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  1. Hi all! I'm a 36 y/o breadwinning mom with a demanding dream job and beautiful little family. I'm overweight (5'6", 210 lbs) and have PCOS. We're thinking about having #2 but before making the dive I've been working on prioritizing "self-care", stress reduction and generally achieving a better sense of balance (i.e., making time for friends, hobbies, hubby, exercise, etc in addition to work & mommying). Part of the self-care has been making the time to deal with annoying health issues I've been ignoring for a long time. I've been going to the dermatologist to deal with persistent acne for over a year now with no noticeable results. In the last meeting, my derm suggested starting Accutane which I've been apprehensive about. I went to my primary yesterday evening to discuss and after reviewing my family history of insulin resistance (long line of diabetics on my dad's side), my primary recommended me trying the whole 30. I started this morning. So far, so good! Wish me luck!!
  2. Hi I am a 39 year old mom who has had the vertical sleeve operation (similar to bypass just not the small intestine to put it simply.) i am a healthy weight and workout all the time, I LOVE IT! I will say I replaced my food addiction with excercise. I also have PCOS and a very recently found lump in my breast. While the radiologist says maybe benign he couldn't be sure for another TWO years of testing and my OB/gyn said NOPE! You are seeing a breast cancer dr. She got me in rather quickly and I see him Monday. This has put a lot of things in my life in perspective. I bought the whole 30 book knowing that A) it is NOT A cure for cancer but it is definitely not going to hurt me (sugar has been showen to "feed" cancer) and B.) I need to get my life, sorry, healthy back on track! So I was planning on starting in 1 week, but tonight I decided to wait to see what the dr says. My OB told me if he wants to remove it that it would give me an answer now and not in two years so if he suggests surgery my husband and I decided to do it. Okay so onto my question how long should I wait after surgery (if I have to have it) to start whole 30? Keep in mind it is a relatively minor surgery. I am feeling so out of control of my life and health right now I need to plan even if it's just a start time frame! Thank you so much!
  3. cr89

    Started 1/2/18

    Hello Whole30ers! First, I must admit that this isn't exactly my first adventure with Whole30, in fact this is my fourth time having a second day on Whole30, however, I am hoping this will be my first time reaching days 8-30. In case that isn't making sense, I have never made it more than a week on Whole30 because of the withdrawal headaches, however, this time I am planning to do all I can to push through and past the headaches. My Why: I have a number of reasons or whys for doing Whole30: 1. I'm not getting any younger....I'm creeping ever closer to 30 and that just feels weird to me 2. I have Diabetes Type 2 and haven't been good at watching what I eat like I should. I am also not very good at taking my meds so I would love to be off my diabetes meds. 3. I have poly cystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) -- if I can get my hormones in a more regulated place then I am all for it! 4. I am overweight...I have been a large portion of my life but it's gotten worse in the last year and I need to fix that 5. I want to prove to myself that I can do hard things Although food is a battle for me, even more difficult for me is getting exercise, I love to nap, snuggle with my cats and watch TV/movies so I am hoping to bump in my energy levels helps with that as well.
  4. deviin22

    Started 8/16

    Hey guys! I am on day 3 of Whole30. I feel fine, I actually felt the worst on the first day, but I think that was related to just coming back from vacation. I was going to push back my start date because I was tired between vacation and going back to work, but I just took that as my first challenge to get over. The quote from the book about this not being hard (comparatively) stuck in my head. I initially started reading about Whole30 because I started making healthy lifestyle changes in June. I have brought my lunch and breakfast to work every day since 6/1/2017. So far I'm down about 18 lbs. I began looking up healthy meal prep ideas, and I stumbled across Whole30. The more I read about it, the more I couldn't wait to start. Little background on me: I've struggled with weight my entire life. My first "diet" was in the 3rd grade after I demanded my mom take me to a nutritionist. I ate the healthiest out of all my siblings and exercised just as much, but I kept gaining weight. I suffered with weight gain after a bout of depression in college and it's been difficult since then. Last year, I was finally diagnosed with PCOS which explains a lot of my difficulty with losing weight over the years. I've also dealt with severe anxiety. Learning that whole30 might help these issues, even a little bit, was one of the main reasons that I chose to try it out. Day 3 is almost over, and I've been managing really well. I'm getting some fresh local veggies this weekend from the farmer's market and I am planning on making the Thai Coconut soup from the book (coconut soup is my fave!) I've even gotten those around me at work to try it out, and it helps when they are eating healthy foods too. I'm going to start out my 30's at the end of September a much healthier and happier way than I started my 20s, and that's something to celebrate I wish everyone good luck and I'm so excited to be part of this community!
  5. Firstly, let me start by saying that I know weight loss is not the point of W30. I know it is about NSVs but given that I’ve achieved many NSVs already, my primary focus is weight loss as I am about 10-15kg overweight and have been trying to lose it for over two years. In the past two years, I have done 6 W30s and eat mostly paleo the rest of the time. During my first two W30s, I lost 4kg but did not lose any weight in any of my subsequent W30s. At the beginning of this year, I began another W30 to try lose a bit more weight – this time I cut out fruit of any kind as well as nuts (unless as a garnish on a salad). 6 weeks later, I have not lost a single gram. I exercise 3-4 x week. I have PCOS/insulin resistance – I know this makes weight loss difficult but I am so frustrated and disappointed not to be losing weight. I am ashamed to say I am considering re-adopting a Weight Watchers style diet. I know that WW is completely rubbish and is a terrible way of eating but I lost about 18kg using WW 5 years ago, which I have never been able to achieve with W30/paleo. Typical meals for me: Breakfast 2 boiled egg, roast sweet potato, cauliflower, kale, kimchi, olive oil Chicken thigh, roast vegetables, ½ avocado Beef mince, roast vegetables, ½ avocado Lunch/dinner Kale/spinach/lettuce base, roast chicken, roast vegetables, ½ avocado, olive oil, kimchi Beef mince, cauliflower puree, spinach, broccoli Kale/spinach/lettuce, 2 boiled eggs, carrots/cucumber/red pepper, ½ avocado, tahini, kimchi Kale/spinach/lettuce, beef meatballs, mixed roasted or raw vegetables, olive oil, kimchi Pulled lamb, spinach, cauliflower, tahini, ½ avocado Shakshuka/baked eggs (2 eggs) with ½ avocado, kimchi I think I am eating enough because I don’t get too hungry between meals (although I am always hungry by the time the next meal comes around). I rarely eat a pre/post workout snack as I normally exercise around dinner time anyway (30-40 min run or 1 hour strength training). I eat a lot of kimchi, drink kombucha and a use apple cider vinegar in salad dressings and drink a diluted glass of ACV most days. Does anyone have any advice? Am I doing something wrong?
  6. belleoftheball608

    First Timer - Starting January 9th!

    Hello all!! I'm Michelle and am 36 years old. I've struggled with my weight practically all my life and also have PCOS. I'm committing to starting my first Whole30 on January 9th. This will allow me some prep time to get my home, my mind, and my husband ready for the changes that are going to occur. My husband is supportive but doesn't always understand WHY I might choose something. Especially something that includes not eating bread, beans, rice, and tortillas. All things he adores and eats at pretty much each meal. (Yes, he is of Latino descent.) But I know he wants me to be healthy and happy. My main reason for choosing to do the Whole30 is because I'm tired of being unhealthy. I'm tired of putting crap food into my body, tired of not liking how I look in the mirror, tired of my wild and uncontrolled mood swings, tired of unregulated hormones and monthly cycle and so tired of not being able to conceive a child with my husband. We had a miscarriage in early 2013 and haven't had even a positive pregnancy test since then. 2017 is going to be the year I take back ownership of my health and my body. I plan to reclaim my health and happiness and work toward being fit, fearless, fierce and fabulous!
  7. In the past, I have completed two Whole30s before and I absolutely loved them. I felt incredible and lost 4kg (8.8lbs) both times. However, I got very off-track after completing my second Whole30 and gained back the 8kg I had lost, plus a few extra kilograms to put me at my highest weight in a long time. I was feeling awful so I decided to do the programme again. Because I wanted to shed quite a bit of weight, I decided to do a Whole60 this time. I knew at the start that I shouldn't expect to lose 8kg in 60 days (even though I lost 4kg in 30 days) but I was hoping to lose about 6kg during my Whole60. Well, I've just finished and I lost a measly 3kg. I know it's not about weight and I should be focusing on non scale victories but I can't help feeling despondent, disappointed and confused. How could I lose less weight in 60 days than I did in 30 days? I have maintained the same exercise routine and ate the same foods as I did before. I have PCOS so I know that losing weight will always be challenging for me, but it really seems like something went wrong here. I'm feeling very down and wondering if anyone has any advice? Would really appreciate it!
  8. GudrunRosa


    Hi, I´m new to this and today is my first day doing the whole 30. I'm trying it to help with my pcos and I was wondering if anyone here can tell me how it worked for them ? And should I do more than 30 days until my symptons are down or only do the 30 and then continue on paleo ? Thank you.
  9. Hi All! I've been watching the boards for quite a while but this is my first post. You've all been a great help and an inspiration. I've gone through a majority of Melissa's articles and have searched the forum, so forgive me if a similar issue has previously been discussed, but I've not found too much in the way of information... I'll be hitting day 60 of my first Whole30 in two days. Once I got to 30 days, I knew I needed more time to let the program work it's magic - and my, in so many areas, it really has! In the first 30 days, I lost 12 pounds and 6 inches. That was fantastic because I am trying to shed fat. My skin is radiant - people keep telling me how young I look (about to turn 35). My chronic stomach issues are GONE. I do have PCOS - my endocrinologist did a full blood workup on day 30. All of my levels came back normal. I'm not even showing as pre-diabetic anymore, WINNING. So...I continue to look better and better. My insides seem to be responding very well to the lifestyle based on the blood results. I'm having a great time prepping and eating Whole30 food. I don't have to worry about stomach or joint problems. BUT - not only have I not had more energy, but I've been a complete zombie. I struggle not to go to bed directly after work at night and when I do make my workouts (CrossFit), I have to force myself to just go through the motions. I do track what I eat and have tweaked macros every couple of weeks to see if that makes a difference, but no luck. I'm sleeping about 10 - 12 hours each night and can't get enough. I'm taking a Vitamin D supplement, and also fish oil with added Vitamin D. I feel so good in every other way, I'm tempted to blame my lethargy on the weather, or SAD, but has anyone else experienced this with the Whole30, and what changes, if any, did you make to rectify the lack of energy? Thanks!
  10. discoveringmyultimate

    ME/CFS & PCOS - AIP?

    Back Story: I'm 26 and I have had Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and PCOS for 14 years. Recently, I've also had chronic headaches and high blood pressure. I have absolutely no desire to spend time and money going to the doctor or taking medications with side effects. I would like to get off the blood pressure medications and birth control (for PCOS) I'm currently taking and I really want to see a difference with my headaches (unaffected by medication and, sometimes, so bad all I want to do is cry). I did a whole30, which turned into a whole45. I lost a little weight and was told my skin looked clearer, but unfortunately didn't see any other benefits (no energy increase, didn't sleep well, pain didn't go away, etc.). After reintroduction (after a fashion) and quickly gaining some weight back due to too much dairy, I am now eating fairly strict paleo. Question: Somehow I did not realize until yesterday that PCOS may be considered an autoimmune condition (and according to Practical Paleo, ME/CFS and other chronic inflammatory conditions may also be helped by AIP)! Should I do another W30, but on AIP? To be honest, the W45 was horribly difficult for me physically. I found it very draining on my limited energy stores and very emotionally draining to be putting so much effort in without seeing results. I also LOVE tomatoes, peppers, nuts, seed-based spices, etc. and used them a great deal during my W45. I believe I could eat eggs without an issue - I've been eating lots of them without any adverse effects, plus I don't have any of the symptoms of an egg allergy. However, maybe I missed the reason eggs are not allowed. If all of you wonderful experts think I should eliminate eggs, I will try for as long as I can. Basically, the thought of doing an AIP W30 is incredibly daunting. I am willing to consider just about anything to improve my health and energy levels, but wanted to ask for some expert advice! Is it a good idea for me to try and do AIP? Is there any point in doing a shorter version - i.e. a 7 or 10 day AIP - to get a sense of which items (eggs vs nightshades vs nuts vs seeds) I might be sensitive to? If I don't do any kind of AIP right now, do you have any other suggestions for my diet?
  11. leedslass

    New to Whole 30!

    Good Morning guys and gals, I'll be starting Whole 30 tomorrow, Tuesday 15th October. I've been dancing with Paleo style eating off and on for about six months but haven't made a proper commitment to cleaning up my diet and giving up processed foods. Well, I decided that tomorrow I'm going to go all in and do a Whole 30. A bit of background about myself. I'm a full time college student, married with no kids. I have pcos, am insulin resistance and am obese. I'm also an emotional eater with a dependancy on food. Everything I had read in It Starts With Food made sense to me about breaking the attachment with modern day franken-foods, which is what attracted me to the Whole 30 program. If I lose some weight that will be the icing on the cake, my main goal is to develop a new relationship with food and to clean up my blood chemistry. My name is Lynne and it's nice to meet you.
  12. I am on Day 21 of my first Whole30. I have PCOS and am very overweight (250) for my height/age (5'4"/33). I have been fairly strict on the Whole30, cooking the majority of food myself. There may have been a few slips when eating fish at a restaurant and not knowing the oil in which it was cooked. Other than that, I have been enjoying the food and have definitely slayed the sugar dragon. I feel better, sleep better, have more energy, and am in a better mood. However, I don't feel like I have lost any weight thus far. I have not weighed myself but my clothes feel the same, etc. I do eat the Whole30 recommended amounts of nuts and fruit. Any suggestions to increase the weight loss?
  13. Nicole Lynn Jennings

    acne and hair loss

    so ive pretty much completed my whole 60. im still experiencing acne like crazy! im also noticing my hair falling out more than usual. I have symptoms of pcos. im just wondering if anyone has done the autoimmune protocol and if it has helped with either acne or hair loss. I am eating enough. I lift weights about 4 times a week to gain weight, which I have been! I eat the whole 30 meal template four to five times a day, depending on if im still hungry. However, I still have acne and hair loss has gotten worse! Has anyone tried the autoimmune protocol for this and had any success with it? im losing hope:/
  14. I'm feeling horrible today after slipping up yesterday. I have a history of compulsive eating, and last night I wound up really craving nuts after work. I was on day 4 of my second attempt at whole30(I had started once before that and only made it to day 3.) Even though I set a rule for myself not to eat nuts for the duration of my whole30 because I know its a trigger food, I caved and had some dry roasted macadamia nuts, which only intensified my craving and led me to eat some almond butter, which I then realized had added sugar. Angry at myself for having the nuts and going off plan with the sugar, I'm completely threw in the towel and picked up two pints of haggen daaz ice cream on the way home. I ate about half of each one and made the mistake of putting them both back in the that ended up being breakfast this morning also, followed by a mocha. Now I'm feeling like $h!t...bloated, cramped, spaced out, and most of all guilty and discouraged. I am planning on making tomorrow day 1 again, although I will not be having any more non-compliant foods today. I would love to find a friend on here to help hold me accountable. Maybe someone with similar issues so we can motivate each other. Any tips from whole30 veterans are welcome of course. I have tried enlisting a couple of my friends, but they both keep falling off the wagon and don't seem to care too much. Also I should metion I live with my fiance who has no interest whatsoever in this way of eating. Luckily, he doesn't usually keep foods in the house that trigger cravings for me. I should also add that I am doing whole30 in hopes of alleviating my PCOS symptoms, including acne, irregular periods, and wheight gain and more importantly, to overcome the "sugar dragon" and stop binge eating once and for all.. I am 5'2, 142 lbs, 20 yrs old. Other than binging on unhealthy, carb-laden food, my diet was good to begin with. I have been doing paleo for a few months, and before that I was doing a lot of lean meat, eggwhites, vegetables, and small amounts of oatmeal and sweet potatoes. I feel much better with more fat and less grains. I am confident that this is the right plan for me, I just a serious boost right now to get me past the first week.
  15. lcalio

    I am beating PCOS!

    Hi Gals. I'm 45 and have been battling PCOS for a bit over a year now. I have gone through the bloated stomach that makes me look 8 months pregnant, my beautiful hair went to crud, my skin was horrid (blotches, dark patches everywhere). Tired all the time. I gained over 40 pounds in 1 year. The worst part of it is having a period NON-STOP since June of last year, heavy/light/heavy/light. I had no idea what was wrong with me until I got diagnosed with PCOS. And being diagnosed took at least a few months after seeing 3 different doctors. I went on Metphormin for a few months but found only a little relief and it helped my weight loss zero! Which is the key to curing PCOS. A girlfriend of mine turned me on to Whole30. I of course was skeptical until I read the book which was very well written I must say. The first 14 days were hard but I started to see drastic changes with my PCOS conditions. My horrible bloating began to dissipate, my bleeding began to spot less and less, until about day 12 I had 4 days of severe cramping, clotting every 15 minutes like never before, but I made it through and after that the next 6 days I had ZERO bleeding for the first time in 10 months! Than another week went by of weight loss and spotting began again. Another 3 days of massive clotting and cramps that felt like I was going to give birth. But again I made it through because I knew something was happening and things were shifting within my female body parts. So tomorrow is my Day 30 and I feel 100% better, 18 pounds of weight loss today on day 29 and my PCOS symptoms are continuing to subside. I am definitely continuing past day 30 in the hopes of my PCOS disappearing all together. Wish me luck!