I'veGotThis Posted April 12, 2016 Share Posted April 12, 2016 I'm trying to figure out why I felt so much better early in my Whole30, and why the last few weeks have been much worse. I did a Whole45, eliminating nightshades in the last 15 days and then reintroducing them. Then I started the fast roll introduction, but have suspended it because I am feeling worse every day. While the nightshades and legumes I reintroduced could be contributing, the problems with energy actually started well before I made any of those changes. I think I felt better in the first few weeks because I was eating fewer carbs in the form of sweet potatoes and fruit. I know both are fine on the program, and the sweet potatoes really helped me stabilize energy and feel full until lunchtime. But now I'm feeling as depressed and tired as I was before I began the program. Plus, the roar of my sugar dragon has been deafening lately. typical food intake: breakfast--half a sweet potato, ghee, 1/4 lb. sausage or else 2 eggs, guacamole (1/4 c.) lunch--5 oz. chicken or 4 oz. tuna or 6 oz. salmon; mayo, celery, toasted almonds, about 7-8 grapes late afternoon--apple, 1/4. c. almond butter dinner--one palm-size (or a little more) pork tenderloin, berry chutney w/mayo (3 T.), cauliflower/carrot/currant salad (1/2 c.) (For a couple weeks I was eating a normal sized sweet potato at breakfast but I noticed I was tired afterward, so I cut back to half in the last week.) I've scoured the forums for other people feeling tired, and one piece of advice I see frequently is to add more carbs. In the past, though, eating low carb has meant more energy and mental clarity for me. The problem is that low carb is hard to maintain, and the increase in carbs (sweet potatoes) did help me get from one meal to the next with little or no snacking on nuts inbetween. I was really liking that on Whole30 I could have sweet potatoes and fruit. One other pattern I've noticed in feedback about fatigue is that people often recommend more protein. I thought I was getting enough, but as I look at my typical day, I wonder if it's enough. Thanks in advance for any feedback or advice. I appreciate it. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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