So I started the Whole30 challenge 25 days ago thinking it would be tough, but not at all impossible. I felt that I already ate pretty well (according to the mainstream world anyway). I knew that starting to eat meat would be a bit difficult since I have been a vegetarian for 4 years, but I wasn't too worried. And I was really excited to discover Paleo eating as it just makes so much sense to me.
WOW was I unprepared! I already asked a question about being hungry and tired all the time, but on top of that I have had hot flashes, muscle aches, head aches. I've also been really grouchy (my husband and kids are getting a little fed up :). I haven't had crazy craving for carbs, but I have found that even when I feel really full on meat and vegetables I want more, more, more. I've also been sluggish and slow in my crossfit WODs, which is sad because I was making some really good progress before this change. I have gained 2 pounds (I would like to lean out a bit) - I find it very, very hard not to weigh myself as I have struggled with my weight my whole life and I'm terrified of packing on the pounds again... - I lost about 20 pounds over last year on a low-fat, high-carb diet.
I have been reading a lot and listening to Robb Wolf's podcast. I understand that some people experience these kind of symtoms as their body changes the fuel type. I've also taken the suggestion to add a lot more fat to my diet. But I did cheat so the Whole 30 is (I think) over for me. Now I'm wondering where to go from here - should I continue to eat super, super clean (no dairy, no wine, no sugar, very limited fruits and nuts)? Or should I give myself a break and follow something a little less strict like the Primal Blueprint plan? Will this "low carb flu" start to wear off soon and will I only be delaying getting past this initial hell if I relax the rules a little?
I'm not sure if this matters but I'm going through a pretty stressful time right now. My Dad is dying of cancer and I have a full-time job, a business and four year old twin boys. I usually get about 7 or 8 hours of sleep.
Any help or suggestions would be really, really appreciated. Sorry for the long question!!