Starting the Whole30 program today, wish me luck!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

You will LOVE how you feel!  Just keep in mind every time you are tempted, that the results in the end will be worth it!!!  DH and I felt fantastic when we finished Whole30.  It was a great experience and we (well, mainly me) learned how to cook with foods that I normally don’t consider. 

I found that in week 2 I started to get a serious craving for something crunchy….and oddly enough I started to crave coleslaw, which is sooo not my favorite food.  First I thought I couldn’t have it, but did some research and found that I could make my own mayo and it would be Whole30 compliant.  To this day, I still make my own mayo.  Probably my favorite thing I learned from doing Whole30!

I don’t know if you’ve read It Starts With Food, but I read it before starting Whole30 and so glad I did.  In it, they talk about the energy surge you’ll get towards the end of week 2.  They aren’t lying.  You’ll feel like a million bucks!

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Newbee

Stay strong and don’t cheat! Make sure you eat enough food and bring snacks with you. Try hot tea after dinner to calm cravings. Do not exercise unless it’s super low intensity. For me, I was exhausted week 2. Make sure you eat healthy fats, avocado, coconut oil, etc. Paleomg, Against All Grains are great websites and Pinterest has good recipes too. I lost 8 pounds in 30 days, my skin cleared up and I slept so much better.  I didn’t clean out my kitchen before hand so I’m only on it about 75% now to get through the pantry stores but I am going back on it 40 days before my engagement pics to cut the bloat and clear my skin up. Even when you are done with the 30 days I think it makes you so much more conscious of what you put in your body, more so than any other diet I’ve done.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@jennmariee:  

Good luck!  Glad I inspired you to try it.  You were right to put it off until your social engagements were over.

Here’s what I’ve noticed, with the bad stuff first so then we can finish with the good stuff (sorry for the detail but hopefully it’ll help you know what to expect).

Bad/annoying: 

>I’m sleepy all the time – haven’t experienced the surge of energy everyone keeps talking about, yet.  One thing my coworker pointed out – I have a tendency to go through the day with very little natural sugar (e.g. eat eggs and tomatoes for breakfast, than have a salad with grilled chicken.)  So I’ve been trying to include fruit and sweet potatoes to address that because it can contribute to the sleepiness.

>I obviously wasn’t as ‘regular’ as I normally was although this was not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be

>A bit of stomach pain/gas although this was pretty minor and no worse than when I eat normally.

The good:

In week one my PMS symptoms got way better.  It was insane.  In week two…well you know what normally follows PMS…let’s just say it hasn’t sucked nearlly as much as it normally does. The only thing I can think of is that it must be due to the reduction in soy.

By the end of week one I could fit a dress I haven’t fit into for 2 years – a non-stretch black silk Helmut Lang number.

I’m sleeping really, really well.

Also feeling sharper and more focused at work.

So despite not feeling the surge of energy everyone talks about, I’m feeling pretty good and happy. 

Other observations:

I’m getting a bit bored with food (probably need to find an alternative to salad every day for lunch.)

It’s really, really hard to find stuff that doesn’t have soy or some type of sugar.

My taste/palate is changing.  Cherries are sickeningly sweet.

I don’t miss pastries as much as I thought I would but man, I miss oatmeal. Breakfast is by far the most difficult for me on this!

Please keep me updated on your progress!

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Good luck. 135 is my goal weight. I’m 12 above that.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@jennmariee:  Yes, it is SO hard to eat out and impossible to find treats like bacon.

I sound like I’m whining, huh?  Also as crazy as this is, I may stretch this out longer than 30 days.  My reception is on the 20th and I don’t want to gain any weight back

I know what you mean about ‘meat fatique.’  For me, it’s eggs.  I’m sooo sick of eggs!

Day 13 means you’re nearly half way there!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Can someone give me some information on the Whole30?

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

What is the whole 30??  I desperately need to lose some weight but I was off work this summer and only ended up gaining weight.  I haven’t been over 150 since university.  I typically sit comfortable around 140/145 and am a size 6/8 depending on the brand. 

Earlier this year I went thru some crazy stress/anxiety and lost 20 pounds in 2 weeks and was down to 130 but felt so sick constantly bc I obviously didn’t lost it in a healthy way… I just basically starved for 2 weeks bc I couldn’t stomach food.

Well after the anxiety dissipated, I over compensated and gained all the weight back.  The last time I weighed myself, maybe a week or 2 ago i was 149.7 or decimal something…. I refuse to weigh myself right now bc I’m sure I’ve crossed to 150 and I don’t accept that.  I KNOW I will lose it when I move out of my parents basement (hopefully within the next several weeks) and once I get into a routine again.  I’m starting back to school next week for the first time in 8 years, but I’m excited for the routine…

 

The whole 30… I keep seeing this on the Bee and curious about it?  Can anyone explain the basics?

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

nm, I just saw PP’s link!  Thanks!   And I am eating Ringolos as I write this… clearly not as strong of will power as I should have right now.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Ok so just read up on it… sounds do-able but I have a wedding next weekend that I think I’ll wait til that’s over to give this a try.  And if I’m thinking of the right date, that times it so the 30 days should be over just in time for Thanksgiving…. I WILL eat potatoes on Thanksgiving! 

I’m in Canada and our TG is mid october!

Question – can you eat salt/pepper?  I’m thinking most veggies I like to put some salt on them (I hate most vegetables, but I’ll eat them with salt or seasoning)

Is there a limit on spices?  What about salad dressings and things like chicken stock?  I have a bunch of single serving homemade veggie soups in my freezer that are made with vegetable stock… are those no good for the whole 30 bc of that?

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MrsPhilly:  you can have salt and pepper.  For salad dressings you have to make sure they don’t have hidden sugar (artificial or real) or soy, which many do. 

Did you use an artificial vegetable stock or one made from scratch. Made from scratch should be ok as long as there is no soy, sugar or dairy.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@canuckandakiwi:  ah no they’re all artificial… I’m a fussy eater so I made a bunch of different veggie soups that were all puree’d and froze them so they’re my work lunches etc.  The only processed ingredient is the stock… damn.  I guess i won’t be able to use them during the 30 days

 

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