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First Whole30 - starting March 2


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Hi. I am new. I've read the book and think it will be good for my health to do a Whole30. I plan to start on March 2. I'm kind of scared and nervous about it.

I have in the past done stints of not eating grains and sugar but haven't ever completely given up dairy before. This is more restrictive. Ever since reading and thinking about doing the program a few weeks ago, I have been compulsively overeating things including sugar and grains! Overcompensating before the fact?!? Sheesh! Super nervous about switching things up so drastically but also know nothing else has worked to reset my metabolism and especially my relationship toward food. Well any advice from others is welcome.

Thanks.

Tammy

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Welcome! The whole30 will definitely change your relationship with food and you will learn a lot about yourself. I would get some recipes that are easy to make because there will be days when you don't want to cook and you need something quick and easy. There are some great recipes on The Clothes Make The Girl, Nom Nom Paleo and Stupid Easy Paleo. Check the ingredients against the rules and leave out any non compliant ingredients. Read your labels carefully and then read them again, many people end up eating non compliant foods half way through their whole30 and have to start over. For example check your canned tuna for soy and tea for soy and stevia. Also I would stay away from restaurants during your whole30. Check out the Can I Have post for more frequently asked questions and the Timeline for what to expect during your whole30. You can do it, stay strong and complete it. It's only 30 days. http://whole30.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/.   http://whole30.com/2013/06/the-official-can-i-have-guide-to-the-whole30/.  

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Thank you. That was helpful. I have been looking up some recipes and I liked the site you mentioned, she even had shopping lists for her weekly menu. Will try preparing food well in advance. Read the timeline and will refer to it again as I get going on the 30 days.

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My husband and I will be starting our first Whole30 on March 2nd.  I am really looking forward to this big diet change.  It is way past time for me to grow up and stop eating like a 7 year old!  So, here we go.  Good luck to all!

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Hello ladies,

im going to be starting tomorrow too and am super nervous! i mean, i am definitely looking forward to taking better care of myself and starting to feel better on the inside. this last year has been really stressfull. i'm getting married in May and have been planning my wedding. Don't know about any of you guys but planning a wedding - something i've never done before - is SOOO MUCH WORK! plus i have a full time job. But at the end of January my future mother in law has just been diagnosed with Cancer. We have had to cancel our original wedding and moved it closer to where she lives so hopefully she will be able to make it. Needless to say my health and healthy eating has just gone out of the window. i'm a bit of a comfort eater! Anyway, i hoping to reset my mind and start to feel positive about the future and i thought this would be a good start and a good kick up the backside too!

Good luck everyone!

 

Emma

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Hey! 

 

My husband and I are starting our second Whole30 (though it will be a whole 15 that adds in alcohol - we are going on vacation to aruba on the 15th and wanted to do a reset).  We did our first whole 30 in January and loved it and mostly have stuck with it until the last week or so.  We thought this smaller session would get us back on track, and make us look better on the beach :)

 

Emma - planning a wedding is really stressful without illness involved.  Sending you good vibes!

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My husband and I started today as well. I spent most of my day food shopping and cooking. My biggest challenge for me is right around now (8or 9 pm). The kids are in bed, and my husband and I usually love to put on our shows, drink a glass of wine, and usually have a little snack. We are fine tonight, but I just know as the work week goes on it's gonna be hard to take away that "unwinding". We can do it and WILL do it! Hope everyone else had a great first day!

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Great to know there are others doing this at the same time as I am. Yay! Thanks for commenting on this thread. 
I am a habitual and subconscious snacker and/or I love to chew gum, so it was interesting on this first day to notice when I was missing those things, not because I was hungry between meals but just because they are habits. I did nibble a little while cutting up our dinner salad - just popped an on olive and then a snap pea in my mouth. I'd had a workout and think I'd started getting hungry before dinner was ready. Otherwise I did fine today. Nice to "meet" you all.

Tammy

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Hi ! I also started yesterday. How was your first day?

 

Mine was good, and I feel pretty good today. I am less bloated, but the thing is that I ate way more than I should on Saturday, so that is why I see the difference now!! (which helps to keep going). I know this is just the beginning, and for me the worst moments will come later on days 3-4. Those are key for me (I failed before on those days), so I know that I have to put all the effort to go through the next couple of days.

 

We can do this!!!!

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Hey, everybody!

My husband and I started yesterday as well (first time), nice to know we are not alone. I actually read this whole thread yesterday, but I couldn't remember my log-in information so I couldn't reply. :unsure:

 

Yesterday went great, I pre-cooked a lot of ground meat and made olive oil mayo and tuna salad. Getting up early this morning to make breakfast was rough, but we managed. But now it is 9 a.m. and I am already eyeing my lunch. I don't think this is real hunger, though, I think it is an urge to boredom-eat. I usually snack at my desk almost all day. I'm going to try to hold off until 11.

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My husband and I started today as well. I spent most of my day food shopping and cooking. My biggest challenge for me is right around now (8or 9 pm). The kids are in bed, and my husband and I usually love to put on our shows, drink a glass of wine, and usually have a little snack. We are fine tonight, but I just know as the work week goes on it's gonna be hard to take away that "unwinding". We can do it and WILL do it! Hope everyone else had a great first day!

I don't know if this will feed you wine dragon but you might want to get some champagne glasses and fill them with sparkling water maybe some lemon or lime or even olives. Then you can enjoy each others company while still being compliant. 

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I don't know if this will feed you wine dragon but you might want to get some champagne glasses and fill them with sparkling water maybe some lemon or lime or even olives. Then you can enjoy each others company while still being compliant. 

 

I really like this idea. I was just invited to a friends' house for dinner next weekend and I was already nervous about the "social drinking". I will do that !!! 

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I really like this idea. I was just invited to a friends' house for dinner next weekend and I was already nervous about the "social drinking". I will do that !!! 

I would like to take credit for this but actually I got this idea from The Clothes Make The Girl - Melissa Joulwan. It works perfectly at social events because everyone thinks you are drinking and you can stop all those questions "why aren't you drinking".

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Well, the first 2 days have come and gone.  And they went pretty well I must say.  I made a yummy chicken soup but it was way too spicy for me (trying new things).  Luckily I figured out that adding a little lemon juice made it just mild enough to enjoy.

 

My kids (6 and 8), however, are about to stage a revolute.  I'm sure they believe we have lost our minds.  I have to admit I am enjoying watching them try everything I make.  They are great sports!  They have liked some things but mostly are ending up eating sandwiches for dinner.  They do guarantee me that the meatloaf I make tomorrow night will be a huge hit for them.  Maybe I should double the recipe just in case.  :)

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Day two down. It went fine although I felt a little tired mid afternoon but not sure if it was related to new food plan or something else. Glad all of you are here posting about your experiences too.

That's funny about your kids wanting to revolt, Carie. It's great they are willing to try new things. 

I hope you all are doing well.

I'd made a venison pot roast the other day and shredded the meat up to use this week. We sautéed onions, garlic, zucchini and peppers then threw the meat in at the end to warm it back up. it was so tasty.  Even though it's a bit more cooking then we usually do, I think my husband is enjoying the good food we're eating. I still notice that I sometimes miss my snacks and chewing gum habit but I think that is good to become aware of how "addicted" I was to that.

Onward!

tammy

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So far so good, Bo and I have very mild sugar hangover symptoms but not as bad as I expected (knocks on wood).

 

I did lose my temper a little yesterday with my assistant - a coworker was selling donuts for a fundraiser and stuck her head in my office to let me know. I was about to get away with the simple "nod and smile" but the corporal felt like he had to pipe in with a smarmy "oh, she doesn't eat anything good." The donut dealer nervous-giggled and looked confused, so I explained that I prefer not to eat processed foods. Confusion remained. She asked "is that like ... gluten free?"  I reverted to the nod and smile.

 

But then the Cpl. and his cohort went and bought their boxes o' stuff, and kid felt compelled to put three of them on a plate and come waltzing into my office to wave them under my nose and spout nonsense like "Come on, it won't hurt you, don't make me force feed you, stop being silly, don't make this harder than it has to be...."

 

I snapped.

 

No, I mean literally - I snapped my fingers at him and said (in my rare but fun "cranky old lady" voice) ... "Okay, that is enough! What I do or do not choose to eat is hereby officially no longer your business. OUT!!!" :angry:

 

He left me alone for a few hours, and when he poked his head into my office again I was eating sardines. He started to open his mouth for commentary, and then his little lightbulb glowed and he shook his head and walked away.  Hurray, he can be taught!!!

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Hey, Tammy. My name is Gamma and I'm a snack-addict (Greek Chorus: "Hi, Gamma.")

 

Yeah, I'm totally with you. All day yesterday and all morning today I am sitting at my desk with this odd "I should be eating" feeling that is definitely not hunger. I just usually (oh, who am I kidding, always) have an open bowl of mixed nuts, or a sliced apple, or something right by my keyboard that I mindlessly nibble on throughout the day. I feel like I did when I quit smoking - whenever I am not actively typing, I am not sure what to do with my hands!

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Day 3 down. Yay! Hope everyone is doing well. I did have a bit of a headache today and felt a little tired but not too bad. Had a lovely walk with my husband and our dog this afternoon. The fresh air was nice. I found some organic cashews at the store that were just nuts and sea salt, no oil, so I got those and sprinkled some on my salad. They were yummy.

Hi, Gamma, I totally relate to that. I think for me it's more of keep my mouth busy, rather than hands, so I really notice the lack of doing that. I've been drinking lots of water and Yogi Ginger tea. It seems to help.  :) 

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So far so good. Hubby was sick this morning, upset stomach and "bathroom troubles," so he couldn't eat his breakfast. It must be pretty bad if a sweet potato made him feel nauseated. He just e-mailed me that he is feeling better now, though, and should be able to eat his lunch with no problems.

 

I am SOOO tired. My metabolism is whining like a spoiled three year old "I don't WANT to get energy out of fat and protein, that's HARD! Can't I please just have one little cappucino to give myself a little 'jumpstart' <whimper, stomp, hold my breath> c'mon PLEEEEEEZZE!?!?!?"

And it's a super-slow day at work, too, so the temptation to just nap under my desk is strong. Think it's time to take a nice cold walk around the block B)

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Made it through Day 5. I noticed today that my knees did not feel as stiff. I'd injured one last fall and it is still not completely healed but both knees sometimes feel stiff and get sore. Well today, they do not feel as stiff and I am wondering if that could be from the change in my eating. Carry on.

Cheers

Tammy

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Hey Tammy, that is AWESOME! One of my main reasons for undertaking this quest is the hope that the reduction in systemic inflammation will reduce my chronic joint pain (some from old injuries, some from fibromyalgia). And I do think it's working, at least my old rotator cuff tear doesn't cry out so loudly when I raise my arm above my head anymore. I really hope this is real live inflammation reduction and not just wishful thinking ... so far it seems good!

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We have made it to the end of day 10!  That's 1/3 of the way through.  How is everyone feeling?

 

I go back and forth between feeling really energized and then dog tired.  And I am certainly cranky.  Cooking has been easier so far this week.  I decided to simplify things and make some of my old recipes but with approved ingredients.  Tonight was meatloaf and it was scrumptious. 

 

Here's to the next 10 days!

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