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  1. 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!).
  2. Hello, This is the first time I've posted. Didn't want to but I really want this to work and I'm befuddled as to what is happening. I'm hoping someone may be able to give me some guidance or suggestions. I'm on day 22 and my head is still foggy, I'm tired, my skin is feeling itchy and dry and having the closest to a breakout in months and the bags under my eyes and dropped to new depths. I'm still feeling weaker than I did before I started the program. Yesterday I was about to rip a new one for anyone who dared look at me the wrong way. I thought this phase would be well and truly over. My friend, who said she felt amazing after a couple of weeks, is a bit confused too. A sample of a typical day's menu: Breakfast- coffee with cashew milk, ghee and coconut oil frittata with veggies, avocado and smoked salmon if I have them to hand Lunch- Baked potato - either sweet or white - tuna mayonnaise, lettuce, beetroot Supper- Whatever the family wants but a bit changed so I can eat it e.g. bolognese with zucchini spaghetti and veg. Chicken and roast potatoes etc... Before bed I have what we lovingly describe in our house as my disgusting drink - maca, cacao and spirulina mixed with water. I just drink kombucha, water and coffee (one or two cups daily). I stopped drinking kombucha a couple of days ago as my friend thought it could be the sugar that is causing issues. I use a lot of ghee and I'm wondering if maybe I'm making it wrong but I sieve it well using 2 pieces of kitchen paper and the ghee is completely clear once drained. If anyone thinks they know what I'm doing wrong or have any suggestions or tips I really would love to hear from you. Thanks so much, Helen
  3. I just joined this group because the comments I read in other posts were so helpful and encouraging. This is my first a Whole 30 and I am on Day 19. The last few days I wake up still tired and my head feels cloudy. Any thoughts?
  4. Hello. This is my first time doing Whole30. I have fibromyalgia and a gluten allergy. I am on Day 9. ALWAYS when I eat I get incredibly cranky, dizzy, and tired to the point of not being able to stand up. Since starting this diet ALL of those problems have gone away. I’ve had so much energy, I don’t get dizzy and cranky when I eat, and I haven’t taken any involuntary naps after eating. Until today. It’s come back and I’m looking for advice as I’m scared, because I was so relived everything was going well. For context, I haven’t slipped or cheated. Last night I ate out for the first time, I had unseasoned boiled chicken and green beans and broccoli at Applebee’s thought. Today my menstraul cycle started. And what I just ate was chili lime chicken breast Cobb salad recipe from the Whole30 instagram. 20 minutes after eating I got extremely dizzy and cranky. I got so tired I couldn’t stand. I had to lay down and legitimately fought to stay conscious and couldn’t. This hasn’t happened since I started the diet and I desperately don’t want it to start again because it’s scary. If anyone has been through this or has any idea what’s happening to me, I’d really appreciate the input. I was really happy being healthy for once. Thanks
  5. Hi Everyone! I am on Day 16 of my 3rd Whole 30, and I have very little energy and have been in a brain fog for the past 5 days. Overall, I feel like I definitely eat enough and drink enough water. At each mealtime I feel full at the end, and although I don't keep track of the amount of water I'm drinking, I drink several 32oz bottles worth during the day. My hunch is that I'm not getting enough fats and carbs in my diet, but I thought I would tap you all for all of your wisdom. My meal template for the past week has been as follows. My breakfast is the same everyday and I always eat leftovers for lunch. Breakfast Everday: -3 Eggs -2 Turkey Patties Dinners: -Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie with ground beef, carrots, onions, green peppers, garlic and carrot plus a salad with olive oil and vinegar -Chicken with green beans/almonds and potatoes with ketchup -Chicken Salad with guacamole/almonds/raisins -Corned beef and cabbage, carrots, and potatoes with ketchup -Moroccan beef with cauliflower rice, raisins, almonds, apricots, and onions -Chicken with prosciutto and asparagus, sweet potatoes and ketchup -Ground turkey with coconut milk curry and sweet potato noodles -Beef with tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, carrots -Beef with potatoes, carrots, onion, fennel and asparagus Thanks for your help!!!
  6. I have been a sugar hog for as long as I can remember. But started W30 12 days ago and haven’t had any cravings or desire to cheat (made a decision to do this and I will). Here’s the problem. It’s Day 12 and I still feel like crap. I am pretty much always an upbeat and energetic person, happy-go-lucky. Now I’m cranky, so tired I can hardly drag myself out of bed, apathetic (even I know my affect is dull and distainful), and just feeling overall like you know what! Please tell me there’s not something wrong with me. My general breakfast is HB egg, avocado, cutie or banana with some nut butter, salsa/grape tomatoes; lunch is salad with olives/oil/vinegar, chicken or salmon, apple or cutie; dinner is a little protein, salad with oil/vinegar. I’m not hungry. Why no Tiger Blood for me. It almost wants me to go back to my old ways except I don’t want to because I know better. The only thing I know that I don’t do enough of is drink water. I drink 1 cup of coffe in the morning and prob about 16 oz water in a day, but that has always been my way...I never drank a lot. I’m 66 years old, 5’ and 200 lbs. Highest weight ever, all belly/thighs. I know it’s bad and I want to live to see grandkids. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
  7. 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
  8. 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)
  9. Hi All, I'm on day 8 of my Whole30, my husband and I are doing it together. We've been having some issues of late and I am looking for some help... we are gassy all the time, and I mean ALL the time. Neither of us have had what you would call "normal" bowel movements in the past 2 days either. Nothing we are cooking sounds good. I tried making my own ranch dressing for salads- hated it. I've not been able to swallow sweet potatoes without gagging. Literally just give up halfway through a meal because I can't get it down. I'm really really tired. We've been sleeping well, probably getting about 8 hours a night and falling asleep and waking up easily. But during the day we are SO tired. I find my mind wondering and I can't focus. (I was sugar conscious before Whole30 and don't find myself craving sweets too much other than the occasional piece of fruit or larabar if I am hungry) I'm achy, the tension in my shoulders and neck have been off the charts since starting the whole30 I've been keeping a food journal about what I eat (not how much) and a typical day is as follows: Breakfast 2 hardboiled eggs 1/2 chicken sausage or 2 scrambled eggs salsa avacado with tea or coffee+coconut milk Lunch (dinner leftovers) chicken roasted broccoli roasted sweet potatoes bananna Dinner lean burger + bacon avacado roasted brussle sprouts roasted potatoes Snacks only happen once in awhile and usually consist of apple and almonds hard boiled egg and raspberries larabar Any ideas what could be wrong? Are we doing something wrong? Any advice would be much appreciated!
  10. 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.
  11. Hey all, I’m on day 21 of Whole 30 and struggling with a few issues. Background: I’ve had horrible constipation issues since my 20 month old was 1 month old. My midwives had me taking 4-5 calcium/magnesium supplements per day that were giving me very soft/loose stools all through pregnancy. I stopped them when my daughter was 1 month old because I feared calcium supplementation would throw off other vitamins/minerals in my body. (Lots of info online about it, but I don’t have specific links.) When I stopped taking them, I started experiencing horrible constipation. I just had zero urge to go whatsoever. When I would finally go, the stools were huge and hard. They tore me open and brought me to tears. 3 months later I cut out dairy with no change. About 7 months after that I went paleo with very minimal improvement. In December I completely let loose and was eating anything and everything with no significant reaction to anything. I’ve been Paleo for about 9 months now (aside from the December mayhem) and this is my first whole30. I wasn’t getting any relief about 2 weeks in, so I started taking alcohol free Swedish bitters, adding sauerkraut to my diet (about 1/4c throughout the day) and a probiotic supplement at night. I drink kombucha but I worry about the sugar dragon so only once in a while right now. I also take magnesium malate during the day and magnesium glycinate at night along with triphala powder. I’m still not going regularly but when I do go, the stools are difficult to pass and “sandy,” like lots of small particles floating around that do not look like undigested food. I also have unbearably foul gas in the afternoon but mostly in the evening. It seriously could clear a neighborhood. I wasn’t having this gas before whole30. Im also ridiculously exhausted. I stay home with my child and do childcare and there are times when all I can do is lay on the couch. Walking up the stairs is impossible. Not always though, sometimes I get bursts of energy that I can’t explain or connect to any certain food or meal. I am 5’5 and 117 lbs. I have pretty small hands (1”x3”x4”) and I do my best to follow the meal template but I’m wondering if I need to add or subtract something. I’m also still nursing my 20 month old about 3-4 times per day and all through the night. I do maybe 20 minutes of cardio exercise 4 days a week and although I said above sometimes I can’t get off the couch, I am far from sedentary due to having to look after the children. I’ve lowered my fodmap intake but not completely eliminated. Here is a typical day: breakfast (7am): 3 eggs, 3/4c hash browns, 1c kale all cooked in ghee lunch (11am): 1 can of salmon mixed with mayo and herbs, mixed greens (~4c), fried plantain lunch (2pm): 1 chicken breast, 1c potatoes, 1c kale (potatoes and kale cooked in ghee or coconut oil) Dinner (6pm): 2 slices of meatloaf, 1.5c chard, 1.5c roasted beets (again all cooked in ghee or coconut oil) i go to bed at 10 and wake up at 6:30 or 7 every day (though sleep is interrupted due to nursing) I use at least 2T of cooking oil at every meal but I don’t add any additional fat. My meals often seem pretty heavy and oily. I usually have a healthy appetite before each meal, but I’m not starving between or anything. I’ve read about enzymes and hcl but hesitant to use them because I know your body can stop making them and that concerns me. If anyone has any other insight I would be so appreciative!!
  12. So I am coming up on the end of my 3rd week of my first round of Whole30. I know that there is a patch where you will have an energy drain in the beginning, but I'm wondering how long that lasts? I've had an issue with being overwhelmingly tired where I could sleep 12 - 14 hours at a time, longer if I let myself. After a battery of tests which all came back negative, the cause of the extreme sleep is unknown. This was one of the reasons I turned to Whole30, wondering if what I was eating at that time was the cause. I will say, that since the first week, even though I am so tired I could sleep for 12 hours, when I'm awake, I am awake. I don't have the fog, or disconnected feeling I would frequently get which I think is a huge improvement. I'm just curious if the lack of energy could continue for the whole 30 (no pun intended) days? Typically, my breakfast is 2 hard boiled eggs, a mix of carrots/mushrooms/onions and fruit (an apple, orange, pear, mango or banana). Lunch could be chicken breast/lean beef/lean turkey cooked with onions green peppers and mushrooms, and fruit. With dinner typically the other half of what I made for lunch, or could be an omelette with fruit. Protein portions are the size of my palm, with double the amount in vegetables. I'm not a snacker, but on the rare occasion I have that urge, I'll usually snack on a cup of vegetables or fruit. I'm planning on doing a second round after this one finishes, only because I'm actually enjoying it a lot and really want to make sure that I'm clean before I start to slowly reintroduce things. Just want to make sure that at some point, the need for 12hrs of sleep or more will go away lol
  13. Hello everyone! Today is my Day 5 and instead of Kill All the Things, I'm a little more Tired and Headachy and No Energy. I would normally attribute this headache to "didn't have coffee yet" or "didn't sleep well" but I've had my daily cup of black coffee and I slept like a baby last night. Did the day 6 fatigue kick in early you think?
  14. Hi, I'm in day 17 of the whole 30 and I am still feeling very tired. Feel like I can nap at any time. Also had tummy problems since Day 10. Is this normal? I'm eating higher quantities of meat, veggies, fats, nuts and smaller portions of fruit. I'm eating enough, haven't been hungry. I've really felt the difference of the whole30 while exercising & sleeping, but not in other times of the day. I do not have any medical condition, always been healthy and my energy has been normal. What can I do about this? Because I don't want to be sleepy at work for the next 13 days left. Thank you!
  15. Leighdarilek

    starting tomorrow - sept 22

    i turn 40 in late january. i just had lower spine surgery for nerve/spine issue in march. my body won't let me do the things it used to. i don't like the way i feel in my body now. i'm single. i hate cooking for one and not good with leftovers. i tried this once and didn't see much of a change like everybody also gushes about. but, i don't know what else to do, so going to try again.
  16. Haiii, I'm Kelly, 41, loving life, just tired all the time! Yes, I agreed to do the whole30 with my baby sister! Positivity is my best quality! Going into this change knowing I'll succeed. Looking forward to not thinking about food all the time.
  17. 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.
  18. Hi - First off, thank you for manning the forum and helping me complete my Whole30! Greatly appreciated. Secondly, I searched the forum but couldn't find an entry that matched my question so I hope I’m not missing something…. I'm on day 5 of the Whole 30. I ate pretty clean before starting (no refined sugar but honey and maple syrup, no caffeine, some carbs, but I did eat dairy). I had the stomach flu 4 days before I started the Whole 30 and am having the following problems now: Not sleeping well at all. I LOVE to sleep but I am having a hard time falling asleep at night and staying asleep even though I’m tired during the day. Days 1-3 I felt pretty good but had a bit of nausea randomly throughout the day and felt a bit weak Day 4 I felt really tired and pretty weak (as in I normally can carry around my 30lb toddlers no problem but I got tired just picking them up). I have had a really low appetite and having a hard time finishing all of my food Day 5 (today) I’m beat. I have a slight headache, but it’s the nausea, diarrhea and lack of appetite that seems odd to me. For breakfast I’ve been eating at least 2 eggs, compliant bacon or sausage, ½ a sweet potato, and fruit. For lunch I try to eat a green salad with lots of veggies, eggs, grilled chicken and an apple with cashew butter (or whatever was leftover from dinner the night before) For dinner I eat either fish or meat and a veggie and fruit or green salad. I’m just not very hungry or excited about any foods that I’m eating, so I’m not getting much food in. Do you have any thoughts on what could be causing the diarrhea, lack of appetite, nausea and sleeplessness? Are these normal whole 30 side effects on day 5? Thank you for your input! Amy
  19. Hi there! I've read through a number of the previous posts on being tired/fatigued this far into the Whole30 and it seems that perhaps I should get a "judges ruling" on what we are eating. Both my husband and I are doing the Whole30 and have concurred that while we are sleeping better and more soundly through the night, we both still wake up feeling fairly tired. I don't get the afternoon crash/sleepies like I used to, but do feel sort of an overall tiredness or fatigue and it's SUPER difficult still to wake up in the mornings. Tiger Blood, in any format, seems elusive at this point. It's weird to wake up knowing I slept through the night and slept soundly and be so tired. Sometimes on our walk (let's use the word "workout" judiciously here) I think that I'm not even sure I have the energy to make it home. And I promise, we are just walking around our neighborhood after dinner - this isn't significant exercise. As the meals are considered: yes, we are salting - I saw that last week and while I was a regular salt-er while cooking, I've been more conscious about it since. I also try to make sure to eat some kind of fat at every meal...and said to my husband last week, "if the answer is to eat more food - I do now know how I can accomplish that... I eat and am full with what I eat now." We're currently out of avocados...he's going to the store tomorrow. Water consumption: maybe 72 - 84 ounces of water, depending on the day, which is less than 1/2 ounce for my body weight. Breakfasts: pretty much daily: 2 eggs in some form, breakfast potatoes, and 2 or 3 sausage links or breakfast meatballs: ground beef or pork, mashed sweet potato, kale, onion, maybe salsa or aioli if I remember - this makes me full and I'm only starting to get hungry around lunchtime. Also, black coffee with 2 - 3 tbsp of coconut milk Lunches: leftovers from dinner usually - something like: one or two chicken thighs, broccoli with vinegar and olive oil and/or veggie sticks with aioli, OR big salad with sardines (the whole tin) on top (lettuce, carrots, radish, olives) OR bowl of chili with avocado and side of collards OR chorizo/sweet potato frittata with side of broccoli (see above) or same veggie sticks with dip OR hamburger patty (from I heart Umami) and same broccoli and/or veggie sticks -- Usually what I eat holds me until dinner time. One day it significantly did not and I increased quantity of food and fat the next and it was better. Dinners: Teriyaki Chicken (ate 2 thighs) with broccoli (tossed with sesame oil) and cauliflower rice (tossed in coconut oil) with small side of almond butter Zoodles with puttanesca sauce with shrimp (ate 1/2 lb of shrimp) and salad with significant vinegar and oil dressing Chicken-apple Sausage/sweet potato/kale/onion hash (2 bowls) Hamburger patties (ate 2) with oven roasted potatoes, broccoli, half an avocado Chorizo/Sweet potato frittato (ate 1/4th) with zucchini, salad, half an avocado Baked chicken strips, salad, zucchini-carrot fritters with aioli I have been taking pictures of most (but not all) of our dinners if that seems like it would be helpful. I'd appreciate any insight or encouragement into the meals and the last 7 days before reintroduction. We can see some small NSV - but also two nights ago we both said that we don't currently feel much different than when we started. So we'll see how we feel during reintroduction and see if we feel better now than we realize. Thanks so much!
  20. I'm on day 20 and have yet to have this Tiger Blood that the book talks about. The first 2 weeks were tough. Sore joints, tired, wanting a cookie. Now, the cookie craving is over, joints dont hurt anymore but, I'm still exhausted. I'm sleeping as much as I can but with 2 small kids, that's sometimes hard to do. I was tired before but it feels worse now. Any advice is appreciated. Here's a sample of what I'm eating: breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs and veggies (cucumber, carrots, celery, radish). black coffee lunch: salad (romaine, cucumbers, carrots, celery, kale), 1/2 a chicken burger, light olive oil & white wine vinegar dinner: chicken with curry and cauliflower rice (recipes from book), cherries drinks: mostly water and some sparkling water, plus black coffee
  21. I am 25 days in and I don't feel better. I am still tired and my stomach still in upset...a lot. I constantly want Tums (but I don't eat them). I don't really have heartburn but my stomach hurts. I started the diet hoping to ease it, my thoughts on the culprit: Too much coffee - I keep my caffeine under 300mg because I'm nursing, but I do drink decaf Too little sleep - but I do get 7-8 hours per night. Stomach ulcers - What is it food or could it be H. pylori Is it possible the food that has been bothering me still hasn't had a chance to clear?
  22. So I have been extremely tired throughout the day since day 11. I'm now on day 16. I do have a 6 month old and 6 other children who sometimes wake me up at night, but it's never made me feel this fatigued before. Is this something that will go away? I've been waiting it out for 5 days now, thinking it would go away. I would totally take naps during the day being a SAHM and everything, but I just can't fit it in most of the time! :-( My usual day: BF- 2 eggs with chopped onion and peppers or squash + avocado and a fruit or yams AM Snack, fruit Lunch- leftovers from dinner (meat with veggies) PM Snack- Nuts & raisins Dinner- last night was butternut squash soup with chicken pieces. (YUM!) I had 2 bowls.
  23. Hi all, I'm on Day 10 and feel more exhausted than ever. My workouts have been very challenging due to this fatigue and I'm worried that I am wasting my time and it will not get better. I've seen some posts with people saying "It's going to get better!" but other people have said they felt this way the whole time. Will the Whole 30 actually work? I'm starting to get concerned. Here's a sample of what I'm eating: Day 5 (Friday): Breakfast – Scrambled eggs w/ mushrooms and spinach, 2 mandarins Lunch – Tuna w/ avocado oil mayo and spaghetti squash Dinner – Cabbage rolls, cauliflower rice, carrots, banana w/ almond butter Day 6 (Saturday) Breakfast – Chicken sausage and veggie skillet, melon Lunch – Cabbage rolls, cauliflower rice w/ coconut, carrots Dinner – Buffalo chicken spaghetti squash casserole, broccoli (1/3 16 oz bag frozen), banana w/ almond butter Day 7 (Sunday) Breakfast: Buffalo chicken spaghetti squash casserole, broccoli (1/3 16 oz bag frozen), melon Lunch: 1 cumin/cinnamon chicken breast, ½ coconut crusted chicken breast, baked sweet potato and asparagus Dinner: Pork loin w/ mushrooms, cabbage, cauliflower rice, banana/almond butter Day 8 (Monday): Breakfast: Egg bake – 2 eggs, 1/6 lb 93% lean ground beef, mushrooms and spinach; melon Lunch: 1 cumin/cinnamon chicken breast, ½ coconut crusted chicken breast, baked sweet potato and asparagus Snack: Hard boiled egg and carrot Dinner: 3 Cabbage rolls, cauliflower rice, 1/3 pkg frozen butternut squash Day 9 (Tuesday): Breakfast: Egg bake – 2 eggs, 1/6 lb 93% lean ground beef, mushrooms and spinach; melon Lunch: 3 cabbage rolls, cauliflower rice, 1/3 pkg frozen carrots Snack: hard boiled egg Dinner: Pork loin w/ mushrooms, cabbage, cauliflower rice, banana/almond butter I'm trying to up my water intake, and I'm also dealing with cold symptoms which is not helping the cause. My sister is also doing the program and is having trouble. How much longer before I worry that it's not working?
  24. astrid8659

    Sadness

    Hey all! im on day 8 of the whole 30, this is my first time doing it, and im finding my energy to be pretty low, im having a hard time concentrating, and im pretty blue. Its this normal? I know there is a withdrawl period, and that is never easy- but im wondering if there is something i can do - or if i should be concerned. thanks so much
  25. First off: I posted a week or so ago about this topic and no one answered. PLEASE HELP! I'm on day 24 and I'm thisclose to throwing in the towel. My diet hasn't changed throughout the entire thing--eggs, avocados and veggies for breakfast, chicken, chicken sausage, pulled pork, meatballs and lots of veggies for lunch and dinner, fruit and small handful of nuts for snacks--all compliant with the food template. Drinking lots of water and tea. And I am feeling SO sick. This morning came to a head when I made my boiled eggs and avocado breakfast and almost vomited it up. My stomach is constantly churning, my body aches, my head is killing me and I'm exhausted by the end of the day. It feels like my entire digestive system is revolting against me, and I don't know what to do... please, someone help... I can't do this.