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Hi, I'm on day 7 of my whole30 and feel progressively worse everyday. I started for 2 reasons - 1. I have ulcerative colitus, and am looking for a way to control it though diet and 2. though years of flares, I've become overly reliant on carbs and sugar for energy - time I've spent feeling so unwell that the only thing that appeals is jelly on toast, and I think that's had a psychological effect on my 'need' for carbs and sugar. (Worth noting, though, that I was no flaring when I started).


But I just feel awful and so frustrated. I'm training for a marathon, and I suck at running since I started. I feel constantly light headed and sick, and because nothing else appeals I'm eating too many nuts and dried fruit (I know, I know - tell me how to stop). My stomach feels almost as bad as when I'm having a UC flare, and I look about 5 months pregnant. Plus, I live in Greece i.e. carb and legume heaven. It is *so* hard to find complient food here - and I cannot get my hands on a sweet potato no matter how hard I look. (On the plus side, incredible olive oil!!)


I'm searching for some tips, some encouragement, reasssurance that I'll feel better soon, because I am so close to just throwing in the towel, eating some jam and bread and actually being able to enjoy my long run today...


Thanks all. :)

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Hi sleepyrunner & welcome to  Whole30

It's not unusual for training to suffer in the first two weeks until your body becomes fat adapated and can more easily tap into your fat stores as fuel.

That said, the feelings of light headedness & nausea that you describe would lead me to believe you are not eating enough, so it would be helpful if you could post a few days worth of food/liquid intake along with sleep/stress/activity levels so we can take a look to check you're on the right track.

As far as finding compliant foods is concerned what is it you're looking for? The vast majority of us cook all our meals from scratch (sauces, mayo etc included), and having lived in Greece for many years I know there are great markets & an abundance of good butchers in every town/village - and a great selection of fish/seafood too. Plus you've got some great traditional dishes like kokoretsi made from organ meat & spices that are so tasty & so so good for you. And those olives.....!!!  :wub: 

Other than meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables & some fruit there is really very little else that you need.....

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OK, so, here goes yesterday


M1: 3 eggs, bacon, avocado, black coffee, almonds, pumpkin seeds


pre-run fuel : larabar


during run (18miles): larabar


post run: orange, dried figs, almonds


M2: 3eggs, salad, olives, olive oil (a lot), avocado, chicken breast


M3: soup, egg, baked potato, dried figs

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You're eating a lot of sugar in the form of bars & dried fruits, and this is not going to help your body become fat adapted I'm afraid.

The recommendation for preWO is a lean protein & fat - so something like hard boiled eggs, or some chicken & mayo works well here, and for postWO we recommend a lean protein & starchy carb - the favourite here is chicken & sweet potato but all sorts of combos will work. Avoid fruit post WO as it replaces liver glycogen when you want to be replacing muscle glycogen, and avoid fat postWO as it will slow down absorption of the protein to your muscles when you need it most.

You might want to ease off on the nuts/seeds a little too as these are notoriously hard on the digestive system.

Your meals look a little fat heavy & very light on vegetables - switch one of your fat sources in each meal for vegetables - the recommendation is for 1-3 cups per meal, with 3 being optimum.

Fat can take a lot longer to digest so it may well be causing you to feel nauseous & run slowly.

Hope this helps!

Did you do the Athens marathon yesterday by any chance?

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...Feeling incredibly bloated and uncomforatble today...

Those nuts & bars could be causing that - you should feel better once you cut those out & up the protein...

In the meantime make sure you're getting enough water on-board.

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