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  1. Hello everyone, I'm posting here to see what, if any, advice/ encouragement, I can get from other women who have completed a W30 during pregnancy. I started the W30 on April 24th and found out I was pregnant on April 25th. At this point, I should be right around 8 weeks. I have read many threads addressing morning sickness and food aversions, which were helpful, but I'm curious to know about how others felt over this time in regards to energy and mood. Fortunately, I feel I've gotten better at managing my blood sugar levels - eat first thing in the a.m./ before I leave the house, and eat small meals/ snacks throughout the day. Being as I'm now on Day 19, I was hoping I'd have some rush of energy or some hint of awesomeness. Sorry to say, but there is not a drop of tiger blood running through my body these days. Overall, my energy is average from waking until I get home from work. At that point, I just want to get in bed for a nap or lounge on the couch. I have no interest in cooking most nights, and doing so can put me in a bad mood. I just feel too drained to deal with it. As for my mood the past few days, I really feel more flat than anything. I'm not sad, not happy, just bleh. (All that I'm describing here is not my "normal". I generally had decent energy and mood was content-happy.) I really want to stick this through Day 30 and 10-day reintroduction, but I sometimes feel so defeated I just want to stop and start reintroducing. Or at least eat something besides protein, veggies, and fruit - even though I enjoy those foods (most of the time) and I know they're good for me. I did not have nausea/ food aversions with my first pregnancy, so this is completely new and different for me. I honestly don't know if my symptoms, i.e. mood and energy are W30-related or pregnancy-related, but I'm guessing the latter. I do have a supportive husband who is also doing the W30, and we have a 2.5 year old son. I just didn't think it would be this difficult this far in the game
  2. I'm on day 18 of my first Whole30 and need some advice! The first week was actually pretty great and the only thing I really missed was creamer in my coffee. I even felt myself losing inches and clothes became a little looser. The second week, I felt myself gaining weight and definitely went through the "KILL ALL THE THINGS" phase for a day or two with people. This third week, I feel like I've had huge swings in appetite, energy and mood. Earlier this week, I had my normal breakfast (paleo bacon + 3 eggs) and could barely eat half my lunch (spring greens with chicken, tomatoes and cucumbers) and wasn't hungry again the rest of the day! Yesterday, I wanted to eat ALL the things despite having my normal breakfast + an avocado. I ended up snacking on some almonds while I waited for others who would be meeting us for a lunch meeting (eating out on Whole30 is the worst) and had a sad salad with some chicken. I ended up having a good dinner of again mostly greens with protein, but It was hard to stay full yesterday. Today, I'm feeling great and very energetic, but yesterday I was absolutely exhausted for no reason. I had my normal 7-8 hours of sleep and ate even a little more than my normally do so I'm not sure what the reason was. Normal parts of my diet: lots of broccoli and other veggies, eggs, avocados, curry sauces (especially Yai's), bananas, almond butter, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, ground turkey, ground beef, steak, ghee, avocado oil, paleo bacon and a lot of seasonings. With the exception of the ghee and paleo bacon, I regularly ate all of these things before starting Whole30 and generally preferred a more veggie based dish over grains. I love sugar, but have obviously eliminated it for this month and as a result I don't drink as much coffee as I normally do. I work out 2-3 times a week and sleep about 8 hours a night regularly. My job isn't generally stressful. I also get the occasional migraine (I believe mostly due to barometric pressure), but lately they've been having after breakfast when I'm driving to work instead of just waking up with one. I'm about 5'2" with about 40 pounds to lose (I know this isn't the point of Whole30), and wanted to do it to "reset" my body so I can steer back to 80% clean eating. Any insight as to why I seem to be all over the place this week?
  3. One of my goals for my first Whole30, today is Day 10, is to increase my energy level and possibly performance during morning swim workouts with my local masters/adult club (roughly 3000 meters, 3 or 4 timers per week). I am 49 (5-0 in July) and while never competitive on an accomplished level like high school or college, love swimming enough that it's my primary form of exercise. Since I started the Whole30, and realizing I am only 10 days in, swim workouts have been a struggle, or more of a struggle than usual. Can I expect to experience an uptick in energy over the next few weeks? I have been following the recommendation to eat a little protein before workouts (tex-mex chicken frittata "muffin", e.g.) followed by a full breakfast (more of the same with fruit, handful of almonds usually). As of Monday I added potato/starches to 2 or 3 meals. Anyhow, just looking for general nutritional advice and or insights. I'm swimming through the doldrums in the meantime, hoping the water starts to feel a little lighter over the next few weeks. Thanks!
  4. It's day 26 for me and I feel I'm still struggling with low energy, depression and mood swings. I suffer from bipolar type 2 with mainly depression. This is my second round and I did it to feel better and have energy! Weight loss is an added plus! I've done a lot of reading and feel like I should continue doing whole 60 and see if mood levels out! I was just hoping to feel better by now! Anyone else experiencing this too??
  5. Warning! Go grab some protein, veg and a thumb of fat, and then prepare to hunker down. This could take a while. This is Day 31 for me, so I it's time to tally up, and — wow! — I've gained a lot. And it's all good. Here are my non-scale victories, or at least the ones I've noticed along the way... Asthma: I only used my inhaler a couple of times during the first week, and I haven't used my nebulizer at all during my W30. I'm literally breathing easier. Bumps: I used to have small bumps on my inner arms. I had for many years. They were sort of like pre-hives; they only needed a scratch to instantly turn red, angry and itchy. But they're gone now. Inflammation: This one is big. Usually (due to Lupus, arthritis, benign tumors in my spine and other issues), a day of extreme activity would require days of rest and recovery. I just did a 13-hour visit to Disney last weekend, complete with 7.5 miles of walking. My feet and shins were sore, as almost anyone's would be, but I was able to get out a do the shopping and all of the prepping and cooking in the kitchen the next day just fine. I know! Headaches: Other than a few days of headaches in the first week, which included one migraine, I've been headache-free. Lupus: I experienced one intense flare during my W30 (brought on by a very stressful external event). It was awful, but ... OK? I didn't expect any miraculous elimination of flares, but it was days shorter than I expected. I'll take it. Mental outlook: I’m in a much better mood most of the time and somewhat less anxious. I was dealing with increased depression and ongoing anxiety issues when I started. I credit the improvement to W30 and to the addition of a cup of Natural Calm + chamomile tea every day (which I call my hot cup of Calm the F*** Down). I started the Natural Calm about a week into the program to keep my magnesium and calcium up, after reading recommendations for it here. Energy: While I still struggle in this area in general, I've had moments of Tiger Blood, a bit of kitten juice and fewer cat naps. I feel like I'm ready to start incorporating more regular exercise in my routine, and that's a biggie. Kitchen: Hey, NSVs extend beyond the body, so this counts! Despite the fact that I'm prepping and cooking constantly, my kitchen has never been cleaner or looked better. I found that reorganizing it and keeping it really tidy as I go was the only way to maintain sanity during this W30. Appliances: I'm actually using all of those appliances that just gathered dust on a shelf. My Vitamix and Instant Pot, for instance, both get near-daily workouts now and are finally justifying the money spent on them. Cooking: I love to cook. Sure, I'd love not to cook quite as much as I have over the past 30 days, but I still. Having new restrictions sparked a new wave of creativity in the kitchen for me. No matter where my eating habits go from here, I've created some meals that will definitely stay in the permanent rotation. Inspiring my husband: He isn't doing W30, and he still loads up on junk food at work. But he's happy to eat any W30 food I make at home and really enjoys it. At least I know half his fuel is good fuel. He's even considering going paleo soon. And he's helping out a lot more around the house, since he sees how busy I've been in the kitchen these last few weeks (and plan to continue to be). He's actually doing more than his share. A sense of pride: I'm proud that I did this. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't the hardest thing I've ever done. I doubted the process at times, but I never doubted that I would see it through. I mean, I made it through a family tragedy, a painful flare, a brunch with girlfriends, a visit to my favorite greasy-spoon diner, a trip to the state fair and freakin' Disney World without caving in to cravings! Now, about that scale... I had a victory there, too. I lost 18 pounds. (And for those of you currently doubting your own mid-W30 progress, I'd like to point out that around the middle of Week 2, I was convinced I was gaining weight.) I have no idea about inches, since I didn't measure beforehand, but I look leaner and feel leaner. And this isn't over! Both the W30 book and the site mention that those living with chronic illness and autoimmune diseases are likely to benefit by going beyond 30 days, since it may take longer to get the full effect of this reboot. I'm not going to walk away from the opportunity to gain more benefits from this. I've got so much room for improvement still. So, for now, I'm not calling it a W45 or W60 or W-hatever. I'm just going to keep going until it feels right to start my slow-roll reintroductions, and then that will eventually evolve into my new normal. Now, here's my completely unsolicited advice to anyone who might read this while considering starting their own Whole30 adventure: Don’t try to do a Whole30. Don't attempt a Whole30. Don't give it shot or see what happens and definitely don't hope you can do it. Commit! Make an absolute vow to yourself. You *will* do a Whole30. Acknowledge that it will be tough at times, rewarding at others. Take comfort in all of those pesky rules, because they take away the guesswork. And do it! Bring it on! Honestly, I think that's 90% of the key to succeeding at this — making that real commitment. Then when you face the inevitable difficult moments and temptations, it won't be made harder by struggling with that decision. You've already made the decision. Good luck everyone! And good luck to me as I keep going!
  6. Day 31 today and time from some reflection. Before I started Whole30 on Dec 26th, I tipped the scales at 285. I'm a 6'2", 50+ male with a fairly athletic build. I'd say I've been 250-270 most of my adult life but the last 3 years saw some significant changes in body composition, and not at all positive. My diet was really bad, sugary cereal for breakfast, lots of bread, mayo, processed meats and cheese and chips for lunch, maybe a salad with lots of sugary dressing. Dinners were not too bad, mostly protein and veggies, but lots of butter and sour cream on my potatoes. I would snack all day long, crackers, chips, candy, nuts, etc. Most nights I'd have a couple of Screwdrivers in the evening or most of a bottle of wine. I know the focus of W30 is not on weight loss, but just adding up the number of non-meal calories, I was probably consuming 1,500 extra calories a day right there. Add that up and just cutting that out would result in more than 10 pounds in 30 days. Ugh! So now on Day 31, my diet has transformed completely. No more snacking, maybe a few nuts or olives as I'm making dinner or lunch, but that's it. Healthy proteins and veggies for most meals. Making my dressings and sauces and actually rarely using mayo at all now, I started the day with my usual breakfast and really didn't want to reintroduce anything today. So I'll just continue to eat this way and decide whether to deviate when there is a reason. I'm walking 20-30 miles a week and am starting back with rowing and some body weight strength training. I'm sleeping better, am more active (and productive), have more energy, fit in my clothes better and feel positive and optimistic during the day. I actually cleaned out my closet last night and got rid of a lot of the fat clothes, and pared down a lot of other things I just never wear anymore. Do I really need that sweater I have owned for 20+ years and have worn may 2-3 times? Feels like mental weight loss, ha! As for the scale. I did step on it today, mostly out of curiosity. Down 25 pounds. My reaction was, "that's nice." No jumping up and down and getting excited since I experienced the real victories off the scale already. I will limit future visits with the scale to every few weeks, maybe monthly and just to have another indicator to help keep me on track. So my future goals are: 1) to continue with this relationship with food moving forward, 2) introduce more variety in my meals, 3) follow the eating template more closely, 4) establish regular exercise habits. I would guess that I will feel like I have "done it" when I'm back into size 34 jeans and weigh in around 220 pounds (give or take--this is not the goal, just an indicator I'm in the right area), combined with strong habits for exercise and continued healthy eating. As Melissa says, "This in not hard". Yes, it takes commitment and self discipline and preparation and you have to be in the right frame of mind, but it pays off in so many ways. Over the last 30 days, I went to a New Years Eve party, out to brew pubs with friends (sipping iced tea while they ate nachos and drank beer, lol), spent a week in Las Vegas and ate out 3-4 times. I never deviated from the plan and after the first week or so haven't even been tempted. I would like to encourage those just starting or maybe struggling to keep at it. If it's not working for you then take a good hard look at what you are doing vs. the plan and really shift your mentality to one of commitment and discipline. It will pay off.
  7. I made pineapple fried rice with 5 cups of long grain white rice, onion, celery, 2 eggs, peas, and pineapple this week. Both times I ate it with stir fried chicken and cashews. And after each meal I fell asleep for about 2 hours. Has anyone else experienc d this? I started Whole30 in November and have learned so much! I eat much better now: no gluten, no dairy, very little added sugar, have continued not eating desserts since I completed a strict Whole30. I follow the meal template most of the time. Oh, yes, and my food cravings are gone. I really love this feeling of freedom. I'm very gluten sensitive and flat line lactose intolerant so I'm used to being disciplined with food choices. I eat very little rice, but if this sleep thing is caused by rice, I will give it up. Thank you in advance for any insight you can provide
  8. Folks - I started my official Whole30 3 days ago - I'm a bit worried that I'm not experiencing any of the side-effects everyone's been talking about - negative or positive! No grogginess or cravings (however, I do have some wicked dreams of cheating!!), nor more energy or fresh feeling,etc... Maybe I need to get a few more days into it seeing as "everyone's different". I'd love to hear if anyone has feedback or similar experiences/worries! Additionally - I'm a little concerned that eating less-than-kosher-grade meat might be affecting the detox process - could this really make all the difference if I prepare my meat leanly?
  9. Hi, I recently completed my first Whole30 and it's been an amazing experience. I'm doing a slow roll reintroduction now. I loved the days I experienced 'Tiger Blood.' In fact, one of my reasons for trying Whole30 was to get more energy. But, unfortunately, I'm no longer energetic. Is this common? So far I've reintroduced legumes. I wonder if I need to eat more. I'm not hungry between meals and my cravings are gone and that's great. But I don't like feeling lethargic. Thank you. Pat
  10. Just wanted to say hello! I picked up "It starts with Food" earlier this week and finished it the same day. I loved how it related the issues people have with food, cravings, and weight gain with what is actually occurring within the body. There are times that I feel like I have no control over what I am eating and how much and now I'm starting to understand why. So, after the week of meal planning and preparing, today marks my start date. I know it won't be easy (because I already want dessert...) but I want to do this for myself. To feel better, to get healthier, and find that "Food Freedom" that everyone refers to. There is SO much to gain in these next 30 days!
  11. I started Whole30 because I've been battling severe fatigue for many months now and my doctor ruled out most physiological causes. We were at the point where my doctor informed me that my diagnosis was likely going to be chronic fatigue syndrome and since (due to other medical issues) I can't take the medications for CFS I would have to see a psychiatrist. My fatigue was extreme. I woke up, pulled on clothes, went to work (no breakfast or a meal shake because I didn't have the energy to cook), worked (because I'm the sole source of income and have no choice), got home and climbed into bed. Lunch was either a meal shake or a sandwich from a deli by my office (again, no energy to cook or pack a lunch) and I would eat dinner in bed (whatever my husband cooked or ordered). On the weekends, I wouldn't get out of bed. Without my two day rests on the weekend I don't think I could have gone to work during the week. I had tried eating healthfully and starting exercise programs, but the fatigue was too extreme. I'm still fighting fatigue and am nowhere near my energy levels before the fatigue started, but today, day 20, (where three weeks ago I would have spent the whole day in bed), I went to the gym and swam laps for 45 minutes. I am sore and tired, but this is a huge NSV for me. This is my first exercise other than walking when required in months.
  12. I'm on Day 26. I am very happy with my results to this point. The only problem I have is that I crash at 2 or 3 in the afternoon. At that point in the day I have no energy. My mind is tired and I am just running out the clock at work. I feel like I am eating enough food. I feel like I get some energy after lunch, but have this problem none the less. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
  13. I like to cook lunch for my husband and I on Sunday for the whole work week. We've been eating red potato as our carb and 1/4 - 1/2 avocado with some protein every day (except weekends). I was just wondering if eating about 2-3oz of potato 5x a week is too much starch? Can anyone suggest any substitutions for red potato (besides sweet potato). Potatoes are really easy to cook and they last kind of fresh until Friday so I'm looking for a carb that will stay/taste the same the whole week. We need a carb dense side for our portein because we are both very active and we need lots of energy throughout the day. Thanks
  14. Fellow whole30ers please help! I'm on day 9 of my first whole30 and am hungry all. the. time. I'm trying not to snack because I want to become fat adapted, but can't make it between meals. I drink a lot of water and include lots of fat and protein with each meal. I've tried eating larger meals, but then I feel like I overate (sick and tired with a tummy ache), and usually am still hungry for a snack. I'm also afraid of gaining weight. I always *need* a snack at 10:30am, 3:30pm and when I get home from work. I always *crave* a snack before going to bed. Any ideas of what might be going on? and how important the "limit snacking" piece of the program is? Thanks a bunch!
  15. Ok guys, I need your help. It's my Day 16, and I feel REALLY off today?!?! I wasn't honestly expecting Tiger Blood (I'm going to end up doing a Whole60, because of how poor my eating was before Whole30), but this is ridiculous. I was hungry for lunch at 11am (very unusual) and had to lay down for a nap at 12:45 because I could NOT keep my eyes open. Food today so far: Meal 1: Leftover beef stew with two cups of baby carrots and mushrooms. 1 large fuji apple. Handfull of cashews. 1st liter of water. Meal 2: Pork, cabbage, and carrot stirfry. Whole avocado on the side. 2nd liter of water. I'm dragging butt, and cannot even fathom making it to the gym today. It feels like day 6, not day 16! My eating today has not been atypical for me in the least. Only change is I ate leftovers for breakfast, instead of hardboiled eggs as my main protein. What do you guys think?
  16. Day 31! I think it kind of sums it up that, at the beginning, I pictured Day 31 as an orgy with a pile of almond croissants and coffee cream; but instead I’m sitting here, eating scrambled eggs with dill, sautéed zucchini and mushrooms, and a mini fruit salad of banana, nectarine, and cantaloupe. I like coconut in my coffee so much, that it has become a permanent swap-out. Results…… where do I even start. How can I quantify getting my sense of self-worth and efficacy back? Only a few months ago, I was a total disaster. I wondered if I’d ever be able to work in a high-functioning job again. I was on medication for postpartum anxiety and depression (first time ever taking a prescription medication of any kind), lay awake all night having anxiety attacks, was 30lbs over my “happy” weight, crying all the time, racked with all kinds of inflammatory problems, including tenosynovitis so bad I’d yell in pain every time I picked up my baby. It was the low of all lows for me! Pregnancy threw me for a loop – prior to getting pregnant with my daughter (now 10 months), I was super active and healthy. But my pregnancy was a nightmare of nausea, puking, blinding migraines, terrible carb-driven diet, inactivity, swelling, exhaustion, and general anxiety. Now, to be fair, 30 days ago I wasn’t in this rough a state – I had gradually pulled myself out of the mire over the preceeding few months, but wanted to try this because I’m moving back to my hometown next week and starting a challenging new job, and wanted to feel on top of my game. Restricting calories and running weren’t giving me the results I wanted, and I was still trapped in the craving/guilt cycle. So, I remembered seeing a friend last summer who had just completed a Whole 30, and she looked incredible. Far more than just losing weight though, she was radiating happiness and confidence. Aha, I’m going to check that out. Admittedly, I went into this with the primary goal of losing some inches and looking smoking hot in my new business attire. And certainly, I’m going to weigh myself later today, and add that little figure as an addendum, but first I wanted to be sure to get my NSVs quantified. I’m going to divide them into physiological and psychological categories, because I did not in any way anticipate the extent of the psychological changes that have happened over the past month. Psychological: I no longer obsess about food. I plan meals and stick to them, and don’t waste every intervening minute having these dramatic, drawn-out, debates in my head about the relative pros and cons of eating ____ (fill in the blank) and whether I had “earned” it or “deserved” it. Strangely, by following something incredibly restrictive, I’ve cut loose from half a lifetime of obsessive eating. This is just the premium gasoline that I insist on putting in my vehicle – and why wouldn’t I fuel myself the same way? My anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and intrusive thoughts are GONE. And I mean gone. I feel like a million bucks. I’m level, optimistic, and I haven’t randomly cried in weeks. I feel strong, capable, and like I have my “old self” back, the one who could and did do anything. I’m friendlier. I don’t randomly send eye daggers to people in the grocery store, etc, when they cut me off. I’m like, “Oh, well, I guess they’re in a rush. Whatevs!” I’ve got my strut back. I walk down the street feeling proud of myself, confident, and like I own my place in the world. I’m not the least bit panicked about taking on my new job, even though it’s going to be the biggest challenge of my life! Physiological: Sleep: before, I was taking Melotonin on a nightly basis to get to sleep and to stay sleeping. Almost every night, I would get up with the baby and not be able to fall back asleep, sometimes meaning I’d start the day having been awake since 2 am. I was losing my mind. Now I fall asleep and have no trouble going back to sleep. Clear, soft, divine skin – my face looks younger and smoother. My hair is a silky delight. My rosacea on cheeks and backs of arms is completely vanished. The chicken skin on my elbows and knees is gone. My nails are long and strong. My eye whites (and I swear, my teeth) are whiter. I can go six hours between meals without a hitch. Normally I’d be sweating and falling apart if I didn’t eat every three hours or so, and it would be sudden onset and dramatic, like I get hungry and fall off a cliff and become a useless, whining toddler – now it’s so much better! I get hungry before a meal, but it’s a low-grade hunger, not a panic. ENERGY! I go for runs because it seems like a fun idea. I look for projects to do. I dive into everything! Bonus: I rediscovered my love of creative cooking. I’ve been whipping up some crazy awesome stuff! And I’ve lost my fear of cooking meat. Normally I’d stick to chicken breasts and fish in a pretty monotonous cycle – but since starting this, I’ve tried cooking tenderloin, roast beef, whole chickens, wings, pork shoulders, you name it! And finally…… drumroll please…… I lost exactly 7lbs. Bringing me RIGHT back to my pre-pregnancy weight. My top pregnancy weight, around this time last year, was well over 200lbs. I was a blimp! In November, a few weeks after giving birth, I was devastated to see I was still 187lbs. Today I was 151, right back into my “comfortable” range. (I’m 5’7”) That means I’ve lost over 35lbs in 10 months. I am insanely proud of myself! Looking forward – I can’t see any compelling reason to stop this lifestyle. Despite the current insanity levels – baby, new job, big move, etc, I plan on continuing to at least a Whole 60. To anyone considering trying this – DO IT. You’ll thank yourself later.
  17. Wowsah -- at work eating lunch (huge salad with Melissa Joulwan's salmon cakes) at my desk listening to new music (Houndmouth = awesome!) and just realized I was bouncing with energy, dancing in my seat, and feelin' fine! Is this the start of the infamous Tiger Blood?!? So excited! Day 17 - I'm beginning to love this!
  18. Hey there! I have dabbled with Paleo in the past and have found it really effective. I'm a dancer and when I was in full time training, I adopted a paleo based diet and found it very beneficial. I am getting ready to go on tour in December and really need to get my strength, fitness and body back in order. As well as regular training, I need to get serious about my food again and this seems like the best way to go about it all! I'm excited and looking forward to feeling healthy and happy about my body. i will be starting on the 3rd of August as I can't go without coffee this week, extremely late working hours at the minute, 4 am hello! Any other athletes or dancers starting around this time, so we can help and encourage eachother?? Cheers!! Dee
  19. Hello everyone! This is my first post, first whole30 and all that jazz. I'm hoping you lovely people might have some suggestions. So here's the deal. I work as a server which means either 6 hour or 11 hour shifts, on my feet, moving, lifting, running, and where I work, breaks aren't really a thing. I usually eat 4 meals a day instead of the three, because I need to eat more frequently to keep my body upright and moving. I'm one of those "always hungry" people, whole30 is partially about combating my incessant need to snack, but I feel physically ill if I go more than about 4 hours without eating. I'm apparently hypoglycemic according to my doctor. Anyway, I'm looking for ideas for food that I can keep next to the POS system at work and take a couple of bites at a time while I'm ringing in orders, or something that I can eat in a minute or less that packs a huge punch as far as energy/fullness goes. Imagine you were going to go work out for 5 hours. Normally I go for protein bars etc. last week I kept a bag of almonds with me, but I could really use some variety -Dorothy
  20. I am on day 14 and I am kind of waiting for that "AHHH" moment where I am overcome with energy and can barely contain myself. Maybe it doesn't happen for everyone; but, I want to find out if maybe I am doing something wrong, or could be doing something better. I will note that I haven't exercised much since starting the plan. I went out for a jog early on, and where I am usually spent after two miles, I couldn't even finish one. I felt very defeated. I suppose it is just my body getting used to this new way of eating less-than-everything and not snacking. But it was discouraging. So; I am curious if I am not having enough of either protein, veggies, or fats. I will try to be as descriptive as possible regarding one of my standard meals for the day. All comments from moderators and non-mods appreciated. Meal 1: Two eggs, chicken sausage link, 1 cup spinach (cooked), salt/pepper, compliant hot sauce. Meal 2: 3-4 cups (eyeball) of mixed greens, two carrots shredded with rice vinegar/coconut aminos, compliant dressing, 1/4 avocado, 1/2 cup chicken and homemade mayo (1tbsp) Meal 3: 2 cups cooked ground beef (eyeball), compliant tomato sauce, roasted brussels sprouts with bacon, salt/pepper I have not been snacking between meals (praise the lord) and I feel full after every meal. I am also only drinking water (will try to increase) and have, on average, one grande black coffee (sometimes with coconut milk) every day.
  21. Hello all- I have been intrigued by the idea of a Whole30 for over a year, and I've gone through phases of paleo eating, but have never done a Whole30. I guess the reason is I'm not sure I need one. I don't have any specific medical conditions. Actually, I'm in pretty good health and do not need to lose weight. I do have a tendency to get migraines which seem connected to hormones, weather, alcohol, and exercise, but not really to food. I have a history (12 year ago) of eating disorders, and feel a bit scared of food rules, "can't have" or "have to eat" kinds of things. In general, I'd love to have more energy and feel less sleepy (which is how I feel even when I've slept well), it'd be nice to not feel like I have brain fog, and I'd love to not get headaches. Are those reasons strong enough to carry me through 30 days? Following a strict plan while cooking for my family when I don't have a pressing "need" to do so seems…perhaps pointless? I'd love some feedback/thoughts! Angela
  22. Hi everyone! I'm a teacher who is prioritizing health this summer. I'm 26 and have the full summer to prioritize all the things in life that are normally cast aside when teaching. I see this as a huge gift! I want to feel confident in my own skin and naturally energetic. According to a BMI chart, because i'm 5'5" and 165 lbs, i'm overweight. I have tossed around the idea in my head to lose 26 pounds before my birthday in May 2016. While on the Whole30, I am nervous of social situations and eating out mostly. Houston has some of the most incredible restaurants, and I want to spend quality time with my friends out at those restaurants. I'm just going to have to order cleanly and suggest good restaurants. My biggest problem currently is not making scheduled, filling meals at home. In the evenings, I usually get very very hungry as a result. I also need to drink more water. I have PCOS and low thyroid levels. Lately I have noticed memory loss, which is frustrating when I am trying to tell a story and can't remember the key details. So on the Whole30, I most look forward to sharpened brain function, because I believe food can heal our bodies. Also, I want to learn portion control and sophisticated meal planning. This way I can fuel my cells and help my body function optimally. I also really want to lose weight. I definitely don't feel attractive at this weight. And being 26 and single doesn't feel good. I have high hopes for what food can do for me, and I really want to be successful over the next 30 days!
  23. Hi. I'm on day 23 and living with Lupus so that means nothing is ever normal for me. I was already dairy and gluten free for years before I started (background info). I still crave sugar! I still get irritable some days and am still not experiencing any of that wonderful sleep or boundless energy everyone benefits from. I'm in bed for 9+ hours but restful sleep doesn't happen. One of the main things is that until 3 days ago I just wasn't pooping. All this healhy food going in but not really coming out. Now it's switched and gone to the other spectum and it's diarrea all day/night with cramping and gas. My lupus fog as been mostly gone and an odd posiitve is that my fingernails have changed dramatically and are now much healthier. Clothes still fit the same as well. I know good things will happen if I keep going but I was hoping for more. I don't want the only benefits of this to be my nails. I want the whole thing! My main wish was for a major reduction in inflammation, some weight loss and the sleep/energy deal. I wasn to be the healthiest Lupus gal around. Any ideas what's going wrong or taking so long?
  24. Hello everyone, I'm on the verge of giving this up, so I thought I'd give the forums a shot first. I am on day 13 of my first whole 30 - I am constantly exhausted and have no energy, especially for workouts. I train and compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well as kickboxing, and my jiu jitsu has felt AWFUL since I started whole 30, not to mention I about passed out in the middle of a kickboxing session the other day. I am slow, sluggish, and all my muscles feel constantly like jello! I even get burning in my quads walking up the stairs - not normal at all for someone who is used to training jiu jitsu with people twice my size. I started whole 30 to 1) stop mindless eating (great changes there) and 2) feel stronger and faster for jiu jitsu. I expected this during the first week or so but still at day 13? What am I doing wrong!? Here's my menu for today just as an example: Breakfast: 2 eggs and an egg white scrambled with spinach and other veggies I have in the fridge, 2 slices of bacon, melon, and black coffee. Eggs and bacon were cooked in coconut oil and I had a handful of pecans for some extra fat. Lunch: A salad made with lots of mixed greens, a fist and a half size portion of leftover grilled chicken, a whole avocado, random veggies and compliant dressing. Also had an apple. Snack of some tuna salad and avocado. I know snacking isn't ideal but I'm always STARVING even if I eat huge meals. Dinner: I plan on having steaks with steamed veggies and a sweet potato. Fat will be some homemade mayo with the steak and a bit of ghee on the sweet potato. Today I didn't workout (too tired) so no pre or post workout food. Usually my jiu jitsu classes are in the late afternoon/early evening, so I have a hardboiled egg and handful of nuts before I train, and have dinner immediately when I get home. So technically no post-workout meal - there just isn't enough time for both that and dinner before bed. I added in more fruit the past few days hoping that would help (two servings a day, experimenting with when to have it but always with a meal, never in between). Anyone have any advice? Sorry for the long post!! Samantha
  25. Hi I'm playing in a frisbee tournament this weekend, so about 4 games throughout the day. My endurance seems to be fine during a 3 hour practice. I'm using the meal template to get my protein, veggies and fat, and that seems to work with the pre and post meals. But where I notice issues is bursts of energy during the game when I'm sprinting. My muscles get tired sooner but are fine after resting Any suggestions on other foods I should try to give me a bit more energy? I looked through a lot of the other posts on interval training and most suggestions are focused on carb dense vegetables. I plan to eat some sweet potatoes and canned tuna but wasn't sure if there was something else to try. I appreciate the help