Whole 30: Why Are My Pants So Tight?!?!?!

It's Day 9 of the Whole 30 and I'm starting to feel like I'm in the groove.  My energy isn't awesome but it's at least steady.  No highs and lows.  No overwhelming need to sleep.  No passing out at 8:30 p.m. and sleeping 9 hours.  Life has resumed!

We're still a week away from the "Tiger Blood" phase so where are we now?  The "why are my pants so tight?" phase.  Bloating, puffiness, ugh.  It's real.  Let's grab a cup of stomach soothing bone broth and chat about it, shall we?

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To be honest, I was a bit of an overachiever on this and discovered all the digestive woes very early and for longer than the two days listed on the Whole 30 calendar. 

What To Expect On The Whole 30

Your experience may vary but it's apparently really common to experience some bloating and digestive distress early on in the Whole 30.  You've given up a ton of foods and replaced them with a lot of fiber.  You're bound to "feel it" building up inside.  Part of it (according to Whole 30 literature) is a change in your gut bugs.  Your old gut bacteria was used to munching on muffins and wine.  It's likely to rebel a bit at the sight of grass fed beef, greens, and sweet potatoes.  Just like we went through a bit of a detox last week, our gut bacteria has to do the same thing.

There's no real way to avoid it but here are a few things that I've been doing to ease the process:

1.  Cooking my vegetables!  Raw vegetables are fantastic but not so great for a stomach in transition.  Cooking vegetables seems to help ease the whole digestive process.

2.  Sipping bone broth.  The lovely collagen and nutrition in bone broth is supposed to be really good for gut health and sipping warm liquid is very soothing.

3.  Skipping the nuts.  I don't know about you but I realized quickly that I was overeating nuts.  I even texted a friend that I had replace wine and sugar with almond butter!  It is definitely a food with no brakes for me so I've sidelined it at least for this week.  Same goes for any other nut butters, Larabars, and RX bars.  These really should be considered more emergency foods instead of regular parts of your meal plan ESPECIALLY while your gut is healing and adjusting to the Whole 30.  Nuts can be very disruptive to the stomach.

4.  Adding fiber slowly.  I've had a few meals that were a little lighter on the vegetation with more protein instead.  It doesn't exactly fit the meal template but it helps to lower your daily fiber a bit while you adjust to this new way of eating.  

Personally, I'm already finding a lot of relief.  Nuts were a big part of the bloating for me personally and by avoiding them I'm feeling much better.   Looking to start exercising again this week after taking last week off to adjust to all the changes.  We are also starting to plan a big family trip (more on that later) so I have some major fitness goals for these next six months.  Good times ahead!

How is it going?  Bloated?  Feeling great?  

*Disclaimer:  I'm not a doctor...I don't even play one on TV.  These are just my personal experiences mixed with information I've learned from reading Whole 30 documentation.  Please don't let information from bloggers on the internet be your ultimate guide....seek out a professional.  

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