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I am on Day 17 of my first Whole30. One thing I've discovered is how very serious my insomnia is. I guessing I was using alcohol to help me get to sleep and without that, my sleep is mostly brief and my attempts to fall asleep torturous.  I also just discovered that I have been inadvertently eating sugar in snack that I though was whole (mini LaraBar).  I haven't even had that many of them (5 over the course of the past 10 days?), but I'm aware that I'm supposed to start all over again.  I just don't know if I can keep up with this lack of sleep. I have tried plenty of sleep aids and techniques, so please don't think I'm green with this decades long problem.  I do have an appointment with a sleep specialist next week.  So really I can say one good thing coming from the program is that it got me to see how bad the problem is and to seek help.  My question now: Should I really keep up with this before I get my insomnia straightened out?  And oh my goodness . . . . that little bit of sugar . . . . it's not like it's an allergen, right? Do I really need to start over?  I don't think I can take it with my sleep the way it is. 

Thanks in advance for any advice you can provide. 

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On 7/3/2023 at 3:18 PM, MamaGee said:

n snack that I though was whole (mini LaraBar)

Was there sugar in the ingredients or just in the nutritional panel? If the ingredients were fine, then the product is fine - these types of items do have  a lot of naturally occurring sugar considering that they're made mostly of fruit and dates but as long as the ingredients don't have added sugar, you're good to go.

As far as the insomnia, I think being able to approach the specialist with what you've been eating and not drinking would be of huge benefit to you - if you were consuming alcohol, that might mask symptoms - eating whole foods and keeping inflammatory foods out can do nothing but help the situation.  I wish you all the best in getting the insomnia sorted!

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