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  1. Tucker

    Looking for direction

    I also wanted to add that I am wondering if a step is to eliminate nightshades and see if that impacts the inflammation - not sure if it is the next step or if I should do the Whole30 again, reintroduce properly and then tackle nightshades.
  2. I just completed my second Whole30 in as many years. Both were different experiences. During the first, i lost quite a bit of weight and felt very energized. But I was really focused on the food; not so much on the freedom after. I continued to eat well for a long time, but did include things to excess that i shouldn't have. This clearly led to the need for a second Whole30. However, what I really wanted to focus on this time was HOW food was affecting me. I was not feeling well - little energy, major afternoon slumps, too much wine after work, poor sleep and a lot of inflammation. The second Whole30 was much easier. But I did not see some of the changes I was hoping to. I remained exhausted every morning when I woke up. Getting out of bed continued to be a chore until the last day. Also, the inflammation did not go away. I saw no relationship between the foods i eliminated and the pain. I did feel more energetic and afternoon slumps went away, however. When I finished my Whole30 I reintroduced wine first as my husband and I had company that very night. I had a couple of glasses and felt horrible the next day. I was actually glad that happened. While I craved wine each night of my Whole30, that craving has actually been eliminated since this reintroduction. That feels like a major win for me. However, I was less successful with reintroducing other foods the past couple of weeks. A couple of things happened that interrupted that. I am very disappointed in this as my goal was to really focus on the reintroduction portion so that I could determine how each food really impacts me. I have reintroduced grains (oatmeal and a toast DO NOT keep me full until lunch). I am also very gassy. I think this is the grains, but I have also had cheese in there and some preservatives. I also have very little energy again, inflammation still, and mood change. I have been around a lot of illness at work, and did feel poorly for a day, but have not been sick (that would not be causing my fatigue and mood change). My concern is that I have not isolated the impact of each food as some have been introduced together. I really want to figure out how foods are impacting me. So my question: Would you recommend that i start the Whole30 again and then try again to reintroduce properly or would you recommend something else? I am also seeing a chiropractor for neck pain. He has encouraged me to have blood tests to determine if there is ongoing inflammation that is being caused by something else besides my arthritis. My goals for this Whole30 were 1.) to determine which food are causing the pain, fatigue and bloating and 2.) to eliminate those foods and create the diet that will help me maintain the energy and good health that i want. Additionally: any thoughts on my I continued to wake up exhausted each day? There is a lot here. Thank you for any time someone can give this.
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    Compliant Whole30 Cookbooks and Sites?

    Thank you all.
  4. I know there are a lot of books and websites that claim to be Whole30. I have a question about a few. Dana Summers has put out two books: 30 Day Whole Food Slow Cooker Challenge and 5-Ingredient 30 Whole Food Slow Cooker Challenge. (She has made the books to look like Whole30 books by Melissa). The other is the Real Foods Dietician website. There are several "approved" Whole30 categories of recipes on this site. I have done the Whole30 twice now and feel I am pretty good at knowing how to put meals together and consider ingredients. However, I am wondering if there are sites you recommend for compliant recipes and your thoughts on the one I listed here.
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    what kind of olive oil is best?

    I see most recipes in Whole30 sites that call for olive oil to use extra-light virgin olive oil. Is there a reason for this as opposed to any olive oil?
  6. Tucker

    Tired on day 27

    I don't feel hungry between meals. I am just exhausted in the morning. So hard to get up and I am getting 7 hours of sleep - 8.5 last night and still felt like I just went to bed. Also wondered about the sweet potato eating. I am really tired of eggs for breakfast so tend to eat a lot of sweet potatoes. However, I am liking egg salad, but wondered about that amount of fat. Thanks.
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    Tired on day 27

    I am wondering if I can get some feedback on my meal plan. I feel like I am following it, but I am sure it could use tweaking here and there. Thanks. B: Sweeto potato, half apple, sausage patty L: Power salad (greens, two eggs, walnuts, tomatoes, berries with balsamic dressing) D: Cajun Style chicken legs, 2; carrots and peppers cooked 1 cup; salad with balsamic dressing B: Egg salad with olives; half sweet potato and 1/4 apple L: Power salad (same as above) D: Zoodles 2 cups, meat sauce 3/4 cup, salad (greens, quarter apple, tomatoes, balsamic dressing) B: Sweet potato with either almond butter or avocado slices, half; L: Avocado waldorf chicken salad D: Almond Crusted Pork Piccata, Beet, carrot, zucchini noodles
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    Tired on day 27

    I am on Day 23 and am in a very similar situation as Lizzard. I have similar eating habits: three meals not really hungry in between though. Breakfast is usually eggs and sweet potato and healthy fat or sweet potato and apple bake. Lunch is often leftovers or big salad with 2 eggs, walnuts, and berries with oil and balsamic dressing. Dinner is vegetables protein and healthy fat. I am feeling a steady energy throughout the day, not having mid-afternoon slumps, but I am so tired in the morning I can hardly get out of bed. This was the case before the Whole30 and still is here. The first time I did the Whole30 I felt much more energy. My mood is also in the dumps. I have added in yoga and I am conscious about getting about 7 hours of sleep. I am wondering what is going on. My goal for this Whole30 was to gain more energy and regulate my eating.
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    I didn't mean to repost the same one. I had some difficulty putting in the new post.
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    I am on Day 18 and am more tired than I have been in ages, before or on the Whole30. I am waking exhausted and feeling like I just want to sleep. This is not new for me as I have always had restless sleep. However, I feel like I am sleeping better (waking less), but waking just as tired. I also had a headache yesterday and woke with it this morning. I am eating plenty I think. Here are this week's meals. Breakfast - (roasted potatoes and spinach hash with eggs) (sweet potato with either avocado or almonds butter) (other days were leftovers) lunches - (Avocado chicken waldorf salad) (power salad: greens, 2 eggs, walnuts, berries, balsamic dressing) Dinner - (chicken and cabbage) (Crab stuffed portobello mushrooms) (Almond crusted pork piccata with beets and sweet potatoes) I drink a lot of water during the day and limit coffee to a cup or two first thing in the morning, and generally with breakfast or after. Thoughts?
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    I have purchased the Whole30 Day by Day book. I am on day 10 I am not feeling the same level of accomplishment as I did the first time a year ago. This time is easier, I am more focused on the results of the foods I am eating rather than just being worried if foods are compliant or not and what to cook and so forth. I really appreciate this book as it helps me to reflect each day and track my meals and the changes in how I am feeling. However, I find myself not being able to move beyond "I ate three solid meals today that held me over until the next meal" in the daily section "What went well today?" I am not feeling the energy or big impacts yet. I am not sure what to even write.