I’ve made it through another week on the Whole 30. The Whole 30 Week two has been tougher than the first week. Remember in my last post when I said on Day 7, I felt like absolute crap? Well that continued into days 8-11. My muscles were weak and I was tired. On Wednesday, I woke up especially foggy in the brain. My husband was worried so he told me to test my ketones and surprisingly I had moderate ketones! I’m not positive that’s the cause of my weakness but I think it was definitely a strong factor. Now, I’m looking back and wondering if I had high ketones on Sunday (day 7) and that’s why I felt like crap and my blood sugars were high. I have never done a low carb diet before, and while I’m getting carbs from fruit and starches which is not low carb, it’s lower carb than I’m used to.
The cooking and cleaning is getting easier. We prepped one day for the following three days and that helped a lot. The grocery store run was quicker and I think overall we are getting into a groove. It hasn’t really been too hard for me to be honest. I haven’t had any cravings (as long as I’m not around any baked goods!). I surprisingly don’t miss my Diet Coke or wine. I do still want to snack on a string cheese but that’s a habit that’s at least 25 years strong. If I could just figure out this extreme muscle fatigue I would be doing a lot better!
Here is what my food for the week has looked like:
Also had salmon a couple of days with similar sides (not pictured)
Whole 30 Chili (not pictured)
I am worried about the ketones so it’s something that I need to monitor and I wonder if it can explain days when my blood sugars higher than I think it should be. I’m also worried about what effect this is having on my breastfeeding. I don’t know if it’s affecting my supply or not but my son seems hungrier than usual. It could be that he is growing and just needs more anyways or it could be that my supply is decreasing. He has been waking up a lot more overnight so I wonder if that has to do with the fact that he is hungry from my potentially decreasing supply.
I am hoping that the weak muscles and tiredness are just par for the course of the program and soon I’ll have the tiger blood (lots of energy). The hope for more energy is the main reason I was doing this program so I hope by sticking with it, I will see some of those results. As the days are progressing, I am noticing that I am less tired and my muscles are slowly starting to feel better. One negative so far for this diet is that I am super gassy, way gassier than I have ever been. I’m not sure what’s causing that but it’s really annoying.
One interesting thing is that when my husband was researching the Whole 30, he found that the main reason for weight loss with this program is because you are cutting out the carbs and using fat for energy which leads to weight loss. However, a lot of that is a result of your body producing ketones to help burn the fat. For a non-diabetic, ketones aren’t too scary but for me, having ketones is a big red flag so I am still doubting where this program is right for me. As long as I keep monitoring the ketones and they don’t get into the high range, I hope I will be OK. It’s all pretty scary but also scary when you think about the fact that I am just eating fruits, veggies and meat! Crazy how reliant my body has become on crap carbs like chips.
I’m at the halfway mark (almost) so I hope I can make it to the end!!