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  1. Hello, all! I will be starting on the impending Monday and am inviting any and all forum pals in the accountability field of things. A roommate and I made an attempt to do a Whole30 after Thanksgiving, but our decision was very spontaneous and didn't allow time for preparation. I'm hoping that a legit start date (with official tools and prep time) will make for a more successful month:)
  2. Just saying "HELLO" to my fellow Whole30ers and holding myself accountable by posting my introduction and my intent to start. Looking forward to life changes!! If anyone has any valuable getting started tips I'd greatly appreciate them! Best, Karla
  3. I'm new and started on February 12th! Day 4 for me and it's not too bad so far. Looking forward to the motivation I will find here. Thanks in advance!
  4. I'm starting Whole30 11/24, day after Thanksgiving. I've been testing the waters the past 10 days and enjoying all that I've prepared and eaten. Most of the pantry issues are resolved. I also decided, after reading the books, that I will drop out eggs and nightshades, as I have autoimmune conditions. That is making things trickier. Luckily, I discovered I really like sweet potatoes! I'll be interested in more egg-free breakfast options. I'm excited to think about food that is just food and is NOT laced with additives. I've been shocked in my try-out period how many things have sugar!! My regular chicken broth has added sugar. Why??? I'm not all-in on the paleo concept. Rather, I think the plan is more like "Gramma's Farm plan" - i.e., my Hoosier grandparents who raised vegetables and animals and ate what they grew. I like this idea a lot. Happy Thanksgiving!
  5. m_rehab

    October 16 start!

    Hi all, I have started the challenge yesterday. I am an emotional eater and feel like food controls me. I see this as a rehab and get in control. It would be great to find someone doing it during this period as well, to support each other! Best wishes!
  6. fitfoodieteacher

    Starting Tomorrow if IRMA is nice!

    Anxious, excited, nervous...tomorrow is my anticipated start date. I am in FL and currently everything is safe here but should I lose power I may be limited as far as my food options go but I want to start tomorrow to hopefully finish and complete a bit if reintroduction before my birthday trip. Excited to meet people with experience and newbies like me! I will definitely need support! Any tips for a newbie who is already missing her typical dessert? I love to end the night with something sweet (a piece of dark chocolate, a smore, Ben and Jerrys lol) so this is the area I am most nervous about! Also CHEESE! If you would like to follow along my day to day experience, I will be documenting it on my Instagram page @fitfoodieteacher
  7. I'm starting today. I just got back from vacation, and I ate enough junk/fake food. It's time. Now I just need some more accountability. Does anyone want to be my accountability partner?
  8. Moongreaser

    June 1st start date....

    Hi....started on the 1st and overall I feel great....but I'm still tired and want to sleep quite a bit.... any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks.
  9. Hello Everyone! I'm Julie. I'm new here. I started on April 1, 2017. I started Whole30 on the suggestion from my acupuncturist. I'm in the process of being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and she thought it would be a good answer for my widespread pain and chronic fatigue. Things have been going really well, and I feel pretty great! I didn't really experience the severe detoxing feelings I was expecting, and the first couple weeks weren't so bad at all! I think part of it is that I'm so used to feeling so crummy all the time, that the detox feeling I WAS getting - I would trade for my "normal" fibro-feelings ANY day. Also, I KNOW that I went into it with the right mindset to do this. I took the suggestions from the book: I read my book, I did my homework, I chose a good time to start it, and made sure to PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE! But my main focus that has kept me going is the hope and excitement of just feeling better! My head is 100% in this game! If it's OK - I would like to share my experience so that others don't make the same mistake I did. I just want to say this ONE VERY IMPORTANT THING!!! LABEL READ! LABEL READ! LABEL READ! I'm sure you already know this, but I just want to reiterate it - because it's SUCH an easy mistake to make. I unfortunately learned this the VERY hard way. I was on Day 13 - feeling great - staying motivated - eating delicious healthy food. I had gotten into a great groove with food prep and experimenting with new recipes and gaining confidence in things like making my own ghee and hollandaise sauce. Then I made 1 fatal error. For dinner on Day 13 - I was making sauteed shrimp, which I had done several times before. I went to the fridge to pull out my homemade ghee - and in the door I saw this delicious "famous kream mustard" that is just to die for. Without thinking - I took it out and mixed a dollop of it in with my shrimp. I don't EVEN know where my head was. Maybe I thought - I can have mustard - and that's where the thought ended. Maybe I had gotten too confident and comfortable in my plan and just didn't even think to look at the label. Three-quarters of the way through my wonderfully delicious meal, thinking about what a great flavor the mustard added - my stomach and my heart sunk. I realized - I didn't read that darn label! I have read EVERY SINGLE OTHER LABEL of everything I had eaten up to that point - but I missed one. I sat there for several minutes because my legs felt like they were made of lead. I didn't want to get up and read the label just to find out what I pretty much already knew - that there was something in it not allowed on the program. I finally stood up, slowly marched into the kitchen, with a big sigh opened the refrigerator door, and painfully pulled out the jar. There it was: cane sugar and soybean oil. It's amazing where your mind goes in that moment. "It was such a small amount. Do I REALLY have to start over? If I don't tell anyone, then nobody will know, so I didn't really make a mistake and I can just keep going. It couldn't have affected me that bad, right? It's not like I ate a whole pizza and drank a bunch of Pepsi! What if I go throw it up really quick - does that count?" OF COURSE THAT'S NOT THE ANSWER! I was surprised my brain even took me down that path! I would just be cheating myself. And I wouldn't find out what I set out to learn with this plan: what foods make me feel like total crud every single day, and cause me to have so much pain and discomfort and fatigue. So I texted my acupuncturist - knowing I was really just confirming what I already knew: I had to start over. (I joked about celebrating with a Pepsi. Might as well make my mistake worth it! I did not have a Pepsi.) She told me not to beat myself up, and that an extra 13 days of eating the healthiest I've ever eaten is not a bad thing. She's right. I also knew this deep down. I was just more disappointed in myself for not reading that darn label like I had done 100 times before. I had been perfect on this plan, and due to one little bitty accidental slip up - it had huge effects - and I was having to start over. I was absolutely deflated. I had a good cry when my husband got home from work that night - you know - the kind with the giant, hot, alligator tears that stream down your face from a faucet you can't shut off? That kind. I had worked so hard! I told him what had happened and how disappointed I was in myself, but the lesson was learned, and I was starting right back up at breakfast the next morning. He said, "Really? You're not even going to just give yourself the weekend?" I replied, "NOPE! I'm just going to keep going like this never happened, but now my plan is 43 days. It's now Whole43." And then he did exactly what I needed him to do. He gave me a big hug, also said to not beat myself up about it, and said he had actually gained even more respect for me, and was really impressed by my integrity, in that even with such a small, accidental mistake - I was following the rules and starting over. He was 100% supportive, and that's what I needed. (And thankfully it wasn't day 28!) So April 14 became Day 1... again. HUGE LESSON LEARNED!!! Thank you for letting me share my story. I just hope that it helps SOMEONE out there to not make the same mistake I did. Happy Whole30!!! #readlables
  10. eatspinraverepeat

    February 15th--Let's Do This

    My co-worker and I are starting on February 15th! I am so excited! Anyone else starting post-Valentine's Day?
  11. 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!
  12. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    Hi all! My name is Molly, I'm planning on starting my first Whole30 on June 28th, since I'm currently doing a lot of traveling, and that start date should give me plenty of time to get back home (which is currently located in Vancouver, BC) and do all the prep I need. I'll be doing the Whole30 alone, since my boyfriend (who lives with me) isn't 100% on board and none of my friends in the area seems interested. I will have support from at least one of my friends, but she's vegan, so I don't feel entirely comfortable talking to her about all the (delicious) meat I'm going to be eating! I've read both of the Hartwigs' books, and I'm psyched to start, but I also know that this is going to be a bit of a struggle for me. As a grad student, I'm used to eating whatever I can find that's convenient, cheap, or free. This usually means lots of carby snacks, crappy takeout, and department-subsidized pizza or Timbits. Since I'm doing this over the summer, I should have a lot more freedom to make my own schedule, rather than dashing back and forth from campus to go to classes or teach, but I'm still worried about my research and summer studies driving me to stress-eat, especially with the Tim Hortons right around the corner and a boyfriend whose favorite foods include crap, deep fried crap, and sugar-coated crap. Boyfriend has at least agreed to avoid alcohol with me for 30 days, which will definitely make things easier for me, since alcohol is a big part of grad school socializing and, to be totally honest, there's nothing like a pint to take the edge off a stressful meeting with a professor (a.k.a., any meeting with a professor). I should probably also note that my area of study is meat and DAIRY in the ancient Mediterranean. There will definitely be days during my whole 30 where it will literally be my job to read about non-compliant foods. So, I'm here to look for advice, support, ideas, inspiration, and anyone who might be starting on or around the same day. If you are, please do get in touch. I'd love to have some buddies to share the roller coaster ride that is the Whole30! Molly
  13. jeanellsunshine

    Starting Whole30 tomorrow, May 10th!

    Hey y'all! My name is Jeanell and I will be starting Whole30 tomorrow (5/10/2016)! I live in NYC and originally from Florida. I'm very excited about it after multiple self-afflicted delays. I pushed this off multiple times after reading the book because I was scared. Then I realized I have to do things that scare me or I won't live life to the fullest. I had a wake-up call this past week. I went to a new doctor last Wednesday and she weighed me at 358 pounds, my heaviest weight ever. After blood work results came in, I am now considered pre-diabetic, which I had a feeling was going to happen. Two days later, I was flying to Florida and I paid extra money for an extra legroom seat. However, the seat was tight and I could barely move. I was frustrated because I paid more money for more room so I can be comfortable, but my weight got in the way. I realized I had two options at that point (I will be traveling a lot for the rest of the year): 1-Buy a first class ticket that is very expensive to be able to sit in a seat where I fit...or 2-Change my lifestyle, lose weight, and not worry about whether I can fit in a seat on a plane. I am choosing option 2 because "ain't nobody got time" to pay extra money for something you cannot afford yet at this time in your life. In the past two years, I have had a slew of health issues. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and wear a CPAP machine, but I still wake up tired. The trigger for my sleep apnea was when I gained 30 pounds in 3 months due to a stressful job, overeating, and lack of exercise. Also my family medical history is not great and I don't want to repeat history with diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, arthritis, and more. I already see myself heading down that path, and I want to go down another path to a healthier life. I am very ecstatic about Whole30! I truly believe this is the first day of the rest of my best life! LET'S DO THIS!
  14. Jurasek_Park

    Start date July 2nd!

    Starting tomorrow!!!!! So excited and terrified!
  15. bluebell

    Started 3/10

    I started Whole30 on March 10th and while I've been on here looking around and reading, writing is going to help tremendously! I started Whole30 for a number of reasons which include possible food allergies, weight, control issues with food, and unhealthy eating. The last two are similar, but sometimes I almost couldn't control how much I was eating because I felt so hungry. Unhealthy wise, I wouldn't eat a serving a vegetables some days and downed sugary treats like they were going out of style. In 2010 through 2011 I lost 90 lbs by cutting sodium down and I ate vegetables, protein, and different things, but I couldn't keep sodium out forever because that would mean I could only eat two pieces of pizza a day. Needless to say I gained like 20-30 lbs back. Where am I going with all this? I need to eat healthier and my body needs it's fuel basically. I'm doing this with my dad and we're trying to support eat other as we go along. I'm excited to finally write on here!
  16. A new month, a new year, and a new week! January 5th is my decided start date This is my first time doing the Whole30 and I am researching up a storm. I have given myself a few weeks to help clear my pantry, set up a routine exercise time 3-5 times a week, etc. I'm even using my local library (which I have never been to before) to check out Paleo cookbooks. I have anxiety and depression issues that I feel are greatly attributed to my diet. I really want to get healthy and see if what I eat will effect my mood as well as keep my body happy. Want an accountabilibuddy? Choose me! Choose me! Let's help each other! Anyone interested?
  17. New to Whole30, but looking forward to starting. I am getting excited and preparing my mind and kitchen for the next 30 days and beyond.
  18. megancatwood

    Started Today!

    HI Everyone, So today I started the program and I went grocery shopping. Holy schmolies! The amount I spent was SCARY. I'm posting things to my blog to keep accountable and I announced it on Facebook. It's real! Uffda. Just finished breakfast and I'm SO FULL. So that's good. I'm frexcited and nervous. And glad to start this before January 1st so that I can get a jumpstart. Wish me luck! It's so good to meet everyone here.
  19. Hi all, I am starting my first Whole 30 today! I am incredibly nervous and would love some company along the way if anyone else is starting today too! I have always struggled with my weight and constantly been on and off diets for about 10 years. Therefore, I believe my digestive system is pretty out of whack considering what I have been putting it through. I am hoping this experience will help heal my body and make me a healthier person. Just a little bit about me... I am 27, married almost a year. My husband will not be completing the Whole30 with me but will usually eat what I make for dinner so that is helpful. However there are still oreos in my pantry... I have a pretty sedentary job. I don't get to do a lot of moving throughout the day but I do generally workout about 6 times a week. I completed Insanity a month ago and restarted that workout program two weeks ago. So I will also be completing that exercise program for the second time while doing my first Whole30. I am by no means in super great shape. I am overweight by 24 pounds, which is an improvement as I was about 8 pounds heavier two months ago. I really want this to be a success! Manda
  20. Hi everyone! I'm super excited to embark on my first day of the whole30 challenge tomorrow! I've made it halfway through one once before about a month ago and then fell off the wagon but now that I have graduated from college I'm hoping that this time around it will be easier for me to stick with my commitment! Is anyone else starting tomorrow? Does anyone have any tips for a newbie like me?