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  1. deviin22

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Hello, I am starting my 2nd round of whole30 on 4/2 (waiting until AFTER Easter). Just looking to see if there is anyone else that is starting around the same time. I loved my first whole30 so much and am looking forward to that Tiger Blood again! I think this will kickstart my healthy summer. I have some tricks that i learned during the first round (like always having approved snacks available, meal prepping every sunday, and I know what products to use now), but I'd like some accountability assistance!
  2. Last Tuesday, my doctor and I had a discussion concerning my slowly rising cholesterol numbers. My ratio is at 4.6 as of last Tuesday. She really wants me on some kind of medication, but I told her that statins were not happening. I would consider an alternative. She offered Welchol. We have been having this discussion for a year now with each lipid panel worse than the one before. I told her I would give it three more months, and if I couldn't get my readings to improve, I would try the Welchol. So, I have been on Whole 30 for a week. I am an old hand at Atkins/South Beach/lowcarbhighfat anything. I have never stayed with anything long enough to see if it really worked. Getting rid of sugar and simple carbs seemed to help me lose weight, but again I never stayed with it. Since the focus now is on getting my cholesterol under control, and I don't want to have a heart attack ever, I am determined to see this through. If I lose weight in the process, that will be a much appreciated bonus. I am a healthy and fairly active 69 year old female. I have a young very active 9 month old puppy who needs to get out and run everyday. She is really motivating me to get out and move. We walk from 2-3 miles a day now. I am also practicing Intermittent Fasting. This is easy for me. My mother was always thin, and it occurred to me that she unknowingly practiced IF. Through out my entire life I never saw her eat anything after dinner was done. She cleaned up the kitchen, and it was closed. It didn't matter if we finished at 4,5 or 6pm. She never ate a thing in the evening. Whole 30 was really hard for the first several days because all most all ready made foods: sausage, ketchup, dressings etc all have something in them that is not acceptable. Going to Whole Foods helped. I was able to find Primal Kitchen mayonnaise, salad dressings, ketchup and bacon that was acceptable. I have tried a few things that I have never done before like using spaghetti squash for spaghetti. It was ok, crunchy but it did fill me up and at 30 calories a cup, what the heck. Giving up all dairy has been the hardest thing for me. Not being able to put Parmesan cheese on my spaghetti sauce last night was hard. No alcohol is hard but not as hard as dairy. Not being able to have any sweetener real or fake is hard, too, but because I can have fruit, it isn't so tough. I bought the cookbook for Whole 30 but was disappointed as usual. The recipes are too far out there for me. I want to know how to make simple things and am not into spicy foods at all. I guess I need a Whole 30 compliant meat loaf or tuna "noodle" casserole recipe. I am one week in and take it one day at a time, sometimes one hour at a time. I just don't let myself get hungry. That is the kiss of death for me on this program.
  3. I've never been a part of a forum, so this is new. So is Whole30. I'm a planner. Therefore, I have my meal plans worked out for the 30 days, starting January 8. I've sampled recipes so I know what I like, and since I'm only cooking for one, my preferences are all that matter. Boy, that sounded conceited, sorry. I'm traveling after the holidays or I would start on January 1 with so many others. Not going far, but I didn't want to be just starting and already concerned with eating out and away from home. Anyway, any other solo January 8-ers out there?
  4. Lyla Madison

    Starting January 6!

    Hi I'm new and probably one of the younger members here (15 whoop whoop). Officially starting tomorrow, and since I'm gonna be the only one doing it in my family of 5 I'm looking for a lot of encouragement. Already told my sister to yell at me if I complain lol. I've just become very uncomfortable in my body, and I know I sound like every teenager out there, but I actually want to do something about it. I used to be really fit and in shape, with healthy eating habits, but I feel as if I've lost that. I just really want to get back into routine and I figured this would help. So yeah, new year new me, right? Also, there's a good chance I'll be doing a lot of ranting so please bare with me, and if you have any advice, I would really appreciate it!
  5. Hi, Starting tomorrow and want to know what you all found easiest and hardest. What are pitfalls to avoid and what, if anything, is "easier" than expected. Thanks
  6. Hey everyone, I'm going to start the Whole 30 on 6/4 after my vacation. I've already got my first weeks meal plan set up, so I'm pretty excited. I'm not new to eating real food, but I very much fell off of the wagon a few months ago and it seems like my junk food cravings are here with a vengeance this time. So I want to do the Whole 30 with no cheat days to try and kill the cravings and bad habits. I've also got dry eyes, dry skin, inflammation in general, lack of energy, and a bit of depression that I'd like to see improve. If anyone would like to buddy up and exchange emails to help each other get through those tough times let me know! I'm excited to be here, looks like a really supportive forum!
  7. Hi all, Starting my Whole 30 today. I've done a ton of diets but this one is not about losing weight for me. I realize that dairy and especially sugar affect my energy, mood and so many other things. Motivated but fearful. Any tips for this newbie?
  8. bertajeanc

    Beginning my Whole30 journey

    Hello! I'm on Day 2 of my Whole30 journey. So far, so good. I'm getting a little overwhelmed trying to find and prepare the right foods to eat. Any advice on quick and easy food choices? I did eat my first sweet potato today! I actually liked it.
  9. madknitter17

    Start Date January 30th

    Hey Everyone, I am starting in a week, January 30th. Reading the book and getting my self familiar with all the other resources. I am poorer and a little bit afraid to start the diet due to lack of a reliable income. However, I have a lot of health issues including digestive and my doctor believes that the Whole 30 could really help. That being said I am going on the diet for a whole 90 days. My boyfriend is joining me for the first two weeks to help get me started. After that I am going to be needing all the online support I can get. I am really excited to start having my health improve and I am thrilled to make some new friends along the way. I have the Whole 30 book, but I am going to need as many recipes as I can get. Especially more economical recipes. Best of Luck Everyone, Taylor
  10. backtoLittleL

    Starting today! 2/6/17

    It's day one, and I am excited about what the next 30 days will bring. This is my second attempt at the Whole 30, and I want it to be successful. 2017 is the year I get back to finding me again, and making the effort to take care of me. I can't be the best mom, wife, co-worker, friend, if I do not spend some time on myself. Glad to be here and looking forward to this adventure and support in having others along for the ride!
  11. Alice ready to go

    Starting February 1st!

    I'm so excited! I'm preparing myself all January, on the 15th I did an example day, testing how a whole30 day should be feeling like, and it felt great! I think I can do this.
  12. Drewsiph1296

    Muscle gain

    I'm looking into starting W30, but have also recently committed to going to the gym and gaining muscle. Any advice on meals, or snack options?
  13. Hello all, I am starting my first Whole30 on July 21st with a good friend. I know a Thursday seems odd, but from what I have read day 3 and 4 can be rough so I want to be able to recover over the weekend. What I am looking forward to: Better overall health, see which foods are affecting me the most, having more energy, better sleep, less bloating, and hopefully less headaches with no more brain fog. Not looking forward to: giving up dairy and quick meals, trying to find just the right ingredients, feeling yucky for the first two weeks, and reintegrating after 30 days. The good thing is I do not eat many desserts, chocolates, and I gave up soft drinks pretty much about two years ago. Every blue moon I want a piece of chocolate so I have those small one bite mini chocolates from hershey's and that usually satisfies the craving. Soft drinks every once and awhile I like to have about 6 sips and I'm good. So that part of this plan-- of giving up sugar and sweets shouldn't be so bad. However in the past on other diets as soon as I cannot have it I sometimes I will get cravings for it. Here is where I would like some help and suggestions with my questions: I am having a hard time finding canned or diced tomatoes or tomato sauce that does not have sugar in it. I have gone to a couple of grocery stores and even in the organic section and the best ones had at least 2 grams of sugar. I plan on going to Whole Foods this weekend to try my luck, it further away than I would like but I am all in on this plan. Let me know where you found yours. I bought mayo and it looked to be compliant and it said 0 sugars or no other artificial ones, but then read further and it says less than.5 grams of organic sugar so do not know if this is OK or not? As a backup would like to get the RXbars, Epic bars, or Larabars, but every label I read said it had at least 6 grams of sugar. Are you finding them without sugar and if so where? Even on Amazon.com they all had sugar. It is hard for me to eat breakfast since I get up so early, so I usually force myself to eat and I eat a protein bar, Since that is not possible any more what do you suggest that would be lite? If I eat much else it can make feel nauseous. Any suggestions to get through the really bad days would be great as well. I would love if others are starting on the same day to get in touch with me and go through this together online. I look forward to hearing from the group.
  14. Meal 1: Palm of Turkey breakfast sausage (homemade) 1/2 c roasted sweet potato 1/2 c roasted Brussels sprouts 1/2 c raw carrot sticks 2 Thumbs almond butter Meal 2: Palm of baked chicken breast coated in egg and almond flour Salad of mixed greens, radishes, lemon wedges and olive oil 1 c butternut squash soup Open hand of olives One apple Meal 3: Beef kebab vegetable kebab 1/2 c blueberries Closed handful of macadamia nuts Thoughts are welcome!!
  15. I'm beginning my Whole30 next Thursday, June 23, and I don't eat eggs. The only time I cook with them is if I'm making a stir fry of some sort (with my coconut aminos of course). I'm already in a panic about how to get enough protein in my breakfast or possible snacks (I work long days... So snacks are okay then??). Any suggestions would be appreciated!!
  16. For a variety of reasons, I am starting my second W30 on a Tuesday instead of a Monday. Anybody else launching their W30 on Tuesday June 14?
  17. rosen.willow

    Starting April 24

    Excited to start my first Whole30 on April 24th! Hopeful this will force me to figure out HOW to eat way more veggies all the time (a goal for awhile). And apparently there may be a bunch of other benefits too! I'm the only one doing it in my house, and I go to a lot of potlucks, so those will be two tricky things to manage, but I've been reading up a storm and have a plan (and many afternoons/evenings blocked off for cooking). Yay!
  18. jojofish

    Here we go!

    Mt wife and I are taking the first step today. We spent last night putting together some basics and pre-cooking some Whole 30 Compliant foods. I have never bought so many veggies at one time and I got some very strange looks from the WalMart check out person (the only grocery store in our rural area of Arkansas). We have some worries about how to handle 12 hours shifts, a teen-ager that is not on board and just wants her old standbys and an upcoming business trip I have to go on next week. But we feel dedicated and want to cross the bridge into a more healthy life. So with all that, here we go!
  19. Paula here...going to start Monday (after Easter celebration with family tomorrow). A couple of co-workers and friends will also participate and we will be each other's accountability partners ...but would welcome more here!
  20. Hello Everyone!! I just got a new job yesterday, and was on my 4th day of the Whole 30. I celebrated with a couple beers so now I'm starting over. I learned a lot just in those 4 days though and feel like this time I can complete all 30-days and get my body functioning the way it was meant to. If you are planning to start this coming Monday I welcome you to join this forum to talk about how to get prepared and this 30 days a life changing event!!
  21. 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
  22. Hi all, I have been semi-interested in the Paleo diet for a while now, but hadn't made the leap. Then I saw the Whole30 book at Barnes and Noble a couple of weeks ago, and it was like it called my name from the shelf. It's a gorgeous book! I couldn't get enough, and all the food looked amazing. I'm taking Melissa's advice NOT to start Whole30 over the holidays (though kudos to you who are!) and I'm doing as much Whole30 as I can between now and January 10, after the holidays and a trip to Florida (in which I will eat well but not restrict myself completely). In the meantime, I'm doing a Whole13/14 between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I actually had already given up sugar in November, with the exception of Thanksgiving, and I feel so good without my sugar addiction that the Whole30 is just taking it a step further. Things I've noticed since Sunday, when I started (just 4 days ago): WAY less of my long hair came out in the shower yesterday. (Can this be real? Is it from just a few days of eating way more protein and fat and no bread/oats?! I usually lose a handful of hair, but yesterday it was just a few strands.) A few days of constipation but now twice daily poop that doesn't float! (I hate this subject and feel like it's sharing TMI, but my poop has always floated and I've known a long time it's a sign of not absorbing fat well, but nothing has helped in the past, including giving up gluten at times.) More energy (which started with giving up sugar November 1). I felt so much stronger and more energetic when I had to shovel 4 inches of wet, sticky snow off my sidewalks yesterday. I've already gone from a bread/granola craver in the mornings to a person who misses veggies and meat/eggs for breakfast if I don't get them in. This one blows me away! That's just the start! I'm really excited to see what a full Whole30 brings, but even this Whole14 is totally worth it and makes me feel great!
  23. Hi, I am Emily. I roped the hubby into starting the Whole 30 with me TOMORROW!!!!!!!!! It took me a week to convince him and I have no idea if he is really commited but I AM! I am sitting here working on our menu for the week, shopping list and cooking schedule. Did I mention we have 3 and 7 year old who are kind of (but not really) doing it with us. We are taking the approach of when we run out we don't restock. So day zero and I am stressed to the hilt. We need this and I can do this but I feel like I am doing it alone and forcing my family to walk the plank. So any constructive advice anyone coming from a similar situation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and I will be back soon!
  24. chantalabou

    Starting on Thursday Oct. 29

    Followed the AIP for a very long time, for health reason . But it seems I need a new challenge in order to get back and keep on track. i'll start on Thursday when I'll be back home after a few days in Denver visiting my son. Went to "True food kitchen" and had a spaghetti squash casserole that should be easy to replicate without the cheese. By the way I love to cook!
  25. TeriAnn

    Starting October 26

    I am starting the Whole 30 on Monday, Oct. 26. I have a horrible sugar addiction. I need help!