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Day 4 and feel terrible (start date July 6)

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So my first day of the program was July 6 and I have to tell you it has been one heck of a struggle. I have been off gluten/soy for 8 years due to medical reason but the dairy/caffeine/wine is killing me. I love cheese!!! I use to drink 6-8 diet cokes a day as well as red bull. I am doing well so far, but two things:


1. When will I no longer be starving. I am use to have two snacks a day and only eating 3 meals is hard but I am doing it.

2. Today I feel crazy dizzy, I haven't experience this before so just want to see if this is normal?


Any advice will be appreciated.

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Guest Andria

We need to see what you are eating to be able to help you out.  Please post 2-3 days worth of meals including portion sizes; water intake, exercise, sleep.  You are only on day 4 and it can take some time to adjust especially if you have cold turkey cut out the massive amount of caffeine you were consuming.  Have you though about weaning yourself off caffeine with caffeinated tea or coffee?


Your two concerns indicate you are likely not eating enough.  1. You should in no way shape or form be starving.  2. dizziness is a result of underreating, but could also be too low of an intake of carbohydrate and or fluids.

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Could you list what you've eaten the last couple of days, with approximate serving sizes? It's possible you're not eating enough. You're never supposed to be starving. If you're truly hungry, it's okay to eat, but have a mini-meal of protein, fat, and vegetables. And if you need to eat between meals, you're not eating enough at your meals.


Dizziness is further evidence that you're not eating enough.



Your meals should meet the meal template. That means

  • 1-2 palm-size portions of protein (that's the length, depth, and width of your palm). If eggs are your only protein source, have as many whole eggs as you can hold in your hand
  • 1-2 thumb-sized portions of fat -- don't count the fat you cook in, as most of it stays in the pan and isn't consumed. The meal template discusses equivalents for things like olives, avocado, and nuts and seeds.
  • 1-3 cups of vegetables -- aim for 3. And more if your vegetables are all raw leafy green stuff, as they go down to nothing as you chew, and tend not to stay with you as long as more substantial vegetables.
  • Occasionally, have a serving of fruit.

Most people benefit from having at least one fist-sized serving of starchy vegetables each day (potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips, rutabagas, beets, plantains, winter squashes like butternut, acorn, or spaghetti squash, carrots, jicama). People who are prone to depression or anxiety, those who are very active, and women who are nursing, pregnant, or in the week leading up to their period often need more.

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