Whole30

Whole 30: Days 4-11

Hey there, ladies and gents, I owe you an update! I intended to write updates every three to four days, but school has been a whirlwind. I sat down to write last Friday after my Calculus 3 exam, but I landed up falling asleep, before waking up to do more homework.

So anyway…let’s start from the beginning. We left off at the end of Day 3, and I was hungry, cranky, and had the worst headache ever. Good news, the headache is gone, but Day 4 started the phase titled, “Kill All the Things”. Luckily, I didn’t experience the intense anger that I was warned about, or maybe I did and was just distracted by the fact that I didn’t feel hungover for the first time in four days!

I am not going to lie to you, the sugar detox was hard, and this is coming from someone who ate pretty clean before taking this journey. I will tell you, after the fog clears, life is awesome and it just keeps getting better every time I hit another event on the Whole30 time line.

Days 6 and 7 were supposed to be, “I Just Want to Nap”, but again, not the case. Their disclaimer, “your mileage may vary”, is oh so true. My energy was through the roof on Day 6; grocery shopping (which is difficult the first week…SO MANY LABELS TO READ), meal prep, cleaning, laundry, and homework. I just didn’t fizz out…until Day 7. Day 7 consisted of me doing homework and crocheting on the couch for most of the day.

But back to Day 6, grocery shopping for week two was hard. Not because the plan is difficult to follow, but because of all the tasty treats that are not approved. I jaunted through the baking aisle, pretending something there was on my list. I took a long stroll through the bakery, making sure to inhale the smell of bread as deeply as I could. I left feeling deprived and frustrated, but quickly reminded myself that I had a jar of coconut butter and a bag of avocados what could soothe my pain.

 

For the rest of the day, I reminded myself that Melissa Hartwig had to be right, that this would all pay off, and more importantly that I didn’t NEED that food. Even so, I was fully ready to donate a lung to science just for a handful of chocolate chips.

Days 8-11 were brutal (trust me it gets better, just hear me out). I was already starting to feel better mentally. I was more focused, sleeping better, and meal planning was getting easier. One major problem: I swelled up like a Ball Park Frank. Thank goodness the timeline warned me about this, but that didn’t ease the blow. My pants were so tight, my face was swollen, and I was overall discouraged. Luckily, I have some really amazing people in my circle that told me to stick with it. I listened, and they were right, but we will cover that tomorrow.

Here is a list of recipes that were a definite keep from Days 4-11:

Sweet Potato Apple Breakfast Bake (I have made this every week)

Apple Cinnamon Hot Cereal  (Great reheated throughout the week)

Sweet Potato Waffle Sandwich

Mongolian Beef

Sweet Potato and Sausage Hash (double check that your sausage doesn’t have sugar!!)