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  1. Hi there, I'm on day 25 of my first-ever Whole30. Hooray! I feel great. I don't crave my (sweet) treats like I thought I would, don't crave the gluten-free hot cereal, except for the fact it's easy, and am proud of myself for upping the vegetable consumption. The *only* thing that concerns me is that I have thought about my celebratory glass of red wine all month. Every day. I want that glass. I'm an athlete and am a very light drinker. Over the past few years, one drink a week, maybe. Sometimes every few weeks. Sometimes if there's more social events happening, more than one in a week. I can limit myself to one, but it takes mental effort. Because........... I come from a family of alcoholics. Both sides of my family, including my father. And, in my 20s, I flirted with it. I started drinking heavily to self-medicate. Fortunately, I got my s**t together. I'm 47 now. That's why, I think, I have to really use my willpower to stop at one. What concerns me now is that I'm thinking about this darned glass of wine so much. I worry this is the genetic predisposition rearing its head, and wondering if it's a sign I should just give up alcohol completely. Another thing. In the months before I started W30, I was drinking a little more than usual. Like one a few times a week instead of one whenever. Almost always due to work stress, not because of a wedding or birthday party. I love W30 for helping to bring this and other food issues to light. And for many other reasons that I won't babble on about right now. If anyone has experienced something similar with alcohol, I would love some perspective. Thank you,
  2. I ate at work event where the main course was steak and veggies in a light port wine reduction. I removed the mushrooms cooked in Boursin and tried my best to move around the meat and veggies out of the reduction and didn't dip them in the sauce. Did I totally mess this up? I'm on day 4 and would really like to not start over. What would others do with no other meal options and a table full of important people not to mess up in front of? Mind you I skipped dessert and rolls so I'm feeling like this is a huge win no matter what! Thanks!
  3. I just started my whole30 this week. Boy, my nightly glass of wine is proving very hard to give up. Any encouraging stories out there?
  4. Can’t believe reintroduction is coming up in less than a week! I’ve done two Whole 30s previously and I did the fast-track reintroduction both times (followed generally the plan laid out in the book.) Had no real reaction to anything, other than a little bad mood with soy, and a huge resurgence of my sugar dragon. And then just generally my old habits crept back pretty quick. I’d like to do something different this time. I’m thinking of a combo fast-track and slow roll. I was thinking of starting with wine, but this time focusing on wine in recipes/cooking. I have a ton of recipes that are alllllllmost Whole 30 compliant, but for a little wine. After that, I’d like to do added sugar, because again, it’s hard and annoying to avoid in cooking/ingredients. Also, I’d like to see if I can add it back in in cooking without awakening my sugar dragon. Basically, I’d like to know if I could have these items back in my cooking as part of my food freedom. After that, I’d like to then do the slow roll, and just eat Whole 30 (with possibly the cooking wine/added sugar if no bad effects) until something comes along that I really want to specifically test out. Sound reasonable? And I assume I should go back to pure Whole 30 compliance between the wine and added sugar tests? I was thinking of doing the individual tests for longer than just a day or two. I was thinking about five days since it might be important to see the culmulative effect since I’ll likely be having relatively small amounts in a given meal.
  5. Larissa241

    Dealcoholized Wine

    Is dealcoholized wine allowed as an occasional drink? I recognize that drinking it all the time would definitely not be in the spirit of Whole30 but as an every now and then thing is it allowed? Looking at the ingredient list, it seems technically compliant.
  6. Hi, I need some help......I am a serious chardonnay drinker (20+) years. I quit drinking 30 days prior to starting the W30, but I wanted to know if this program is harder for those that are addicted to alcohol. I am on day 25 and I'm really struggling with depression, lethargy crankiness and stomach upset. Is my body still trying to detox from the wine as well as foods with sugar? I don't want to quit since I'm so close, but this has been going on for several days now and want to know if it's normal. Thank you.
  7. Guest

    mega proud of myself

    yesterday I went to see a wedding venue, fell in love with it and put a deposit down. I then started to freak out about how much I would have to save money-wise and the changes to be made. More than ever I wanted a glass of wine to relax the anxiety and nerves so my head would quieten down (I was on day 8), I was so close to just giving up my whole30 (not feeling the magic yet, obviously to be expected on day 8) I also gave up caffeine 2 days ago to help with my migraine headaches so yesterday I was really feeling it. I even asked my OH if we could go via my house first so he could drive us to dinner then I could drink. BUT when the waitress came to take my order and asked what drink I would like, I imagined Melissa next to me saying "you're not going down like this" and I ordered a sparkling water
  8. I am thrilled with my Whole30 results and am excited about this new lifestyle with more energy, better mood and a healthier body. Here are my results: able to lower all medication dosages clear skin more outgoing happier/less irritable no sugar cravings everything tastes better/more flavorful kicked my Splenda "addiction" no arthritis pain never got sick (even though everyone else in my family did) lost 10 pounds (and never felt hungry after the first few days of sugar withdrawal) I like people - lol! Last night I started my reintro with a half glass of red wine. To my chagrin and disappointment, I woke up in the middle of the night with a splitting headache. I didn't have a single headache throughout the entire Whole30. Anyone else experience this? What did you do? I have a huge wine cellar - this is NOT good news...help me through this...Do I try again?
  9. I was in a bad place when I started the Whole 30. It was 8 months after giving birth to my second child. I was still 22 lbs overweight despite working out several times a week and choosing “healthy” foods (not much meat, lots of grains and beans). I ate zero packaged junk food, but I had delicious high quality pastries a couple times a week and thought nothing of it. Oh, and I regularly had 2-3 glasses of wine per night just to “wind down.” My childhood asthma had returned. My skin was on a hormonal rollercoaster; besides breakouts I had eczema and keratosis pilaris (chicken skin bumps on back of my arms). I was always hungry and always eating. I tried calorie counting. I tried Weight Watchers when the calorie counting got demoralizing. I tried weighing all my food when WW didn’t work. All that micromanaging sucked the joy out of living, and I still couldn’t lose the weight. My mantra was that I deserved that pastry/glass of wine/bowl of tortilla chips because I had been “so good” all day. I’d pile on the calories after the kids were in bed. But then I simply turned a corner, and decided that I deserved to feel healthy, to feel like I did before my pregnancy. Heck, why not feel even better than that? So I decided to give W30 a try. What did I have to lose? Which begs the question, 30 days later, what did I lose? As it turns out I lost ZERO pounds. 30 days of total compliance, and I weigh exactly the same. Yep, I’m one of those. (At this moment in time, while nursing, anyway.) I gave myself an hour or so to feel really down about it. But then I took at the NSVs I drafted yesterday before I weighed in. I weigh the same, but I’m not the same. I GAINED: - the ability to breathe freely without asthma. This is truly priceless. I have not touched my inhalers in one month. - a peaceful relationship with food. I’m not battling it any longer. I know what makes me feel good. And once I finish the reintros I’ll know what doesn’t! - knowledge and acceptance. I know my body is holding on to this weight because it needs it for nursing. Sure, I can tweak things here or there, but by and large I’ve proved to myself that it just doesn’t want to let go of it right now. I’m going to have to be patient. I am ready to stop nursing for a variety of reasons, but it may take a while for my hormones to catch up. So, what next? I’m going to do reintroductions to see which food group(s) were exacerbating the asthma. I'll have the occasional glass of wine over the next week or so (we’re traveling). I also had bloodwork done on Day 25. In two weeks I will meet with my chiropractor who has nutritional training to review that. Perhaps there are hormonal factors at play that can be worked on. Once I know the bloodwork results, I’ll decide whether to jump into another Whole30. For now, I will stay compliant while at home, avoid whatever it is that’s causing the asthma even when out, and have the occasional glass of wine. But mostly, I am going to enjoy the calm Whole30 has brought to my life and give my body some grace. Read on for details if you’d like. As always, I’m open to any feedback on how to move forward. These forums were an amazing resource through the whole process. NSVs: - Asthma GONE without the use of steroid inhalers - Skin clearer - Nails growing like crazy - Eczema gone - Keratosis pilaris (chicken skin on arms) drastically reduced - On the rare occasions where my alarm goes off before the kids are up, I only press snooze once instead of three or four times - I can see my waist again! hallelujah! - Clothes fit better and I can get into some I couldn’t a month ago - Even energy all day long - More time between meals means more efficient work - Free from cravings. I no longer struggle with food choices. - Not tempted to eat after dinner - I don’t “need” wine to relax anymore - I don’t need to weigh myself every day as I used to What went well: - I rocked it with the homemade condiments: mayo, ketchup, ranch dip and Nom Nom Paleo’s “magic mushroom” seasoning were my favorites - Egg bakes saved my bacon for breakfast - such a time saver, and great to start the day without having to “think” about the meal - Kombucha was the perfect treat instead of wine/beer/cocktails - I made it through Easter with flying colors - I cooked many compliant meals for my extended family (we’re talking large groups of 12-20 people, and they all loved them) - I did NOT evangelize to my family, which is something I’d done in the past, but tried to set a quiet example What could have gone better: - I ate more frequently and had more fruit and potatoes than necessary in the beginning. I was still breastfeeding heavily then (I’m down to one nursing session a day now), so I was nervous about my supply and likely overdid it. All compliant, so no harm done, but once I got down to 3 (large, by my previous standards) meals per day, which was about two weeks in, I felt much better. - Some days I ate 1/2 an avocado at every meal. Maybe I need to dial that back to 1/3. - Still having some skin breakouts but then again I’m in a transitional place hormonally as I slowly stop breastfeeding - Sleep is not a long or solid as I would like, mostly due to kids waking me up - if fact, SLEEP could be the largest factor in the weight hanging on. - I need to drink more water. 62 oz/day isn’t cutting it. What I’ll do in the future, to keep doing better: - Make fruit and potatoes a once a day thing, not an every meal thing - Aim to be in bed by 8 and asleep by 9 - Read for 1hr before bed instead of watching tv - Dial coffee back to one cup per day, replace second cup with matcha - Aim to drink 3 32-oz bottle of water/day - Keep working with my preschooler on not waking us at night when he goes to the bathroom in the middle of the night. He can do it, but it helps when we prep him by talking about it before bedtime. - Let my husband take over the 5:30 feedings when he is home so I can sleep longer - Take measurements to track inches lost, not just weight - Stay on whole 30 at home. I rarely eat out (maybe once a week) so that would be a pretty complaint lifestyle, and I find it easy to do at home. - I won’t go back to having stevia in my coffee. That was the hardest thing to give up, and I think it was triggering a cycle of sugar cravings. In fact I may even give up my almond milk. I think I’m ready to enjoy coffee black, and I like the simplicity of that.
  10. I have a few seeming remedial issues/questions to throw out on this forum. Here goes: I'm on Whole30 (Day 11 wrapping up) and I'm just wondering what the basis is for not having alcohol--as in a glass of dry white wine, which according to my research, has 4 grams of carbs and less than 8 grams of sugar in a glass and 100 calories. I'm fine not having it for 30 days but when I go back to "normal" I'm thinking of what I may want to add back in and wine is definitely at the top of the list. So it got me questioning what is wrong with it in the first place? Is it bad for you if you have 1 glass a few times a week, generally speaking? I thought it had tons of sugar in it, but apparently most dry whites don't. And I have a local wine store that I shop at where they pretty much know the vintage, etc, so I can get some personalized service when I am done with Whole30. I guess it can depend on a lot of factors, which is why knowing the vineyard, vintage, etc (via the wine store owners) is key. My other question is bread. Without it I am hungry all the time. Which is a different issue (below), but my question is, why is bread the devil lately? I know so many people who are gluten free, but bread has been around for the ages. Do we just eat more than our ancestors did? Or do our bodies just not process it the right way anymore? I was thinking, once Whole30 is over, I would start making my own bread. Is that a better option? Is everyone anti-bread because it's so processed these days? My kids love their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and it's one of the staples for their lunch. So before I go giving up on bread in my house, I want to know the reasons why everyone is on the gluten-free bandwagon, even if you don't have gluten intolerance issues? No one in my family has gut or gluten issues. We have pretty iron stomachs. I'm happy to make my own if it's bad because of over processing. And pasta that is whole wheat and organic? Is that "bad" now? Because in Italy I'm guessing most kids still eat that every day (probably not even whole wheat) and it is another staple in our diet. I'm trying to sort out which foods my family should avoid. I know with weight loss bread is a big one to avoid, but if the rest of us (not including my husband) digest things fine, then is it wrong to eat it? If not, then how many servings are okay a day? Now onto my hunger: I'm doing this because, while I eat pretty well, I think I could eat healthier. But the main reason is to support my husband because he wants to loose some pounds (like 10-15). But I don't want to lose any. I'm already on the thin side. Today I had Chia Pudding, 2 eggs and sweet potato cakes for breakfast and was still hungry. I ate a big lunch, a huge chicken salad (Whole30 approved), charred zucchini, then a cashew-banana-vegan smoothie, then had a spoonful of cashew butter and while at the gym, I still bonked. Total sugar shakes, etc. Luckily I had a Lara bar with me but that barely did the trick. I felt like I was going to pass out. I'm feeling worse by the day on Whole30. Is it possible my body just doesn't have the reserves to do this? I have always had a very high metabolism so I'm wondering if i'm burning through everything too fast, and if so, how to fix it? I know I threw out a lot here so thanks in advance for anyone who wants to take on my questions!
  11. I am proud to now be more than 1/3 the way through my Whole30 experience...and although this isn't hard, it truly is challenging! Today was the day I thought I was going to give up. Seriously. For whatever reason, I've been super cranky pretty much all day. I talked like a sailor and really just wanted to curl up in a hole so everything and everyone would just leave me alone. More than anything, I wanted a glass of wine! Then I went to the grocery store for mostly Whole30-compliant foods (my sons and husband aren't on the program; just myself). I bought bananas, apples, apricots, avocado oil, pork, tomatoes, cashews... Also on my list were milk, bread, and beer (obviously not for my consumption). I almost broke down. Literally. Right there in the grocery store! The last 10 days have been okay. Ups and downs, but for the most part doable. Today has been the hardest day EVER! I got home from the grocery store and my husband sensed the tension. Well, either he sensed it or flat-out knew by my every word just dripping with disdain. He lovingly took over unpacking the groceries and cooking dinner, being careful to follow the cheat sheets that I have posted on the refrigerator, and he shooed me into another room. I opened up my laptop and pulled up the Whole30 website. I was determined to find that I've screwed up somehow and that's why I feel the way that I do. Convinced I was off-track without knowing it, the first thing I looked up was the timeline of what to expect during the Whole30. Then I realized: Nope, it's expected that I feel THIS way and on THIS day. I was both relieved and disappointed. I was relieved that I'm on track, but I was disappointed that I didn't have an excuse to run to the corner store for a bottle of merlot. So here I sit now, seeking support and reassurance. I thought I was stronger than this. Now I'm just hoping I can last the remaining 19 days. To boot, we're going to my in-laws this weekend for two days. My MIL is the most difficult woman I've ever known in my life (my husband says this about his own mother, so don't think I'm one of "those" daughter-in-laws). She's negative, nit-picky, rude, and downright mean. My husband has informed her ahead of time that we (yes, he said "we" so hopefully she'll actually listen and respect my new eating habits, despite he's not doing the program but will for my sake this weekend) are doing a 30-day detox diet of sorts and are not eating sweets, dairy, or breads nor are we drinking any alcohol (they always have wines, ports, etc.). I have NO idea how I'm going to survive the weekend when visits to their condo are some of the most stressful that I ever have all year long... HELP!
  12. This is my first Whole30. I've never been able to stick with a strict plan due to my mood becoming affected (irritable, mostly). It was helpful to read in the Whole30 book that cravings, on average, last between 3-5 minutes. I've been tracking this and so far it rings true for me. My biggest challenge in all of 2 days is finding the time to get food on the fly. I haven't found one prepared food without sugar, which is eye-opening. I gave up wine a week prior and sleep so much better. Anyway, looking forward to the challenge!
  13. MissTracey

    Trouble starting

    HELP!!! I am trying desperately to get this going, but I don't feel my heart is entirely into it. Not to mention, I have a VERY stressful job and the one thing I love to do each night after a long day is have a nice glass (or two) of wine. I can, for the most part, stay away from breads, which I LOVE, but I need my cheese. It can also be very expensive to eat this way. Not to mention TIME! I don't have time to wake up and make breakfasts and I am not a huge dinner maker during the week..... Yes, I know these are all excuses that can be debunked, but .... maybe I am just not cut out for this and am not that strong?
  14. As I near the end of my first Whole30, I'm thinking about what I'm doing differently now. For sure, I'm not consuming 12-24 ounces of wine multiple times/week. As I think through whether I have a "healthy psychological response" to wine, I would veer away from saying yes. If I have one, I want two. If I have three, I want four. Aside from completely giving up wine, what are some ways you consider drawing boundaries around your "no brakes" foods and drinks so you can learn to have a healthy relationship with them? Thanks!
  15. I'm pretty sure I've just done the worst reintroduction ever. I had family visit the day after my W30. It was all good the first day, but the next two were horrific...........as far as food goes. We spent those days snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef and touring the Daintree World Heritage Rain Forest. I was so excited I lost my mind and ingested Wine, Icecream, Pizza, Milk and Cake. A lot of those foods i hadn't touched in 6 mths of doing Paleo. I thought I was so much stronger than that and now I feel like I've ruined all that good work I put in doing my W30
  16. One week in and what a week it has been. Started my whole 30 last Monday, on Wednesday my 21 day old grandson was hospitalized with strep B-a very bad bug esp. in newborns...scared us silly.....leaving me to bring home the older three, ages 7, 5, and 2. Wow, Fear, stress, feeling helpless... But at the core of it all I know real life Will Happen every day, and I stayed committed to the whole 30. Having my sister as companion in my journey helped me stay accountable, too....The baby is doing great but had to suffer through a spinal tap, catheterization, multiple blood draws... Thank God the bacteria had not entered into his blood stream or spinal fluid.. Actually it started as a "weird" diaper rash my daughter did not like the looks of... Mother's intuition... And it is turning into a 10 day hospital stay. So I feel like a champ having nearly succumbed to coming home and cracking open a bottle of wine... And I think that is what So far I have missed this past week- booze! A glass of wine; beer or two on the 4th of July. But since I am being honest with myself, it is never a glass of wine. it is always half the bottle. It is always three pale ales or chocolate stouts. I will miss you beer, now that I am giving up grains ..... I just got the Nom Nom paleo app with tons of whole 30 recipes, have ordered well fed 1 and 2, and liked several paleo sites on facebook for recipes and inspiration. I like to cook but not so great at the clean up part.... I am not much of a grocery shopper either, and this is forcing me to get back to what is important!,,,I thought after raising and cooking for four kids, their buddies, & my husband all those years I could coast... But cooking and feeding yourself is a life-long thing....and I need to rekindle some kind of passion for it.... Hoping the inspiring things ordered will help. Right now, I've got nothing!
  17. megancs

    I miss wine!!

    Here comes the weekend and it's taking everything I have to get through these next two days. Well, maybe it's not that dramatic but I really look forward to settling down with a nice big glass of red after the kids are in bed. I'm on day 12 and it's going great so far but Friday reminds me of what I can't have. I doing great with everything else but I'm craving the ritual that I've talked myself into believing for a while now that is okay and in fact, healthy. Bottom line is, I will make it through this weekend, and the next and the next but my question is this: is it really that bad to enjoy a glass or two once in a while (or more) AFTER the whole30??
  18. Here goes. I have been REALLY struggling and am mired in all-or-nothing thinking. I feel like an addict! But I had never seen myself this way before completing my first Whole 30. I did not struggle the first time around (this summer), except for the usual (had some cravings, a little headache the first few days) but mostly, I was pumped! I loved the control (all or nothing) and I felt so good for the whole month. I lost over 10 pounds and many inches. I never felt tempted to stray from the template and thought to myself, "why would I ever eat any other way?" I had the blood of a tiger for sure. Then I did a quasi-reintroduction, while also being out of town. When on vacation with my family, I started drinking wine again. Then when we got home, the slippery slope began. I made plans to do another W30 in September, and in the two weeks before that start date, I went completely off the rails and had this yucky entitled feeling (forgetting, I think, that I actually don't feel deprived on the W30!). By the time I started in September, I had gained back a bunch of the weight, but my second W30 (9/1-9/30) went well and I had similar results as the first. I wasn't as pumped as the first time around--the novelty wore off a bit I think. Anyway, I'm getting to the worst part. I decided to take a few days "off" and then do another 30 days. Maybe my mistake was to take the days off, but I have started at least 3 times and haven't been able to do more than 2 days in a row since. It hits me at night, and I'm craving especially alcohol. It scares me that I'm craving wine because to me, alcoholism is serious and somehow shameful. But then so is food addiction, and these days, the drinking of the wine leads to eating of the sugary carbs and I feel very out of control. I never, ever would have described myself as a sugar or food addict before this whole thing started. I'm not blaming the w30 but I am curious about it as it relates to this all-or-nothing entitled adolescent that has come out in me. There is no question that eating clean, and on template is a really good way for me to be at my healthiest, physically and mentally. But I apparently have to be entirely rigid to be able to do it all? Or maybe I'll get better with practice? Or maybe I can't drink wine? Wah. I would love to hear from others who have struggled like this and found their way. Or anyone at all, even if you haven't found your way but you're trying like I am. Thanks.
  19. khbow

    I love wine

    Hello everyone! I'm excited to start this journey, but also very scared. I know this is pathetic, but more than the dairy, sugar or carbs, I'm scared that I won't be able to go without wine for 30 days! I don't drink to excess, but I have made a habit of enjoying a couple glasses of wine a few nights a week. It's such a great source of relaxation for me. Is anyone else in the same boat? I have chosen to do my Whole 30 during a month when I don't have too many social engagements that might tempt me, but I'm still worried. Advice appreciated!
  20. Sheilaqueso

    Waitress/bartender help!

    I'm in the first week of my whole30 right now, and I need some input. I work as a bartender and waitress at a wine bar and restaurant. Part of my job is that I have to taste wines. I only started here a few weeks ago, so I am still learning our wine list and my boss does wine tastings at the end of a lot of shifts or at random during the night. I start work at 4, so I normally eat a snack before and they feed me dinner around 6. I'm allergic to wheat, so I generally am fed roasted veggies and sausage. But I am sure they aren't 100% compliant. My main question: since my diet in general is very low carb, very low sugar, is it worth it for me to do the whole30 given the fact that days I'm working (5-6 days a week) I'm going to be eating non-compliant food/drink? I can't decide if I should just go back to eating my usual diet or keep doing as good a whole30 as I can!
  21. MamaDrew

    Whole30 to help regain balance

    Hi, I started the Whole30 because I wanted to get healthier. Not really lose weight (although that wouldn't hurt!) but more to eat healthier and know that I wasn't ruining my workouts with the food I was eating. I also drank a lot. I am married, work full time, have 2 step-kids, normal life I know but things can get crazy. So my go-to stress relief was always wine. I had gotten to the point where I was having a bottle of wine each night. I didn't feel like I could deal with life's stress without it. As I got closer to starting my Whole30 I was worried that would be the hardest part for me. I'm on day 8 and luckily it hasn't been as hard as I feared. Last night was the first night where I REALLY wanted wine, but I didn't do it. I think this whole journey is not only helping me get in better health but it's also helping me restore some balance to my life and hopefully breaking the unhealthy habit of self-mediating. I still have 3 more weeks to so we'll see how it goes! Even after the Whole30 is done I want to continue eating Paleo and not fall back into my previous eating and drinking habits. Is anyone doing the Whole30 for similar reasons? Any helpful tips?
  22. homerfrizzell

    Today is My Day 1

    Hi everyone. Today is day 1 for me. I've been eating mostly in a W30 fashion for the last year and a half except that I cooked with butter, had the occasional half spoonful of ice cream, bowl of miso soup or glass of wine. I had a soft start yesterday and was pleased with kombucha so am optimistic. I also plan to make some kefir with coconut milk and water grains. I think there will be two main challenges: wine and dining out. For wine, I think kombucha and other types of teas (plus the kefir, if I'm successful) will be able to fill the void (at least for 30 days). As to dining out, today at lunch I opted not to go for sushi for fear of miso soup. What do others do when they go out for sushi? Green tea and sashimi? Or is the best option when dining out mussels, or a bunless burger over greens? What about bbq? Too much sugar? Thank you. Homer
  23. 4 Complaints after my Whole30. 1. Put on a pair of shorts last night and they fell off. Put on a skirt this morning and it fell down to my butt. This may get expensive! 2. I go for my run and I don't want to stop, I add in sprints, I do push ups. This is time consuming! 3. My muscles are really showing. I can feel my six pack through my shirt. This intimidates others! 4. Wine is no longer worth it. My collection will have to wait for company!