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First time poster looking for some feedback/discussion on supposedly inflammatory foods. My dear mother sent me this link today that apparently lists these foods that cause people to have inflammation.


Apparently it's all part of this diet called "The Plan". I wouldn't have even given this a second thought but I'm 10 days into the Whole30 and I still feel like crap so I'm just wondering if there is anything to this. I'm probably just one of those people who needs more time to see benefits. I dunno..

Thoughts? Comments?

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Maybe you just need more time, but we could assess if there are any adjustments you might need to make if you shared a food log.

The list of "reactive/inflammatory foods" is a load of crap in my opinion. The Whole30 is a true soothing (opposite of inflammatory) diet, but I am biased having eaten this way for 2.5 years with happy results.

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Thanks Tom. Here's what I have eaten the last three days:


Breakfast: 2 chicken sausages

Lunch: Chicken breast with broccoli/cauliflower/carrots and a small handful of strawberries

Dinner: Beef Stew (Stew meat, carrots, onions, vegetable broth), avocado, sweet potato, and Kombucha to drink.


Breakfast: 3 eggs, avocado, salsa (NOTE: About 30 minutes after breakfast I got really, really sleepy)

Lunch: Salad, Grass-Fed Steak. Salad consisted of spinach, sun dried tomatoes, walnuts (raw), coconut flakes (unsweetened, no additives), blueberries, carrots, broccoli and Balsamic dressing (sulfite free of course). Also used a bit of a pesto sauce on the steak (Fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, walnuts)

Dinner: Chicken Curry (Chicken, Red Curry Paste, Peppers, Onions, Coconut Milk). Kombucha to drink.


Breakfast: Steak,small handful of walnuts, and a kiwi.

Lunch: Leftover Chicken Curry, salad (same as the day before).

Snack: 2 Hard boiled eggs with Mayo (whole30 mayo)

Dinner: Salmon, vegetables and ghee. Kombucha to drink.

I do take great care in making sure that everything I consume is Whole30 approved.


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What you are eating looks pretty good. You are getting protein nicely at breakfast, but you could use some veggies to go with that steak, sausage, etc. at your first meal. I think this food would support feeling good. The only other things food-wise I wonder about is whether you are eating enough so that you don't feel hungry and drinking plenty of water. If all those bases are covered, I am afraid it may just be a waiting game for you. Personally, I felt kind of crappy until almost day 14 and then I started feeling really good.

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Thanks for the replies. I will try incorporating more cooked veggies at breakfast. That's always a tough time to get them in.

Tom, you mention not eating enough. I always struggle with that as I'm not sure how much is enough for me. I'm a big guy (6'4", 280) but like a lot of folks on here I am trying to lose weight with this program as well as get healthier (feeling better is #1 for me though) so I think I tend to worry a little bit about eating too much. I've done Paleo in the past and after losing the water weight at the beginning I never really lost anything. (But I do realize this is a lot different than Paleo). I'm hoping things will be different this time.

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GAH! you're 6'4 and only eating 3 eggs and/or 2 chicken sausages for breakfast?!

I understand that you are doing this to lose weight, but M&D have gentle weight loss already built into the guidelines. Do NOT try to outsmart the program or the guidelines.

1-2 palms of protein per meal. Your palm is bigger than mine (i'm sure), so it scales automatically based on your size.

Fill the rest of your plate with veggies.

As many eggs for breakfast as you can fit in your hand.


Are you active? 6'4", 280...if you're lifting heavy regularly, you're pretty close to a healthy weight. Maybe add in some heavy lifting 2-3x a week and replace some of that fat with muscle?

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<sheepish>Um..I have small hands? :)

I can probably fit 5 eggs in my end for breakfast, so I get your point. I will add more food.

I am somewhat active in that I'll do cardio intervals 3-5 times a week. I try to keep my workouts between 20 and 30 minutes. I was lifting but I hurt my wrist last month so weights are out for a bit. I definitely do not over do it though (at least intensity wise). I can honestly say I am nowhere near a healthy weight (or at least body composition). I have at least 40 lbs of fat to lose.

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