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  1. day 1 vegetarian

    Started my whole 30 journey today, very excited! I've been vegetarian for 30+ years now and can't cope emotionally with eating flesh (I've worked with animals my whole life, can't bring myself to eating them). I will be doing the whole 30 vego style but no cheats of eating legumes, grains, soy etc. I have accepted I will need to include eggs ( from happy chickens) but won't be introducing any meat into my diet after 30 years. Any tips from anyone would be brilliant!
  2. Hello, I have started my whole 30, 13 days ago, as far as I know I am doing everything correct, and I know this program takes time, but I have not noticed any difference in my weight or how I feel. The only thing I have noticed was I have more stable energy levels, just bc I am not having sugar, so I don't have the crash which is a huge plus! I used to eat fast food and junk food and sneak out to go buy candy at 9pm, and to now be eating all whole, clean, unprocessed foods. I feel like I should notice something. Here is a sample of what I eat in a day. (It's pretty much the same everyday) breakfast: one tablespoon of olive oil in a pan, some chopped onion, and green pepper, 2 eggs, and 1/2 avocado on top. (I eat this everyday) lunch: bowl of fruit, usually 1/2 pineapple, handful of strawberries, or cantaloupe. Baked Chicken (breast or thighs) I rub with olive oil and add sea salt and black pepper and add Braggs organic spices no salt added. Snacks: 1/2 cup almonds, 2 bananas, 3-6 non gmo cuties mandarin oranges (snacks are spread throughout the day, I keep them in my bag) dinner: same baked chicken or pork, (seasoned the same as above) sometimes more eggs if I don't have meat already made. drink: I only drink water! No coffee, no tea, no juice, no anything else. Like I said this is pretty much what I have been eating every single day. Idk if I am eating too much or my macros are off, but I haven't been tracking those things bc I know this program is about resetting. My main goal is weight loss. I am 5'3" when I started whole 30 my weight was 207, I haven't weighed myself since I started. My goal weight is 150. Also I haven't worked out at all bc I am in college and work 30 hours a week so I just haven't had time, but I walk around campus lol. My diet history is very poor, I have done every yo yo diet known to man, HCG, Atkins, Southbeach, Master cleanse, weight watchers, my fitness pal, veganism, freelee the banana girl diet, 80/10/10, raw veganism, and many more, I ALWAYS end up going back to the SAD diet (Standard American Diet) fast food, junk food, alcohol etc, my weight goes up and down and they either don't work or I hate the diet or I don't lose weight. Maybe I just need to be patient. Can anyone help?!?!?!
  3. Starting my 9th Day

    Today is the beginning of day #9 on the Whole 30. 100% compliant! As someone who has had artificial sweetener (Splenda) in some form almost daily since they invented saccharine (yes, I know it's not good) and who loves my daily yogurt & skim milk in coffee and tea, I thought the Whole 30 would be difficult for me. I already had a pretty vegetable and lean-protein laden diet but had allowed too much sugar and bread to sneak in during the past year. This was my first time trying the program. I started weaning myself off milk in coffee a week before I started the program, which I think helped. On day 4 the bowl of plain fresh blueberries/raspberries/blackberries that I eat daily had taken on a new sweetness. I've been cooking MUCH more than usual, not something I like, but the dishes I'm making are tasty, filling ("small" serving size is more than enough) and I'm stockpiling each recipe's extra portion(s) for later in the week or freezing. I'm very excited about the healthy food I'm eating and that I'm making it taste so good. My niece, who had a postpartum soy/dairy allergy turned me on to the fact that Whole Foods lists ALL the ingredients on their prepared foods so if I have a resource for prepared foods if I can't cook.
  4. Day 1: Happy NEW Year!

    Hi everybody, Never needed a diet before because I was fit & active. My foot became progressively disabling so it is very hard to keep weight off. Always ate fairly healthy, but wanted to eat completely healthy. Looking forward to eating this way and also know there will be difficult times so going to try to keep healthy snacks with me. Cheers & Happy New Year!
  5. Hi, Just wanted to publicly commit to my second Whole 30, which I will be starting on January 9th, 2017. I completed my first Whole 30 in June of 2015 and my relationship with food was forever changed. At the time, I was 31 and at the biggest weight of my life. I was always tired and my days revolved around my meals, which were mostly at restaurants. A friend at work was doing Whole 30 and got me interested, so I did my research and decided to give it a go. The hardest part was having a boyfriend that wasn't interested in doing it with me, so bad food remained in the house. I would say the single biggest factor for success in the program was meal planning. Emergencies are what will get you so ALWAYS have an approved Rx bar, Larabar, or EPIC bar around. After my first round I dropped about 12 pounds and kept it off by remaining "mostly" Paleo. When I say mostly I mean that there are still times I will eat queso, drink beer, and enjoy a huge cheeseburger. Everything in moderation. I'm excited for my second round and this time my boyfriend is actually attempting it with me(which should be interesting). I am hoping to drop a couple more pounds while learning something new about how my body functions best. Best of luck to everyone!
  6. 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.
  7. Hello! This is my first post. I am starting my first Whole 30 on 9/11, and I am trying to get everything organized and planned as well as I can ahead of time. I plan to make a few condiments and dressings before I get started. I want to know - besides basic mayo, which I plan to make - What are you 2 MUST HAVE condiments/dips/dressings? The ones that helped you get through Whole 30. Thanks! Heather
  8. I'm male, 65 years old, and have always been healthy - no prescription meds, no food allergies or food sensitivities. I bought into the Whole 30 program primarily to start eating better, kick my sugar habit and lower by blood glucose levels. My pre-Whole 30 numbers were: Total Cholesterol = 192, LDL = 118, HDL = 46, CHOL/HDL = 4.2, Triglycerides = 142 and Glucose = 98. I'm 5'9" and weighed in at 172. I just finished my Whole 30 and did some blood work to check results. My post-Whole 30 numbers are: Total Cholesterol = 240, LDL = 168, HDL = 44, CHOL/HDL = 5.5, Triglycerides = 140, and Glucose = 90. The good news is that my glucose went down and I feel better. I have more energy, sleep better, and I lost 5 lbs. The bad news is that my cholesterol went from being in the normal range to high/alert status. WTF? I'm really disappointed. I don't really know what to do at this point. Keep on eating Whole 30? Add back some grains? Give up altogether? I feel a bit lost. Any suggestions?
  9. Hi every! So I started my Whole 30 on Monday, 8/7 and am on Day 4. I actually feel really good, and haven't been having any issues with energy levels or headaches. However, I have felt very lightheaded the last two days, and slightly tingly. I know I've seen this topic elsewhere in the forum where it is said that we aren't eating enough, but I don't think this is the case for me, as I've been eating a lot and have felt completely full from my meals. For example, yesterday I ate: Breakfast Two eggs mashed with two bananas, whipped together and scrambled in coconut oil. Chopped up 1/2 cup of strawberries to top it off. Lunch Two sausages sauteed in olive oil mixed in with 1 sauteed red pepper, 1/2 sauteed onion, and 1 sauteed zucchini Dinner Three egg omelette with 4 slices of prosciutto and 1 cup of cut up mushrooms, all cooked in coconut oil I've also been doing my run every night and feeling really good while doing it. Any ideas?
  10. Hi guys!! I would like to introduce myself and tell my story as quickly as possible. On day 16 of what I thought was my Whole 30, I realized that while my diet was much cleaner, I had been consuming sneaky added sugars and dairy in some of the foods getting me through the day (I'm talking about sliced turkey containing added sugar and scrambled eggs containing milk from my local work cafe next door). It got me thinking about what else I may have eaten thinking it was Whole 30 but actually wasn't. I want to do this right. So...tomorrow, knowing that I need to be extra alert about the ingredients in what I am buying, I am starting over with Day 1. Despite my setback, I still feel optimistic and happy that I know I can do two weeks without sugary treats and that I am out of my bread and grains reliance. I already feel better, but I want to feel my best, so tomorrow is day 1. I have also been living with a Hashimoto's diagnosis for about two years, so if anyone else is battling thyroid concerns, let's connect. The gluten-free aspect is amazing for thyroid patients. My two weeks of mostly-Whole 30 has helped me to feel a lot better already, but I look forward to reaping the real benefits and eating completely clean. Let's connect! Happy Whole 30 everyone! Good luck to all of you. -Jessica
  11. Hello all! My mom and I are starting our Whole 30 journey, TOMORROW! We were going to start today (and we still kinda are) but we didn't realize when you sign up for the daily emails that you have to start at Day 0, haha. We already have been preparing food for the week and today is now a test run! Thank you all for your support, I am very excited to be starting my Whole 30! -Angela
  12. I am going to start my whole 30 program from tomorrow. However, I am a food blogger and I will be doing non whole 30 approved recipes like my husband's birthday cake, in-laws trip to our home etc. How can I survive such? Any idea, suggestions will be very much appreciated.
  13. Hi friends!

    Hi everyone! My name is Angela and I just started the whole 30 on January 1st. I'm super excited to join a community full of support!! I'll be looking on here for advice. My cousin just made a super relatable Instagram with his girlfriend. It's their second time doing the whole 30 and they're sharing their positive experiences and struggles and recipe ideas to anyone that wants to share the journey together! Check them out- Instagram.com/whole30journeyrva I can't wait to experience the community!
  14. Next Step

    Hi, I am coming to the end of my whole 30 days and I am contemplating my next step. I have been identified with an autoimmune disease and so I've be even accounting for that. My question now is, do I continue on the programme for another 30 days with this condition, or can I open the food-choices a little more? Secondly, if I open the food choices, what shopping list would be best? Thanks, Caroline
  15. Howdy! I'm starting again on Wednesday. Woohoo! This will be my er fourth? Technically my third as my third lasted something like 27 days. Took summer off but basically was doing the whole foods paleo diet plan throughot - just not for 30 days at a time. One thing I've noticed is that I'm eating way too many eggs. So my hope is this time around, I'll reduce the eggs and up the veggies and fresh fish/meat. I'm roasting a chicken with ginger tonight and making jello as that is so good for my gut. I just use Vital Proteins unflavored collagen with a little lemon juice or homemade kombucha for flavor. Decided to start this Wednesday instead of tomorrow (MOnday the 26th) because I still have some goat cheese in the fridge and red wine in a bottle and am going to allow myself to enjoy that first. Want to get this going before Halloween party, which would lure me in with all those desserts and candy, which would only leave me feeling really sucky and sick. I would welcome anyone who wants to join me on or around this date for a Whole30. Let's doooo iiiiit!
  16. I am slightly nervous about some upcoming travel for work - gone for 5 days. I leave late tomorrow afternoon. While I have already scoped out where there are grocery stores close to my hotels, I have two dinners out that I have to attend. I chose the first restaurant and have looked at the menu and feel confident that I can make good choices. I will also plan on calling the restaurant before I dine just to be certain. I did not choose the second restaurant, but I have already called them to discuss how I am eating. They suggested I e-mail tham a list of what I am not eating (I have) right now and sounds like the chef is willing to be accomodating. Fingers crossed. Tonight I am thinking about what I should pack from home to bring with me. I have time to prep tomorrow morning. I only have carry on and have to be careful about produce as I am crossing a border at one point. I will have a small fridge at both hotels. Currently, I am thinking about bringing the following: Packed meal for the plane ride (crudite including celery, either egg or chicken salad made with homemade mayo) Egg muffins (packed in an insulated bag with an ice pack) Small bags of almonds and cashews Emergency items (in case of flight delays - flights are relatively long): compliant turkey sticks and lara bars (I plan not to use unless desperate; hopefully that won't happen) Have thought about packing a few more veggies but am thinking I will pick that up at the grocery stores near my hotels. That said, I would be open to suggestions form the forum. Thanks!
  17. Rashes at Day 20?

    Is it common to break out in rashes during your 1st Whole30? I had one develop on my waist (where my skin folds), one on my inner thighs, now one between my pinky finger and ring finger. I don't normally get rashes, and I am assuming this is part of the detox/healing process. Has anyone else experienced this? Is it normal? Thanks all!
  18. Well I decided yesterday that we would start for the first time and commit to the 30 days. Today I cleaned out the fridge and pantry of all or any temptations. Today I re-read all the guidelines etc. Today made a meal plan for Week 1. Today I started my food prep for Week 1. made balsamic dressing, marinaded chicken souvalaki, made mixed nut bars as a snack. These were my goals for today. Tomorrow I will shop for veggies and fruit. and a few pantry items that I need for the week. Looking forward to getting back on track with clean eating!! Real Food!!!
  19. Medical Cannabis

    Hello, I am brand new to the Whole 30 and I am about to start. I am very excited about it. I searched the this forum, but could not find any posts related to the whole 30 program and medical cannabis. Is it possible; does it not matter; is it not recommended; or is it a absolutely not allowed to consume cannabis due to medical reasons while doing the whole 30? I will appreciate your guidance in this regard. Best wishes, whiteluna
  20. Hello! I need some advice or a swift kick in the behind :-) I am on Day 12! Woo hoo! I have been feeling good, following the program and have been dedicated in my approach. The last few days though I felt old, bad habits creeping in- and I didn't go off the Whole 30 but felt I was over eating- even if it was good food. I am doing the Whole 30, besides to lose some weight, to understand how food affects my body and to break the stress eating I typically do. Here is a log of what I have been eating so far: http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/24426-whole-30-start-1122015-day-one/ Any suggestions or thoughts- as I go into Week 3 I want to change anything that looks like bad habits. My 4th week of Whole 30 I will be traveling for work 3 days so I really want to arm myself with good habits, Thanks so much! This is a great community and has really been so helpful!
  21. Hello everyone! This is my second attempt at this and I'm successfully on day 9!!! Woo Hoo! I'm determined to make it throughout his time even though today I wanted to face plant my face in a red velvet cake someone brought to work!!!! It wouldn't stop looking at me!! Anyway I'm here to encourage, learn and lean on you all for support!
  22. Starting Wednesday-Jan 7th

    I'm starting on Wednesday, January 7th. In 2014, I committed to not eating any processed, refined, or packaged foods. It served me well and I lost 40 pounds over the year. For the last 3 months of 2014 I took way too many liberties in choosing treats and unhealthy items. I feel it....and am ready to re-set myself up for success. After researching the Whole30, I choose to do this to help meet my goal. I appreciate being able to come here and read everyone else's struggles and successes. It helps a lot.
  23. 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!
  24. I'm experiencing my first strep throat on the Whole 30. I'm having a heck of a time eating eggs, veggies, and oranges rather than the entire loaf of gluten free toast I am used to eating when sick. Somehow when I am sick and staying home from work, it greenlights me to eat loads of crap. So this time I'm actually eating good foods and hopefully will experience getting better quicker. Anyone have any good "sick" recipes that are Whole 30 compliant? (and easy because cooking does not sound fun right now.)
  25. Medications

    Hi Everyone I don't know if this is the correct place to post this but I figured it's something I should ask (and hopefully get the answer to) before I start my Whole30 journey. I get headaches and migraines a lot and I find myself needing to take Excederine whenever I get them. I know this isn't a food, drink or ingredient but I was wondering if this was something I was allowed to ingest during the Whole30. Thanks for your help!