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  1. That makes perfect sense. Phew!
  2. What?! I don't think "stroke" and "heartrate" and consider it positive. I assume I'm missing something.
  3. Do not stop your ADHD medicine, or any other medication you must take for a medical condition. Keep taking it. If you didn't take it today, take it now. Really. Take your medicine.
  4. Glad you posted - just know that though I'm half a world away from you and will probably never meet you in person, I've had you in my thoughts. Sending lots of good thoughts your way. And I'll be joining you on a Whole30! I've been doing successive Whole30s with a day or two break between, and I'm starting again tomorrow. Though I haven't gone through a breakup, I've had enough stress and unpleasantness to face in the past months that I, too, find the Whole30's structure helpful in dealing with all of the ick. One day at a time, eh?
  5. Wow, the bolded part of your comment really hits home. That is a truly beautiful and empowering view of life. Thank you for sharing that.
  6. Hi Jane and welcome to Whole30! As you plan your June 1 start, consider your breakfasts (often renamed in Whole30 Land as Meal One) as part of your hormonal reset. Smoothies are strongly discouraged on Whole30. We ask you to eat your food. This particular smoothie is specifically ruled out (as in, it violates the Whole30 rules and cannot be taken during a Whole30)because of the pea protein, caramel flavor (a sneaky sugar), aloe juice, and fructooligosaccarides. You state: "was given the information to take in 30 grams protein within 30 minutes of waking up." If this is doctors' orders, so be it. But it is not something you will have heard from the Whole30 program, nor is it the way Whole30 considers food. Whole30 is really simple. Here's what Whole30 asks you to do: 1. 1-2 palm-size portions of protein (meat, eggs, fish, chicken - where eggs are your sole source of protein, they are as many as you can hold in your hand; for many women, that's 3-4; eat the yolks!) 2. 1-2 or more thumb-size portions of fat 3. 2-3 cups veggies - fill your plate with vegetables Do that three times a day, the first time within one hour of waking. In this context, your smoothie provides you no protein (legumes are out for Whole30 as highly inflammatory); very little fat (pumpkin seeds are a fat for Whole30 purposes and are to be limited as they are a poorer source of fat nutrition than other fat sources); and no vegetables. Also, it is a smoothie rather than food. If you are under a doctor's care for treatment of adrenal fatigue, you might discuss your Whole30 plans with your doctor, and consider appropriate supplementation and changing of routines. My doctor helped me deal with a severe case of adrenal fatigue using supplements that did not involve smoothies with really long, mostly unpronounceable ingredients lists that included lots of sugar. You can tackle adrenal fatigue in a healthy way, and Whole30 can be a part of dealing with it. Whole30's recommendation to eat a FULL MEAL within one hour of waking goes a very long way to the hormonal reset necessary to dealing with adrenal fatigue. And for those of us for whom it's not enough, medical professionals who work with adrenal fatigue can advise as to proper treatment. Help is out there. The best way to find ideas for eating breakfast (or meal one) on Whole30 is to use google rather than the forum search feature. Google Whole30 + breakfast to find lots and lots (and lots and lots) of ideas. Then you can give a few things a try before you begin your official Whole30. You got this!
  7. I'm so sorry, Gojo! Go easy on yourself. And don't look at the news. The various political dumpster fires will still be there when you're ready. Sending all good thoughts your way.
  8. QFH, here are the elements that you report bringing to Whole30: Depression Hyperprolactemia ADD Sleep apnea IBS Do know that Whole30 is not a program that will heal the body of these issues. It will provide a base of the best bodily health possible, from which you can then deal with these important health issues as they continue to affect your life. The lifestyle elements you report include working a 9-5 job with a long commute and an after-work workout schedule, combined with a desire to cook yourself a meal every day after all of that. First of all, your plan to stop taking some of the medications you need for these medical issues needs to end, if it hasn't already. Doctors' orders trump Whole30. Take the medication. Second, you can certainly pack food to take with you as you work out the best way to eat your meals during your work day. If you eat at, say, 6:45 a.m., then at noon, and then won't be home to eat a meal again until, say, 8:00 p.m., then you may very well put in a mini meal at that point. Fruits, nuts, fake desserts, etc. don't fit that bill. Make it a mini meal (or even an additional full meal). Just pack a mini meal (or an additional full meal) in your lunch cooler and take it with you. Eat when hungry. It's not snacking to slide desperately through, it's eating because you need to eat. Third, batch cooking will be your friend, rather than a drag. You will prepare your veggies, proteins, and fats in advance, but then you will almost instantly create any variety of meals out of those foods on the spot after your workout. Fourth, plan to batch shop in order to prepare for batch cooking. Springing out to buy two ingredients at a time will bankrupt you and leave you hungry. Basically: focus (ahem) and simplify. I'm sure you've heard all of this before. It's true in Whole30 as in life. You got this.
  9. I wanna jump in here to add to the other comments - because I think you're waaaaaaaaaaaay overcomplicating this thing. You've seen what I'm about to say already in this thread, so I'll be reviewing (sorry, I'm a teacher, it is what I do ). Here's what we want you to do: 1. 1-2 palm-size portions of protein (when eggs are your protein, a serving is as many as you can hold in your hand) 2. 1-2 thumb-size portions of fat (nuts/nut butters are fat for Whole30 purposes, and a poor choice for regular consumption) 3. 2-3 cups veggies (basically, fill your plate with veggies) Do that three times a day, the first time within one hour of waking. If you are hungry sooner than 4-5 hours from your last meal, eat a mini-meal composed of at least two of the three elements of a meal. Then eat a bigger breakfast the next day. Lather, rinse, repeat. Really. That's absolutely all there is to it. You can get fancy with recipes and stuff, or you can eat protein, fat, and veggies. I'm gonna dive into one of your days' worth of meals and offer suggested edits (again, I'm a teacher, so bear with me - and don't worry, you have a solid A for effort here and there's no exam, so you're good): OK, so, for Whole30 purposes that's not really breakfast. I mean, none of it is noncompliant, but it isn't in any way a meal. Try something like: 1 good dollop homemade mayo with 3 grated hardboiled eggs (salt and pepper to taste); fill the rest of your plate with whatever veggies really float your boat right now (my current Veggie BFF is collard greens but YMMV) Make sure you have enough quantity of food to really fill you up - mushrooms, chicken, kale, and whatever fat source you are eating with this - oil drizzled on the kale, for instance? On Whole30, women are often surprised at how much food we have to eat in order to stay full. Eat up! If you need to eat between lunch and dinner, OK. Your choice here is OK, protein and veggies. Plan on a much bigger breakfast tomorrow morning, and then a bigger lunch also if needed. Again, eat up! This would be the meal to add a starchy veg if you haven't yet eaten one during the day; you also need a protein; and make sure your veggies really really fill your plate. Don't try to get fancy with your food if you're tired. I keep canned salmon in the cupboard all the time for those times - you can pre-cook chicken thighs, ground beef, etc. to have. For many of us, cooking at the end of a long day is a ridiculous idea. Pre-cook, batch cook, keep it simple. Generally, I'm seeing you being awfully committed to making food that mimics stuff like oatmeal, pudding, dessert, etc. Ditch all of that. Just eat food. Protein, fat, veggies. Protein, fat, veggies. Protein, fat, veggies. Simplify, simplify, simplify. Don't waste all that time making chia this and fauxtmeal that. I mean, yuck, right? Also, it's fussy and takes you away from just eating actual protein, fat, and veggies. You can do this.
  10. You're welcome! If you're looking for specifics on how to prep for meals, consider batch cooking. It doesn't have to take up the whole weekend. Roast trays of vegetables; cook a roast beef or chicken in the oven or crock pot; prep mayonnaise. Done! As for road trips, those don't count as emergencies and so Lara bars don't fit that scenario either. What to take for road trips? Hard boiled eggs; cut veggies; mayo for dipping; anything you'd normally eat, put into a cooler with an ice pack and a fork. Just pack food, and keep it cool as needed. If you know you'll be hungry in the evening, plan ahead to have simple foods you can throw together. I completely understand being too tired at night to cook!
  11. Welcome to the forums! As others have said, we have rules and recommendations. As part of that, Lara bars are for emergency purposes only, like you're stuck somewhere and desperately need to eat and the only other option is your traveling companion's forearm. Unless you've been having a series of emergencies like that, the Lara bars gotta go. Also, nuts and nut butters are often food without brakes (that is, food you can't stop eating), and many people need to eliminate them in order to eat what we really want you to eat. Here's what we really want you to eat: 1-2 palm-size portions of protein; 1-2 or more thumb-size portions of fat; and 2-3 cups of veggies (in other words, fill your plate with veggies). We want you to do that three times a day, the first time within one hour of waking. We want you to eat enough to last you 4-5 hours until your next meal. If, while you're working out meal composition, you are hungry between meals, we want you to have a mini-meal of two of the three meal components. Lara bars don't fit into this scenario at all. Nut butters are a fat, and an inferior source of fat (as a regular source that is): they are food without brakes, they cause digestive upset for many, and many of them have a wonky Omega 6/Omega 3 ratio. I'm guessing that if you start making your meals actual meals, and eat up, you won't feel the cravings. I'm totally guessing, but I bet you're actually hungry. So make some meals and eat! If you'd like more specific tips on meal composition, post a couple of days of meals here, including amounts, water intake, exercise, and any other factors that might be important.
  12. Oh yeah, kirkor, that's EXACTLY what I'm going for.
  13. Oh good - this is a great focus for me this month! As of May 8 I'm done with my semester, and not a microsecond too soon I assure you. My training focus will be my voice - it's time to bring it back out of oblivion, where it has sat in mothballs all semester. My healthy movement focus will be walking every day. My longer term goal is to really become dancer-style fit, but this will take time, and May is a good time to make a start.
  14. I know others have responded in detail to other aspects of this post (and the OP may have departed by now) - but I wanted to address this part of the original post. I've been thinking about this a lot because I teach at a university and the time around finals week (including a few weeks leading up to it and a couple of weeks after) is incredibly intense. I can totally understand feeling starving, even when eating what might seem like a normal human amount of food. There's something about that stress that burns up all of that food. I find this to be true with regard to performances too (I'm a singer and choral conductor as well as a university instructor). The time leading up to and decompressing from the show, as well as the show time itself, is just really really intense. I would recommend during these times that we, first, plan to eat to the upper end of the template; and second, add in mini-meals or additional full meals as needed in order to feel satiated. I tend to eat fairly high carb compared to many Whole30 folks, due to a thyroid issue that seems to do better with lots of carb-intense veggies. But during these stressful times, I eat even more carbs (with fat and protein). I used to wonder why I was "pigging out" on bread/pasta/cereal/anything carb-heavy in the cabinet. I think now that I just really needed to find healthier options for those nutritional needs. So for anyone who comes along and reads this post, zero-ing in on this issue of stressful times and how much food to eat, the answer to that question is probably: "more!" And that's OK. Also, folks who need to pack meals without access to microwaves can pack simple protein/veg/fat combos and eat them cold. It's not as yummy as eating a warmed-up meal, but it's possible, and with an insulated lunch bag and a blue ice pack, you can pack (and pack, and pack, etc.) food. Go simple - roasted cubed potatoes, microwave-steamed collard greens, and a rotating set of proteins including eggs, canned salmon, and ground beef, with a dollop of mayo, is my go-to this semester. It ain't fancy, but it's filling, and I'll eat it. You don't have to eat what I eat, in fact I think I eat really weird food so ya know... but pack lots, keep it simple, and eat plenty. All the best to all those going through Whole30 and Finals Week at the same time!