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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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)
  5. 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
  6. 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!
  7. 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
  8. 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?
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. So at lunch I had squid salad and a large pear. I felt sort of bloated after (maybe it was too much, not sure). I'm now a little tired and its about an hour later. I had quite a bit of energy before lunch. Could I just be bored? But I swear I think its the pear (and it rhymes). I didn't eat a pear with the salad yesterday and I was fine. Energetic to the point of being a little annoying. I read about FODMAPs and wondered if anyone had some thoughts about that or experiences with it. Thanks!
  16. Tired.Tired.Tired

    Hi all! This is my first 'complete' Whole30. I'd eliminated most things (except alcohol) prior and for the most part, it's been relatively simple. Yet, I'm on day 9 and I'm still really tired. I do o.k. once I'm up and moving - I usually go to the gym first thing. Yesterday I went to they gym and had to take a nap before 10:00 a.m. Today, I had a really hard time getting up. Weirdly enough I had what I think might be a Tiger Blood day on Day 3. I hope that comes back soon! Thanks for your support! Mary
  17. Ok, so I've passed the 2 week mark. Still waiting for ANY benefits from whole 30, and all I have is frequent hunger and always feel like I need a nap. I can't work out like I normally do, because I feel so weak and tired. I'm making efforts to get enough protein, even with my established pescatarian diet; LOTS of eggs and fish fillets. Today I broke down and weighed myself, because I just needed some sign that all this deprivation was doing some good. Haven't lost a single pound. What's going on? Am I doing something wrong??
  18. Day 8, Day 8.

    Okay so I'm officially at that "want to sleep all day" phase. I am so tired...at the worst timing. I have finals starting in a couple days. Yup, sounds about right. Why can't that "tiger blood" come right about now? I'm also having that "am I really going to make it 30 days?" mindset. I'm only/already on day 8 but I feel like 22 more days is crazy long. I feel like I've been doing this FOREVER already and I'm only a third of the way through. Not the best feeling. I'm still on track and have been creating new food items. I'm enjoying that aspect but man do I want some ice cream right about now. Day 8, not the best.
  19. Hi everyone I've been lurking on the forum for the last 3 weeks, but I thought I'd reach out today since I'm feeling so rotten at the moment. I had really bad withdrawals in week 1 and when they passed I felt so great and so positive but over the last 2 weeks I've gotten so exhausted and my digestion has gotten a bit iffy too. Twice I've woken up with headaches so bad that it feels like I drunk half a bottle of tequilla the night before. Both times I'd eaten out the day before so may have inadvertently eaten something non compliant I guess, but I'm not sleeping well and it's really starting to get me down. My meals are invariably eggs for breakfast (4 eggs, onion, peppers, spinach, ham or prosciutto and sonetimes avocado and tomato too), lunch is either leftovers or salad with fish and homemade mayo or avocado and dinner is usually some kind of meat dish either including coconut in the sauce, or served with mayo, a portion of veg and often sweet or white potatoes. I've only eaten out 4 times in the last 3 weeks. I don't get hungry, i love almost all of my meals and I'm losing inches (I wore jeans on Friday that didn't fit 4 weeks ago), I just wish I had more energy. I've had visitors every weekend since I started, so I took Thursday and Friday off work to relax incase it was just a lack of downtime but it's made no difference. I keep waiting for tiger blood to hit but I'm worried that I'll get to the end and still be shattered Thanks in advance for any advice K Xx
  20. Hey Whole30ers.. For some reason I did super great the first 2 weeks, and now I find myself feeling worse. I don't like to say worse, but I feel like I had more energy and felt great the first 2 weeks and now I'm smack dab in the middle and I'm having more cravings and less energy. I have a little bit of a tension headache and I'm just not feeling great. A little bit dizzy and just not right. Like I need more food but I can't eat.. but I'm hungry. Sounds weird right? I've been eating Fats, proteins, fruit, veggies.. all balanced whole 30 meals. So strange. Any thoughts? I'm drinking water.. just not as much as i'm used too.. I can't even stomach drinking water.
  21. I am on day 8 and have been spoiled because up till now I felt almost euphoric, energetic and happy. NOW I am grumpy, short tempered and tired, I even allowed myself a cup of coffee at 3, which I haven't done till now, trying to limit to two in the morning only and it was going good. I hope this doesn't last long, not that I plan on letting it stop me! How long to the "bad days" usually last? Or should I be looking too day 15 for some relief?
  22. So, Day 13 -- still hardcore missing oatmeal and greek yogurt with honey over the top, but that's another thing. I am so tired. Exhausted. I slept for almost 10 hours last night, and woke up this morning in a sort of daze, even though I ate really well and completely yesterday. Had a decent breakfast (4 deli turkey slices with leftover roasted veggies drizzled in olive oil and an apple) and a good lunch (heaping handful of turkey meatballs with pesto over more roasted veggies -- sweet potato, asparagus, brusselsprouts, and onions). I was running some errands and I was still feeling pretty groggy, and on the way back, I dozed off behind the wheel -- closed my eyes for two seconds, but next thing I know I'm slamming on the brakes and hitting the bumper of the guy in front of me on the freeway. His car was fine, and I lost a few plates off the front of mine, but no one was injured thankfully. I just couldn't stop crying afterwards -- here I am, doing everything in this program as right as I can, and still feeling exhausted and run out and miserable. On top of that, this whole thing has seemed to make my depressive episodes and my anxiety worse; I get stuck in terrible negative thought spirals, and the obsession over what I can/can't eat seems to be taking me back to my disordered eating habits, which I've worked hard to get away from. I keep waiting for the magic to hit -- I want to stick with this program, I only have another 17 days, but I am tired and miserable and sad and I feel like I could fall asleep standing up at any moment throughout the day. I feel like I should be past all these things by now. I'm doing everything by the book (and I'm working REALLY HARD to cut back on my fruit snacking, though I'll still eat an apple to hold me over from lunch to dinner sometimes), and I don't understand why nothing seems to be working. I also still have the headaches that I got every few days before I started the program -- nothing head-splitting but enough to be a nuisance while I'm trying to work. Please advise.
  23. I'm on Day 26. I am very happy with my results to this point. The only problem I have is that I crash at 2 or 3 in the afternoon. At that point in the day I have no energy. My mind is tired and I am just running out the clock at work. I feel like I am eating enough food. I feel like I get some energy after lunch, but have this problem none the less. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
  24. Hi! I hope this question hasn't already been asked--I scoured the forum and can't seem to find this specific one. It's day 24 for me and I am having a really hard time waking up in the mornings. I go to bed around 10pm, but waking up at 7:30 or 8 is a struggle--which doesn't seem right to me! My energy throughout the day seems fine, it's not through the roof or anything, but I'm definitely not super lethargic. In terms of my sleep quality, I have to wake up around 2am every night to go to bathroom (super annoying) even if I haven't had anything to drink for hours before bed. Other than that, I sleep pretty deeply. Here's a sample of what I'm eating...(I stick to this template most days--protein, starchy veg, and fill rest of my plate with green veggies) Meal 1 (eaten within the first hour of waking, around 8am) *green beans and 3 sunnyside up eggs (both cooked in about a tsp of coconut oil each) a cup of baked sweet potato *1 mug of black half-caf coffee (sipped on slowly throughout the morning from about 10am-1pm) Snack (around 12:30pm) *banana and apple, sometimes with a hard boiled egg Meal 2 (around 2pm) *big salad with olive oil and 1/2c baked chicken Meal 3 (around 7pm) *burger patty over greens with olive oil and sweet potato fries This is my 4th round of whole30 and I upped my carbs significantly this round as I notice I feel much better throughout the day, my mood is more stable, and I have energy to exercise. I just can't figure out this sleep thing! I wondered if my hormones are off, and read about doing a "leptin reset", but havent seen any whole30-ers doing it and wondered if it's kind of gimmicky. Thoughts are very much appreciated! Becky
  25. Hi --- I think I had a reasonably successful Whole30 so far (this might be my 3rd... last one was about 2 1/2 to 3 years ago.) I don't find them too extra difficult....once I make up my mind to do it...it all falls into place. I'm going to keep going because I'm still having some days where I'm just really tired. Like so tired I want to drop down and take a nap. I'm thinking the cause of this must be something I ate --- so I'm going to try to pay more attention to that & what the culprits might be. Today I had one of those crashes ... and I am attributing it, I think, to cacao. I just bought Crio Bru and had some of that this morning --- and I put the cacao in a green smoothie (which, I know Smoothies aren't ideal or endorsed per se, however I don't do them very often -- for that very reason.) It had some blueberries and avocado in it as well. It might be the carbs in these items that made me feel so tired...? Also, I did do something I wasn't supposed to do in the first 30 days... which was track what I ate in a calorie tracker.... so I'm not going to do that for the next 30 days. I did that because I wanted to have a general awareness & consciousness of what I was consuming. Actually, I might still need to do this... b/c I want to know what makes me crash. Last week I had to take a nap after eating a sweet potato and dehydrated apples (there was protein & broccoli there too... but I think the sweet potato and apples knocked me out.) I'm hoping with the completion of a Whole60... that I will feel greater energy levels.... and more consistent energy.... and avoiding the days where I "crash." They're pretty bad. I have to lay down and sleep for a couple hours. Otherwise... the positive results of the Whole30 thus far has been -- my skin looks better, brighter & better texture; better moods overall (I battle depression and I believe diet is a large part of it), better energy levels & better sleep (I feel like I sleep more deeply & less tossing and turning that I felt I was experiencing.) I traded in coffee for tea and that generally makes me feel better... I don't like it when I feel like I need coffee, and I also think coffee might make me crash and make me tired in the afternoon. I think I've heard it spikes insulin levels. Also I think the acid is bad for me. Not sure all the specifics, but I like giving up coffee. Thanks for reading & any thoughts.