RLW

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  1. I also had no improvement. I extended to 40 days, but I'm now getting ready to move on to reintroduction. Eating to the template was a massive change in way of eating for me; prior to this, I didn't eat much junk, but I normally had meat once per day, had a lot of fresh fruit and agave daily, gluten-free grains a few times per week, didn't eat breakfast upon waking, etc. I have plenty of excess stored body fat, so I did expect *some change in body comp. I plan to keep most of the 'forbidden' W30 foods out of my diet (though I am going to test dairy), but now that I know that eating so much animal fat and protein doesn't seem to benefit me, I'm not going to eat as much of them. I am going to go back to eating more vegetables (it was hard to eat more than 2 cups per meal with all the meat and fat).
  2. RLW

    Starting Jan. 2

    I'm not used to trying to do anything to sleep. Pretty much my whole life, it's been, just go to bed and close my eyes. This month has been very unusual. Nothing in my routine has otherwise changed. I'm not interested in taking anything to make me sleep.
  3. RLW

    Starting Jan. 2

    Thanks for the input. There is no way I am not eating enough food! And I'm not low-carbing either--usually 2-3 fruits per day (it's high summer here). I haven't run since last weekend because I have been just so tired out, but otherwise had been jogging/biking/pilatesing the first 3 weeks. I'm going to try the whole bath and cup of herbal tea before bed routine ...normally I just go to bed when I'm tired and I go right out.
  4. RLW

    Starting Jan. 2

    The day 29 email kind of sucked! Basically it said, Surely you did amazing, and if so, write us a testimonial. If not, you must have been really a mess beforehand, or else you've been doing it wrong. I've been 100% with the compliant foods, and been very good about working the meal template. For sure the big payoff has been that I'm off sugar and don't have physical cravings for it or the related symptoms. Also the blender should have a longer life due to its month off of smoothie duty. I had hoped that I would see a difference in the way my pants fit, but no. My sleep has been poor (it's normally fine), which affects my energy levels. And I have had crazy PMS symptoms for an entire week, which has *never happened in my entire life (normally I have 0-1 day of mild symptoms). PMS + lack of sleep = less enthusiasm for everything, even sashimi. I figure I'm this far in, and maybe my body needs more time to adjust. I'm going to extend to Whole45.
  5. RLW

    Starting Jan. 2

    Life-changing insight trumps a glass of wine any time!
  6. RLW

    Starting Jan. 2

    I think it's Marion Nestle who says that nutrition is right up there with politics and religion as an inflammatory topic. I only told a couple of people who I thought would be supportive of W30, because I really don't want to invite other people to examine, comment on, and/or judge what I'm eating, especially when I'm just trying it out. Last week we had people over for lunch, and I didn't say anything, even though at some point one of the people brought up the topic of eating paleo in general. Did they notice that I had piles of green salad but no potatoes? I don't know, but if I'd said anything, it likely would have led to somebody encouraging me to have "just a little" of something that I'd already decided weeks ago that I wouldn't be eating. Maybe that will change later on, i.e., if I get to the "OMG you look amazing, what are you doing?" stage. For now, if they offer a cookie, it's just, "No thank you."
  7. RLW

    Starting Jan. 2

    Good question. I think I am going to extend to a Whole35 or something around there. My pants fit exactly the same. Based on the results so far, this plan doesn't really work for me; maybe my body is going to take longer to adjust. I have gone off sugar before for extended periods of time, and it was quite like this--once you're off, you're off, and it's easier physically and psychologically to not have any than to constantly pick and choose when you'll have your next fix. I expect that at some point I will add back in butter and goat's milk/chevre, although I don't have a particular yearning for them. Right now I am more interested in backing off of the quantity of all the animal products; I think I will likely start doing vegetable smoothies and juice in the morning (where the sweetest ingredient is a cucumber).
  8. RLW

    Fruit v veggies

    Interesting, I hadn't seen those before. But meat and fish score in the 20s-40s!
  9. RLW

    Starting Jan. 2

    I don't know if I would quite say 'tiger blood,' but my energy is definitely much improved over the first two weeks. I went for a run last night which was the best so far in Jan. This morning I got up and started work straight away (pretty unusual for me--I am not a morning person).
  10. RLW

    Starting Jan. 2

    Yes but if I keep a high-quality coffee at home then I will drink more!
  11. Cutting down on fresh fruit has been the biggest challenge for me, partly because I don't really understand why it's okay to eat unlimited starchy veg but not low/non-sweet fruit. I understand why I shouldn't eat four bananas, but I don't buy into the idea that local ripe raw berries are less healthy than canned veg. Also, I am not clear about what happens if I cut out fruit altogether for awhile. I presume that that would mean my body goes into fat burning mode--but then when I reintroduce fruit will it revert to carb burning mode? I did read the book, but either these issues weren't fully addressed or I glossed them over.
  12. RLW

    Starting Jan. 2

    Had people over for barbeque this weekend and it really wasn't too bad. If I hadn't been on W30, I likely would have had a glass of wine, some potato salad, and ice cream and/or cream in my coffee. As it was, I ate lamb and beef with a huge pile of chopped green salad with just-picked tomatoes for the meal and berries for dessert. And very excited to have just found compliant bacon! This morning for breakfast I made a couple of slices, and then cooked asparagus and eggs in its fat. I had it all on a bed of lettuce plus a few strawberries. I still really don't like plain black coffee. I tried coconut milk, but it was meh at best, and I'm not crazy about eating things out of cans anyway. Most days this past week I went out for espresso instead. At some point in the not-too-distant future I'd like to get off caffeine too, but I doubt it will be during W30. I don't have a scale, but I know that my pants aren't any looser yet. I've been pretty good about exercise throughout. I am about two sizes larger than what is a healthy size for me (three larger than my preferred size ...but I was last that size nearly 20 years ago).
  13. RLW

    Starting Jan. 2

    Do you intend to stay off fruit permanently? In terms of fat adaptation, if I quit fruit entirely for a short time, will I be right back where I am now when I reintroduce fruit? After a few days on W30, I stopped craving processed sugary stuff (ie in December I had agave in my coffee, gluten-free cookies, Nutella, etc., all of which made me want more more more).
  14. RLW

    Starting Jan. 2

    I have a hard time limiting dried fruit, so there is none of it in the house for W30. But when it comes to fresh fruit, I think I just like it more than most people, especially, as you said, when it's in season and gorgeous. Here we don't get many things 12 months round as in the US; you eat it in season or wait til next year. I'm also not sure how the carbs in fruit compare to carbs in starchy veg (which I can generally take or leave); this morning I ate sweet potato rather than fruit, and while from a fuel perspective it was ok, it was in no way as pleasing a meal.
  15. RLW

    Starting Jan. 2

    So according to the timeline, today and tomorrow are the most likely days that people drop out of Whole30. I am mostly eating according to the template now, although it still seems like a crazy amount of food, and especially protein. Pants are tight and workouts seem harder than normal. I haven't had much issues with cravings for non-W30 foods this week, but I am still wanting to eat more fruit. I'm starting to wonder if it would be better if I cut out fruit entirely for X days, to see if this tames the fruit desire. Has anybody else done this, and if so, what were the results?