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    Running, CrossFit, Scuba Diving, Animal training

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  1. Watermelon is a problem food for me too. I will literally eat it until I'm sick or feel like I'm going to explode and completely lose all rationality and control. I have found that if I'm going to eat it, I need to buy it pre-cut in a small portion so that I literally don't eat an entire watermelon over the course of a couple of hours. I'm not sure what it is about it, but I just love the stuff.
  2. I haven't but definitely will try it! Luckily my schedule allows me to work out fasting most of the time so this isn't normally a huge issue. I tend to plan my rest days for days that I can't workout first thing since afternoon workouts can be really rough on my digestive system.
  3. Meh, it was ok. I didn't feel like I wanted to vomit the entire time which is definitely a plus but my stomach still just felt off. I definitely scaled back my intensity slightly though in order to keep myself from feeling sick. I haven't found the magic combination of real food that really works for me as a pre-workout yet. RXBars and protein shakes (I use PaleoPro when I'm not on a W30) seem to be just about it so far... I felt fine after my workout though and was STARVING, haha!
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    Food brands

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  5. Just an update, decided to try for a mini meal this morning since I woke up starving at 6:30am and I know RX Bars are supposed to be for emergencies only. I struggled with the idea of using them in a way that wasn't in the spirit of the W30. With that being said, my mini-meal wasn't my typical one since I'm still being careful of the food I eat this morning to reduce the likelihood of feeling sick. I decided on a small sweet potato (1/3-1/2 of my fist) with about 1 tbsp of almond butter and 1 HB egg. Now I'm having my normal coffee with collagen and nutpods. If needed, I'll have a 2nd cup of coffee with some full fat coconut milk. I have my post workout meal packed and ready to go and will come home immediately after and prepare a full meal. I'm just planning on eating the upper end of the template if I'm hungry to help make up for the lack of food this morning or adding in another mini-meal this afternoon to help keep up. I'm hopeful this will work out and I'll have a great time later this morning!
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    Freezing Zoodles

    I've done it, but I sweated my zucchini prior to freezing and then defrosted the zoodles by dumping them into a strainer so that they weren't sitting in liquid while defrosting. I seem to remember it working out just fine but it's been a while...
  7. Thanks for your reply! I *might* be able to tolerate a mini meal but so far I haven't been successful with tolerating much of anything prior to my workouts. I need at least 4 hours but preferably 5 hours or more between my last meal and working out so that I don't feel sick. On days where I workout in the afternoon, I have to be very careful with my meal timing otherwise I'm absolutely miserable during my workouts since I feel like I'm going to be sick the entire time. It's strange, because I'm usually ravenous after and have no problems eating. I accidentally discovered that I do well with RXBars while marathon training since any kind of gel, gummies, fruit, nut butters, toast, or baby food packets did not work for me. For whatever reason, RXBars work (but not Larabars, which are almost the same...so strange). Maybe I'll try some bulletproof coffee and a hard boiled egg since I have 3 hours...
  8. Hi all! I'm kind of at a loss for what to do tomorrow regarding my meals and workout time. I usually workout almost in fasting state first thing in the morning (coffee with collagen and nutpods or coconut milk only, no food), then have my post-workout immediately after, and meal 1 usually within 60-90 mins after I return home. Tomorrow is a strange scenario though. I usually wake up around 7 on Saturday mornings but my workout will not be until 10:40 tomorrow morning. I'm signed up for a 90 minute Orangetheory class and it's the only time that is offered tomorrow or for the rest of the month. My predicament is that I do not have time to eat a full meal prior to my workout since that will make me really sick but I also don't necessarily want to wait until almost 1pm for my first meal. I would normally have my coffee first thing in the morning and then an RX Bar about 1 hour before to have some fuel in me (they are the only thing I tolerate well prior to and during my workouts). I've tried nut butters, egg yolks, avocado, and lean protein prior to my workouts but do not tolerate any of it very well. Any other suggestions? Maybe a mini meal at 7am with bulletproof coffee??? Then definitely my post workout and a full meal as soon as I get home???
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    Not sleeping well

    Thanks for all of the suggestions. I would actually say my sleep hygiene is pretty good since I've struggled with poor sleep for years. I have blue light apps installed on all of my electronics so my screens change colors as soon as the sun goes down. I also try to limit my usage of electronics at night, preferably stopping an hour or more prior to bed. There isn't any other source of blue light in the bedroom and no TV. My bedroom isn't necessarily cooler than the rest of the house since we don't have AC and I don't leave the window open due to us living next to a major Southern California freeway and our bedroom window being the closest to the noise. I do use a white noise machine to drown out freeway noise and have tried using a fan (unsuccessfully) in the past in order to keep the room cooler. I definitely spend regular time outdoors every morning, usually between 6:30 and 7:30 am, while walking my dog. I also do not wear sunglasses on my first walk of the day in order to help stimulate the release of the proper hormones. I tend to go to bed between 10 and 11 on most nights, although I did go to bed at 9:30 the other night because I was exhausted and I usually wake up (and get up) between 6 and 7. I do take a magnesium supplement daily (PurePharma M3) and occasionally will take Natural Calm, but have found that the extra magnesium doesn't tend to make a huge difference in my sleep. It does help keep me from getting muscle cramps and with my recovery from workouts though. Even with all this, I'm probably averaging 6 hours of sleep per night, sometimes more, but it doesn't seem like it's good quality, more restless than anything and waking up 2, 3, or 4 times per night. One thing I can do is try to limit my consumption of liquids more prior to going to bed and see if that helps. I do find that I frequently wake up thirsty when I do this though and then get out of bed to get water in the middle of the night, lol! It kind of defeats the purpose but I will give it another go because I need to find something that works. Haha, I knew the 1/8th of an avocado was going to come back at me. :-P Yes, it was a HUGE avocado, probably twice the size of what I would consider to be a normal avocado so it appeared to be the equivalent of what would normally be a 1/4. I also did add an extra fat source to each meal where I had listed the 1/8th of avocado (ghee or salad dressing). I will try to up my fat intake to decrease my need for snacking. I am feeling full at the end of most of my meals though. I'm definitely using a mini-meal more than in the past due to having longer periods of time where I do not have an opportunity to eat. I usually have my first meal between 6:30 and 7am (if I'm not working out in the AM), meal 2 between 12-1pm, and my last meal around 7pm. If I work out in the AM, my meals tend to be shifted by 2 hours or so. This time around, I've noticed that I'm not necessarily feeling hungry during the periods of time that are longer than 4-5 hours, however I do get a slight headache and a dip in energy which have been signs in the past of me being hungry. I definitely added more fat to my breakfast this morning so we shall see how it goes (A hash made with 1 bell pepper, 1.5-2 cups roasted Brussels, 1/4 of a large sweet potato, 3 chicken meatballs, lots of ghee, topped with 2 eggs fried in ghee, and 1/2 of a regular sized avocado. Also coffee with collagen and nutpods.) I definitely agree that some of my sleep issues are stress related. This is the first time in many years where I would say that my stress levels aren't off the charts, which is saying something given my profession. I just started a new job 3 months ago which is much more stable but there is still an inherent amount of stress with a job in the mental health field. I was previously at a psychiatric hospital for 1.5 years working with acute patients and my work environment was awful. Prior to that was grad school, a full time job, and a part time internship for a year. I've also decreased my training recently (I'm really attempting to stick to 5 days per week at the gym, which is difficult since I was way overtraining) so my body may still be adjusting and learning to trust me after I was working out intensely 7-8 times per week. I'm also coming off of tracking macros, which was horrible for me mentally. I was going to bed hungry every night and obsessing about my weight and the scale. Taking those two factors away have been really good for me, however I do find myself still worrying about my weight and getting "fat" since I definitely put on a few pounds as soon as I stopped tracking. I was also engaging in some really disordered eating behavior for the past 6 months and am currently addressing this with a professional so that I can hopefully prevent a relapse in the future. Not to mention the tummy tuck I had in November....whoa, that's a ton! Actually typing all of this out is giving me perspective on exactly how much stress I've been experiencing over the past few years and this is just the surface. No wonder I'm not sleeping well. I think maybe just time and an increase in some self-nurturing behaviors might help.
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    Not sleeping well

    Would a moderator mind looking at my food log and maybe provide some feedback regarding my meal composition, timing, and sleep? I was initially sleeping fairly well but that the past week or so I've experienced really broken or restless sleep. I have cut my coffee consumption way down, not even finishing my one cup on most days. I was drinking 3-4+ most days before starting on the 1st. Poor sleep is definitely not anything new for me and I've had success with W30 before, but the issue has never really resolved itself. Any feedback would be appreciated. :-) Also, I'm kind of joking but not really, is it possible to over eat vegetables and what might that look like? This time around, I'm eating massive amounts of veggies (which is saying something since I usually eat 6-9 cups/day while not on a W30) and was just curious if that was possible. I'm finding that I'm still hungry at meal times (and sometimes before) so I don't actually think I'm overeating, but maybe?
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    Day 10

    Yay, so glad you're feeling better! That 10 day hump is the hardest. I'm doing pretty well, thanks! Generally no cravings and feeling satiated during the day, which is awesome because I was that person that was always hungry until a few days ago. I am having difficulty sleeping though, but that's not super unusual for me. I'm hoping it will resolve itself soon. My energy is pretty good considering though. :-)
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    Start date June 1st

    It's generally recommended that you start with at least one fist size serving of starchy veg daily but you can definitely eat more if you're super active. It's particularly helpful for females depending where they are in their cycle and it also seems to help moods stay more stable. Personally, I tend to eat starchy veg in at least 1 meal but my preference is 2 meals. I'm pretty active and I find that it helps with my energy level during my workouts and keeps my sugar dragon at bay. I also tend to feel hungry all the time if I'm too low carb even if I'm eating at the upper end of the template.
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    Start date June 1st

    Haha, what is it with Krispy Kreme?
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    Start date June 1st

    I'd ditch the nuts, fruit, and almond butter. These foods can all keep your sugar dragon alive. Try adding more fat to your meals or adding in a serving of starchy veg daily if you haven't already. Sometimes I just need to distract myself when I'm craving food too...go for a walk, read a book, get out of the house (if possible). This will pass!
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    Start date June 1st

    So is anyone else having bizarre food dreams? This is my 5th W30 and the very first time I've ever experienced this! I know the timeline says it's normal around this time but I thought you all might get a kick out of the dream I had last night. I was at the candy store in the mall and there was an Oompa Loompa behind the counter. They sold every type of candy imaginable, ice cream, and Krispy Kreme donuts. For whatever reason, I decided to eat a boston cream donut and had the filling all over my face and hands since I had ripped the donut in half. I was practically rubbing it all over my face. So bizarre and hilarious! When I woke up, I had a stomach ache and everything. It took me a few seconds to realize that it was just a dream, although you would think the Oompa Loompa would've tipped me off on that one, lol! The funny thing is that I have a severe gluten intolerance so a donut is not a food I would normally choose to eat even when off roading. I also don't remember the last time I was in a candy store. My sugar dragon seems to be under control this time around too. I'm not craving sugar at all, which is super unusual. My husband even commented that I've been eating way less fruit than normal so we're going to call all of this a NSV!