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  1. I am on Day 16 of my first round of Whole30. I decided to do Whole30 to find food sensitivities that are responsible for my eczema, gas/bloating, and diarrhea. Oats were a staple in my breakfast meal plan before I started Whole30. Without them, I've been consuming a lot more eggs than ever before in my life. On Day 9, my eczema flared up really bad, and a week later, it still isn't better. I am also experiencing some stomach distress. Could this be caused by an egg allergy or sensitivity? If so, how should I proceed (other than cut out eggs and see what happens). The only other food I have been consuming more is almond butter.
  2. Wrapped up my first Whole30 in October and reintroduced legumes on Oct 31st: peanut butter, hummus and black beans — probably 2T of each. I thought it would be an easy first re-intro because I didn’t think these foods bothered me... (haaaa) That day I was super bloated, the next day I had small dry, itchy patches on my ear lobes and a couple bumps around my wrist/forearm area which has turned into a rash that has gotten worse and moved to other areas every day since. It is currently covering my ears, arms, neck and most of my face. It has been 6 days since I reintroduced legumes. I’ve stuck to a Whole30 diet since reintroduction day. I’ve applied tea tree oil with jojoba or coconut oil and Benadryl cream which helps the itching and inflammation but doesn’t make it go away, and taken Benadryl at night which hasn’t lessened the rash. Logging my experience since in case anyone searching for something similar can read — and wondering if anyone else has experienced symptoms lasting this long and getting worse everyday. Starting to worry that something else is going on, with terrible timing! Thanks!
  3. I'm on my first whole30. I've been Paleo for a year, so I really just needed to stop the sugar and challenge myself to not be lazy with food anymore. I've been pouring over the forums, and I think I made myself more confused. I have the food template, and I'm trying to follow it. Does this mean that for lunch today, having a chicken thigh with broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, fellow squash mix is acceptable and will tide me over until dinner? Also, what are some suggestions for post-workout foods? I've got the hardboiled eggs before I go to the gym suggestion. Thanks for all your help! According to the timeline, my cravings decided to come later.
  4. So I guess I'm struggling to eat in the morning cause I just have no appetite. Wake up around 7:30am but often not eating or drinking anything until about 10 or 11am, which pushes my second meal to about 4 or 5pm and then dinner around 9pm. (IF I have three meals). Getting plenty of water- probably minimum two liters a day. Sleep has been normal- about 7.5 hours a night. The food cravings have pretty much gone, and my energy levels have evened out- I'm usually pretty full and satisfied all the time now. I'm just feeling bored. Honestly I know I'm compliant but I keep guilting myself over not having enough greens or many vegetables besides sweet potato and tomatoes. Is it a problem to be having them like two meals a day? I love the taste and don't feel deprived in any way when I'm eating them but I noticed I've been somewhat avoiding greens and I don't think that's good... I purposefully haven't been measuring and writing every thing down because it brings out an obsessive diet control freak side of me that goes against the whole purpose of this challenge/way of life for me. But from memory I'll try to give you a decent idea of a typical day. BREAKFAST- 2 fried or scrambled eggs with scallions/shallots in ghee. sometimes also a compliant sausage or a small cut of steak or meat from the previous night's meal. sweet potato and carrot hash, 1/2 avocado smashed. 1/2 tomato. salt and pepper. half an orange. occasionally some strawberries or an apple if I'm still hungry after that (which is rarely!) LUNCH- chicken and fajitas (bell pepper and onion), homemade guacamole-1/2 avocado, 1/2 tomato and maybe a banana OR mustard chicken with mashed potato and asparagus. DINNER- roast potatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrots in herbs and olive oil. roast chicken breast or lamb chops. berries for dessert. OR steak, roasted sweet potatoes and salad (arugula/rocket and tomato with vinaigrette)
  5. AliciaRenee

    False Starts

    So I have gotten into a really bad habit of whole30 "false starts" where I will go a day or five being whole30 compliant and cave when things get emotionally difficult for me. I am an emotional junk food eater and when I tell myself I cannot have bread or sugar, I run to them when the going gets tough. My first goal is to rid my house of all my trigger foods, but I have basically reverted to all my old comfort foods and I'd like some advice to get out of this rut. I need to heal my body. I don't want "false starts" to be the norm for me anymore, I want to be consistent. Anyone know what could help?
  6. I've been waiting for the other shoe to drop. I'm on day 6 and am actually feeling great. I was a total carb- and sugarholic before, and I didn't really watch what I ate at all during the month of December. Should I expect that the big detox crash I hear everyone talk about is coming? Or should I just be happy that I'm apparently one of those people who doesn't have that side effect? I just feel like everyone I've heard talk about Whole 30 had an issue with this, so I sort of want to be prepared if it's going to hit me really hard around day 10 (or whenever). I also want to be sure that I'm doing this the right way. Here's a sampling of what I'm eating (yesterday and today): Tuesday meal 1: Sweet potatoes and onion hash, cooked in ghee and seasoned with salt and pepper, with Aidell's chicken and apple sausage and wilted mustard greens; black coffee Tuesday meal 2: Large salad with a variety of veggies and half an avocado and brined chicken breast from the slow cooker (dressed lightly with EVOO); mandarin orange; coconut cream pie Larabar Tuesday snack (I was starving by the time we got home after work, and dinner was a good hour away): Banana Tuesday meal 3: Tuna steak, roasted squash and onions, steamed green beans Wednesday meal 1: Two scrambled eggs, half a mandarin orange, half a cup of grapes; coffee with ghee, coconut milk and a little bit of cinnamon and unsweetened cocoa Wednesday meal 2: Small (maybe 4-6 oz.) chicken breast, green beans with raw cashews, roasted mixed veggies (squash, onions, brussels sprouts, eggplant), mandarin orange, coconut cream pie Larabar Also drinking lots of water. ETA: Everything mentioned above is either steamed or cooked in ghee, EVOO or coconut oil. Any feedback is appreciated!
  7. I am day 7 on my very first whole 30 and I am wondering if I am eating way too much fat, starch and if my portion sizes are way too big. I just need some help because I really want to succeed. I went into this thinking I hated most veggies but I have realized I actually love them and this has been life changing so far. My eating in a day: Black coffee, 2 eggs fried in olive or coconut oil(I cover the bottom of the pan) sometimes I add spinach to eggs, a potato hash(butternut squash, sweet potato, white potato) previously roasted and warmed up in same pan as eggs. These are always a very generous portion of the hash. Like very. Lunch: some kind of roasted veggies warmed in a pan with oil, roasted chicken with guac or dip Supper: a lot like lunch but maybe with some potato hash. I hardly ever snack maybe a banana at night. And I drink the water I need to. My servings of veggies are always well over half my plate but not sure if I'm eating too much starch (low carb diet recovery) Help!!!
  8. Hi everyone! I am seeking advice about what I may be doing wrong or if my body just isn’t ready for the extremity of Whole30. I started the program for the first time back in 2016. I felt the normal symptoms of carb flu, but mine actually never went away. I attempted to eat as many clean carbs as possible to up my energy. I made it to day 23 and had a very high fever. I went to the doctor and tested positive for strep throat. I chalked it up as a coincidence rather than a result of the Whole30 diet. A few months later, I attempted again. This time I made it to day 3 and began to have very extreme symptoms of carb flu and a fever. This time I was diagnosed with the flu. I vowed to never try the program again as I truly felt it was not right for me. Going into 2018, I really wanted to give it another go. This time I only made it to day 2 before I could feel flu like symptoms. I currently have a fever of 101.7. This one feels like the flu again. Is it possible that Whole30 and my health are correlated? I am a pretty active person. I workout 2-3 times a week at a bootcamp style class and teach dance twice a week. I am thinking that maybe the drastic changes of the diet are sending my body into shock mode. Any advice would be great. Thank you!!
  9. 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!
  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. Beth2124

    Eye Twitching

    So I've been having a twitchy left eye ever since the 2nd day of the program (now on my 6th). Never had this happen to me before. Could this be due to some sort of deficiency/change in my diet or just a weird coincidence that it's happening on the Whole30? Anyone else had this happen to them?
  12. As the Grateful Dead says, "What a long, strange trip it's been." Yes, I do know how to count, and I do realize 39 is more than 30. 10 days into the Whole30, I realized my husband used vegetable oil to cook some salmon. When I read the vegetable oil ingredients, I found (with great frustration) that it contained soybean oil (jerks!). Here I am, on the eve of the last day of my Whole30. I really enjoyed reading these posts when I was just getting started, so I figured I'd share the love. First, if you're just getting started or are considering getting started, I want you to know it will be simultaneously very easy and incredibly difficult to do this. And that's exactly why you should definitely do this. In the first week, I had a sticky on my computer that said, "just because it's easy, doesn't mean it's not worth it." And then it got really hard, and I took the sticker off. The Whole30 has not just changed my relationship with food, it has changed my relationship with alcohol, with my friends, and even (most importantly) with my husband. When I looked back over my journal, I realized that before the Whole30, I was hung over or not feeling great (tired, angry, unmotivated, foggy) nearly every day. I started the program because I have my own business and I also do contracting work for a large company as a Marketing and Content person. Life was very stressful, and I literally couldn't afford to go around foggy and unmotivated. We have a huge conference coming up and I'm largely a one-woman-show marketing the conference, so the stakes are high. I figured if I could have only one benefit from the Whole30, I would want to get my motivation and focus back. Spoiler alert: I got it back within the first week. I also had 40 lbs to lose to get to my goal weight, I would regularly wake up at 3AM with panic attacks, I had a rash on my leg for the past 15 years that wouldn't go away no matter what, and more importantly, my life just wasn't going how I wanted it to go. I was bored a lot, and boredom makes me suicidal. Literally. Oh yeah, did I mention I also suffer from depression, anxiety, and ADD? My husband, while a sweet and valiant and wonderful man, didn’t want to commit to my “crazy diet.” He halfheartedly committed not to drinking at the house (more on that exciting story arc later). The first two days hit me like a truck. Thankfully, I had felt so bad before, it hardly seemed much different. Headache, nausea, muscle aches, sour mood, etc… all the familiar trappings of a regular old fashioned hangover. Familiar! No big deal! After that, it was really great. I went through a couple rough patches in the first week or two, but mostly it was smooth sailing. My energy was up, my mood was good, and I was thinking clearly. I honestly think 100% of that benefit was from not drinking. A side note about my drinking: I was a pretty heavy drinker. My husband and I probably drank a bottle of wine each per night. I knew the alcohol would be a big part of the thing, so two weeks into the whole thing, I found a book called the 30 Day Sobriety Solution. If you are reading along thinking, “oh no, but my wine!” (or even if not) I truly recommend this book. It has daily exercises that address every aspect of the psychological trauma that eliminating alcohol (or really, anything, but it’s about alcohol) entails. I don’t know if I would have been able to do it without the book. On day 10, when my husband cooked that fateful salmon and sent me back to day 1, I can’t even tell you how mad I was. In retrospect, it seems silly. 10 days in? Psha! Nothing! But at the time, it felt like I was playing Monopoly and I just got sent to Jail. (don’t worry, I wasn’t mad at him, just at the oil) Some people would say that a tiny little vegetable oil was fine (it’s in the acceptable food list), but I had set my intention that I wanted to do this right, and so I reset my emails and started over (btw, the emails are a great resource). But then, day 13 happened. Predictably, there was a massive setback in my journey. And also predictably, the setback was around alcohol. See, my husband and I have been drinkers forever. Like, since we were 18 (we’re in our 40s). As you’ll recall, he was not enthusiastic about giving up alcohol, and my not drinking was really difficult for both of us. We went camping with some friends on day 13, and I asked him to support me by not drinking on the trip, since I knew that was going to be my biggest challenge yet. He agreed. But when we were camping, “not drinking” became “not drinking in front of me,” which was not what we agreed to at all. I got mad and we cut the trip short, and that kicked off the worst fight we have ever had in our four years of marriage. For the first, time I wasn’t entirely confident we were going to be together forever. I can’t even explain to you how heartbreaking and mortifying this was. I really loved my new diet, and I especially loved not drinking. He loved neither of these things, and for a time, it seemed like we might be on different paths. We could hold it together for a while, but really, can one alcoholic go sober and stay with another alcoholic who kept drinking? Was it really worth it for a diet? Couldn’t I just go back to drinking? It was a real low time. And then he suddenly experienced a lot of sharp pain and we went to the ER for his stomach. The ER determined it wasn’t an emergency, but did tell him to get an ultrasound to see what was going on in there. I think it was kind of a wake up call, and he agreed to stop drinking through the end of the Whole30. I also think he saw that our relationship was really at risk, and his behavior was the least healthy of the choices. I was and am so grateful that he decided to quit drinking with me. We re-arranged our living room and hid the TV behind the couch so our old habit of drinking in front of the TV wasn’t so conspicuously missing (it’s unplugged, but if we really want to watch a movie, we can dig it out). Re-arranging the living room set off a chain of reactions that included me finishing a painting so we could put it on the newly blank wall, and finishing the curtains I had been meaning to sew. Our whole space is reorganized for living, not watching. (All of these changes were because of the exercises in the 30 Day Sobriety Solution book.) We’ve talked about it since, and he now is glad we both quit drinking. He doesn’t want to back to our old way of life either. He’s still not on board with the food changes, but hey, that’s fine. We’re all where we’re at, right? The Results Last week, I broke down and weighed myself. I had lost 10 lbs since starting the plan! My clothes fit differently, and most of the weight seems to have come off my stomach. My depression is better (though I’m still on medication and don’t feel the need to change it) and my skin is clearer. My face used to be kind of puffy (I wish I took before and after), but now it is thinner (and no double chin anymore!). The other day, after I put on makeup, I realized that my skin looks dull with makeup on, and glows without it. I still have red patches, but now I mix my foundation with moisturizer so it’s more sheer. My knees don't hurt as much (they were pretty painful) and I sleep pretty well -- no more panic attacks at all. Not even one. Most importantly, my relationship with my husband is better. I know we’ll live longer and happier lives together because of this. I had to change my relationships with several of my friends… unfortunately, I realized some of my drinking buddy friends were just drinking buddies. Now, I seek out relationships with positive people who share my joy of life. I'm going to weigh myself again tomorrow (the official end), but I can tell I have lost more weight. I am absolutely going to stick with the plan moving forward, but I am making an exception of going out to eat. I didn't eat out even a single time on the plan just because I don't trust the ingredients in anything that I don't fix myself, but I want to go out periodically. I'll still order stuff on plan, but if someone uses vegetable oil, I'm not going to raise a federal case about it. I know this is really long, but I hope it helps. I read the forums in the beginning and didn't see anything like this, so I wanted to share. Much love, Danielle
  13. Hi all, So today is day 5 of my whole30. So far, I've been positively radiating from the past couple of days... until I looked up a few things: 1. I ate brunch at a local restaurant on day one. I had asked for no dairy anywhere in my dish, but there was pesto sauce that contained parmesan in it that I consumed. I didn't know I consumed diary at the time, but I realized today when I went to the same restaurant, ordered the same item with the same request, and the waitress delivered it without pesto, telling me verbally that there was dairy in it, so she made the dish without. Ugh! 2. I got lunch on day 3 at a local salad place. I ordered a ton of vegetables with grilled chicken and brought compliant dressing from home. Thought nothing of it-- until I went to the restaurant website and saw that the chicken MAY have contained gluten. So, another (possible) mistake to my tab. I often eat out, so this is probably why I keep getting into these frustrating situations. But my problem is now that I'm losing motivation to continue. I live in a dormitory-style building, so I am not able to cook often. So, I rely on convenience to do my whole30 (I know, I'm just asking for tough love right now!) I felt great, skin clearing up, better energy, etc etc. until I found out the ugly truth about what I'd eaten. I just don't see how I can avoid all of these ingredients when they're literally everywhere! Does anyone have tips/their experience to share?
  14. Hello! I've been hearing and reading alot of runny noses during W30. I totally have a runny nose all the time now! It started about the 2nd week. I chose to do the W30 to go 100% off grain as well as remove dairy to see how it might affect my body (internal inflammation). Could the runny nose be a sign of the inflammation/mucous leaving my system? I have seasonal allergies, but mainly hay fever in the spring time. Never had allergies this time of year, so I ruled out seaonal allergy issue. anyone care to chime in and tell me what the runny nose means? How long should I expect it to last?
  15. Today... *sigh* Truth be told, I'm better today. But as someone who has started, stopped, re-started, stopped, re-started AGAIN, STOPPED. Again. Annnnnnd FINALLY started again...and THIS time, I'm going through until I see Day 30....I have a few things I've learned under my belt now... Just go ahead and call me "Doctor W-3-0". (Not really, but seriously...me and Whole 30 have gotten to know each other pretty well now. It's a mutual love/hate relationship.) My first week was great. Even with the headaches, the lethargy, the dizzying hunger, the "Kill all the things" episodeS... Still, I felt BETTER after a few days. (Imagine how bad I was feeling if THAT felt good?) My 2nd week- I was flying high. Energy...badaBOOM...proud of myself for finding new recipes and ways of enjoying veggies and meat...loving that I had started a new workout regimen and sticking with it, and just feeling that zoom of energy and GOOD in my body. And then... Day 15. Wait. Actually... it was day 12- That was the day. I had to skip my Friday workout due to a super hectic schedule and couldn't fit it in. Saturday was the same. SHOOT!! Missed two days. UGH. So the plan: Workout on Sunday and catch up by Monday. Cool. Sunday I did my "Friday" Workout... THEN...Day 15. Suddenly, every muscle in my body was drained, weak and exhausted. And I was tired. And I hated everything and everyone. And life is terrible. And I just want a cookie. A slice of pizza. And a coke. And my pajamas. I went home and cooked a delicious veggie lasagna (eggplant, zuchinni, ground beef, onions, tomatoes... mama mia was it good!) -hoping this would cure that insane craving for cheese pizza I'd suddenly had for 2 days straight. CHEEEEESSSSE PIZZA. It's odd, see, because I don't typically care about pizza. I like it alright, but it's not something I just CRAVE... until now. So... I spent 2 hours cooking in my kitchen- partly because of the recipe ideas I wanted to try, and partly because there's something about cooking that I just enjoy. It sort of puts me in a different element and takes me away from "real life" for awhile. But then, I realized I had just spent TWO HOURS cooking and barely had time for anything else I needed to get done that evening. And WHY were my muscles so sore? And why was I suddenly SOOO tired and exhausted? And I don't feel good at all! UGH. I ate my delicious lasagna... got sick at my stomach not long after that (not stomach ache, but a sudden onslaught of...uh.oh.) and figured it was something in the lasagna I cooked??? But everything I cooked was fresh, just bought, nothing bad... so that's weird. And I don't know when the last time was I've been sick at my stomach like that...'twas bad, y'all. At this point, the angel and the devil on my shoulder had a fight and the angel felt sympathy for me and the devil agreed that this was NOT a good night to work out, and the guilty conscience was saying "You're gonna kick yourself later", But the angel said "Give yourself a break. You're not feeling good. Your muscles hurt. You've been doing great. It's ok. Get back on track tomorrow." So I skipped my Monday workout. (This is 3 workouts now.) Tuesday. I hate life. I hate you. And I hate you. And I hate all of you. And I hate working at my cushy job with my cushy desk and my cushy obligations...(I'm typing this at work, at my desk, in my office. You understand what I mean by "cushy" now.) And I just want to go. to. bed. I want to sleep. and sleep. and sleep. and I kind of still want a Coke. And I want a brownie. And I want to sleep. And I keep reading these Whole 30 daily posts about how awesome I'm suppose to be feeling. And I just stare and wonder...what is wrong with me? Why am I not feeling any different or better? Why don't I feel like I've lost weight? Why am I SO. STINKING. TIRED? WHY DO I WANT CHOCOLATE???? I've kept a pretty strict journal of my daily food. I've been ridiculously careful. I've been working out (except for the past 3-4 days with Sunday in between.) I've been doing all of it right. Except sleep. My sleeping patterns are atrocious, ok? I can plan and plan to be in bed by 10:30pm and I will ALWAYS find something necessary to do that will keep me up til 11, 12am, 1am....and I end up getting 6 hours or less sleep time. Yeah. It's terrible because I love sleep. My body requires a natural 8 hour sleep pattern. I know this because I've purposely slept without an alarm until I wake up naturally, and it's always exactly 8 hours. Not only that, but I am NOT a morning person. I have made numerous attempts to be one, and I am not. Do not like mornings, Sam, I am. Sleep, I have not been a good friend to you. I have neglected you, ignored you, overlooked you, discounted you. We haven't spent enough time together. And I miss you. Tuesday was BAD. I was so tired...cranky...miserable... during my lunch break I took a 15 minute snooze. Listen, I. DON'T. DO. THAT. This is how bad it was: When I got off at 4, I went home- I went straight to bed and completely passed out for almost 2 hours. I would have stayed asleep for who knows how long, except my husband startled me awake because it was time to go set up for our class we teach on Tuesdays. I made a promise to myself at that point: Regardless of what needs to be done, when I get home tonight, I will have a small bite of supper, and then I will go straight to bed. Even if I don't go to sleep right away, I'll at least be in bed, reading, relaxing, until time to go to sleep. Because right now, I hate everything. I'm miserable, and I don' t feel good and I just want to sleep. Let me tell all of you on Whole 30, if you are having trouble, if you're halfway through like me, and you want to give in, DON'T. If you're fighting cravings, exhaustion, moodiness, do yourself a favor: Go. To. Sleep. I never realized how important it was, especially during a detox like Whole 30. But sleep is SO important. It affects your mood, energy, cravings, everything... Today I woke up before my alarm. I didn't feel exhausted. I feel stronger, better (smarter, faster...sing it with me.)... I love people again. It's great. So, I've been rambling all through this post to say...if you're halfway through and you're not feeling great and frustrated and wondering why you don't have tiger blood yet, and why you want pizza and a Coke? You need to sleep. Trust me. (Also check your diet to make sure you're not eating too much fruit.) But seriously, try taking a nap. Even if you have to skip a workout...sleep will make those muscles feel all better. Don't give in to the craving, don't quit, don't punch anyone. Just go home, put on your most comfortable pj's, turn the lights out and the fan on...and go. to. sleep. Zzzzzzzzzzz........... Sweet dreams!
  16. Hi I am on day 21 of my first Whole30. It has not been as hard as I expected. Meal planning, prepping, cooking, shopping, chopping, etc has been incredibly time consuming but I have gotten used to it and try to see it as doing something good for myself. Unfortunately, I'm becoming frustrated and am wondering if anything monumental is really going to happen in the next 9 days. I am not going to quit, but I'm losing enthusiasm. I absolutely had the hangover on day 3. I also caught the worst cold of my adult life. I was sick for 10 days (day 3-13ish) and missed 5 days of work (for a cold!?!?! It was that bad and I rarely get sick). I took advil cold and sinus and finally after not sleeping for multiple nights I caved and took nyquil one night (I was trying so hard not to give in due to the sugar and alcohol, but I hit a wall). I slept and started feeling better. During the course of those 10 days I stayed on plan and could tell certain things felt better- vague hip pain gone, shoulder pain much better, reflux minimized, etc. I was glad to feel those improvements even though I felt poorly from the cold. On about day 15, the heartburn and reflux were back and without rolaids I again couldn't sleep. No improved sleep here. No tiger blood. Nothing. I read the forum and saw people discussing similar challenges and digestive enzymes always seemed to be the suggestion so I got some. I've taken them for 5 days and there is probably some improvement but not resolution. The shoulder pain was back with no reasonable explanation. Again thanks to the forum I looked into nightshades... I was eating tomatoes in multiple meals in the course of few days, so I cut that out. Nothing is worse, but the improvement seems so negligible. Normally if I cut out all refined sugar, desserts, snacks, etc I would have lost 10 pounds in no time and clothes would fit better. Not a single piece of clothing feels any better, not even a bit. Yes, I am infinitely more aware of my food choices, hidden sugars, foods triggering how I feel, etc, etc so this has been time well spent in that regard, but I feel like I'm missing the big win. Is it really fair to hope that anything is going to change in the next 9 days? Any other tips or suggestions anyone has? I completely failed to keep a food log (I'm not sure what I was thinking- I know I should do that). I generally have eggs and some sweet potato hashbrowns cooked in coconut oil for breakfast. Lunch is curry chicken salad with a side of broccoli or a leftover burger with guac and a side of veggies. Dinner protein and veggies. I am sure I am not eating enough vegetables but I have more than quadrupled my veggie intake, so it's a win for me. Any thoughts? Thanks for reading this insanely long post.
  17. I'm a 6-ft 38-yo man and I'm at day 45 of my Whole30 program. I am incredibly happy with the results I've had so far. I have a better handle over my cravings, reduced mindless snacking, I went from 248 lbs to 235 lbs with very little exercise, am feeling generally healthier, but the two most remarkable results I've observed were joint pains that went completely away and - particularly - my energy level. Between about day 10 and day 20 of the program, I felt incredible! I was jumping out of bed in the morning ready to go, I moved around faster, post-lunch crashes became a thing of the past, felt energized and mentally sharper than I did in many years! It still amazes me to this day the difference I and my wife noticed, and to date, it felt like the biggest "lifehack" I've ever come across. However, since then, I've been gradually feeling less energized. I am not quite as lethargic as I was before I started the program, but am nowhere near where I was a couple of weeks ago. I haven't changed anything on my diet, am still following the program quite strictly and starting to incorporate a bit more exercise in my life (Pilates 2x/week, biking 5 miles to work 3x/week and an occasional 20mi bike loop). I also noticed I craved water when energy peaked more so than I do now. I'm seriously craving that natural "high" I experienced and desperately finding a way to have it back. Has anyone else experienced this? Thoughts? Thanks, LesSand
  18. I'm on day 1 and I'm pretty sure I am addicted to 5 hour energy. I had a rude awakening when I went to run some errands on my lunch break today and ended up falling asleep while listening to a podcast in a parking lot in between stops. After 3.5 years working at a Starbucks in my early college days, coffee doesn't do it for me anymore. I know the Whole30 is supposed to help me derive energy from better sources and a more optimally running body, but for now, I need to not fall asleep in the middle of my work day. I usually start off my day with a 5-hour and have another mid-afternoon. What can I do instead so that I'm not passing out on the job, or worse, while I'm on the road? For context: I have been drinking plenty of water (~60 oz before lunch) and I am well hydrated and I had an egg muffin (with bacon, cilantro, lime, salt, and pepper) with a banana for breakfast). I did go to bed fairly late last night, but that's not out of the ordinary for me...in fact, in a surprise twist, this NON morning person popped up out of bed at 6:30 today (I usually get up at 7 am), ready to take on day 1 with gusto!
  19. VeronicaFit

    How much Fruit is too much?

    Hi all! I'm on day 3 of my first ever Whole30, and so far so good (that wretched headache is finally gone!). I've been seeing differences of opinions on this topic all over the forum and other websites, so I was hoping someone could answer given my current circumstances: How much fruit is appropriate? Some people say once or twice a day, others a few times a week. Personally, I feel like the context in which your consuming fruit matters. Last night, about a half hour after dinner -- which was a buffalo flat iron steak with cauliflower and mushrooms sauteed in ghee) I was in the mood for something sweet. I wasn't particularly craving SAD foods nor SWYPO foods, but I did want something sweet on my palate. I had a small bowl (~1.5 cups) of a mixture of fresh strawberries, dry roasted almonds, and a few dried dates sprinkled with homemade almond flour. After finishing, I felt satisfied, but since I'm so new to the program I wanted to make sure I wasn't inadvertently undermining myself. I understand that satiating sweet cravings with pure fruit just perpetuates cravings, and that eating a piece of fruit alone (especially something carby like dried fruit or bananas) can still spike your blood sugar. But if it's combined with healthy fats (as mine was), is it a horse of a different color? Others might say the problem with my after dinner snack was not the ingredients themselves, but instead the snack/dessert element of eating something outside of the confines of a proper meal. If that is the case, I totally understand, I will try to refrain from any dessert-like activities (wow they sound so illicit!) Unfortunately, this still leaves me confused on the fruit front. Say I confine my fruit eating to within meals only. Does it then become acceptable to eat fruit multiple times a day? This morning for breakfast I had a cup of coffee with a spoonful of coconut milk, a spinach and tomato omelete, sugar-free bacon (Thank you Whole Foods!), a cup of mixed berries with papaya. The fruit in this meal was definitely a side, not the main event. For lunch, I had homemade chicken salad (chicken, homemade mayo, cellery, shallots, raisins, dried cherries, curry powder) and a salad of romaine & mache rosettes topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, green grapes, red wine vinegar, and olive oil. Again, the fruit served mostly as an accent. I don't necessarily feel that I need to eat so much fruit, although I do really enjoy it. So far all my eating on the Whole30 has been very enjoyable, and I feel like actively limiting fruit might take away from that. Ultimately, though, I want to detox my body and develop a healthier relationship with food. If cutting back on fruit is what it takes, than it will be worth it. So, someone please clarify for me: How much fruit is appropriate?! V.
  20. Hi, I am new to this and three days into my first Whole30. I know that it is probably too early for me to be worrying about the Whole30 as a diet, but I was wondering if my fats are too high. I am averaging 100-130g (I think it is grams- I use myfitnesspal to measure?) of fat per day. As much as I am confident these are healthy fats, (although a lot is coming from meat mince so maybe not?) is this too much? I just don't feel as light and un-fatty as I thought I would.
  21. aquatineeyes

    Favorite coconut milk?

    Hey there guys! I just wanted to post to see what your favorite coconut brands to use were and why. I've tried some pretty gnarly ones and some that are okay, though my favorite one so far is also the most expensive so I'm looking for alternatives. Here's a link to my top choice: http://importfood.com/naturalcoconutmilk.html Cha-cha-cha-check it out.
  22. All, I'm new to the Whole 30 and my family is on the third day. So far things are going swimmingly and I'm beginning to question the purpose of having brownies every night (a common occurrence pre-whole 30). Seriously. What were we thinking?! That said, I'm wondering if there's an explanation for my feeling very cold. I generally am not a chilly sort, but this is clearly not a cold or too much AC etc. Has anyone else run into this? Is there an explanation for it? I'm also quite nauseous when eating, but I'm seeing lots of questions and answers about that in other posts. I'll grab a sweater and liberally apply peppermint tea in the meantime! Thanks for your thoughts!