oldhousejunkie Posted August 5, 2014 Share Posted August 5, 2014 Hi folks! I'm on Day 5 of my first ever Whole30. I'm not into killing things right now, but I'm bloated and feeling sluggish. Of course the feeling sluggish is the reason that I'm trying Whole30. I'm tired all the time. It doesn't matter if I get 7 hours of sleep or 10 hours of sleep, I'm tired. So tired that usually take a nap during my lunch break and/or when I get home at night. So I'm hoping that Whole30 will pull me out of that because I want more energy. I'm 32 and have no kids, so why am I tired all the time? I've been to a host of doctors: my thyroid is on the low side of normal, so they won't treat it. I have hypoglycemia which I hope Whole30 will help get under control in terms of the insulin roller coaster that I'm usually on. I have anemia but I take iron and it seems to be controlled for the moment. I was so tired of being tired and not getting any kind of feedback from my doctors that I figured a food makeover was the only way. I have been playing around with Paleo since the beginning of the year, and initially I felt amazing! I''m a runner and found that I had more energy and was running better. But I had gradually gotten back into eating sweets and grains. I tried to refocus but I just couldn't so I'm hoping that Whole30 will get me back on track. With all that being said, I'm a bit worried after reading other people's posts on here. I really hate vegetables or rather there are very few that I eat. Basically spinach (baby spinach in a salad), cucumbers, green beans, and snap peas. But I love fruit and so I've been shooting for two veggies a day and I've been supplementing with fruit for snacks. But I'm worried that I may be eating too much fruit and eating too much in general. I woke up bloated today which seems to be a couple of days before that phase kicks in. I should note that I am eating small amounts of cheese (but not other dairy). Cheese has been a way for me to stabilize my sugar levels in the past; plus I love it and it's never caused me stomach issues. And Mark Sisson says that it's OK for Paleo/Primal if it doesn't cause you gastro distress. I know Whole30 and Paleo are not the same thing, but they seem to intersect in my brain for some reason. I know there's a psychological element to Whole30 too, and while beneficial, I kind of don't need it since I've been toying around with this way of eating for awhile. I know what's bad for me and what's not. Here's a sample of what I'm eating: Breakfast: Turkey bacon, egg, and cheese "muffins" (this is a recipe that uses coconut flour. I know baking projects are supposed to be off limits, but given my tiredness issues, getting up early to cook eggs and turkey bacon is just not in the cards for me) Small glass of OJ (no sugars or sweeteners added) A big glass of regular unsweetened tea (a must to keep my from headaches since I don't drink coffee. I actually drank hot tea with milk and lots of sugar before starting Whole30) Morning Snack: Small apple with TBSP of almond butter Lunch: Roasted Chicken Baked potato with salt Cucumber cherries Afternoon Snack: Larabar (I try to reserve this for days that I run) Afternoon Snack II (usually when I get home from work at 6pm): A handful of cranberries, almonds, and cashews Banana Dinner: Pot Roast with red potatoes and carrots Evening Snack: Cottage Cheese and no sugar added strawberry jam So I'm relying too much on fruit? That was yesterday's meal plan. Over the weekend, I felt like I was constantly grazing instead of eating full meals (with the exception of breakfast--I do make eggs, turkey bacon, and OJ on the weekends). I know everyone is different but I terrified of gaining weight. I'm 5'7 and 175 lbs. I carry it well (most people are shocked that I weight that much) but I've been way lighter too. Like in college I only weighed 132 lbs though I got up to around 160 by the time I graduated. I'd like to see 160 again though my absolute goal weight is 150. When I went on Paleo, I dropped down to 170 but also counted calories (and have been using a phone app). Of course I stopped when I started Whole30. So I could be psyching myself out. I'm not particularly sedentary--I run a lot of but because it's summer in the south, I'm only logging 10 to 12 miles a week right now, so my cardio is down a bit. I hit the gym 2x a week for weight training and I'm trying to fit in either pilates or yoga as well. So I'm not sedentary. I sometimes I wonder if I need to be on a low glycemic diet more than Paleo or Whole30. I'm not even looking to reintroduce foods after the 30 days are up (except limited amounts of dairy...and the occasional hard cider or cocktail). Any thoughts or guidance would be appreciated. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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