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  1. In short, just because it doesn't taste as good. :-) I'll experiment with reducing the fruit intake, that feels sensible.
  2. You know what? That's a good point about smoothies. If I think carefully, I think I can trace this dip in energy levels to the time I started having them for breakfast. I am using smoothies as a way to introduce more leafy vegetables in my routine. I usually have a good amount of protein for breakfast. Here's how a typical morning meal looks for me: * 1 cup coconut milk * 1/2 banana * 1 whole orange (peeled) * 1/2 avocado * a bunch of kale * a bunch of spinach * frozen strawberries (occasionally frozen mangoes) * 1 tsp matcha green tea * 3 scrambled eggs * 1 (compliant) chicken sausage * 2 slices of uncured TJ turkey sausage I thought something like this would be reasonably low in sugar due to my choices of fruit.
  3. I'll try these adjustments, thanks Glenn. I wondered whether I was overdoing carbs, and now I might be not consuming them enough. One relatively recent change I introduced was have a larger breakfast so it becomes my main meal of the day, instead of lunch. I've been making smoothies with coconut milk, lots of kale, 1/2 an avocado (I'm down to 1/4 now), then some combination of oranges, a banana, mango, apple and strawberries, depending on the mood of the day. Maybe I should reevaluate my distributions, I'll try the template. BTW, it mentions a "Carb Curve" - is this something described in the book?
  4. Thanks for your replies, Beth and Glenn. I have started a food log to evaluate what I may be doing wrong, but I suspect lack of food is not the issue. I feel I have some quite satisfying meals. I may be overemphasizing protein and not paying enough attention to my carbs, especially at lunch and dinner. I didn't realize "tiger blood" was a thing in the Whole9 community. Since then, I have read Melissa's article on it and her description matches what I felt temporarily quite accurately. The last couple of days have been tough. I feel like I'm back to the lowest levels of energy and mental focus I had before I started the program. Weight doesn't seem to be creeping in, but everything else seems to be back at square one. I hope it's only temporary.
  5. I'm a 6-ft 38-yo man and I'm at day 45 of my Whole30 program. I am incredibly happy with the results I've had so far. I have a better handle over my cravings, reduced mindless snacking, I went from 248 lbs to 235 lbs with very little exercise, am feeling generally healthier, but the two most remarkable results I've observed were joint pains that went completely away and - particularly - my energy level. Between about day 10 and day 20 of the program, I felt incredible! I was jumping out of bed in the morning ready to go, I moved around faster, post-lunch crashes became a thing of the past, felt energized and mentally sharper than I did in many years! It still amazes me to this day the difference I and my wife noticed, and to date, it felt like the biggest "lifehack" I've ever come across. However, since then, I've been gradually feeling less energized. I am not quite as lethargic as I was before I started the program, but am nowhere near where I was a couple of weeks ago. I haven't changed anything on my diet, am still following the program quite strictly and starting to incorporate a bit more exercise in my life (Pilates 2x/week, biking 5 miles to work 3x/week and an occasional 20mi bike loop). I also noticed I craved water when energy peaked more so than I do now. I'm seriously craving that natural "high" I experienced and desperately finding a way to have it back. Has anyone else experienced this? Thoughts? Thanks, LesSand