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  1. I know this isn’t recommended since it’s the holidays, but I want to do one! I’m celebrating my book idea getting accepted by a publisher this past weekend! Plus I’m just one of those people who likes to do things when people say I shouldn’t. My body is craving the reset after a few out of town trips. I’m starting today! I’m inspiring myself by looking at past pics of myself post my first whole 30, throughout my weight loss/heath journey, and one celebrating my book news last Friday on a yacht I rented for myself. I’m so excited! I have completed several whole 30s and this is my first time on the whole 30 forum! I’ve also coached several others through their first whole 30s. Hi new friends!!! Questions: does anyone have any neat ideas to replace the cookie making and food related traditions that four year olds enjoy?
  2. Start Date: January 1, 2018

    Hi friends! I'll be starting my second Whole30 on January 1st. I have two things I need to clarify. 1. On the meal template it says "add fat in the following recommended amounts per meal" and lists healthy fats. Do we pick one of those, two, three? Is there a limit? 2. My day typically looks like this: -Wake up around 6am, drink water, eat breakfast, drink coffee -Have lunch around noon -Work 9am-5pm, then workout 6:30 to 7:30pm (I typically do yoga, TRX or a yoga-based fitness class) -Go home and eat dinner afterwards I know you're supposed to eat a pre and post-workout meal, but for me, it's A LOT of food crammed in to a short period of time after work/before bed. I'm not worried about eating a pre-workout meal, but since I workout so late in the afternoon, it seems like I don't have time to fit in a post-workout meal. Suggestions? Thanks fam!
  3. Start Date: December 1st

    New here...I will start on December 1st. I will start no sugar today because mentally, I am just ready. I have been a sugar addict for years and I have recently discovered that I am definitely sensitive to milk products. I tried Paleo a few years ago, as prescribed by my doctor, but I just didn't keep up on it, especially after I had met my soon to be ex-husband. He never wanted me to be healthy (he definitely wasn't) and It was so hard to fight for that. I have decided that now being in a safe place, I am going to break free from not just the bondage he and sugar had me under, but to finally take control and stop making excuses. I am ready to slay the sugar dragon and move forward. A friend of mine did the Whole30 for 100 days and has made it a lifestyle to help her kiddos and they did it as a family and saw drastic changes. I'm ready to make the drastic change for my body. I'm nearly 300 pounds, biggest I've ever been and I use to be healthy and an athlete, till college and a back injury. Just sick and tired of being sick and tired. I have goals and dreams and my body isn't going to be the result of those things unanswered. I'm ready to do this!
  4. 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
  5. I am excited for Melissa's two new books and pre-ordered Fast & Easy ebook but cannot locate Day By Day in ebook format at any of the listed retailers. Will Whole30 Day By Day be available in a digital edition? If so, will it be made available for pre-order? I prefer to carry my favourite books in digital edition, lol. I am located in Canada, if that makes a difference to retailer availability. Thanks for any information.
  6. Kombucha

    I've looked through the kombucha forum but can't find reference to first ferment only made with brown rice syrup. I am on day 6 of whole30 and my kombucha is ready for bottling. I add fruit and nothing more. Is this complient?
  7. Starting on Labor Day

    Hello everyone, My husband and I are doing whole30 for the first time. Our daughter across the country is also starting on the same day, Labor Day, so we can get past some events we already had planned. I signed us all up for RealPlans, too, so I can use their online tools and phone app for efficient meal planning and a shopping list. I have practiced a few meals this week, so I feel ready. I am a little worried about the "no wine" at the end of my busy work day, but it will be good to break that habit, too.
  8. I'm new to Whole30 and haven't started yet. I purchased the book but have yet to read it. My problem is I am 32 years old, just had a baby and look in the mirror and hate what I see. I have difficulty ignoring my cravings and eat till I'm full. I have a sweet tooth but I must lose weight for my health. It seems that for this to work I have to meal prep each meal for an entire week. How much weight should I anticipate to lose in 30 days? Is there anything in particular I should buying? Is there anyone here in fact similar boat as me where we can chat and support each other ? I have to lose about 30-35lbs. How long might that take ?
  9. Am I bigger? Why am I breaking out? I'm afraid all the time... I started reading the Food Freedom book and it is encouraging but at the same time makes me feel like I've already screwed up. I don't know.. i'm feeling kinda anxious cause of my weekend get away (pizza, birthday cake.. beer) ... or the bucket of popcorn I ate on Tuesday... They opened a dunkin' donuts right down on the building I live... I've been waiting for the opening 'cause I knew they were gonna give free coffee and donuts (that was pre-whole30) and today was the day so I guessed a donut or some donut holes will be "worthy" since i've been waiting for that "free" treat. OK so I went there, asked for my free Americano and they gave me 10 Donut holes for free!! ... I haven't eaten any of them I really want to but you now.. fright... guilt... what if that donut hole is the start of a major falling of the wagon??? What if it all started the last weekend..and i'm alreadydown spiral...
  10. Starting 8/28 Excited

    I am reading "It Starts With Food" and think a better title would have been Scared Straight LOL I am looking forward to getting my weight in check but after reading through the books I am even more excited about the health changes. I am familiar with the Paleo diet but never really fully understaood the "Why?" The Why is very compelling. I am not used to spending much time preparing foods so this will definitely be an adjustment but it seems like it will be worth it.
  11. Hey everyone... I've neglected to jump into the foum as I usually find them WAAAY too overwhelming. But here I am. I'm at Day 11 (yesterday) and today Day 12 I started end of Day 10 with OVERWHELMING fatigue...I mean the kind you get before the flu or something. But I didn't have a fever. Low grade fever began next day 99.4, was down to 98.7...but after grocery shopping it's back up to 100.3 I spent my first 10 days pretty uneventful...getting used to black coffee. (I was already glutenfree for 5 years) But back in May I had a bout of cellulitus...and it worries me this fever could be related to that returning...(I haven't noticed anything?) But wonder if achy, flu, low energy is common, how long it will last, and what could I do to work through it? Lots of sleep (sleep has been rough too) Achy neck and spine... Anyhow, anyone else have similiar ? Suggestions? Thanks!!
  12. Doing My Homework

    Greetings. So I guess I begin at the beginning. As I was reading through WordPress, I saw a user talking about having finished their Whole30 and something just sort of clicked. I filed that away for later and went about my day. Less than week later I was feeling unusual. I'd eaten a whole pack of Mint Oreos in a few days, I'd just finished making Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies, I had some chocolates in the fridge, and a tendency to drink a half gallon of tea every day. My body must have reached the limit of it's tolerance because I could feel it rebelling. It was then I decided that it was me or my sweet tooth - and I was going to choose me. So I'm doing a bit of a dry-run for a Whole30 while I'm doing my homework. I've stashed all my sweets out of sight (locked in a trunk in a closet.) I'm beginning to live by the principle: "Everything I eat will be the product of a conscious, deliberate decision." I'm trying to plan my meals ahead of time and to stick with it. I'm doing better about eating proteins, fruits and vegetables. Already I've run into a few difficulties - the lack of a nearby Whole Foods / Trader Joes - meaning Wal-Mart and Aldi's (distant grocery stores, located in another county) and IGA and Save-A-Lot ("close" grocery stores, located in another town) will be my go-to suppliers as the nearest of all stores in this region is a Dollar General (that doesn't have a fresh meat or fresh produce section, but has a limited selection of frozen and canned meats and veggies) I'm not really well-versed in healthy fats - and I never did like mayo in the first place. The bacon I had for breakfast had sugar in it - it's just what I had on hand ... and since this is a dry run, I figured I'd use up what I had and get an idea of what I'd need to replace with compliant versions. I'm not that great at cooking and need a refresher in the basics - most of the Whole30 recipes I've come across look fairly complicated. I also don't have a copy of any Whole30 books yet - I'm not sure which one(s) to get. So, do any of you have any tips on how to get started or where to go from here?
  13. Starting 8/5! Need a Friend

    Hey everyone! My name is Erica and I live in Maryland, the Western portion, and I am starting the Whole30 because of my hormones. I use to be a competitive body builder and lost my period. It's been three months and I still haven't go it back and I am bloated, fatigued, etc all the time. I am starting a physical therapy program and need to get this fixed pronto! Comment if you want to chat!
  14. Hi!! I'm really new to the forum thing, so I hope I'm doing this right. I tried the Whole30 after Easter 2017 & didn't succeed. Summer activities were too tempting. I'm wanting to try again and just got some news that's making me even more motivated. I suffer from gastroparesis (delayed gastric emptying - have dietary restrictions) and just found out I have high cholesterol and high glucose. I'm hoping if I stick to the Whole30, it will put me on the right path to lowering those levels and being in a healthy range again (along with exercise). Has anyone else suffered from any of this and had any positive results?? Thanks in advance!!
  15. Hello Friends. I started my first Whole30 7 days ago after thirty years of soda binging, fried food gorging, and other horrid eating habits. Like a frenzied shark I would forget how bad I ate, have one or two healthy meals then continue my awful habits. My wife is such an inspiration and she has a much healthier lifestyle. But I was so addicted to bad food that I would actually go eat fast food in a parking lot while she offered to cook me a healthy homemade meal. So here I am now... I don't know what was the catalyst but I had purchased the Whole30 book 6 months ago always planning a change when feeling good on my sugar high but never implementing it. I am not sure what made me finally commit to starting it. Perhaps it was my dad being diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. Maybe it was seeing the glow on my wife's face and how all of her came into focus with healthy habits. Mostly I think I felt the potential I had if I just wanted to make the sacrifice, put my big boy pants on, and try to change my life (at 40) once and for all. So I started 7 days ago. Not one slip up yet. My mood is amazing. My wife is absolutely stunned how I have embraced the kitchen. I have found that eating out on plan is a bit of a challenge so I have been forced to embrace cooking and now am growing a love for it. The only side bad side effect so far is that I have had 4 days now (including last night) of really bad insomnia. My sleeping patterns use to be great but about 3 days in I just couldn't fall asleep at all. The past two nights I only got about 3 hours before my brain would spring to life with waking fever dreams (I laugh as one was a loop of reading labels on some canned goods). I have researched online and think this may do with my body adjusting to the lack of the constant stream of sugar and processed food it was use to. The nights are really rough but waking I start feeling great despite the lack of sleep. I am hoping this passes as I have read it does but am wondering if any of you have experienced similar things, how you may have dealt with it, and how long it lasted. I truly feel there is no going back so I have to make this plan work and find a way to get my sleep. I know this part of my battle and the price to pay for the years of not caring properly for myself. I still think the Whole30 may be the biggest positive move in my life. Time will tell...Thank you in advance for reading this, good luck, and thank you doubly if you have any feedback on the insomnia.
  16. Soy Sensitivity?

    Has anyone else discovered a sensitivity to strictly soybeans (but not other beans)? I'm testing out a hypothesis here... I have had two instances where my digestive system has gotten really fired up over something I ate at a restuarant. The only possible ingredients in these food items that I hadn't already tested out could have been soy. I have noticed for a long time that my digestive system often gets upset after eating out, and I know soy is in TONS of stuff and that soybean oil is commonly used in restaurants. Today, the food that set me off were some basic tacos in corn tortillas with no cheese or dairy - just onions and fresh salsa and guacamole. I already know corn is OK, but I saw them dousing meat they were cooking in the kitchen with some sort of oil. I'm wondering if it might've been soybean oil. I am now dying of heartburn, which is the first time I've had heartburn since I started Whole30 (and I used to suffer from it frequently). The other day, I had a wrap sandwich at a restaurant and I had bad gas and digestive issues the following day. Gluten is not an issue for me, and there was no dairy on the sandwich, so I'm guessing it might've been some sort of soy-based sauce, mayo, or marinade on the sandwich. A soy sensitivity would also explain why sushi ALWAYS bothers me (hello soy sauce!) and any time I eat one of those fiber bars or "protein" bars with soy in them I get gassy. Anyone have any thoughts? Does anyone else have a soy issue?
  17. Started TODAY! : )

    Hello Everyone! This is my Day One. A coworker gave me the WHOLE30 book yesterday and I was "in" after reading the Preface. In fact, I kept reading through the first section until I remembered I was at work ~Lol! I had a family meeting last night and made my decision while I experienced another night of multiple symptoms. Woke up early this morning to make my lunch, grab some fruit and out the door I went. I. AM. EXCITED. I think my biggest challenge will be not "watching" for symptoms, but I'm determined to do all 30 days.
  18. Start Date Jul 10

    Hey y'all! I'm Amanda and I'm a wife, mom, and a registered nurse. I know it seems like my start date is a little far out there, but I want to make sure I can be successful. I have been listening to "It Starts With Food" on, and I am about ready to start reading "The Whole30." I'm really excited to get started, but I want to make sure I can give this program my all. A little backstory: I've pretty much struggled with weight most of my life likely due to my unhealthy relationship with food. I was always an active kid, but usually a little chunkier than some of my friends. I was a competitive swimmer from age 9 until I went to college. It turns out pizza, beer, and a lack of 2-3 hours per day of swim practice are not conducive to a healthy weight. I yo-yoed all through college when finally I got in my head that I wanted to be in the military. I was able to get to my military goal weight, and I was in the Air Force after college for 4 years. While in the Air Force, I put back on all of the weight I had lost, and due to some stress, even more weight. After separating from the military in July 2013, we discovered I was pregnant. Definitely not the best time for a pregnancy since I was hunting for a job and had no insurance. I did not gain a lot of weight through most of my pregnancy, but I ended up putting on about 25 more lbs. The weight seemed to fall off right after I delivered and while I was nursing. Then I continued eating like I was still nursing. Now, my baby is 3 years old, and I'm heavier than when I was pregnant with him! My diet has spiraled completely out of control and my exercise is non-existent. While I was pregnant, I was affected by almost all of life's major stressors. We moved from Florida back to Illinois to be closer to family, I started a new job, we bought a house, and had a baby. Oh yeah, and I did a travel nursing assignment in my first and second trimesters in which I drove from Florida to Arizona, just me and my dog, so I was away from my husband for 3 months. Anyway, I digress... I work as a registered nurse in a cardiac cath lab and interventional radiology lab. I work 4 days a week, Monday through Friday, but I also take call. Usually just 1 day a week and 1 weekend a month, but due to vacations, I am on call Jul 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9. In fact, I'm also on call right now! I never know if I will be called in, so I want to make sure I can have the time to really focus on myself and being successful. My job can be extremely stressful due to low staffing and just the nature of our work. We take care of some of the sickest people in the hospital, like patients who come in having heart attacks. I'm sure my cortisol levels are out of whack because of my diet, but also my job. I truly do have a reason for a fight or flight response at my job. Sometimes going home after being called in, it is hard to get back to sleep in the middle of the night. Getting a lunch break in my department happens most of the time, but some days we are eating on the fly. Another challenge at work is that we always always always have reps bringing us lunch or doughnuts or candy. There are lots of treats all of the time! They are so hard to resist and always available. They are especially tempting on that 14th hour of your 9 hour shift...
  19. Start date July 6th

    I'm starting the Whole30 with my bf July 6th. It was originally my idea, but he has really gotten on board and now I'm getting a little nervous about ACTUALLY doing it. I think we'll be doing food shopping and prep on the 4th, I think the hardest thing for me will be planning lunches during the work week that will keep me full and resisting from office snacking. Any and all tips and encouragement are greatly appreciated. Thanks! - Sarah
  20. I have completed two long rounds of Whole30. My first round was 100 days and my second round was 125 days. I just wrote a blog post about how the Whole30 completely changed my life. Check it out now at Thank you!
  21. I finished my Whole30 a few days ago, and I lost 8 pounds. I went from 155 to 147. I'm a 5'4" female in my early 30's. BUT, *more importantly* it became obvious to me that my relationship with food and my scale isn't serving me. Here are some of my Whole30 discoveries... Realization: One of the hardest parts of Whole30 was not weighing myself which made me realize how much I let the scale define me. I used to weigh myself every morning and the number would lead to a cascade of feelings (good or bad depending on the number). This is such a limited way to view myself. To put it in perspective, if a friend judged me every morning based on my weight, I would kick that person out of my life. So why wasn't I treating myself with the same respect? New Commitment: I've decided to weigh myself far less (like 1X a month, if that). And instead, I'm now starting my days with a spiritual text - usually something about treating myself and others with kindness & compassion. I read articles that refocus my mind on the most important parts of life - human connection, nature, and simple, healthy living. I like starting the day on a positive note. It helps me live more mindfully. Realization: When I go to the grocery store, I can really only shop in 2 out of the 12 grocery isles because the majority have unhealthy choices. This was a very clear sad realization about how our grocery stores are focused on shelf stable foods with preservatives and additives that prevent them from going bad. The majority of foods in stores do not support our health. I already knew this, but this fact became glaringly REAL during my Whole30. New Commitment: Eat whole, healthy foods. Continue learning to cook. I don't need to be compliant 100% of the time since my Whole30 is over, but I'd like to respect my body and put healthy foods in it most of the time. I actually think it's healthy to eat "treats" once in awhile (for me personally, everyone is different). I think being too stringent can lead to a mentality where I'm chasing perfection...which doesn't exist. I like riding my bike. I'm in a reflective place, so I will try to come back and update this post after I've thought more about my experience. - J
  22. Start date June 1st

    Hey guys! I'm am committing to my start date on June 1st. Just bought the Whole 30 book on pg 20 and decided to join the form!
  23. Whole30 - Start Date: 5/15/2017

    Hi, I'm Rhonda. I live in Southern California. On Mother's day (5/14) my daughter told me about the Whole30 eating plan. I listened. My daughter has been doing this for the past 3 years and she looks amazing. She is 27, and started this when she was 24. She is in the best health I have seen her in, and she feels great. I was telling her how getting old sucks (I'm turning 48 in a couple of months) and how I always feel bloated, and I have put on weight and how I have arthritis type symptoms, aches, pains, etc. And, I mentioned how I have tummy problems. She told me all about Whole30 and how it's great to get rid of inflammation and help me feel better. I honestly could use weight loss too, but I'm more concerned about my health overall, not just losing weight. I know that if I improve my eating, then weight loss will happen anyways, so that I am not so much worried about. I just want/need to feel better. I have been thinking about doing a liver detox, but honestly, I feel most of the time too weak to do much, and exercise and fasting or detoxing in general sounds a little too tedious to me at this point in time. So here I am on day 2 of this eating plan, and so far so good. I haven't cheated. I almost accidentally cheated with some hot wax peppers, until I learned they were filled with sulfites. I remembered to read the label. I would appreciate any simple, on-the-go recipes, or recipe ideas. My daughter told me one recipe, that I wanted to share, that she enjoys. I haven't tried it yet, but this is it: I don't know where she got this recipe, but it sounds amazingly good. Breakfast Bowl In a bowl mix: 1/4 cup of chopped cashews and walnuts (mixed) 1 small apple chopped up in bite size pieces 1-2 Tbsp of raisins Unsweetened, shredded coconut (small handful) Pour either Unsweetened Almond Milk or (Optional "Light") Coconut Milk over it. Sprinkle with Cinnamon/Nutmeg Eat it like you would a bowl of cereal. I hope to come up with some amazing recipes on my own and learn about recipes others love and want to share. I'm really looking forward to feeling much better. Attached is a photo of me that was taken in the Winter (December, 2017) at the Japanese Gardens in Portland, OR. It was really cold. Dealing with a lot of bloating, inflammation, and pain. Not taking any medications for anything. Hoping that eating better will help. *Fingers Crossed*
  24. Whole30 #1 AAR I'm writing my AAR with a cup of Earl Gray tea, no half-and-half, and some avocado/tuna/chipotle lime Primal Kitchen mayo beside me. Four weeks ago I couldn't stomach tea without cream. tastes fine. I couldn't imagine eating tuna mixed with avocado, and I HATED mayo. Now I love a little dollop of Primal Kitchen's mayo, for the mouth feel and the kick of heat that goes with it. My life before: Never in my life had I gone without sugar for more than a couple of days. My weight cycled within a couple of pounds of 130 all my adult life. At 132 for a starting weight, I wasn't that heavy for my 5'4" frame, but in the last year I'd regained weight I lost working out with a personal trainer and being very conscious of my calorie intake. I was working out regularly, but I was going at the elliptical or the weights like they were opponents, not tools. Worse, I weighed myself daily, and that number set the tone for the day. If I could get back the moments I spent thinking about my weight, strategizing to lower that number or congratulating myself if it was "good", I'd probably have months of my life back. Maybe years. Worst of all, I felt out of control. I was tense all the time. Easily irritated. I had a hard time focusing and was nervy and highly strung, rushing from one thing to another without much awareness. Nearly every activity - writing, reading, going somewhere - was an excuse for a "treat" - tea with chocolate, a Diet Coke from the soda fountain at a gas station, a petite vanilla bean scone at Starbucks. This was to do the things I liked to do! My gut was a mess. I was either bloated or constipated, and sometimes both. I used Bikram yoga to kick start things once a week, but the rest of the time, pooing was another battle. I hated the way my stomach bulged, the way my pants were tight. Sleep was hell. I had a hard time falling asleep, had a hard time going back to sleep when I woke up in the middle of the night, and woke up with what I now know was a sugar fog every single morning. Beyond the physical symptoms, the slightest hint of drama - anything from a family problem to a train delay when I needed to get to the airport - sent me into an emotional mire of anger, resentment, bitterness, complaining, victim-whining, and judging. I was working to separate my feelings from everyone else's, to stop worrying and planning and caretaking for others, but I just couldn't seem to gain any traction with overcoming my codependent thinking. Even my horse, a high-strung Arab who mirrors my internal state back to me, knew when I was strung out on sugar. For years - DECADES - I'd tried to maintain a prayer and meditation practice, to go to yoga for the spiritual and mental benefits, but I always ended up quitting, or competing in the classes. Judging the other women in the room, comparing myself to them. Who was fitter? Bendier? Who was more authentically in the pose? (Hint: it wasn't me). I knew I was living in a toxic sludge of insecurity, inferiority, and shame, but I just couldn't break out of it. In short, I was living on a sleep-deprived, emotional and mental merry-go-round in which everyone and everything in my life - family, friends, work, hobbies, my own mind and heart and spirit - was an opponent, an obstacle, a thing. I suspected sugar was the root of the problem(and by "suspected" I mean I knew damn well it was a problem but I wasn't giving it up). Around New Year's 2017 I saw the Whole30 mentioned in a NYT article by a food writer who said he'd done the program and really recommended it, especially to reduce sugar intake. I got the book from the library, scoured the website, and wanted to do it. But my travel schedule early in the year - England, Santa Fe, San Francisco - meant I'd have a hard time stringing together 30 days at home. So I put it off and put it off... Then one day I woke up and knew deep inside I was "sick and tired of being sick and tired" other words, Ready with a capital R. I told my husband and son I was going to do it, went to the grocery store for some basics, and started the next day. In hindsight my impulse decision and minimal planning helped because I didn't freak myself out with systematic preparation or a huge buildup. I just got some Primal Kitchen mayo and some tuna. I didn't think this would actually work, or help. But I wanted to know, so if it didn't work, I could eat chocolate and bread and drink half-and-half in my tea with impunity. (I have maybe 3 alcoholic drinks all year, so that part was easy for me). This won't work, I told myself. Just do it so you know. I didn't really expect to make it past day 3 or 4. That's about as long as I'd given up sugar in the past. I signed up for the daily emails (which are so awesome - I owe my continued success to the materials included in those emails). I was so intent on starting, so ready, I didn't pay any attention to the date. I didn't start on the first of a month, or on a Monday. I decided Tuesday, and started Wednesday... ...5 days before Easter. Days 1 and 2 I felt pretty good. I became more aware of how often I thought about treats, how I structured my day around those treats, starting right after breakfast with Ghiradelli chocolate chips and my tea. But it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, because I was Ready. Then day 4 hit. Day 4, the Saturday before Easter, I had the mother of all headaches, no energy, a thick, fuzzy layer of pollution in my head, and a serious attitude. I thought, "F this, and F the potential for Tiger Blood. If I feel this F-ing awful the whole time, I'm going to quit. It's not F-ing worth it." husband brought home a grocery sack of chocolate for our son's Easter basket. He made a triple layer chocolate Guinness cake with fudge frosting for his family's Easter meal. He made rolls from scratch. He made brownies for our son because it was Saturday night. All while I was 4 days into the Whole30, and feeling like a train hit me. Only after some research did I realize I had been drinking 5-6 cups of Earl Gray a day. I'd totally given up tea (because without cream, why bother?) which meant I was short 1-2 cups' worth of coffee in caffeine, plus the occasional Diet Coke, which meant I had a stinker of a caffeine withdrawal headache. So I drank more water, went for to the barn for a ride because sunshine and horses help anything, and stuck it out. In the end, I didn't eat a single bite of chocolate bunny ears, not a lick of a beater or a spoon. I even helped him make the rolls! The next day I woke up with a clear head, and an eagerness to get out of bed. I started to notice how much better I felt. (Skipping the Easter dinner with a table full of stuff I was choosing not to eat helped). That trend continued as the days passed. The headache disappeared. My brain felt less polluted. The bloating disappeared. My gut figured itself out and got regular. I made a cup of tea and while I didn't like it without cream or sugar, I didn't wince at it, either. I noticed new desires - I wanted to try I Heart Umami's recipe for caramelized pork and sweet potato hash, so hauled myself to the grocery store and bought a bunch of things I'd literally never cooked or cooked with before, and made it. It was delicious! So was a recipe for roasted Brussels sprouts and bacon. Who knew?!?!? I felt empowered. Strong. Like a mofo boss. I got married at 22, and while my husband is an absolutely amazing man, I'd chosen to let him decide how and where we eat. (I put myself in that victim role, btw). For the first time in my life, I was the sole decision-maker behind what I cooked for myself, what I put in my mouth. I wanted something, I cooked it, I ate it. I loved having cooked vegetables in the fridge to throw on a baked potato, or toss with some cooked chicken. It was a revelation. Mostly, I enjoyed the new recipes. Sometimes I made something and thought, "Yup, that one's a dud for me." But I didn't beat myself up for wasting the time and money on a dish I threw in the trash. I moved on. I could notice and celebrate both my initiative and my response to a "failure", because sugar didn't have total control over my brain. What was that all about? I noticed the cravings were still there, but less powerful. It was like giving up sugar opened the thinnest of wedges of space between WANT and GET. I could wait just long enough to stop myself from going into autopilot "grab those chocolate chips and maybe some raw cookie dough while you're at it" mode and instead think, "Give it 5 minutes. It will pass." And it did pass. Every time it passed, I remembered, which gave me a little more strength the next time a craving hit. That same space opened in my interactions with family and friends, my engagement with my life and the world. Annoyance occurs, little wedge of patience is there, annoyance doesn't need to be responded to. Every time, another layer of...what is this?...peace?...sanity?...grace?...spread over my soul. It was possibly the most healing part of the program. I could sit in meditation, label my thoughts as thoughts, and return to my breath. Day after day, I clicked the link in the emails saying I'd made it another day. After I got through the Easter Sugar-palooza, the thought of clicking the "start over" link was unbearable. No way was I clicking that link. For the first 10 days, I I kept weighing myself. Then, 10 days in, the number that had been going down or staying steady went up half a pound. I went into a shaming tailspin, but, thanks to no sugar for 10 days, managed to pull myself out of it long enough to ask for help. My BFF said, "Why don't you try finding out how you feel 'in' your beautiful body not 'about' your body?" Why not, indeed? I drove my scale to her house and texted her: "My scale is under the bench on your porch. Don't give it back to me until May 11." The next 20 days were the most liberating of the entire program. Without the steady sugar infusion, I was able to pay more attention to when I was hungry, what I wanted to eat, and how my clothes fit rather than a number. I went to two weekend-long, out of town horsemanship clinics, took a cooler full of healthy, on-plan food and meals, and didn't break stride. Celery, carrots, and guac for lunch? Yes, please! Another potential hurdle became a confidence builder. My horse noticed the difference - we'd never partnered so closely before. Both weekends were rousing successes. Over the last 3 weeks of the program, I practiced living into the reality that I could be physically and emotionally healthy rather than "skinny" and out of touch with my feelings, judging my body every single day, and letting a number tell me whether or not I'm ok. Turns out I am ok. Period. In fact, right now, I'm better than ok. I'm not anxious, sleepless, bloated, fretful, irritable, living my life on a treat-dictated autopilot, or letting a digital readout tell me whether or not I can love myself and my body today. I'm living more creatively, more in the moment, more present to my family and friends. My skin feels smoother. I sleep better. My clothes are looser, as are my rings. No bloat. Happy gut. As it turns out, I like Earl Gray without cream. I also like almond milk lattes, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potato hash for breakfast. I'm content. But...I did want to know what the physical results were. Today is Day 31, so I weighed myself, and took measurements. I lost 7 lbs, and an inch off my waist and hips. My husband took the scale and hid it. I don't need it anymore. My plan is to continue to follow the Whole30 program, allowing for days off for things like Mother's Day. It turns out I don't miss dairy, legumes, or alcohol, so I'm not going to add those things back right away. If I do, I'll follow the reintroduction protocol and not mix items so I have a clear idea of how something affects me. In addition, I've set new goals for the next 30 days: add more vegetables to each meal, and eat without doing anything else - reading, working, etc. I want to pay attention to how I nourish my body, not just fuel it. My goal is no longer to lose weight or inches. My goal is to maintain the health that is the birthright of being born into my body, and to strength the habit of treating myself gently and with compassion. Thank you, Whole30. You've given me a life I never knew was possible. I'm so grateful!
  25. Hi all, This is my second time around my first was 3 years ago now. I have completely fallen off the bandwagon with my food, over Christmas and Easter I decided to make poor food choices and a lot of excuses. I'm back now. My last whole 30 was a success, not in weight but in the way my body looked and felt, and in the way my mind perceived my body. I'm excited to be starting again, I'm excited to stop the mood swings and the ugly feeling in my gut. I'm ready to feel at the top of my game again. I'm starting May 1st 2017 Looking forward to sharing stories and support on here