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  1. Depressed and no energy

    Yes, okay. I think the lack of fats could be it, though. But about the fats, what foods is that exactly? Is it just nuts and avocadoes? Does cooking the food in olive oil count? Occasionally, I will have some avocado /nuts as a snack. breakfast 1: 6 grilled chicken strips. 2 cups steamed kale, 3 scrambled eggs, 4 slices of tomatoes lunch: Chicken leg and thigh, 3 tablespoons of Whole 30 mayo, 2 cups sauteed spinach (in olive oil) dinner: steak, 3 cups sauteed spinach, about 2 cups roasted potatoes breakfast: 3 scrambled eggs, 1 roasted red pepper (chopped), 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms (sauteed), 1/2 avocado lunch: chipotle pork bowl (double amount of pork) (hard to do quantities of this) Dinner: 1 tuna steak, 1/2 baked eggplant, 2 cups sauteed kale, 1 large cooked potato
  2. Depressed and no energy

    Okay. And actually by now it has been the full month on Whole 30, and still experiencing these symptoms. Also, I have lost no weight (I'm about 10lbs over my norm). I don't know how to do the portions listing. If that is very important, can you tell me how to do it? Yesterday, breakfast: Grilled chicken strips from boneless skinless chicken breasts, kale, scrambled eggs, tomatoes. Lunch: Leftover chicken, Whole 30 mayo, spinach Dinner: Grassfed organic steak, spinach, roasted potatoes. Day before breakfast: Scrambled eggs, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, 1/2 avocado Lunch: Chipotle pork salad bowl Dinner: Tuna steak, eggplant, kale, cooked potato. I will also have the occasional apple/banana/peach throughout the day.
  3. I don't mean to be a negative nancy here, but I have to be honest. I started Whole 30 initially after my therapist recommended it. There have been positives and negatives. The positives are: feeling clearer headed, able to rationalize better, plan better, organize, etc... I have felt a feeling like the fog lifted. Never feeling bloated and stuffed, and also never feeling starving like I have to eat. I can actually go without eating longer, and not feel bad (although I don't do this often as skipping meals is not healthy). The negatives are: I feel exhuasted. It's like the fog has lifted, but it's lifted and there's nothing behind it. No umph, no feelings of "let's tackle the world." I feel like I'm a more level headed genuine person, but it's like what does that matter if there's no energy behind it. I feel depressed. It's difficult to get out of bed in the morning. And work outs are HARD and PAINFUL. I have always tended to have symptoms that mimic ADHD with attention and motivational issues, and I feel like this diet has amplified those symptoms. My motivation is about as low as it can go. There are many articles online describing a diet that is beneficial for people with ADHD. These articles suggest a diet of no sugar, no dairy, but with whole grains: brown rice/whole grain bread/whole grain pasta, and additionally they say to limit the consumption of red meat. In the past, I tried this diet, and found that it did indeed work to increase motivation levels, while at the same time decreasing brain fog (like Whole 30). I would be interested to hear other people with attention and motivation problems, who tried Whole 30 and their experiences. I've been feeling these symptoms for basically the whole Whole 30 (I'm 3 1/2 weeks into it) It's like I'm in a perpetual "carb flu" as they call it, and it's not showing any signs of stopping. (and I'm eating lots of vegetable and fruit carbs!)
  4. Whole 30 Perfect Chicken Recipe

    There's a recipe for perfect chicken in the Whole 30 cookbook. It says to pre-heat the oven to 425 and to roast the chicken uncovered for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Making the chicken this way extremely overcooks the chicken. Even only roasting it for 1 hour and 10 minutes extremely overcooks the chicken. Anyone else have this issue?
  5. Ok, that makes a lot more sense. I haven't read the It Starts with Food book, and I should. I have the bigger cookbook book. Thanks for clearing that up for me.
  6. Right, I understand this. The rules under grains says do not consume: "wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, sprouted grains, and all gluten-free pseudo-cereals like quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat." But then in the "can I have" section, which is a section that answers officially if you can have foods which would not seem to be unhealthy, but actually are, it definitively calls out of the above list "quinoa," "buckwheat," and "pseudo-cereals." As corn (talking about corn on the cobb here, not corn syrup, etc.) is something that is regularly consumed in a pure state, (as opposed to wheat, rye, barley, etc..., which are all used as ingredients in food) and since buckwheat and quinoa and pseudo-cereals are included in the "can I have" section, I just think it would be informative and more clear for corn to be put in the "can I have" section as well. If you're going to make 100% clear why quinoa, buckwheat and pseudo-cereals are unhealthy, it would make sense to the same thing with corn on the cobb as well in that same section. Additionally I think the reasoning and science behind why corn on the cobb is actually potentially unhealthy would be interesting to people. I don't know. Maybe I'm nit-picking here.
  7. I just did Whole 30 for the 2nd time but realized that I had been eating corn on the Cobb, which was out of the program. I don't understand why corn is not listed on the main "can I have" list, with other foods that you wouldn't necessarily attribute to being unhealthy. If it had been on the list, I wouldn't have made that mistake. I guess they assume that corn is a common sense no for the program, as the main rules for the program state, "do not consume wheat, barley, corn, buckwheat, etc...", but they still include some of these foods from the main rules for the program (like buckwheat) in the "can I have" list anyway. Especially when foods like buckwheat are on the list, I don't understand why they would just omit corn altogether in the "can I have" section. Corn on the Cobb is not a common sense "no". Wheat and barley are clearly common sense "no's" as they are obviously grains, and people don't ever eat pure wheat and barley for a meal. But corn, they do, and you wouldn't just associate it with being unhealthy (if you don't put any butter or anything on it). I just wish that they include it on the list, and talk about the science behind why it is unhealthy (GMO, etc...)