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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. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. 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?
  11. 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!
  12. 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!!!
  13. 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.
  14. Marc FH

    Started July3, 2017

    This is day #6. Most dramatic effect is no constant craving for junk, no cravings at all. Using George Forman grill for burgers, sausage patties, chicken breasts. Hard boiled eggs per Whole30 book. Stopped all caffeine cause drank it 24hrs/day in past. Headache day 2 gone. Feel really good energy which I failed to get from coffee. Sleep deep. Salads with balsamic vinaigrette out of the book. Water always with me. No more Diet Coke. Stopped daily weighing. Walking 2 miles, plus moderate weight lifting most days. Still cautiously optimistic.
  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. About the first 12 days I was exhausted, and definitely felt like I was hungover and detoxing. Had very low energy. After day 12 I started having a lot more energy. I started doing more around my house, more errands, and have more energy at work. It's like my mind is hyper focused. But I've had so much mental and emotional energy that I haven't wanted to start working out again. I worked out before w30. I also had a lot of insomnia. And now I'm enjoying the good nutrition and being able to sleep. I think exercise is going to have to wait until I can/want to focus on workouts. I'm on days 18, but extending at least a couple of days because I was taking a non-compliant vit d3 with glycerin for the first 2 days. Oh, and I have Hashimoto's and psoriasis (autoimmune disorders). Now zzzzzz
  17. GOALS: I started the program with the intent to improve my inflammation levels while putting weight loss in the secondary column. I’m happy to report that I have not been disappointed! LIFE BEFORE WHOLE 30: - Seasonal allergies were literally out of control resulting in constant sinus pressure and pain. - My right eustachian tube was diagnosed as "disfunctional" resulting in negative pressure, muffled hearing and inability to clear my ear after traveling by air. - I was working around previously diagnosed food sensitivities (dairy, eggs, cane sugar and almonds), but not as strictly as before. - All in all, my days were spent: Struggling to get out of bed. Starting my day with a protein smoothie and big plans. Literally forcing myself to accomplish said plans. Lying on the couch in defeat. Attempting to eat “clean” but failing more than succeeding. Regaining the weight that I had lost in the last 2 years doing the “21 Day Fix” program. LIFE AFTER WHOLE 30: Inflammation: Very pleased with the results in this category! Day 1: I notice a big change in my sinus inflammation. I was able to blow out 4x more than the gates opened in my head! Day 7: I notice that my right ear could hear more clearly as my eustachian tube was opening up! Day 10: My rings are sliding off and on more easily and I’m seeing my cheekbones again! Day 12: My husband says I’m not snoring anymore! Mood/Energy: I had a few cranky days, usually on the weekend when I couldn’t have wine with a meal like salmon, steak, etc. Day 2 - 8: Seemingly boundless energy! Maybe it’s because I had been eating better previously than I thought! I was so giddy with excitement about my new eating plan, my husband accused me of being drunk when he called on Day 6 on his way back home from a trip! Far from it! Day 8 and on: I find I have great energy during the work week, but when Friday hits, I drop off. The weekends are the toughest! Day 28+: Energy and motivation are steadily returning now since I’m sleeping better. Food Relationship: I had minimal cravings, but didn't deviate from the approved food list. Day 1 - 3: Had some rough patches with working around my already-known egg sensitivity. Learned to make breakfast into Meal #1. Day 4 - 8: Got into the groove of cooking on plan when my husband was on a SCUBA trip for a week. Upon his return, he remarked that "he never saw this for me" (meaning me cooking nearly every meal I ate!) I replied: "If this is what it takes to feel good, I'll do it!" Day 14+: Got a little "burned out" on my basic cooking, so I tried to add in as much food variety as possible. Ordered in special condiments I couldn't find locally. Searched for compliant foods constantly. Roasted chickens twice a week and make bone broth to drink in the mornings. Sleep: Still a work in progress, but getting better and better! I generally go to bed earlier than before and wake up at 5:30 am. Day 1-28: I would have trouble drifting off to sleep without the help of Melatonin, Magnesium, etc. Day 28: I stopped drinking coffee after 1:00 pm, and my sleep has improved immensely! Weight: I “cheated” and stepped on the scale. (It did do a “head game” on more weighing until Day 31!) Day 9: Was down 2.7 pounds. Not as much as I would have guess with the inches lost! Day 31: Lost a total of 7 pounds! Would like to lose maybe 5-7 more! Body Size: My trendy clothes have become my favorites again! Everything is fitting like it’s supposed to! Day 7: Have lost 1” in my waist and abdomen, and 1/2” in hips already! Day 9: Have lost 6.5” overall (1.5” in my abdomen now) and my back fat is disappearing! Day 31: Down 12” overall (3” from my abdomen and 2” from my waist) FUTURE PLANS: I’m planning to stay closely in line with the Whole30 program, with occasional wine! As a matter of fact, tonight my husband and I will be celebrating my 58th birthday (a week late) with a compliant restaurant meal and some white vino! I had an outpatient surgical procedure the day before my birthday, and didn’t feel up to making it a full celebration at that time. Now, I think it’s time to celebrate my "rebirthday", with the help of the Whole30 plan!
  18. 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?
  19. Help!! I don't know what to do anymore. I'm on day 23, and I cannot fall asleep! I've always had sleep issues, so prior to whole30 I would take melatonin and Benadryl to help out. I'm getting around 5 hours a night, and I NEED more sleep, I just don't know what to do. I'm taking the Natural Calm magnesium, and a sleep tea. Anybody have any ideas?
  20. 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
  21. 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!
  22. Hello friends, Day 5 here for me, after a really horrible Night 4. This first 4 nights of Whole30 I have been sleeping very poorly, and it's starting to take a toll. As a general rule, I'm not an insomniac. Also, I followed Whole30 guidelines closely for about 3 weeks in late Nov / early Dec (as a kind of trial run for this January Whole30) and was struck by how quickly I started sleeping like a baby. This time has been very different. It's only been 4 days, but I'm super frustrated and having to work really hard to stay focused and on plan because I'm so wiped out. Has anyone else experienced this kind of insomnia in the early days of Whole30? Any thoughts on what might be going on or suggestions on what to do about it? Thank you!
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. I am on Day 7 and just had my worst night of sleep yet. Woke up feeling congested, headachy and body achy. I had the carb flue effect on Day 2 but it was gone by Day 3. I had cut gluten and sugar out of my diet for a full year before starting the Whole 30 so wasn't expecting to have such a dramatic reaction. Wondering if this could be a diary withdrawal reaction? Also still quite a bit of diarrhea. Looking forward to all this stabilizing and welcome thoughts, insights!