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Day 24 and still waiting to feel good.


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I am on day 24 and struggling with still just wanting to eat chocolate. I ate a bar a day (35 grams of sugar), and occasionally two,before beginning the whole30. I pace around and am agitated. I’m at home with a 3 yr old and 5 month old (and breastfeeding) and life at home is more stressful than I would like. This diet has opened my eyes to how I was using chocolate to cope, instead of dealing with stress and making changes. We have made some huge changes, like having a bed time routine (kids are asleep now at 7:15 instead of 8:30-9 when we would go to bed). My husband and I have time together for really the first time in 3 years. There is a little space opening up in my life for inspiration/me-time, but I am feeling frustrated by just wanting chocolate, still. I had 2 days of feeling the boundless energy (days 6-7) and I thought, “wow- if this is the reward, I can give up all my food behavioral addictions.” But that promptly passed and for the past 2+ weeks, I’ve been feeling just like before I started: baseline crankiness and fatigue. My husband is doing the whole30 also, and we’ve been enjoying cooking new foods. I thought we were pretty healthy before- not very much processed stuff, organic veggies, local grass-fed meats- but we ate a lot of starches and then there was the chocolate problem. Am I really going to feel better if I stick with this? We also gave up caffeine (though my only source previously was chocolate). I’m exercising 2x/week (spinning for 45 min). I take prenatals, plus Vit D and fermented cod liver oil. Sleep has been disrupted for 3 years, though our baby actually sleeps pretty good, so I’m waking only 3-4x/night for a few minutes. I think I’m in need of a little hope. Yes- I realize the diet isn’t going to fix everything, but even if it increased my energy level a noticeable amount, I think I’d be happy. 


My food today:

M1: 3 eggs, 1/2 avocado, banana

Snack: smoothie (almonds, apricots, coconut milk, raspberries)

M2: raw root vegetable salad, left-over pot roast

Snack: baked "pizza" with cauliflower crust, sausage, vegetables and seeds

M3: fish, broccoli, green salad

Snack: olives (about 10), raisins (1/2 cup)



M1: egg-sweet potato fried thing another egg on top, salsa, sour kraut

Snack: a few spoonfuls of coconut cream (unsweetened), bell peppers dipped in guac (lots)

M2: soup: tomatoes, chicken broth, hamburger, zucchini, onion, cauli, green peppers.

Snack: 2 smoked sausages (no sweetener or artificial anything), coconut water

M3: pot roast (beef, potatoes, carrots, onions)

Snack: bowl raspberries

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As a nursing mom, you can definitely eat more than the three recommended template meals. Instead of the snacks, have at least one more full-sized meal, and if you're still hungry and need something between meals, have a mini-meal with at least protein and fat, and ideally some vegetables, rather than just fruits or nuts. 


Having fruits or smoothies is really just going to feed your sugar cravings and keep you craving more sugar. Instead, focus on having 1-2 palm size pieces of protein at each meal, 1-2 thumb-size servings of fat, and 1-3 cups of veggies. Have fruit with or immediately after a meal, not on its own.


Making sure you're eating enough, and reducing the sugar spikes that having fruit on its own can cause, should help your energy levels. And I see that you are eating some starchy vegetables, but if you increase what you're eating and still feel like you're lacking energy or are still having cravings, you could have a serving of them at each meal and see if that helps.

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Thank you so much Shannon for the feedback and thanks Tulipgirl for the encouragement. I will stop with the fruit as snacks and start eating 4 meals a day. That sounds nice. I actually felt better today, after only 1 day of adjustments. Yay! This is just what I needed- a little hope and a little more energy. 


M1: egg-sweet potato fried things with 3 eggs on top

M2: carrots in guac, 10 olives, another egg-sweet potato thing, pomegranate

Snack: 1 1/2 sausages, handful of raisins

M3: Soup: potato, kale, carrot, sausage with chicken broth

M4: Repeat soup

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