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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. I have almond butter. Now what?!

    Occasionally I will bring some celery with pre-applied almond butter for part of my lunch. Have you tried this Well Fed 2 recipe? It's delicious and almond butter works well in it as a sub for sunbutter (omit the vanilla extract for your Whole30): http://thehealthyfoodie.com/west-african-chicken-stew-well-fed-2/
  2. Day 15 - gag eggs, sweet potatoes

    I find it's worth getting up a little early to eat at home. We do recommend that you eat within 1 hour of waking for best results during your Whole30, so give that a try if possible. Fresh, hot soft scrambled eggs are a lot tastier than cold or microwaved fried eggs, IMHO. For a real treat make some version of Melissa's Chicken Hash or my personal favorite - shredded rutabaga/sweet potato combo, onions, spinach and compliant sausage or chicken sausage. You can do this!
  3. Day 26 and cravings showing up

    The Food Freedom Forever book by Melissa Hartwig has some really great, in-depth discussion and strategies on this. Really, there is no one trick -- it comes down to being mindful each time you're presented with a delicious food that isn't Whole30, and truly evaluating if it is worth the effects. You also may find this helpful: https://whole30.com/2012/01/ride-your-own-bike-2/ Finally, have you been eating fruit or other technically Whole30 foods when you get a sweet craving? That will keep your cravings alive and well. We recommend you go for a walk, drink some tea, or just wait 15 minutes to determine whether it is a craving or you're really hungry. If the latter, eat some protein and veggies instead. That will bust those cravings.
  4. Oops soy

    Holly, A slice of cashew cheese, even if compliant, is what we call Sex With Your Pants On. A very big piece of the Whole30 is changing your habits. Please leave it out for your Whole30.
  5. Leg Fatigue

    The fat adapting process can take some time. Hang in there! Eating more carb dense veggies (and eating pre and or post workout meals) will help - eat as a regular thing at least once a day. You may feel differently than before if you were used to a sugar-fueled workout. Experiment with what you eat in the days leading up to and the hours leading up to your workouts.
  6. Can't fight the hunger pains

    Stephanie, The Meal Template we recommend for each meal: 1-2 palms of protein, 1 - 2 thumb-size portions of fat, fill the rest of your plate full of veggies. These are minimums, so feel free to add more if you're still hungry or very active. Don't forget pre and post workout meals if applicable. You can do this!
  7. Day 17 and still feeling very tired

    Your lunch and dinner choices look good. Since you are active, you may get better results from including a high-carb veggie in your salads. It's important that you eat a pre-Workout mini-meal of protein and/or fat. Check the Meal Template, linked below. Especially important since you are not otherwise eating breakfast within an hour of waking, which we recommend. If nothing else have a few bites of chicken or another protein before your workout. Eat a post-Workout meal if your workout was fairly strenuous (weights, spinning). Then, have breakfast an hour later or so. Instead of the snack, eat your lunch at noon. If you can't eat until 3, make your breakfast meal bigger or your snack more nourishing (protein + fat or protein + veggies). One other question - are you eating a palm to two palms size portions of protein? I second the suggestion to limit your intake of nuts. It's very easy to eat more than the serving size!
  8. How to recover from missed breakfast

    Out of curiosity, did you eat according to the Meal Template for your lunch? What exactly did you eat and how much? That may have as much to do with your crash as skipping Meal 1.
  9. Mild Cilantro Lime Salsa

    Yes, fruit juice concentrate is fine as an added ingredient. Don't drink it or straight juice as a beverage.
  10. Food for thought: The accidental part of the sugar dose isn't maybe the biggest deal here. The fact that you continued to eat the meal because your husband felt bad is more concerning. Part of the Whole30 process teaches that you never, ever have to eat something to avoid hurting other people's feelings. Part of the reason so many of us are unhealthy is attitudes toward food that includes eating out of obligation. "Come on, I made this just for you" "You can have just one" ... What if you shrugged with a smile and said, "Sweetheart, I really appreciate you making me dinner tonight. That makes me feel so loved and supported. It was an innocent mistake, no hard feelings. But I need to set this aside and eat something else tonight."
  11. meat overload

    Give it some time for your body to adjust. Make sure you are eating close to the Meal Template guidelines. You may find this article helpful: https://whole30.com/2011/02/eating-meat-a-primer-for-the-meat-challenged/ You can do this!
  12. Whole30 Compliant Salami

    I did find this great resource - http://www.oliveyouwhole.com/whole30/whole30-approved-deli-meat-brands/ And, you can always check the labels at your grocery store. We have Wegman's here, and their house brand roast beef is compliant. You never know.
  13. Day1

    You should read this and make your decision: https://whole30.com/2014/06/really-start-whole30/
  14. Day 17 and still feeling very tired

    Sorry you are not yet feeling the good energy. It will come! Please post your meals and amounts (including how much water you're drinking) if you'd like us to have a better chance at spotting any potential issues. Are you going at least 4 hours between meals before you feel hungry again? Nuts are known to cause tummy issues in many people, so I'd start with cutting them out to see if that resolves the problem.
  15. Swelling in hand joints- help!

    Sorry you are having this issue. Your meals look good overall, keep up the good work including lots of different veggies! The first thing that jumps out at me is that you are eating a fair amount of nuts, so that's the first thing I would eliminate. RXbars include nuts as well. When we say eat a Mini meal, we mean real food from at least two of the categories, preferably including protein -- ie, protein + vegetables, or protein + fat. That will be more filling and more nourishing and will hold you over better. It's why we recommend you don't eat fruit on its own. (RXbars and such are only for when you are stuck somewhere you can't get to other food for many hours). I realize you can't sit and eat a whole meal on your shifts. Instead of trying to eat every 2-3 hours, go for one mini-meal. Try baby carrots and approved jerky -- stashed in your pockets if necessary. If you have refrigeration available (or even a lunch bag with ice packs), I'd go with something like hard boiled eggs and other raw (or cooked) veggies like broccoli, carrots, peppers, snap peas, etc. Also, what's peri peri rub? Sounds delicious! Hope the joint issue clears up soon.