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  1. Wooh, can't wait for the challenge! It is the end of Day 1 in my Whole30 journey, and I am already feeling the sugar cravings set in. For the past couple years I have experimented with dietary alterations ( originally around my hashimotos Hypothroidism, which has caused acne, low energy levels and other health issues) from vegan to AIP Paleo, and at this point I have come to grasp the major sources and habits of my body's discontent. My food lifestyle is 90% paleo, with exceptions here and there (college is stressful) and a wavering nightly sweet tooth which has the power to absorb all of my attention and focus it onto dark chocolate and paleo "desserts". Many times when I do indulge, I tend to get into a fix that is seemingly impossible to come out of. After feeling my energy and stress levels on a rollercoaster this year, and eating half of a pan of paleo carob brownies last weekend, I decided it was finally time to start this journey. Day one was a bit difficult; I am swarmed with work and had counted on grocery shopping that has not yet happened, but I am not too worried. My tastebuds have a reasonable amount of experience in paleo-world and I have gained resilience in tough times. I still am unsure about eating eggs, still need to get used to no rice or honey or syrup this month, and want to work on planning and time management around homework and meal-preps. I am open to any and all tips from college students doing Whole 30!!
  2. SWYPO

    I came across this article today on why we don't have W30 pancakes, pizza, breads etc, definitely worth a read http://whole30.com/2011/10/sex-with-your-pants-on/
  3. Easier in Scandinavia?

    Do you know that 7 Eleven-stores in Denmark and Sweden carry Paleo-food? It started in Denmark, where there is a popular Paleo-chain, and now 7 Eleven in Sweden has also started to carry Paleo-food. It is so great - and so convenient!!! Perhaps you could push for something similar in the US? http://www.vogue.com/13465563/food-copenhagen-fashion-week/
  4. Veteran Whole30er Living Paleo

    I guess we're supposed to introduce ourselves I am not new to Whole30 or this site and forums, but I am new to actively participating on them. I look forward to reading and posting more often, and hopefully being of service to anyone who is new and has questions. My favorite thing is studying nutrition, and I hope (when I stop having kids, just had my third on the 7th!) to get back to College and get a degree in the health field (nutritionist/dietitian/personal trainer mix?) so I can really help people in the future with getting their health in order and looking at food in a different way. The thing I love about Whole30 is that it's not a diet... it's about transformation. It's helping to guide you into learning that food is a fuel source that we can eat, it can be delicious and enjoyable, but that we're not slaves to it. I still need to read Food Freedom Forever, but I know the premise is along the lines of shaping and molding not just ourselves in the way we think and feel about food, but also what we *can* eat, safely, and that will be the most nutritious for us. It is filled with the information we all need to hear about life after Whole30 Well, thanks for stopping in to read
  5. Hi, Just wanted to publicly commit to my second Whole 30, which I will be starting on January 9th, 2017. I completed my first Whole 30 in June of 2015 and my relationship with food was forever changed. At the time, I was 31 and at the biggest weight of my life. I was always tired and my days revolved around my meals, which were mostly at restaurants. A friend at work was doing Whole 30 and got me interested, so I did my research and decided to give it a go. The hardest part was having a boyfriend that wasn't interested in doing it with me, so bad food remained in the house. I would say the single biggest factor for success in the program was meal planning. Emergencies are what will get you so ALWAYS have an approved Rx bar, Larabar, or EPIC bar around. After my first round I dropped about 12 pounds and kept it off by remaining "mostly" Paleo. When I say mostly I mean that there are still times I will eat queso, drink beer, and enjoy a huge cheeseburger. Everything in moderation. I'm excited for my second round and this time my boyfriend is actually attempting it with me(which should be interesting). I am hoping to drop a couple more pounds while learning something new about how my body functions best. Best of luck to everyone!
  6. Hi everyone, I am so excited to have discovered this program. I am already eating paleo for the last couple of weeks and doing quite well, but sometimes it feels a bit lonely so I am so happy to find this forum and link up with like-minded people. Some of the things where Whole30 is stricter than paleo is absolutely no added sugar (I sometimes add stevia or coconut nectar though not often) and no baked goods even with paleo ingredients. I also sometimes have a sip of alcohol at a party so that will be a big challenge around the holidays! Currently, I am looking for meal plans so I can change up a bit what I am eating as it starts to be too much of the same stuff every week. I am not a natural cook though, so this part is hard for me. What are you all doing to keep your meals interesting? Hope to hear from others on your challenges or ideas for meal plans!
  7. One of my favorite weeknight dinners are taco salads. There are lots of combinations possible. Just add taco shells to keep non-Whole30 family members happy. Chorizo tacos were one of my favorites. Love this recipe http://www.xperimentsinliving.com/eat-up-life-9/#more-233
  8. There's Just One Hitch...

    Brand spanking new to Whole30 and couldn't be more excited to start this new adventure! However, I have a wee snag and could use all the advice I can get my eyes on! I work out of town and reside in a camp when I'm on shift. Before I fly up, I pack as many Paleo/Whole30 approved snacks and a couple of frozen homemade meals. However, while I'm in camp, my meals are prepared daily, I'm not allowed to leave the camp during my shift (so no grocery shopping), nor can I take leftovers for lunch the next day. The bright side is the camp does provide fresh raw veggies and fruit. My main concern is the protein. Because I have zero control of my meals, the quality of the ingredients, or their preparation, I fear I will not be successful on this adventure. Is anyone else in a similar position and have been successful on the program? Does anyone have suggestions on what I can do regarding my protein intake?
  9. To give you a little bit of my background, I've had stomach issues for as long as I can remember (around 8 years old). As I got older I started to take my food/health into my own hands. I had chronic constipation, seasonal allergies, asthma, diarrhea, and terrible stomach pains but more in my intestinal region. I was sick of doctors giving me pills and medicine to mast my symptoms. At thirteen years old I was diagnosed with hashimotos disease (still taking a low level of synthroid). I saw a natural doctor and that helped for a little while and eventually a friend of mine at work (osteopathic doctor) had me do a blood test that tested for 300 of the most common foods, chemicals and food additives. This was about four years ago and I've been gluten and diary free since as the test showed I had sensitivites. So I pretty much have been eating whole30-ish for the past four years. I've seen a lot of NSV- my rosey cheeks went away, dark circles, bloating, asthma is only triggered by exercises in the cold now, no more seasonal allergies, regularish BM's, and less stomach pain etc. I recently stumbled upon Whole30 as I was looking for something to help me with meal size/proportions and timing of meals. I'm on day30 and I'm a little frustrated. I am not looking for a miracle- thinking i'm going to look like Melissa in 30 days, but I have gained weight ( I am OK with) and an inch around my waist. Before I go any further I have had a lot of NSV: waking up with my alarm at the crack of dawn, needing only 8 hours of sleep to get me through the day, more consistent energy, in the gym more times a week, recovering from workouts faster, more confidence in my body, less hair falling out, better relationship with food, not wanting to have "treats", OK with the number on the scale (would have flipped out prior to this if I saw I gained weight), lifting heavier in the gym! -So overall I'm very happy but not liking that my waist is bigger, I was hoping this program would help me look a little more toned and i'm feeling puffy. My pants are tighter for sure. I crossfit 4-5 times a week. Typically three days of weight lifting and one to two wods a week. Pre-whole 30- 112.5 Waist-25 post whole 30- 117.8 Waist-26 All other measurements remained the same Typical meals look like this: 5:30 pre wod - 1/4-1/2 palm size chicken thigh with a few olives 7:00 post wod- palm size chicken thigh and if I do a WOD a small sweet potato 8:00-8:30- palm and 1/4 ground beef with sweet potato and a little more than a cup of roasted veggies (cauliflower, brussel sprouts or asparagus)- with beef tallow 1-2 thumbs 1:30ish- chicken thigh seasoned with celery salt/rosemary salt and little more than a cup of roasted veggies (cauliflower, brussel sprouts or asparagus)- with beef tallow 1-2 thumbs 8:30-9:00 Chicken/beef or salmon- seasoned with garlic and a little salt and little more than a cup of roasted veggies (cauliflower, brussel sprouts or asparagus)- with beef tallow 1-2 thumbs are my meals too big? they look much bigger than social media posts of Whole30 meals I do have a lot of food allergies and I am following the Whole30 AIP because I know a lot of nightshades irritate me and I cannot tolerate avacado, coconut and I have an egg allergy. I am not board at all with eating the same meals, and do mix it up once in a while. The only change from how I was eating before was the amount of fat added to my meals and the same proportions at eat meal. Thanks in advance for any advice! I'm feeling frustrated but want to continue, I understand that NSV are important but I don't want to continue gaining inches/weight if I'm just getting fat.
  10. Hi, I wanted to make chicken pot pie for dinner this week. I haven't had it in a while but I would love to try this paleo/whole 30 version of it! I know we can use almond flour but I'm not sure if this would be considered a no because of the chicken pot 'pie', and might fall under the category of paleo baking... Am I in the clear?
  11. TOMORROW! March 21st

    Hello all, I'm just your everyday college girl who's tired of feeling tired, bloated, and lethargic all the time. I try to eat heathfully, but between chugging coffee to stay awake, grabbing pizza before a party, and drinking on the weekends, I feel like I've let my health fall down on my priority list. Well no more! I've always wanted to try the paleo diet, but I've always thought that it wouldn't be possible in college. However, I've decided that I am at a point in my life where I need some change. So I've been making some radical changes lately. I signed up for a marathon in August, and I'm now committing to the 30 days of clean, whole eating for this program. This is going to be tough, so if you have words of advice, wisdom, or kindness, send them my way. There are 3 areas that I think are going to be hardest for me to complete: 1. Coffee: I love coffee. SO. MUCH. But I've committed to a 2:1 ratio, 2 cups of water to each cup of coffee. I've also committed to start drinking my coffee black, with no added flavoring or sweeteners whatsoever. 2. Drinking: Not that I'm a crazy party goer, but 30 days without alcohol in college is going to be tough. I plan on telling my close friends that I have committed to clean eating, but I think that I'm just going to tell everyone else that I've been having liver issues and that I simply cannot drink anymore! If anyone has tips for getting out of the social pressures of drinking, let me know 3. Social eating: Ordering pizza with friends, going out to get Indian food, or the various other social events that involve food will now be off limits to me. As someone who loves getting lunch, dinner, and other meals with all of my many friends, this is going to be a tricky situation to navigate. So, here I go! Please get in touch, because I would love to connect with some other members of the community, and wish me luck!!! XOXOXOXOXO bookshopgirl
  12. Hey all! On day 10 of Whole30 now (I remember this is the day I fell of the wagon the first time I tried it...), but this time I'm not letting that happen (EVEN THOUGH IT IS MY BIRTHDAY AND I WANT THAT GLASS OF WINE) Anyway, my meals are going fine! But after a long history if eating disorders, I keep having the urge of counting calories. I've known for a long time that there's much more to life/food than that and prior to whole30 had been following a Paleo diet anyway due to food allergies, hypothyroidism and a heavily damaged gut. However, this constant obsession of "am I not eating too much???" is always in my head and it immediately results in just wanting to count those calories to make sure im in a "safe" range. I realise this is NOT what Whole30 stands for, neither Paleo in general and therefore ask you: What do you do in these situations? Thanks, have a good one!
  13. Hey all! My name is Andrea, new to Whole30! It's the first time I'm going to commit to this, although I have been on a Paleo-ish diet for a while due to health reasons (chronic illness, allergies, fatigue..) and already noticed the benefits. I was severely hypothyroid, but my symptoms have gone away for the most part. My blood values have come back to normal again and I am allowed to finally step down from the medication, slowly and steadily. In order to make the progress go more smoothly ( ie: least possible hormonal imbalances), I decided to give the Whole30 a go. I will start as of tomorrow, the 21st of february, and continue as long as necessary (im guessing this is not 30 days, but actually more like 60), but I will be a bit more loose after those first 30, as I will have an anniversary celebration on March 26th One thing I will have to work around is my own birthday, which is on March 1st. But I'm guessing it cant be that hard. Never been too much of a 'cake, pastries and tons of pizza and alcohol' fan, so why change that? As for physical activity, I will continue what I'm doing now: Yoga, Pole Fitness and weight lifting (total around 6 days a week of training, but rest of the day is more or less sedentary as I am a student in Engineering school at the moment ) I hope this will go well, as I have a serious issue with "grazing" throughout the day, but I think if I just focus on that I can go against it. (Not buying salted cashews any more, those things make me go nuts ) In good health Andrea
  14. I did my first Whole30 in August and have done another since, and I've very much adopted a paleo lifestyle that I love! When I did my Whole30s, I worked one job, 9-5. I recently picked up a second job and will sometimes be awake from 5 am - 11 pm minimum, only to do it all again the next day. One of my greatest NSV's was learning the importance of 8-9 hours of sleep, but unfortunately, that's just not possible every day of the week now. Combined with the irregularity of schedule (the second job is as a barista, so I rarely work the same shifts week to week), I'm in "paleo emergency mode," trying to make up for lost sleep. Unfortunately, I realize that sleep is the cornerstone to a healthy lifestyle, and one can't out-supplement a lack of sleep. Any suggestions for me and others who maybe have to work odd or long hours? I already have gotten super strict with my diet (once sleep is compromised, you've just got to make sure you're squeaky clean and doing good things for your body in other ways), take a Vitamin D and Magnesium supplement, and go decaf (or just no caffeine, like herbal tea or water) after 12 pm. Perhaps more water? Or bulking up on sleep when I do have time off? Sending good health and vibes out to everyone on a Whole30!
  15. Sugar Addict

    I am TERRIFIED. I am your class A sugar addict and I don't know how I will get through the next 30 days without falling off the rails. Is anyone else a sugar addict here? How did you keep on track? What if I can't do it? I really want some of those paleo pancakes that's been banished! HELP! -- Kirralee
  16. Hi everyone - currently on day 12 and loving how I feel. I'm going to continue with a broadly paleo approach after this W30 (with no grains and a little dairy - possibly some chickpeas as I love hummus), but I'd like some advice which Paleo cookbook to buy to start with. I'm a little obsessed with cookbooks so no doubt I'll develop my collection but for now I'm either going with 1. It starts with food 2. Nom nom paleo Has anyone tried these? which do you prefer and why? Or do you have other recommendations?
  17. All Paleo Recipes Safe?

    Is it safe to assume that all paleo recipes (if true paleo recipes) are safe on the Whole30?
  18. Hi, you know, you CAN teach old dogs new tricks... I'm in my 70s, in great health, fair condition, but very young at heart with four grown children and eight grandchildren to keep me that way. I've been Paleo for a couple of years now, thanks to my daughter and DIL, but have been slipping in my total commitment. So, I decided this would be a good reset to get me back on track. I'd love to see a forum for us older folks taking this journey. We can also be a great encourager to those behind us. We've been there and done that and hopefully can help others along the way. Now, off to the store to get ready for my first Whole30. Klassyart
  19. Hey all -- very excited to be here. Today is the first day of my Whole30. I saw Melissa Hartwig at a seminar in NYC in December 2014 and she gave me some awesome advice on managing stress during the Whole30 (and she also signed my copy of ISWF). It took me 7-8 months, but I finally realized I needed to switch jobs in order to stay in my industry and have a life that is supportive of W30 tenets. I'm currently taking a few months off in between jobs, and I figure today is the best day to start my Whole30. I've had a couple false starts but this really feels like the real thing because at this point my livelihood depends on completing this W30. Hoping to have some great before / after pics to send Melissa to show her that I was definitely listening! Took the befores this morning and I will go hide my scale in some place inaccessible for 30 days after I post this message. Here are the gory details of what 4 years of stress can do to a body, from this morning's measurements: Gender: Male Age: 26 Height: 6'1.5" Weight: 245.9 lbs Scale Body Fat Calc: 32.8% (I'd guess it's closer to 30 but accepting what scale said for tracking purposes) Widest Belly Circumference, no suck: 44.5 in Waist Circumference, no suck: 40.75 in Hip Circumference (widest), no suck: 42.5 in Chest Circumference: 45 in. Right Thigh (widest circumference): 26 in. Ailments: UC/UP/IBD, gout and other joint pain, insulin resistance, low energy levels, insomnia, among others. I'm taking at least 15 pills and vitamins a day. I'm too young to have a lot of these ailments, most would say, but I am thankful and blessed that curing most of these ailments is generally in my control. I'm going to cook myself real food, count calories, up my cardio when I'm ready (I've been on/off Paleo for years), and stay focused on the prize. I suspect there will be a lot of non-scale victories. Thanks for reading. And let's do this thing. I'm hoping to write a phenomenal success story post on September 4 (DAY 31)! Zack
  20. I was wondering if anyone had read this recent article on Outside. Not all of it surprises me, except for the Okinawan diet making his cholesterol go 'through the roof' and talking about Paleo as though it was interchangeable with macrobiotic. There's not a big emphasis (or any at all, that i recall) on raw vegetables in the W30 plans.. I guess (since I can't afford to ask a nutritionist to work me over and analyze my DNA) certain reintroductions for me have had reasonable success where others' effects were more pronounced: more mucous and phlegm when using dairy (I think it's coconut milk in coffee for here on out for me), and more noticeable spikes and troughs in mood and energy levels when eating more grains, even if I'm doing my best to make sure they're whole grains.. My family has expressed concern about the number of eggs I go through, though I do balance them against other protein sources when possible, and for the first time in my life I'm eating the "right" amount of fish, and it tends to be wild caught, generally not-overfished stocks. But then, I haven't had blood work done in a while and I wonder if following the amount of 'good fats' and higher cholesterol foods like eggs (I might be mixing things up here, even though I've been doing this for - only - two months, and this vacation is my first break from the W30 regimen after the selective reintroduction period, I'm learning more with every meal).. I'm probably worrying about nothing. But I did think the article was very interesting, not that one person's experience is a full data set, though the author and I happen to share ancestry.
  21. I'm now a Triathlete

    Last fall I signed up for a local women's triathlon to support Cancer research here in Maine. I've always been athletic, but never considered myself an athlete. I thought to myself, I need to lose some weight before I tackle this. A sister suggested paleo eating which I began in January at 164 lbs on a 5'3" frame. Was able to drop some weight before I joined the 'StartingMarch1!!!!!' Whole30 group. Did a restart mid-month because I wasn't reading my labels well and found soy in my tuna. Finished mid-April with a weight loss of 7 lbs. Have been 95% compliant with Whole30 since. This past weekend I completed my first triathlon. A 1/3 mile swim, 14.7 mile bike and 3.1 mile run. What a fantastic sense of accomplishment. I'm still floating on air and told my run group last night that I'm wearing my 'medal' every day this week!! In January I was a size 14. I now fit into size 4's. In January I weighed 164. A few weeks ago I was 127. Over 35 lbs gone in 7 short months. In January I couldn't run a mile. Now I can run 3, with a bike ride and a swim before In January I was addicted to sugar. Since then I've eaten no known added sugar. In January I ate all day long, often 'nibbling' on almonds through the day. I haven't eaten one nut since January. In January I was a snacker. Today, it's 3 squares - plus my workout snacks. In January I dressed to cover my body. Today I'm proud to show it off. I'm a young 58 and I haven't been at this weight/fitness level since I was 18!! Today I'm proud of who I am, I walk with a sense of power. Almost forgot, a year ago I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Started on Methotrexate, Prednisone and Folic acid which ended up not working, the pain remained. Was on bi-monthly Humira injections since January. I can't remember the last time I gave myself an injection. My joint pain is gone. I see my rheumatologist in August and am anxious to see where my rheumatoid markers are. Thank you Whole30! Thank you!!
  22. Favorite Cooking Blogs

    Try as I might, I couldn't find a 'favorite blog' roundup for cooking sites. There was a favorite recipes thread, so I thought I'd put this up. Besides some of the regulars (Well Fed, Clothes Make the Girl, Om Nom Paleo), one I heard about from a friend is called Turmeric and Twine (http://www.turmericandtwine.com), from which I've so far used two slow cooker recipes: one for tomato sauce (omitting non compliant ingredients like sugar proved to be no problem in terms of a delicious result), and one for winter squash with cacao and chili, which I'm currently eating even though it's summer. With the slow burn of the chili, it works nicely as a break from gazpacho and is excellent on summer days if you're of the 'fight fire with fire' mentality that many dishes are in terms of summer eating here in Korea. Anyway, I hadn't seen it on any blog rolls, and so far I'm loving it. (Let Mickey D's sue me for appropriating that slogan.) Bonus points for an emphasis on the slow cooker, since there are never enough hours in the day.. Also, pro tip for the squash recipe: I made a simple beef bone broth last week and used a cup of that instead of water along with the coconut milk, and, well, it's a winner.. (the bone broth has also made it into my gazpacho, so it won't last long at this rate..)
  23. Fitness Blog + Whole30 Journey

    Check out this fitness blog and whole30 journey! She will inspire and motivate you to keep going! Plus will have some yummy recipe posts worth repeating! http://candocait.com/?p=1490
  24. Just a few enticing photos of the recipes on this site. Remember think about the people you are cooking for when you are cooking for them. http://gustopaleo.com/category/whole30/
  25. Free Paleo Cookbook

    Paleo slow cooker recipes. This was free on Amazon at the time of posting. It may not be free for long. Check the price before you buy it. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RAQU49E/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00RAQU49E&linkCode=as2&tag=180degr-20&linkId=WEBUZM5PNAPTVNYL. Enjoy!