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  1. Hi all! This is my first post on the forum. I am 10 days into my W30. I was a little nervous coming in as I am recently pescatarian (after about 10 years as a vegetarian, and several of those spent as vegan). I have done some elimination diets in the past but have always struggled with feeling like my body was lacking or missing something. I have quite a few gut issues as well as auto immune-related conditions (anxiety, asthma, heartburn, ibs, graves disease *in remission* to name a few)...I have often felt like a lot of my health issues were directly related to my gut health as every other aspect is 100% unremarkable on paper. According to labs and tests I am one of the healthiest women alive, but inside I feel like I am dying / falling apart. It was upon my acupuncturist's recommendation that I give the Whole 30 a try. As an aside I have been gluten free for coming up on 4 years now, I went GF in an attempt to help my thyroid and the switch was the reason that my levels normalized and have been normal for about 3 years now! With that said, when I switched to GF I started ironically (or maybe not so ironic) eating a TON more carbs (mostly in the form of brown rice and sugar in processed foods.) My days before Whole 30 included shrimp, hummus, oats, gluten free bread, amys tv dinners, fruit and peanut butter - I also probably had pizza about once a week. I considered myself to eat "fairly healthy" but in retrospect it probably was not a very balanced diet with very little protein. The first week I dealt with a LOT of spaciness, often feeling like I'm in a dream, not really here and VERY anxious. I was able to push through a little bit of this but mildly exerting myself. Starting around day 3 I started experiencing bouts of light headedness, one day, starting to grey out and seriously thinking I was going to faint. I have been feeling like I am eating enough - and not really getting very hungry between meals - the only times I have snacked have been when I am having intense afternoon slumps. I normally exercise 3-4 days a week but have only worked out once since starting this because I just don't have the energy and feel so sick and light-headed when I have tried to exert myself much. By Day 5 or 6, the spaciness and brain fog had lifted slightly but then I started getting horrible crashes in the afternoon between about 2 PM and 7 PM. On a few of these days I have had some increased energy starting around 8 or 9 PM and lasting through until bedtime. I feel pretty relaxed at bedtime but then have woken with horrible anxiety or starts for most of the nights I have been on the W30. My blood pressure and blood sugar have remained normal/stable although today when I was feeling particularly tired and light-headed, I took it and it was 110/61 which is the lowest its been in a while. I mostly just wanted to share my experience as well as the food I have been eating to see if I am on track and need to eat more and/or different types of foods to maintain energy and mood. I am not sure at this point what is W30 and what is anxiety but I have been feeling pretty damn crappy, weak, tired, anxious and light headed for a week now. The most frustrating part is that I actually felt way better before I started doing this but am trying to stick it out until the end as I really want to see what good this could do my body, specifically my gut health. I just don't want to do it at the cost of hurting my health more. As a pescatarian I am pretty maxed out on eggs and fish and ways to get creative. I don't know if anyone else has concerns about mercury but eating seafood every single day and sometimes twice a day does make me a little nervous. Since my only sources of protein are really nuts, fish and eggs, I burn out pretty quickly. Any feedback and/or recommendations are greatly appreciated. Thank you! Monday: Breakfast - 2 scrambled eggs with guacamole and 1 1/2 c coconut chia pudding with sautéed bananas and pureed almond meal Snack - Cherry Pie Lara Bar Lunch - shrimp curry (coconut milk, spices and coconut amigos as sauce) - with red onion, zucchini, red bell pepper, carrots and portabella as veggies Snack - Electrolyte "smoothie" - 1 c kale, 1 banana and 1 c cashew malk Dinner - blistered shishito peppers cooked in olive oil with lime and basil, 2 hard boiled egg whites, spinach and kale salad with small amounts egg yellow and white, celery, raw shisito peppers with oil and vinegar dressing Tuesday: Breakfast - 2 scrambled eggs, 1/2 c hashbowns, 1/2 avocado, 4 or 5 cherry tomatoes and 1/2 banana Lunch - salmon and avocado salad with lemon, green onions, tomatoes, parsley & baked sweet potato "fries" Snack - Electrolyte "smoothie" - 1 c kale, 1 banana and 1 c cashew malk Dinner - egg quiche (piece about 5"l x 4"w) with white onions, mushrooms, spinach, pumpkin & crab dip (crab, w30 approved mayo, red peppers, jalapeños, green onions) with some plantains (fried in coconut oil) Snack - 2 coconut rolled dates with 1 tsp each almond butter Wednesday: Breakfast - leftover egg quiche (piece about 5"l x 4"w), 1/2 avocado, 1/2 banana Lunch - leftover egg quiche (piece about 5"l x 4"w), 1 medium sized tomato, handful macadamia nuts, handful cherries Post-Workout Snack - 3/4 sweet potato with 2 tablespoons almond butter and cinnamon Dinner - We are going to make grilled shrimp with butternut squash noodles, cashew cream sauce and sautéed spinach or zucchini)
  2. Ok, so I've passed the 2 week mark. Still waiting for ANY benefits from whole 30, and all I have is frequent hunger and always feel like I need a nap. I can't work out like I normally do, because I feel so weak and tired. I'm making efforts to get enough protein, even with my established pescatarian diet; LOTS of eggs and fish fillets. Today I broke down and weighed myself, because I just needed some sign that all this deprivation was doing some good. Haven't lost a single pound. What's going on? Am I doing something wrong??
  3. Hi there! Starting my first W30 Jan 2 and a bit nervous about the meat situation. I stopped eating meat, excepting fish, a few years ago because I don't like the hormones/antibiotics/environmental effects. I'm willing to add a little back in during Whole30, but would really like to rely mostly on fish and eggs. Any tips for types of meat that would be easy on my stomach after all this time, and sources for high-quality (but affordable) cuts? I'm thinking ground turkey?
  4. Pescatarian here. The Whole30 has me going from fish once a week to almost every meal. Yuck! Talk about being aware of signals from your body! Mine has been telling me loud and clear to lay off the fish & eggs. I cut back to having eggs once a day, and fish once a day or every other day. I feel MUCH better, but not surprisingly, I'm hungry in between meals and leaning on nuts. I've read the forums & guidelines so I know this is not ideal. I've also read about the Whole30 for vegetarians. Here's my dilemma: I feel great & have no cravings to speak of. I don't really want to bring in dairy or soy (the vegwhole30 route) as dairy is one of the things I suspect has been causing me problems. Reducing the animal proteins to one or two a day at most, and eating 4 smaller compliant meals/day feels SO much better. I'm looking for support for managing a Whole30 that is compliant, but with a lot less meat/eggs. I'm on Day 7. No cravings, headaches, or crabbiness so far. Just struggling with so much meat.
  5. I am am starting a vegetarian/pescatarian whole50 on January 1. I am mostly a vegetarian, with occasional fish, so I follow the traditional meal plan. This will be my 3rd whole 30 (completed one in June and a second in a August). Since finishing round 2, I have been eating mostly paleo, with occasional wine and deserts. However, I have been on vacation the last 3 weeks and have definately been eating differently. New this time is that my husband will be joining me and I hope to continue for 50 days. Would love to hear of anyone else starting a similar plan in the new year.
  6. Hi everyone, I've been reading about this for a while and would like to take on the challenge, but am hoping someone can lend some piece of advice regarding this... I am primarily a vegetarian, though I do eat fish occasionally. I seldom eat eggs. I do not mind eating fish for this challenge, but I would like to see the effects of dairy, grains, and legumes on my body, hence I'd like to cut these three out. The vegetarian route has properly soaked beans in the shopping list... Is cutting them out a foolish idea? Will I struggle with protein intake? This, as I understand the challenge, leaves me with: vegetables fruit fish nuts as my main ingredients. Please assist!
  7. Excited to start the Whole30 tomorrow! But I have a question about which plan/shipping list I should follow (and customize). I am a Pescatarian who also eats animal products (eggs, butter, cheese, some fats from meat, and even chicken and beef bone broth). I simply don't eat the flesh of red meat or chicken. While I appreciate all good intentions, I already understand the pro's of being an omnivore, so I'm not interested in further encouragement to eat meat, but I'm not sure which plan I should follow and customize. And will it still BE effective if I combine plans? My concern with going pescatarian and sticking with the Omnivore plan, is, will I get enough protein? And my concern with going with the Vegetarian Plan is, will I miss out on some of the great assets to this plan? Would I be in the clear to go with the Omnivore Plan, but swap the meats with the dairy allowed in the Vegetarian Diet? Thanks in advance for your advice!