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  1. So this is a little tough love... you simply need to NOT eat the food you are feeding him. Making sure your meal times and his meal times are separate might help. When he eats, you just don't As the mom of a 2 year old, I can tell you that it IS possible to not eat your child's food if you don't want to. But, him eating only w30 food would also be totally fine. Despite a random internet stranger telling your son needs dairy and grains. There are truly no nutrients in dairy and grains that can ONLY be obtained from dairy or grains. Do you have a dog? Dogs are good at eating baby leftovers.
  2. We snowshoed ~4.5 miles with 2k of elevation this AM. I ate 2 HB eggs with a little mayo before we left. And some coffee with Nutpods. I'd agree that for <3hrs you don't "need" anything. Those might be the good ones for pushing fat adaptation because if you bonk, well, you don't have 9 more hours to go I did a Spartan Super a few years ago on 3 HB eggs with mayo (this sits well for me - I DO have GI issues so I play it safe a lot) before the race and then brought dates in a baggy with a ton of sea salt mixed in the bag. Salt is a BIGGY for long efforts for me. 9 miles, 5-6k elevation and all the obstacles and I was good. But I think I'm better than a lot of people for not needing much fuel during high intensity efforts. If you need cognitive/technical skills (which I'd assume you do for mountaineering) then making sure you have enough with you seems important. If it were me, I'd try to go lower carb but have the carbs with me just in case my brain turned to mush as I was trying to make important decisions. And PS - so jealous of your home town! We vacationed there 2 years ago - amazing! Enjoy your training playground!
  3. littleg

    Explaining Whole30 to kids

    I think a good strategy is always about foods that make you feel good and let you do the things you enjoy doing. We have a 2 year old so he isn't asking yet why we eat the foods we do but we already talk to him about eating food for energy to play and foods that make your belly feel good. For older kids I think it is important to spin the positive - so more about the foods you are including (vs excluding). I'm eating meats and vegetables to help me get stronger. I'm eating fruits and vegetables to get important vitamins and minerals... things like that.
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    Fueling high carb and Whole 30

    @Endurance Steve - I was a little said when you went away - I wanted to hear how your higher carb W30 went. Did it end up happening or was it tabled for January? I just read an interview with Marcus Filly - have you heard of him? Former CrossFit games athlete who started up "Functional Bodybuilding". He talked about how he sees so many people (in the CF world, but I imagine in competitive cycling it's the same) take the mindset you mentioned above... Low carb is good. No carb must be better. Training is good. All the training must be better... and then poof, nothing is working and they wonder why. Here is the link. If you think the sugar cravings are just cravings (vs being driven by too low carb of a diet/too much daily restriction) maybe some work on habits/mindful eating/self hypnosis (or real hypnosis) is a better place to start. For me, W30 has not helped with binge eating. For me, it was too restrictive. Eating chocolate every night has helped with binge eating But everyone is different - for some people removing sugar makes the urge for sugar go away - for me it makes it worse. But it took many W30s to figure this out. Anyway, whatever you decide to do I'm interested to hear how it goes for you!
  5. littleg

    Women's NSVs!

    That sounds like good food for the win
  6. I agree with the muffin tin issue. PIA! Like @ShannonM816 we've been making our casseroles in glass casserole dishes for years with minimal sticking. Pan fried sausage always goes on the bottom - I'm not sure if that helps or not I'm also a BF mom (of a toddler at this point) and I *still* have trouble with mornings getting away from me - its amazing! Even just some HB eggs with mayo as a mini meal before the walk and then sit down when you can. Or how about a batch of waldorf salad or something so you get some carbs in? And I'll make one plug for parenting tips Janet Lansbury. She'll teach you that *your* needs matter too - not always the baby's or the dog's or your spouse's... you get to come first sometimes too! I've eaten quite a few (quick) meals while saying "I hear you bud, you want X right now, I'm eating, I'll help you in a few minutes". Sometimes I say it to the baby too
  7. littleg

    I can't live without Splenda

    You can do pretty much anything for 30 days. You could also drink: water, seltzer, kombucha, herbal teas... I think many people start a W30 thinking "I can NEVER ----- for 30 days" and then, poof, they do
  8. littleg

    Fueling high carb and Whole 30

    It was fine. I actually felt better gut wise... but I've always been a big volume eater and so I think 4 lbs a day of veggies may not have been appreciated by my intestines. I tried to keep IIFYM as "whole foods" based as possible so the carbs I added in were: oatmeal and rice (puffed rice cereal, plain rice cakes and cooked white rice). No gluten. I cut down on veggies a lot since the program I was following wanted sugars low (which meant lots of veggies were out and starch was in). Over the years I've been paleo/W30 for over 7 years now) I've learned what foods are really not great for me: sweet potatoes make my gut unhappy, white potatoes make my joints unhappy, delicata squash means I can't leave the house... I've never been "higher" carb in these 7 years. But clearly my body could handle it and it may have even helped... I've made some strength gains in 10 weeks that have brought me back from quite deconditioned (traumatic birth 2 years ago) to pretty much where I was in terms of strength after years of CrossFit. 10 WEEKS. Have you looked through the literature at all for diet modifications for endurance athletes? I've been reading some of the bodybuilding literature and its pretty clear that protein and carbs help and fat not so much. Of course the means from all of the studies mean nothing compared to your n=1 but that is what W30 is all about to me... remove the irritants and assess. Some "good" things might get removed too - like carbs for you - so reassess that too. If low carb isn't some magic bullet for you after 3-4 months I think you can say you need carbs. There has also been some reports in the literature from the keto world that many keto attempts are too high fat and too low protein and many feel better and see improved biomarkers after increasing protein. Protein may kick you out of ketosis for a bit or drop blood ketones but the point of ketosis (to me) is again the metabolic flexibility and enhanced health it may offer. So if your body does better with a higher protein load - who cares if your ketones are 0.6 instead of 1.3. I guess I'm still not clear on your goals though... Do you have lab data indicating there is something unhealthy about your current food intake? Do you just want to kick sugar cravings? Are you a professional athlete or "just" winning your AG and stuff? Can your performance take a back seat while you figure out nutrition? And, if food extremism is your issue (I can join you in this camp for sure) maybe you need to just get off the darn internet
  9. littleg

    Fueling high carb and Whole 30

    @Endurance Steve I'm interested to hear how this goes for you. I'm in a sort of similar situation in that I've been off W30 for a while doing some more intense weight lifting than I've ever done. I've leaned out and put on muscle and am pleased. But, I've been doing IIFYM and am not happy with living like that forever. Paleo/W30 has always been low-ish carb for me and I'm back right now dabbling with higher carb/mostly paleo eating. I'm interested to see how I do trying to do an almost-W30 with more carbs but just a little less free-for-all in the fat department in terms of keeping off the fat I've lost. Unlike you keeping weight ON is not my problem Wish it was! As a side note, though I was never at the level it seems you are for endurance sports, I was a triathlete/runner when I first went paleo. I felt like total and complete $hit trying to run for maybe 3-4 weeks. However, ever since then, my ability to perform at a mod/high level (for me) fasted/low carb has *never* been an issue. Which is great.
  10. littleg

    Fueling high carb and Whole 30

    Have you tried a middle ground for carb intake? LCHF and keto are both super low. And your current diet is super high. Maybe somewhere in the middle could work for you? So that way you'd only have to eat 2 lbs of sweet potatoes a day I just put 200 g (which is only 7 oz) of boiled green plantains into Cronometer. That is 62g of carbs. Fry those suckers up in some coconut oil and if you have some metabolic flexibility perhaps you'd find that meals with mod/high carb and fat like that would manage to keep you out of feeling-like-crap land but also help you reach your health goals?
  11. littleg

    Thickening Agents

    I just cook everything down more If I make a stew or recipe with meat, once the meat is cooked through I take it out and just cook down the sauce. Things are only runny because of excess water - so cook off the water.
  12. littleg

    coming back to whole30 after miscarriage :(

    Hi Katie. I went through something similar (and logged on here about it if you feel like reading it - lots of Day 1s because the pull to heal vs the pull to binge were both very strong and real!). Miscarriages are so so so hard. But, the grief does pass. Even after getting our rainbow baby, thinking back to the day I found out about our loss via ultrasound still brings tears to my eyes. I hope that the focus on nourishing your body has helped you through this time.
  13. Sorry to hear you didn't have a good experience... Since you seem to be open to learning about the foods your body does better/worse on - how was W30 different than your pre-W30 diet? It always seems to strange to me when people say W30 doesn't work for them because W30 is nothing but food. Real food. So adding in processed food and feeling improvement seems a little counter-intuitive to me. BUT some people have unknown sensitivities to eggs, FODMAPS, nightshades, etc and because suddenly people eat a lot more eggs and veggies during a W30 (which should NOT make you sicker in principle) they suddenly don't feel well. You also ate very low carb (according to the day you posted) which if you are coming from a very high carb diet can take weeks to adjust to. Fatigue and headaches are totally normal for a transition to very low carb diet. And one other thing - you said you were drinking water as an appetite suppressant between meals - between the drop in sodium (often happens when people transition to a whole foods diet) and the increased water intake, you may have messed up your electrolyte balance a bit (again, headaches and fatigue would be a normal presentation of this). I sure hope a bunch of salted bone broth wouldn't have been all you needed to feel better!
  14. littleg

    Achieving is believing

    What a great thread! So empowering to take control of your health!
  15. littleg

    Binge eating and re-starting Whole30

    @Dragonslayer That is an interesting idea. I've got the same issue... sometimes I keep binge eating just because I started... not because I really want to keep going! How stupid is that?! But the "oh, I'll be good tomorrow" means I have to cram it all in. Let us know how it goes. @hmg1993 Sounds like you've got a good plan in place. Life is just easier with wine and cheese I've been finding that it is easier lately to say no to the stuff I really don't agree with (mostly processed foods) because I truly think they are not compatible with health. But it really isn't a good way to live to say no to the entire W30 list all the time. I think coming up with rules that really matter to us are the key in the long run. Like "I don't eat food coloring" or "refined sugar" or "nuts" or whatever.