Tasha30 Posted September 7, 2019 Share Posted September 7, 2019 Hello everyone! This is my very first attempt at Whole30 and I started today! Sorry for the super long post! A little background on me is that I am a 30 year old (as of Aug, 6th) graduate student who is in my last year of my Doctor of Physical Therapy program. I have eaten almost exclusively processed and sugar laden foods for most of my life as I was a VERY picky eater up until I did a 3 month study abroad in France in 2015. My family lives off of microwave dinners, pizza, McDonalds, Taco Bell, Arbys, and Burger King so I have no idea how to really cook. I'm pretty sure the only reason I'm not overweight/obese is because of my faulty hunger cues (more on that later). My palate has expanded since my time in France and I am eating a wider variety of foods than before, but my diet is still heavily processed since I'm a poor college student, I have poor cooking skills, and processed food is cheap. I also have an enormous sugar dragon that is going to make this VERY difficult. I decided to go on the Whole30 because my life has been lived in constant fatigue and I'm probably a form of malnourished; my weight is normal for my height, and I don't look malnourished, but the constant fatigue, sluggishness, brain fog, few and far between hunger cues, barely managed anemia, and other unpleasantness that I feel indicates that I probably am. I'm tired all the time and I feel like my short term memory is very poor which has been making my time in my doctoral program especially difficult. My blood pressure has also gone through the roof since starting the program (160/100 at the highest) and that's a stroke down the line if I don't get it under control. I'm hoping that I will see improvement in my energy, mental clarity, anemia, and blood pressure first and foremost with improvements in my body composition and acne as bonuses. My first day on the program has been....... so-so, not a fail, but not a win either. So far my first and only meal of the day was 1/4th of the spinach frittata recipe found in the Whole30 book and one peach which I had around 1pm. I had a banana tonight around 9pm, so in that respect, I've stayed compliant and on the program. I know this is not good as I should be having one 3 meals in the day, but I haven't felt hungry (hello messed up hunger cues) and didn't have the ambition to get in the kitchen and make any other food. As I said earlier, my family lives off of fast food so I have very few kitchen skills which means any recipe take AGES for me to make. Even recipes that are supposed to be quick and easy end up taking at least an hour for me. Because I tend to not feel hungry, I just don't eat if I don't feel bothered to make anything which is what happened today. I'm hoping that the Whole30 will fix that problem as I'm sure I'm not eating enough to fuel my body which causes me to be so tied all the time. If I'm too tired then I will ALWAYS sleep instead of eat, which just creates a vicious cycle (I can easily sleep 12-15 hours at a time if I let myself). I'm pretty sure sugar and carbs are all that have been propping me up, so this is going to be brutal. I was going to do the 7 day meal plan that is listed in the book since I'm totally clueless in the kitchen and have no idea how to cook/pair anything to make a meal, but after buying the ingredients for day 1-3 I was floored by the price tag and I've decided that I can't afford to follow that plan. I don't cook so I had to buy EVERYTHING that would probably be in a normal person's kitchen already. The only things I did have prior to starting are a bunch of kitchen gadgets like a food processor, instant pot, and other things from my last attempt of "eating healthy and changing my relationship with food" of a few years ago. Due to grad school my time and budget are very limited; I only work one day a week because school eats all time, so I rely on student loans for most of my expenses. That being said, any tips, tricks, and advice you guys have that can save me time and money are greatly appreciated. For example I learned on the forum today that you can roast half a spaghetti squash in the instant pot which will only take around 10 minutes instead of an hour like in the book, so that was pretty good to know! Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from all of you and learning how to eat, live, and feel like a human being. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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