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  1. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    Hello? Anybody there? How are reintroductions going for you all?
  2. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    Hi all! Today is the last day for those of us who started on June 28th! How's everyone feeling? Any thoughts on reintroductions tomorrow. I'm doing legumes first as per the fast track reintro guidelines, and I am pumped to eat some hummus (never thought I'd say that...). What are everyone else's plans? What are you most excited to reintroduce? Also, good news!...kind of! It turns out all the exhaustion I've been feeling is a result of hypothyroidism, which I just tested positive for a few days ago. It seems that my thyroid started conking out sometime over the last year, but it's hard to say when. It's odd that I only really noticed it just as I was starting the W30. Maybe getting all the other crap out of my diet let my body focus on what's really wrong? Hopefully things will begin improving as I stay "Whole30-ish" during and after reintroductions!
  3. molliollioxenfree

    Day 19 and totally exhausted

    Thanks, ShannonM816. Your idea about the thyroid and vitamin deficiency was actually spot-on. I went to the doctor and it turns out my thyroid seems to have gone south sometime within the last year and my ferritin is low, which can indicate an iron deficiency and is sometimes associated with hypothyroidism. It's odd that I didn't notice it until the Whole30. Maybe taking all the crap out of my diet gave my body a chance to focus on telling me what's really wrong. I've started taking medication, and I plan to stay "Whole30-ish" as I start my reintroductions over the next few days, so hopefully I'll see some improvement!
  4. molliollioxenfree

    Day 19 and totally exhausted

    I really want the Whole30 to be working! My clothes are fitting slightly looser, and my stomach has been behaving better than usual, but I am so exhausted! For a bunch of days I kept having to nap for 3-4 hours in the middle of the day, so I tried adding sweet potatoes to most of my meals even though I'm not very active (too tired!!!). I've had a bit more energy since then, but the last few days I've been having a lot of trouble dragging myself out of bed. As a grad student I have total control over my working schedule in the summer, so I have the freedom to go back to sleep, and I've definitely been abusing the privilege. This morning I woke up at 9…and then 10…and then 11…and then 12:15, and yet somehow I'm still completely wiped! Part of me suspects the exhaustion may be partially related to the fact that I've only been able to squeeze in two meals a day because I've been sleeping so late. There's not enough time for three meals when your body is forcing you to sleep for 10+ hours. Here's what I've been eating the last few days (note: I drink lots of water and always salt my food, so I'm not concerned about dehydration or my sodium being too low): Day 15: July 12 Meal 1 (10:45am): 2 scrambled eggs, two strips of bacon, ¼ avocado, veggie hash (yams, onions, kale, mushrooms), grapes Meal 2 (2:30pm): Beef stir fry with extra coconut oil on top + Bone broth (around 7:30pm) Meal 3 (8:40pm): Roast chicken thigh and leg, sweet potato with apples and onions, kale salad with za’atar vinaigrette Day 16: July 13 Didn’t sleep well last night, so I ended up hitting snooze until around 12:15pm. Ugh. Meal 1 (1:25pm): Roast chicken leg and thigh, ½ chicken sausage, leftover sweet potato with onion and apple, carrot soup Meal 2 (7:45pm): Kalua pork lettuce wrap “tacos” with salsa, pineapple, and Cholula mayo; salad with za'atar vinaigrette Day 17: July 14 Same sleep situation as yesterday. Got up around 11:45 ☹ Meal 1 (12:30pm): Kalua pork and sweet potato hash, two whole carrots, one apricot, chai tea with coconut milk Meal 2 (7pm): Basa filet with ghee, lemon, and oregano; plaintains fried in ghee; cucumber (like A LOT of cucumber) with Cholula mayo Day 18: July 15 Managed to drag myself out of bed around 9:15 am Meal 1 (10:15am): Kalua pork with pineapple, one egg with salasa, sweet potato hash with Cholula mayo, SO MUCH CUCUMBER Meal 2 (2:30pm): Leftover beef stir fry with an extra spoonful of coconut oil Meal 3 (6:45pm): Mackerel sashimi, radish and lettuce, macadamia nuts Day 19: July 16 Woke up at 9…and then 10…and then 11…and then 12:15. Felt absolutely exhausted all day. Meal 1 (12:45pm): Kalua pork with a little bit of pineapple, two carrots, sweet potato hash with Cholula mayo, and grapes ...and I'm off to go figure out meal 2 right now, but I'm too sleepy to cook. Blech. Also, I should probably mention that two of my medications have corn and/or soy in them. I spoke to my doctor about this, and she said there was no corn-/soy-free alternative but that the amounts in question were so tiny (especially the soy, since I only take that medication as needed--maybe very week or two) that I shouldn't worry about them with respect to my W30. As the website and book say, Dr.'s orders trump W30 rules, so I'm not going to be able to go off those medications. Also, the exhaustion only showed up a few days after I started the W30, and I've been taking these medications for a while, so I doubt they're the culprits. Any ideas, anyone?
  5. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    Day 16 for me. I'm doing alright, I think? I've been having some trouble sleeping (which has led to some embarrassing amounts of sleeping-in and some seriously thrown-off meal timing...curse my flexible summer schedule!!!). I've also been having nightmares, which is very unusual for me. I very rarely remember any of my dreams, traumatic or not. Some of them were about eating non-compliant foods, but others were completely unrelated. Not feeling any magic yet. I was wondering if that might be because a couple of my (non-negotiable) medications include a small amount of corn starch, but my doctor said that the amount in question was negligible and shouldn't have any effect. Fingers crossed for some tiger blood in the near future. Gotta get some work done!!!
  6. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    These chicken tenders might be worth a go, especially if you cut them up small enough that you can call them "nuggets." They're not a great everyday food, since they do have a bunch of nuts all over them, and I suspect they wouldn't reheat very well, but he might like them! Have you tried meatballs or compliant hot dogs/sausages? I, for one, think meatballs are very fun food (but I'm 25 and easily entertained, so your results may vary). You could also try sneaking protein into other foods, like these chicken hash browns or Mel Joulwan's paleo egg foo young. I hope this helps!
  7. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    Yes! All the time! Eating used to be my #1 favorite activity, but now I can barely choke anything down. Nothing seems appetizing (despite the fact that I'm a pretty good cook) and even though I know I'm hungry (e.g., waking up and not having eaten in 12+ hours), I'm having to force myself to eat things I normally love, and nothing really tastes all that great. My favorite local (and really cheap, because it's in Vancouver) sushi place just reopened today after being closed for repairs after a fire next door. I was so pumped to eat their assorted sashimi, since it's one of my favorite things, even without my beloved sugary sushi rice, but I ended up being pretty disappointed. I've been having a few other problems, too. Last night I had nightmares about accidentally eating non-compliant foods. It was awful! Also, even though it's day 10 for me, I'm still feeling totally exhausted most of the time. We're talking wake up at 8:30, shove some breakfast in my mouth-hole, and pass out again from 9:30 or 10 until noon or even later! This has been happening every day for the last four or five days, and I have no idea what to do about it. I'm feeling great otherwise, but long morning naps are obviously not a sustainable practice, and chugging coffee isn't an option for me right now due to some stomach troubles. Anyone have success overcoming the exhaustion? Moderators?
  8. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    How's everybody doing? Today I woke up feeling pretty great (uh, after sleeping through an alarm, though...). I had plenty of energy and...were my pants a little bit looser? Things were going swell, but by noon I was seeing the sidewalk morph into a row of soft, cozy beds before my eyes. When I got home to make lunch after an apartment-hunting trip (a.k.a., my life the last week or so), I sat down for just a moment(!!!) and somehow fell asleep and didn't wake up until 3:30 pm....just in time to go see another apartment. I guess being able to sleep at pretty much any time ever (seemingly whether I want to or not) instead of my usual tossing and turning could count as a NSV?
  9. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

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  10. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    I've definitely got that blerg feeling today. I woke up at 8 this morning (after about 7-8 hours of sleep, which is usually sufficient for me) and proceeded to hit snooze until 11:30!!! ELEVEN THIRTY!!! Still, I'm feeling completely exhausted, dazed, and unable to do anything, including read the book my supervisor asked me to read before I meet with him on Tuesday. Ughhhhhhhhh. I even canceled/rescheduled much-anticipated plans with some friends because I can't fathom doing anything fun right now. My (very late, obviously) meal 1 (more "frambled" eggs with apples and cinnamon, 1.5-2 cups veggie hash (sweet potato, onion, red bell pepper, zucchini), four golf-ball-sized tomatoes, and mayo) helped a tiny bit, but now I'm SNEEZING??? I hope this passes soon. I can't exactly go to my supervisor and say I haven't done any work in the last week because I've been too tired
  11. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    Are you suggesting that I replace some of the protein or fat with veggies, like going down to two eggs and replacing one with veg? As it is, I'm eating less frequently because I just feel full for so long after eating a template meal, so the thought of eating more sounds impossible. I'm also not sure how eating more would help me feel less full? Maybe I'm missing something here
  12. It's day 4 of my first Whole30, and things are going pretty well. My only problem is that I'm just not hungry enough! If I eat a template meal at around 9 or 10am (I'm a night owl and tend to be most productive at night, so I have trouble getting to bed before 1am and waking up before 8:30 or 9), I find that I'm often not hungry for meal 2 until 4pm or later and can't always stomach a full template meal, and that in turn means I'm not hungry for my third meal until at least 9pm (or even later if I actually managed to eat my whole lunch). My breakfasts thus far have consisted of three eggs, sometimes a bit of smoked salmon, a bunch of veg and sometimes fruit, and about 1-2 tbsp of mayo. I haven't been measuring the mayo exactly, so it might be a bit more than that sometimes, but I'm generally good at eyeballing measurements, so I think I'm probably pretty close. So how can I get back onto a normal meal schedule? Am I having too much fat, too much protein (I doubt that one)? I don't want to have to force myself to eat when I'm not hungry, since that doesn't sound like a healthy approach to food either.
  13. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    Here's my log for yesterday. My meal timing is still really off. Today I wasn't hungry for lunch until 4pm. In theory I could eat breakfast earlier (right now I'm aiming for 9-10am), but I'm a night owl, and I tend to get more done at night, so it's tough for me to go to sleep before 1am and wake up before 8:30 or 9. Suggestions as to how I might fit three meals into my day without having dinner at 9 or 10pm would be very much appreciated! Day 3: June 30 Woke up at 9:30 feeling pretty icky again (and only because my alarm clock app simply would not shut up unless I got out of bed and completed three tasks…), but at least I was very hungry! Meal 1 (9:45am): Scrambled eggs (with coconut milk, cooked in ghee), tons of homemade salsa (from the W30 book), one quarter of a pathetically underripe avocado, mayo, cherries + 20 oz water Meal 2 (1pm): Merguez meatballs, greens (sautéed with coconut milk, pecans, dried cranberries, and ras el hanout), orange salad over (raw) greens + 12 oz LaCroix grapefruit Afternoon: 36 oz tea Meal 3 (9:53pm): Almond-crusted pork fried in ghee (a.k.a., paleo schnitzel--yum!); raw bell pepper, cucumber, and carrot; mayo Note: Got home late, so I was starving L
  14. molliollioxenfree

    Corn starch in my allergy meds!

    I don't think I have any other options at the moment, since it took me a while to land on this medication in the first place (others either made me drowsy or didn't work). It looks like there's a bit of corn starch in another medication I'm taking as well, and that one is definitely non-negotiable, so I guess I'll have to stick with it and hope for the best.
  15. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    Day 2 was a disaster of epic proportions, but I learned some lessons that I think will help me for the rest of the W30! Here's the log: June 29 Woke up at 9:30 (since I stayed up late last night) feeling the Hangover bigtime. The headache wasn’t too terrible, but I felt exhausted and weak, and the thought of getting out of bed seemed unbearable. As I prepped breakfast (which felt like it took FOREVER), I felt a nagging desire to punch everyone I have ever met. Hmm… Meal 1 (10:30am): 3 sunny side up eggs, sweet potato “hash browns” with onions and spinach fried in ghee, a few pieces of smoked salmon, one Persian cucumber, Cholula mayo + 20 oz water + 12 oz chai with coconut milk Notes: Really had to choke down this breakfast. I just don’t want to eat that much in the morning, but I’m hoping that’ll improve with time. I can’t have coffee right now because I recently stopped my stomach meds and need to give my stomach lining a little time to get back to normal, so I went for tea instead. Chai with coconut milk was delicious! I missed my sweetener a bit at first, but then the natural sweetness of the coconut milk (and the fact that coconut goes wonderfully with chai spices) quickly made up for the lack of sugar. Crawled back into bed with my laptop after breakfast. Did not emerge until lunch. Accomplished zero research/writing all day. + 24 oz water Meal 2 (4pm): Zoodles with meat balls, compliant tomato sauce, and an extra tsp of EVOO drizzled over the top Note: I simply could not eat anything again until 4pm. I think I may try to decrease my meal size a little bit (plus eat breakfast slightly earlier) to see if I can tweak my meal schedule to be a bit more normal. + 34 oz sparkling water Meal 3: L Note: I wasn’t hungry around dinner time, so I decided to wait a bit longer and see if I could work up an appetite on a walk with my friend (we started around 8:45). Things were going well until we walked back up a very, very big hill. I’ve never had trouble conquering that hill before, but this time I got really dizzy and my ears started to hurt. It was terrible! Made my way home eventually and ate a banana because that’s what my boyfriend handed to me. Decided I’d get up the next morning and try for an earlier breakfast. +16 oz water