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  1. I am on my third whole 30, day 6. Each whole30, I experience new issues (not sure if that’s normal), but unfortunately this time it is sleep. I toss and turn for HOURS before I eventually fall asleep. Typically I go to bed around 11, no phone, computer, etc. for an hour before, and sleep in a dark room. It’s almost like a get a second wind at night—I’m not even tired until about 1-2 am and I need up by 7. Thankfully I’m a college student so I can still decently function with the whole “no sleep”, but it would be nice to not have to battle with this for the next 24 days. Here’s what a normal day looks like for me: M1~ 8 am: 2 egg omelette with spinach, tomato, and pulled pork. 4 oz Naked green machine juice. M2 ~ 12-1 pm: spinach salad with sliced chicken breast, 1/2 avocado, hard boiled egg, cherry tomatoes, and tessemae’s avocado ranch (about 2 Tbsp). Glass of iced tea. M3 ~ 6-7 pm: about 8 oz pulled pork, large baked sweet potato, cup of green beans or stir fry veggies IF I snack, it’s usually a handful of cashews with some berries or melon. (Try to keep my fruit low sugar). I also cook my omelette, chicken breast, and evening veggies in olive oil for extra fat in my meals. Exercise is either a morning run, or morning lift at the gym. Usually 5-6 days a week. This is typical for me—hasn’t changed during whole30.
  2. This is my first Whole30 (and I am loving it!). Day 18 for me, and I am noticeably sleeping better. I used to be a terrible sleeper (probably due to too much wine before bed, let's be honest, and a lack of a before bed routine). I used to only remember dreaming maybe once or twice every one to two months. I am now dreaming almost every night, which I have read is a sign of getting into deeper sleep. My energy is eventually fine an hour or two after waking up, but when I wake up I AM SO TIRED. Like not sure how I will be able to get out of bed, exhausted. I am getting a solid 6-8 hours of sleep every night, probably averaging around 7 most nights. I usually fall asleep around midnight and wake up 7/7:30am. I was hoping I would be waking up with some energy, but it almost feels like I am hungover (without the alcohol of course) some mornings, at least when I initially wake. I guess I am confused as to why I am sleeping better, or seem to be based on how frequently I am dreaming and not tossing/turning/waking up in the middle of the night, but feeling so exhausted in the mornings... am I maybe making up for years of crap sleep? Is that a thing? Wondering if this can be explained/if others have experienced this/if I will eventually start waking up with more energy (I hope so!).
  3. Hey! I'm on week one (day 7), and I've noticed that I've been sleeping 10-12 hours a night (my normal is 7-8 hours) since the 2nd day in. I don't actually feel lethargic or sleepy - but I'm sleeping crazy amounts. I'm definitely eating enough calories, and my physical activity hasn't spiked like crazy, which I'd normally chalk it up to. Just wanting to know if anyone else has experienced this, or if it's the case where there is something else non-Whole 30 related going on and it's just a coincidence that it's at the same time. Thanks!
  4. Hi everyone! I'm on day 5 of W30 and loving it. The one thing that's bothering me is I'm having a really hard time getting and staying asleep. I'm having my last meal several hours before bed and I'm going about my routine the way I always have which includes reading my Kindle with the nightshade screen dim on which has always helped me fall asleep. But now I'm restless for a long time and it takes an even longer time to STAY asleep. That being said, insomnia and restless sleep are two issues I've grappled with for most of life. Runs in the family But I've never had THIS much trouble. Is this, perhaps, that thing where issues get worse on W30 before they get better? I also wonder if it's because I can no longer drink Yogi Bedtime Tea (another mainstay of my bedtime routine) because it has stevia in it. Anyway, would love to know if anyone else had sleep issues in the early days. Thanks!
  5. I am on Day 12, and I think I’m feeling pretty good, but I’m starting to notice a pattern with sleep. For the past three mornings, I have woken up between 4:00 and 5:00 am and have trouble falling back to sleep. I have a medical condition that makes me have to get up to use the bathroom at least once a night. (It would be a bonus if this would improve on my Whole30, but I’m not expecting it to.) Usually, I fall right back to sleep, but the last few nights (early mornings), I’m wide awake. Don’t feel like I have a lot of thoughts running through my mind keeping me up. I’m just awake, but I really don’t want to get up and start my day at 4:00 on only five hours of sleep. I do think the sleep I’m getting in those five hours is better than before though. Is this a natural part of the Whole30 or is there something I can do during the day to help?
  6. Hello Internet! I am approaching my start date (4/27)and I just received Melissa's "Whole30 Day by Day" book in the mail today-- it's getting real! This will be my fourth round but it has been a while since my last one! I am starting to get worried, not about my meals but the times I eat them. You see, work graveyard shift from home (9p-5a) five days a week now and I am also a full time mom to a normal sleeping toddler. I usually get about 4 hours before my son is up and then we get our afternoon nap time of another 2-3 hours if I'm not meal prepping.... When should I eat? I keep going over my schedule and I don't know where three meals are going to fit. I guess one around 10am (let's call that breakfast) one after naps around 4pm (lets call this lunch) and one before I start my shift 8:30pm (let's call this dinner before you go to bed 8 hours later) I guess I will just have to go ahead and see how I feel after a few days. Luckily I am off work the weekend of my start so I am able to sort of keep track of my hunger for the first days without worrying about when I will sleep as much. Does anyone else have a difficult work schedule? How do you make it work? Many thanks in advance!
  7. 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 .
  8. So I’m on my third ever round of Whole30 and have to say, it has been the easiest yet and really the smoothest. I’ve not struggled with cravings as much and finally understand SWYPO fully, so actually following all the rules this time. I have noticed that I’m sleeping much better overall—I typically struggle with major insomnia and wake up constantly throughout the night and that has been way less frequent—but the mornings have been rough. Bearing in mind, I have a very abnormal schedule because I’m self employed/freelance classical musician, so no 9-5..Most days I teach late and get home late and then often dinner is 9, 10 pm, and I may be meal prepping well into the night... It’s felt just about impossible to get up these past few mornings (it was a busy week for sure, but today was calmer and I let myself sleep in and found myself still exhausted at 10 am and ended up sleeping until noon). I’ve been trying to figure out if my sleepiness is just from an unexpected busy week, or something else. It’s really only the getting out of bed part that’s been rough...after breakfast my energy and focus levels have been way higher throughout the day. Yesterday, day 15, felt like I had gotten to tiger blood stage once I was out and about, but one of the most exhausting mornings I can recall in ages. It’s just strange to me since I’ve been sleeping so well! Not always getting 7 hours of sleep, but definitely way better quality than I have in a very long time.
  9. I am toward the end of my third Whole30. Every round, I have sleep issues. I can fall asleep just fine but I wake up around 4am - sometimes after only 5-6 hours of sleep. I feel energetic and ready to take on the day when I wake up but I feel that I am not getting ENOUGH sleep (based on the 7-8 hour requirement that I've always heard). There have probably been 2 or 3 nights during this round of Whole30 that I slept 7-8 hours (and honestly, I was more groggy on those mornings). I have tried (individually) Sleepy Tea, melatonin, natural sleep aid from Whole Foods, and magnesium (Natural Calm). Is it possible that my body only requires 5-6 hours of sleep? If so, I am okay with this. I've just always read that "healthy adults require 7-8 hours of sleep per night"... and I am feeling pretty darn healthy these days so what gives? My energy levels remain stable and high throughout the day until I think to myself, "I only got 5 hours of sleep last night" then I start feeling run down (so I know that part is mental). Any advice on the sleep requirement or suggestions on promoting a longer night's sleep are welcome and much appreciated!
  10. camilart

    We can't sleep

    Hi everyone, Hubby and I are on Day 26. We have been 100% compliant with the programme from Day 1, which is such an achievement, especially for me. But we are both exhausted. Not only from all the cooking (does anyone else feel they're chained to their kitchen?!?!?) but because we can't sleep. It started in the first week and it's been about three weeks now. We go to bed, toss and turn for a long time before being able to sleep, then wake up in the middle of the night - 2, 3, 4am. Sometimes we manage to go back to sleep after a long time and wake up again before or around 6am. Other times one of us, or both, can't go back to sleep at all. I'm getting very grumpy and struggling to perform at work. My best nights over the past three weeks have given me six hours of sleep, most days I get five, other days (like last night) I get a grand total of four hours of rest. It's definitely not enough for me. I haven't eaten absolutely anything that is not on the shopping list and have stuck to the meal template - a portion of meat wit loads of veggies and some good fat, three times a day. I drink lots of water. Once a day I have a portion of berries. I haven't been overeating nor undereating. I have kept my usual level of exercise - not a lot, but I take stairs, walk to places instead of driving and so on. I have no idea what's going on. I think this eating plan makes all the sense in the world and I would love to continue after my Whole 30, but I can't function without sleep. HELP, please!
  11. Mags042

    Anxiety before bed?

    Question: my husband and I started January 2 so on day 5! We love it and notice a difference already! The whole family is doing it! 4 kids and ourselves! At night my husband and I notice anxiety before bed? We have tried all different things to try and calm down, ie: working out, reading, tv, tea, etc but nothing seems to help? I literally felt like a drug addict coming off dugs day 3 and 4. Hoping this too shall pass? Any help?
  12. Hi all, I've just completed day 10 of my first Whole30. Finding it hard to feel results because im just not sleeping well... I m don't feel stressed... just came back from a holiday, having a lovely time hanging out with friends and doing nice walks during the day. Very simple life right now. I go to bed round 10pm and have little trouble getting to sleep but find I am either waking up for 2-3 hours in the early morning or feel like I sleep so shallow I wake up every time I turn. Fyi - caffeine I have 1-2 black coffees with breakfast and that's it for the day. I have no idea what it's like to wake up 'on the right side of the bed' and feel refreshed or like I had a good nights sleep. Any tips welcome and appreciated!
  13. Hi guys and gals. Yesterday was day 1 of my second W30. Last night I had absolutely zero sleep. I had to stop my first whole 30 three weeks in in June this year because of the same thing.. insomnia! I am not even tired. Like, at all. Actually i feel completely WIRED. My diet wasn't really too bad before...little sugar, no caffiene at all for years, but maybe a bit carb-heavy. I have several chronic illnesses, all of which are exacerbated by a lack of sleep. I REALLY want to do the whole 30 days this time, so am desperate for any ideas (btw my sleep hygiene is good) I am going to have potato with my evening meal to see if the carbs help, but other than that, searches are throwing up nothing... PLEASE HELP!!!
  14. Byrdistheword

    Morning grogginess

    So I am now on day 20 and for the most part things are going well but the last week and a half or so something really odd has happened. Every day when I wake up I feel like I've been drugged. I get to bed quicker which is great because I usually I have a lot of trouble with that. But it's seriously feels like my body is full of lead when I wake up in the morning. Like I downed a bottle of NyQuil the night before. Has anyone else experienced this around this time? Do you think I'm still just kind of detoxing? Any information or stories would be helpful.
  15. I am a poster child for poor eating from the book - I ate a diet full of carbs and processed foods. However, I never had trouble sleeping - maybe even too much. I could sleep for 11 hours a night with no problem. I am on day 4 of my first Whole30 and every night since starting, I've struggled to fall asleep (taking 1-2 hours to go to sleep) and I'm waking up multiple times during the night. None of my normal habits have changed except my eating so I assume it's something related to Whole30. Any ideas what might be going on? Is this just part of the detox phase or should I change something?
  16. What tools and tricks do people have for dealing with extreme tiredness? This was an issue for me before the W30 and send to be getting worse, not better. I've been sleeping 12-15 hours/day the last few days and I am so tired when I'm awake I can barely keep my eyes open. Eating makes me more tired, always has. I don't want to add more caffeine (I only drink 1-2 cups of coffee in the morning) but I may have to just to function. I used to use sugar as a pick me up but that's out. So how can I wake up?
  17. I eat right and think good thoughts, but I have tended to wake up around 3-4 in the morning this past week. I have taken a Magnesium supplement the past couple of evenings, at dinnertime, but I'm not sure that that is doing anything. As a result of my new sleep pattern, I either get up too early, and have a wonderful morning, early afternoon, but I drag near the evening. Or, as with today, I wake up late, because I chose to remain in bed and finally did get back to sleep. And I'm a bit groggy when I finally get up. I don't wake up with racing thoughts or resentments, I just wake up. Has anyone else had this experience? Moderator, can you provide some insight? I have searched the blog, but haven't found this exact situation. Thank you! Robert
  18. I have been eating strict Whole30 (~95% compliant) for nearly 8 months now. It changed my life. A new problem has arisen however. 2 months ago I started crossfit again after over a year off. I was also working a desk job during this time. I left the job shortly after starting crossfit, and recently I have begun to push harder on workouts the last 2-3 weeks. I am completely wiped out. Brain feels like mush, I am sleeping longer than normal, sometimes much longer (11 hrs last night), yet I still feel tired and groggy upon waking. I feel like my body should be adapted to this activity by now, it doesn't feel like the normal "starting-a-new-workout-program sleepiness". I've done crossfit on and off for 4 years and have never felt like this. Which leads me back to diet. Any ideas here? Am I not eating enough carbs? I am constantly, ravenously hungry yet I eat a ton of fat and am most certainly fat adapted to some degree. I literally cannot eat any cleaner and I know I'm getting adequate rest, which is why I'm stumped. Any suggestions would be awesome!
  19. So it's day 9, and when the alarm goes off in the morning, I still feel like I've been hit by a truck. For the first time in 20 years, I've been hitting snooze, and then actually going back to sleep. I'm fine once up - once moving my energy levels are ok, even pretty high, especially over the last few days. But I have to say that it was much easier to fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning when I was having the evening glass or two of wine. With or without Whole30, I rarely get less than 8 hours' sleep, and the past 8 nights have been no different. I've tried going to bed a little earlier, but am not able to fall asleep too much earlier than normal. Any thoughts? Thanks.
  20. Hi everyone! The last few days have been a rollercoaster - never realized how dependent I was on bread and butter! But the most challenging this for me is that I've suddenly been having trouble sleeping every night. I likely drank too much caffeine on day 1, so I was surprised to be tossing and turning, but the last two nights I woke up every couple of hours and have been having nightmares. It could just be part of the process for me, but I wanted to hear if this is a common experience or you might have some ideas about things I can adjust that might be impacting my sleep. TIA
  21. Hey Everyone! I need some help. Today is Day 12 and I've felt horrible for the last 5 days. My head is pounding constantly, I've had 1 migraine that kept me home from work a few days ago, and my back and neck feel like they've been hit by a truck. All of this is made worse by the fact that every night this week I've woken up between 1 and 2 am and have NOT been able to fall back asleep (something that never happened pre-Whole30. I'm drinking plenty of water, salting my food, and eating according to the template with one or two palm-size portions of protein, added fat, and between 1-3 cups of veggies. Some days I've haven't had an appetite but I've still managed to eat through it. I heard that eating a sweet potato with Meal #3 could help with sleep which I been trying but, alas, no such luck. Has anyone else felt his way? Will this phase pass? Any advice or red flags you see? Thanks, all!
  22. I was in a bad place when I started the Whole 30. It was 8 months after giving birth to my second child. I was still 22 lbs overweight despite working out several times a week and choosing “healthy” foods (not much meat, lots of grains and beans). I ate zero packaged junk food, but I had delicious high quality pastries a couple times a week and thought nothing of it. Oh, and I regularly had 2-3 glasses of wine per night just to “wind down.” My childhood asthma had returned. My skin was on a hormonal rollercoaster; besides breakouts I had eczema and keratosis pilaris (chicken skin bumps on back of my arms). I was always hungry and always eating. I tried calorie counting. I tried Weight Watchers when the calorie counting got demoralizing. I tried weighing all my food when WW didn’t work. All that micromanaging sucked the joy out of living, and I still couldn’t lose the weight. My mantra was that I deserved that pastry/glass of wine/bowl of tortilla chips because I had been “so good” all day. I’d pile on the calories after the kids were in bed. But then I simply turned a corner, and decided that I deserved to feel healthy, to feel like I did before my pregnancy. Heck, why not feel even better than that? So I decided to give W30 a try. What did I have to lose? Which begs the question, 30 days later, what did I lose? As it turns out I lost ZERO pounds. 30 days of total compliance, and I weigh exactly the same. Yep, I’m one of those. (At this moment in time, while nursing, anyway.) I gave myself an hour or so to feel really down about it. But then I took at the NSVs I drafted yesterday before I weighed in. I weigh the same, but I’m not the same. I GAINED: - the ability to breathe freely without asthma. This is truly priceless. I have not touched my inhalers in one month. - a peaceful relationship with food. I’m not battling it any longer. I know what makes me feel good. And once I finish the reintros I’ll know what doesn’t! - knowledge and acceptance. I know my body is holding on to this weight because it needs it for nursing. Sure, I can tweak things here or there, but by and large I’ve proved to myself that it just doesn’t want to let go of it right now. I’m going to have to be patient. I am ready to stop nursing for a variety of reasons, but it may take a while for my hormones to catch up. So, what next? I’m going to do reintroductions to see which food group(s) were exacerbating the asthma. I'll have the occasional glass of wine over the next week or so (we’re traveling). I also had bloodwork done on Day 25. In two weeks I will meet with my chiropractor who has nutritional training to review that. Perhaps there are hormonal factors at play that can be worked on. Once I know the bloodwork results, I’ll decide whether to jump into another Whole30. For now, I will stay compliant while at home, avoid whatever it is that’s causing the asthma even when out, and have the occasional glass of wine. But mostly, I am going to enjoy the calm Whole30 has brought to my life and give my body some grace. Read on for details if you’d like. As always, I’m open to any feedback on how to move forward. These forums were an amazing resource through the whole process. NSVs: - Asthma GONE without the use of steroid inhalers - Skin clearer - Nails growing like crazy - Eczema gone - Keratosis pilaris (chicken skin on arms) drastically reduced - On the rare occasions where my alarm goes off before the kids are up, I only press snooze once instead of three or four times - I can see my waist again! hallelujah! - Clothes fit better and I can get into some I couldn’t a month ago - Even energy all day long - More time between meals means more efficient work - Free from cravings. I no longer struggle with food choices. - Not tempted to eat after dinner - I don’t “need” wine to relax anymore - I don’t need to weigh myself every day as I used to What went well: - I rocked it with the homemade condiments: mayo, ketchup, ranch dip and Nom Nom Paleo’s “magic mushroom” seasoning were my favorites - Egg bakes saved my bacon for breakfast - such a time saver, and great to start the day without having to “think” about the meal - Kombucha was the perfect treat instead of wine/beer/cocktails - I made it through Easter with flying colors - I cooked many compliant meals for my extended family (we’re talking large groups of 12-20 people, and they all loved them) - I did NOT evangelize to my family, which is something I’d done in the past, but tried to set a quiet example What could have gone better: - I ate more frequently and had more fruit and potatoes than necessary in the beginning. I was still breastfeeding heavily then (I’m down to one nursing session a day now), so I was nervous about my supply and likely overdid it. All compliant, so no harm done, but once I got down to 3 (large, by my previous standards) meals per day, which was about two weeks in, I felt much better. - Some days I ate 1/2 an avocado at every meal. Maybe I need to dial that back to 1/3. - Still having some skin breakouts but then again I’m in a transitional place hormonally as I slowly stop breastfeeding - Sleep is not a long or solid as I would like, mostly due to kids waking me up - if fact, SLEEP could be the largest factor in the weight hanging on. - I need to drink more water. 62 oz/day isn’t cutting it. What I’ll do in the future, to keep doing better: - Make fruit and potatoes a once a day thing, not an every meal thing - Aim to be in bed by 8 and asleep by 9 - Read for 1hr before bed instead of watching tv - Dial coffee back to one cup per day, replace second cup with matcha - Aim to drink 3 32-oz bottle of water/day - Keep working with my preschooler on not waking us at night when he goes to the bathroom in the middle of the night. He can do it, but it helps when we prep him by talking about it before bedtime. - Let my husband take over the 5:30 feedings when he is home so I can sleep longer - Take measurements to track inches lost, not just weight - Stay on whole 30 at home. I rarely eat out (maybe once a week) so that would be a pretty complaint lifestyle, and I find it easy to do at home. - I won’t go back to having stevia in my coffee. That was the hardest thing to give up, and I think it was triggering a cycle of sugar cravings. In fact I may even give up my almond milk. I think I’m ready to enjoy coffee black, and I like the simplicity of that.
  23. Hey everyone! My name is Shelby--this is my second whole30! Going into my second one, I am seeing a few of the same annoyances I experienced before and I'm not sure why. Most of my questions have to do with exercise and sleep. My last whole30 was from Jan 2-Jan 31 2016. I didn't try to work out that much while doing it. After about 3 weeks, I went to the gym with a friend at 6 AM. We did the stepper for 15 minutes, and then used some machines for arms. At one point, I started to feel light headed like I was going to throw up. I never did, but I had that dizzy, light-headed, cold sweat (sorry if TMI) feeling for 5-10 mins. After that I decided not to work out until I ate grains again. Also during my first whole30, I never slept the entire night. I feel like I woke up around 3 AM almost every morning. When I was done my whole30, I didn't really stick to a strict reintroduction phase since I've never struggled with food allergies before--or at least, food never treated me badly. When I reintroduced everything I was finally sleeping better and could go to the gym without having that terrible feeling. I consistently go to the gym for an hour 3 times a week. I decided to do my second whole30 starting this past Monday, March 21st. I'm on day 3 and I went to my normal TRX class this morning and noticed I felt more shakey, but thought it was way too early for my body to be reacting to whole30 changes that way. Long story short, I almost passed out in the locker room after the class. I also woke up this morning at 3:30 AM...I haven't done that since my last whole30. I try to go to bed around 9:30-10 PM since I typically have to wake up around 5:30 AM every morning for work/gym purposes. If it helps---I'm 24 years old, 130 lbs and 5'5" I want to stick with my whole30 this month but I really need to know if this is at all "normal." Honestly, it makes me feel a little worried since I never felt very energized during my last one. I had more mental victories during my last one. Currently after the pass out scare I feel absolutely fine! Thoughts? Suggestions? Is Whole30 really for me? It would all be welcomed
  24. 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?
  25. I realize today is only day 5 and I need to be patient, but I am really struggling with sleep! This is my third Whole 30 and I'm coming off a rather big splurge month of parties and drinking and not very great eating. While I do eat Whole 30 80% of the time, the holidays seemed to have gotten the better of me. A typical day looks like this so far: M1- 3 eggs with spaghetti squash and pesto with zucchini soup M2- 2 chicken drumsticks with sautéed greens with a sweet potato and mayo M3 - beef stew with broccoli and asparagus and mayo drizzle M1 - 3 eggs with mushroom tomato guacamole and zucchini soup M2 - 2 salmon cakes with mayo and broccoli and cucumber M3 - stir fry with ground beef, cabbage, broccoli, asparagus, mushroom, sweet potato and generous mayo drizzle What's been happening is no matter when I go to sleep (10pm, 11pm 12) I toss and turn and then it seems around 2:30 I fall asleep and then I'm up at 5. Then because I really can't fall back to sleep I get up and eat breakfast because I don't want to not eat within the first hour of waking. If you look at my meals I think I have a nice amount and variety of carbs. Anything else you think I could tweak? I have been a good sleeper before this and don't want to resort to supplements or aids so I appreciate any and all suggestions.