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  1. I'm on Day 10 and woke up from another night of absolutely drenching my sheets from night sweats. This is the 4th or 5th time I've gotten them so far. From what I've read, it's likely caused by a hormone imbalance from changing my diet. That being said, any idea when this will end? I'm drowning in laundry over here!
  2. Hi all! This is my first post on the forum. I am 10 days into my W30. I was a little nervous coming in as I am recently pescatarian (after about 10 years as a vegetarian, and several of those spent as vegan). I have done some elimination diets in the past but have always struggled with feeling like my body was lacking or missing something. I have quite a few gut issues as well as auto immune-related conditions (anxiety, asthma, heartburn, ibs, graves disease *in remission* to name a few)...I have often felt like a lot of my health issues were directly related to my gut health as every other aspect is 100% unremarkable on paper. According to labs and tests I am one of the healthiest women alive, but inside I feel like I am dying / falling apart. It was upon my acupuncturist's recommendation that I give the Whole 30 a try. As an aside I have been gluten free for coming up on 4 years now, I went GF in an attempt to help my thyroid and the switch was the reason that my levels normalized and have been normal for about 3 years now! With that said, when I switched to GF I started ironically (or maybe not so ironic) eating a TON more carbs (mostly in the form of brown rice and sugar in processed foods.) My days before Whole 30 included shrimp, hummus, oats, gluten free bread, amys tv dinners, fruit and peanut butter - I also probably had pizza about once a week. I considered myself to eat "fairly healthy" but in retrospect it probably was not a very balanced diet with very little protein. The first week I dealt with a LOT of spaciness, often feeling like I'm in a dream, not really here and VERY anxious. I was able to push through a little bit of this but mildly exerting myself. Starting around day 3 I started experiencing bouts of light headedness, one day, starting to grey out and seriously thinking I was going to faint. I have been feeling like I am eating enough - and not really getting very hungry between meals - the only times I have snacked have been when I am having intense afternoon slumps. I normally exercise 3-4 days a week but have only worked out once since starting this because I just don't have the energy and feel so sick and light-headed when I have tried to exert myself much. By Day 5 or 6, the spaciness and brain fog had lifted slightly but then I started getting horrible crashes in the afternoon between about 2 PM and 7 PM. On a few of these days I have had some increased energy starting around 8 or 9 PM and lasting through until bedtime. I feel pretty relaxed at bedtime but then have woken with horrible anxiety or starts for most of the nights I have been on the W30. My blood pressure and blood sugar have remained normal/stable although today when I was feeling particularly tired and light-headed, I took it and it was 110/61 which is the lowest its been in a while. I mostly just wanted to share my experience as well as the food I have been eating to see if I am on track and need to eat more and/or different types of foods to maintain energy and mood. I am not sure at this point what is W30 and what is anxiety but I have been feeling pretty damn crappy, weak, tired, anxious and light headed for a week now. The most frustrating part is that I actually felt way better before I started doing this but am trying to stick it out until the end as I really want to see what good this could do my body, specifically my gut health. I just don't want to do it at the cost of hurting my health more. As a pescatarian I am pretty maxed out on eggs and fish and ways to get creative. I don't know if anyone else has concerns about mercury but eating seafood every single day and sometimes twice a day does make me a little nervous. Since my only sources of protein are really nuts, fish and eggs, I burn out pretty quickly. Any feedback and/or recommendations are greatly appreciated. Thank you! Monday: Breakfast - 2 scrambled eggs with guacamole and 1 1/2 c coconut chia pudding with sautéed bananas and pureed almond meal Snack - Cherry Pie Lara Bar Lunch - shrimp curry (coconut milk, spices and coconut amigos as sauce) - with red onion, zucchini, red bell pepper, carrots and portabella as veggies Snack - Electrolyte "smoothie" - 1 c kale, 1 banana and 1 c cashew malk Dinner - blistered shishito peppers cooked in olive oil with lime and basil, 2 hard boiled egg whites, spinach and kale salad with small amounts egg yellow and white, celery, raw shisito peppers with oil and vinegar dressing Tuesday: Breakfast - 2 scrambled eggs, 1/2 c hashbowns, 1/2 avocado, 4 or 5 cherry tomatoes and 1/2 banana Lunch - salmon and avocado salad with lemon, green onions, tomatoes, parsley & baked sweet potato "fries" Snack - Electrolyte "smoothie" - 1 c kale, 1 banana and 1 c cashew malk Dinner - egg quiche (piece about 5"l x 4"w) with white onions, mushrooms, spinach, pumpkin & crab dip (crab, w30 approved mayo, red peppers, jalapeños, green onions) with some plantains (fried in coconut oil) Snack - 2 coconut rolled dates with 1 tsp each almond butter Wednesday: Breakfast - leftover egg quiche (piece about 5"l x 4"w), 1/2 avocado, 1/2 banana Lunch - leftover egg quiche (piece about 5"l x 4"w), 1 medium sized tomato, handful macadamia nuts, handful cherries Post-Workout Snack - 3/4 sweet potato with 2 tablespoons almond butter and cinnamon Dinner - We are going to make grilled shrimp with butternut squash noodles, cashew cream sauce and sautéed spinach or zucchini)
  3. kelseysweet

    Day 10 of Reintroduction

    I am entering my last week of whole30, so I started researching the reintroduction phase. On day 10 of the reintroduction, I am leaving town for the weekend and won't have access to a kitchen or many healthy options. I was wondering if there is any benefit of going back on the whole30 for the 2 extra days after day 10 since I will have already figured out what messes with me and what doesn't.
  4. Meghan Leanne

    Uncomfortable Feeling

    Hi, I am on day 10 and for the past three days, in the am into early afternoon I feel very dizzy/lightheaded and feel "out of it" which is uncomfortable. Is this normal
  5. 8 months ago I started waking up with horrible thoracic back pain. Every day, I woke up stiff and sore before I was supposed to naturally wake up due to pain. It would dwindle after an hour or so and then I would get on with my day. Poor posture, heavy lifting, intense cardio or lack of chair support exacerbated it. Eventually, I stopped exercising. I was able to travel Europe in October and manage the pain until November when we had to come home early. Europe, needless to say, was the height of my poorest diet ever. That pain, for the most part, save for a couple days this year, has almost died down and I actually started the whole 30 to completey get rid of it. Nobody knows what the pain is and it's gone undiagnosed. I postponed my MRI until the end of Whole30. I'm a tough cookie. I breeze through pain for the most part and "get on with it." My level 5 pain is most people's 10, or so the doctors say. Yesterday, when I was running some errands, and older pain (Sacroiliac joint) came back with an a vengeance! I could barely walk let alone bend down and pick up s small box 150 trash bags at Home Depot. Usually I can shake it off after a few minutes or get a good night sleep and now I've woken up and the pain level is the same! This is never happened and it's bad enough that I think I should be resting, in bed, until it goes away. Does pain get worse before it gets better? I'd love to speak to a moderator about all of this, the thoracic and sacroiliac.
  6. Day 10 and my energy is up, my mood is lifted...but I am having leg cramps in the middle of the night and my neck has been cramped all week, giving me horrible migraines (a chronic problem for me that I am hoping to help with Whole30, but they are getting worse instead of better). I was reading the forums for advice on leg cramps and I saw magnesium recommended, which I already take, and possibly potassium (I eat an avocado every day, and I am also adding in a banana), and also sodium, which I already salt my food very heavily. Thinking of starting to take a multivitamin and also maybe getting some electrolyte water (not sure if it's compliant, need to research). Here's what I ate yesterday: Breakfast: half banana, three egg "muffins" with mushrooms and onions Lunch: ground beef and compliant spaghetti sauce, spaghetti squash, roasted sweet potatoes, broccoli Snack (I need to eat in the afternoon or I get a terrible headache): sunflower seeds, half banana Dinner: Crockpot carnitas, compliant salsa, guacamole Looking at this I can see that I was very short on veggies. It's hard for me to get them in in the morning but I do usually have them with dinner. Any thoughts? I'm so discouraged by my headache right now.
  7. Hi all! This is going to be messy, and if you are feeling a bit frustrated with Whole30, I'd actually recommend not reading this and moving on to a more encouraging thread. That said- I need to get a few things out there. I know, Day 10 is one of the hardest days, blah, blah, blah but I have few bones to pick with this program: There are the superficial things. I feel like I'm eating too much meat (from an environmental stand point), eggs are driving me crazy, I just really want to have a salad dressing that actually tastes good, etc. But none of this is that big of a deal. Overall, I've had tons of positives so far. I definitely went through a sugar detox, and I'm amazed I've went this long without chocolate. This is probably the longest I've done so in my adult life, actually. I'm eating tons of vegetables and loving it! And I usually don't miss bread and cheese (except at that NFL playoff party where everyone had pizza). My physical side effects were mostly on days 2-4. Best of all, my husband is making the best dietary choices I've ever seen him make. But (and this is huge, ginormous but), I have a major issue with this program. And honestly, its also one of the reasons I chose this option. Yeah, I know. I'm a conflicted, confusing person...but here it is: Legalism. The rules, the black and white, the "tough love". It's too much. I think its warranted in many facets of the program. I agree with the basics of eliminating dairy, grains, legumes, added sugar etc. for 30 days and then seeing what the reintroduction does for you. I agree that there should be no scheduled cheat days and that there are no accidents. I even agree with restarting when it is clear that the rules have been violated. However, SWYPO is where I believe there should be a gray area. For the most part, I accept the concept that you shouldn't recreate desserts, breads, etc. Using odd substitutions to recreate things doesn't usually pan out. However, there a few things that baffle me. For instance (and I can see the eyes rolling already from all you mods and die-hard whole 30ers)- egg/banana pancakes. No one would complain if I ate a banana, two eggs, some compliant chicken sausage and sautéed veggies. But heaven forbid I mix the egg/banana together! IT IS LITERALLY THE SAME MEAL! (nutritionally speaking...) Of course, if a person had a deep connection to pancakes, they shouldn't go there, but really... Now I know, this is going to get a lot of response about how your brain lights up the pleasure centers based on how your food looks, blah blah blah... Ok. Then tell me how banana-egg pancakes are any different/worse that LaCroix? It is a fizzy drink with an honestly yucky taste that comes in a pretty can....just like diet coke. How is LaCroix not SWYPO, but egg banana pancakes are? Just saying... Anyway, I know everyone is going to focus on the pancakes here, but I just wanted to say that I'm going to continue my 30 days as compliant as I can- but if I bend the rules here and there, does it really matter if it leads to lasting healthier choices?
  8. This is my second Whole 30 and while in my first Whole 30 it took 8 days before I slept good this one has been different. I've been sleeping well since Day 6 and as that was my biggest struggle last time once I passed that I thought it would be smooth sailing. Today all I wanted to do was throw in the towel. It's weird because I have a refridgerator full of delicious cooked food. We are in a heat wave in NYC and I'm outside for work on/off all day. It made me crave ice cream, lemonade, and other stuff I don't even usually eat. I read the timeline and saw this is the day when people want to quit. In the end I stuck to plan, and I'm looking forward to getting past this.
  9. Regina Runs Far

    10 Down and Feeling Great!

    We started our Whole 30 on January 26. I must say that I was so nervous and overwhelmed, because we decided just to start suddenly, with very little preparation, other than discussing when we should start. We kept putting it off for a "convenient" time, or a time where we'd be more prepared. We finally decided to just jump in, because there would never be a perfect time. The first day seemed ok........eggs for breakfast, black coffee was not that bad.......snacking on almonds, avocado, fruit, all yummy stuff. Big yummy lunch salad, more snacks before my workout. Delicious dinner, chicken, sweet potatoes, veggies, fruit before bed. Then it got awful......hungry, tired, mentally cloudy all the time. Can't focus on work, cannot sleep well, cannot run well, cannot lift well, grumpy, moody. HUNGRY! HUNGRY! Can't figure out how much to eat. Not enough food in the house, and not enough time to prepare enough food. Eating almonds, more almonds..........what else can I eat.........what are good fats? All my friends are so sick of hearing me talk about my food or lack thereof.........they all tell me to eat, don't eat, but stop talking about eating. Friday night, and I want a glass of wine so badly. Didn't do it, yeah!!! Day 6....awesome run, finally. Leftover Sweet potatoes taste good during a run and after a run........didn't cheat on run with sports foods, yeah! HUNGRY AGAIN. Going out for dinner, what to eat, what to drink? Water is so lame when out on Saturday. I want wine, I want wine..............nope, just water. Ordered a compliant meal and it was tasty. Day 7.........overslept......slept almost 10 tired........happy, but tired. Learning to eat sweet potatoes more, veggies more, and protein more........veggies with everything! Stayed inside all day......just didn't want to leave the house. Tried to work, snacked, napped..........trying to regain focus and energy. Late afternoon 18 miler on trails..........test out whole 30 fueling. Sweet potatoes, strawberries, coconut water, buddy fruits, pickles........great run......felt so happy on the trails, and energetic.....I was flying. So beautiful out in nature, constant energy, no bonking, strong legs. Days 8-10..........less hungry, more and more veggies, and eating "dinner" foods at breakfast and cold while on the go. More energy, happy, more clear in my thoughts Workouts awesome...........great pullups, good runs, and amazing sleep. Feeling confident at work, and in my life. Anyway, those are some of my random thoughts. I feel like I'm really on an upswing, and I'm so happy I stuck through the really tough days. I know there will be tough days ahead, but I feel like I can do it! I cannot wait to see how great my runs and workouts feel as I continue on my journey. I really appreciate the whole 30 resources, member blogs, links to recipes, stories, and the daily emails. So much great information, helpful tips, inspirational stories, and inside information is helping get us through every day, and understand more behind this journey. So excited for What Day 11 will bring!!!! Regina the runner
  10. I know it's normal to have headaches but I've had one since day 3 that's progressively getting worse. Today the pounding is HORRIBLE and it's making me feel pressure in my sinuses. I know I'm not sick cuz that's the only thing wrong and last time I had a sinus infection it did not feel like this. Is this still normal? Am I possibly consuming too much protein?
  11. Hello! I am starting to worry that this isn't working for me. I am on Day 10 and I have not cheated at all. I am proud of that, but I still have eczema on my hands and scalp - which I was hoping would be better, and I am SO TIRED. I'm trying not to drink coffee in the afternoons, but I keep waiting for that energy burst I read about and I am discouraged that I don't have that yet. I just tried to go for my first jog since starting the Whole 30 and my legs feel like lead. Does everyone get the energy-all-day-effect that comes from the plan? I wake up tired and go to bed tired and could take a nap right now. Help!
  12. tpapandr

    Think I'm doing it right?

    Hi Everyone, I'm on day 10 of my first Whole 30 and I'm hoping that I'm doing this right because I don't feel much better... The first several days I consumed canola oil with a few meals because, unknowingly, the artichokes I used were in olive and canola oil, even though it isn't labeled that way on the front. Since then, I've been compliant with all ingredients. I should add that I have celiac disease and lactose intolerance, so I've avoided gluten and dairy for a long time before starting the W30. I guess I'm feeling a little disappointed/confused because I feel so tired--though instead of ups and downs feeling tired before, it's pretty much a consistent tired feeling throughout the day. I do exercise a lot--Crossfit in the morning before work and I teach Zumba three weekday evenings, and I take 1-2 days rest per week. Because CF is at 5:30am, I haven't been eating beforehand, but I make sure to eat a fritata loaded with veggies and meat afterward, along with a smoothie of coconut milk, kale, spinach, and fruit. This keeps me full until lunch (noon), and I try to fill up at lunch to keep me satisfied until dinner but by 2:30-4:00 (my very low energy dip) I am starving, exhausted, drained, and have a headache. Is this all normal? I suspect I may just need to be patient, but I'd love to hear thoughts from people who have done this before. Thank you for your time!
  13. Hello! I am on day 10 now and feeling fantastic! Its easy to go shopping because there are so many things I cannot have so less decisions to be made, I eat big platefuls of really yummy food, I don't get hungry again for ages, my breastmilk supply has not altered as far as I am aware, my "mummy brain" has gone, no afternoon lull, really happy and cheery all the time, better skin, and my jeans are much looser. This is fab. Normally when I drop my 3 year old at nursery school for the afternoon I come home desperate for a rest and hoping my 7 month old will nap. Today I put baby in the carrier and walked up to the supermarket (only half a mile or less) to get some bits and pieces and I really enjoyed the exercise. This way of eating is so helpful when you have young kids and don't get much chance to sit still! Oh and I will probably lose weight but actually I'm not bothered about that now. Loving it