Renee Lee

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  1. it's less that your body needs less time recovering and more that your hormones are more in line with their optimal functions. Your cortisol picks up as the sun rises, just as it's supposed to, and winds down at night to give you a recuperative sleep.
  2. I'm sorry you're struggling! People's tastebuds totally can get burnt out during a W30, and it is the worst feeling. Food should be _enjoyed_, not forced. Usually the cure for this is to find a new, exciting recipe to shake up the meals you're eating. I don't know what sounds great to you, but for me...a new pot roast or roast chicken recipe will get me any time. If it's not food boredom, and more so that you just don't enjoy most of the foods/veggies available to you, I'd recommend you rely on the ones that you enjoy and can eat without gagging...leave the rest behind. All you can eat it is chicken thighs and roast carrots...I'd eat that at every meal. Personally, i could never get sick of eggs, you can always do a billion different things with them, but i do remember being so tired of chicken that i wanted to throw it at the next person to serve me a chicken breast at dinner.
  3. YESSSSSSS. That recipe, without the honey, is PERFECT. So good! i also add a healthy sprinkling of dill. It is fabulous
  4. Additionally, if you DO find out that it's the brown rice, try white instead. The bran and the germ bits that make brown rice brown are the places where you'd find the greatest concentration of potentially problematic proteins. White rice has those things stripped out, so it's usually not a problem for folks post W30 if you enjoy it and if you need a cheap/fast source of carbohydrates
  5. Yeah, i don't think you need to cut back on food quantity, but you've gone far enough in your whole30 that you can probably trust your brain when it's telling you if you are or are not hungry. If you don't feel like eating the avocado, don't force yourself to eat the avocado. Cardio is more of a stressor to your body than strength training. if you're gaining around your midsection and you have some underlying cortisol stuff, cutting out a day of cardio and replacing it with something meditative and restorative like yoga will give you the best bang for your buck. good luck!
  6. Hi there, let me quote for you so others can see the question: So i think it could literally be any of the things that you mentioned. It sounds like you're eating plenty, but the fibromyalgia and the thyroid issues screams that there's underlying inflammation that your W30 didn't resolve. This is pretty typical for folks with diagnosed medical conditions tied to inflammation. Instinct says that you may not see progress for 45 or even 60 days...which is a crappy answer, but sometimes the reality. The fact that you're gaining around your midsection smells like a stress/cortisol thing, but it may not be. Couple of thoughts: 1) Consider pulling out eggs and nightshades for a week or two and see if that makes any difference in your pain. 2) Pull out one of your cardio days and replace it with either low intensity walking and/or yoga for a week or two. Other than those "quick fixes," I think there's enough extra stuff going on (thyroid supp, the fibro, etc) that it's not an easy answer
  7. Ruita, a lot of people use baby food pouches for some on-bike meals. Other things I know folks have done: mixing their own goos with mashed sweet taters, apples or bananas and some cinnamon.
  8. Hi Eva, Before I answer your question, I would ask you to first reframe your intro statements. You talk about your body holding onto weight, you have 30lbs of weight to lose, your first whole30 was successful in weight loss, etc. "Weight" and "fat" aren't the same things, even though we often use them interchangeably. High intensity interval training is VERY good for fat loss. VERY! However, most of those programs happen to also be high volume, which encourages muscle growth. In my opinion, those are both great qualities, but somebody whose sights are focused solely on what the scale says, probably wouldn't agree. This is why we require you to get off the scale during your Whole30. So many other things are going on...and if you're getting fitter, it's completely possible that you could weigh the same at the beginning and end of your Whole30, while totally changing your body comp and proportions. So reframe what you're actually looking to do, NOT using the number on the scale...because it's not giving you a clear picture. HIIT 3x a week sounds great, but make sure you're eating a bunch of starchy veggies after you're done. HIIT's really easy to overdo and if you're under fueling, you'll notice (and stall out)
  9. huh, that's weird. http://whole9life.com/2011/09/whole9-health-equation/ how about this one?
  10. Hi Alison, unfortunately this is as far from a one size fits all answer as you can possibly get. The best answer I can give you is, "Maybe." Here's Whole9's article on the Health Equation. http://whole9life.com/2011/09/whole9-health-equation/ It's totally possible that you have a ton in your recovery tank to support your activity...but I know that 5 hours of cardio per week, plus lifting, would be way too much for me. Good luck!
  11. frozen grapes or a banana mash are better choices than dates, if you're committed to having fruit instead of sweet potato. grapes and bananas are lower in fructose than most other fruits, so they're a much better choice for refueling during a long effort like a marathon. Additionally, the middle of a Whole30 is a really rough time for endurance runners. Please keep this in mind and don't use your results as a huge marker of training progress. You're totally messing with the fuel your body is used to on this Whole30, so it's very common for your legs to feel like lead, etc. Your body will get used it soon, just make sure you EAT and hang in there. Don't despair!
  12. My opinion here is that this doesn't make you healthier, but it may make your life otherwise enjoyable. Alcohol doesn't make us healthier either, but provided you don't imbibe during a W30, we support the occasional cocktail when desired. I'd keep away from the stogies until you're done with your last 7 days, then make the decision when the opportunity arises.
  13. Totally. I just wanted to make it clear for any newbies popping into this thread. For stress, try some yoga or meditation maybe? Really evaluate your life and figure out if there's anything causing you stress that you can dump. I had to draw a hard line in the sand at my office recently, because I couldn't handle the long hours plus the long commute. Obviously stuff like that isn't that simple for everybody, but something as simple as squeezing in a 30 min hike in the woods can do wonders
  14. yep, this is definitely possible. nuts can be inflammatory for some folks. I know more people that have had gut reactions to nuts than i do folks with joint/muscular issues...but this isn't out of the realm of possibility.
  15. Could it be a fat you're using to prepare things that has gone rancid? I've had a similar problem with mayo. Not rotten, per se...just...off. Other than that, I'm not sure. Could be just a weird taste bud phase. Try changing up the amount of spice you're using on foods? either more or less.