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  1. Reintro Log

    Hi All, I've been through a few rounds of Whole 30 and the reintroduction phase, but I've never done the reintro as thoroughly as I've wanted to. This time, that's all going to change! Today, I reintroduced legumes. I had a serving of peanut butter with breakfast and 1/2 cup of black beans with lunch and dinner, since those are the main legumes present in my diet pre-whole 30. I'm starting to think I may have to wait until the end of my reintroduction and try them again because I have had a dull, incredibly annoying headache the majority of the day. I tend to get stress/tension headaches though, and the last two weeks have been two of the more stressful weeks of the year, as far as my job goes. This week specifically, I'm a little shorter on sleep than I typically tend to be as well. What were some of your reactions to legumes or peanuts, in particular?
  2. Hi, i am currently on day 13. Around day 5 I started feeling badly, especially after excercising. I added more carbs, protein and fat (frankly over-eating) to try to feel better but it didn't help. By day 8 I was just laying in bed all day and exhausted with muscle fatigue from walking a 1/4 mile (I typically RUN 10 miles a week); I was feeing out of body and dizzy; and my brain was quite foggy--driving felt dangerous and I felt as if I might "forget" to get out of my car. I went to the doctor and my BP was down 30 points from my normal (was 100/70 and is usually 130/70). My blood work all came back fine. They advised me to add more salt and to stop exercising. I regained energy for a few days but now I am starting to feel the same. I am a 41 year-old female, 5' 8" and 150 pounds. My typical breakfast is 2 eggs, 1/2 a large potato mixed with onions and 10 kalamata olives and cooked in ghee and topped with more ghee, 1/2 grapefruit, and a banana. A typical lunch is 2 cups of amount of Cuban Piccadillo (ground beef, green olives, peppers, raisins and capers) over half a large pan-fried yam. I have a larabar bar or nuts and a piece of fruit as a late afternoon snack (I am very active). A typical dinner would be 1/3 pound pan-fried chicken with copius amounts of broccoli drizzled in olive oil. Since my doctor visit I have been heavily salting everything and even eating several dill pickles a day. I am having trouble hanging on and functioning. What can I change to feel better? Thank you for reading my long post! -Aimée
  3. I'm on day 25 and I feel terrible. My headaches have returned with a vengeance, I'm tired all the time, my anxiety is through the roof, I've lost my appetite entirely, and I've lost all motivation to get things done (which is a huge problem because I'm self-employed). I can't believe that I'm feeling this awful when I'm so close to day 30. I was supposed to start feeling the "tiger blood" at least a week ago. I didn't have these issues before I started this round. I've tracked a couple days of my calorie intake just to be sure that my problems aren't being caused by insufficient calorie intake. Despite my lack of appetite, I've been able to force myself to eat about 2200 calories per day, which has been enough to maintain my weight. In a normal day, I usually have 4-6 servings of fruit and 6-10 servings of vegetables. My macronutrient breakdown is about 20% protein, 40% fat, and 40% carbohydrates. Other info that might be helpful: This is my second round of Whole 30. I did one 6 months ago and felt so amazing afterwards that I decided I want to do it twice per year to keep myself on track. I have a neurological condition that required surgery 5 years ago. I've had almost no symptoms since then. I kept up with clean eating after my first round of Whole 30, but I reintroduced sprouted wheat bread and became less strict with occasionally eating out (once per month maximum). I exercise 5 times per week: HIIT/strength training combo workouts M/W/F, light recovery cardio or yoga T/Th. This is more exercise than I did during my first round. I'm a 21 year old female, 5'3 and 115 lbs. I've stayed the same weight since I started, which is good because weight loss is not a goal of mine. I've practiced intermittent fasting for over a year now. I use the LeanGains 16/8 protocol. Before starting this round my diet was not great because I had been on the road for 9 days. Lots of sugar from sweetened dried fruit in trail mix, not enough fruits or veggies, and occasional fast food. Has anyone else experienced this? Does anyone have any idea about what might be causing it or how to make it better?
  4. Something's not Right

    I have been having the same problem! I am on Day 19 and other than the initial migraine on day 2, I hadn't had any headaches at all until recently. I have had the same headache from morning to night when I go to sleep since Day 17 (started at night on day 16). Here is an idea of what I have been eating: breakfast: 1 serving of breakfast casserole. (Casserole serves 8 and uses 1 lb ground beef, 14 eggs, 2 potatoes, red bell pepper, and onion) lunch: palm sized portion of baked chicken, handful of diced potatoes, and a heaping handful of green beans dinner: palm sized portion of pork chop tenderloin and the rest of the plate is filled with steamed veggies (assortment of broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, sugar snap peas, and water chestnuts) alternate dinner: palm sized portion of pork chop tenderloin mixed into bowl of spinach salad with carrots and tomatoes Occasionally when I get home from work, I can't help but munch on some fruit. These little snacks are either half a can of diced pineapples (in 100% pineapple juice) or 6 strawberries or 20 grapes or 1 plum. I never mix the fruit so those are the quantities and the one time I eat fruit. I will also sometimes have a closed handful of almonds or pecans every now and then to get in a healthy fat. Sleep wise I have been going to bed at 10 PM and waking up at 6:45 AM with a few times of restlessness throughout the night. I wake up enough to know I'm awake but I usually fall right back asleep. I have been drinking 120 fl. oz of water per day (especially when I started getting the headaches) and I weighed 160 when I started so I know I'm drinking plenty of water. I have been wanting to begin a workout routine, but because of the headaches I haven't started yet. I live a pretty sedentary lifestyle as well. I have been reading books more frequently, but I haven't been working my brain any more than I normally would when I'm in school. I don't understand what the headaches could be coming from and I have yet to feel that tiger blood nor have I noticed any NSVs so far or noticed any change in my body in the mirror. I'm starting to get worried that maybe I'm doing some part of the Whole 30 incorrectly without realizing it...
  5. I'm on day 16 of my Whole30. During days 2 & 3, I suffered from some minor headaches, probably associated with sugar detox, but they went away shortly. This week, I've been having headaches all afternoon every day. Today it even started in the morning. Not sure what's going on, but this is unusual for me - I rarely get headaches other than sinus pain headaches. These almost feel like eye-strain headaches (I do sit in front of a computer all day at work), but nothing has changed about my work routine or how often I'm in front of a screen. The only thing that seems different is the diet. Thoughts?
  6. Headaches

    Hello - I'm on Day 25 and about once a week I'm getting headaches that last a day or two. Could this still be sugar withdrawal? I'm drinking tea so I don't think it's caffeine. Has anyone else had sugar withdrawal last this long? Thanks for any help
  7. Headaches

    Ever since I started Whole 30, I've been experiencing headaches every morning. I drink plenty of water all day, even in that I now have to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. I drink the same amount of coffee (black now) as I did before so I know it's not from caffeine. What are other possible reasons I could be experiencing headaches? I've been using Whole30 for about a week and have had a headache every morning.
  8. Hello Whole30 Team! This is my first post - I am on Day 26 and for the last 4 days in the evening and in the morning when I wake up, I have really bad headaches and I am a feeling a bit lethargic. I have been doing great up until now - any suggestions? Is this normal? Any ideas to help? I am committed and will do the whole program and probably make it a lifestyle but need help with this!
  9. Warning! Go grab some protein, veg and a thumb of fat, and then prepare to hunker down. This could take a while. This is Day 31 for me, so I it's time to tally up, and — wow! — I've gained a lot. And it's all good. Here are my non-scale victories, or at least the ones I've noticed along the way... Asthma: I only used my inhaler a couple of times during the first week, and I haven't used my nebulizer at all during my W30. I'm literally breathing easier. Bumps: I used to have small bumps on my inner arms. I had for many years. They were sort of like pre-hives; they only needed a scratch to instantly turn red, angry and itchy. But they're gone now. Inflammation: This one is big. Usually (due to Lupus, arthritis, benign tumors in my spine and other issues), a day of extreme activity would require days of rest and recovery. I just did a 13-hour visit to Disney last weekend, complete with 7.5 miles of walking. My feet and shins were sore, as almost anyone's would be, but I was able to get out a do the shopping and all of the prepping and cooking in the kitchen the next day just fine. I know! Headaches: Other than a few days of headaches in the first week, which included one migraine, I've been headache-free. Lupus: I experienced one intense flare during my W30 (brought on by a very stressful external event). It was awful, but ... OK? I didn't expect any miraculous elimination of flares, but it was days shorter than I expected. I'll take it. Mental outlook: I’m in a much better mood most of the time and somewhat less anxious. I was dealing with increased depression and ongoing anxiety issues when I started. I credit the improvement to W30 and to the addition of a cup of Natural Calm + chamomile tea every day (which I call my hot cup of Calm the F*** Down). I started the Natural Calm about a week into the program to keep my magnesium and calcium up, after reading recommendations for it here. Energy: While I still struggle in this area in general, I've had moments of Tiger Blood, a bit of kitten juice and fewer cat naps. I feel like I'm ready to start incorporating more regular exercise in my routine, and that's a biggie. Kitchen: Hey, NSVs extend beyond the body, so this counts! Despite the fact that I'm prepping and cooking constantly, my kitchen has never been cleaner or looked better. I found that reorganizing it and keeping it really tidy as I go was the only way to maintain sanity during this W30. Appliances: I'm actually using all of those appliances that just gathered dust on a shelf. My Vitamix and Instant Pot, for instance, both get near-daily workouts now and are finally justifying the money spent on them. Cooking: I love to cook. Sure, I'd love not to cook quite as much as I have over the past 30 days, but I still. Having new restrictions sparked a new wave of creativity in the kitchen for me. No matter where my eating habits go from here, I've created some meals that will definitely stay in the permanent rotation. Inspiring my husband: He isn't doing W30, and he still loads up on junk food at work. But he's happy to eat any W30 food I make at home and really enjoys it. At least I know half his fuel is good fuel. He's even considering going paleo soon. And he's helping out a lot more around the house, since he sees how busy I've been in the kitchen these last few weeks (and plan to continue to be). He's actually doing more than his share. A sense of pride: I'm proud that I did this. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't the hardest thing I've ever done. I doubted the process at times, but I never doubted that I would see it through. I mean, I made it through a family tragedy, a painful flare, a brunch with girlfriends, a visit to my favorite greasy-spoon diner, a trip to the state fair and freakin' Disney World without caving in to cravings! Now, about that scale... I had a victory there, too. I lost 18 pounds. (And for those of you currently doubting your own mid-W30 progress, I'd like to point out that around the middle of Week 2, I was convinced I was gaining weight.) I have no idea about inches, since I didn't measure beforehand, but I look leaner and feel leaner. And this isn't over! Both the W30 book and the site mention that those living with chronic illness and autoimmune diseases are likely to benefit by going beyond 30 days, since it may take longer to get the full effect of this reboot. I'm not going to walk away from the opportunity to gain more benefits from this. I've got so much room for improvement still. So, for now, I'm not calling it a W45 or W60 or W-hatever. I'm just going to keep going until it feels right to start my slow-roll reintroductions, and then that will eventually evolve into my new normal. Now, here's my completely unsolicited advice to anyone who might read this while considering starting their own Whole30 adventure: Don’t try to do a Whole30. Don't attempt a Whole30. Don't give it shot or see what happens and definitely don't hope you can do it. Commit! Make an absolute vow to yourself. You *will* do a Whole30. Acknowledge that it will be tough at times, rewarding at others. Take comfort in all of those pesky rules, because they take away the guesswork. And do it! Bring it on! Honestly, I think that's 90% of the key to succeeding at this — making that real commitment. Then when you face the inevitable difficult moments and temptations, it won't be made harder by struggling with that decision. You've already made the decision. Good luck everyone! And good luck to me as I keep going!
  10. I'm on day 7 and I have had no appetite since day 1. Because of this, I'm a little worried I'm not eating enough because I also get nausea and headaches every day. Is there a way to increase appetite or adjust meals to make sure I'm eating what nutrients I need? I'm kind of tired of feeling bleh/sick every day. Here's an example of what I might eat in a day: breakfast: hash browns cooked in ghee with apple chicken sausage (breakfast is a huge struggle and I have to kind of choke it down lol) lunch: half a large apple, 3-4 strawberries, ~1/2 tbs sunbutter, -1 tbs pistachios, 3 slices deli turkey dinner: pecan crusted chicken breast pan fried in olive oil, spaghetti squash or potatoes and carrots, small serving of fruit I've been trying to increase veggie intake but I really don't like most vegetables (texture issues) and it's even harder to force myself to eat them when I'm not even hungry. I've been needing a snack (usually a banana) between lunch and dinner. My lunch break is at 11:30 am. Any help would be much appreciated!
  11. Help! I completed day 30 yesterday (yay!). I ate Whole30 today (minus a square of dairy-free dark chocolate) because I'm still having some issues that I want to solve before I reintroduce foods. The biggest one is acid reflux/indigestion. I had acid reflux pretty often before I started, and it's been less this month, but I'm still having problems with it. My acid reflux manifests as feelings of hunger and burping (and also some bloating), which makes things harder because when I feel hungry after I eat, I just want to eat more. I actually didn't burp very much before starting Whole30, but the first few weeks and this last week I've just been burping like crazy. It's kind of the worst! I also started having mild-moderate headaches the last week or so. I've been keeping a food journal, and I realized I've been eating almond butter/nuts and coffee w/ almond milk almost every day, and my worst acid reflux has happened a few hours after eating those foods. But some days I have no problems, and others I have really uncomfortable burping/reflux even w/ no nuts, etc. so I think there are other foods causing it, I just DON'T KNOW what they are. Very frustrating. I'm salting all my meals sufficiently (I think) and drinking enough water (at least 100 oz., I'm 146 lbs.). I get 8+ hours of sleep most nights. OH, and another problem: I've been really tired some days without really knowing why. Here are the things I want to try: 1. Staying Whole30 but eliminating coffee and nuts. 2. Not drinking with meals--I usually drink at least a glass of water with all my meals, and I guess that might cause poor digestion? 3. If no nuts/coffee doesn't do anything after a couple days, taking digestive enzymes with each meal. 4. If that doesn't work, using HCL w/ pepsin w/ meals to see if I have low stomach acid. 5. If that doesn't work... low FODMAPS? AIP protocol? Cutting eggs? I'm not sure what to cut. Any advice here? What do I do next? What can I try?
  12. Headaches and Poop

    What a fun topic to talk about, huh? I have been doing Whole30 for 48 days now. After day 30, I stayed mostly Whole30 but ate a few things here or there that weren't compliant. Anyway, throughout the whole 48 days, I have woken up with a slight headache every day and it never really seems to go away. Also, my poop is the worst. I only poop every 2-3 days and when I do, it's a small amount and very squishy and hard to get out. Before starting Whole30, I knew my gut was messed up. I was depressed and anxious most of the time and I felt bloated and just messed up on the inside. I'm wondering if I need to make any changes to my diet going forward to feel amazing. Or if I just need to do another strict round and stop having the occasional treat until I'm finally healed. Any tips would be appreciated! Here's a list of what I eat everyday. Oh, and I realized that I have been eating way too many potatoes so I'm going to try to cut back and replace them with veggies. If you think that's the problem, I'd love to know so I can be sure to keep cutting them out. Breakfast: Typically 3 eggs, either some pulled pork or bacon, half an avocado, sauerkraut or kale coleslaw on the side. Probably could do better about adding more veggies here. Used to add in about 2 small red potatoes but have cut those out for now. Lunch: A can of tuna with homemade mayo, pumpkin seeds, half an apple, spinach. Sometimes using plantain chips to dip with them. Other days I'll make BLT lettuce wraps with turkey lunch meat, tomato, lettuce, mayo, bacon, avocado. Sometimes with chips on the side (baked in avocado oil). Dinner: Chicken breast or pulled pork, green beans/kale coleslaw/brussel sprouts/broccoli/cauliflower, potatoes, mayo or avocado as a side. Sometimes we'll do chicken curry over a baked potato. Sometimes a soup which has potatoes/ground beef/kale. Dinner is always something different every night, so it's hard to list every meal we make, but I always try to make sure there's a meat, potato, veggie and fat. Also: taking magnesium supplements, cod liver oil supplements, a "hair and nail" health supplement from whole foods that is compliant, drinking kombucha every day. Rarely I drink coffee, but I do drink tea every day. I have done 2 rounds of Whole30 in the past and I remember feeling much better than this round. Plus in my last 2 rounds combined, I lost 15lbs (and have since gained it back), but in this past round, I only lost 3-4 lbs. I just feel like something is off and would love your thoughts! Thanks!!
  13. I am currently on Day 23 and have been doing grand! Feeling great as far as energy and spirit and bloatedness go! Two major things I am hoping that I can completely eliminate are my drippy sinuses (allergies) as well as chronic decade long headaches. My ultimate goal is to live mostly W30 for the rest of my days as I am convinced that it is the way I want to live my life as healthily as possible. I am now looking at food to feed my body as well as my spirit! I can start reintroducing foods next Wednesday, September 7th. I am spending the day with my now 21 year old daughter and have decided that the first thing I will have is a glass of wine (only one!) with lunch. I am going away with my husband for our 28th anniversary and will be gone and eating out on Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday mornings so this is going to be a bit tricky. (Unfortunately when I planned this I forgot about the reintro stage!) I have been doing a bit of research and have come to the conclusion that I want to continue to avoid dairy and gluten for a bit longer, but potentially forever if needed. What I am hoping for here is guidance what foods I should best avoid/reintroduce during this celebratory weekend as eating out will be tricky! Or if I do indulge accidentally, how to I handle that? I read somewhere here that sugar and alcohol do not need a 10 day reintro period (I believe!) Any and all suggestions will be gratefull welcomed!
  14. So, I went through the 30 days and the reintroduction days pretty well. Dairy an issue, legumes not great, everything else seems not to bother me. Now I've just continued to live the Whole30 way since I love the food and I don't miss what I'm not eating. Found the foods-without-breaks just filled in where vegetables should go. Veggies way better! Anyway, now for the last week or so I've had a headache daily and I've been snappy / easily angered. Neither of these things has ever been an issue for me. I'm really at a loss as to what it could be and wondering if it's food related... Thoughts?
  15. I'm on Day 16 and I'm hoping that all the great health benefits will kick in soon, but so far my digestion has been a little wonky, I've been having a lot of headaches, I haven't really had much extra energy, and the waistline appears to be holding steady (yes, I know, it's not all about losing weight, but...). I've already realized that I might not be eating enough veggies and added fat so I'm trying to increase those and hoping that helps. I didn't eat great over the weekend so I'm not sure if that set me back (ate Whole30 compliant foods but didn't do great with the meal template). I have a question about eating in the morning: most days I eat within an hour of waking, but three days a week I have to be at work pretty early, so it makes more sense to do the commute first and eat when I arrive. This puts me at more like 1.5+ hours after waking. Is this a huge deal?? Here's what I'm eating today: M1: 1 c. broccoli with sunflower seeds, 1 small sweet potato, 2 hard boiled eggs, a few slices of red bell pepper, 1/2 apple, black coffee M2: steak salad (modified from the Whole30 recipe: arugula, watercress, asparagus, red bell pepper, grape tomatoes, and steak, topped with about 1/3 cup cilantro lime mayo) - altogether includes about 2-3 cups veggies, 1 large palm of steak M3: hamburger with pile of caramelized onions and mushrooms on a bed of sauteed spinach & garlic with guacamole and sweet potato These meals are making me SO FULL and the good thing is I'm not feeling like I need to snack between meals. Please let me know how this sounds. I'm not used to adding fat to my diet! Is this too much fat? Too little? Any advice is appreciated!
  16. Hello there. This is my first Whole30 and I'm on day 21. I started off strong, noticing significant improvements in headaches, muscle soreness, and eczema on just day 3. About day 14, all of these symptoms came raging back again and haven't subsided. Add to that low energy and going to be by 8:00 most nights. I sleep well and I don't feel that stressed. My husband tells me that I've been extremely cranky on Whole30 from the beginning, but I don't feel that way. I had a bout with extreme dryness in my skin: face, back of hands and lips. This seems to be on the downswing. I mainly just feel tired and hungry. I can't possibly eat more at meals . . . I feel stuffed as it is. I started out having two small snacks a day, but have since weaned off of those on most days. I just need to know whether any of you think that it's just taking me longer to adjust than others or am I doing something wrong. I also haven't noticed a change in the way my clothes are fitting. Breakfast: 3 eggs cooked in ghee, 1/2 an avocado with a handful of grape tomatoes (I eat this every morning and have for the past year. I love this breakfast.) And coffee . . . lots of coffee Lunch: Large piece of salmon, a whole zucchini stir-fried in coconut oil, and a side salad with vinegar and oil dressing Dinner: 6oz of chicken tenders with Whole30 BBQ sauce (so yummy!), sweet potato fries in Whole30 approved fry dipping sauce, and another side salad. I'm drinking lots more water now than I was before Whole30, but probably could use some more. I also usually have a mandarin orange with one of the meals. I've tried really hard to not snack in the past week. BTW: I was still snacking in the morning when all of my symptoms returned. Any advice?
  17. Can I have Tylenol???

    Wondering if you have a erally bad headache/migraine - can you take a tylenol? Cheers - Shelley
  18. Hi Guys, First time Whole 30-er. I'm on Day 7. Any tips for dealing with the headaches? Thanks!
  19. Hello! I have been experiencing headaches the last couple of days. I've also been feeling extra irritable and a bit lethargic. I was wondering if these are common symptoms at this stage. I'm thinking that maybe I'm not eating enough carbohydrates or just not eating enough in general? I can't say that I'm loving the food. I'm getting bored. I probably need to spend more time prepping and seeking out new recipes but anywho... This is what I ate yesterday: 5:45 am: coffee with 2-4 T coconut milk 7:30 am: 4 egg omelet with kale and roasted cabbage. Probably about a cup of raw kale and 3/4 c of cabbage. 1-2 T coconut oil 1/3 avocado 10:30 am handful of cashews 12:15: chicken quarter with skin ~3/4 to 1 cup diced potatoes with onions 3pm: apple 5:45: 8oz Kombucha 7 pm: Chicken quarter skin on 2 cups shredded brussels sprouts sauteed in olive oil/coconut oil 1 can of LaCroix grapefruit Today: 7:30 am 3 eggs 2 cups shredded brussels sprouts 3 pieces of bacon Black tea with 1 tsp pure calm magnesium 10:45 1/2 handful of cashews 12:25 3/4 can of sardines packed in olive oil 1/4 cup sauerkraut 1 cucumber Chicken leg with skin 1 date 1 can of LaCroix grapefruit I usually drink around 2 liters of water per day as well. I'm probably not eating enough. I also realize I'm not supposed to snack, but I don't understand the rationale of eating past the point of being full at meal times if we are supposed to be learning how to listen to our body's hunger and satiety cues. I snack!
  20. And so it begins....

    I have half halfheartedly done the Whole 30 in the past....and now I'm starting very seriously (nothing like a report from the doctor to kick your butt in gear!). I went shopping, I emptied the refrigerator, I cleaned off the shelves....I was ready to begin this morning.......and then Monday morning happened and tossed me off my game. However, I made a commitment to myself and decided to "woman up" and I did. I'm happy to report that headache aside, at 9:45 this first morning of my Whole 30, I'm on track.
  21. Hello! I decided to start the Whole30 in an effort to discover if there is a food trigger to why I get migraines. Short story on migraines for me: I get them 1-2 times per month since my late teens. I have annoying "normal" headaches 3-5 days per week. Not related at all to my hormonal or menstrual cycle. I drink tons of water, 64-100 ounces per day. I'm 28 years old, 5'5" and 125 pounds, decently active and have a decent sleep schedule. Migraines do not appear to be related to stress. Migraine prescriptions don't work for me, some over the counter meds help. I've seen a neurologist, I've had CAT scans and MRIs done, I've had my thyroid checked, I've had blood work done. I'm completely "healthy and normal." The food journal I kept in the past revealed no food triggers (no, it doesn't seem to be chocolate or MSG or yogurt, or coffee, or any of the typical triggers), so I'm trying the Whole30 to try a more drastic approach. I'm on Day 23 of the Whole30 now and have been eating more "clean" foods for about 8 weeks total, leading up to and including the Whole30. Here is my food log: Whole30 Log_Chrysta.pdf Here's my issue... I have had MORE headaches and migraines since doing the Whole30. I have had almost a constant headache for 3 weeks now, 6 migraines, and only one day where I did not have a headache at all. I'm coming up on when I should start reintroducing foods, BUT if I'm still having these kinds of headaches, how will I be able to tell if any of the non-compliant foods are a trigger? If I already have a headache or migraine, I won't be able to tell if a newly introduced food is causing the headache. How much longer should I keep doing the Whole30 while having these headaches before I introduce other foods again? Any suggestions would be very much appreciated! Thanks for your thoughts. Let me know if you need any more info.
  22. I am on day 7 of whole 30 and have really struggled since day 5 with light headedness, foggy-ness and hard to focus, some dizziness and fatigue. The first five days I don't believe I ate enough food and still exercised as normal (nearly fainted on day 5 after a hard workout) so day 6 and day 7 I was very conscious about eating MUCH more. I also started adding salt to foods on day 6 because I read on another forum that it could help the fog. I'm adding in more fats too and made sure to buy fattier meats to have this week (ground beef, steak) instead of chicken breast like last week. I'm also eating 2-3 fruits a day. I still do not see improvements and am VERY concerned. Trying to live a normal life while feeling like I'm going to faint is extremely alarming. I have been on my period this past week so I'm wondering if I'm iron deficient (my iron level usually comes back as normal but on the lower end). I have always been a very healthy eater and been very active (with the exception of bingeing over the holidays right before starting whole 30). However, I always started my morning with oatmeal or wheat cereal. I believe that has higher iron contents than the eggs, turkey bacon and potato I have for breakfast now. I'm thinking of seeing a doctor to test my iron and blood sugar because I can't continue like this. Anyone have any suggestions or ideas as to what may be going on? How else can I add iron into my diet? Should I take iron supplements or a women's multivitamin?
  23. Help for Headaches!

    Hello Friends, My sister and three of our friends have started Whole30. We are on day four and several of the girls have been complaining about headaches. We all take in a lot of water, tea, coffee throughout the day but need help in figuring out how to combat these horrible headaches. Help! Martie
  24. Hi everyone! I'm Kristin. I'm 26 years old and started my very first Whole30 today on 2/2. I'm getting married in October, and I'm ~40 pounds away from my ideal weight. I exercise 2-3 times per week (weight lifting & cardio) and eat pretty healthy meals. But, I have reached a weight loss plateau and would like to hit the 'reset' button to jump start that along with a few other things. Despite the rules, I'm optimistic that I can complete the challenge. I love veggies and eggs! I'm a pollo-pescatarian, so I only eat chicken and fish, which removes a bunch of the protein options, but it's not like I have to cut anything out of that part of my diet. The hardest part of this will be to remove cheese, greek yogurt and bread from my diet. Excited: To have more energy, to have less headaches, acid reflux, aches/pains, and be less irritable. I am also excited to stabilize my sugar levels. Nervous: That I will cheat by having bread, cheese or alcohol. Good luck everyone - I appreciate your support! Kristin
  25. So I have been struggling with migraines more than normal on the Whole30, which is frustrating but not shocking. My dietary choices have always been a trigger, as is hunger and sleep deprivation. I have been eating too many nuts for sure and that has been revealed to be a huge "trigger", so I will be cutting them out for a while and see how that helps. But I think the bigger reason I have been eating so many nuts is because I am hungry all the time. I KNOW I am eating enough but maybe my body is rebelling against being low-carb? My hunger triggers a headache, which means I am not sleeping well most nights, which again, triggers a headache. I am in a vicious nasty cycle. My biggest concern is that I can take my prescription meds and feel "better" but then I have a good day or two of feeling "hungover", tired, ravenous and just off. So, again, the cycle continues. Anyone else on these meds while doing the Whole30.. Not ready to give up, I know this is something I need to work through but I just need to know I am not alone.