Whole30 Day 7 (and 4, 5 and 6)

I am so excited that I made it to day 7!  This was a huge change for me and I’m happy to report that I’ve stayed on track and haven’t found it too terrible so far.

Days 4 and 5 are supposed to be “kill all the things” days and I didn’t really feel like that.  My husband may secretly disagree but he’s smart enough to say I was fine.

I was expecting to be really tired on days 6 and 7 but yesterday went fine without any real low energy slumps.  This morning, day 7, I crawled back in bed once the big kids were on the bus but that was mostly because it was cozy.  I could probably take a nap later if given the opportunity but so far I don’t think I’ll need one.

So what have I been eating?  My breakfast of choice has been 2 eggs scrambled with mushrooms and chopped spinach.  Sometimes with a side of roasted sweet potato and/or fruit.  This morning I added a little almond butter for my 1/2 of a banana.

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On Monday I made lasagna for my husband and kids which is a definite no during my Whole30 so I made myself some butternut squash soup from a recipe posted by Damn Delicious.  I found bacon without sugar at Earth Fare and was really excited to try it.  It was alright but I wasn’t a huge fan of the roasted red pepper flavor in the soup.

Unfortunately making two complete dinners each night is pretty time consuming.  I’m sure it is something I’ll do on occasion but definitely not every night.  That means I needed to find some things that were both Whole30 compliant and would appease my kids and husband.  Tuesday night I made tacos for them and a taco salad for me.  It was delicious and probably one of the favorite things I’ve eaten since I started.

The packets of taco seasoning that I looked at all had sugar in them including the Penzey’s taco seasoning we normally use so I made my own.  I loosely followed this recipe.  I don’t usually eat tacos but I really liked the flavor of this seasoning.  My salad was simply a bed of romaine with some taco meat scooped on top, avocado slices and sliced plum tomatoes.  Then I made a delicious creamy avocado dressing blogged by Paleo Grubs.  My salad was way too big and I wished I had made it half the size and then had another one the next day.

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Other than that we’ve had chicken a couple times with some sort of compliant marinade and basic veggies on the side.  That makes for an easy dinner because I can add rice or bread and the rest of the family sees it as a normal meal.

I’m looking forward to finishing off my first week this evening and seeing what next week brings!

Days 2 and 3: The Hangover

One of the pages that I really appreciate Whole30 publishing is their timeline.  It gives you a general idea of what to expect to feel as you move through your Whole30 experience.

Days 2 and 3 are labeled as “The Hangover.”  Sounds pleasant, right?  I’ve never actually had a hangover but I hear they’re unpleasant so I was pretty certain these couple days would be miserable for me.  For the week before starting I ate all the foods I wouldn’t be able to in January.  Cupcakes, cookies, macaroni and cheese, Chinese, chocolate oranges, well, you get the idea. So when I woke up the morning of day two with only a slight headache I was pleasantly surprised.  As the day wore on it would come and go but was totally bearable.  That evening though the headache changed to one that starts at the base of your neck but it was still bearable.  About 2am I woke up with a headache that engulfed my shoulders, neck and entire head.  I got up to get a drink of water and the moment I opened my eyes I had to close them and I knew I’d fallen victim to the hangover.  The morning of day 3 was rough and the headache continued throughout the day but got better after I had something to eat.  All day I noticed I was incredibly thirsty and would drink 3 glasses of water at a time without feeling like I was satisfied.

Today is day 4 and I feel a lot better already.  Got the kids up for school which was unpleasant for us all after being able to sleep in for 2 weeks.  I came home and made myself half a roasted sweet potato, scrambled eggs with spinach and mushrooms and a few strawberries.  Days 4 and 5 are supposed to be the “Kill All The Things” phase so I apologize in advance to everyone I am less than patient with.

This week I hope to start posting some links to the food I’m eating.  I know how hard it can be to come up with ideas and if I ever decide to do this again it would be nice to have a meal plan already created.

Happy New Years

In an attempt to document, and hold myself accountable, my new year’s resolution I thought I’d try blogging again.  Hopefully I’ll post more than 3 times a year.  🙂

So what is my new year’s resolution?  Ready for it?  I am resolving to lose weight in 2016!  Totally cliche, right?  I know, I know.  But it needs to be done and I’m ready to do it.  I’m also not JUST resolving to lose weight.  That’s too big.  I’m going to make a series of monthly resolutions throughout the year to keep me motivated and to require me to reevaluate my needs throughout the year.

For the month of January I will be completing the Whole 30.  I’m actually making it a Whole 31 because January has 31 days.  One thing that attracted me to this is that it really helps you kick the sugar habit which is one of my big struggles and with a family history of diabetes it isn’t a habit I can afford to continue.  I also like that it helps determine what foods are triggers for your body because we’re not all the same.

I’ve spent a lot of time during December searching out recipes that are Whole 30 compliant, reading about other people’s experiences and trying to set myself up for success (and if I’m being totally honest…eating all the foods I thought I’d miss come January).  One of the things I read over and over again is to clearly define what you’re hoping to get out of the Whole 30.  Without knowing your goal it is hard to know if you’ve succeeded.  So here is what I’m hoping to get from this month:

  • fewer sugar cravings
  • not waking up achy, sore and feeling like I’m 100 years old
  • better sleep
  • weight loss/better fitting clothes
  • more energy

I’m really excited to see how this month changes me and I’m also really excited to be eating whole and real foods.  I can feel my body craving them but cookies scream louder than spinach.

So far I’ve made it to 1pm on January 1st and all is well.  True, all I’ve eaten is breakfast but I ate sweet potato and 2 eggs instead of a bagel or bowl of sugary cereal.  Small victories people.  I know full well that the next 31 days will not be as easy as this morning.  Here is what I’m expecting:

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I’ll keep you posted!