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  1. 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)
  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. Hi all! I'm going to bring this up with my doc next time I go, but Any insight here would be appreciated: Yesterday was my grain reintroduction- I had a piece of Ezekiel toast in the am, bread in the afternoon, and pasta with dinner. I felt some bloating but nothing major and no other symptoms. Full disclosure: I also made the mistake of eating a small bar of non-dairy chocolate, which I'm pretty sure caused a pretty bad headache. Today I went back to my Whole30 regimine but was noticeably shaky, weak, and empty only a few hours after breakfast and lunch. I felt a little better each time after eating a small snack. I used to have this type of "spell" with increasing frequency leading up to my Whole30 (it was one of my motivating factors to try w30), but haven't had this problem in weeks. Is this a blood sugar reaction to the sugary candy bar or perhaps the wheat products I ate yesterday? Even though the effects came on the next day? Or is this a gluten sensitivity? Are those linked somehow? I also have autoimmune disease (Hashimoto's and RA)-- not sure if they could be a factor.
  4. Hello, Thanks in advance for your help. This is day 14 of my first Whole30. I have been feeling so fatigued and weak. Even the phone feels too heavy. Another minor issue is the bad taste in my mouth and I'm SO thirsty. I drink at least 60 oz water per day. I am wondering if I am not eating enough fat to give me energy or protein. I am small boned, 5'5" and 120lbs (at the start), 50 years old. Goal was to reduce inflammation issues: tendonitis, bursitis, sinus congestion, and these mysterious red dots under my eyes. If I don't have a lot of body fat and don't take enough in, would that cause the fatigue? If I cook potatoes in butter and meat in oil, is that then enough fat for a meal? If I eat a hard boiled egg, does that have enough fat within it to cover the fat requirement? A thin-cut pork chop can be palm sized but so can a filet minion that is 2" thick. I'm really not sure how much meat to eat. I started out eating bigger portions but after re-reading the template and in the forums about bad taste in the mouth I increased starchy veggies and decreased protein. I have been hungry and snacking between meals. In the first week when I was eating more meat I was able to make it without snacking and loved that freedom. Typically I am a grazer (which I was told was a good thing once upon a time) but I find it annoying to have to always have food with me or have to stop to go get a snack. Here are some examples of what I've been eating: Day 12: 7:30 Ginger tea w lime Breakfast: One fried egg, sweet potato & onion hash, sausage pattie, snap peas snack: handful of cashews Lunch 11:30 chicken hoisin on salad (about 3/4 C chicken) snack: apple w 2 tbs almond butter Dinner:Pork Chop (1/2”) broccoli, sweet potato , handful of blueberries Day 11: 6:30: hb egg Breakfast/pwo: two fried eggs, cashews Pwo: sweet potato (1 whole) and pork sausage (~3" pattie) Lunch: chicken hoisin (3/4 C) lettuce wrap w snap peas Snack: Apple w almond butter (2 TBS) Dinner: steak (~4oz), tossed salad w balsamic, kale w prosciutto(sauteed in butter) Snack: handful blueberries, 1 slice apple w dip of almond butter Day 9: Breakfast: two eggs over spinach (1 C sauteed) Lunch:green goddess soup (1 C) w potato(1/4c), chocolate chili(1 Cup) with squash (~1/4 C) Snack: Apple w almond butter, Rxbar Dinner: shepherds pie(compliant - 1/5 of 9" pie pan),salad w balsamic Snack:pistachios w raisins I really appreciate your assistance!
  5. Started my Whole 30 on Monday. Yesterday and today In the late afternoon my body is crashing. Had to take a nap yesterday. What gives?
  6. Day 6: Tired and really weak

    Today is day 6, so far so good. I find myself getting really full really fast at each meal, but it holds me over to the next meal so I am not too worried about it. I really need to find a different option for breakfast other than eggs, and some mornings I just can not stomache eating vegtables at breakfast. Other than breakfast meals are going okay, but I do need to experiment with other veggies instead of the basic green beans, brocoli, carrots and peppers. I was thinking by this point I would start getting my energy back. Today I woke up tired, and went to bed early last night because I was so tired. I also feel really weak. My arms get tired brushing my hair, my legs tired walking up a few stairs. I My last run was more of a walk, I felt like my legs could not move. This is not normal for me at all! Help! Shannon