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  1. Is there a place where that helpful information is gathered, by any chance?
  2. I wanted to give everyone an update. I made it through my Whole30 without problems but without huge changes in my body composition or energy. I've been working with some functional medicine docs and after a battery of blood, urine, and food sensitivity tests, it's possible I am sensitive to sweet potatoes and chicken...which I pretty much live on during my Whole30s. Now I know all the arguments about food sensitivity tests, but what I'm doing right now is an elimination diet without those 2 staples to see if that makes a difference. It does appear highly likely that I have "leaky gut" and autoimmune issues that have been exacerbated by my Sugar Demon and the stress of marathon training for the last 2 years. So we're working on resetting my system at the moment, which still includes primarily whole foods and vegetables, though I'm reintroducing rice to see if that is a problem. My biggest goal is to keep the added sugars away (read: no gluten-free cookies or coconut milk ice cream) until we get through the 45 day elimination. I am hoping that retesting may indicate that the sensitivity on the test was a reflection of my usual consumption, and I'll be able to reintroduce chicken and potatoes at some point. If I truly am sensitive to potatoes and chicken, though, that certainly would explain why a Whole30 hasn't made me feel markedly better. However, I always am grateful to my Whole30s for giving me some freedom over my Sugar Demon.
  3. I found some of the recommendations from your link...but where might I find the one about the starchy carbs, eating breakfast within an hour of waking, and so forth? I'm well familiar with the rules, having done 4 Whole30s now, but would like to "level up," as you say. Thank you!
  4. I follow the template - palm size serving of protein surrounded by veggies (usually squash, sweet potatoes, and something green a portion of fat (avocado or homemade mayo) and a serving of fruit, like a handful of blueberries.
  5. I'm on day 18 and nary a hint of Tiger Blood in sight. I've been following the template of a good protein (venison, chicken, eggs, or salmon cakes) plus lots of veggies (squash, turnips, cauliflower rice, sweet potatoes, mixed with some greens like broccoli and spinach). I'm trying to limit nuts since they don't always play nice with me, so I don't have more than one serving per day. I try to have avocado or Whole30 may instead, or MCT oil in a pinch. I've limited my fruits to apples or berries. I rarely snack and I haven't been doing pre and postworkout meals because my workouts are relatively low intensity. Breakfast today was Melissa's chicken hash, cauliflower/sweet potato rice, carrots, and half an avocado. Lunch was yellow squash, turnips, ground venison, and sweet potatoes, plus some applesauce. Dinner was wild pork tenderloins and sweet potatoes with Whole30 mayo. Right now, I'm just not hungry. I can workout but they're not great and I'm pretty tired afterward. My sugar demon was pretty out of control, so I don't expect to be turning cartwheels after just one round, but I just wonder what I'm doing wrong. Am I not eating enough? I feel full at most meals but then wake up hungry in the morning. This is my third round in the last 7 years and I tend to either be Whole30 or a complete mess (though I haven't had gluten or much dairy since my very first one back in 2013). I'm just feeling discouraged. I'm not going to quit because this is the best decision for my health, but dang. Today has been a rough day.
  6. LindaLee

    Pre-Workout Meal- Confused!

    I actually have been combining Crossfit and running (Galloway) for a couple of years with great success for a couple of marathons, though this is the first time I've introduced a lower heart rate into the mix. I'm not an elite runner by any means; my goal always is just to cross the finish line with a smile and no injuries. I've been following the PowerSpeedEndurance training plans since my first marathon, and have cut 40 minutes total off my (admittedly slow) time. So my goals right now are threefold: 1. Get my hormones back in balance and my sugar consumption under control. I suspect I'll lean out some when I accomplish that. I also pray that this will get my blood pressure under control too, so I can go off the meds. 2. Run one last marathon next fall and PR, even if just by a minute or two. 3. Continue to work on building/maintaining my overall strength. Like I said, I'm not looking for some major weight crushing goals - but doing strength work has benefited me in more ways than I can count. I don't have any desire to lift tons of weight, but strength training has been a critical part of my half and marathon training and PSE does a great job with programming strength work and Metcons that are runner specific. As for getting my heart rate really depends on the WOD. Some movements get it way up there...others don't. Since high intensity interval work is not my goal right now, I can get the functional movements in and work out with my buds without jacking my heart rate into my anaerobic zone...I just go slower or reduce or modify the reps, and I rest/stop if my heart rate goes too high. Thus far it's actually been much harder to keep my heart rate down while running! Though I know from experience that after I've been training for a while, I'll be able to go further and faster within the same heart rate parameters. And all of this is kind of sideways to the thoughts about the food. I'm experimenting this week with not eating pre or post-WOD, but the training picks up next week and we'll see if that still applies. Certainly once I hit 5+ miles, I'm gonna need something. Thank you so much for the advice!
  7. I haven't had peanuts or soy in forever! I did quit my usual supplements and am just taking the ones my functional medicine doctor recommended! I think they're all pretty much soy free. Today (day 8) hasn't been too bad. I do think my pants are about the same, but this round isn't about weight loss for me...I figure that'll come when I get my hormones and everything back in balance, and get that sugar under control. It's much more about getting some energy back. What day are you on?
  8. LindaLee

    Pre-Workout Meal- Confused!

    VERY helpful...thank you. I'm doing Maffetone Low Heart Rate training for running, and the recommendation is to keep the HR at or below your MAF max for strength training as well as all runs. So I do go as hard as I can on my Metcons, but of course they're not all created equal, LOL. Anything overhead or involving burpees = instant max heart rate! I just started the training, so I'm hoping my intensity will increase even at a lower heart rate. But of course they are usually extremely short - I think the max length last week was 15 minutes. i will try that post-workout recommendation - I did see the new guidelines and found them most interesting! My 9 am meal is a usual Whole30 breakfast - protein, surrounded by tons of veggies (usually squash and turnips) plus some sweet potatoes and a fat. Ditto for lunch, actually.
  9. LindaLee

    Pre-Workout Meal- Confused!

    So I normally eat breakfast around 8 or 9:00, then go to Crossfit or run at 11:30. i then eat when I return from Crossfit, usually around 1-1:30. Thus far, I have NOT been eating anything extra prior to or after my workout. Right now, I would not call my Crossfit workouts continuously high-intensity. As a general rule, I do about 15 minutes of warm-up, 15-20 minutes of slow strength training, and 15-20 minutes of a Metcon with my heartrate in my aerobic zone. My current weekday runs also are not what I would call "high-intensity" - usually 2-5 miles of low heartrate training, which does mean a LOT of walking at this point. I Crossfit three days a week and run 3 days a week, with Saturdays being my long runs - currently will max out at 10 miles. I know we are all different, but would love some feedback as to whether I should add anything extra?
  10. LindaLee

    Homemade mayo.... safe?

    I've been eating it since doing my first Whole30 in 2013...never an issue!
  11. So this is my third Whole30 and I'm doing it for a couple of reasons. Mainly, however, my sugar demon has been out of control for a really really long time, and as a result my energy has been in the toilet, I have had terrible ongoing allergies for the first time in my life, and even some asthma-like symptoms. I first noticed it all while training for a November marathon and decided to go get checked out at my doctor. I had a stress test that showed a "slight" abnormality in my EKG, which led to a panic attack and a plethora of cardiac tests - all of which were completely normal and actually pretty darned good, thank God. However, my blood pressure and cholesterol both were still elevated. Though my doctors are great people, they basically just wanted to give me meds and see what happens. That doesn't work for me, so I went to some functional medicine doctors and am in the midst of several additional tests to try to locate the cause of the high cholesterol and BP (besides just "your genes"). I am on a very small dose of BP medicine and right now my BP is normal when I measure it at home. A second round of lipid tests showed a 60-point drop in my cholesterol though I had changed nothing - which suggests either the prior test was an anomaly or whatever caused the issue is a cyclical one. 2 years ago I was almost exclusively Paleo, then I changed to a carb cycling diet and reintroduced rice, oats, and gluten-free items such as breads (usually those made with rice or potato flour) to my diet. So the most recent step was to embark on a new round of supplements and launch a new Whole30 to see if getting the sugar and the other grains out of my diet help with my symptoms. The timing is perfect because I am between goal races and also have begun low heart rate training for a spring half marathon and a fall full. So I don't have to try to go full force at the gym or during my runs. I'm on day 7 and true to the schedule, I just want to nap, LOL. Plus my nose has been running non-stop for a couple of days. Overall, I still feel pretty tired, and though I know this isn't does seem like 30 days are taking quite a while to pass. I just wanted to find a place where I could talk about the process - hopefully not complain but just share - and learn from others' experience.
  12. LindaLee

    Can't sleep & getting up to pee

    That's a good idea...I'm going to try that next time I can't sleep.
  13. LindaLee

    Can't sleep & getting up to pee

    Thank you, Vickie! I feel better knowing I'm not the only one. I feel really tired tonight after my workout, and I took a little more magnesium than I normally do, so I'm about to go take a nice bubble bath and see how I do. I'm trying to cut back on my water in the evening, too - I tend to drink a lot more when I get home, and that might be contributing.
  14. I am having an awful time sleeping. Part of it is that it seems like I have to get up every 2-3 hours to pee (I'm female so it's not prostate, LOL). I didn't get up this much when I was chugging down Diet Dew! I also seem to's not so much an increased heart rate, because I got up this morning and checked my BP and pulse because I was getting freaked out. My BP was 115/65 and my pulse was 66, so clearly my sense of a racing heart was subjective. This has happened a few nights in a row and it's really wearing on me. Before Whole30 I was taking a little serotonin before bedtime. I cut it from 5 to 3, but then started taking the magnesium before I went to bed. That did the trick so well I quit taking the serotonin. I don't want to go back to relying on serotonin and Unisom for my sleep, but it's troubling me a lot.