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Day 30 and I'm still so tired


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I am on Day 30 of my first Whole 30, and I have followed it to the letter. My clothes feel looser, my skin is clearer and I don't feel bloated or puffy anymore. But I am still exhausted all the time. I sleep about 9 hours a night, but still feel an urge to nap in the afternoons, and am ready to fall into bed around 9 each night. Working out is also harder than it was before.I don't drink any caffeine, so I know that's not a culprit.

I'm planning to extend my Whole 30 to a Whole 60 to see if the energy magic kicks in. Any insight/ advice?

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Breakfast: baby spinach, 1 cup Mel Joulwan's chocolate chili, 1 egg friend in olive oil

Lunch: 2 cups curried zucchini/ leek soup (my recipe, with coconut milk), 1 cup chicken salad made with paleo mayo, pecans and raisins

Pre-workout meal: 1 grass fed beef stick

Post-workout meal/ dinner: Nom-nom paleo Thai green chicken curry (including roasted kabocha squash), cauliflower rice


Breakfast: 2 eggs fried in oil in artichoke heart cups

Lunch: leftover Cauliflower rice with a handful of baby spinach added, 2 Applegate Farms chicken/ Apple sausages

Afternoon snack: lemon Larabar

Dinner: grilled ribeye steak, roasted potatoes, "BLT salad" with pea shoot greens, avocado, tomato and bacon with EVOO and lemon juice

Any advice?

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It's hard to tell portion sizes from what you listed, but my hunch is, you're not eating enough.

- Spinach wilts down to nothing. You'd need to eat a huge mixing bowl portion to be satiated.  For other vegetables, aim for 1-3 cups per meal.

- avoid combining a post workout meal with M1, 2 or 3.  Have post workout of protein and optional carb within 30 minutes after your workout, and then your full meal sometime afterward.

- drop the Larabars. Those are emergency food only on a Whole30.

- when eggs are your sole protein, the serving size is the number of whole eggs you can hold in one hand without dropping them. For most folks, that's 3-4 eggs.

- cooking oil when sauteeing is negligible, as most of the fan stays behind in the pan. You may need to add more fat afterward to compensate.

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Thanks, GFChris. One additional question - I work out at 5:30-6:30, and then go straight home to dinner. Would you still recommend trying to squeeze in a post-workout meal in between? I go to bed at 9 and don't want to eat too close to bedtime. Also, I'm a single Mom who works full time so changing my workout time isn't an option.

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