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  1. Hi all, So the past several days I'm just finding myself so hungry in the morning after breakfast. I usually eat breakfast around 8:30am. And then I feel starving at 11:30am. And yes, the kind where fish and broccoli sounds good. I've done pretty well with not snacking in the afternoon (which is actually my normal before the diet). The past few days I've had a hash of sweet potato, chorizo, kale, bell pepper, onion, zuchinni and yellow squash (delish btw). Maybe about a fist full of this hash. A few days I added a half an avo. Am I really just not eating enough? I think my body is also not used to me eating breakfast. I used to just eat a bagel after I got to work so now I'm really focused on eating down and being relaxed while eating before going to work (which I love this habit and hope it stays with me). Also worried my snacks aren't full enough of what I should be getting out of the snack. Morning snack usually is an apple, almond butter, and a mini beef stick if I'm really hungry. Any thoughts? I feel like I'm having fats but maybe not enough. Maybe the large portion to me isn't as large as I think it is? Maybe my body isn't used to eating breakfast? I really don't want to rely on having a cup of coffee to keep me full. Or maybe this is just all normal and my body just requires an extra mini meal! Any thoughts help! I'm learning what works for me :)
  2. On day 10 of perfect compliance, the timeline said the headaches should be over but mine are getting worse. Now, it's all day and so bad by the time I go to bed at night, I can't sleep, I'm getting only 2-3 hours of sleep when this happens (3-4 nights so far). I know it's due to hunger - and I'm reading that I shouldn't be snacking. I have a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack of nuts and fruit or veggies. I can't eat as much as you recommend. I had stomach surgery, it helped me get some of the weight off but I didn't learn good eating habits so I'm trying this. The big problem with the surgery is, you can't eat much at a sitting, but it goes right through you and you're hungry an hour later. If I have to go with the mini meals, that's just triple the prep time for me. I work, so I have to bring lunch and snacks to work in the morning - after I cook and eat breakfast. I don't know what protein I can bring to work for between meals. I don't like hard boiled eggs and I only like shrimp with cocktail sauce. I haven't yet had time to prep a lot on Sunday to eat during the week. Yesterday was Mother's Day and I had 17 people for lunch (and managed to stay perfectly compliant while they had a Mexican fiesta!). By the time everyone left, I was entirely too tired to prep meals for the week. Please help - I don't know what to do about the hunger - I'm eating nuts because it's easy but I'm afraid it's going to inhibit my weight loss. Also, easy ideas for protein snacks would be really helpful. Thank you - Tricia
  3. I am finishing day 16, and rarely if ever (once or twice per week) do I feel hungry. In the past few days I've felt hungry probably every other morning, which I count as a good thing, because I am breaking a no-breakfast habit. I think that means that my hormones are resetting? My question is this: should I evaluate my meals and start cutting down meal sizes until I start to feel hungry around the next meal time? Right now I am eating in accordance with the template, but on the higher side (2 palms of protein, a LOT of veggies, a few servings of fruit per day). I sometimes feel stuffed after meals from all the veggies, because I hate wasting food, so I will eat past satiety to finish my cauliflower rice or pork. I also don't have consistent meal times for meal 2 or meal 3 since I squeeze "lunch" in around my work schedule (anywhere from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM) and dinner is after I come home and have a minute to get it together (5:30 PM to 9:00 PM). Regardless of when I eat, I don't get hungry, though, and I feel like I'm forcing myself to eat out of habit or time rather than to nourish myself. I should add that I workout 5-7 times per week with a combo of running, weighted cardio, weight lifting and yoga/dynamic stretching for 45-90 min per session. I rarely manage to get a pre-workout snack in, but I have been packing Epic bars to eat immediately following workouts and that has seemed to help my recovery a bit, although my muscles do not seem to be recovering nearly as quickly as before I started. Thanks for any help! Sierra
  4. Heriona

    Heavy flow of period

    Hello friends, I am on day 16 of Whole30. Two days ago I got my period earlier (3-4 days) than anticipated. My flow has been so much heavier than usual. I even have some thick blood clumps that I usually don't get. There is definitely a change in hormones, that's obvious , but is this normal as this does not feel normal to me. Also my hunger has been crazy. Yesterday i ate breakfast at 8:30 and then again in two hours and again at noon feeling empty and hungry every time. My sleep has not been good either. I fall asleep but then I wake up , however in the morning I wake up fine with more energy than before Whole30. Could it be b/c of my heavy period? Any body knows what's going on? These past two days have been very trying for me. I am almost pulling the plug. A couple of my friends that have done Whole30 say that Whole30 actually regulated their periods .
  5. This is only day two, and technically day one again (due to 5 oz of wine that snuck in last night). In the past I've had issues with eating, if something doesn't taste good... I won't eat it. Leftovers are hard for me. Also, I work a demanding schedule that only allows for 2 real meals a day (unless I eat right before bed). I was so excited to start, and the recipes looked delicious, but now... they are bland. Im frustrated thinking I will not eat anything "good" for another 30 days. I know this is mainly sugar. However, how do I deal? Yesterday my total consumption was 2 boiled eggs, black coffee, some carrot sticks, 1/2 serving of sweet potato soup, a few bites of balsamic roasted sweet potato and Brussels sprouts, and an apple. Today I have a raging headache and am very irritable. Help.
  6. I'm only on Day 2, so I may be jumping the gun here, but I've noticed that as I go through my day I am getting hungrier MUCH quicker than normal (previously eating a pretty fluff/carb laden diet) I'm doing a physical therapy program for my POTS (lots of working out) so my POTS symptoms themselves are pretty under control but I'm wondering if my overactive nervous system (dysautonomia AND fibro) doesn't know what to do with itself without the fast energy from carbs? I'm getting what I feel are good balanced meals, Breakfast today was 2 eggs, 2 homemade pork sausages, and a banana with some cashew butter. Lunch was a salad of 3 cups of leafy greens, about a palm and a half of chicken and a few almond slivers tossed in for extra crunch, Dinner meatballs over spaghetti squash. Its not like I'm skimping on portions here. I eat until I'm full, and then and then two hours later I get the tell tale ache craving food. A piece of fruit with a thumb sized portion of cashew butter usually does the trick. I'm getting my fluids, and I'm getting my sodium (I take a sodium/potassium supplement on doctors orders) I hope this is temporary but I would LOVE some tips to help my body adjust. I've done a lot of work to get my body back from chronic illness (I still have my days where it wins)
  7. Laurenelise12

    Plethora of Problems

    Hi there, Unfortunately, I'm having a whole host of problems, and could use some help deciphering the causes. Firstly, whenever I start a healthy regimen, I always experience constipation. In this case, it's accompanied with a round, painfully distended, bloated stomach. I'm resisting weighing myself every day because I feel so uncomfortably fat! On top of that, I am super ridiculously tired, hungry all day at work, and really moody. I'm posting about this on the women's forum because, after a 6 mth hiatus, I also just got back on the pill (which I'd previously been on for many years- mostly for hormone control- I'm on my third week back). Trying to figure out which symptoms pertain to what...I am definitely not feeling any "tiger blood" on this Whole 30 (I was on a month with cheats and started strictly April 1). Wondering especially if the hunger is coming from the birth control and the bloating is due to FODMAP intolerance.. I don't know what else it could be. Sample Day: 9am- coffee, chia seed pudding made with coconut milk, 6 almonds, berries, cinnamon OR quiche made with sweet potato crust, chicken sausage, onion, pepper, spinach 10:30am- orange 12pm- salad with homemade mustard dressing, pepper, cucumber, tomato, 4-5oz chicken OR dinner leftovers 1pm- apple 3pm- 12-15 almonds 7pm- turkey burger, sweet potato with onion and artichoke, roasted Brussels sprouts and carrots OR salmon with garlic cauliflower rice, roasted broccoli late night- sometimes another piece of fruit (trying to stop this behavior), black decaf tea Please help if you are able! Thanks, Lauren
  8. Idoha

    4PM hunger

    I finished my Whole30 forty five days ago. Since then I'm Whole30 with few sips of alcohol (maybe once a week watching sports or something like that). I keep losing weight, I keep feeling great, but this last week I really face 4PM hunger. It is a hunger and it is not a a crave. I would eat fish and broccoli. My diet is pretty much the same has it was the entire time since I started Whole30. until this week I didn't feel that hunger. For now I meanly "suck it up" and don't eat. But I do not feel it is a long time solution. what should I do?
  9. Angela Marie

    Hunger Pangs

    They started day 7 at bedtime...major hunger pangs...keep you awake hunger pangs. This happened again last night, night 8, and now they are happening today throughout day 9. I don't remember this stage in previous Whole30's, but who knows, it could have happened. Anyway, I'm eating three model meals a day: 1-2 servings protein, 1-2 servings fat, fill the plate with veggies...1 fruit serving at lunch and dinner. Tons of water, some herbal tea, and a little coffee in between (no coffee after 2pm). So I'm well fed, well hydrated and pre-Whole30 I did not eat later dinners or evening snacks or daily routine foods so why are these beasts showing up now? Is this possible a leptin resistance issue or just a normal Whole30 phase? I'm trying to figure out if this is temporary and will pass or a sign that I need to adjust something. I don't have any specific cravings, just hunger pangs around 9-10pm and as of today I woke up with them and they started again about two hours after breakfast and stayed till lunch. I just had lunch so I'm not sure when they'll hit again. I'm eating full plates of food at my meals and the ingredients are varied. Does anyone have advice?
  10. Hi, My periods were all over the place these past six months, I start a whole thirty and boom! Six days later I'm back on the rag. (I'm just turned 40; was starting to think the issue was early menopause.) So that's good news. Then, on days ten and eleven (still during the period), I could. Not. Stop. Eating. I did not break whole30 rules, but did include a fruit & nut snack in each day. I was like a bottomless pit. I think I ate like double the template at each meal, and still felt hungry a couple hours later. And I'm exhausted, even though I am getting eight or more hours of sleep a night. (MUCH more than pre-whole30.) And both days I woke up soaking wet. Sweaty to the max. And last night (day 11) until this morning (day 12) I have a massive, pounding headache. (And, to be frank, I'm a bit farty as well.) So, I'm blabbing all this here because I am looking for reassurance. Is this to be expected, given the hormonal fluctuations of a period? Or did I do something wrong? The way my body feels right now, on the dawn of day twelve, I feel a little defeated.
  11. Hello Whole30 world! Glad to meet everyone and join the group. Excited and also SO nervous to start. My girlfriend and I are starting on Wednesday (2/3), and I'm trying to prepare as much as possible. I have a few questions I was hoping someone could help me with. I searched and searched through the forums but I couldn't quite find exactly what I'm looking for. Backstory: I am almost twice the size as my partner (I'm 5'9" and approx. 175lbs - she's 5'0" and approx. 105lbs). I am always hungry, all the time (even for boring food like steamed fish), and she is literally never hungry ever, and I have to ask her if she's done with her 1/2 eaten plate of food I just cooked...she always is.... Also, i plan every meal, and she helps buy/cook. So I'm planning this month out as a party of 2. Questions below: 1. Should we be using the same portion sizes for our meals? Seems off to me to make someone so small eat as much as me, but I understand it's part of the process that is the same for everyone. Should she force herself to eat more than she would prefer? 2. I have seen in these forums that the "eating every 2-3 hours" route is not encouraged on a daily schedule (even if it's a healthy snack/ meals are for random occurrences of hunger?). The Whole30 book explains that your body is relying on sugar for energy instead of burning fat. I have been on a no-sugar/all fresh produce & lean protein diet (although very very bland) for a month now, and I still really need 3 meals with 2 small healthy snacks a day or I get sluggish. I'm drinking about 100 oz of water a day as well. Can someone help me with how this will change on the Whole30? 2a. I can eat at 9am and 1pm, but my dinner will not be available to me until 7:30pm given my work schedule. Is this one case in which I will need a minimeal every day around 5pm? 3. I work out every morning 6:30-7:30am. Do i need a post-workout meal AND a full breakfast? They would only have an hour space in between. 4. If you don't like avocados, what's your best fat alternative besides olives? Seems like it's just nuts? Thank you so much! Can't wait to shop!
  12. 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?
  13. I'm on day 8 today! It's going okay, except every morning I feel very hungry as soon as I wake, but when breakfast is ready I have no appetite and feel sick (I try to eat within the hour, toddler permitting). Then I'm hungry again 2 hours later. What's going on? I've been mostly having 3 eggs with ghee and veggies for breakfast.
  14. katie_g

    Constant hunger

    I feel like I am eating alot.. but I dont feel satisfied long. Am I going to gain weight? I am doing this to lose weight and tone back my alchohol dependancy I am on day 5. Breakfast Banana. Avocado and salad with olive oil Lunch coconut tomato soup. Sweet potato.. shrimp.. and zucchini Dinner Pork yellow curry over kale.. like 2 cups! ! Then I had to fry myself a banana in coconut oil. Seems like alot of calories.. what do you think?
  15. Hi all! I am on Day 3 of my first Whole30 and absolutely not hungry and feel like I've been run over by a bus and can't move. So far I have been eating way more than I normally would because I'm worried of getting hungry. This is what I have eaten today: Day 1: Brunch: Spinach frittata with avocado and a side of fruit Snack: Larabar (I know I am not supposed to but I was travelling) Supper: Zoodles, shrimp and romesco sauce. Then I was starving an hour later, so I had a few veggies, and almond butter. Day 2: Breakfast: Spinach frittata with avocado and a side of fruit Lunch: Protein salad traditional with salmon, apple and almond butter. (was not overly hungry) Supper: Zoodles, shrimp and romesco sauce and half avocado. Day 3: Brakfast: Two sweet potato slices with 1 mashed avocado, 1 slice of prosciutto and two eggs, with a side of sautéed spinach and mushrooms and a few grapes. (not really hungry for lunch but ate anyways) Lunch: Mexi Tuna in Romaine leaves (3 leaves) and two dates. Came home and felt super low blood sugar and felt like I was going to pass out so I had a handful of raisins while making dinner, but I am not even hungry. Help! Is this normal? Thanks in advance everyone!
  16. chelsealdavidson

    Extreme Aggitation // Aggression

    I am on my second Whole"30" (I completed a Whole21 a year and a half ago, and am now on a whole40+ and going strong) with the exception of half and half in my coffee (dairy doesn't bother me, and if I don't have it in my diet it affects my vocal cords. I may be the only singer onthe planet who NEEDS dairy to sing well...). Either way, I've been working out consistently for the last 2-3 months and eating extremely clean for the last 6 weeks. In the last week or so I have grown increasingly aggitated. I did have a stressor added in my personal life, but nothing too extreme, and I have been to the gym to "work it off." Anyone else find themselves dealing with extreme frustrations as they continue in their whole30? Any supplemental nutrients I may need that I am unaware of? I had started a thread previously re: this odd feeling to cry I had about 4 weeks ago, but I figured by the 6-7 week mark (wherever I am, I have no idea), my emotions should be levelled out. I don't have really any cravings anymore, and I'm eating minimal sugar (fruit sugars, I mean), so no spikes and crashes. I have also found that I am still not re-set in my hunger. If I am not intentional in watching the clock I can go for HOURS without eating and not even notice a single pang in my stomach (though, I will exhibit symptoms of hunger in other ways, i.e. sleepiness). My original Whole30 ("Whole21") I actually ended up starving myself (I hadn't read the book yet) because I was eating so little, and then it backfired. I don't THINK I am eating too little right now, I've been pretty intentional. Just wanting some input / perhaps hear from whoever has struggled with such an extreme emotional pull. Thanks, Chelsea
  17. Hi everyone, I feel like I am eating enough for all of my meals... I make sure I have lots of fat, protein and vegetables and I feel satisfied at the end of the meal. But, I am still feeling hungry again after a few hours and find it difficult to wait for my next meal! AND I know it's hunger because yes, I am willing to eat steamed fish and broccoli (as the Whole30 email suggests to use as a test). Does this mean I should eat MORE during these meals? Or should I have a healthy snack? I don't want to hurt myself by overeating, because I know myself and I know I can eat A LOT and don't want my portion sizes to get too big. Let me know what you think! Thanks!!
  18. I started a Whole30 on August 18. I am new to the concept but read all of the manifestos, rules, etc. and did great August 18, 19 and 20. On the 21st, a Friday, I had brought some leftover salmon for lunch and when I heated it up, it dried out a lot and I couldn't choke it down. So, I had no protein for lunch. Long story short, by the time I got home from work that evening, I was so ravenous that I literally felt like I was losing my mind. I wolfed down a bowl of Cheerios with milk, and that was pretty much the end of my Whole30. Fast-forward to today. I'd like to try again. Does anyone have any tips on avoiding the scenario above? I could also use some advice on what to eat for Meal 1. I'm not sure I can bring myself to swallow another egg, even though I like them. A girl can only eat so many eggs. Also, I have a 19-month-old and a husband who is always knee-deep in a project, meaning most of our daughter's care falls to me. His projects are worthwhile (usually renovating our house) and I love spending time with my daughter, but I'm seriously strapped for time and I am feeling discouraged that I can ever manage to plan in advance enough to complete an entire Whole30.
  19. Hi All, Pre-Whole30 I normally did very well with smaller, protein rich meals/mini-meals during the day. (3-4) I've been working hard to adjust to larger meals and no inbetween snacking. But by the 2nd week I found I was still hungry between meals. I adjusted by eating more (protein/fat) at each meal. (And I do pre and post meals around my walking workout.) However, I feel I am "stuffing" myself at each meal now, only to have actual hunger pains (not appetite, but hunger) as early as 3 hours after the last meal. For example, for breakfast at 8 am today I ate two proteins: 1 large egg omelette with 1/4 cup mushroom, 1 cup supergreens and roasted cabbage... made w/avocado oil 1/2 Turkey burger patty 1/2 roasted sweet potato with walnut oil & cinnamon 1.5 cups decaf coffee with regular (full fat) coconut milk & cinnamon By 11 am I have strong hunger pains and rumblings in my stomach. But I'm eating so much more than I ever have? (I'm also fearful that now I'm gaining weight, not losing...but I am trying not to worry and I don't weight myself.) Thanks for any and all support! (I'm on day 18.) ----------- PS That breakfast above is after a pre and post workout meal and Lunch/Dinner is usually more food... Last night's large dinner plate was spilling over with: 1 turkey burger with 1 strip of bacon, avocado slices, homemade ketchup 1 cup roasted cabbage, huge grilled portobella mushroom cap, handfull homemade baked potato wedges 1 peach (in season here)
  20. I've finally decided to ask for help myself rather than trawling the forums for the answers. I am almost done with my fourth W30 and I am hating it! I loved the first three and always felt the benefits, so I just can't figure out what's going wrong. I'm eating the same things as far as I can tell. In the past I've lost between 6 and 9 pounds, a good amount on my 5'3" frame and felt great. Better skin, more energy... this time... not so much. Not at all. In fact I had a feeling I'd gained weight and, I weighed myself this morning because as far as I was concerned, I'd quit the programme, and I've gained two pounds. I am not a quitter, it drives me witless to think I won't see this through, but I am feeling so demoralised right now. Bit of background - I spent most of my 20s and early 30s on a constant diet - Weight Watchers, Atkins, My Fitness Pal etc. Three years ago I discovered Paleo and loved the fact it focused on real food and I could stop thinking about calories. I lost weight naturally and felt great. January 2013 I did my first W30 and discovered even more amazing things and ways to eat. Vegetables at breakfast? Hell yeah! I also lost 9lbs but to be honest this was probably a little too low for my natural body weight. I did another in April that year and stayed the same weight which was cool. Then, over the next eight months or so I gained about 14lbs slowly over time, still mainly Paleo but slipping back to some bad habits and, eventually, some disordered binge eating. I was suffering from anxiety at the time, building up to a big round the world trip, so I was kind to myself and went for some counselling. We did our year of travel and my weight remained higher than I'd ideally like but pretty stable and I just didn't want to focus on it. Still mainly Paleo when I could be on the road. Now we're back and at first I felt great, eating well with some non-Paleo treats. I went back to my corporate 9-5 job which I am not enjoying, I have to say. Slowly some weight has crept back on. In the meantime my boyfriend was finding himself getting a bit sugar addicted and felt awful after a night on the booze. He suggested we do a July W30 and I said, why not. Fast forward to today. So, typical day/meals for me as I know you'll ask me to give you this! M1: Three egg frittata with roasted vegetables fried in ghee plus a couple of slices of smoked salmon and a heaped tsp of homemade mayo. Occasionally a few blueberries or a bit of mango on the side M2: Salad with palm size serving of chicken or mackerel or similar with half an avocado, drizzled with evoo. I typically add carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, beetroot and arugula. Occasionally a small peach or apple. M3: Grilled steak or roasted chicken with some sweet potato - the equivalent of a small one, and steamed vegetables drizzled with olive oil. Pre-WO: Boiled egg with a bit of mayo Post-WO: Smoked salmon slices with some sweet potato, equivalent of a small one Sometimes I'll have a mini meal if I'm hungry when I get in from work - some smoked salmon or a boiled egg, a small handful of nuts and some roasted veggies. I drink a small glass or two of homemade kombucha a day and lots of water and black tea. Workouts: Barre classes once or twice a week for an hour plus two hour long personal training sessions a week using HIIT and cross training. I walk for at least an hour a day but other than that I am sedentary at a desk at work. Sleep: lights out at 10pm, wake up at 5:30am. I typically fall asleep straight away and sleep well through the night. As I mentioned, work is the real sticking point for me at the moment. I am not very happy but I am taking steps to change this. I really want to see this W30 through, but my clothes are feeling tight and it's making me fixate on food. I've had about three little compliant binges on nuts, nut butter and Larabars over the past three weeks, when I've felt frustrated, tired and hungry, generally when I get in from work. I don't want to feel crazy around food. Thank you for your help.
  21. HotSauceAimee

    So hungry after breakfast

    Today is the start to my week 2. Yay! Anywho, I noticed that this morning when I woke up I wasn't hungry but after I had my breakfast I am starving! I had 5 egg whites, 1 whole egg, and a 1 cup of spinach cooked in 1tbsp ghee with half a baked sweet potato. It seems to fall into the food template but yet I am so hungry now. Is this common?
  22. I travel for my job so I knew I'd come up against HUGE obstacles but the hunger monster is going to be the death of me! I brought as much food as I could pack for 4 days but it doesn't feel enough and the hotel restaurant can only be so accommodating! Yes, the struggle is real today! I'll go workout and distract but I'm sure I'm not the only one in this journey that feels the same.
  23. I'm on day 17 of my first whole30. I'm also a painfully chronic snacker. I used to get so hangry if I didn't have food every 2 hours that I carry food in my purse all day long, every day, no matter what. Breaking this habit is really proving difficult for me, and I wondered if you all could let me know if you think I'm on the right track? Yesterday I ate three snacks (my old habits). I'm training for a half marathon, and I ran 10 miles the day before, but I don't want to blame it on "runger" before asking someone else first. I read this forum all the time and I try to stick to the advice you all give, but I have a big problem with my "sugar dragon" too, so I'm wondering if that's connected to my snacking habit. I'm also just terrified that I'm eating too much. Here's what I ate yesterday: M1 (8:30 am): 3 eggs fried in ghee, 1/4 sweet potato with about 3 TBSP almond butter, 1/2 avocado, about 1 cup assorted sauteed veggies (carrots, celery, kale) Got hungry about 3 hours later. Snack was a larabar (I know this is a bad snack) M2 (12:00 pm): Trader Joe's chili lime chicken burger, 1/2 avocado, 1 hardboiled egg, side salad with carrots, sugar snap peas, greens, oil, and vinegar. Still hungry so I ate 2 handfuls of plantain chips and a tangerine. So hungry for a couple of hours, finally gave in about 4pm. Ate a banana and about 3 TBSP almond butter M3 (6:00 pm): bowl of homemade indian butter chicken and cauliflower rice (a friend made for me at her house). Had seconds. I was then still so hungry when I went to bed, but I denied myself another snack Is this really just the sugar dragon forcing me to snack? I try to eat eggs, sweet potatoes, squash, strawberries, or a green veggie for a snack some days but yesterday I was bad about the bananas and larabars. I love granola, oatmeal, and bars so much. I feel like without them I would be so unhappy. But if that's what is keeping me so hungry I can try giving it up all together next week. I would love any advice you all have. Thank you in advance.
  24. So I had committed to doing at least a Whole45, and now it looks like its going to be even longer GC I struggled to feel full, have energy and genrally just feel better fornthenfirst 3+ weeks.. After finally sitting down and evaluating my food journal I came to the hard realization that I just hadn't been eating enough. Perhaps my caloric intake would have been more than enough but my volume was lacking... I love to cook and made lots of fun, tasty meals. Unfortunately like fine dining restaurants, they were small... Anywhoo after the initial sadnesswore off (30 days down the drain!) then frustration crept for needing to start all over, I began to wonder if I was the only one? Anyone else struggle withy the meal template? Its a really large amount of food if you are used to eating more regularly through the day. Also the prep and grocery shopping for 2 people in one household doing this plan takes some adjusting... It's sort of shocking to go through 4-5 dozen eggs in a week! I am a fairly intelligent woman and I grossly underestimated the reality of the meal template..
  25. Ok, so I am on day 35 of a committed Whole45 but now realized I will have to either start over or go on for at least another month or two. I have been 99% compliant (there have been a couple breakfasts out at restaurants that I ordered smartly but you just never know) PLUS two incidences of technically compliant, but discouraged, potato chips. One of them was last night and my breaking point for sure. I know it took me a few weeks to really grasp the meal template and timing guidelines. I thought I was eating enough, but I am sure now that I wasn't. Plus I wasn't eating enough starchy vegetables in the beginning, and too many nuts and fruits for sure. I had a couple weeks of kinda blah but nothing horrible. I wasn't working out, but looking back I wish I had bc what was to come was so much worse. I went into week 2 1/2-3 trying to reduce nuts and increase sweet potatoes and less sugary fruit. It was ok but I have suffered from almost constant headaches for the past 2+ weeks. Also, I am have become more constipated after being unusually regular the first couple weeks (which was a welcome improvement!) Adding in the starchy veg has helped with sleep, but I have also given myself permission to eat closer to bedtime so I am going to bed full and not hungry. I still get up to pee at least once per night. This pattern continued until last night when I was getting another headache mid-afternoon. The only cause I can realistically determine for these headache, fatigue, and sleep disruptions is that I am just no eating enough. Im simply hungry. This is frustrating beyond belief bc I am eating so much! My day yesterday was: 1 HB egg, one chicken sausage and 2 T of avocado pre-wo BIG green salad, HB egg, another sausage, more avocado and 1/2 cup diced roasted sweet potato post workout 2 cups coffee with cinnamon few chunks of cantaloupe,1/2 cup of blueberries and 3 raw broccoli florets about an hour later with a big green iced tea and green powder 1.5 cups broccoli/carrot slaw with 3 T homemade mayo, 1 T capers, and 1/2 cup canned salmon for lunch Lara bar at Costco bc I was starving an hour later while shopping had a hot green tea and tons of water after to try and stave off hunger broke down in car later and had another Lara bar (from the box I bought at Costco) AND an turkey cranberry Epic bar.. I couldn't believe I was STILL so hungry. Went grocery shopping with husband and began CRAVING potato chips. Bought a rotisserie chicken and a bag of Terra original chips and literally started eating both in the store.. it was a scene for sure. Between my husband and I we finished the bag on the way home. Had more chicken for dinner and an Asian pear (craving sweet and crunchy!) My husband had salad but nothing about it appealed to me. After that sugar bomb I was craving more. ATE ANOTHER LARA BAR and about 1/2 cup sprouted pumpkin seeds and unsweetened coconut chips. This was a frustrating night to say the least. I feel like I have reawaken my sugar dragon and have to start all over. I feel like it all stemmed from my hunger mid afternoon, but I can't imagine I didn't eat enough! This got me googling after my "binge" and I realized I am a classic sugar burner and this is why this Whole30 has been such a struggle. I have limited my carbs too much without significantly increasing my fat/protein. My protein choices are typically lean and I add fat but obviously not enough. Does anyone have tangible lists or suggestions for how to transition to being a fat burner (which is clearly what my husband is, he has been doing this with me and has had zero issues.. drives me nuts) I think I need to stay under 100g of carbs a day, but whats the best way to do this? No fruit only starchy veg? How many and when? How much fat and protein at each meal? more than the Whole30 template? I honestly can't go 4-5 hours without eating and NOT get a headache, how do I get there??! I haven't lost a lb during my Whole30, and last nights binge is not a classic example of my eating, usually much cleaner and on template, I swear! I think I may have gained at least bloat weight or actual weight. I know I am clocking in at 2000 cals each day, even thought they are on template.