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  1. Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1

    I am actually only on day 2, since I had to repeat day 1 after having gum on the 14th (and melatonin at night which has stevia) without even thinking!!! This is my 4th whole30 and I am really hoping to finally see some improvement in my sleep. I am, like, the world's worst sleeper seriously. EVERYTHING affects my sleep. I can't even have a conversation that's even slightly emotionally-charged after like 9pm without having severe insomnia! It's so frustrating. I need to quit caffeine but it's been so hard since I can't get on top of sleep enough to feel like I can get past the withdrawal. I posted in the troubleshooting section, but I'll ask here too: does anyone have issues with appetite in the morning? I used to be starving for breakfast within like 20 minutes of waking up, but now I feel like I'm going to hurl even thinking about eating anything except, like, an apple or an RX bar. Not ideal! So, do I make a big breakfast off the template and just force down as much as I can every morning, in hopes my body will get used to it and my hormones will regulate? Hope everyone is doing well!
  2. Hi everyone! So I'm doing the whole30 for Lent. This is my 4th whole30, and each time I do one I feel better than the last time. I am really excited. There's only one major problem for me, and that's breakfast! I used to be starving for breakfast within like 20 minutes of waking, but the last year(ish) I haven't been in the mood for real food at breakfast at ALL. Like, the thought of eggs or meat or any kind of healthy protein or whole30 compliant food makes me want to hurl. Maybe a couple hours after waking up, I am truly hungry. But all I can manage in the morning that's compliant is an RxBar or an apple, neither of which is anywhere near ideal (I will have this with a large mug of black tea and coconut milk). Obviously I know this means my hormones are "off", and I do want to change this habit. So is it best to just manage SOMETHING (even if it's not ideal), or should I make a big compliant meal and just force down a few bites as early in the morning as I can? How would you go about this? I hope my question makes sense! For what it's worth, I'm nursing a toddler, and actually have been breastfeeding nonstop since my first was born in November 2011 (She's now almost 6.5, and I have a 3.5-year-old and an almost 18-month-old). Between the 3 kids I wake up frequently at night, and have battled severe and persistent insomnia since I was a kid, so I do think the frequent sleep disruptions contribute to the appetite issue in the morning. But I've also been waking up a trillion times a night for over 6 years so it's not like this is anything new... Thank you so much for any feedback!
  3. Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1

    I'll join! I actually just completed my third whole30 on January 30... and immediately fell back into binge-land. The balance just isn't there for me yet and I have consistently disregarded the gradual reintroduction process and just jumped right off that wagon into the world of bread and cheese and sugar. Yikes. I am really looking forward to doing this again!
  4. Hello everyone! So I finished my third whole30 on January 30th and I'm already deep in the land of food with no brakes. The details don't really matter much; the bottom line is I really want to do an extended round, maybe starting in the next week or 2. Whole60? I might start with that and see if I want to continue. Anyone else want to join me?
  5. Accountability partners for January 1st 2018

    Hey!! Day 29, I can't believe it. You wanna know what I also can't believe? I slipped today. I woke up this morning with a brutal sore throat and impenetrable fatigue; finally caught the cold my kids have had for weeks. Well, I ordered groceries delivered, including my favorite KeVita probiotic drink, and without thinking opened it and took a sip and could taste right away it is sweetened. Sure enough: Stevia! I can't freaking believe it, on day 29! Oh well, I'm not too upset; it was a tiny sip and of all things, it seems stevia is pretty benign. Still. You gotta laugh. I didn't even THINK! But mostly because I'm so foggy from fighting off this virus. I don't even own a scale, and only step on one at the doc's office, so I wouldn't know if I lost weight anyway, but I do believe some of my clothes are fitting better? Hard to say for sure. And with this cold, I'm not feeling the NSVs I have been. However, before I got sick, I was having AMAZING energy levels all day every day, despite terrible sleep (conquering my insomnia was one NSV I did not attain, but I believe now that I have to eliminate caffeine and be much stricter and more consistent with my wake-up times every day). I am also just happier. "Just" doesn't belong there. This is major. It's winter in Portland, OR and I am miserable for the rainy season every year here (I'm a California girl at heart). Winter has been milder, but I also have been taking it a lot better during this whole30. That's huge! I also just don't have that irritable edge that I have had so often; I feel like a much better and more pleasant wife and mother. I am so hooked on the amazing energy and overall upbeat mood that I am unsure how to do this reintroduction (well I guess I've already reintroduced stevia, haha). I think initially I'll stick with complaint ingredients but not hold back on things like siete cassava chips and simple mills everything (I have a box of flatbread mix I can't wait to use on Wednesday!). I may start with sweeteners; I have a honey-sweetened chocolate bar I want to try... How is everyone else? What is the reintroduction plan for you all?
  6. reintroduction question

    I'm sorry you're not feeling well! Could you do a modified Whole30, like an AIP version? I think that excludes nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes), and maybe eggs... I don't know enough about it to be commenting really, but that's what came to mind. I hope you feel better!
  7. Accountability partners for January 1st 2018

    Anyone else struggling with breakfast? I've had more than one day where I have to force down a hard boiled egg or rx bar (SO not ideal, I know, I know!) cause everything else sounds nauseating! No, I'm not pregnant! Just have such aversions in the morning. Anyone else? Day 23! Can't believe it!
  8. Accountability partners for January 1st 2018

    Hey Shelly, thanks! No, no one who can cook for me, but that's ok. Actually we had some friends over for brunch today and I said they didn't have to worry about making anything for me... but she did anyway, and it was a welcome change from what I've been eating! She made a skillet with eggs, ground turkey, mushroom and onion, topped with sliced sweet potato. It was great. I'll make it through. Remember the Alamo!
  9. Accountability partners for January 1st 2018

    Olivia, this is definitely helpful, though I'm sorry you're in the same boat! I looked at the day-by-day book after I read your post, and it really is unbelievable how right on that book is. The only thing that doesn't resonate is her suggestion to try new foods. I am not interested! I just want to get every meal over with!! I have found myself heating up leftover vegetables/potatoes, topping with ghee/seasoning/a squirt of lemon, and either hard boiled eggs or chicken breast (BORING but easy to choke down) and forcing it all down. And eating as much as I possibly can in hopes I'll stay full for as long as possible so I don't have to face the next meal. How silly is this?!? It's funny cause I'm not even really having cravings per se. I just don't want whole30 food! If my sleep were amazing I'd probably be a lot more motivated right now. I know I'll finish the 30 days, since it doesn't even feel really difficult, just... gross and boring I guess. I am starting to think of how I'll eat after this... for the most part I might keep it the same but incorporate off-plan foods with compliant ingredients (like paleo pancakes, grain-free chips and crackers etc). Hope everyone else is doing well!
  10. Accountability partners for January 1st 2018

    Is anyone else just... kind of over it? It's not even craving-related, and in fact I'm feeling pretty fantastic. But every time I get hungry I feel rage cause I don't want to eat anything compliant! I'm just so freaking OVER IT. I'm also experiencing severe insomnia. I've struggled to fall asleep since I was a little kid; it seems just part of my temperament/DNA. It's ok, I'm overall pretty high-energy so it hasn't derailed me too much, but lately it's been so severe it's impacting my life pretty badly. When I get somewhere near enough sleep (which is always in 2-hour chunks at most, as all my kids are very wakeful, even the 6-year-old, ugh), I feel absolutely incredible. But 4-5 nights a week, it takes me anywhere from 2-6 (yes, 6) hours to fall asleep. The other night I got in bed at 9:30pm absolutely wiped out and I didn't fall asleep until almost 4. 4am. Like... what the hell, seriously. One of my big motivators for doing the whole30 was improved sleep. And honestly my sleep is WORSE than before. I got melatonin, which has done exactly nothing so far. I am weaning off caffeine, the only reasonable next step I suppose... Hope everyone else is doing well!
  11. Accountability partners for January 1st 2018

    Oh my gosh MISTY!!! Congratulations!!! That is just wonderful news! I can't believe how many stories I hear of women getting pregnant on the whole30. While that's not a reason I started it in the first place, I am hoping that it will end up being an added bonus for me as well It's definitely been a motivation to stick with it, hoping that it could increase my chances. Day 17 here and the magic has started! I woke up with that magic Tiger Blood, and not a moment too soon. I have been struggling with outrageous insomnia and night before last was one of the worst I've ever had. I was up until 4am, just tossing and turning and unable to relax. I think I probably need to quit caffeine, if I'm being brutally honest with myself. I've become more and more sensitive to it over the years and I feel best when I don't have any at all... So yes, I'm feeling unbelievable today. Boundless energy and positivity and patience with the kids (the best part). Hope everyone else is feeling well too! I've noticed for the magic to happen for me (probably because I'm active AND nursing frequently), I need tons of carb-rich vegetables and a lot (LOT) of fat. In previous whole30s I used fruit for carbs and didn't quite hit the stage of feeling this amazing. I'm certain that's the game-changer this round!
  12. Hi! I'm late to the thread, but I'm doing a whole30 (I started on January 1) and I have 3 kids (6, 3, and 16 months) and the 16-month-old is still nursing frequently during the day (and night for that matter...). I do find I have to eat A LOT of fat. Like, a LOT. This is my third whole30 and I've done them all while breastfeeding. I've never noticed any affects on my milk supply! I'll be checking in!
  13. Not enough energy

    Hello! I know this is an old post but I thought I'd add my two cents here... I have 3 kids who are 6, 3, and 16 months. My toddler nurses often (all day and through the night, though she eats lots of solid food as well) and my older kids wake at least once at night (yes, even the 6-year-old, still). They have always been wakeful people, just like their mama I have noticed that the earlier I go to bed, the better I feel, even with the frequent night waking. This means I don't get my precious "me-time" in the evenings but I figure that this is a season in my life and before I know it my kids will be grown and won't need me, so for now I do my best to maximize sleep within the reality that is my current life. I also have noticed I feel much better without caffeine. I'm still a hopeless addict, but when I've succeeded in giving it up I always feel better. I keep going back but hope to be done with it for good... soon Hope you are feeling better!
  14. Accountability partners for January 1st 2018

    Hello everyone! Sorry for being MIA, I don't often get a chance to be on my computer during the day and if I'm on the computer after the kids' bedtime it effs with my sleep... Another vote here for the whole30 day-by-day book. Last night (day 6) I was THISCLOSE to throwing in the towel. I start to have aversions, like I'll be so hungry but everything compliant literally makes me gag just thinking about it. I started to think, maybe just some cheese, maybe I'll just be grain-free and forget the whole30... but then I checked the book and my gosh was her advice for day 6 RIGHT on and exactly what I needed to hear. I am so glad I stuck to it because today I feel absolutely amazing. Endless patience with my kids (who are being extra trying today, naturally), boundless energy, an overwhelming feeling of joy and contentedness. I recognize it may not stay this way but this is the closest I've gotten to tiger blood in any of my whole30s and my gosh it's an NSV that is worth hanging on to! Ok the baby is crying but I'll check in again soon. Best of luck to you all!
  15. Accountability partners for January 1st 2018

    Hey everyone, how was day one? My biggest hurdle is PLANNING. I just need to get on top of that, for the whole30 and just in general. With the 3 young kids and a husband who works a LOT (including some nights - he manages a bar and works a night shift at least twice a week, more if he needs to cover someone) I need systems that work. This has been my Achilles heel for so many years! I've vowed to meal plan since like 2012 and just can't seem to make it stick! Yesterday was a great eating day, I had 4 scrambled eggs with potatoes in the morning, then lunch was ground chicken with kale and cassava root, with tons of olive oil and ghee on top. Dinner was grass-fed burger, broccoli, avocado with sriracha (a special kind that's probiotic and sugar free). I had a snack later too, celery with sunflower seed butter and a couple Applegate turkey hot dogs. Not perfect but all I could imagine eating that was on plan. I had a HORRIBLE night of sleep so I am surly and exhausted today, my insomnia has been terrifying the last four nights and I hope the whole30 helps with this. like, fast. My kids don't sleep well enough for me to have any room for insomnia in my life. Hope you're all feeling well!