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  1. Hello! I'm hoping to find some suggestions/wisdom for a surprising eczema occurrence in the midst of my whole30. On Day 18 of my whole30 I developed an eczema flare-up near my mouth and on my hand. I’ve had eczema like this in the past, but hadn’t had an occurrence in over a year and it was never this bad (in the past it was only on my forehead). I was surprised to see it pop up in the midst of the whole30 and am baffled as to why it occurred now, seemingly out of nowhere when I hadn’t had an occurrence in so long. I have 2 main theories, and am interested in any other ideas/input. 1. Is this some sort of die-off / adjustment period from now being completely grain free? (I rarely had dairy anyway coming into this so I don’t think its from removal of dairy) 2. Am I reacting from an approved whole30 food that I’m actually sensitive to? For example, I’ve always eaten eggs and nuts, but now I’m eating them more often, could the increase in these foods be triggering my eczema? Any advice as to what may be the issue here would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  2. laurenmae04

    Ongoing Rash

    Hi! I started my first whole 30 in July. Prior to starting whole 30, I would say that I ate pretty clean with the occasional splurge. I definitely was (and am) a sugar addict, but I have been better about staying away from white carbs. During week 3 I developed some itchy bumps that I thought were bug bites. I even thought they were poison ivy. These started on my legs and were SO SO SO itchy. They started spreading with my itch and eventually formed clusters of raised red bumps that are similar to hives. It spread down my legs and to my forearms. The stress of the rash caused me to stop eating Whole 30 on day 23. I visited my MD who thought it was contact dermatitis and i was put on an oral steroid and a topical cream. This helped a tiny bit, but not completely. I visited a dermatologist who thought it could be an allergy and who put me on another different topical ointment. This didn't clear it up, so i got a 2nd opinion at a different dermatologist. This dermo put me on Xyzal which is a treatment for hives, and suspected that it the rash was hive related, although of a somewhat unusual breed. The major clusters of rash have mostly gone down, but I am still developing new spots of rash 4 weeks later. My follow up at the dermo had them taking a piece of my skin because they couldnt figure it out. I keep telling them about whole 30 and my diet change, since I didnt change any other aspect of my life (no new detergents, body washes, etc) the only thing that changed was my diet. The dermo and MD don't think its a dietary thing, but after reading others accounts on here, I feel strongly that it could be a big part of it. During whole 30 I ate much more nuts and eggs than usual, and I've read about some people getting rashes they call "ketosis rash". Has anyone had experiences like this? I am at a loss for what to do since it won't go away. Its been on my legs and arms, but now my back and chest are itchy as well. I've attached a picture of my rash at its worst.
  3. I'm just wrapping up my second Whole30 and I was wondering if there were any ladies out there with IUDs that still had acne problems even after successfully completing the program? I don't think I've seen ANY improvement in my skin and I have a hunch it's from my IUD (Mirena) since I didn't get severe acne until shortly after my IUD was implanted. I was hoping it was just a change in my eating habits that caused it back in the day, but since I've done two of these programs, I'm starting to think it's coming from the Intra-Uterine Device. Any thoughts?
  4. Good Morning, I am new here and am thankful for what I have read so far on this forum. I did search about rashes on the forums before I posted here but wanted to get input from you all, if possible. I am now on day 15, but the rashes started developing about 10 days in to the Whole30. I have developed two above both the left and right hips and my anus has been itching as well. In fact, last night it was so bad it woke me up. I have been logging my food and I haven't introduced something new to my diet. I eat eggs every day, meat, vegetables, and fruit. I feel great otherwise, but this is driving me nuts. Now, I have read that this could be Candida die-off. How do I really get rid of Candida? I have been told that I have had yeast buildup in my body before and the doctor usually gives me steroid cream, but I am tired of all that. I need to find out what is going on and fix it. Any help you all can provide would be great, because I am getting frustrated.
  5. One of the main reasons I started the Whole30 was to figure out what was causing the eczema on my torso and back, but for the most part, the rashes are still there. I've seen a lot of people report healthy, glowing skin halfway through their Whole30, but—while my skin was never really in bad shape to begin with (except for the eczema)—I don't think it's really improved at all. In addition, I'm still having trouble dragging myself out of bed in the mornings, and I haven't been able to shake the 3:00pm fog at work. For reference, a typical day looks something like this: Breakfast: Two egg frittata muffin thingies with salt, pepper, paprika, onion, spinach, mushrooms and roasted red peppers; one banana; a mug of green tea. Lunch: Chicken tikka masala (made with crushed tomatoes, coconut milk, spices and veggies); cauliflower rice. Dinner: Spaghetti squash and meat (ground beef) sauce with carrots, peppers and spinach. I should note that—as far as I know—I haven't had a single slip. However, I have had to eat out a couple of times this month, and I'm paranoid that although I made sure to ask all the right questions, I may have been given the wrong information and there may have been something in my food that shouldn't have been there. I don't know this for sure, though. Additionally, a couple of weeks ago I started taking digestive enzymes with every meal, and I've started trying to incorporate a teaspoon or two of Bubbie's sauerkraut every day. I should probably also be drinking more water than I am. Does anyone else with skin issues/grogginess issues—or anyone at all—have any input as to what could be the culprit?
  6. Hi, I've done the whole30 two times before and was happy with how I felt. My eating habits have gone the wrong way since but for some reason I have suddenly developed a pretty bad case of eczema in my neck and creeping up in my face, which totally freaks me out. I have hayfever as well but I haven't had eczema for 30 years. It just suddenly came back. I remember 30 years ago it also crept up to my face which got me in a panic and I resorted to very clean eating. It disappeared within two weeks and never came back until now. Needless to say I cleaned up my food intake straight away but not sure if it is going to be as easy this time around. It feels bad. I've been reading a few reports on the forum as to the eczema, but I am wondering if anyone has good experience with this kind of eczema disappearing on the whole30? I so hope it will as I fear I won't be able to get out of the house if this continues (it looks terrible, even though I avoid scratching as much as I can) I hope someone can give me some positive news.... Kind of desperate! Simone
  7. honeyyyyy

    Skin Issues

    Hello all! Writing to you with some serious frustration... I started my Whole30 Journey on January 1, 2015. It has been amazing. I feel great and look even better (Seriously, I lost 20 pounds! Woot woot!). But... I'm mad because I've never had skin issues in the past and now, I AM! UGH! My husband and I cheated on SuperBowl Sunday (GO HAWKS!) and ate corn chips, gluten free pizza, mozerella, and salami and pepperoni. We also had a small bit of chocolate. Well, on February 2, I went right back to Whole30... but noticed that I had a singular little itchy spot (eczema looking) forming on the upper portion of my left thigh. I didn't think much of it until later on mid-February the one spot got worse and it now spread from just my upper left thigh to mid back and dispersed randomly over my trunk/core. I have to admit that I have slipped a few times in Febuary but relatively for the most part ate Whole30. I'm frustrated because I don't know if this is food related (reintroduction?) or maybe I'm eating in excess of something I wasn't before (almond butter?). If I could count the number of spots I have now, I'd say there's 30 plus. Look like eczema, itch, and won't go away with hydrocortisone or essential oils. I'm back to strict Whole30 to see if this is food related... But wanted to see what you guys thought? Anyone else ever experienced anything like this? Thank you in advance! <3 -Honey
  8. THNext

    Clear Skin!!!

    Hi Everyone, This is my first time on Whole30 and I have been noticing how clear my skin is these days!!! I have been suffering with acne after I turned 30 years old. Now that I have been on Whole 30 and nearly finished I have noticed the big change in my skin. Does anyone know which of the items that we have avoided in our 30 days is the culprit for acne? Many thanks in advance Natalia
  9. MrsKT

    Day 31: Whole30 Recap

    Introduction: I have spent the last several years trying to reclaim my college figure, which really started about 5 minutes after I graduated. I have been plagued over the years with seasonal allergies, a horrible caffeine addiction, uneven bouts of energy over the course of a day, poor sleeping patterns, and gut bloat among other things. Over the years, I tried so many “diet plans†and options including (1) calorie cutting, (2) meal replacement shakes/ drinks, (3) diet pills and supplements, and (4) crazy exercise routines. After multiple unsuccessful attempts, I heard about Whole30. I originally learned about the plan from my friend Sarah, who was in the last days of her first Whole30. Turns out a college friend, Laura, also had experience with Whole30. Between these two ladies, I had a good accountability and support system. After hearing their personal testimonials, I decided to begin “Mission Whole30 Educationâ€. However, even with the support system and research, I had to deal with myself. Time and time again, dieting had failed for one reason or another. When it came down to it, I was afraid. Afraid of the unknown, afraid of changing the routine at home, afraid of admitting I had unhealthy relationships with food, afraid of a new lifestyle, afraid of the financial and time commitment required for clean eating, and the biggest fear… Failure: “It will be too hard and this isn't a good fit for my lifestyle, so I already know it won't work.†At the end of the day, the only thing I had to be afraid of was my future. Did I want my future to be one where food controlled or contributed to my mood, sleep, health, stress level, work productivity, or personal relationships? The answer was a resounding “NO!†inside my head. And food is linked to all of those things. Whole30 promised a lifestyle change, not a temporary diet as so many before had done. I felt this time was truly different. So, after a lot of researching and soul-searching, I was ready to move from pure contemplation to actual preparation. In the few days before my start date, my determination only continued to grow. At that point, I was sure that I would make it to 30. Method: I was 99.9% compliant with the program—only one small issue with some salad dressing during my first week. During the Whole30, I ate beef, chicken, seafood, eggs, fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, olives, clarified butter or ghee, and healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, and coconut oil. Notes: The Whole30 involves a lot of prep-work and planning. No really, a ton. I spent about $100 just buying non-food supplies that I would need for the new plan which included extra plastic storage containers, Ziploc bags in all sizes, an insulated lunch bag, freezer packs, Nalgene water bottles, and cast iron pans. (In case you wondered: Plastic storage containers and Ziplocs are for pre-portioning, freezing and traveling with food. The lunch bag and freezer packs were also for food travel, mostly to take to work. The Nalgene water bottles—2 of them—were to make sure I was drinking the recommended half-my-body-weight-in-ounces of filtered agua per day. Agua means water, I live in Texas folks. Cast iron is generally thought to be a safer cooking tool than non-stick pans, which will eventually start to degrade and become an undesired “additive†to your food. When eating chemical-free, fresh food those additives are highly undesirable.) My only setback occurred with salad dressing on a business lunch. I called prior to the reservation, spoke to a manager regarding my restrictive diet, and was assured that a dressing option was available without sugar, only to find out that was not the case… After I was halfway through the salad, of course. I chalked it up as a “learning experience†with the Whole30 moderators, as it was purely accidental in nature. Also, I indulged in some faux-ice cream during week 4, around day 26. It had 100% compliant ingredients (frozen bananas, unsweetened cocoa powder, fresh ground almond butter, and coconut milk blended) and I only ate a small amount, which did not affect the remainder of my meal or the day. Therefore, I do not regret that decision to have a little “faux-creamâ€. Lastly, I was not compliant in breaking up with my scale. I did not get good measurements for myself on day 1 of the program. Therefore, I used once weekly weigh-ins to help me determine my progress in addition to the changes in the fit of my clothing. Looking back, it would have been much more fun to be totally surprised on day 30. I think I will stick to that on my next Whole30. Results: We have arrived to the conclusion section for my personal results in following the Whole30 food regimen. WEIGHT: Lost 10.8 pounds. Obviously, the first 2-4 pounds were water weight. After that, my body began using fat stores as energy instead of the previously negotiated route of readily available insulin (aka blood sugar) and glycogen. Also, there are very noticeable improvements in my mid-section: “gut bloat†has drastically reduced, love handles are nearly gone, and I can see my abs again! Who knew all those gym days were actually creating results underneath the yucky-tummy?? INCHES: I did not get full measurements on day 1. I believe the total is somewhere between 5 and 6 for my arms, thighs, waist, and stomach. I should have included my neck, chest, calves and butt but I didn't. Next time I will be more diligent. CLOTHING: I am down one size in women's clothing (which is really 2 numbers). And I am, in fact, wearing jeans that I have not been able to fit into since undergrad. I purchased these Lucky Jeans, I believe during Summer 2005. So we're talking about 8 year old jeans that now fit again. Woo-hoo! SLEEP: I am on a normal sleep schedule, for the most part. During the week, my brain begins sending “tired signals†about 1.5 -2 hours post dinner. At that point, I have listened (instead of fighting) and begun the preparations for sleep. Most nights, I have refrained from using electronic devices within an hour of falling asleep, to aid my brain in beginning the resting process. Re-reading It Starts With Food has been a good, easy way to make my eyes (and brain) more tired. Once I am asleep, I rarely waken until morning. I am sleeping a solid 7 to 8 hours per night, which is a gigantic improvement from the 5 to 6 hours (not including the mid-night awake periods) of the previous routine. It seems that my body has adjusted to the patterns of light and dark better than ever before. I have not felt tired or lethargic during the day either, with no thoughts of napping or resting at all. ENERGY: Let's talk about the energy! When I woke up every morning, my energy was drastically better than it was pre-Whole30. No one would have ever described me as a “morning person,†especially not without caffeine. Things have changed. After the first 4 days of adjustment, I no longer needed a sugary latte in my morning routine. I actually quit caffeine in the morning, because my body wasn't telling me that I needed it anymore. When I did have a morning beverage, it was either (1) water or (2) decaffeinated tea. (Water became a much bigger staple in my daily routine too!) There were a few days during my Whole30 that I did not get as much sleep as I would have liked, which resulted in a slightly different day energy-wise. But I was able to chug through them without using caffeine as a crutch. If you had told me that was possible 60 days ago, I would have laughed in your face. When I got 7- 8 hours of sleep, I did not experience a change in energy during the course of the next day. My energy level stayed stable between meals and even heightened during workouts, which used to be a battle just to “gear myself up†to find the energy. Obviously, the energy began to dissipate after dinner, which is actually the normal pattern of good sleep. So all good in this department! DIGESTION: Well, no one really wants to talk about this but I'm going to anyway. Because people will wonder about it and have questions on their own Whole30 journey. I asked questions and had discussions with my girlfriends about the topic. So here we go. My bowels and gut were definitely “irregular†before Whole30. I might have even had an acute case of “leaky guy†as it is so named in the medical community, based on my usual symptoms after eating an unhealthy meal. Bloating, gassiness, distended abdomen, and general heaviness in the stomach are not normal bodily reactions to food. Now, my digestion is normal—stomach never feels nauseous or heavy after eating; my restroom habits are regular and comfortable (Google it!), absorption of water and other liquids is high, and no bloat even when digesting lots of red meat and dense vegetables. And the best result: My brain now tells me when I am full! I don't have to wait until I am miserable for the message to transmit from stomach to brain! IT IS MAGIC!! SKIN: Since I have been in middle school, I have (like most women) struggled with one week per month of misbehaving skin. Obviously, this is mostly an effect of the rapid change in hormone levels that surrounds that oh-so-lovely time of the month. *Note: Gentlemen, feel free to applaud us for dealing with this every month for a 40 year timeframe.* The rest of the time, my skin was usually classified as “good†with only a few dark spots, slightly oily in the T-zone, acne scars, uneven color, etc. No matter what I tried—regular facials, new washes/lotions/gels/creams, shower steaming, picking/ not picking—I still had issues. Pre-Whole30 I decided to stick with the exact same skin regiment during the 30 as before, so that the control stayed the same and the only difference was diet. Over the course of 30 days, I saw an overall improvement in my skin. I decided not to have a facial, to see how my pores reacted to zero elimination. Even during that typical problem week, I had far fewer issues. My skin looks more evenly colored and natural. The typical T-zone oiliness has significantly diminished, although not disappeared. I have heard more than once, that my face and eyes are “glowingâ€. Which has been followed with a question about pregnancy on two occasions (but no, I am not pregnant.) Maintenance: Here is the difficult part: Defining and maintaining with a successful plan for the future. Like say, staying away from horrible caffeine addictions. In order to successfully maintain, I will have to constantly remind myself about the positive changes that have resulted from the completion of the Whole30. I will continue to internalize the benefits of the program through self-testing and continued education, focusing on the meaningful and worthwhile information. I will have to be patient with myself, realizing that years and years of bad habits cannot be undone in only 30 days. This lifestyle change will be a continuing struggle and I will not be perfect, but I will continue to push myself and stay committed to the future. Starting today, I will stay on a Whole30/strict Paleo diet, until a food item that is so delicious and worth the indulgence crosses my path. At that point, I will make a conscious choice to come off plan for that special item. These indulgences will be well-thought, not impulsive, and unrelated to alcohol fueled situations. I will not cave to grocery store cookies, cheap chain fast food meals, not-so-special sandwiches, and other ordinary and easily obtained items. I will be prepared for events and occurrences where off-plan food will be served, armed with back-up snacks and approved food items. I will continue to grocery shop for healthier food when available, while also reminding myself that whole food is better than processed, ingredient added food no matter the conditions. I will not allow myself to be controlled by the lack of convenient, easy food options; I will remind myself that my health is worth the extra effort. Lastly, I will stand strong in my decision to create this lifestyle change even when met with opposition, because this is MY BODY and MY HEALTH. The only person I am cheating by cheating is me.
  10. I'm on day 18 and my skin hasn't cleared up at all. I don't always struggle with acne but for the last three months I've had bad breakouts on my forehead. Lately, it's painful deep cystic acne. I've read online that maybe coffee causes skin issues, is this the case with anyone? I'm concerned since I've cut processed foods and dairy from my diet, what could it be?
  11. Hello. So this is my third round of whole 30. Been pretty much paleo since March of this year. I've only messesd up no more than 4 days since then. As of today, I'm on day 17 since I started over. I've been doing paleo along with the autoimmune protocol. As of yesterday, I've also started the low fodmap diet because I really believe certain foods such as apples and cabbage give me problems. Apples burn my stomach and cabbage gives me bloating and diarrhea. I've researched acne online and a gentleman named Chris Kresser stated that what he usually has his clients do to try and help their acne is not only paleo, but following a low fodmaps diet as well as eliminating eggs and nuts. He did a podcast about it and was pretty thorough in it. You can read it here: I'm wondering if any of you have tried this as a last resort and have had success with it? I'm determined to find the cure for my acne! If it takes eating paleo/aip AND low fodmaps to do it, then so be it!
  12. Elizabeth

    One Year After First Whole 30

    It's almost one year since I did my first Whole 30, which I started in mid-January 2012. This post discusses the evolution of my health since taking the Whole 30 plunge and recognizing how dramatically food impacts my wellbeing. Before starting the Whole 30, I had lots of symptoms and medical diagnoses: hypothyroid, generalized body aches and pains, fatigue throughout the day, unreplenishing sleep, insomnia, depression, anxiety, GERD (heartburn), eczema, chronic itchy sore throat and ears, inflammation. I basically just never felt "good, " and was pretty much always lethargic and moody. I took medication for my hypothyroid, depression and insomnia. My early reactions to the Whole 30 were wacky: I was super energized by the lack of carbs-- so much so that I felt like I was "rushing" all the time-- almost "high" or manic-- but could barely focus enough to write an email, and could not fall asleep without a sleeping pill of some kind. This was kind of cool, but it was also draining, because I felt more "wired" than energetic. After awhile, my energy leveled out, and I was more consistently awake during the day, and able to fall asleep without medication at night. Other weird side-effects of the early days were body temperature changes-- I would get really flushed sometimes after eating, and at night I would get the cold sweats. Also, before falling asleep at night I would sometimes have a racing, pounding heart. I have learned that these were typical reactions to my hormones regulating due to the dietary changes, and these symptoms were gone after about two weeks. By the middle of the Whole 30, I was able to fall asleep well, and wake up feeling well-rested after a normal 8 hours of sleep. My daily fatigue and body aches were gone for the most part. Because my energy improved, I was able to quit my caffeine habit, and also stopped craving cigarettes. Also, because I started feeling better in general, I was able to notice when several Whole 30-approved foods made me feel bad- nightshade veggies, cooked egg whites, dutch process cocoa and red wine (ok, not approved, but I had a few glasses for a friend's b-day mid-Whole 30) were among the culprits. By the end of the month, my body aches, insomnia, GERD, fatigue and inflammation were generally gone. My mood had improved overall, but I still had ups and downs. My chronic sore throat was gone, but the itchy ears still flared up on occasion, and though the eczema was not gone, it was reduced. I attempted a premature withdrawal from my antidepressants after the Whole 30, and learned the hard way that long-term health problems are not fixed in a month. After struggling to stay antidepressant-free for a few months, I went back on the meds in May and have decided not to push any "cure" before it's ready to happen. What I noticed when I went off the meds was that my carb cravings went through the roof, and if I made any poor dietary choice, I would be paying the price for days afterward-- one cup of coffee or some soy sauce meant that I would slip into a cloud of depression, fatigue and brain fog for days, during which my body would be screaming for chocolate and muffins and lattes. It was brutal, and too difficult to handle while holding down a job. By going back on the meds, I have been able to consistently make better dietary choices, and thus heal my body better. If it's in the cards for me to go med-free again, I'll take that step when the time comes. Now, 11 months after my initial foray into paleo life, I am still surprised by how my body is healing itself. Some of my food intolerances have gone away, due (I assume) to the healing of my gut, and I can now eat nightshades, dark chocolate and coffee without incident. I almost never get body aches and pains, and my heartburn is simply nonexistant. I also rarely get a severe reaction to a food (even the apple pie I ate at Thanksgiving) so it seems that my body has increased its resilience. And though there are mild signs that I have made a poor food choice, I'm not laid up for days. Unexpected results have been increased regularity of my menstrual cycle, improved skin appearance and texture (I barely even need to use body lotion anymore! My skin is so hydrated and firm, it's amazing), and improved muscle tone without a change in exercise. I lost about 10 lbs on the Whole 30, but gained back 5lbs in lean muscle, and now have a more toned, muscular appearance, and am the happiest I've been with my physical appearance potentially ever. Overall, the Whole 30 has given me an appreciation for the body's ability to heal itself, and a respect for the individuality of our nutritional needs. I now approach health from a "my body knows best" perspective, and realize that wellness is a lifelong process, not a quick fix. Thanks for reading my update, and best wishes to everyone on their personal journeys!
  13. AmyB

    Ok then!

    So! I am done. It wasn't perfect, and that's fine. What does that word even mean, anyway? Here's what I saw that I'm happy about: 1. Improved, more consistent energy throughout the day, with just a few days that were not optimal. 2. Better sleep. I know when I am having crazy dreams, I am processing stuff and getting in the good REM zone, and that's definitely been happening. I just need to work on getting to bed a little earlier. 3. Better mental clarity/focus. I spent less time messing around at work and at home and actually got stuff done like a real adult. This mostly showed up during the last 5 days for me. 4. Better-behaved skin and hair. I have had weird scalp problems my whole life, and now they are gone. Hooray! I also have keratosis pilaris, and that is much improved. 5. I had more gas in the tank during CrossFit metcons. 6. I made it the whole time without eating any smoothies/shakes for breakfast. I'm pretty proud of that. I don't miss cleaning out the blender, that's for sure. 7. My mom and sister are both recovering alcoholics, so it was really important to me to try 30 days with no alcohol. I did have a few days when I *really* wanted that glass of wine, but no way was I going to slip. And it was fine. I'm glad to know that I can do that. Here's what I will probably reintroduce: 1. Full-fat dairy (Greek yogurt & such) 2. Rice. I enjoy Indian and Lebanese food, and I'm sorry, but cauliflower rice tastes like cauliflower. It just does not work for me. This won't be an all the time thing, but just when I go out, I'm not going to lose my mind over it. 3. Red wine. Mayyyyyyybe a Bell's Oberon once a year, since it's made in my city and all. 4. Regular bacon from my favorite farmer. I believe he uses turbinado sugar in his curing process. 5. Bagels. No, just kidding. My bagel days are over. Where I screwed up or could just improve in general: 1. Letting myself get too thirsty, and then misreading that signal as hunger, 2. Not being prepared with snacks on an overnight trip. 3. LOTS of fruit and coconut milk. I just really like it. I don't know; I'm a smaller-sized person, so I wasn't really concerned with weight gain, but it could be a) a sweet tooth thing or a convenience food thing. I'm going to try this during a winter month when I have less access to fresh fruit and see how that goes. 4. Munching when I get bored, anxious, or annoyed. I am going to relax about food for a little bit. I'm going to eat some cheese and drink some wine, but I'm going to pay attention. I will keep Whole30 in my toolbox, and try this again in a different season. This forum is great - thanks, all, for your support, ideas and humor! XO