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  1. Thanks, appreciate the feedback! Tom - It's totally possible that the bloat is really stress related, but it's a foreign concept to me since pre-whole30 I had always been bloated on a regular basis For postWO meals, I figured my breakfast would be sufficient since I'm typically done with my workout by 7:30 and in the office heating up my food by 8? Should I add a hard boiled egg directly after, or just increase the overall size of my breakfast instead? As for the food intake, I'm shocked to hear that I might not be eating enough...I've been feeling like I'm overeating past "comfortably full" pretty regularly, partly because I really want to avoid snacking. If anything I thought my meals were too big and protein heavy! Any advice for getting even more food in? GFChris - I'm hesitant to remove nuts altogether since they reliably keep me satisfied, and I don't eat them in a "snackable", food-with-no-brakes way...but I guess I may have an unhealthy relationship with them if I'm this nervous to give them up!! I can only stomach so much avocado before I feel ill, and I don't feel like I can get enough fat from eggs, meat, and coconut oil alone, but I'll give it a try! Ditto with the raw veggies, but I'm curious how bloat related to nuts or raw veggies could suddenly appear after 2 weeks with no problems? For water intake I usually get 60-75 oz, with ~15-20 of those coming from sparkling water...I know sparkling water can distend my stomach a bit, but I don't think it could contribute to my whole-body bloated feeling. I could probably drink more, though. And the plantain chips are baked in the oven...I don't feel totally in control with my portions on them though, so I should probably cut em out as well Might be tough figuring out how to increase my food intake while cutting out a few of my standbys!
  2. I've read a million topics on this but am still confused by my whole30 experience so far...the first two weeks I experienced none of the negative effects (no carb flu, no 'kill all the things') and felt incredibly lean, as if I could physically see chronic inflammation subsiding in my stomach, arms, and face. However, the past 10 days I have had awful on-and-off bloating and generally feel like I look exactly as I did on day 1. I'm discouraged, especially since I was so excited about my progress at the halfway point! I keep psyching myself out thinking I'm eating too much or just "doing it wrong". Would love any advice or encouragement--here's some background and food info: - I'm 5'9", ~150 lbs pre-W30 with a good amount of muscle, so I'm not expecting significant weight loss. - Currently training for a 1/2 marathon, running short to mid distance ~3x a week and doing HIIT/strength training ~2-3x a week. - I generally get 7-8 hours of sleep a night and energy levels are typically good. - Throughout my whole30 work has been much more stressful than usual due to upcoming deadlines for a big project I'm managing. I've noticed my stress response is much more pronounced than I'm used to (crying, shaking, splitting headaches etc), and I think this might be related to me not using food as comfort in difficult situations...so I guess it's a good thing? But still odd. Sample food logs: (I workout @ 6:30 am, breakfast directly after @ work -- I've tried preWO protein and can't stomach it) M1: slice of frittata with sweet potato, spinach, chicken sausage and ~2 eggs, 1/4 avocado, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 cup coffee M2: 6-8 oz roast chicken, raw pecans and 1/4 sliced apple on mixed greens with balsamic dressing, rest of the apple with ~2 tbsp almond butter M3: zucchini noodles from 2 zucchinis, 1/2 almond meal crusted chicken breast, 2 fried eggs, all cooked in coconut oil M1: 2 hard boiled eggs, 1/2 roast chicken breast, 1 big sweet potato with 1 tbsp almond butter, 1 cup coffee M2: Curry chicken salad with homemade mayo + chopped mac nuts on mixed greens, apple with 2 tbsp almond butter M3: 4 egg omelet with 1/2 roast chicken breast, 1 cup broccoli, guacamole, salsa, and 1/2 cup plantain chips I know the daily apple and almond butter could be a red flag, but I had no issues with them during the first two weeks of whole30 and find that they completely eliminate my need to snack between 12pm lunch and a 7pm dinner, which is miraculous as I used to put away 1/2 a family sized bag of kettle corn, a few oreos, and handfuls of swedish fish around 3pm on most work days... Anything stand out that might be the culprit? Or is this inflamed, day-1 feeling just part of the process for some people? Thanks!