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Kerbi - you are doing amazing! 

 

I have so little going on that this is the best time to concentrate on this Whole 30 plan.  It has been a tough week.  Tired of all the cooking and I really just want to have some bread.  It is not really a craving as I am just tired of what I have been eating.  So I have taken you all's advice and upped the fat and protein which keeps me full and reduces the desire to eat anything.  That and drinking ALOT of water.  I feel like I live in the bathroom right now!  LOL  TMI

 

At least we finally got confirmation that my daughter made her elite lacrosse team for next Summer.  She has been driving me nuts since try outs.  Looking forward to another summer of traveling to tournaments! 

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Looking forward to watching Fed Up this weekend. I asked my husband to find it, and for some reason, I kept insisting the name of the documentary was Well Fed...LOL

 

Also I wanted to ask you guys, who have had issues with headaches before, if the program has helped in that area any. I get headaches almost daily. Up until a few months ago, I didn't realize they were actually migraines. I saw my OB-GYN for my annual exam, and told her about the frequent headaches and the sensations I feel, and she said they might be due to the dosage of my birth control pills. So she changed them to a lower dosage; and although the intensity is a lower, they are still a pain. I was hoping that the cause of them might be a little bit due to my poor food choices, but doesn't seem so. It's been the same frequency before and after starting Whole30. She wants me to test it out by getting off the pill for a month and seeing if the headaches still come. So we'll see...

 

Other than that, I think the biggest change I've experienced with Whole 30 to date has to do with my stomach issues. I've never been officially diagnosed with IBS, but I'm pretty sure that's what I have. It would be so embarrasing having to excuse myself in the middle of a one-on-one meeting with my boss; or my stomach making the loudest noise in the middle of a meeting; or having to go to the bathroom in the middle of a meal (especially more embarrasing when you're out with friends or worse at their house). The first 2 items have definitely improved; and I've yet to test out the 3rd.

 

My bloating and energy levels fluctuate. Some days, I feel pretty good and smaller; and other days, the sloth feeling comes back.

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Flora123 - I had horrific migraines every single month (exact same three days of my cycle) the entire time I was on birth control.  It was ruining my life and finally my husband took pity on me and got a vascectomy (he called it open-crotch surgery, LOL!).  Once I eventually was able to come off the pill, the headaches went away almost immediately.  I was on Marvelon for the BC....I think that's what it was.

 

Then....I recently started Whole30....and for the first 15 days I had a horrible headache that came and went between migraine and a plain vicious headache.  Horrid.  Finally yesterday I started to pull out of it and while I feel it still lingering there at the edges, I hope I'm through it and just have to deal with the headache hangover.

 

(incidentally I missed work NEVER with the migraines for 4 years because I knew I couldn't take three days off every month.  The mere fact that I did not miss work led every doctor (and boss/coworker) to tell me that I wasn't having "real" migraines because I wouldn't be at work if I did and my original doctor refused to give me migraine meds for it.)

 

I hope you can find a way out of the headaches...they're truly brutal and debilitating and depressing and I'm so sorry you're suffering!

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Flora123 - I had very bad migraines on a weekly basis for many years.  I tried several different forms of the pill and most of them made my headaches worse.  Last March (as in March 2013) I got an IUD (Mirena) and now my migraines are about one every 2-3 months.  It was a miracle.  However, even those were horrible, so I hoped this would help with the migraines.  The first week, they got MUCH worse, but I feel like I'm evening out a little.  Haven't had a headache in two weeks!  BUT I'm still waiting to see if it's a long term thing.

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Flora123 - I have horrible migraines - sometimes daily, I take topamax, Botox and something else just to control them. I have found them to be subsiding during this (although had two in the past week). I had the newer iud put in in June bc I hate the pill and this iud was chosen specifically keeping my migraines in mind (my ob and neurologist spoke and that's what they came up with, it's called skyla).

My ibs is better as well and that is also severe, I take some major drug for that too (and the drug is a miracle drug) But food choices always affect that. Ibs and migraines are connected but hormonal migraines are significantly more intense. I also have crohns though so it's hard to know where the ibs ends and the crohns begins

This diet has worked well for all my crazy symptoms

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I also had migraines from birth control.   After my daughter was born, I went ahead and got an IUD.  I highly recommend ParaGuard.  There are no hormones at all (unlike Skyla and Morena) and it can stay in place for up to 10 years.

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Quiet in here today, hope everyone is doing ok!  I am bloaty due to the time of the month.  Going to a BYOB/BYOSnacks fundraiser with good friends on Saturday so I am planning my strategy out.  As of right now I am thinking kombucha or coconut water, and maybe olives and jicama with lime and salt. 

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I'm bloaty again too heather for the same reason...which also probably explains my weak moments over the last couple of days and my complete inability to stop thinking about creme patisserie filled brioche!

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Hey everybody! Still keeping things compliant here! This morning I had my health screening for work... Kind of excited to see if my numbers have changed much... Not that they would change significantly in under 3 weeks but you never know!

My newest discovery is chai tea mixed with coconut milk... Mmm it kinda tastes like a chai latte or that's what I'm telling myself anyway!

Just on my way out the door at work but I will check in later!

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My cravings are out of control.  I have held strong but I am so eager for non-compliant food.  Pretty much everything I see, I want.  I am tired of compliant food.  I feel like I am counting down the days for a big glass of wine and some movie theater popcorn. 

 

It's frustrating because I still don't feel that different physically or emotionally.  I just keep hoping that things will fall in place and I will get to the tiger blood phase.  I am started to get worried that I won't feel it and it will be suggested that I keep going until I feel it.  It's maybe not the best logic, but it will be really hard for me to maintain habits close to the Whole30 or paleo if I am not feeling a difference.

 

Sigh.  It feels really hard to be patient right now.

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Well,I finally had a super challenging day and I made it through. No school today, so decided to take my daughter and her friend to the mall and movies. Two days ago, my daughter's iPhone stopped picking up a signal. Worked somewhat if connected to wifi, but not otherwise. Major issue for a teenage girl!

So I figured we would swing by Verizon. They tried to fix it, but it didn't work. They suggested going to the Apple store. They were very crowded. So after 2 hours, we finally left with a new phone - at least it was free since we were still under warranty. However, not we were cutting it very close for the movies and no time to get something to eat.

I am so glad I packed emergency snacks in the bag! Lunch consisted of macadamia nuts and a larabar.

However, considering, I was very surprised that this with water really held me over till I made dinner. Which was just a quick hamburger over salad greens with avocado and a handful of raspberries to end the meal.

I am really surprised how my body reacted to this unplanned afternoon. It was nice to not have a sugar drop. If nothing else that should teach me something.

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I have a bit of a different feeling about Tiger Blood and I think that the Hartwigs might've discussed this but I can't find the article right now. I think sometimes people are doing the Whole30 and expecting the Tiger Blood experience to make them feel like a different person. I really think that the whole Tiger Blood thing is more about feeling like yourself and less about feeling like a wild animal that is able to conquer All The Things.

For me, I think I'm in Tiger Blood stage....but all it means for me is that my mood is balanced, my energy is consistent from morning until night, my sleep is between decent and awesome, I'm able to let small stressors roll off my back because my body isn't overworked dealing with booze and sugar. I feel......good. Stable. Consistent. Balanced. Well.

I still don't overly want to race out into the dark morning (or evening at this point) and run 10km, I would still rather sip tea on the couch at the end of the day and watch PVR with my husband. I'm still just me.....but I feel better...and the "better" is only noticeable because of the enormous bag of crap I was feeling like...but didn't even notice.

I would probably make the same suggestions to those having unchecked cravings.....get out the fat and start eating...the more protein and fat that you eat, the less room there is for cravings. Or post your food plan and ask for help from a moderator, it could be a really simple little fix that gets you over the hump into good-better-best.

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I felt the same at this time in my first whole30...desperate for bread, chocolate, a tin of pop, an easy carby meal...to just be normal and eat normal food!

I think it's the body and brain's last scream for what we have cut out. Plus, trust me, most if the things you are craving will not taste as you are thinking they will. Chocolate tastes like bland paste to me now (though bread, real crusty fresh bread...that is still wonderful !).

Hold on and I too don't think tiger blood is becoming a superwoman, rather feeling fabulous in your own skin, sleeping well, waking early without an alarm and smiling at the world again x

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Part of what I am trying to do is recondition my brain to what is "normal" for my body - as in what is best for it - and not what is normal as defined by the food industry. This journey has been a true educational experience and I am glad that I have taken on this challenge.

Watching Well Fed at this time was perfect as it really helped to hone in what is going on in the food industry to challenge me. It is really sticking with me and makes me sad that I bought into it for so long. I have to go back to cooking from scratch like our grandparents did.

After 2 weeks on the whole 30 plan, I canceled my weight watchers membership. I have been on and off weight watchers for 40 years. I started at the age of 11. Some years I would have great success, but the weight always came back and added more. Doing this plan has shown me why I have failed at ww for all those years. The processed food need to be eliminated and the reduction of fat to such low levels contributed to my eating more sugar which just created a terrible cycle. This also explains how I struggled to even lose a pound or two no matter how exactly I followed the plan.

I know that we are not supposed to weigh ourselves during this 30 days, but I was feeling different and I needed to know. I have lost more weight in the past 20 days than I have lost in 4 months on ww. My body is really taking to this program.

I feel good, less pain which makes me want to do more things. Allof this is leading to a happier person. So even if this is not Tiger Blood, it is a wonderful feeling that encourages me to continue.

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That's brilliant laxmom63 ;)

My mother is adamant ww is the best way. Her argument is that a friend if hers has lost weight 3 times using it...she doesn't think about the fact that she has put it all back in again twice!

This truly is the best for weight, skin, nails, sleep...not to mention feeling so much cleaner and in control x

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Good morning everyone - 

 

Wow - what a great group! It is so motivating to read other people's insights into what this journey is about for them. For me, I have also been on WW on and off for the last 11 years and have had success, but then gain it all back. I am finding that my body feels so much better when I eat this way. I am fortunate in that I don't have any major illnesses or aches and pains, but I just know my mental clarity is much improved when I eat this way. Yes, weight loss is a great side effect, but I'm trying not to focus on that as my primary reason for doing this. I have not seen "Fed Up" yet, but I'm thinking I will try to track it down this weekend. If it's anything like Food, Inc. from a few years ago, I'm sure it will be good and give me even more motivation to stay the course!

 

On another note, today is my birthday and the "old" me would like nothing more than to get a good bottle of wine and a big piece of carrot cake to celebrate. But after reading everyone's posts from the last few days, I'm going to stay strong and celebrate sometime after this is done. I'm looking at this whole 30 as a present to me for better health. Have a great day everyone! 

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Happy birthday Jill ;) I'd do some pampering instead...a hair cut or facial. My mother has cut my hair for years but now, for the first time in about 10 years, I'm thinking I may treat myself to a proper salon haircut! We are worth it xx

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Happy Birthday, Jill!!

 

Thanks everyone for their feedback regarding the migraines/headaches and birth control pills. I was planning on finishing out my current pack and then doing the 1-month test going off of them. But yesterday after waking up with a monstrous headache (not a great way to start a workday), I couldn't take it anymore. So I'm stopping mid-pack now and see how the next few weeks go. So far this morning, no headache.

 

Overdue shopping trip tomorrow. I've been eating hotdogs, tomato, nuts, and fruit for the past 2 dinners and for today's breakfast. Tonight I'm going to check out Whole Foods - I think I saw they make one of NomNomPaleo's recipes as part of their hot bar.

 

Speaking of shopping, how has this program been affecting budgets? I find that this is more expensive than how I used to eat. I totally get that this is like an investment to my health for the long-term; but money gets tight, you know? Do people have tips on how to eat Whole30 on a budget?

 

I appreciate the insight regarding Tiger Blood. I mean, just the name suggests some super-power energy. But I stop and consider the differences from before Whole30, it makes sense. For example, I don't immediately have to go to bed right after dinner; I'm waking up earlier; I've been functioning without coffee for about 4 weeks now; I haven't had weekend naps in a while.

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Happy Birthday, Jill  - Celebrate in a compliant way! 

 

I totally agree with you on doing this to improve how you feel.  I started this journey not just to lose weight (of course I was hoping that would happen), but to improve how I was feeling.  My last blood test showed that I have (had I hope it is in the past) elevated blood sugar.  I was to try to control this with diet and have it retested in 3 months. 

 

In addition, I was having a lot of physical pain.  Mostly in my back.  It had gotten to a point that even standing for more than a few minutes caused a lot of pain.  I was taking aleve every day and more than the recommended dose of OTC pain killers with no good effect.  I had requested meds from my Dr., but she only gave me a limited supply and they helped reduce the pain so I could rest, but did not make me functional. 

 

As a result, I was moving less and less - doing what I could to at least not gain any more weight.  In addition, this was really impacting my ability to go out with my daughter and do fun things.  I want to take her places like amusement parks and the beach, but when I have to sit every 5 minutes, it was something I was avoiding.  This is not the life I want to live. 

 

The Dr would say that I need to just lose weight as it was all muscular and that is what is needed.  More pills were not going to make it better. 

 

So, I have been looking for the "right" thing for me for over the past year.  I have studied what other families that do not have weight issues are doing.  I have listened to my girlfriend that has survived 2 rounds of breast cancer on how she revamped her diet.  I have put serious consideration into what I can honestly do and work with. 

 

I saw a Woman's World Magazine - which always had a cover story about someone that has lost more than 100 lbs on the cover.  For some reason, I decided to buy this one, this time.  Last time I purchased that magazine was at least 4-5 years ago.  I very rarely purchase magazines at the check out. 

 

She talked about her pain issues and migraines and her quest to find a solution.  Her quest came down to making major changes to her diet - and when speaking with a friend, her friend showed her how the Whole 30 was similar to what the specialist recommended. 

 

After reading her results - especially about the reduced pain - I decided this was worth a try and ordered the book and started my research. 

 

I saw that it contained many of the recommendations that I have heard during my quest.  And I am committed to this. 

 

Within one week, I was in a lot less pain.  Now 20 days in, I have not taken any OTC pain meds in the past 5 days.  I know this is doing my liver a lot of good.  I can feel the difference in my blood sugar.  No quick drops to the hangry point (hungry + angry). 

 

The weight is starting to come off - first time in a very long time that I am moving in the right direction. 

 

The best part is that I can walk the mall without my back seizing up and I want to go more places and do things.  I am less out of breath as I am not breathing hard due to the pain. 

 

I am booking a trip to NYC to see a couple of shows and spend the day walking around the city - I was dreading to do this trip considering how I was feeling just 3 weeks ago (but really wanted to do it).  Now I am looking forward to doing this trip with my daughter and know we will have a great time. 

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Flora123 - at first this really killed my budget as I needed to stock up on the foods we need to make sure we have the tools for success. 

 

I stocked up on good quality beef and meats and nuts along with the almond and coconut flowers, etc. 

 

But this past week, I only had to order the non-perishables and it was a bit better than what I had paid for a weeks worth of groceries in the past. 

 

I feel like it is evening out, but I also look at what I will probably save in meds that can now be added into my grocery budget.  :-)

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