raemoe Posted February 5, 2013 Share Posted February 5, 2013 Hi everyone, Today is Day 31 of my very first Whole30. I am very proud of myself for making it this far with NO CHEATS! I've dabbled in Paleo in the past, sometimes being quite dedicated for months at a time, only to fall back into old habits and comfort myself with junk. I had a particularly junky few months October through the end of the holidays and decided it was time to snap out of it by (finally) doing a Whole30 starting January 6. The Whole30 did not go as well as I expected... I was underwhelmed by results. I am 27 years old, female, overweight but otherwise fairly healthy (no illnesses). I did lose 13 lbs, which is fantastic, but: I never got that "Tiger Blood" feeling. I have more stable energy overall but I still crash somewhat in the afternoon. My skin (moderate acne) is looking a little better but hasn't cleared up. Up until about two days ago I was SALIVATING for cookies, cakes, breads, ice cream. The idea of these things made me swoon and seeing other people eat them was torture. I've been constipated almost the entire time, going about twice a week if lucky. I was very bloated for the first couple of weeks, and quite gassy (really horrible smelling stuff) all the way throughout. I have a chronic cough that I thought might go away with quitting dairy but lingers still. Today I've been compliant and I can't really figure out how to proceed. It seems obvious that I haven't slayed the Sugar Dragon. Only a few days before the end did I realize that the digestive problems might have to do with tomatoes (a lightbulb moment linking the incidents and their accompanying meals). I've avoided them since then and the gas has all but gone away, though not completely (yesterday I had broccoli... could this also be a contender?). Here's a typical Whole30 day for me: Breakfast: eggs (2) with a veggie (leeks, peppers, or other), scrambled in clarified butter. Handful of blueberries. Lunch: mixed baby greens with EVOO and balsamic vinegar, assorted veggies (cucumber, carrots, olives, cherry tomatoes, etc), and protein (salmon, steak, shrimp, or other). 2 mini tangerines. Dinner: meat (pastured pork, grassfed beef, fish, or other) with veggies (steamed broccoli, roasted cauliflower, sauteed greens, mushrooms, or other) and side salad (just greens, vinegar, oil). Occasionally a dish like chocolate chili, beef stew, etc. I'm proud of what I accomplished but confused as to why I'm not feeling like the energetic, non-sugar-craving, gas-free powerhouse that I've felt in the past doing even LESS restrictive (meaning including dairy and not worrying about little slips) versions of paleo. How did I end up with less dramatic results on what is supposed to be the be-all end-all elimination diet? If you were me, how would you proceed with reintroduction? To be honest I'm ready to have a drink or two a week (for social reasons) and considering trying some cheese... but I'm feeling clueless. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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