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    Day 28, Underfed, and Uninspired to Eat

    I'm sorry to hear you're having a rough go of it! And not just with Whole30, but with life as well. I do hope things improve for you and wish you the very best! I am curious as to what you are actually eating in a day. I struggle with Whole30 because it's so much work - all the planning and shopping and meal prep and dishes! But I don't struggle with not liking the foods. I really love the food I eat on Whole30. And this is from someone who loves Chinese takeout and burgers and pizza and onion rings and cereal... Do you like to cook? I can see why this might be difficult to find interesting foods if you're not big on cooking because it's definitely hard to find stuff you can just buy, whether that be at restaurants or a store. Whole30 convenience foods suck as far as I'm concerned. That being said, here are some of my favorite recipes that I think are straight-up delicious, Whole30 or not, and that are loved by me and many non-Whole30 friends: Sesame Chicken: (this tastes like the real deal (i.e., like the stuff from my favorite Chinese place) Spinach and Artichoke Twice Baked Potatoes: (this is one of my all-time favorite recipes ever) Golden Cauliflower Soup: (I make a double batch and use this as a way to add veggies to my breakfast) Salisbury Steak Meatballs: (this might just be the best gravy I've ever had) In general, my favorite recipe bloggers are Mel Joulwan and Paleo Running Momma. Maybe trying something from them will help? I also agree with making sure you have starchy carbs every day. Honestly, my body works best with lots of potatoes. Sometimes I'll eat them with two or even three meals a day. I feel better that way and I love them!
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    Make-ahead breakfasts on the go?

    I highly, highly recommend creamy soups for breakfast veggies! Here are my two favorites. I make them in double batches, store them in mason jars, and freeze them. I pull one out the night before and heat it up in the morning! You could easily pack it in a thermos on the go! Golden Cauliflower Soup: Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup: Perhaps you could pair it with a couple of egg muffins for a complete meal? Best of luck to you both!
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    Joy of Food

    @JaiGT I can relate! I just completed my fourth round and I've come to realize that I'm just not very sensitive to foods. I don't experience anything on the timeline, I never felt any dramatic changes in energy or sleep or mood, and I've only ever been minimally affected by foods after reintroductions. I was honestly disappointed after my first Whole30. It took going back to my poor eating habits and losing all the subtle gains I hadn't even fully noticed to appreciate them. But they were there for me! My mild join pain goes away. I don't have my 3:00 p.m. sleepy slump. And the list goes on. It's just very subtle. All those subtle things though add up to quite a bit once you lose them all! So yes, I can relate. :-) And I hope this helps!
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    What's on your Whole30 food playlist?

    I prepare a lot of my meals by just throwing things together. But, I do love me a good recipe to break things up. These are my most frequent and most favorites recipes! Golden Cauliflower Soup: (I make a double batch and use this as a way to add veggies to my breakfast) Spinach and Artichoke Twice Baked Potatoes: (this is one of my all-time favorite recipes ever) Salisbury Steak Meatballs: (this might just be the best gravy I've ever had) Sesame Chicken: (this tastes like the real deal (i.e., like the stuff from my favorite Chinese place) Hmmm... I think that's it for now! In general, my favorite recipe authors are Paleo Running Momma and Mel Joulwan! I highly encourage you to check them out for some new and delicious recipes! Best wishes to you!
  5. I'm sorry to hear you aren't having any positive gains, especially when you're taking this on during such an intense time during your life! My initial impression is that you aren't eating enough, particularly protein and vegetables. It sounds like you have very long days including a pretty long duration, intense workout. And I'm adding it all up and here's what you had in a day: Protein: 4 eggs and 6 oz of chicken Fat: nuts (in the form bars), 2 tbsp almond butter, 2 tbsp ghee, 2 slices of bacon Vegetables: ~4 cups, mostly potato I know you say you don't feel very hungry and you struggle to finish your dinner, but I see that list and think that of course I would feel exhausted only eating that much during a long, intense day. Of course, I understand everyone is different. So maybe changing up the composition of a few of your meals, as laura_jiggles suggested is a good place to start... Are you familiar with the meal template? Ideally, you want a palm-sized serving (or two) of protein, at least one plated fat (cooking fat doesn't count), and 2-3 cups of vegetables at each meal. A few other recommendations that I see here frequently that may help are: Eggs, when they are your soul source of protein should be as many as you can hold in one hand, which is typically 3-4 for most people Bacon counts as a fat for Whole30 purposes Cooking fat generally doesn't count because most of it stays in the pan Nuts should be limited to one closed fist serving every couple of days (because they are bothersome for many people) Pre-workout should be protein and fat Post-workout should be protein and carb-dense vegetables So maybe start by swapping out your pre- and post-workout meals (which will add some more protein to your day) and perhaps adding a bit more vegetables? I wish you the very best and hope you find some NSVs!
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    Liliona's Log

    @Liliona Welcome and thank you for sharing your story! I wish you and your husband the very best! And I commend you for taking this step and starting the journey. Your story reminds me of my mom and I very much wish she was willing to do something like this to help herself. Anyway, I also struggle with vegetables for breakfast so I just wanted to share a tip that has helped me immensely! The answer for me has been creamy soups! It's loaded with vegetables but tastes very palatable for breakfast. Just creamy and warm and delicious! I pretty much exclusively rotate these two recipes: Golden Cauliflower Soup: Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup: I hope that helps!
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    Swapping Beef Broth for Chicken Broth

    I recall reading in a gravy recipe that if you used beef broth it would taste more like a gravy and if you used chicken broth it would taste almost more like a creamy soup. I'm not sure if that helps, but it makes sense to me. And I can totally see wanting either of those flavors depending on the dish! Good luck!
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    I think I had actually found this before and discounted it because it didn't look like salami (in fact I thought it looked kinda gross). LOL, it sounds like I wasn't too far off base as I don't love jerky... I'll save salami for special occasions and my food freedom! Thank you for all the great information!
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    @SchrodingersCat Thank you for that information! That's super helpful! And now I can stop wasting my time trying to find it... LOL.
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    I have never found compliant salami. Ever. And I've tried hard. Which is really a tragedy because I love me some salami. Turkey deli meat is pretty easy to find and might be your best bet. I've found a compliant brand called True Story at Costco. And I can find compliant Applegate Naturals turkey at most grocery stores. I'm not sure about buying online though... Are you open to trying a store? I will also say that these products tend to be expensive... I wish you the best!
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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    Well, I officially concluded my fourth Whole30 on Saturday. Which was a total non-event. Preparing my meals for this week was just like preparing meals for the last four weeks. I didn't see any reason to deviate from my Whole30 and I had meals I was very much looking forward to. I'll post my physical results later this week, but, for now, here are my NSVs: Finally established what feels like a sustainable way of eating Confident that I can manage my food freedom Confident that I can return to healthy habits after going off-plan Total lack of cravings Way more nutrition in my diet Identified a bunch of new and delicious recipes Less food waste Leaner appearance and flatter stomach Clothes fit better (I was able to drop a size in my work pants) To be quite frank, this was my least unimpressive Whole30. I cannot express how disappointed I was to come down with a cold while in the middle of it. I really thought that eating this way made me somewhat invincible to those nasty little bugs because it had in the past. And I am so disappointed that my knee pain is so bad. I honestly think there might really be something wrong with it, though I don't remember doing anything to hurt it. Again, that stuff all disappeared in the past so I'm really sad that it not only didn't go away, but that it's worse. Way worse. And then there's the regular exhaustion and lackluster fitness performance. I could sleep 14 hours a day. I get so, so tired doing routine hikes near my house. When on my last round I did probably the hardest physical thing I've ever done (I climbed 13,713-foot Bear Creek Spire). It's kind of ironic that I finally do Whole30 in a way that feels sustainable for the long term at the same time that I don't see enough benefits to actually want to continue...
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    Day 23. Very Frustrated

    I'm sure others will weigh in as well but my first reaction is that you aren't eating very much, particularly for breakfast. Do you feel full for 4-5 hours after you eat? The fact that you have a habit for snacks suggests that perhaps not? When eggs are your sole source of protein, you should eat as many as you can hold in one hand, which is usually 3-4 for most people. You also don't have any fat and pretty minimal vegetables for your breakfast. Could you perhaps add a soup (a nice creamy soup such as this one is a very palatable way for me to eat vegetables in the morning: and another egg to your breakfast? And perhaps some bacon or avocado as fat? Your lunch also looks a bit light (unless you're eating cups of carrot and celery sticks) and doesn't seem to have any fat. Are you working out? If you have high intensity and/or long workouts, you may also need additional mini meals to replace what you're losing during exercise. In addition, when you need to snack, it's best to have a mini meal or a combination of protein and fat rather than something like nuts. Think of it like a very small meal rather than a snack. I hope this helps! I know a lot of people come to Whole30 terrified of fats. But it really is so, so important for the energy and so many of the other benefits!
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    Day 23. Very Frustrated

    I'm sorry to hear you're experiencing such frustration! In order to best help you figure out what might be going on, it will help for you to list out what you've been eating. Perhaps give us a rundown of a few days worth of meals, including portion sizes. Hopefully we can help you so you can have a great experience!
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    Starting Jan 1, 2020

    @Liliona The gravy from this recipe is the best gravy I've ever had, Whole30 or not: I usually double the recipe so I have extras! :-)
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    2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th

    Congratulations to all of us for making this happen! My Day 30 is also on Saturday and I will be extending for another four days and then I have a work dinner at my favorite restaurant so I will be indulging in my favorite burger and sweet potatoes of all time. I then plan to try a "Whole Foods February" and see how that makes me feel. I've always been Whole 30 or eating Lucky Charms and Mac n Cheese. I've never tried anything in between. So I'm going to see how I do just eating cleanly but not restricting things I know don't bother me like lentils and hummus and white rice.