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  1. Hello, I'm wondering if perhaps there is anything I can/should be doing differently. I bike commute my children to school in a Dutch bike (it's heavy) and it's 1 hour and 20 minutes round-trip twice a day if I go slow (I just can't cycle fast on Whole30). I feel fabulous on days when I don't cycle or cycle minimally around town. However, the twice a day commute is rough - I have extreme muscle fatigue and feel incredibly tired with a very foggy head the morning after a twice a day school drop off/pick up. Would a banana mid-way the commute help? Just not sure what I should do differently. The extra meals are getting really old but I know they're necessary. Typical meal (portion sizes for protein are palm sized). Breakfast and pre-workout meal: 3 eggs scrambled; sweet potato/parsnip/onion/apple hash; coconut milk in coffee as fat Post-workout meal: repeat breakfast minus the coffee; add avocado Lunch: pork loin, sauteed kale/onion salad, handful of almond pre-workout snack: hard-boiled egg and 1/2 avocado post-workout meal: tuna, dill and potato salad with homemade mayo Dinner: chicken coconut curry with green beans
  2. I started Whole30 the day after Labor Day, September 5. It's been 7-1/2 weeks and I'm among the 75% they stated have made this a lifestyle. Before I dive into questions, I absolutely love this program. I was never one who looked at ingredients. I had the mentality if I can't afford all organic, why bother. I looked at the ingredients for a rotisserie chicken and almost gagged. I can't believe I use to eat that. I started Whole30 because I was losing hair from the roots. I also have several chronic illnesses and wanted to see if and how removing preservatives and processed food from my diet could help. (i.e., thyroid, estrogen replacement, epilepsy, and colitis.) I did not approach this to lose weight. However, without trying, I lost 10 pounds in four weeks. Seven weeks later I've lost 14 pounds. I'm 5'6" and I'm at 115. I don't need to lose more, but the pounds keep coming off and I eat all the time. I had one day when I was ready to cheat and have pizza. I told my husband that one day wouldn't hurt. He asked me what the name of the book was. I told him "Whole30," and his reply was, "It's not Whole21." He has been a great support and all should find someone to encourage you to stay the course. I kept telling myself I do not want to start over. I was mentally prepared to start over if I were to cheat. It wasn't until week six that I felt I was over the hurdle of exhaustion. Some negatives: I do not see a change in my skin. In fact, I feel that I have more blemishes than before. I am experiencing more constipation, which is the total opposite for those with colitis. I still have bouts where I feel sluggish, but not like it was the first six weeks. I want to stay on Whole30 and I'm wondering what are some average foods/ingredients that sneak in that I may not recognize are hindering overall health benefits? I drink 8 ounces of coffee a day, no cream. Is this okay? I do not drink alcohol. I have eaten out a few times and have asked what oils they use. There was one instance they used soybean oil? Could this have set me back? I'm going to start asking restaurants to not cook my proteins in oil. What other restaurant ingredients might I've absorbed that I don't know about? When I eat out and I'm uncertain what was in my food, I take the next week to eat only compliant foods. For those of you who have a moment or two, I would appreciate hearing if you've encountered the same and what wisdom you can share that helped you see greater health benefits. Thank you for your help and feedback! Teresa