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Hi all! This is my first go at Whole30 and so far I feel pretty great! I should start by saying I wanted to try Whole30 because I believe I have a hormonal imbalance of some kind (I am in my mid-20’s and have dealt with depression, menstural irregularities, lethargy, difficulty gaining weight/low BMI, low appetite, and troublesome skin since I was a teen). About 6 months ago my appetite was healthy for the first time in years and I startrd gaining weight (although I had weight to gain, it wasn’t necessarily healthy weight because I wasn’t eating very healthy foods) and my period was shockingly regular for the first time in years. I went from having literally no idea when it would arrive, to having it begin on the 12th or 13th of the month every month for the last six months. I should mention I have been on the Mirena IUD for the last 3 years and while it helped by making my periods significantly lighter, they were still unpredictable and lasted 8 days on average. I should also mention I have been anemic since I was a teen but I found a good iron supplement that agrees with my digestion about a year ago and have not been tested since to determine if I am still anemic. This would lead to miserable, long, painful periods to the point I need to load up on painkillers to go to work, and I have missed many events due to my period prior to getting thr IUD and having lighter periods (most so light a pantyliner was sufficient - I have probably worn maybe 10 light tampons in the last 3 years whereas I used to have to change my “overnight” tampons multiple times a day and actually passed out on campus once in college due to overwhelming pain and lightheadedness). Now that you have a bit of backstory, my question is this: why would Whole30 make my period arrive a week early after only 6 days on the program? My last period ended about 2 weeks ago! I am eating lots of fats in an effort to maintain my weight. Also lots of iron-rich foods. In general I feel great, especially the last couple days, no overwhelming cravings and food boredom hasn’t hit too hard yet. My energy is the best it’s been in a long time, and I’ve also taken this opportunity to remove caffeine from my diet altogether. I should also mention this period is probably the heaviest it’s been since I got the IUD in (but not nearly as bad as prior to), and there was some cramping and acne but not as bad as usual. I also am very emotional and have gotten weepy over things I usually wouldn’t. That said, my depression/malaise have taken a hike as well (in this case weepy/depressed are very different) and I really haven’t felt this good in years. I am wondering if this is a definitive answer that my suspected hormonal issues are indeed diet-related? I know this program can have a strong effect on hormones which is a major reason I started it, but I’m flummoxed by the lack of scientific research on WHY my period would arrive 7 days early after just a few days of diet change. Can anyone provide insight as to why this may be occuring? Many forums I have read seem to inditate women getting their period later rather than earlier, much less a whole week early so early in the program. Should I be concerned by this dramatic shift? I was not planning on a Whole60 but now I am curious as to how my cycle would adapt if I kept this up. Thank you for reading and any additional insight you can provide!
Hello! I started my Whole30 on Monday and today was my first [evening] gym session since. I work until 5, so my plan has been to get home at 5:30 and before or after I change for the gym, I'd eat my protein and fat for pre workout per the template. Today (first time) was a hard boiled egg and half an avocado. Then I'd get home just after 7:30 and we'd eat dinner then. However, tonight I ate AFTER 8pm, which sounds/feels SO late. Can you even eat too late on this? I'm sure you can. The template says to stoayp eating a few hours before bed; I'd take that to mean at least 3. That should work, but only for today, as I don't hope to make going to bed after 11 a habit. Especially when i start my 10 hour days again next week and I work at 6:30a.m. And also, this means I didn't get a post workout meal. Given the timeline of my evening I don't know if I'll be able to fit that in. Not w/o eating a super early dinner...which even in that case would replace the pre workout snack. The pre wo snack is supposed to be small protein which dinner isn't. And the post workout is supposed to be a bonus meal...which it isn't in my current timeline So, really I'm looking for advice on how to handle and properly space out my pre evening workout snack, post workout snack, and dinner when I get home 5:30, leave for the gym before 6:15, and get home around 7:45. HELP! lol. Any advice is appreciated! Thanks!