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  1. Hi everyone! I'm planning to start my third attempt at Whole30 on Monday, 10/1, and am hoping I can find some support from someone going through at the same time! I'd love for someone to join me in supporting each other and cheering each other along. I've tried twice before - once, I realized I accidentally ate sugar, and the second attempt right after, I ended because my partner who was doing it with me also gave up! I know I can do it, but I also know that a buddy would go a long way on the journey. -psychologeek
  2. Starting August 1st

    Planning a few weeks out to start August 1st. I'm very excited and know this will be an amazing journey. Who is with me? Go team!!
  3. 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?
  4. Hi Whole 30ers! A friend introduced me to It Starts with Food last weekend and I've read (and reread many sections) the book and am excited to get started ASAP. I have exactly 30 days that fit between two travel dates so I'm currently in the planning phase and basking in my excitement as I'm sure I will experience an emotional roller coaster. I'm a vegetarian but occasionally eat fish so for the next 30 days I'll be relying on fish and eggs as my main source of protein. I'm not super excited about that much protein (I'm a fan of The China Study) but I'm really attracted to the reconditioning of our food mentality and just overall relationship which is my main reason for embarking on this journey. I'm excited to interact with everyone here and share experiences! To start it off, if you had one piece of advice for me, what would it be?
  5. 5/1 start date -- buddy ??

    Hi I started my Round 1 yesterday 5/1 and would love to have a buddy. Anyone starting around the same time interested to help support each other? 38 y/o mother from NY!
  6. If anyone dealing with SIBO/IBS issues would like to offer/receive support and solutions to ongoing issues, please join! I'm on day 3 of the Whole 30 program and am tired and disgruntled, bloaty, poopy. But it's been only 3 days so give it time. I've been diagnosed with SIBO and am looking for others who are dealing with the same issues. I also have IBS and have recently learned that people with IBS commonly have SIBO. Healing the gut is tricky because you can't just put it in a cast and stop using it for a while like a broken arm. My gut feels as if it really does need a break though and I'm thinking of taking a day to not eat anything but chicken broth and maybe some blanched kale. I'm considering doing that tomorrow for just a day. Any suggestions? Is that not cool on Whole 30? SIBO = small intestinal bacteria overgrowth. You can read more about it here. My doc put me on two weeks of antibiotics - an herbal remedy is also avail, but the antibiotics were actually less expensive with insurance. She also suggested following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), which is similar to Whole 30 but there are some glaring differences as well. I have a friend who was also diagnosed with SIBO and she did the Whole 30 program and raved about it. That's why I'm here. I'm integrating both SCD and Whole 30. Staying compliant on Whole 30 and SCD isn't too hard since Whole 30 restricts more foods - so I'm following the Whole 30 program with a couple MORE restrictions (SCD allows for honey, yoghurt, etc but since I'm doing the Whole 30 I'm not eating those right now). There are a couple-three food items I've found that Whole 30 allows that SCD restricts for SIBO peeps. They are: Potatoes Yams and sweet potatoes Water chestnuts In a nutshell, these above food items are complex carbs that sit in our guts longer and feed harmful bacteria in our small intestines, which then multiply and produce byproducts that inflame the intestinal wall. Other more simple carbs are single molecules and much more easily absorbed by the intestine wall. I can handle no yams/potatoes/water chestnuts as well for 30 days. It's a bit sucky because I LOVE yams. But I'm willing to go to any lengths to heal my gut. Please reply if you are experiencing same or have a testimonial to share or solution to SIBO/IBS issues. And/or you just need to rant. And/or you find other foods allowed on Whole 30 that are restricted on SCD!
  7. I'm all alone in this

    Hi everyone, I am starting on Wednesday and cannot wait! I have been suffering with severe acid reflux for 7 years and hate taking Nexium. I am just worried about doing all the cooking myself. I've been spoiled for 27 years with a husband that does all the cooking, but he isn't quite getting that every ingredient counts so before I let him cook for me I will have to do it myself. Hopefully I can retrain him to cook for me the Whol30 way quickly since cooking is not my strong suit. I really want to get off my meds. Besides taking Nexium everyday, I also have to take Synthrod for my menopausal sluggish thyroid. I want to feel good again!!!! I'm looking for support as I start my journey! Thanks, Amy
  8. Finished my W30 on 2/1 and had been doing pretty well finding my way in a world of non-compliant food possibilities. One thing I quickly learned was that exposing myself to sugar in the form of dessert means my immunity will plummet and I will immediately come down with whatever I was successfully fighting off before. I was exposed to A LOT of sick people during my W30 and never got sick, but got 2 mild colds and the stomach flu in the month following the W30. Anyway, after I got the first two colds, I realized sugar was really hurting me and was primarily eating compliant style 99% of the time. But then we went out for my partner's mother's birthday and had a piece of cake after. Next day BAM! stomach flu. Two weeks of being completely non-compliant. Bread, rice, gatorade, lots of applesauce, not a single vegetable until almost 10 days in. Yes, broth too, but my stomach could not tolerate other things. So now that I'm about 4 days into being recovered from the stomach flu, I've been completely off the wagon with eating. Really low vegetable consumption, eating more sugar and certainly WAY more bread (which was really my problem food before W30). My body is revolting like whoa. I feel like there's no going back once you've done a W30. I ate a salmon skin salad the other day, which was probably cooked in the shittiest of oils and had all kinds of skin break outs and pelvic pain like I haven't had in a few months. I'm ready to get back on the wagon. Have other people been through a complete derailment and then gone back without doing another W30 round?
  9. Start Date: February 1

    Hi all, I'm new to the Whole 30, need lots of support to change my habits, as I am flying solo in my house. My family supports me, and yet they want to continue to have the comfort foods they want.
  10. Hi there, I'm on day 9 of the January Whole30 and can report that I'm doing well for the most part! I'm starting to experiment with cooking different things and feeling confident even at restaurants to ask questions and make sure I'm getting only what I know to be on the plate. And that's how this topic came to be... The other night my boyfriend and I were out to dinner and were having an open conversation about if my Whole30 was impacting him at all - I asked because I was curious. He responded that besides eating different things for dinner (which we eat together most nights) that it was only indirectly. However, inquiring a little further he expressed some doubt about the longevity and it's impact to our relationship. He likened it to having dated a vegetarian in the past where he felt he was under fire every time they were together. If he picked a place to eat that she couldn't eat then he'd feel bad or even that it just limited them to try new things. He followed that up with saying that it hadn't felt that way with my Whole30, but as an example that he can't suggest we go get ice cream because I'm not eating it. Anyone else had a significant other express this and have comforting words for them? I can see where he is coming from because we both enjoy trying new foods and that's a big part of the culture we like to intake while traveling/exploring. But I just hadn't envisioned that being problem. In my future food freedom, that's exactly what those times should be about. Enjoying food when it is worth it for me and not when when I choose to. It was a surprise to hear that he was looking to the end of 30 days, whereas, I'm in this for the long haul of health benefits. Thanks fellow Whole30ers. This is my first post in here although I have to say I'm probably googling something at least every couple of hours in here!
  11. Aside from a brief kill all the things for the latter half of day 5, things have been relatively smooth. Some detox, some cravings, but I worked through it and felt very committed. it's day 8 and i'm pmsing. I probably didn't eat enough food this morning so I'm probably hungry even though I don't feel hungry. I had a fight with my mother this morning and have started to feel my typically supportive bf getting a little frustrated with eating whole 30 for dinners, even though he's eating other things. I'm feeling so lonely and depressed today and have been crying on and off all day. And typically when I feel this way I left myself eat whatever will cheer me up. It's not always junk food, but it's definitely stuff that I'm not eating right now on W30. I don't really want to give it to emotional eating and eat something SWYPO, but I'm just struggling. I feel spent, like I don't want to look at another pot or pan or dish. I'll ask my bf to cook, but I know it's challenging for him to cook compliant when it's my diet and not his (i'm making him sound less compassionate than he is about it, i think it's more my guilt over asking him to do it than his actual attitude). I want to curl up on the couch and cry and eat pizza for dinner. There's not really leftovers to eat tonight.. the thing I was gonna make for dinner would give us some leftovers. I know if I eat a small meal i might feel better but i'm just so bummed right now.
  12. Day 1 11/08/2016

    Today is my Day 1! I would love to connect with some people who are also on Day 1 or close to it for support and accountability. I definitely need recipe help too because I'm fearful I'll get tired of the same basic foods.
  13. Food funeral: the plunge

    New here. Hi, my name is Mrs. Awesome and I have an unhealthy relationship with food. And y'all say... Hi Mrs. Awesome. Checking out this whole 30 thing. Instead of my food being my security blanket, my best friend, my entertainment, it needs to nourish my body and keep it going. But damn, y'all, I love sugar! I am going to need to buddies to keep me going. Teach me how to Dougie... I mean whole 30. And survive. And not picture Mr. Awesome's face as a scrumptious pizza. My thought is to start Nov. 7. I have school conferences and a mini vacation with the hubs this coming weekend. No time to prep. Man, I feel like I am walking off the plank. All I hear is the death march in my head as I type this. Breathe.
  14. I'm here and I'm hopeful!

    Hello Whole30 community, I will start my Whole30 journey November 2. I hope for it to be a life-long transformation (I'm currently reading Food Freedom). For as long as I can remember, I have had an unhealthy relationship with food. Everything I've read about whole30 has made sense, and I'm hoping to heal that bad relationship. As a Catholic I know that only Christ will truly heal, and I know spending time with Him is essential. But I also know that His healing grace builds on nature, so I have to work with the natural realities of how my brain and body are addicted to certain foods. It might sound a little silly, but whole30 has actually been an answer to prayer in that regard. Thanks for your support and I hope I can learn from all of you!
  15. Hi I've been doing my research into whole 30 and I'm starting Wednesday 26th of this month for the first ever time. I'm in the UK and would love to hear what food people buy here that's whole30 compliant? X
  16. I started the Whole30 yesterday, and I already had a dream about sugar last night! Funny how the addiction and the subconscious mind work, huh? I’ve recently decided that my #1 priority is my overall health and wellness, and I know that in order to achieve optimum health I need to face and overcome my food addictions. I’m on ADHD medication, and my hope is that this program will lead to the same benefits (increased energy and motivation, improved cognitive function/focus) without the side effects (racing heart, insomnia, occasional anxiety attacks). Don’t worry, I won’t abruptly stop taking my meds; my plan is to wean myself during the 30 days under my doctor’s supervision. Other health issues include: mild allergies, gas and bloating, and body aches and stiffness. My most troubling symptom of dis-ease is dark and puffy under-eye circles . . . because I’m vain, and vanity is more compelling to me than physical pain! In fact, my eyes were the straw that broke the camel’s back, leading me to the bookstore in search of a detox diet, or something similar, to reduce inflammation. That’s where I found Whole30 . I don’t need to lose much weight (only about 10 lbs.), but again, wanting to feel good about my appearance is a big factor. I’m happy to report that after just one day, my tummy looks a little flatter and I have zero gas or bloating, and slept like a baby last night. Other than that dream about sugar. Following the wisdom of the authors, I understand that the success of this program depends on three things: 1. Planning 2. Planning 3. More planning! So I shopped for all that I would need for the first 3 days of the 7-Day Meal Plan on page 196. I’m reorganizing my kitchen to make meal prep simpler and more efficient, and planning to move all the non-compliant foods to one cabinet, away from the foods I can eat. The book advises us to do this before starting the 30 days, but I wanted to begin now, so as to finish before Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving falls on Day 5 of my reintroduction phase-which I realize could be problematic, but I wanted to get started sooner than later. I may have to modify reintroduction, or just do the Whole30 all over again in January! At least I will have had plenty of practice J As an act of self-love, I cancelled plans to go to a party this evening. It’s just too difficult to be around all that off-limits food and alcohol, especially on Day Two. But I’m replacing the party with a different social plan, because I think it’s important for my overall health that I continue staying socially active and involved. Instead of the party, tonight I’m joining friends at a poetry reading. I’ll eat dinner beforehand so I don’t have to worry about the temptation to “grab a bite” afterwards. Is anyone else with ADHD starting the Whole30 around now, or recently? I’d love to start a support group.
  17. Day 6- need some motivation

    Hey everyone! I am on day 6 of my first whole30 here. Thankfully I have only had negative symptoms on Day 2 and man was that headache rough!! I made it through the weekend feeling good. I'm 21 so I brought along some La Croix while we went out to the bars. The whole30 has already improved my cooking skills and meal prep is a necessity. I started this with a coworker who had made it three weeks in to her program and cheated so she restarted. This weekend she completely fell off the wagon again so now I feel like I have no support. My boyfriend constantly complains about how he doesn't feel good physically and I've tried to get him to join me but I can't make him, he has to commit himself. So now I'm feeling like I'm doing this crazy thing alone with no support or anyone to hold me accountable. I'm lucky to not have any negative symptoms but that concerns me that maybe I'm not doing something right! I always check my labels and have not had a single slip up. The grocery bill sure is a lot higher I'll say! But overall I'm feeling so good about the choice I've made for my body and my mind! Just want to share my experience and get some help from others going through the same things!
  18. So before you berate me please understand I'm sensitive and have already cried twice over my screw up today. I'm human and I made a massive (predictable) mistake. So yesterday was day 3 for me and it was rough. I wanted nothing more than salty chips, cheese and high fructose corn syrup pickles. But I stayed strong! Even while making my boyfriend extra cheesy ground chicken nachos with loads of non compliant salas and toppings. At one point I almost gave into his taunting to have just one. But I went to bed satisfied after the compliant chipotle meal, and my meal prepping for today. Then today, day 4, I woke up exhausted, I hit the snooze button, or so I thought and woke up and hour later running late for work. I scrambled to get ready and in my rush I forgot all of my whole 30 compliant meal prep food. On my way to work I stopped to grab something, anything compliant to hold me over. When I got my breakfast I discovered not only had they added bacon (which I asked them not to do) they added cheese. I knew I was wrong but I ate it, about half way through the guilt came, and then about an hour later the upset stomach followed. Now I know I am in the wrong, I also know I probably would not have slipped had I not forgot my lunch. BUT i also understand I have had a very unhealthy relationship with food in the past. It's been my comfort, my reward, my sabotage, all of that. That is why I started the whole 30 to begin with. To have more control and a better understanding of my relationship with food. On the bright sideshow stomach ache was enough to make me realize I've GOT to complete a whole 30 days no matter what. I know I can do it, I just need to be better prepared, more motivated and smarter with my choices (ex I could have stopped at a store to grab some fruit, carrot sticks, Lara bar, etc) anything better than what I had. So here here are a few things I'm trying different when I restart Sunday night, any tips and HELPFUL not hurtful comments are welcome. 1. Keep a daily food diary, track what I'm eating, how much, how I feel, etc. 2. Better prep, keep emergency food in my car strictly for emergencies not for snacking. 3. More meal prep! Bigger portions to cut down on my snacking. Doing my best to stick with the meal template. 4. Reaching out. Keeping in contact with others doing the whole 30. Also letting those around me know what I'm doing for more support and accountability. 5. Avoiding temptation. In a perfect world there would be no sweets around me and my boyfriend would be whole 30 too. But that's not the case. So instead I'll try my best to not be hungry when I know I'll be around temptation (eating dinner before cooking my boyfriends yummy food, having a handful of nuts before going to the cafe with the delicious pastries near work for play dates, etc) I screwed up and I'm owning up to it. But I'm not giving up!
  19. 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
  20. Naysayers

    Hi guys! I am currently on Day 12, and I cannot believe I have been 12 days off chocolate and dessert Recently I posted one of my Whole 30 meals on Facebook (salmon with sweet potatoes and broccoli), and a friend who's a doctor commented on my post. He told me that there is no scientific evidence behind the whole Paleo/ Whole 30 diet, and directed me to this article: http://www.livescience.com/49276-whole-30-health-claims.html While I am still 200% committed to my goal, I am sure many of you guys have met naysayers or people who just try to tell you everything about why this is not "legit". Any suggestions on what I can do in future? They are still my friends after all; but it makes me frustrated having to handle all these opinions everyday at every meal, and sometimes it does sway my own confidence levels. Thanks in advance guys (: xx Mel
  21. June 1st Support Thread

    Hi Everyone! I saw that there are a few different June 1st posts so far, so I thought it'd be good to make one topic where all of us June 1st starters can support each other. This will be my 3rd Whole 30. My first was July 1, 2013, and then I did one in February and now I'm ending off my 1st year of Paleo/Whole9 with a Whole 30. I'm excited to make it official again and excited to see my stats on July 1, 2014! Since last July, I'm down 70 lbs and 4-5 sizes. Whole 30/Whole 9/Paleo is an amazing lifestyle. I will never go back. It's definitely not a fad diet, but rather a healthy way of living, and a way to have a healthy relationship with food. Let me encourage all of the newbies out there to do "before" pictures and measurements. The days over the last year that I'd get frustrated, I'd look at my before and after pics and they helped me keep going! Join us! This will be fun. I still communicate with some of the people that were in my July 2013 support thread. It was great to make friends and find a support system.
  22. Here I Go!

    I spent 2 weeks reading the books and making a plan. I started this journey by going to the gym every day on my way to work last week. Sunday, I started the program and am going to the gym 5 days a week. I am already feeling changes in the way my body feels and my wedding ring is loose, so I know something is happening. My parents both died early from preventative diseases and they chose to continue to abuse their bodies even after diagnosis. It seemed I was headed down that same path. I have been obese for over 26 years. I was taught to eat my troubles away and the more sugar, processed or preserved, the better! I have a long way to go and will continue to just worry about one day at a time. So far, so good! I have never participated in an online forum so I hope I can figure this out! I am looking forward to learning from those of you who have "been there, done that"!
  23. Hello friends. I'm on Day 11 on my first round and I feel miserable, exhausted, sad, aND depressed. Not only this but my period came a week and a half early and I am having cramps and just feel like I've been rolled down a rocky hill. I am looking for some words of encouragement, personal stories, etc. I need to make it through this slump, but all I want to do is go eat chocolate. Please help :'(
  24. Hi, my name is Stephanie and I'm a sugar addict. No seriously... I don't remember an entire day that I have gone without chocolate EVER. Until yesterday, which was my very first day on the Whole 30. This is my first Whole 30 and I have been doing research and reading "It Starts With Food" and the "Whole 30" book for over a month before I decided I would start Jan. 2, 2016. My first day went surprisingly well. Despite my constant cravings and my sugar dragon ROARING all day, I did it and I felt AWESOME doing it! I was, however, a terrible planner. I went to Whole Foods that morning to buy ingredients for Day 1 recipes... which cost $70... 3 meals... $70. So for all you veterans and Whole 30 pros out there.. Where do you grocery shop and how to make it more affordable? sheesh. So day 1 went well, and then I "woke" up. I put "woke" in quotes because I hardly slept last night. I was tossing and turning all night with a slight headache. IS THIS NORMAL? So for anyone who has done this before or experienced some of the things I have, I'm asking for advice! I'm also looking for support because I have two roommates; and one is a functioning alcoholic who eats dominos every day, and the other is a firm believer in sugary carbs for breakfast lunch and dinner followed by more sugar for dessert. So if anyone else is on this journey with me, I'd love to connect! Newbie, veteran, anyone! I just woke up to day 2 and I'm ready to start my day! YEAH!
  25. That Daily W30!

    Just wanted to give a shout out to the Whole 30 peeps who put together that Whole 30 Daily... I have to admit, I wasn't exactly thrilled that I had to pay a few bucks to sign up for that, but now I'm super glad I did! Those emails are awesome- They are chock full of great help, support and suggestions for your Whole 30, but also just great help for life in general! I've saved every one, and I have tons of links to cool sites, found some new books, great ideas...just a lot of good stuff in there. I'm not one to typically leave comments like this either... I don't like daily emails, I don't send companies messages on how much I love their product, etc...but I really look forward to getting these every morning! Smart thinking, guys. Really great! Thanks for the great encouragement and help with the W30 Daily! Totally worth that money after all! PS...what do I do when my W30 Daily ends? Is there a POST W30 Daily?