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  1. COTO

    Whole30 + Crossfit = exhausted

    6 months later, I am still dealing with this issue. It comes and goes in cycles- I will feel great or mostly normal for 2-4 weeks and then I will regress to feeling fatigued, apathetic, unmotivated. In this time I have cut alcohol and caffeine completely out, been put on adrenal supplements by a nutritional therapist (they did not help), and minimized my stress. The last straw for me was about 5 weeks ago, I was fed up with feeling sick so I cut back on meat and started eating meals every 3 hours- TONS of veggies. In less than a week I was feeling better than I had in months. Really thought I was out of the woods, but after about 4 weeks of feeling good, symptoms have once again returned despite my continued eating habits. I am really running out of ideas at this point. I am an otherwise-healthy and athletic 28 year old with no medical history, no chronic conditions, no allergies. It does not make sense to me that I don't seem to be healing when I feel I'm doing everything I can. Yes I feel better than I did 6 months ago, but still nowhere near where I used to be. Any questions or advice is appreciated!
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    Whole30 + Crossfit = exhausted

    I am definitely going to get some help.. I am not stressed though, which is apparently the primary cause? And I get enough sleep, eat great, exercise, etc. Is there something I am missing here?
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    Whole30 + Crossfit = exhausted

    I also felt really down last night for no apparent reason. Had a good/normal day.
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    Whole30 + Crossfit = exhausted

    spoke too soon about not having more symptoms. A lot of my hair came out in the shower last night. Waaaay more than normal. My hair is long and I don't wash it every day, this would be the first time since I started posting. Slightly worrisome. I do feel better though. We will see how today goes. I didn't bother posting what I ate yesterday bc it's not Whole30, not representative of what I normally eat. It was a bunch of salty stuff again. Pretzels, Chipotle, Bananas with almond butter, heavily salted duck fried potatoes with salmon chili. I also got some Hammer electrolyte supplements, those seem to be helping.
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    Whole30 + Crossfit = exhausted

    Yes I am starting to suspect that salt has something to do with it. It's been extremely humid the past month or so. Even running two miles leaves my shirt and shorts drenched. And honestly for the months before this I never gave a second thought to how much salt I was eating (or not eating)- I wasn't exercising strenuously so nothing felt off. It only just occurred to me yesterday that I am getting none of the 'built in sodium' the normal American diet provides. To answer your question, I do salt my food but nothing like I am doing now. It's totally possible the extra sweating and reduced dietary sodium are putting the drain on me. Today will be more green
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    Whole30 + Crossfit = exhausted

    I will describe what I had today since it's in recent memory, and will keep track of tomorrow's eating and post it. Just a heads up, as of today I suspended eating Whole30 as I am clearly not getting enough of something, so the following includes foods that are not Whole30 compliant. I also did not work out today. Breakfast: 1 cup coffee with 3-4 tablespoons clarified butter and 5 quarter sized pieces of 100% cacao. 1 large green apple 2 small potatoes (think two fist sizes), fried in duck fat (one thumb size) and topped with yellow mustard, salt and pepper. Large handful of pretzels. Craving salt like mad. Lunch: 2 large chicken curry wraps (each ~9 inches long). Includes grilled chicken, onion, peas, curry, cheese, white garlic sauce. Each roll: 1115 calories, 68g fat, 50 protein, 77g carbs. Larger than a typical meal for me. Large handful of pretzels. Afternoon snack: Large green apple, salted, with almond butter (4-5 tablespoons) 5-7 quarter sized bits of 100% cacao Large handful of pretzels. Dinner: 2 small potatoes (same as above) with 5 whole eggs. Water intake: 1/2-3/4 gallon After eating salt all day I feel much better. Could have been all the extra carbs too. Honestly I find it hard to believe that this wouldn't be enough food. Even on a normal day I don't eat much less than this. The only meal that would be smaller is lunch. But I will suspend my disbelief for the time being, I appreciate everyone being so helpful. Let me know what you think of this, I will post again with tomorrow's intake and make it sure it is back to normal.
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    Whole30 + Crossfit = exhausted

    haha I am male. I really appreciate your help though. Mineral deficiency is something I will check into asap. Sounds like a likely culprit.
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    Whole30 + Crossfit = exhausted

    always whole eggs, never just the whites. I would say most of the time I include a protein, but I can think of a few instances where I did not. Relying too heavily on nuts for fat is a fair argument. I might consider putting a pause on the shakes, though I've done several cycles of them in the past and theyve never posed an energy problem. I take good quality multivitamins (Advocare), I think I should be covered there. I have heard plenty of arguments against multis but I always feel better when I take them. Being vitamin deficient is a good guess though. I mean I am just feeling around in the dark myself at this point. Today has been the worst day of symptoms: heavy brain fog, irritability, general lethargy and lack of energy, definitely feeling "off" and that something is not normal. Last week I was craving very unusual food: pizza, bread, potato chips, refined sugars and desserts (this never happens), and beer. All carb heavy stuff. I added in some more potatoes to my diet (sweet and white) but results have been mixed at best. No other acute symptoms I can think of- definitely no hair loss or rashes or anything like that.
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    Whole30 + Crossfit = exhausted

    I just turned 28. Non compliant food- I will have alcohol once a month (usually wine) and sometimes I will have tortilla chips or pretzels, also about once a month or less. Post workout- some days it is a potato and eggs or vegetables, other days it's what I have in the crockpot, which is usually meat- based and includes vegetables, though not usually potatoes or starchy carbs in significant amounts. I allow 2 full rest days per week and I fast for 24 hours from Sat night to Sun night every week. I do not work out on Sundays, that is one of the two rest days. For the first few months of eating Whole30, I would say my diet was a bit meat- heavy. I have since dialed that back to include less meat and more vegetables and felt better initially. Now I find it swinging back to eating more meat as my activity level increases. The fat in my diet comes from nuts, oils, animal fats, and coconut. I put a large amount of clarified butter (~3 tablespoons) in my coffee every morning and have been doing this for about a year. Lately I have been adding clarified butter to soups and dishes I prepare. 3x a week I will make what I call Fat Shakes- 1 frozen banana, coconut chips, 4 brazil nuts, 1 raw egg, couple tablespoons coconut oil, 2 spoonfuls of almond butter. Lately I have also been noticing myself salting dishes much heavier than usual. I seem to be craving it. Hope this helps!
  10. I have been eating strict Whole30 (~95% compliant) for nearly 8 months now. It changed my life. A new problem has arisen however. 2 months ago I started crossfit again after over a year off. I was also working a desk job during this time. I left the job shortly after starting crossfit, and recently I have begun to push harder on workouts the last 2-3 weeks. I am completely wiped out. Brain feels like mush, I am sleeping longer than normal, sometimes much longer (11 hrs last night), yet I still feel tired and groggy upon waking. I feel like my body should be adapted to this activity by now, it doesn't feel like the normal "starting-a-new-workout-program sleepiness". I've done crossfit on and off for 4 years and have never felt like this. Which leads me back to diet. Any ideas here? Am I not eating enough carbs? I am constantly, ravenously hungry yet I eat a ton of fat and am most certainly fat adapted to some degree. I literally cannot eat any cleaner and I know I'm getting adequate rest, which is why I'm stumped. Any suggestions would be awesome!