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Hi all,

I'm really new to this and really battling.  I am generally a really healthy eater and exercise well but I decided to give Whole30 a try to see if it improves my gut, my skin, my mental health, sleep and if it will help my excessive hot flushes and sweating (part related to nerves and part related to potential menopause).

I am on day 5 and I am shattered.  I am struggling with running.  My legs just don't carry me and I feel drained.  Below is an example of my food for the day.

Can anyone help me?






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Keep in mind that if you were previously eating a lot more carbs (whether that is sugar or pasta or bread or even beans) than you are getting on whole30, it can take up to two weeks for your body to adapt. During this time, your workouts may feel sluggish. That's normal and should change once you've adapted to eating this way. Take it easy, do some sort of workout when you normally would but don't worry when it isn't your greatest workout ever. If you need a day off from working out to rest, that is ok, or you could do a day of stretching or something else light like that for a little bit of a break. (You're aiming to become fat adapted, a brief explanation of this is here:  https://www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-it-mean-to-be-fat-adapted/)

It's hard to tell portion sizes from this, but if your meals are keeping you satisfied 4-5 hours at a time, they're probably big enough. I don't see much fat listed, it is important to have a serving or two of fat with each meal.  You might also read this article and see if maybe you need to add pre and post-workout food:  https://whole30.com/2019/02/whole30-pre-workout-post-workout/.

If you do need a snack, rather than fruit on its own, try to have a combo of protein, fat, and vegetables or at least two of the three. Have fruit along with a meal, where it's less likely to cause blood sugar spikes and drops.

(Meal template can be downloaded here if you need it: https://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/)

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