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  • Whole30, is it worth it?

    I was just wondering if anyone had tried the whole30?

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    I do see the point if you're eating grains and stuff, but if you've been primal for 6 months, will I notice a difference? I do eat some suger in my 86% chocolate and I'm a bit on and off dairy. So I'm not 100% primal, do the extra restrictions make a big difference or is it better to take it more relaxed like I do?
    It turns out that common sense is not as common as we thought.

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    W30 helps tremendously with compliance, I feel. So, yes, worth it!
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    • #3
      Depends on your goals...

      - if your goal is fat loss, you *may* lose a pound more per week than what you're currently experiencing. If you've stalled, it may do so via reduction of fat (since dairy isn't allowed)
      - if your goal is to conquer one final craving, or to get over a certain crutch-food, it will certainly help here.
      - if you want to mess with yourself and prove you can do something as 'out there' as this, it's worth it. If you ever say "I can't live without..." then this is for you.

      I did it, after 14 days I was thoroughly bored because I found it too easy to do. When you're accustomed to eating mostly two meals a day whole30 is just boring. I lost about 6lbs (and got to my lowest ever at 143lbs) but the whole thing came back on me cus I was all "OMG BUTTER AND CREAM YAYYY" so it's not too sustainable an approach for myself. Many people here 'live' whole30 style, so if you could see yourself doing so then have at it.
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      • #4
        take the relaxed approach until you get stuck. Whole 30 led me to MDA and PB and eventually my own bastardization of fitness and nutrition. I think PB lifestyle is a more comprehensive approach to health than whole 30, which seems to be a singular component.
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        • #5
          Whole30 is pretty popular around here, whether it's worth it or not comes down mostly to why.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
            but the whole thing came back on me cus I was all "OMG BUTTER AND CREAM YAYYY" so it's not too sustainable an approach for myself.
            Story of my life, lol.
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            • #7
              I'm probably one of the few people who regret doing it. I had already been grain/legume free for months but still eating a small amount of dairy.

              I felt like giving it a whirl to see if it jolted my weightloss (which was already still going) or made me feel remarkably different.

              Neither one occurred and it actually was a really rough month. Going dairy-free meant I also had to ditch coffee because I won't drink it w/o cream so times were tough! ;-)

              The reason I regret doing it was a felt very restricted on it and it made me more obsessive about things I wasn't obsessing about before.

              Anyway, it's definitely different for everyone but if you're already chugging along quite well, don't feel the need to punish yourself.

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              • #8
                Thanks for replies, I think I will try it for a while, maybe not the whole 30 days, but think I need to get my chocolate and dairy down a bit. Been a bit lazy and slipping a bit the last months. Think I have gained some weight when I started with dairy this summer. But I'm thinking a bit more from a health/energy point of view. The whole reset button thing. Will some cheating really mess it all up? Kinda tired so a bit rambly reply but hope you get the point.
                It turns out that common sense is not as common as we thought.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Hilde View Post
                  Thanks for replies, I think I will try it for a while, maybe not the whole 30 days, but think I need to get my chocolate and dairy down a bit. Been a bit lazy and slipping a bit the last months. Think I have gained some weight when I started with dairy this summer. But I'm thinking a bit more from a health/energy point of view. The whole reset button thing. Will some cheating really mess it all up? Kinda tired so a bit rambly reply but hope you get the point.
                  Something like the Leptin Reset might be more along the lines of what you're trying to achieve here. Just a thought.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                    Something like the Leptin Reset might be more along the lines of what you're trying to achieve here. Just a thought.
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                    • #11
                      Yeah, I've been reading a bit about the Leptin Reset thing and I am considering it, but I do have a few problems. You have to eat 50 grams of protein when you wake up right? I have this problem where I get really nauseas/burning feeling in my stomach and troath if I eat before 1 pm and after 7 pm. when I do a really stict IF it gets a lot better. Do anyone know why? Should I still try the Leptin Reset and hope I can manage the nausea/burning feeling in my stomach and troath?
                      It turns out that common sense is not as common as we thought.

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                      • #12
                        I think it can provide insight into how different foods affect you and you might be surprised. For me it was dairy, for others it might be nightshades. It not being necessary there's no penalty for failing so why not give it a shot?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Hilde View Post
                          Yeah, I've been reading a bit about the Leptin Reset thing and I am considering it, but I do have a few problems. You have to eat 50 grams of protein when you wake up right? I have this problem where I get really nauseas/burning feeling in my stomach and troath if I eat before 1 pm and after 7 pm. when I do a really stict IF it gets a lot better. Do anyone know why? Should I still try the Leptin Reset and hope I can manage the nausea/burning feeling in my stomach and troath?
                          sounds kinda like reflux. Cut dairy? When I had reflux issues, acidophilus tablets really helped.
                          --Trish (Bork)
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by McChunky View Post
                            The reason I regret doing it was a felt very restricted on it and it made me more obsessive about things I wasn't obsessing about before.

                            Anyway, it's definitely different for everyone but if you're already chugging along quite well, don't feel the need to punish yourself.
                            I'd say this is a great reason for anyone who has an eating disorder past (not saying you do McChunky--your name is cracking me up) to NOT do whole30. For me, doing whole30, while quite informative about how specific foods impacted me, also resurrected my guilt-food associations, and led to a resurgance of my old bulimia behaviors. So, for those that have that kind of food baggage, I'd say tread carefully. (FWIW, I am dairy free, was already quite strict about my diet for over a year b/4 trying a whole30, BUT the guilt/you are a failure if you 'fall into' something not whole30 approved kind of lingo on their site really brought me back to my eating disorder thinking. For me personally, the idea of 80/20 (even though I was typically sticking to 95/5, NO gluten, NO dairy, NO soy, etc etc etc) is just better than thinking 'count these 30 days and if you screw up at all you are a FAILURE'.

                            OTOH, I have found elimination diets EXTREMELY helpful in my own life, and have utilized them since first learning about my son's food intolerance issues years ago. I would recommend dropping various foods strictly from one's diet to learn more about food intolerances, if you suspect you might be dealing with them (and I personally have avoided specific foods/food groups for YEARS w/ no problem, in the name of health, and felt benefits because of it). For me its the guilt association w/ the whole30 that was the issue. (But, I have a long biochemical and emotional baggage laden relationship w/ food.)

                            Anyway, guess what I'm trying to say is, it depends.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Hilde View Post
                              Yeah, I've been reading a bit about the Leptin Reset thing and I am considering it, but I do have a few problems. You have to eat 50 grams of protein when you wake up right? I have this problem where I get really nauseas/burning feeling in my stomach and troath if I eat before 1 pm and after 7 pm. when I do a really stict IF it gets a lot better. Do anyone know why? Should I still try the Leptin Reset and hope I can manage the nausea/burning feeling in my stomach and troath?
                              I was intriqued by the Leptin Reset thing too, until I read that first rule about eating within 30 minutes of waking - that ain't gonna happen. I can't even think about food until I've been up for several hours. I wonder if it would work anyway, only skipping that first step?

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