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I'm on day 13 of my first Autoimmune Whole 30. I started because I have crohn's disease and have been really ill / 50% bedridden for the past year. I've been 100% compliant food-wise, been doing some gentle yoga and walking when I feel up to it. I was tired before I started, but would have patches of energy, especially in the morning. But the past couple of days I feel tired to my bones, like my body is too heavy to hold up.

 

I haven't been sleeping that well (because my tummy gets me up several times a night) and I might have eaten a bit less because I feel too tired to eat. Just getting out of bed feels like the hugest effort. Is this normal? Is this what the "tired" stage in the whole 30 timeline is supposed to feel like? Has anyone else had this? I've felt like this on days when my illness has been really bad, so I'd like to be reassured! I'm not having any other recurrences of crohn's symptoms, just this lethargy. Help please!

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I would say this is not normal for a normal Whole30. But yours isn't going to be normal because of your illness. I would probably advise you to check in with your doctor to make sure something unrelated to what your eating isn't up.

 

Things to check on generally when you feel fatigued at this point in W30 is increasing starchy carb intake and food intake in general. Not sleeping well of course is an obvious reason you feel so tired. If you posted a few days of your food log I might be able to give you more specific advice.

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If you ate sugar regularly before this whole30 I wouldn't personally be surprised by this feeling for someone with an impaired immune system... it is common for those previously burning carbs and sugar from frequent meals for energy rather than burning stored fat from reserves and from whole30 compliant less frequent meals. My tiredness peaked at day 12 and by day19 I was back to normal or better. Beth's suggestion of increasing starchy veg and perhaps adding (extra) fruit should help.... I think berries are a good choice for AIP???

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I am also on the AIP protocol and super tired.  I'm on day 9 and I just don't know how much longer I can walk around this exhausted.  I have colitis (although it is in remission) and SIBO (which is well managed with Paleo eating).  I think when you have an autoimmune disease and you stress your body like the whole 30 does, your body just shuts down.  This is my theory anyway.  I don't think anyone with a normal and healthy gut can compare their whole 30 to that of someone with a digestive disease.  Even with a "remission" digestive tract it still will never function like a normal healthy tract on a whole 30.  I'm going to keep going for a few more days at least and if I see no improvement with my exhaustion, I'm going back to straight Paleo.  Have you tried just a Paleo diet without all the guidelines fo the Whole 30?  It may just be a Paleo diet with snacks and smaller meals allowed would be easier to aide in the healing of your intestines.  I did that initially for a year, and it helped incredibly.  I only decided to do a Whole 30 because i fell off the chocolate wagon.  Good luck with whatever you decide!!

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I am also on the AIP protocol and super tired.  I'm on day 9 and I just don't know how much longer I can walk around this exhausted.  I have colitis (although it is in remission) and SIBO (which is well managed with Paleo eating).  I think when you have an autoimmune disease and you stress your body like the whole 30 does, your body just shuts down.  This is my theory anyway.  I don't think anyone with a normal and healthy gut can compare their whole 30 to that of someone with a digestive disease.  Even with a "remission" digestive tract it still will never function like a normal healthy tract on a whole 30.  I'm going to keep going for a few more days at least and if I see no improvement with my exhaustion, I'm going back to straight Paleo.  Have you tried just a Paleo diet without all the guidelines fo the Whole 30?  It may just be a Paleo diet with snacks and smaller meals allowed would be easier to aide in the healing of your intestines.  I did that initially for a year, and it helped incredibly.  I only decided to do a Whole 30 because i fell off the chocolate wagon.  Good luck with whatever you decide!!

 

I know this thread is old, but for any newcomers to this topic:

 

I'm going to respectfully disagree with some of this, from personal experience. I have Crohn's disease and with time, patience and clean paleo eating I have been able to go completely medication free (apart from a 24 hour flare every 18 months or so when I make a string of poor food choices). It is harder to do this with a disease or digestive complications, but not impossible. My "remission" digestive system functions the same way on Whole30 as anyone else's. The key is to give the program a chance to work and to do what's necessary (though it may be hard) to give yourself the best chance at success.  

I'd recommend starchy veggies - make soup of them if that helps - and easy to digest protein to get your food levels up where they should be.  If it takes several meals, or more than 30 days, then so be it. But the change can happen if you let it.

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Robin,

Ive been reading several of these IBS/crohns/ulcerative colitis threads and i just wanted to tell you that i really appreciate your input on a lot of these conversations. I am on day 34 of my whole30 journey and trying to just make this way of eating a lifestyle with the hopes of controlling my UC without remicaid. While i know every body is different, your expressions give me a glimmer of hope that it just may be possible.... Thank you.

-April

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