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My Whole 30 v2.0

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Hello fellow whole 30'ers!


I will be starting my second attempt at the Whole 30 beginning June 1st.  I'm returning from my wedding and honeymoon and will be building my key to success over the next couple of weeks: preparation!


Just picked up the new Whole 30 book after reading the sample on my Kindle during my honeymoon (I'm such a romantic!!)  :wub:  I was really impressed with how densely detailed the book is and I can't wait to dive in!


My first run at the Whole 30 lasted 6 days before I succumbed to headaches and threw in the towel. Luckily, I recently saw a 20-min talk by Melissa addressing stress. This has been my pitfall over and over! Planning for responding to chronic stress is part of my preparation to make this W30 successful.


My Goals:

  • reduce headaches and neck/shoulder inflammation
  • improve appearance of keratosis pilaris
  • discover which foods aggravate my body. I had been considering a food allergy/intolerance test, but an elimination diet makes as much sense!
  • lose excess weight I've been struggling with. I've been doing Beachbody workout programs for over a year & have been counting and logging my food only to yo-yo the same 5 measly pounds! Melissa talked about taking intensity out of the exercise equation. Something to think about...


Side bar:

Has anyone read and found any of these books helpful?



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I haven't read those particular books, so I can't say for sure about their recipes -- but the big difference, most of the time, between general Paleo and Whole30 is that Whole30 is more restrictive -- many people use honey or other sweeteners in their paleo diet, some of them even allow dairy in small amounts, and most of them have SWYPO recipes for things like pancakes, muffins, and other baked goods. So if you use those books, they may have some recipes you can use, but definitely pay attention to those things.


The new Whole30 book has a ton of recipes, and while I haven't made any of them yet, they're getting good reviews here on the forum. If you want more recipes, Well Fed and Well Fed 2 from Melissa Joulwan of The Clothes Make The Girl are both 99% compliant -- each has one or two recipes that are not, but they're pretty clearly marked. 


Obviously, I can't say for sure why you had headaches on your first W30, but some common mistakes people make that make it hard for them to stick to the program are not eating at least one serving of a starchy vegetable every day (more if you're active, prone to depression or anxiety, or in the week leading up to your period), not salting their food, not getting enough water (1/2 oz per pound of body weight, so if you weigh 120 lbs, drink at least 60 oz of water), and just generally not eating enough. I would encourage you to keep a log here of what you eat each day, so that if you do have any problems, someone can take a look and maybe help you figure out any tweaks that might help.

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THANK YOU, Shannon!


Great idea about keeping the food log for troubleshooting purposes, I'll plan to do that in the "Your Whole 30 Log" thread.


I also especially appreciate the feedback about the starchy veggies and when I might need more (I had never thought about it in relation to a propensity toward depression or anxiety - interesting!)


I appreciate your time & feedback,



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