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  1. Hi all, So the past several days I'm just finding myself so hungry in the morning after breakfast. I usually eat breakfast around 8:30am. And then I feel starving at 11:30am. And yes, the kind where fish and broccoli sounds good. I've done pretty well with not snacking in the afternoon (which is actually my normal before the diet). The past few days I've had a hash of sweet potato, chorizo, kale, bell pepper, onion, zuchinni and yellow squash (delish btw). Maybe about a fist full of this hash. A few days I added a half an avo. Am I really just not eating enough? I think my body is also not used to me eating breakfast. I used to just eat a bagel after I got to work so now I'm really focused on eating down and being relaxed while eating before going to work (which I love this habit and hope it stays with me). Also worried my snacks aren't full enough of what I should be getting out of the snack. Morning snack usually is an apple, almond butter, and a mini beef stick if I'm really hungry. Any thoughts? I feel like I'm having fats but maybe not enough. Maybe the large portion to me isn't as large as I think it is? Maybe my body isn't used to eating breakfast? I really don't want to rely on having a cup of coffee to keep me full. Or maybe this is just all normal and my body just requires an extra mini meal! Any thoughts help! I'm learning what works for me :)
  2. I'm a vegetarian I go to the gym 6 times a week I know the whole 30 program is anti-protein powders, snacking, and dependence on fruits. But as a vegetarian who goes to the gym a lot, these help me get through the day without energy fatigue, one of my snacks is a banana with almond butter/cashew butter or unsweetened protein powder that I blend with bananas and unsweetened almond milk. I was wondering if anyone here was a vegetarian and an athlete and how they managed to get around this.
  3. I am on day 18 of my first whole30, and I have the overwhelming feeling that I am making no progress in terms of weightloss. Obviously I want to get the myriad of benefits from the program, but one of my biggest motivators and something I was looking forward to was the weight loss I assumed would happen. I have been eating a lot of fruit (at almost every meal and for snacks) and nuts throughout the day. I am scared that all of this fruit sugar is inhibiting my weight loss. Also for reference, before starting the program I consumed a fairly healthy diet with nutrient rich veggies and lean meats already, but with more treats, added sugar, and dairy. I do feel that I have cut out a lot of the bad things from my diet, so it is frustrating that I am not seeing results. I also think it might just take longer for my body to adjust and the weight loss might be delayed and happen at the end... when does most of the weight loss happen for women??
  4. I am on day 25 of Whole30, but I have never felt the tiger blood or lightness I was expecting to feel. I think it is associated with the overconsumption of nuts and other snacky foods. I have always had the need to snack on something, especially in the weekend, when the kitchen is just a few steps away. My diet on Whole30 is similar to my previous diet as I was Paleo; the reason I attempted a Whole30 was to get rid of my urge to snack on something, but clearly, I have failed due to my lack of willpower. I feel guilty. Should I start over?
  5. gurleen16

    Am I eating enough?

    I am on Day 10 of Whole 30 and I want to know if I am eating the right amount. I know that snacking isn't really compliant but I do need to have some kind of "pre-workout" so my workouts don't suffer. I workout approximately 5-6 times a week and it consists of rigorous HIIT/Lifting. I average losing 900-ish calories at each session. I do give myself one or two rest days per week. Below is a "normal" meal plan: 1. Breakfast: Med size sweet potato (topped with a tablespoon of almond butter) with 1 egg/1 egg white with spinach and four strawberries or 1/4 cup of blueberries 2. Lunch: Caulifower rice with coconut chicken/veggies and 1 small cutie 3. Snack: 5-6 Nuts and a couple of spoons of chia seed pudding 4. Dinner: Large salad plate with tons of veggies, avocado, beef tips and an egg 5. 1 date I guess I'm confused how much I can snack before working out?
  6. Hello everyone, I'm on Day 8 and have had a smooth sailing up until a few days ago. I haven't experienced the "kill all the things" phase and haven't had an issue with cravings. However, over the last 3-4 days, I've struggled with being hungry constantly, lack of bowel movements (when I do go, it's non-relieving), and tossing and turning throughout the night. A couple days ago, I woke up at 2am to a growing stomach. I'm eating Whole30 meals, cooking with oils or ghee, and have focused on eating mostly protein and fat sources. If I do have fruit or potatoes, it's either when I know I have a busy day or before a workout. Due to having more time, I've increased the frequency and intensity of my workouts which MIGHT explain some of the hunger but it still doesn't seem right. This morning, I did a workout from 530-6a, about an hour later I had a serving of W30 egg frittata AND a chicken sausage (from Trader Joes). 2 hours later I was starving. Not expecting to be hungry so soon, I had an RX bar which satisfied my hunger a bit. 2 hours later I had my lunch which was a hefty serving of W30 shepherd's pie (with sweet potato, not cauliflower mash). That kept me filled for 3 hours and then I was starving again. This is a bit frustrating as I do usually get full when I'm done eating. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for the help! -April
  7. mandalion91

    Halted progress during period

    So I’m on day 25 of my first W30 and on probably the second to last day of my period. I feel like my progress mentally (and physically) is going backwards. I ate pretty healthy before whole 30 so I didn’t experience the awful carb flu or any other bad symptoms at the beginning (or I just didn’t due to other reasons). I was seriously loving life. ZERO cravings for sugar or carbs, high energy, no snacking between meals, only 1-2 servings of fruit a day, etc. however after starting my period on day 20 it’s like I have been backsliding. Snacking on nuts and fruit between meals, 3 servings of fruit a day, and overall decreased energy. I also noticed I’ve stopped having NSVs. Could this all be because of my period? Has anyone else experienced this? I am still following meal template. Here’s an example of what I ate today: bfast: 3 eggs, half an avocado, half a sautéed pepper, 1/2 cup blueberries lunch: butter lettuce salad with grilled chicken, 2 tbsp sunflower seeds, tomato, cucumber, kalamata olives, and olive oil dinner: chicken apple sausage cooked in ghee with asparagus i also snacked on sunflower seeds, mango, and more blueberries. I just feel helpless to my sugar cravings and appetite which I didn’t feel at all in days 1-19. Feeling very opposite of “food freedom” right now
  8. I'm on day 12 of my Whole30 and am doing a good job with compliant meals, but I'm worried that I'm messing something up when I have an afternoon snack or after dinner snack. My afternoon snack is usually between 3pm and 4pm and consists of an apple with almond butter, veggies with sweet potato hummus, or a few olives. My after dinner snack is usually between 9pm and 12am and consists of a piece of fruit or a handful of mixed nuts (cashews and almonds) depending on whether I'm craving sweet or salty. I don't have both of these snacks everyday, but often enough that I'm starting to worry that I'm not following the rules properly since I recall that I should just have 3 meals, period.
  9. Lauren shriver


    So I'm still a little unclear on whether or not I am supposed to completely eliminate snacking. Not like crazy snacking just if I want an apple randomly can I have it or no because it isn't part of a 'meal'? All the snacks would be acceptable whole30 snacks like fruits or dried beet chips with only one ingredient (beets!). Are we supposed to only eat our 3 meals and nothing in between or what.. if someone could refer me to where it talks about this on the official website that would also be great. Thanks!
  10. kmgoreilly

    Day 1 Worries

    So coming to the end of the first day of my January whole30. There has been so much temptation already. My husband is a big "whole30" skeptic and isn't very helpful when I mention I cannot have something he is having. (He's a picky eater so my love of my new fav whole30 recipes, like cauliflower fried rice is not shared. He is also very pro-dairy, pro-rice and wheat). Also, I feel like I am snacking on nuts between all meals so I stay full. I feel this might be a bad sign? I work the next two nights: I'm a night shift RN so it should be interesting how cravings play out. I'm taking a lot of pointers from paleobailey although she just announced she's leaving her job to become a full time blogger. (Congrats Bailey!) I'm going to lunch with my family tomorrow (CAVA. Anyone have one near them?) and I am not sure how to approach ordering. Do I need to ask about seasoning on the meat? I hate to be that person...Does anyone go to CAVA and can you tell me what I can order?!?! Basically I just need to feel normal and feeling pretty abnormal.
  11. Hello! I'm partially through the book, and I'm planning to start my Whole30 this Saturday, 7/15. I'm trying to get some things straight so I can start planning appropriately. Here are my series of questions: Snacking. Maybe I missed it, but WHY no snacking? What's the reasoning/science behind that? I also saw in another forum post that you do not recommend eating fruit and nuts/nut butters together—why is this? And is that combo acceptable when eaten together in a meal as opposed to a mid-afternoon snack? What's the Whole30 stance on smoothies? Currently, one of my favorites is blending 1 avocado, 1 banana, lots of spinach (whatever I have on hand/can fit in the vitamix), and cacao powder with water and protein powder. The recipe usually gets me 2.5-3 smoothies in the 12-16 oz range. Is this okay to consume as a pre-workout snack? Or any other times throughout the day (like an accompaniment to breakfast or lunch)? I'm worrying in advance about the no snacking, as there's usually a long period of time between lunch and dinner. My job is dependent on deadlines, so I'm not always leaving the office once 6 pm hits. A 7 pm dinner is often a pipe dream. If I go too long w/out a snack, I start experiencing low blood sugar symptoms, and sometimes a painful, distended stomach. The distended stomach is something I’m hoping Whole30 might help, but still. I'm a worrywart. I do plan on meal-prepping, but any other tips, advice, suggestions, recommendations, or guidance? Thank you!
  12. I have recently been diagnosed with endometriosis after finding a whole bunch of previous ailments return after the birth of my son (i.e. once the endometriosis came out of it's pregnancy nap). One of the things I've found with the endometriosis is that I get really tired when I eat, and I feel sick and have tummy troubles if I eat too much in one go. And by 'too much' I mean more than about half of a standard meal. Because of this I eat really frequently, every hour or so. I know that with the whole30 you're supposed to have three big meals, but in my current state it just isn't going to work for me. Is it something I should push through (and potentially be really, really hungry for 30 days), or is it okay to let myself have the extra snacks because I can't eat enough otherwise?
  13. Pre-whole30 I would constantly graze and snack (on both healthy and unhealthy kinds). I am now almost at the end of my first week of whole30 but I realize I am still performing these bad habits but now with purely "healthy" foods (i.e. grazing constantly on roasted butternut squash and sweet potato that I made a big batch of this weekend). I think this is going against every reason why I decided to do Whole30 (lifestyle change, not just a diet change). Are there tips/suggestions for how to stop these habits? I need to stop thinking that grazing/snacking is ok just because what I am eating is "healthy".
  14. I know snacking is generally not recommended, but I'm finding it challenging to avoid, especially because of my work structure -- I work from home, so I don't have any kind of commute between when I eat breakfast and lunch and when I sit down to work, and I never like to be too full when I sit down at my desk, as that can tend to lead to cramps/discomfort. As a result, I try to keep breakfast and lunch lighter, which usually results in me having to have at least one snack a day -- one between breakfast and lunch, and sometimes one between lunch and dinner. Will that still undermine the results even if my snacks are Whole30 compliant?
  15. It's my second attempt of Whole30, today being my day 12 (last time - in Feb - I barely made it through 4 days...). I'm really proud that I've gotten this far, but I think I'm having problems with snacking/fruit. Sugar was my biggest problem before this because I was constantly rewarding myself with ice cream, chocolate, etc. after a tiring workday otherwise eating quite a little although carb-heavy). Since starting #SeptemberWhole30, at the moment I'm jobless and don't study either. I'm 23, living with my grandparents (doesn't make this any easier - you can probably imagine why - but I've made it this far), I'm 164cm and starting weight was 86,8kg (around 190lbs). From 2013 I've already lost around 44lbs/20kgs. Since I don't really have anywhere to go for work/study, I have a LOT of spare time. I think it's the main reason for my snacking problem. Till few days back, I allowed myself to eat dates (like, a whole pack a day) because it was "compliant". I'm trying to stop mindless eating / snacking, but now when I('m trying to) gave up the dates, I notice myself making smoothies instead (usually coconut milk/almond milk, banana, blueberries, sometimes a tbsp of some superfood green formulas). Like, imo, I'm eating quite enough regarding how sedentary I am (If you need to see what I've usually eaten, check out my instagram). I've also trying to drink tea (caffeine free) instead. My cravings are quite manageable, like, I can pass by all the goodies my grandparents are eating almost daily (I've honestly tried to get them with me with this but they're pretty stubborn with their habits), but I just have this craving to snack (nuts, dates, fruit mostly) even if I'm full, just eaten or not even really hungry. And idk if it's because of all the fruit or just the W30 working its magic that I still feel pretty much bloated and "gassed up". My skin is a bit clearer and my cravings are, as said, manageable, but that's quite a lot about my nsv's. So, I'm asking you, for any tips or words of encouragement...?
  16. Turnerstuff

    Can't stop snacking

    I am on Day 16. doing so well - though this past weekend and today I can't stop snacking. I sit in front of a computer all day and have struggled in the past with a bad stress-eating habit but stopped during my 1st two weeks of Whole30. I feel like it's back now- the urge to eat all day! Today I had two lunches and a late afternoon banana and nuts and raisins, then started in again when I went to pack my lunch earlier this evening! What's wrong with me?? I love Whole30 foods. A lot. I think too much!
  17. katie_g

    Constant hunger

    I feel like I am eating alot.. but I dont feel satisfied long. Am I going to gain weight? I am doing this to lose weight and tone back my alchohol dependancy I am on day 5. Breakfast Banana. Avocado and salad with olive oil Lunch coconut tomato soup. Sweet potato.. shrimp.. and zucchini Dinner Pork yellow curry over kale.. like 2 cups! ! Then I had to fry myself a banana in coconut oil. Seems like alot of calories.. what do you think?
  18. So far loving my Whole30. On day 12 and I finally had a good run. I ran at regular speed but my HR was significantly lower than pre-Whole30, which is awesome for a distance runner. My concern is this, I'm recovered(ing) ED gal who has for the past 4 years had on and off bouts with stumbling back into bad restriction habits. The 4 days of my Whole30 I totally failed at the no snacking thing, even though my snacks were typically pre-workout they weren't template (normally a banana and some chicken or an epic bar). For the last 8 days I've been following the no snacking rule to a T. Except for once when I was at a work conference and lunch break wasn't for another 2 hours and I broke down and had half a lara bar because my breakfast had been 6 hours before and I totally couldn't concentrate. Other than that, no snacking. Anyways, I'm noticing that I'm starting to *enjoy* the empty feeling between meals and crave it, therefore my meals themselves are getting smaller and I'm getting anxiety about eating anything at all. For me, this is a trigger into a pattern of bad behavior. Just to verbalized it is a step and hard. Any advice? And yes I see a ED psychologist. I really really want to continue my Whole30 because I finally feel the tiger blood coming and I'm never bloated, no GI issues running, energy galore, sleeping like 9-10 hours a night etc.
  19. Hi everyone, I feel like I am eating enough for all of my meals... I make sure I have lots of fat, protein and vegetables and I feel satisfied at the end of the meal. But, I am still feeling hungry again after a few hours and find it difficult to wait for my next meal! AND I know it's hunger because yes, I am willing to eat steamed fish and broccoli (as the Whole30 email suggests to use as a test). Does this mean I should eat MORE during these meals? Or should I have a healthy snack? I don't want to hurt myself by overeating, because I know myself and I know I can eat A LOT and don't want my portion sizes to get too big. Let me know what you think! Thanks!!
  20. Hi! I'm new to this forum, so I hope I'm doing this right. I am on Day 7 or so of W30, and I find I am really hungry towards the end of the day. I exercise intensely first thing in the morning (Insanity). I prefer to work out on an empty stomach. I have eggs and veggies with some fat for breakfast post-workout, but I'm just not hungry enough to hunker down with three eggs plus two veggies, etc. (I'm full after two eggs and some veggies). I have a filling lunch (chili, coconut cream "sour cream", veggies) and a comparable dinner (steak or chicken, oil-based sauce, veggies, maybe 1/2 a sweet potato or some small roasted potatoes). But I eat dinner early (5-5:30 PM) to get my kids down for the night, and I get super hungry three hours later, when I've still got a couple hours of grown-up time. I figure my body needs the energy, so I have a compliant snack. From what I've been reading, that's not recommended. Would I then be better off just having a small second dinner? I can forego the coconut, macadamia nuts, and raisins snack if I can have smaller serving of what I had for dinner. Thoughts?
  21. I'm on day 17 of my first whole30. I'm also a painfully chronic snacker. I used to get so hangry if I didn't have food every 2 hours that I carry food in my purse all day long, every day, no matter what. Breaking this habit is really proving difficult for me, and I wondered if you all could let me know if you think I'm on the right track? Yesterday I ate three snacks (my old habits). I'm training for a half marathon, and I ran 10 miles the day before, but I don't want to blame it on "runger" before asking someone else first. I read this forum all the time and I try to stick to the advice you all give, but I have a big problem with my "sugar dragon" too, so I'm wondering if that's connected to my snacking habit. I'm also just terrified that I'm eating too much. Here's what I ate yesterday: M1 (8:30 am): 3 eggs fried in ghee, 1/4 sweet potato with about 3 TBSP almond butter, 1/2 avocado, about 1 cup assorted sauteed veggies (carrots, celery, kale) Got hungry about 3 hours later. Snack was a larabar (I know this is a bad snack) M2 (12:00 pm): Trader Joe's chili lime chicken burger, 1/2 avocado, 1 hardboiled egg, side salad with carrots, sugar snap peas, greens, oil, and vinegar. Still hungry so I ate 2 handfuls of plantain chips and a tangerine. So hungry for a couple of hours, finally gave in about 4pm. Ate a banana and about 3 TBSP almond butter M3 (6:00 pm): bowl of homemade indian butter chicken and cauliflower rice (a friend made for me at her house). Had seconds. I was then still so hungry when I went to bed, but I denied myself another snack Is this really just the sugar dragon forcing me to snack? I try to eat eggs, sweet potatoes, squash, strawberries, or a green veggie for a snack some days but yesterday I was bad about the bananas and larabars. I love granola, oatmeal, and bars so much. I feel like without them I would be so unhappy. But if that's what is keeping me so hungry I can try giving it up all together next week. I would love any advice you all have. Thank you in advance.
  22. Hey whole 30ers! I'm on day four of my Whole30 and I find I'm still snacking! I am eating coconut paste, macadamias and blueberries for these snacks, usually twice a day. I thought I wasn't eating enough so today I tried to increase my food intake, and found I was still hungry after dinner. I ate: Breakfast 2 boiled eggs Spinach 2 slices of bacon broccoli 1/2 avocado Coffee with coconut milk Lunch Baby spinach Tin tuna 1 hard boiled egg broccoli 1/4 cup pumpkin/sweet potato Snack coconut paste Dinner Mince Vegetable bake Snack Coconut flakes Macadmias So, is it really not OK to snack? Could that be what's going to undo me and stop my weight loss goals? Thanks!
  23. I am always hungry. I am not sure if my portions are correct or not, but I cant stop snacking in between meals. Probably a dozen handful of cashews a day. I just finished day 4. I am 5'11 263 lb male. Am i doing this wrong?
  24. Getting2KnowMe

    Need an Extra Meal

    I work earlier in the day than a lot of people, and I don't go to bed very early. My sleep pattern is not an issue, I'm getting plenty of sleep. I just can't seem to get enough to eat. I have a Larabar, typically, with some veggies, water, and coffee for breakfast around 5:30am-6:30am. I work in PST and work with people in CST, so around 9:30am I start getting hungry again. I end up eating "lunch" between 9:30am and 10:30am, sometimes I can push it until 11am, but by then I am mighty crabby. Then I find that I eat something small between 2pm and 4pm. Typically this is nuts, fruit, another Larabar, or something along those lines. Finally dinner between 5pm and 7pm, depending on what I'm cooking and when I get hungry. I'm at a loss as to what to do and if it matters that I am not really on a "normal" food schedule. Has anyone else experienced this? What do you do to not eat between meals?
  25. Hi!! SO I am on DAY 12, (i had to restart TWICE due to my old habits getting the best of me and I ate a peppermint patty, and the second time I had some chai tea that had sugar in it without thinking) Anyway my skin does seem clearer, my ribcage seems to be getting smaller and I overall feel better about myself. TWO OBSTACLES I HAVE ENCOUNTERED: 1.I still have sugar cravings, when i wake up all i want is my normal smoothie with fruits or dates and cacao 2.I feel like I am eating TOO MUCH FRUIT. Its so easy to grab and when I am leaving the house in a hurry or out working out or sleeping out I always have fruit with me! Veggies too yes, but Its so convient to grab blackberries, or an apple on my way out or at home. What other things can I be grabbing (i know the formula for post and prework out mini meals) if needed, but I have trouble with it. What suggestions do you all have for eating too much fruit---and some good post and pre workout combos! Thanks so much! Happy WHOLE30!!!. P.S I just realized the salt i have been using has dextrose in it! I WOULD HAVE NEVER CHECKED SALT, but as i was cooking I randomly did. (any thoughts) I really cant start over again I have worked all way to hard and put countless hours into this to have to restart again!