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  1. TL:DR Day 4 saw me getting IV fluids to rehydrate and add back electrolytes after quitting soda (sodium) and switching to water. Magnesium and Potassium levels also dropped giving me heart palpitations. I knew going into this (Whole30) that I have a serious sugar addiction and most of my sugar comes from soda. I drank at least two 12oz cans a day but most days it was 4-6 cans and I never drank diet. As I'm not a dietician or even a healthy eater I never even thought about sodium levels and not getting enough. I figured it was the opposite and I should avoid sodium if anything. So there I was, 3 days after quitting soda cold turkey. I couldn't stand up without having blackness close in on me and nearly passing out, tachycardia, severe headache where I could feel my heart beating in my skull, peeing every five minutes and heart palpitations. I was drinking plenty of water plus the Whole30 book specifically said I would feel like I had a horrible hangover. Feeling like my heart was going to beat out of my chest when I was just laying in bed freaked me out enough to call my doctor. The drastic depletion of large amounts of sodium (Cokes) plus all the water I was drinking eliminated some essential, life sustaining minerals. Sodium, potassium, and magnesium I believe are the ones my doctor told me were dangerously low and helped me replace. As a side note, I normally take Epsom salt baths for Magnesium but the ES baths also dehydrate which was a big part of my problem in addition to the missing minerals. The doc told me all of those are important for muscle function, including the heart, so if I hadn't gone in I could have done serious damage to my heart. Throw in the fact that I was dehydrated, which made my blood thicker, I was asking my heart to work harder without the things it needs to do its job. I'm not sure I quite understand how it all works even now. I've been googling Whole30 with my symptoms and only found a few partial matches so I wanted to share my story in case someone else goes down the same path. If anyone has more insight for me on the mechanics of how and why this happened I would appreciate it. It was scary to be told I was hurting myself when I thought they were just the normal detox symptoms. It's 12:30 am so I'm officially on day 7 and I feel so much better. The last two days I haven't even craved my morning Dr. Pepper. That kinda makes me sad because I love soda so much but I have two small kids who I plan to be around for for a very long time.
  2. Hi...prepping and planning for day 1 on Monday. I have the whole30-recommended fish oil, vitamin d, magnesium and multi vitamin along with digestive enzymes I've been searching and reading forums before posting these questions but can't seem to find any blogs or users mentioning incorporating the supplements into their whole 30. I am interested to see how it helped, enhanced or eliminated symptoms throughout the plan. Any comparisons for those who have done with and without? 2-6 digestive enzyme tablets per meal seems like a lot. I guess I am nervous about the effects of these new supplements. Also I have read that oral magnesium is harmful and had planned on taking oral form. Anyone find this not to be true? Any tips & help is greatly appreciated. I am excited to partake on my whole30 journey and cannot wait to see how I do and what is in store for me.
  3. Twitching finally subsiding!

    Can't sleep yet. So I thought I would check out the forum again. A few minutes ago day 9 started foe me. It's been working and planning, but otherwise good..... Except, and I can't remember which day it started, but oh the twitching and jerking and twitching. It didn't start off so bad, but got lots worse. Arms, back, shoulders, hands, maybe more. When I finally realized it had something to do with this reset I started reading posts here. Let me go ahead and say that I've been strictly following the program and the meal planning template. I eat a variety of colors, and green veggies with every meal. Since I had read that it was a magnesium decency I knew I needed magnesium. I didn't have time to research and shop until today. I went to Whole Foods. And it took me a while to read all the labels as usual.i was so happy to find one reasonably priced brand that not only contains the needed calcium and magnesium, but also the D3 that I had to stop taking at the start of whole30 because the brand I was taking contains glycerin. I took as soon as I bought the stuff, and I took another a few minutes ago. I think I will take 1 twice daily until all the twitching is gone. But seriously, within a few hours, the twitching wasn't as noticeable. Crossing my fingers, and hope they don't twitch
  4. I'm new to W30. I've had sleep issues for like 20-25 years. Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep but mostly it's staying asleep. I get anywhere between 3 and 6 hours sleep. I've been awake since midnight and it's only 9 in the morning. I've been looking up posts about insomnia and am finding taking a magnesium supplement could help. I have some that are 400 mg, serving size is 3 capsules in divided doses. Starting that today. Another thing is eating a carb with last meal. I've been just having protein and greens so I'll be adding a carb. I workout in the morning so my lunch includes a sweet potato. Would spaghetti squash or roasted carrots be a good choice for dinner? I am thinking too that I may need a small protein snack before bed. Does all this sound ok?
  5. Naturemade B12 and Magnesium?

    Magnesium Ingredients: Magnesium Oxide, Cellulose Gel, Croscarmellose Sodium, Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Stearic Acid B12: Dibasic Calcium, Phosphate, Stearic Acid, Cellulose Gel, Magensium Stearate, Cyanocobalamin, Croscarmellose Sodium. Are any of these off limits? I am having a hard time figuring this out! Thank you! Stefanie
  6. I'm currently on Day 34. Feeling much better than pre-Whole30, but wanted to see if continued compliance will help rid me of my remaining ailments. One issue that has plagued me is insomnia. During the Whole30, the one major improvement was that I was waking earlier and feeling refreshed. Unfortunately, I will still having trouble falling asleep and waking several times a night, so the net effect was several hours of less sleep. (Still, it was fantastic to feel so awake on so little sleep!) So, I decided to try Natural Calm (magnesium supplement), as recommended in ISWF. I concurrently picked up Dr. Carolyn Dean's book on the Magnesium Miracle and submitted for a Magnesium RBC test to see if I had a deficiency, as she recommends. I got the results back today, and I'm at 5.9 mg/dL. This is well within the generally accepted reference interval of 4.2-6.8 mg/dL and even close to Dr. Dean's optimum level of 6.0-6.5 mg/dL. I'm not sure how long I've been at this point, since I started eating more nuts, seaweed, sweet potatoes, and a very tiny dose (1/12 tsp/night) of Natural Calm during the latter half of my Whole30, but does this mean I'm definitely not magnesium deficient? I have so many of the deficiency symptoms (insomnia, anxiety, RLS, muscle spasms, cramping, twitching, vertigo, etc) and my lifestyle would seem to be prone to it (panic attacks, stress, and lack of sleep), that I'm actually shocked at my test result. Prior to the Whole30, I ate a LOT of cheese and ice cream...which I've obviously cut out and replaced with magnesium sources (without even realizing it). So, since my calcium has (relatively) recently decreased while my magnesium levels have increased, does this account for my 5.9 mg/dL result? And, if so, when will I start to feel the benefits of it? Ever since I've been on the Natural Calm, I no longer wake feeling refreshed. I'm very sluggish even when I get more sleep than I did before. I am still at only 1/12 tsp and at this low dose it no longer helps me stay asleep either (I wake 3-4 times/night). I was going to increase the dose when I got my test result back, but now I'm at a loss. Has anyone else had this? Were you still deficient despite a "good" test result? BTW, I've never had diarrhea caused by Natural Calm at the dose I'm on (which is why I didn't think I was overdoing it...).
  7. I have a tendency for tight muscles (I'm built, densely, lol). Additionally, an old spinal cord injury means I deal with muscle spasms on a regular basis. For a few years after the injury, I was on some hard core medications, but I have long (years) been off those. However, I still get minor spasms on a regular basis (in my right hand and my right leg). I've been taking natural calm every night, but it doesn't seem to be making any difference. I'm wondering if a different supplement would work better, or if maybe I need to double up on the natural calm and take a full dose in the AM and another in the PM (right now I take in the PM only). I do not have the...issues...others have with magnesium so taking more is not a worry for me.
  8. When to take supplements?

    I am new to Whole30, read "It starts with food", bought compliant groceries and I'm on day 4 Yesterday, I went to the health food store and bought the supplements recommended in the book.Besides the digestive enzymes, which you take at each meal, I'm just not sure if I should be taking the others in the morning, or before bed? This is what I'm currently taking - Digestive Enzymes - each meal Omega 3 - 1 in morning, 1 at supper D3 - 1 in morning B complex - 1 in morning ( wasn't in book) Magnesium citrate - I took 1 capsule (150 mg) last night before going to bed but ??? not sure that's the best time? Maybe it doesn't matter when I take, just that I take them....
  9. Hello. Day 19. For the last week, I have experienced painful, tired leg muscles that quiver on the edge of cramping for much of the day and especially at night. I do take 250mg. of magnesium and have for several years. I am not dehydrated. I eat a banana every day. Whole30 has been good for me in some ways because I have ramped down the sugar cravings and my overall food insanity is under control but no sign of tiger energy or better fitting clothes or clearer skin (in fact, my skin is worse) or these other touted magical benefits. And I am NOT cheating for perhaps the first time ever on any eating plan. What gives? I will endure this for the last 11 days but I am miserable. Pilates today will be an exhausting stop and start effort while I periodically massage out the leg cramps. Maybe I need a real doctor?
  10. Magnesium

    Hi everyone, today is day 10 of the Whole30 for me! Woo! now, I have trouble sleeping and I would usually take melatonin along with some valerian tea or maybe some Tylenol PM. I don't want to take anything to go to bed anymore and I'm going to try to just go to bed (turn off the TV an hour before, lower the lights, read a bit and go to bed) but out of habit, because of taking "something" non-prescription to go to bed, it's been hard to just go to bed without a "crutch" so to speak. I bought the Natural Calm magnesium supplement and I honestly cannot yet tell if it helps BUT I tend to wake up in the morning and have diarrhea. I apologize for being so graphic but did anyone else experience this? Should I lower my dosage or stop altogether? I didn't take it last night and this morning was a breeze, if you know what I mean. I am planning on incorporating more strenuous exercise into my day (but with a 9 to 5 job AND school twice a week it's a bit hard) and drink some chamomile and valerian tea before bed and tune out "naturally" but I just wanted your feedback on this supplement and how did you tolerate it. -Dominik
  11. Which Magnesium to Take

    Hi, I am getting a little constipated and would like to take some magnesium at night. I read that everyone likes Natural Calm, but is this one preferred over pill forms due to the quality? I am not sure I like powder and may prefer a pill form unless Natural Calm is heads above the rest. Can you please advise? Previously, I was using Bluebonnet's Magnesium Citrate. Now, I noticed there are a lot of different magnesium forms, so I do not really know which one I should be getting. Which is the best form to take? Thanks!
  12. More magnesium questions

    I'm sorry if this is posted in the wrong place - I saw others have written about magnesium but not quite the question I have. I have started magnesium (and vitamin D) FSC 500mg after reading the Hartwigs' suggestion of 350-500mg a day but am finding the dose a bit too high. Does anyone know if I can break the capsule in 2 and maybe have the powder in liquid?
  13. Hi all, On Day 2 of Whole30 here, so feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the information (helpful though it is!) I play roller derby and in the last month or so, too many girls I know have broken a bone (or two)! Before starting Whole30, I purchased a calcium and magnesiums supplement called Bone-Up from Jarrow Formulas. I decided on the vegan formula because it was on sale it contains no wheat, gluten, dairy, shellfish, peanuts or tree nuts. It contains Vitamin C (as calcium ascorbate), Vitamin D (ergocalciferol), Natural MK-7 (as menaquinone-7), Calcium (as calcium citrate), Magnesium (as magnesium oxide), Zinc (as zing L-monomethionine), Copper (as copper gloconate), Manganese (as manganese citrate), Potassium (as potassium citrate) and Boron (as boron citrate). The inactive ingredients are cellulose, stearic acid (vegetable source), magnesium stearate (vegetable source), silicon dioxide and food grade coating. I purchased it because I was told the vitamins and minerals were derived from food sources. My main concern is that it contains soy in trace amounts. I don't really know what trace amounts actually means. Is that a regulated term? Does that mean it was produced in a facility that also processes soy so they can't guarantee there's not a tiny bit in it in case someone is allergic? I understand that ideally I should be obtaining these nutrients from whole foods myself, but my main question: is Bone-Up not recommended for Whole30 based on trace amounts of soy?
  14. Probiotic ingredient check

    So, I know there are plenty of discussions of probiotics out there, but I was wondering if anyone knew of a good website to do ingredient checks? My Whole30 started about 90 days ago, but I still had issues, so first eliminated FODMAPS and then went on AIP about two weeks ago. Between the two, all digestive and skin issues cleared up. Everything I've reintroduced so far (butternut squash, beetroot, avocado, tinned tomato) has induced digestive issues, to varying degrees. So I thought I might go back to using a probiotic to enable my gut to heal some more. I checked the one I used to take, and it has fructo-oligosaccharides, which I'm assuming comes under the FODMAP category!! I found a new one with these ingredients: Filler: micro-crystalline cellulose; Probiotic culture: (Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM®, Lactobacillus paracasei Lpc-37, Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07, Bifidobacterium lactis Bl-04, Bifidobacterium bifidum Bb-02); Vegetarian capsule: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose; Anticaking agents: (magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide). but don't know how to check about the effects of the less recognisable ones. A bit more history: Realised gluten intolerance just over 2 years ago and took probiotics and digestive enzymes for about a year after eliminating gluten.Started Whole30 in February this year and have stuck to it while experimenting with above-mentioned eliminations, apart from the occasional sugar in smoked salmon! As an aside - have started taking magnesium (as a spray) but haven't seen the beneficial effects on sleep - I get to sleep ok but still have crazy dreams and wake several times in the night. Anyone else experienced this??
  15. Thank you in advance for reading as this turned out longer than I thought it would be. I just started supplementing with Natural Calm Monday night after self-diagnosing a magnesium deficiency. However, now I have some questions for those of you with more experience. A bit of background, I've been on prescribed Calcium/Mag/D for at least two years (1200/600/800). However, I have repeatedly come up low on Calcium and D levels in blood tests (or just barely normal). In the last three months or so of 2012, I began regularly having muscle cramps, muscle fatigue, headaches, general malaise and apathy. I attributed those symptoms to food intolerance issues due my history with Celiac and other food reactions. This led me to the Whole30. I did 49 days of AIP Whole30 eating, took a bit of an unanticipated break (testing eggs and walnuts threw me on a sugar bender), and then started another AIP Whole30 three days ago. By that time, I'd done quite a bit of reading and realized that magnesium levels are probably a problem (and responsible for the calcium and D levels). I'm currently taking 1 tsp. of Natural Calm nightly. I already feel better (head is clearer, fatigue is improving, etc.). However, I'm having problems with loose stools, yet still having muscle cramps. Is this a normal adjustment process that disappears with time? Should I take the Natural Calm with food? With another supplement? Should I decrease the dose (and lose the positive effects, sob)? Split the dosage (although it tends to make me sleepy)? My guess is that this is an absorption issue rather than the dose being too high. My small intestine is badly damaged (but recovering!) from Celiac. Is there another form in which magnesium can be taken to be better absorbed? I really think I'm on the right path as overall this is a big improvement over how I felt before. To be honest, a little diarrhea might be worth it. But any suggestions you might have would be very much appreciated.
  16. Hi everyone - Today is day 37 of my Whole45. Whole30 was a giant success. Lost 15.4 pounds, 3 inches off waist. Couldn't be more ecstatic. I've always been pretty regular with the bathroom before the Whole30, but I can count the number of times I've had to "do the doo" since starting, and it's not a high number. Maybe once a week. I haven't felt bloated or constipated, though I suppose that is technically what I am. I tried taking magnesium a couple of times and that helped for that day, but that's all. I was hoping it would encourage my body into a more regular cycle. I've seen people post about drinking senna tea to help with this, but I am currently trying to get pregnant and don't know if that would be all right under those circumstances. Anyone have any suggestions? I would really appreciate your help. Thanks!
  17. I have posted about this several times. Early on my my whole30 I experienced slight muscle weakness. I was told that this would pass as my body adapted to burning fat. It did subside in a few days. I also began having some night leg calf cramps and a little trouble falling asleep so I got the Natural calm. That seemed to go smoothly though I never really realized the sleep effects. The leg cramps did diminish. In the last 2 days of my 30...I experienced real feelings of muscle weakness and some sort of hormonal symptoms almost like low blood sugar. This happened about 1 1/2 hours after lunch and dinner. It was recommended that I need to add sweet potatoes perhaps. Then someone said it sounded like a Magnesium overdose???? I was reading up on that and diarrhea is the first symptom. I never had any issues with that so I don't know. I have only been taking 2 teaspoons at night. I know they suggested spreading it out throughout the day....maybe that is the problem. I didn't take any last night and cramped again. I'm only reposting here because I'm still puzzled and accidentally posted in for Ladies only. My food template is good, I get plenty of salt, and water and I'm post menopausal??? I wanted to see if anyone else has experienced this?
  18. Day 16 of our Whole30! Feels amazing to have come this far. I'm feeling great (except for hubby's attitude) , but I pretty much always feel great. Treated myself to some new kitchen items. I just seem to have some muscular issues. I had posted before about feeling like my muscles weren't getting fueled fast enough when walking up the stairs for example. This was early on and I was encouraged to wait and let my body learn how to burn fat. I am getting some calf cramps at night. I got some Natural Calm yesterday and started that last night. I seem to be falling asleep less easily than before and that is with no caffeine. I started Whole9 after Thanksgiving and just realized that I have had 2 muscle strains in that time. I haven't been aware of them happening until after and then I am set back in my workouts for a week. I am not doing anything new in my workout routine. I can't see how anyone could lack for all the vitamins they need eating all these amazing foods but do I have magnesium needs? I also have osteopenia so this is crucial to keeping my bones strong. I would appreciate suggestions. I am hoping that the Natural Calm does the trick....though the intro amount had no affect in fact it took longer than it has been to fall asleep. The hubby rant....he was all for this except like alot of men...he opted not to inform himself by reading the book and though I've forwarded him all the support emails...who knows if he is reading them. He has given up alcohol on top of everything else. He had one cheat on day 6 and says he will add the extra days at the end. We'll see about that. But he won't really eat the required amounts ....hard for him as a former has had energy problems. I've offered him the guidelines and when he "remembers" they help. He is a type 1 diabetic as well so has a host of issues. He also smokes and though he has cut's definitely not a total 30. But I'm taking what I can get. We set out to do this for our mentally handicapped 30 year old son who lives with us and is quite obese. Anyway...hubby is barely speaking to me at this point...I call it pouting...okay...I need to rant. But I'm hoping that he will brighten up soon. I have taken to basically not talking to him at this point(as of yesterday)...childish I know....but I have been up and positive for 15 maybe another approach is necessary. He doesn't really talk back anyway...he is retired and we are best friends so I'm sure it will work out, but I just wanted to share it with someone who might understand and have some words of advice from past experiences. The wellness meats bacon is arriving today....maybe that will bring some better moods!! My son and I are following the template and though he lost 15 pounds from Thanksgiving to Jan. 1st he has only lost 3 in the past 15 days. I let him weigh because he needs motivating in different ways than the rest of us...intrinsic motivation doesn't happen often with him. I'm not sure why the slow down except that maybe he was working out much hard at that point. So he will increase his activity level and I'm sure that will help. He is enjoy all the great foods and since there is nothing to cheat on that can't really be an issue. Well despite all this...I'm looking forward to the next 15 days and thinking to what will happen at that point. Good luck to all of you who have chosen this amazing ride!!