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I have colitis and ankylosing spondylitis, I've been gluten free for 2 years and never use refined sugar and try to avoid most dairy as I'm lactose intolerant. I got pneumonia 3 mths ago and since then, I slacked off on sweets (starbucks 1-2 a week etc) and added alot more rice, fries etc. and ice cream.. I hated how I was feeling (I needed to use my medication again, and had gut issues again) so I started the Whole 30 10 days ago today (Monday the 24th). Because I was already not eating alot of the "bad" stuff, the transition wasn't that hard, snacks were the hardest and not eating something, anything before bed is the hardest.


I didn't experience alot of the day 1-7 symptoms/feelings but I am feeling bloated/constipated which I see are part of the 8-9 day symptoms.. but I've just been soooooooo tired. It's that that I'mconcered about. Is it related to my body adjusting or unrelated?


I feel like when I am having a flare up and my immune system is in overdrive.


Any reassurance this is normal will help :)



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These types of symptoms are generally related to your body adjusting.  However if you would like some concrete feedback please let us know what your meals have looked like for the past few days.


For instance if you are eating a lot of raw veggies - it could be giving you some issues.

If you eating a lot of cruciferous veggies (ex: broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage) that could possibly be giving you some distress

Or if you are eating a lot of nuts.  Nuts are well known for causing digestive distress.


If you are tired - try eating a starchy veggie with your next meal.  I usually notice that the first 10 days you should be consuming at least 1 to 2 starchy veggies a day to feel optimal.  Starchy veggies are: potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, parsnips, beets,  turnips, basically any root vegetable.

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I wasn't eating enough protein before so the extra meat/eggs/shrimp/fish is new and I have alot more veggies in each meal now.


All my veggies are cooked and I don't eat cruciferous veggies because I never tolerated them, but I have been eating pumpkin, sweet potatoes, zuchinni, celery root, spinach, avocado, acorn squash.


My meals yesterday were:


Breakfast: 3 slices of smoked salmon, 1 small homemade breakfast sausage (pok/spices) and about 1 cup pumpkin "pudding" (1 large can pumpkin, seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg, 1 mashed banana, top with almond meal and coconut oil)


Lunch: plaintain chips with guacomole, stir fry with zoodles, shrimp (10) garlic, onion, hemp seeds and spinach cooked in avocado oil


afternoon snack: green tea smoothie with 1/2 banana, green tea, cashew milk (1 cup), hemp, 1/2 avocado


supper: meatloaf meatballs 8 small (beef, carrots, onions spices) served with homemade tomato sauce and celery root mash (cashew milk, clarified butter)


Thanks :)

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I see some good meals there.


I also see room for a few tweaks.


Did you make the plantain chips yourself? Remember, any commercially made (or even homemade deep fried) chips are out during your Whole30.


Your Pumpkin pudding is technically compliant but it's treading a wee bit close to a paleo-fied treat.


Maybe this was an atypical day, if not try to include a few more leafy greens or another green veggie like broccoli.


Smoothies are strongly discouraged for any reason while on your Whole30. Increase the size of your meals and you shouldn't need a snack. Your digestive processes need time between meals, and snacking interrupts that.


Keep up the good work. You can do this!

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