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  1. I'm a vegetarian I go to the gym 6 times a week I know the whole 30 program is anti-protein powders, snacking, and dependence on fruits. But as a vegetarian who goes to the gym a lot, these help me get through the day without energy fatigue, one of my snacks is a banana with almond butter/cashew butter or unsweetened protein powder that I blend with bananas and unsweetened almond milk. I was wondering if anyone here was a vegetarian and an athlete and how they managed to get around this.
  2. I will be starting the Whole30 on Monday with my husband. A doctor recommended it for my husband who has had a recent, seemingly sudden, and debilitating back condition with unknown cause. Originally, my motivation for joining him on the diet was solely to support his effort in the hopes that it will help keep him on track. After much research, I am excited to start the diet for my own reasons. While I have no interest in weight loss (5'1", 115 lbs), I am curious to see if the diet might positively affect my struggle with a life-long mood disorder. I am a forty some year old woman and the onset of mood instability was concurrent with becoming a vegetarian, around the age of 16. Of course, this was also concurrent with adolescence, so there's no way for me to identify any causal relationship with vegetarianism here. And current science neither supports it or rules it out, as far as I know. I have read studies that show evidence of a correlation between vegetarianism and mood disorders, but no causal relationship seems to be established. However, I am beginning to wonder if the lack of protein, or even fat, might cause a more hypoglycemic metabolic state for me and may have exacerbated my mood instability all these years. I already have a pretty healthy diet, with very little junk food or fried food, plenty of vegetables and water, more fish and even some poultry in the past year. However, I do drink alcohol and coffee daily, I enjoy dairy, legumes, and grains, and I do not eat red meat or pork. These choices will be different with the Whole30. So.....I can't wait to give this a try! But the diet will be significantly different for me. I will be staying on my meds, of course. Will I notice a difference? While I'm wondering if I might see improvement in mood, it will be difficult to identify which dietary factor or factors contribute to the change. I am also looking forward to the reintroduction phase which could give me more useful information. If there is anything striking, this could be at least part of the answer to decades of emotional pain and suffering. From what I have read on the forum, it sounds like I should pay special attention to getting enough carbs (potatoes, bananas, apples, leafy greens). I certainly don't want to trigger more anxiety or hypomania. Any suggestions with this? Has anyone else with a mood disorder noticed positive mood shifts going from a vegetarian diet to eating meat? Also, how have you dealt with your ethical concerns and emotional difficulties with eating meat?
  3. Jan 31 was my Day 30, and I have lost 11.2 lbs!!!! Super happy! It has been tough but one look at the weighing scale at the end of my first Whole30 month, I forgot all the miseries... I m doing it again for sure!
  4. I feel really confident that I can do this, it's just a matter of getting everything planned out! Eeeeek! Any suggestions? I'm pretty excited! Also, I'm a vegetarian, so if any fellow veggies would like to team up please let me know!
  5. Good Morning! I am trying to figure out how to get enough protein in my diet. All nuts need to be avoided due to allergies, but seeds are fine. Also eggs. Other than eating eggs at every meal, is is doable to add seeds and green veggies to get enough protein? Which veggies and seeds carry the most protein, and how much would someone need to consume in a meal to get the protein benefit?
  6. Hello, Have been on Whole30 program since March 6th (had to restart when i realized I accidently had been eating something with sugar). I'm a vegetarian who will not eat any animals or fish. Eggs have been my main source of protein but I'm only getting 10% of what I need per medical guidelines. I've googled and found conflicting advice whether tofu or yogurt is allowed. Can someone pls. definitively confirm and/or give me alternatives? I don't want to go off the program. I've been doing really well and have never had a problem with cravings or temptations to eat non-compliant foods but have found myself getting more and more fatigued... Thanks!
  7. sheflin

    How much protein?

    Hi, This is my first Whole30 and I'm finishing up Day 2. I'm very excited but have some concerns and questions. I have been a vegetarian my entire life but not vegan, so I eat byproducts like eggs and milk. I am modifying and including tofu, tempeh, greek yogurt, and some lentils and cheese, as well as approved chia seed, almond butter, eggs, etc, but I'm not sure how much to include to get enough protein without grains or beans. I recognize that each meal should feature a palm sized protein source; is this true for vegetarians as well? Does that mean I need a palm size serving of eggs, tofu, lentils, whatever my protein source? Can I get enough protein with three palm sized protein sources a day, even though some of my vegetarian alternatives might have less protein than actual meat? What I am finding is that I a filling my meals with fruits (ie apple with almond butter) and am ultimately more hungry than I am when eating grains. Thanks so much for any help you can offer!
  8. Are there any compliant meat substitutes? We have a split household with vegetarians and omnivores. I will be cooking traditional W30 meals, with an added (or subtracted) vegetarian spin on the recipe. Any suggestions? First time Whole30 Home with small children-adults Vegetarian and omnivore eaters
  9. Roselite8

    I did it! 30 days

    The part I might be most impressed with is that I found some willpower that I never knew I had! And I must say, the results I see today have exceeded all expectations. I am a vegetarian who is experiencing thyroid and autoimmune issues, and I have some weight to lose. Going into this, I was truly concerned about my ability to stick with this program, especially since I don't eat meat and can't handle eggs. I followed the Whole 30 vegan guidelines, using mainly properly soaked and prepared legumes and occasional nuts and tofu/edamame as my protein sources. I did not eat grains or dairy at all, and I am not aware of any slip ups. So just sticking to it is a big accomplishment for me. I got on the scale today (day 31) and was overjoyed to discover that I lost exactly 8 pounds in 30 days. Due to my thyroid issues, this is incredible to me! In the past, weight normally creeps off at a much slower rate, and that's with cardio and weight training several times week. During my Whole 30, all I did was take a walk one or two times a week. Other great NSVs: My digestion is much improved! So much less gas, no more stomach pains, less bloating, more consistency, etc. People have commented that my skin looks really good now, and that they can see an improvement. (One friend said that I look better than I ever have.) My energy levels are stable and consistent, which is wonderful! My nails and hair are also growing fast and looking healthy. I wanted to share this in case it might encourage other vegetarians and vegans to give Whole 30 a try. I know that I was intimidated when I first looked at the protocol, but it can totally be done.
  10. I am starting Whole30, and looking for suggestions on: Whole30 approved brands for things like salad dressing, almond butter, almond milk/creamer, etc. Tree nuts that are Whole30 compliant for snacking Pescetarian-friendly foods, snacks, recipes, etc. Thank you in advance!
  11. Hi everyone this is my first Whole30 and overall I think it's going really well. Today is the halfway mark and I just can't get this off my mind. I have been a vegetarian/vegan for the past 9 years and am now eating animal protein because I am a firm believer that the soy and grain replacement products for meat have been extremely detrimental to my health. I also can't see a way to get enough protein from just plants themselves. Many vegans out there may disagree with me, but after 9 years of trying to nourish myself I am only left with IBS and other inflammatory problems in my body. On the Whole30 my energy is still leveling out but overall I feel much better. HOWEVER, I can't help but feel like I am eating way too much animal meat! I have reinforced my belief system for so long that humans can live healthy, long, sustainable lives completely from plants and too much meat can ruin your health. The Whole30 is really shaking up this value. I have especially drank the cool-aid when it comes to the negative affects of the meat industry on climate change. On Whole30, the only way I can seem to make meals work is if there is an animal protein on the plate. I suppose it's a bit of an existential crisis for me. Does anyone have any research, reflections, or thoughts on this topic they would like to share with me? I know this is not the majority. Most people go through this epic lifestyle change to become vegetarians/vegans and here I am going in the opposite direction. Thank you in advance for all of your help.
  12. Hi Friends! I am a vegetarian on Whole 30. I eat eggs but no meat or fish. This is my first Whole30 and I'm loving it. I pay close attention to having protein, good fat and vegetables for each of my 3 meals per day. Unfortunately, I think I've been eating too much dried fruit. I didn't realize (perhaps a blind eye) how little dried fruit is supposed to be consumed during this time. I will add that I have not been using much white or sweet potatoes or squash so perhaps that offsets some of the carb/sugar intake? I realize now I've been using dried fruit as a dessert which does not correct my bad behaviors and I'm ready to remove them entirely to move forward. I haven't weighed in since day 1 per the rules but so that I can brace myself, do you think that the last 14 days have been sabotaged by this even if I've been perfect about everything else? I'm so bummed. Thanks for your help in advance.
  13. Greg S

    Minimizing Meat

    My fiance and I just started the Whole30 and we're very excited! One concern I have is that the challenge calls for eating a lot of meat proteins including beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb, and fish. I would eventually like to build a diet that reduces the amount of animal meat I consume in a week. If I reduce the animal proteins in my diet, how can I still get the protein I need without eating lentils, beans, and so on? I'd be willing to still eat wild fish but no shellfish. I'd also still eat beef and chicken a few days ago but what do I do on those other days?
  14. I’m on day 3 of my first Whole30 and I’m feeling great! However, I’ve been seeing some mixed messages on what I can and cannot eat as a pescatarian on the Whole30. Are legumes and tempeh allowed for the vegetarian Whole30? Also, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed with all of the meal preparation. I’m not the most confident cook. Does anyone have some super simple recipes?
  15. So has anyone seen the Netflix documentary What the Health, Its mostly about how bad meat and eggs is for you. I'm freaking out and trying not to fall into the hype but I look up everything they mention and they're not wrong. Has anyone else seen it? Any thoughts?
  16. Hi Everyone, This is my first whole 30 and I'm on Day 15 and ready to quit. For context, I have been a vegetarian for 9 years (no pork for 14 years). However, I started eating fish a few times a month for the last year and I have always eaten eggs for breakfast. Six months ago, I started having some stomach issues and so I decided to try Whole 30 this summer to rule out any foods that were exacerbating the issue. My first week flew by without a hitch. I am already pretty comfortable cooking/eating tons of vegetables so I felt great. Eating so much protein was a bit of a change, but since I'm just doing eggs and fish, which as I said, I've been eating for the past year, I felt fine. This past week has been awful though. I've had stomach pains, significant irregularity and exhaustion. I constantly feel bloated and look worse than I did before. My last stool even appeared reddish (I'm hoping it was the beets I ate a few days ago and not blood) and I am at a loss as to what to do. This is supposed to help me feel healthier, not sicker! I'm ready to go back to my quinoa bowls with roasted veggies with the occasional glass of wine! Has anyone experienced decline like this? Any suggestions on what to do for increased regularity and decreased bloating? Help!
  17. Hey everyone! So, I know that Braggs is not allowed in the regular Whole30, because you can't have soy. As a vegetarian, the VegWhole30 does allow me to eat certain soy products. Is Braggs still off the list?
  18. Hello, everyone! My name is Lindsy, and I'm a 27 year old grad student in Texas about to start the VegWhole30! I've started a blog to chronicle the experience, and would be honoured if you checked it out! https://vegetarianwhole30.wordpress.com/ Wishing us all the best!
  19. Denise sexton

    New to the whole30

    Hi! I am ready to start my whole 30 and am looking forward to the benefits. I battle daily with headache/migraine, fibro, and sleep issues. I'm also vegetarian and looking for ways to incorporate protein in my diet as I do not eat eggs even. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated..
  20. amjeser

    Newbie - Day 5... Woah

    Okay, so I'm gliding through the first four days of my first whole 30! More energy, better mood, clear headed and just healthier, then came day five. It actually started last night on the evening of day four. I was so tired, I had all of these plan for my Sunday night (my usual rituals to prepare for the week which includes grocery shopping) but I couldn't move once I sat on the couch. I was so exhausted I ended up in bed at 8pm then slept until 6am and am still exhausted. On top of it all, my stomach and bowel movements seem to be... not the best. I know in the blog article about what to expect, this can be normal. Curious if you all experienced this too and if you have any ways to stay energized while you go through this phase. Thank you!
  21. 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?
  22. aprkr619

    Cashew yogurt?

    I found a compliant (ingredient wise) cashew yogurt. I am doing the vegetarian plan, eating eggs and seafood for protein. My body doesn't tolerate dairy. I am hoping to add a small amount of this yogurt once a day or so when I need a break from eggs. Is this an ok alternative to kefir or greek yogurt that's allowed on the vegetarian plan? If so, are there recommendations to how often it's eaten?
  23. Read The Whole 30 a couple weeks ago and have since been preping things to get started on the program tomorrow. I have been vegetarian for over 20 years and will be completing this journey being so, which may be a bit of a challenge, but I'm up for it! Will begin reading the other books that go along with the program this week. Excited, nervous and not sure I can give up my gum! Any advice, strategies, or just friendly comments, bring them here. In good health ♡
  24. Suenny Moreira

    Starting April 25th!

    Hey everyone That's my first time doing whole30 and I'm super excited and nervous! I'm a vegetarian so I think it's a bit more challenging, but I'm committed to making it work. I've been preparing for the past few days and started today. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Let's go together!!
  25. Hey All, My weight loss has hit a plateau now I am stuck on 154.4 lbs since 3 weeks now... The only relief is that my overall blood work reports are great and secondly, as per my Gym trainer I have lost inches all around, these results are keeping me sane right now. According to the blood work, I have Iron, B12 and Vitamin D deficiency, my doc got me started on supplements for those. She said that's expected, as I m on a diet and there's nothing to worry about it. I was wondering if anything like this is happening to anyone else as well? Do I need to get worried?!! (I m panicking though). If there is someone out here on this forum with this same issue, any help or suggestions or tips will be highly appreciated. I hope I move away from this plateau soon TIA