LisaLulu Posted April 22, 2014 Share Posted April 22, 2014 I started my first whole 30 on April 9 (I'm on day 13 now) before learning about this forum. I'm a 36 year old mother of 2 daughters (4 1/2 and 22 months) and am still breastfeeding the youngest one 4 times a day. I am a normal, healthy BMI/weight but have been suffering from dizzy spells/exhaustion/nausea since having my second daughter which I am pretty sure were from blood sugar. I also was constantly bloated and gassy from something I was eating. I also couldn't drop the last 5 pounds from my second baby and while eating very well during the day most days I was starting to eat junk almost every single night once the kids were in bed (frozen pizzas, take out, chocolate, chips, ect). I found myself thinking about food/healthy eating way too much but not actually doing anything about it. When I realized that summer was just around the corner I figured a whole 30 would be perfect to clear up all those issues. My first few days I was REALLY hungry, but the bloating disappeared right away and I found I had more energy and was sleeping better so I stuck through it. Aside from cravings I didn't really get any of the horrible side effects until a few days ago when I felt nauseous and dizzy because I didn't feel like eating much anymore. I realized I was just sick of the foods I was eating so I got through that by thinking of new things to eat and feel great again. I plan to fully do the reintroduction when the time comes so I can rule out certain foods once and for all. I suspect it's not any food in particular but digesting starch that is my issue. I don't miss eating starch with meals at all really. This time has really helped me evaluate which foods are 'worth it' and chocolate is definitely the big one! I never thought I was an emotional eater because when I'm upset I lose my appetite, but I've realized the feeling I tend to fix with food is exhaustion. I crave treats or junk food when I'm tired at the end of the day or when the baby is napping. I've replaced that with a cup of herbal tea. Sitting and relaxing with a hot drink gives me the same 'ahhhh' feeling as a treat did in the past, aside from cutting the starch portion from most meals that is another habit I want to keep. The food prep hasn't been as bad as people have said because my husband is paleo already and my kids eat gluten free, plus we have no money so I'm used to cooking everything from scratch already. It actually feels like less work now that my blood sugar has evened out because I don't have to eat as often and also don't have to worry about getting dizzy from having to wait to eat because we're out or my kids need me first. Now when I'm hungry I just want food, but that can wait when it has to! Today I realized I'm getting close to half way. I have all my Easter chocolate tucked in a drawer for some day in the far off future, the stuff lasts for months so I'm in no rush. It will be a novelty to eat it at a time of year when it isn't available to anyone else. I am going to draw out my reintroduction (dairy, potatoes, rice, corn, oats, sugar, legumes, gluten) so I can rule out which I need to cut for good (if any). I want to be able to have a slice of cake by my daughter's birthday on June 16 though I survived Easter dinner because by some miracle every food except the mashed potatoes whole compliant. It was so easy to say no to those when I had a big roast beef, bbq chicken, salad, carrots and fresh fruit to feast on. I was doing this with a friend but she dropped out yesterday (Easter was just too much for her) so hopefully I can find people here to keep me motivated instead. Anyone else start around the same day? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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