup with matcha - Aim to drink 3 32-oz bottle of water/day - Keep working with my preschooler on not waking us at night when he goes to the bathroom in the middle of the night. He can do it, but it helps when we prep him by talking about it before bedtime. - Let my husband take over the 5:30 feedings when he is home so I can sleep longer - Take measurements to track inches lost, not just weight - Stay on whole 30 at home. I rarely eat out (maybe once a week) so that would be a pretty complaint lifestyle, and I find it easy to do at home. - I won’t go back to having stevia in my coffee. That was the hardest thing to give up, and I think it was triggering a cycle of sugar cravings. In fact I may even give up my almond milk. I think I’m ready to enjoy coffee black, and I like the simplicity of that.
  4. Hi Ladies, I was hoping for some advice from anyone who has been through a similar situation to what I'm facing now. I have an 8 month old daughter and am having trouble recovering from pregnancy and her birth and thought Whole30 might help. I am on day 5 of my first Whole30, physically I feel really good and I can definitely feel that things are improving so I'm really determined to keep with the plan but mentally I'm falling apart. For the last two days I've been feeling very sad, crying a lot for no real reason and just feel like it's such an effort to get through the day. I didn't feel this way before beginning Whole30. I wondered whether anyone had any advice as to what I could do to help with this? I think it might be low blood sugar related but no matter what I eat I can't seem to shake it. I feel a little better after a meal but that doesn't last long. Thanks in advance for anyone who is able to help out.
  5. I am on day 2 of my Whole30 and woke up with some pretty bad "detox" symptoms. I haven't yet got a headache, but I could barely function! Cold sweats, lightheaded, shaky and a general fogginess. (I ate a banana and a big glass of cold water and felt much better about 1/2 hour later) I think they are all normal "side-effects" but it got me thinking about my son. He is 9 months and still basically exclusively breastfeed. He is fine today, happy and normal, but I am concerned that if I am feeling it so much, that maybe he will "detox" as well Anyone have experience with this?
  6. Hi All- Starting Whole 30 tomorrow and I'm a little nervous! I am a sugar addict and it's getting really bad so I needed to do something extreme. I'm exclusively nursing my 5 month old daughter so that part is stressing me out a little bit too with all the food planning/ restrictions. Any support or advice greatly appreciated. Preparing for a rough first week but excited to make some healthy changes
  7. So I started my Whole30 on 6/9 and am nursing a 5 week old. On 6/11 (3 days in) my milk supply was basically gone and I had an extremely unhappy baby. Can someone explain why this happened and what I can do to fix it while staying whole30 compliant? I have since added non-whole30 foods back into my diet because my baby's health is more important that anything and she wasn't getting what she needed. I was eating 3 full meals and 2 snacks throughout the night while nursing.
  8. I'm dealing with a whopper of a plugged duct, the kind I had when my son was a newborn (he's 12 months now). Reading up about them on Kelly Mom and apparently one cause of plugs is a lot of fat in the momma's diet--makes the milk so thick it gets stuck. I think mine is from a perfect storm of causes (abrupt end to night nursing, dry nipples possibly cracked, AND the extra fat this week). A recommendation for plugs caused by fatty milk is to take lecithin, which supposedly emulsifies the fats so they don't clump and form a plug. However, most (all?) lecithin is derived from soy, which we can't have, and I don't normally like to ingest anyway.... Any suggestions? Is there any lecithin NOT derived from soy? How can I keep my milk high in fats but low in fat clumps?
  9. bstombaugh

    Starting today - August 13th!

    Hello all, Starting my first ever Whole30 today! I'm not new to Paleo, have been Paleo/Primal for a little over a year but lately have been having more "cheat" days and living more 60/40 than the ideal 80/20. Decided to do a Whole30 after reading the "Moderation Schmoderation" post ( I kind of realized I can keep making excuses as to why I cheat or rationalize unhealthy food choices or I can try something bold like a Whole30 to kick these sugar cravings and start out the school year (last year of nursing school) on the right foot. I must confess, I've been avoiding doing a Whole30 ever since I found out about it because (like many people) I just couldn't imagine not having wine or peanut butter or dairy for a whole 30 days. I'm very excited to start this journey, I'm armed with the Well Fed cookbook and many other Paleo cookbooks, some Tessemae's dressings are on the way and of course, this great Whole30 community. I'd love to hear any tips/suggestions (especially other students or healthcare professionals - 12 hour shifts are rough!) and recipes anyone has to share. I'm trying my hand at homemade mayonaise today and would love to find a great Whole30 ketchup recipe!