sid8580 Posted August 14, 2014 Share Posted August 14, 2014 Greetings. This is my first post here, and I apologize if it's redundant, looking around and some similar threads. It's day 20 of my first Whole30. I was inspired to do this for a number of reasons, like my wife who is a big champion of paleo eating (which is partly necessity for her due to a dairy allergy and celiac disease), reading "It Starts with Food", reading Mark Sisson's blog, and working out in a Crossfit gym where clean eating is smiled upon from a performance standpoint. Most importantly the science seems to be there. I'm not doing a Whole30 for weight loss reasons, to cure hormonal dysfunction, or to beat out bad eating habits... I'm doing this simply because I wanted to experience the potential of my highest physical functioning as impacted by food. The idea got in my head that maybe I don't know what optimal feels like, because I've never really eaten optimally for an extended period of time, and that it couldn't hurt to simply allocate 30 days to finding out.The thing is... it's day 20 and all I can think is, where's my tiger blood?! I know the timeline of what to expect is not exact. But I'm having the following issues: 1. Stress levels are unusually high. I'm having trouble managing it when I normally wouldn't. There aren't any particularly unusual stressors in my life presently (beyond the typical). I woke up shaking this morning, don't know why. This has been going on for several days. 2. I have almost no appetite. Eating is a matter of pure survival, that I have to remind myself to do, because my body usually won't. I haven't enjoyed food in some time. 3. Exercise doesn't make me feel good anymore, which doesn't help #1. I barely have the energy to do it (Crossfit). 4. I've had diarrhea for about the last 10 days. And constant gas. My coworkers are eventually going to kill me. 5. My mood and attitude are in the toilet. I feel hypersensitive, unable to reason clearly, and my attention span is almost nonexistent. 6. I can't perform in the bedroom. This has NEVER happened to me before. VERY disturbing.7. All I want is some %$#!ing pizza. The first 10 days of this, I had no trouble whatsoever. Now, with each passing day I want fried, bready, cheesy, fast food even more. I thought by now I'd actually feel good, maybe reach a new plateau of health/energy/mental focus I hadn't yet seen and that would be a motivating factor in making it through. But things are feeling quite the opposite.I get enough sleep each night, and I eat pretty well per the program's rules. I don't know if it's encouragement I need, or I'm doing something wrong, but as it stands I'm counting the days until I eat some crap foods again (in moderation) and the world once again becomes a happy place.Suggestions welcome Thanks in advance. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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