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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. ultrarunnergirl

    Cramping, indigestion, abdominal pain

    None of us are doctors, you might want to see one about this. Abdominal pain could be serious. You only have it in the morning? Another thought is perhaps looking into taking a digestive enzyme.
  2. ultrarunnergirl

    What would you eat

    Can't tell just from the menu, you must ask the server/kitchen to be sure they aren't including ingredients not listed. I usually say "here's what I cannot have; could you ask the kitchen which menu items would be easiest to make to those specifications?" When in doubt, you can always go with a dry-grilled steak and steamed veggies.
  3. ultrarunnergirl

    I'm not hungry!

    You should try your best to follow the Meal Template - one palm sized serving of protein (more if it's eggs), 1-3 cups of veggies, two thumb sized portions of fat/half an avocado/handful of olives. These amounts are the minimum recommended amount. If you find you can't eat all of it at one meal, wrap up the rest and take it with you and try again in an hour or two. It's important to eat within an hour of waking in the morning too. This should help get your hunger on track.
  4. ultrarunnergirl

    Always Nauseated from Day 12 On

    Sorry you are having this issue. It seems you could be a little low on the fats, try upping that a bit and see how it sits. Do you feel you are eating enough, ie can you go 4-5 hours before you feel hungry, or do you regularly need a snack? Another thing to try - not drinking right before, during, and right after your meal to allow for better digestion. Hope you feel better soon.
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    Stomach Pains Day 12 On

    Can you tell us what you've been eating for the past several days? We might be able to give suggestions. No one here is a medical professional and we can't diagnose you. However it's important to know that stomach issues are often caused by NOT ENOUGH acid in the stomach - thus the food can't be digested. There could also be bigger underlying gut biome issues that would be best addressed by a functional medicine practitioner. Do you drink a lot of coffee? It's often a culprit in acid reflux. You may want to cut it out or cut back on it.
  6. ultrarunnergirl

    Day 17...pants are tigher

    Sometimes we don't follow the timeline exactly. It would also be helpful to list what you've eaten over the past few days. You mentioned that you ate out 3 days in a row. Did you ask the server/restaurant that your food be prepared strictly whole30 and tell them what you couldn't have? If your food was cooked in seed oil (canola) or worse, soybean oil, that could cause issues. Or perhaps you're eating more nuts lately? I find a teaspoon of magnesium citrate (Natural Calm) in some water an hour before bed helps keep me regular.
  7. ultrarunnergirl

    peanut butter and jelly is all they want

    Kudos to you! Nom Nom Paleo has some great advice in her Food For Humans cookbook and on her website. You may need different approaches for each child. The other thing to remember is kids need to eat more often, so don't try to have them go 4 hours between meals. You buy the groceries so figure out the things they do like and have them on hand, and stop buying bread. Try using sweet potato slices as sandwich holders with sunbutter and an all fruit spread. Try new things constantly, like prosciutto (Nom Nom Paleo Prosciutto egg cups are great), olives, Velvety Butternut Squash from Mel Joulwan/Well Fed website/cookbook. Potatoes/sweet potatoes, apples and breakfast sausage are a great breakfast combo, with or without eggs. A little fruit tossed in with things (like chicken salad) goes a long way with kids whose palates are less suited to bitter foods until they get older.
  8. My husband had this his first round - eat anything whole30 that you can get down. Soup, sweet potato, roast chicken, even if just a little bit. Plenty of water. Your body is trying hard to adapt and it needs fuel. Hope you feel better soon.
  9. ultrarunnergirl

    Help! Akward topic...diarrhea

    Can you tell us what you've been eating? If your gut flora is out of balance, it's possible you could be experiencing a Herxheimer reaction. None of us here are medical professionals, so you'd want to see your doctor for a diagnosis, but it wouldn't hurt to drink plenty of water, sweat it out (exercise and or sauna) and of course, getting good sleep is super important.
  10. ultrarunnergirl

    Anyone else hate sweet potatoes now?

    Definitely mix it up with the veggies. I found I love shredded rutabaga (a wonderful thing I'd never have discovered if potatoes had been allowed in the early days of Whole30) sauteed with any kind of meat, onions, paprika, salt and a little chili powder, topped with a runny egg. YUM. There are lots of good veggies out there, don't get stuck in the sweet potato rut. Also try preparing things differently, shredded, spiralized, roasted, pureed (Velvety Butternut Squash!), thin sliced and roasted, cubed, spiralized ...
  11. ultrarunnergirl

    Increased Shoulder & Joint Pain

    Can you please tell us what you've been eating? 4 days is not very long, but perhaps there's something you've started eating that you weren't before?
  12. ultrarunnergirl

    Roof of Mouth Feels Bumpy (Day 7)

    Hi Molly, Can you tell us what you've eaten at each meal for the past couple of days? Please specify if there's anything you're eating now that is new to you.
  13. ultrarunnergirl

    not sleeping

    It can be for some people. Are you eating enough? Getting enough carb-dense veggies? See the Meal Template in my links below, and if you could list what you have been eating for the past few days that could help us troubleshoot. How's your sleep hygiene? Are you turning off screens an hour before going to bed? Is your bedroom nice and dark and cool? These can all be factors in sleep quality. Keep going, you can do this!
  14. ultrarunnergirl

    Reintroduction debate

    Gas, bloating, heartburn, acid reflux and constipation are signs of leaky gut. There is an excellent, very detailed description of this (leaky gut and chronic systemic inflammation) and how damaging it can be in It Starts With Food, Chapter 6: The Guts of the Matter and Chapter 7: Inflammation: No One Is Immune. Even if you didn't have a scientific argument to back you up, isn't feeling bloated and gross reason enough to refrain from eating these foods, except perhaps on special occasions?
  15. ultrarunnergirl

    Hot flashes

    Everyone is different. In general most sleep better on Whole30, I certainly do, however there are factors that help. Don't go too low carb, in particular eating some carb-rich veggies at your last meal of the day can help with sleep. One obvious benefit is that you're not drinking alcohol which is one of the worst things for hot flashes. If you are beginning periomenopause/menopause, you'll likely continue to have hot flashes. Try keeping your room cool and very dark.