Equinox

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  1. Equinox

    Insomnia - ketosis?

    Well, I'm sleeping normally again now. I've been able to cut out the melatonin and the Nature Calm and go back to my normal multivitamin with an extra Cal-Mag supplement like I usually take. I just take a dose of the liquid B and I seem to be fine. I have no idea which B it was that was giving me problems, but I doubt it was B12 because I'm eating more meat than I used to on this diet and I think meat is a major source. I'm actually wondering if it wasn't folate because my biggest sources of those would have been beans and fortified grains. It's true that I eat a lot of leafy vegetables too, but maybe it just wasn't quite enough without these other things? The odd thing though is that as I enter the last day of my Whole30 I have more cravings than I did when I started. I wonder if that's because I had to restrict a lot of things due to the FODMAP on top of the Whole30?
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    Insomnia - ketosis?

    Two more nights of decent sleep.
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    Insomnia - ketosis?

    I slept last night! I made two further modifications. After thinking about for a long time in my sleep deprived haze, I remembered feeling similarly anxious and sleepless (although not as bad) once when I was in Africa conducting some research. It turned out I had parasites and had a deficiency in B vitamins and iron. I already have a bit of iron in my multivitamin so I wasn't worried about that. Of course there are Bs in my multi but I don't know how well absorbed they are because it's only a once a day thing. So I looked up the Bs and realized that they had a lot to do with mood and anxiety, as well as sleep because some of them are a precursor to melatonin. So I bought a liquid B supplement and took it yesterday. I noted that I felt calmer within a few hours. I followed it up with a melatonin before bed because if I'm low on Bs then I'm probably not making much. Something worked. Last night I went to bed at 9:30 and was asleep in 20 minutes. I did wake up a couple of times but I got back to sleep again without much difficulty. I woke up at 7:30 in the morning but only because I had to - I could have slept longer. So something I did worked. Let's hope it works again!
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    Insomnia - ketosis?

    So I finally fell asleep last night at 1:30 and then my daughter woke me up with a nightmare at 2:30. She was awake for the next two hours and made sure that I was awake for that time too. So I'm a total wreck now. I was mulling things over in the middle of the night. Clearly it's not the nightshades because I've cut them out and, if anything, things have gotten worse. Now I'm hungry on top of everything else. I was going over the list of foods that Carlaccini said might be issues and I suddenly remembered something. It's true that I've cut nuts out almost altogether because many of them are high FODMAP or can only be consumed in small amounts. But when I started this diet I introduced something else. When I was shopping for avocado oil in the grocery store I found a bottle of macadamia nut oil on sale. I also bought some macadamia nuts as well. I never eat these normally because they're expensive and I don't really like them that much. I've never had macadamia nut oil before but I really liked it for cooking with. So I've been pretty much dousing all my food in macadamia nut oil (if I'm cooking at higher temps) for three weeks now. Perhaps I have a problem with these nuts that I never noticed before because I literally never eat them? I think this is kind of my last angle to try. If this doesn't work I think I'm off the Whole30.
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    Insomnia - ketosis?

    I guess it's not the nightshades. I've been nightshade free for two days now. I feel like I have literally forgotten how to sleep. I lie in bed and actually drift off and then the stairs will creak and I will wake up like someone just fired a gun or something, with my heart pounding. And then after that every time I start to drift off I will feel a wave of anxiety. The thing is, I'm not even thinking about anything. It's just anxiety over nothing. I've never experienced anything like this before. Physically I'm totally relaxed, my limbs are heavy and my eyes are glued closed. My sleep hygiene is impeccable. I don't watch TV before bed, I don't have overhead lights on, I knit and read boring books that I've read before, my room is dark and I can't see the clock... I'm so tired that when I get up to go to the bathroom after lying in bed for a half an hour doing a relaxation exercise, I stagger like you do in the middle of the night when you're not totally awake. And yet I'm not asleep. I had a snack right before bed, in case that was it (because not ever having a snack before bedtime was clearly not helping). After two hours of trying to sleep I had another snack and the fork was literally dropping out of my hands because I was so sleepy. But still, sleep won't come. I have to say that while I'm appreciating the weight loss I really hate what the Whole30 has done to me. None of the promised improved sleep quality and increased energy here. I feel terrible and it's going to take me a while to sort this problem out now because I'm now so focused on the fact that I can't sleep that it's a big psychological block and even when the diet is over I'll still have work to do to overcome this. I feel like I'm going to have to go on anti-anxiety meds for a period of time just to get over this.
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    Insomnia - ketosis?

    Yeah, there seems to be conflicting information about sweet potatoes on all the FODMAP sites. They're one of those ones you're supposed to limit to 1/2 cup or something like that. That's not a very big serving so I didn't bother buying any. Nuts seem to be like that too. You can have them but only ten of them or whatever (but again, I have found conflicting information). And some squashes seem to be High FODMAPs and some don't. I didn't have the list at the grocery store with me so I was having a hard time remembering so I just bought a spaghetti squash because I didn't remember seeing that anywhere. Just found out acorn squash are ok though so I will get one of those later. And GFChris, you're right! Whoops, it was SpinSpin who asked about the sweet potatoes. Thanks for all the help, guys. I will print off the Whole30 FODMAP list and take it with me next time I go shopping. I think as far as the nighshades go I will need to get rid of all of them for a least a few days and then see which ones I can add back. Part of my problem might have been that I was not peeling my potatoes because I heard the skin was where all the nutrients are. Unfortunately, also where all the bad stuff is for people with a nightshade thing. Not that I even know whether I have this sensitivity yet or not. I'm just going to keep on going with it and see if I can start getting a good night's sleep. If I can then it was probably the nightshades.
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    Insomnia - ketosis?

    Ok, thanks for that link. I'm going to check it out. And GFChris, I have to limit sweet potato consumption because of FODMAPs, not because of nightshades. There's kind of a lot going on right now. And yes, I'm eating lots of carrots and bananas (can't find plantains in my local store). The nuts are also out because of FODMAPs, not because I get digestive issues with them. And I can use oils, lard, tallow etc. as cooking fats but people keep saying that most of that stays in the pan. There's only so much fat on a pork chop, steak or piece of chicken. And suddenly today I'm so hungry I want to chew my own arm off. Odd, as I've been totally not hungry for the entirety of this diet until now. It's probably because I cut out the potatoes and sweet potatoes. I'm actually so hungry that had two lunches today and I can't really think right now so I'm going to have to have a snack before dinner as well.
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    Insomnia - ketosis?

    Well, after reading everyone's advice, I decided to put away the supplements I was already taking and go to the health food store and buy expensive bioavailable ones. I bought a women's multivitamin that you have to take multiple times a day, as well as an iron supplement in case my iron was low after my period. I bought the Nature Calm magnesium thing that I have read about on other threads too. Since introducing these changes I sleep slightly better. I fall asleep easier most nights and sleep for four or five hours before I wake up and then only sleep lightly for the rest of the night. However, two other possibilities have since been suggested to me. I actually started this diet on the advice of my brother, who was also suffering from rosacea. He lost quite a bit of weight and his rosacea cleared up dramatically, although not totally. He has been tracking his food and now thinks the connection may be high FODMAPs. I had a look into this and sure enough, whenever I had a small breakout on Whole30 it corresponded with eating lots of high FODMAP foods. So I have attempted to reduce those. My rosacea is steadily improving, but the insomnia is not going away. A Paleo friend of mine asked me what I was eating most days and when I talked about it with him, he flagged that my consumption of nightshades has gone waaaaaaaaaaaay up since starting this diet. He suggested that I might want to give them a break for a while in case I have a little sensitivity there. So right now I'm trying to juggle all these considerations and this has turned into an extreme elimination diet, which was never my intention. I'm having trouble getting enough calories, especially fat as cheese and nuts are totally off the table and avocados are severely limited because of the FODMAPs. So I'm limited to oils and mayonnaise and there's only so much I can use! Also, it's hard to up my starch component when potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, pumpkin and all grains are off the table. I'm kind of down to turnips, rutabagas and spaghetti squash. I'm happy that I only have nine days left of the Whole 30 because I think I need to reintroduce a few things in order to be able to eat an adequate diet. I'll have to stay off the nigthshades a few more days to see if they're the culprit here. The FODMAPs I'll have to stay off of for a month to see if there's a connection.
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    Insomnia - ketosis?

    Well, I'm going to stick with it for a few more days but I feel crippled. I've never noticed that Epsom salt baths make me feel sleepy but I'll give it a whirl tonight. And I do know that my stress over not sleeping is making it worse. And it's a knock-on effect because the not sleeping is raising my stress levels which is making it harder to stick to the Whole30 and make responsible meal choices, and making the Whole30 less likely to be effective anyway. I'll try a couple more days of less protein and more carbs. I'll try to eat more as well but I'm seriously not very hungry and I don't find my food very appetizing when I'm too exhausted to make any effort with cooking it.. Today I'm going to go out and buy a bottle of extra strength sleeping pills. I know they're not a good solution, but I think I just need a couple of days of rest so that I can regain my sanity. Getting actual sleep would lower my stress immeasurably. Three hours of sleep is just not enough and just as I felt sleepy and ready to go back to bed at 5 AM, DD woke up from a nightmare and is now up for the day. It's like I'm cursed. It's going to be LONG day - all the way from 1:20 AM to 9:30 PM the next day.
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    Insomnia - ketosis?

    Well, I ate starchy carbs at every meal yesterday and it's just not working. I don't know what to do. I went to bed at 9:30, fell asleep by 10:00 and woke up at 1:20. It's 4:00 now and I have to get up in a few hours to take my daughter to day care and go to work. I'm barely functional. I've never had insomnia before this. It feels like my cortisol has completely reversed - it's peaking in the middle of the night and falling by morning - when I want to go to bed finally. WTH? I can actually feel waves of drowsiness pass over me in the bed as I try to sleep but then instead of drifting off something pulls me into hyper-alert mode. Even medication is not working. I took a Tylenol Sinus one night and it was as if I had done nothing. Tonight, in desperation, I took a muscle relaxant. Nada. I don't even feel relaxed. It's actually worse than yesterday, when at least I slept until 4:30 AM and got about 5 and a half hours of sleep. This time I didn't even get four hours. What has this diet done to me? I am already coming off a four year sleep debt because DD is such a terrible sleeper, and now this on top of it!
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    Insomnia - ketosis?

    I actually just made some homemade mayo yesterday and I was planning to add it to something for lunch today - haven't decided what yet. It's so hot here I've mainly been grilling all my meat and have been relying on eggs, chicken and pork with occasional beef. I don't like fatty cuts of meat (unless the fat is well incorporated). If I eat a piece of fat from meat I actually feel like throwing up - unless it's bacon! The universal exception - everyone loves bacon, don't they? My protein intake has increased dramatically on the Whole 30 and I'm wondering if that has something to do with it as well. I can't always get the best cuts of meat or prepare them in an optimal way because I'm a single mother on a limited income. I can afford free range eggs but not organic, grass-fed meat. I have to do the best I can with what I have. I've always eaten a lot of nuts and have never noticed any impact on my digestion, but I'm not sure how I could get enough fat without them because I don't like to just pour oil on everything. I don't really like fat at all unless it comes in the form of cheese or bacon! I actually just looked up all the carb amounts on what I would eat in a typical day since I started this diet and it looks like I'm well under 100. I think that's just not enough for me. I will attempt to eat more carbs and also pay attention to how much fat I'm getting. Maybe this will help.
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    Insomnia - ketosis?

    Hmmn. Thanks for those suggestions. I already supplement with magnesium so I doubt that is suddenly the issue (also, the bananas that I'm still eating are a great source). I wasn't aware that lack of fat could cause problems with sleep. I don't really know how much fat I've been getting as I've been relying mainly on nuts and sometimes avocados to top up the cooking oil. I also have good sleep hygiene in general because it has been so critical in helping my daughter sleep though the night. I usually knit or read before I go to bed, rather than watch TV or mess around online. And I go to bed at the same time every night - although lately I've been trying to go to bed earlier to catch up on my sleep debt but it hasn't worked.
  13. Hello, I am on day 17 of the Whole30, which I started in an attempt to get my rosacea under control. I am also interested in weight loss. Anyway, I can say that my pants are fitting a little looser since I started and my rosacea is better than it has been in a long time. So far I have tried to be as compliant as possible and my only two slips were accidental. I ate a sausage that had red wine on the ingredient list (I forgot that wine isn't allowed as I don't drink alcohol at all so I didn't register that part of the book as applying to me and just skimmed over it!). I also accidentally grabbed my daughter's glass instead of mine and got a small sip of lime-ade before I could spit it out. Those were in the first week though. I didn't bother starting again on Day 1 with these as I plan to be on the Whole30 for more than 30 days and counting things annoys me. On the other hand, my menstrual cycle (which arrived about 10 days in) was both heavier and longer than normal and I had terrible insomnia for a week beforehand. After my cycle began this eased off somewhat but I still have trouble falling asleep, staying a sleep and also with waking up too early. I feel like a zombie and I'm averaging about 5 hours of poor quality sleep a night. I've had to stop my regular exercise routine as I'm just too tired. I should mention that I'm usually a good sleeper, except when my daughter wakes me up in the night, which unfortunately happens a couple of times a week these days. And that happened more than the usual number of times in the past two weeks so my sudden insomnia has been all the worse. This is seriously the worst quality sleep I have ever gotten in my life that was not caused by some external factor (like having a newborn). I just toss and turn and feel really anxious over nothing at all. It seems that some other people have experienced this with the Whole30 as well. I'm wondering if I've entered into ketosis, which I read was associated with insomnia in some people, especially women. I just weighed myself to see if I had any sort of profound weight loss that might explain it and it seems I've lost 4 lbs, which is more than usual for me but certainly not beyond the pale. So, assuming that I have not been eating enough starch (I've been trying to eat a starchy vegetable once a day and eating a banana once a day also), how long will it take to get out of ketosis if I start adding a starchy vegetable to each of my three meals? I should add that even though I maybe haven't been getting enough starch, I haven't been hungry at all and I didn't experience any cravings at all until the sleep deprivation started to kick in. Also, has anyone had success with melatonin? I just really want to get a good night's sleep.