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  1. I started a Whole 60 (or 67) on January 1. I was doing ok until some changes at work made me decide to relocate in the very near future. I'm getting very stressed about the upcoming move and all the plans I have to make. I'm back to not sleeping well. Better sleep was one of my best NSVs! And I also just want to eat all my feelings right now! I am so close to just throwing in the towel. I need some encouragement!
  2. So I’m on my third ever round of Whole30 and have to say, it has been the easiest yet and really the smoothest. I’ve not struggled with cravings as much and finally understand SWYPO fully, so actually following all the rules this time. I have noticed that I’m sleeping much better overall—I typically struggle with major insomnia and wake up constantly throughout the night and that has been way less frequent—but the mornings have been rough. Bearing in mind, I have a very abnormal schedule because I’m self employed/freelance classical musician, so no 9-5..Most days I teach late and get home late and then often dinner is 9, 10 pm, and I may be meal prepping well into the night... It’s felt just about impossible to get up these past few mornings (it was a busy week for sure, but today was calmer and I let myself sleep in and found myself still exhausted at 10 am and ended up sleeping until noon). I’ve been trying to figure out if my sleepiness is just from an unexpected busy week, or something else. It’s really only the getting out of bed part that’s been rough...after breakfast my energy and focus levels have been way higher throughout the day. Yesterday, day 15, felt like I had gotten to tiger blood stage once I was out and about, but one of the most exhausting mornings I can recall in ages. It’s just strange to me since I’ve been sleeping so well! Not always getting 7 hours of sleep, but definitely way better quality than I have in a very long time.
  3. Anyone do a Whole30 and be super motivated by the process, and treating your body like a temple, but struggle with the emotional side of it? I have been SUPER emotional, and in a lot of ways 'vacant', if you know what I mean. Just not my peppy jolly self. I have been highly stressed, highly emotional, highly superstitious of my SO, and just realllllly flat emotionally. Feeling so distant, feeling empty.... ALL the good stuff lol. I've felt a little better the last day or so, but still feel so fragile. Can we talk more about the emotional withdrawals we may go through? Anyone ever feel this way for most of their W30? Thank you!!!
  4. I've done a strict W30 twice, and a looser one with some dairy (only in coffee) and minimal eating out, always with great success re-setting my metabolism and stamina. When I'm off W30, I'm 90% Paleo, only with more dairy (some cheese) and some alcohol - mostly very dry cider and the occasional bourbon. No wheat, sweets or white starches at all. Well, maybe a tablespoon or rice if cauliflower rice isn't available. I started a new job about 18 months ago, and started Viibryd at just about the same time. Since then, I've gained over a pound a month - going from 190 to 225. I'm 5'11 and 190 is perfect for me, It was stable for over five years. Weight is important to me for health reasons. At 190, my A1C was 5.2 - 5.5. Right now, my AM glucose readings are in the 140+ range. On STRICT W30, and my weight hasn't budged at day 18. (At least it hasn't gone up.) I do not want to have to deal with diabetes drugs ever again. My body doesn't like them. I also had some injuries that took me away from boxing for a while, and a bout of pneumonia a few months ago continues to play havoc with my respiratory capacity. So, after all that intro, I'm wondering if other folks have: 1 - Had substantial weight gain with Viibrid. The literature suggest something like a 2-3 pound weight gain total, not monthly 2 - Managed work stress successfully. My old job was boring as heck, but super-low stress. My new one is moderately stressful, but the commute is really stressful. Any success techniques there? (I'm buying a new motorcycle - this will help reduce stress based on experience, and save me about 15 minutes in the evening. And give me a solid flow-state during commute hours.) 3 - Figured out ways to push past a reluctant metabolism and actually be successful? It's worth noting that I feel quite a bit better digestively, but the anxiety around lack of weight loss isn't helping. Thanks in advance for the insights. Me putting up house numbers is a about a month ago - in the flowered shirt is in early 2014.
  5. Hi all, I've just completed day 10 of my first Whole30. Finding it hard to feel results because im just not sleeping well... I m don't feel stressed... just came back from a holiday, having a lovely time hanging out with friends and doing nice walks during the day. Very simple life right now. I go to bed round 10pm and have little trouble getting to sleep but find I am either waking up for 2-3 hours in the early morning or feel like I sleep so shallow I wake up every time I turn. Fyi - caffeine I have 1-2 black coffees with breakfast and that's it for the day. I have no idea what it's like to wake up 'on the right side of the bed' and feel refreshed or like I had a good nights sleep. Any tips welcome and appreciated!
  6. Guest

    mega proud of myself

    yesterday I went to see a wedding venue, fell in love with it and put a deposit down. I then started to freak out about how much I would have to save money-wise and the changes to be made. More than ever I wanted a glass of wine to relax the anxiety and nerves so my head would quieten down (I was on day 8), I was so close to just giving up my whole30 (not feeling the magic yet, obviously to be expected on day 8) I also gave up caffeine 2 days ago to help with my migraine headaches so yesterday I was really feeling it. I even asked my OH if we could go via my house first so he could drive us to dinner then I could drink. BUT when the waitress came to take my order and asked what drink I would like, I imagined Melissa next to me saying "you're not going down like this" and I ordered a sparkling water
  7. Hello. So, we're on day 16 and yet, I am still very much in a kill all the things mood. I am not handling anything well right now. Small inconveniences are putting me in a rage and I can't take it. This probably has nothing to do with the Whole 30, I don't really know. What I do know is that in the past when I've stopped eating gluten grains I tend to feel emotionally much more even. In the past, traffic wouldn't bother me and minor annoyances rolled off my back. Now though? F*ck that. Everything makes me rage. This is very not good. I am an employer and have 14 employees and a lot of customers. I literally cannot afford to be so snappy and irritated. I started working out last week in hopes it would help, but it hasn't helped at all. If anything, the added soreness and the awkwardness of navigating a new gym/trainer have made things worse. I even got a massage last week, which was nice while it lasted, but didn't have any ongoing effect. Does anyone out there have any advice? Please don't tell me to take a bath (I hate baths). Is it even possible to correct these feelings with food/diet/lifestyle? As I said, I thought that gluten contributed to it, but I have been very careful and I don't think I've even encountered any trace amounts of gluten by accident. Could it be something else I'm eating? I just don't know. I am really frustrated with life right now.
  8. Hi all, I am on Day 3 of my first Whole30. Things have been going surprisingly well in regards to compliance and physical symptoms, however, I am finding that my anxiety is driving me CRAZY! Background: I have always been an anxious person, and although it's never been so severe that I have needed medication, when things are bad it certainly interferes with my enjoyment of life and make me irritable with people I care about, etc. Generally, when I feel anxious about my new job, or have stress about my busy schedule, or am in any way feeling emotionally sub-optimal, I have a snack. Usually junk food. Now, on Whole30, that "escape route" is unavailable to me and I am REALLY feeling it. My chest is always fluttery, my hands occasionally get the tingles, and my irritability level is slowly climbing. (And I know that these are symptoms of my anxiety and not an underlying medical condition, in case anyone would wonder). I'm hoping I am not the only person who has experienced this. Thankfully, the actual cravings have been minimal, plus I am so horrified at how blatantly I have been treating my anxiety with snacks that my resolve to stick to the plan and BREAK this cycle is getting stronger by the day, so right now I'm not too worried about falling off the wagon. However, if anyone has a similar story and has found ways to redirect their anxiety or invented some healthier ways to cope, I would love to hear them. Thanks!
  9. Jackie Haldorson

    What are your non food rewards?

    I'm starting my Whole30 Jan 1! In preparation I want to know how you seasoned veterans & maybe even Melissa herself handle that afternoon slump at 2pm. When you're tired, stressed, bored, sad . . .and pre-whole 30 would reach for the chips, gingerbread white mocha, donuts, etc. Basically what are your go to mood boosters that are accessible at the office?
  10. chelsealdavidson

    Extreme Aggitation // Aggression

    I am on my second Whole"30" (I completed a Whole21 a year and a half ago, and am now on a whole40+ and going strong) with the exception of half and half in my coffee (dairy doesn't bother me, and if I don't have it in my diet it affects my vocal cords. I may be the only singer onthe planet who NEEDS dairy to sing well...). Either way, I've been working out consistently for the last 2-3 months and eating extremely clean for the last 6 weeks. In the last week or so I have grown increasingly aggitated. I did have a stressor added in my personal life, but nothing too extreme, and I have been to the gym to "work it off." Anyone else find themselves dealing with extreme frustrations as they continue in their whole30? Any supplemental nutrients I may need that I am unaware of? I had started a thread previously re: this odd feeling to cry I had about 4 weeks ago, but I figured by the 6-7 week mark (wherever I am, I have no idea), my emotions should be levelled out. I don't have really any cravings anymore, and I'm eating minimal sugar (fruit sugars, I mean), so no spikes and crashes. I have also found that I am still not re-set in my hunger. If I am not intentional in watching the clock I can go for HOURS without eating and not even notice a single pang in my stomach (though, I will exhibit symptoms of hunger in other ways, i.e. sleepiness). My original Whole30 ("Whole21") I actually ended up starving myself (I hadn't read the book yet) because I was eating so little, and then it backfired. I don't THINK I am eating too little right now, I've been pretty intentional. Just wanting some input / perhaps hear from whoever has struggled with such an extreme emotional pull. Thanks, Chelsea
  11. Hi all! A little background...I'm a 40 year old mother, wife, and business owner. I'm in good shape, healthy weight, with a history of anxiety disorder (been symptom free for years, med free since 2005). I also have an eating disorder history (EDNOS) and have been symptom free from that since 2006. Lastly, I got sober in 2011 Sort of sound like a hot mess, but really I've been in strong recovery for a long time and been mentally and emotionally well. Enter the Whole 30. I'd been wanting to clean up some eating for some time, and my husband I decided to give it a shot. I've gained about 8 pounds since last summer and knew we needed a change. We're currently on Day 19. The first week was fine, the only symptoms I felt was a headache and fatigue on day 1 and that was it! At the end of the first week I'd clearly lost weight (no scale, no measurements, but my pants fit better, yay!). Week 2 was the same. Around day 14 I woke up with an overwhelming feeling of sadness that I could. Not. Shake. It's still with me on day 19. I've never had a history of depression, but this sure feels like it. A couple days later I was getting dressed and noticed in the mirror that I had not only gained the weight back I had lost, but look like I'm gaining more. Which sent me into a tailspin. I don't know what's causing the weight gain and strong feelings of sadness. I'm wondering if I should quit the Whole 30. I've got what I wanted-- better insight with food, and I don't even want ice cream, I just want the stress and sadness to go away. Or, should I stick it out? I know the weight gain shouldn't matter (even though my husband has lost about 14 pounds- yes, he weighed himself) but for a girl whose struggled with an eating disorder, this isn't good. All my old thought patterns have come back and are making things worse. So, please be gentle with your feedback and advice. The weight gain could be too little calories, I don't know. I feel like I'm getting enough carbs, but maybe not. And to be honest, at this point I don't want anything MORE strict, like, "Eat this, not that" or "cut out this and see what happens". No, I'm over the rules. I think what I'm looking for is- has this happened to anyone else? I read an article from a doctor who spent her life studying alcoholism and sugar addiction and she said they are the same and that quitting sugar so abruptly makes us WORSE, not better. I don't know how much of that is clinically proven or true, but it sure as hell made me feel broken. All in all, at this point I'm still doing the Whole 30 just to do it. Not because I want to. I don't want to quit. But, I just don't know what to do... Thanks for listening.
  12. Tuesday morning I felt energetic and great, then partway through the day I started slumping big-time. I became absolutely exhausted and depressed by the time I went home at 7:30pm, almost to the point of tears. I cooked and ate a compliant dinner, then binged on some cashew butter. I was also exhausted on Wednesday and almost didn't make it in to work. What's going on? Why am I so dang tired? Anything I can do to make it through the rest of the day? Here's what I was eating the last two days: W2D9M1 3 eggs in pork belly fat, spinach, mushrooms W2D9M2 grilled chicken salad - baby spinach, thin grilled chicken breast, mushrooms, grape tomatoes, blueberries, EVOO & balsamic vinegar, large sweet potato w/ghee & cinnamon W2D9M3 thin grilled chicken breast, mushrooms in EVOO, butternut squash, fresh raspberries with coconut milk & coconut flakes W2D9S1 TJ Kale Chips, Zesty Nacho, 1 serving W2D10M1 3 eggs, spinach, mushrooms, and heirloom tomatoes in EVOO; coffee with coconut milk W2D10M2 grilled chicken salad - baby spinach, thin grilled chicken breast, mushrooms, heirloom tomatoes, Kalamata olives, EVOO & balsamic vinegar W2D10M3 sugar snap peas, almond butter Master Recipe ground turkey with sweet potato (with coconut oil/, onions, tomato paste, & poultry seasoning) W2D10S1 (too much) almond butter
  13. I have just completed my second Whole30. The first was back in the Fall and I had amazing results, I lost a lot of inflammation that I didn't realize I had and gained back a lot of energy. After the first 30 days I took a month and did the autoimmune elimination diet and didn't notice a difference with many foods. We fell off track in the Spring for about a month or two while we were in the process of buying our first home and moving but finally got back on track in June with our second round of Whole30. Needless to say in the time we were off track I became inflamed again. As of mid July I have completed my second Whole30 and since have completely cut out coffee yet I am still swollen which leaves me uncomfortable most of the time in my clothes. I guess I am wondering if the inflammation can be attributed to our moving stress and trying to get settled or should I redo the elimination diet again? Or if anyone has had this happen or something similar and if so what they did?
  14. I am on day 20 and today is a challenge day. My husband is staying overnight in the hospital waiting for lab results; I am home waiting for 2 service technicians (one is because my phone has not been working for 2 weeks). Mostly sitting around and waiting (and getting a bit angry at Verizon) - so stress and boredom. After breakfast I kept going to the kitchen looking for something to eat (not hungry) so I filled up with grapes and a couple of figs. So the need for sweets to deal with stress is still there (my normal reaction to stress). Any thoughts on other strategies? And when I am not on Whole30 - any advice on how to not go back to grabbing the cookies instead? Thanks in advance.
  15. chelilektra

    Neuro Drinks and Milk

    Hello. I have found that the Neuro Sonic energy drink works really well for me as an activator when I am having trouble with energy/focus/stress. http://www.drinkneuro.com/the-drinks/sonic I am about to try the Whole30 once more, but would love any advice on supplements/foods that could help me to replicate the effects of the drink without the added sugar content and dodgier ingredients. From what I can tell, the active ingredients are: Vitamin D (200 IU), Thiamin (0.45ms), Riboflavin (0.6mg), Niacin (5mg), Vitamin B6 (4mg), and Vitamin B12 (6mcg) as well as a proprietary blend of Vaffeine, L-theanine (L-TeaActie), Choline, alphoscerate (Alpha GPC), Phosphatidylsenne, and Resveratrol. I also found that the last time I tried the Whole30 my milk cravings (particularly when on the rag) were out of control. I would love to hear if anyone has found a way to curb milk cravings, or has an idea what makes them so powerful (particularly in lady time). Thanks.
  16. Today is the start of my Whole30 journey. I just ate a wonderful breakfast consisting of bbq chicken with pico de gallo and guacamole, my belly is feeling good. But I am worried will I make it to lunch without eating? Will I make it through the day without eating candy, cookies, chocolate, chips? These things have become a corner stone in my diet as of late. Up until 1 week ago I was getting ready for figure competition – this would have been my 4th event this year and sadly, my body was not responding. I was gaining fat, not muscle. I felt it is was stress related (too many shows, new job, selling my home, moving to a new city and purchasing, kids out school for the summer) so I spoke with my coach and we've put the training on the back burner until next year. I hate disappointing people. I took last week off any (gym) physical activity and the typical 6 meals a day of double boiled chicken and blanched green beans and just started to pack my house and eat…and eat…and eat. I am now 25lbs heavier one week later (weighed in yesterday). For one week solid I ate nothing but junk food every single day. Now I am afraid I won't be able to stop – the week ahead is chalk full of stress and nutritional boobie-traps! 1. I am moving to a new city this week. 2. I will not be able to fit in any gym workouts – not sure if I could workout my body is so stiff – my legs fell like they are full of lead (this has me stressed). 3. I've never binged like this ever in my life (why now??), can I control myself to stop? 4. Not feeling my best has me stressed 5. Not fitting into my clothes has me stressed. 6. Having to explain to my friends why I am not competing again this year…has me stressed. 7. My new job has me stressed…okay. Rant done. Deep breathe. My first step in my Whole30 journey was yesterday - I cleaned out all the junk, processed, gain based, legumes, and other non-foods out of the house, I either donated (made me feel good) or gave away to neighbors (also made me feel good). My birthday was Saturday – so I also made sure all the cake was out of the house. Today I woke up to a **clean** sugar free food zone. I also gave away all the **supplements** and **fat burners** my coach had me taking. Today will be my first day in 6 months without taking any Ephedrine, aspirin and caffeine…eeek! Lets see if I can even stay awake on my own. I can do this. I am stronger than sugar.
  17. Eva626

    Day 18...

    So I am on day 18 of my first whole30 and so far I have enjoyed it. Although I have noticed that at times I am lacking energy. The problem is this, I am a student and have a few huge final papers due in the next few weeks and some all nighters will most likely need to be pulled. I do not drink coffee, and usually drink soda instead to help with staying awake and snack on some sugary treats. Clearly this is not whole30 acceptable. I am thinking about giving up on the whole 30 (still following everything with the exception of allowing my soda/candy in minimal amounts for studying) because I don't want to interrupt my study grove. Although I don't want to give up on the whole 30 either. Help!
  18. Hello whole 30 forum! I am a 23 y/o fairly active female trying to lose weight and regain control of food. I was a self diagnosed anorexic ages 17-19 (weighed 120 at 5'10) after I recovered to 140, I never wanted to go down the path of restrictive eating again. I ran long distance track often up to 50-70 miles per week in college, so I survived off of lots of peanut butter, oatmeal, hummus and pizza. After college I fell into bouts of binge eating and now I am up to 165 and feel fat and gross all the time (I only run 3 days a week). I did the whole30 in october and had great results physically, but fell off the wagon after. I started another whole 30 about 3 days ago, but find that it really stresses me out. Just all the thinking and deciding and cooking about food, not to mention the social aspect. Since my ED im super self concious about food and I hate to impose anything on anyone. I get anxious and then end up eating tons of dates and nut butters. Any suggetions?
  19. Hi Everyone! I am looking for some help. I am under fairly extreme stress, not the bad kind, just the 'this is what my life is like for the next year and a half so lets make the best of it' kind. I think it is responsible for a LOT of my issues right now (such as: severe constipation and abdominal pain, bloat, tiredness, skin ailments, etc FYI I have IBS as well, but never this bad). I am on the go all day, all week; during which time I lift weights 3-4x a week, and do the elliptical 2-3x a week. I work full time and go to school full time. I have just purchased a startup company which is demanding a lot of my non-existent free time. I am in a long term relationship (which is joyful, but all relationships need tending to!) and I am doing a 100% compliant Whole(something, but more than 30) which takes a good amount of energy. I feel as though my symptoms and general well-being would benefit greatly by stress reduction, and more time for my parasympathetic nervous system to rest/digest which it is currently not doing AT ALL. Does anyone have any suggestions of things I can do to take some stress off of my body? Activities? Things I should eat/not eat to improve the IBS symptoms? Meditations? A Sample Day: Breakfast: 1/2 a sweet potato, Several Handfuls of Baby Spinach, 6 Mushrooms, 1/2 onion, and a compliant Turkey Sausage all sauteed in Coconut Oil Lunch: A load of Baby Spinach, 1 Tin of Sardines in Oil, Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Post Workout (if I lift): 1 tin of Tuna and *maybe* a kiwi or a half a sweet potato Dinner: Salmon Filet with 1/2 bunch of kale sauteed with garlic and ~1 cup of roasted butternut squash Thanks Everyone! Much Appreciated!