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  1. What have you been eating? Are you following the Meal Template closely? Regarding your sleep, alcohol may seem to put you to sleep but your overall sleep will be less restful and interrupted. If you can give us a few days of what and how much you've been eating each day, we may be able to offer suggestions.
  2. ultrarunnergirl

    What's on your Whole30 food playlist?

    My all time faves I still make all the time: Velvety Butternut Squash from Mel Joulwan/Well Fed Whole30 Chicken and Gravy from NomNomPaleo Almost 5-Ingredient Spaghetti Squash Pizza Pie from PaleOMG Turkey Curry Meatballs from PaleOMG
  3. ultrarunnergirl

    Would W30 help - recent ultrasound findings

    No one here is a doctor, and we can't advise you on specifics. However, choosing to eat nutrient dense foods and avoiding foods that make you less healthy is a no-brainer. Wishing you luck.
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    Day 18 - Where's the Tiger Blood?!

    I'm glad you are noticing quite a few NSVs. A gentle reminder that the program is 30 days, you may not experience your best days until the end. Tiger blood is different for everyone. If you work out regularly, you definitely have a much better chance at it. Hang in there, you can do this!
  5. Sometimes your 2nd whole30 seems disappointing in comparison to your first. See this post for details. Sometimes eating too little doesn't give you the results you think you'll have. Eating more could work better for you. How's your sleep hygiene? Screens off at least 1 hour before bed? How's your general stress levels? That can have a big impact.
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    Intestinal tickling and cravings

    Hmm. Do you normally consume coconut milk? Hot sauce? Either one of those could possibly cause a slight reaction. Some folks don't do well with nuts, so the almond milk could affect you. If it doesn't stop soon, I'd stop the almond milk and see if that does it.
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    Day 17 and ready to quit

    Sorry you are struggling. Can you tell us about the past few days, what you've eaten at each meal and how much? Snacks? How are your sleep hygiene habits? Are you turning off all screens at least one hour before bed or using blue light blocking glasses? You say you've just started a business - how are your general stress levels? Stress can throw everything off. What are your caffeine habits? How much do you consume? Do you stop before noon? A gentle reminder that it's a 30 day program, so give it 30 days. If you're stressed out about finances, check out this thread on budget shopping. Make sure you're adding plenty of good fat to your meals, it gives you a lot of bang for your buck. Cabbage, onions, whatever meat or produce is on sale (don't forget canned fish, usually a great deal) are things I turn to when I really want to go on the cheap. You can do this!
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    Lots of Energy but Dark Circles?

    I haven't heard of anyone reporting this before. How's your sleep quality and quantity? Are you turning off screens at least 1 hour before bed?
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
  16. 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.
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    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.
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    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 ...
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    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?
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    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.
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    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!
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    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?
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    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.
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    IUD Replacement Mid-Whole30

    You may have some painful cramping for a few days, everyone's experience varies. I don't think you'll feel better or worse if you are on Whole30/not on Whole30. Wishing you an easy transition.
  25. A lot of people find that doing something relaxing/self-care helps. So if you're used to having that wine while sitting and catching your breath, still take that time for you to sit, do nothing or maybe call a friend or something else that feels indulgent/gives you permission to NOT be doing something productive.