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    Hi Laura, I don't follow your blog regularly, but I notice when you post on HMN OMC. I was inspired to try the Whole 30 last spring. I did it for 90 days. I was feeling great at first - except my sleep was poor after the first week. So I started to add in a sweet potato with dinner and my sleep improved. But then I noticed increasing sensitivity in my teeth (within the first 30 days). I didn't make the connection with my diet change. But then later on, I started losing a lot of hair. And it occured to me that maybe all of the diet restrictions were causing nutrient deficiencies. Did you or your family members experience any nutrient deficiencies on/after your Whole 30? I got so lean on my whole 90 (lost over 20 lbs.). But now it's been 90 days of non-whole 30 eating and my body feels right back where I started last March. Frustrating. -- I just started incorporating raw dairy into my diet (I had been dairy-free along with gluten-free for 2 1/2 years) - and I'm now focusing on following the WAP principles in Cure Tooth Decay. I'm sure there is a balance out there for me. I just really need to find it. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them. I am always inspired by your posts. - Kim

    Hi Kim! Interesting info you are reporting. I am just getting a handle on the sleep part, I think, and need to blog about it. What could be happening is that your brain if not getting enough energy and is waking you in the night to let you know. That has been happening to me. I eat a banana in the middle of the night now and then fall back to sleep. Long story for research and a blog post coming up. It makes sense that sweet potatoes would help with sleep.

    I don't have a clue about the tooth sensitivity.

    I don't know what to say about the hair loss. Doing a diet like this helped me get my hair back.

    Regarding nutrient deficiencies, I think they are rare, but you are experiencing them. My son needed more carb to elevate his mood, but that is all that we noticed. White rice a couple times a week and he was back to his old happy self.

    Falling off the Whole 30 wagon can be tough if you fall far. We haven't strayed too far - just rice and some raw dairy and the guys eat gluten-free bread a couple times a week. I am ok with that, though, because they need the fuel for the brain, I think.

    As far as suggestions, I think you are on the right track to play around with the food. As long as you stay away from gluten, grains (except white rice and maybe some soaked lentils), sweeteners and processed stuff you will have set a good baseline.

    Chris Kresser talks a lot about playing around with traditional food like WAP, so that gives me some comfort. Feel free to email me directly if you like:

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