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  1. One thing I've noticed over the last 2.5 weeks on the Whole30 is my patience in the kitchen. I'm usually hungry when I get home from work, but not so famished that I eat the easiest, fastest thing anymore. So I've had the patience to experiment with some recipes. This one I tried last night and it was delicious: Coconut Breakfast Casserole 1lb grass-finished ground round 4 eggs 1 can coconut milk (full fat) 1 large red pepper, diced Handful of spinach Sea salt and herbs/spices Preheat over to 350. Brown the ground round and in a separate bowl, beat eggs and add coconut milk. Add meat and spinach to egg mix and stir in with sea salt and herbs/spices. I used basil and black pepper. Bake for about a hour until the edges are brown. It doesn't set up like a traditional casserole, but it is substantial enough to serve with a spatula.
  2. Things are different than my Day 9 post. My energy levels during the day are WAY up. Yesterday I ran 3 miles (usual) and felt more energy and could have kept going. Patellar tendinitis in my knees, which has dogged me for 3 years, is virtually gone. I get home at night, and instead of crashing, I have enough energy to prep a healthy dinner and prepare food for the next day. I'm thinking the exercise may be forcing my body to fat-metabolize (has to get energy from somewhere?). I know I've lost a fair bit of water weight. I didn't do this to lose weight and am already slender, so it's intriguing to see how my body changes (just a few pounds is noticeable). My pants were looser this morning. Things that haven't changed or are still worse than before: falling asleep and staying asleep at night (I had a few very good nights, but now I have trouble settling down at night), waking up groggy (caffeine not a factor), back pain (reduced, but still there), mentally don't feel sharper or clearer, and my personality still feels a little dull. I don't really laugh like I used to--granted that could have been linked to my carb highs. I'm proud of myself for doing 11 clean days. I had some significant cravings the first week but did not give in. I was diligent about preparing my food and not leaving myself with an easy out. I'm excited to see what the remaining 19 days will be like. I've gotten 1 and hopefully 2 other coworkers to join me and am excited to see how this helps them!
  3. Hi! Doing my first check-in here on the forum. Successfully on Day 9 at the moment, and pretty proud I've gotten this far. I've tried the Master Cleanse twice and the Nutritarian Diet (Eat to Live, Joel Furhman) once, and both were failures within days. I'm relieved to have committed myself to 9 days of successful Paleo! Background: 32 years old, 6'1", 168lb, triathlete and workout (swim, bike, run) about 5 days a week. Diagnosed with Celiac in April of 2012, have been gluten-free since August of 2012. Chronic low back/hip/glute pain for 2.5 years. Several MRI's have indicated slow healing of a bulging disc, but no other structural issues that would explain the constant pain. Doctors have now sourced the pain to an inflammatory response Currently on no medication as of October after years of pain meds/anti-imflammatories. Migraine headaches about once a month This first week + has been a rollercoaster, mostly bad. I thought being gluten free would make this transition easier. I don't eat any form of bread, so I felt like I was starting at a lower carb level than most. I was wrong. Going without sugar or simple carbs like rice flour for 9 days has been a HUGE adjustment. Cravings last week were strong, but much better now. My energy levels just haven't bounced like I thought they would by now. I've been antisocial and lethargic (mentally and physically). I've had little or no energy to workout, and when I do, I can only do about half of what I'm accustomed to. Day 3 and 4 I slept better than I have in years. I fell asleep quickly and didn't stir until my alarm went off. Not so now. Falling and staying asleep has been a challenge days 5-9. I've added Magnesium to the mix to help me sleep. Tough to say if it helped last night because I got a migraine. I think the most discouraging thing has been the persistence of my back pain. It just doesn't seem to be any better, and inflammation does seem to be the cause of it (and other chronic pain/injuries like patellar tendonitis). Am I evaluating too soon? So far I've seen little to no benefit from this diet, but I'm committed to finishing it regardless of my experience until Day 30. I would love to hear about similar experiences from other people. Thanks! Ben