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    I'm an ultrarunner. (To read about how I fuel for endurance running, see my blog).

    I love to cook. And boy, have I cooked since starting the Whole30 in March 2013! I adore all kinds of vegetables, and was vegetarian for 6 months after reading The Omnivore's Dilemma. I never felt sated, and my energy wasn't great. Wow, the difference I felt once I went Whole 30!

    A friend and I both coincidentally started the Whole30 during our Spring ultrarunning season. We both had fantastic results overall and loved the program, but our running fared quite differently during this time.

    My experience(s) running while my body switched over to fat burning:

    http://ultrarunnergirl.blogspot.com/2013/08/fat-adapted-running-ultra-on-paleo-diet.html (links to several posts on this topic within)

    My friend's experience(s):

    My page with links to other athletes who fuel this way:

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  1. It could be but nuts can be hard on the stomach, so test that out in training. The packets can also be kind of dry in the mouth and harder to get down than you might imagine.
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    You can do this! The cookbook Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan saved my bacon on my first Whole30. Simple, fast recipes, nothing fancy. Here's a post from her on making meals out of ingredients (Basically, no cooking): https://meljoulwan.com/2014/06/25/great-ingredients-recipe-required/ Take one day to knock out some basics and do it all at one time, you can be done in an hour or two: grill a bunch of chicken (or bake), brown ground meat on the stove, make some protein salad using compliant tuna or salmon, boil a dozen eggs. A stick blender can be your best friend and should be available for about $30. You can make mayo and all sorts of sauces. Or you can spend more on Primal Kitchen mayo. Frozen broccoli is super versatile and you can microwave it. Frozen veggies are easy to toss in the pan you just used to cook your meat in and make a ton of food for the week. The Whole30 is some work, for sure. We all feel you on that! But you're worth the extra effort.
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    I’m sick....

    Gargling with hot salty water should also really help.
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    RX bars?

    We do suggest that you have protein and/or fat pre-workout, rather than carbs. RXBars are really more appropriate for emergency food situations like being stuck in an hours long traffic jam or to take with you on a day of air travel where you might not find Whole30 options. Make no mistake, they're compliant and also dangerously tasty - you will very likely end up eating more of them than is optimal for your goals.
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    Feels so wrong to force myself to eat

    Sorry to hear this and I know what you mean. What day are you on now? Also something to consider, are you eating within an hour of waking in the morning and before drinking coffee? How is your sleep hygiene in general? Are you turning off any screens (TV, phone, etc) at least 2 hours before bed? This can be a part of not feeling hungry at the right times. LadyShanny had some good food suggestions above. If you'd like to reply with what you have been eating and your habits we may be able to offer additional ideas. You can do this!
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    Critical of improved relationship with food

    There's a lot to unpack here, so let's start with preparation. Yes, there is a lot of prep and food planning that goes with the Whole30. Have you read Well Fed? I highly, highly recommend that cookbook. It simplifies things well and really helps you get though your Whole30. One thing you'll want to do is prep lots of food for the week so you aren't dependent on Chipotle and grocery runs. One day a week, on Sat or Sun or your day off, you'll cook up some chicken, brown some ground beef, lamb or pork, boil a dozen eggs, roast some sweet potatoes, cut up or buy precut carrots, celery, snap peas, cucumber, bell pepper. Stock up on some frozen broccoli and baby spinach. Make or buy some compliant baba ghanoush, guacamole or mayo and make it into a dip/dressing. Get some cans of olives, artichokes, hearts of palm. Make a frittata for the week. Pack up your lunches - salads with plenty of greens, protein and fat will suffice for almost any meal. Bring your own dish to share when you go to friends homes. Deviled eggs are a great option. If you don't want to ask that they provide compliant options for you, eat something satiating - ie some protein and fat - or a meal template meal before you go. Skip the date and nut bars, you can see what happens with them. Finally, a gentle reminder that commercially prepared chips of any kind are not allowed on your Whole30.
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    a banana and hard boiled eggs for breakfast?

    Aidells Chicken and Apple sausage - slice that bad boy into coins or dice, sautee in a bit of fat, with some frozen (or fresh) broccoli. YUM!
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    Day 10 round 2 wondering why

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    Day 30 and disappointed!

    This is the second or third comment you've made about gaining weight. We ask that you not step on the scale during your Whole30, and it's a rule you should take as seriously as the others. We are very clear that the Whole30 IS NOT a weight loss diet, but it seems you are focusing on that aspect. The scale is not a good measure of health, body composition and it's not doing your psyche any favors, either. Please give yourself some grace about the gravitational pull the earth is exerting on you. Here are some good posts about why we feel this way about weighing. Hang in there! Give yourself 30 days and then evaluate.
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    Day 30 and disappointed!

    You say you work out 4x5 times a week - it's also entirely probable that you have a little more muscle on you, thus you did lose a little but scale weight remains nearly the same. Are your tighter clothes any looser? This is a much better way to measure. If you have very little weight to lose, it may not come easily. And it's also true that eating too little can cause your body to hang onto weight in women - this is why women survive famines at a much greater rate than men, and why men lose weight much more easily. Finally, we recommend going 4-5 hours between meals without snacking - it's better to make your meals larger than to snack. This allows your digestive system a break. See chapter 5 in It Starts With Food for a fascinating explanation of the hormone glucagon.
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    Headache/Lethargy after Meal

    Nothing jumps out at me, it is entirely possible that the timing was coincidental, or could even have been from what you ate earlier in the day, or the day before. Or, you might be sensitive to coconut, papaya or potatoes. Your meal contained coconut milk, coconut flour and coconut oil - if you cooked with that earlier in the day too, it might have been too much for you. As you said, only way to tell is to remove it, add it back and see.
  12. Sorry you've been sick! There is some bad stuff going around. Eating whole, nutrient dense food will not keep you from getting better. There's nothing in toast that will help you. If you feel the recovery is taking longer than it should you may want to consult a doctor. Can you give us some examples of a few days of eating, so we can possibly help troubleshoot what might be bothering you? I highly recommend Mel Joulwan's Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup. Also, her Velvety Butternut Squash - a weekly favorite! I add an extra egg for more protein. You can also make this into a soup by omitting the egg and adding chicken broth (see linked recipe). Scrambled eggs, roasted sweet potatoes and apples and ginger are easy on the stomach and may even help you feel better. As for the weight loss, here are some helpful tips to keep it from happening: https://whole30.com/2013/12/keeping-weight-whole30/ Sure hope you feel better soon.
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    My biggest challenge.. baby food..

    Did you read It Starts With Food? If not, why did you decide to start a Whole30? Very pertinent information you should know: Grain Manifesto Dairy Manifesto Feeding Babies Solids
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    Did I fail my Whole30?

    Congratulations on finishing your Whole30! I too snacked on compliant sweet stuff my first whole30. We do the best we can. Then we figure out how to do better. Now anytime I have a sweet craving, I try to take a walk, drink some water or hot herbal tea, or eat something like chicken and avocado. Do you own Well Fed cookbook? It totally got me through my first Whole30. Lots of basic fast recipes, tips, etc and ways to eat without even cooking more than a couple times a week: https://meljoulwan.com/2014/06/25/great-ingredients-recipe-required/
  15. I second the idea of trying totally new dishes. Agree also on the salmon cakes, very palatable and not fishy tasting, IMO. Also agree that a great Meal 1 option is soup. Basically chop up onion, garlic - saute. Add spices and maybe some minced ginger - I love a little cumin and plenty of coriander. Add carrots, zucchini, tomatoes or other veg you like and then add your (already cooked) protein and compliant chicken or beef broth. Simmer for awhile. Finish by tossing in some chopped baby spinach or kale (or not) and squeeze some fresh lemon juice in just before you're ready to eat. A wonderful side dish is Mel Joulwan's Velvety Butternut Squash. I add an extra egg for more protein. You can also make this into a soup by omitting the egg and adding chicken broth (see linked recipe). Another good idea: Ingredient Meals. Definitely make the Sunshine Sauce. I highly recommend getting Mel Joulwan's Well Fed cookbook. It TOTALLY got me through my first whole30. Her other cookbooks are also great but the first one really shows you how to cook a ton of food in short time, and customize the flavors over several meals. Be proud of yourself for trying. Your taste buds will change to like more foods as your palate adjusts to no sugar. You can do this!