It’s officially day 15 of my Whole30! Cue the Bon Jovi….
He’s no David Bowie, but dat hair doe…swooon.
So let’s recap how things are going:
- Making food for pretty much every single meal hasn’t proven to be as difficult as I thought it would be. Yes, there are more dishes for me to clean up, I spend more money at the grocery store proportionally than when I was eating some meals out and I’m having to do a little bit more research and planning that I usually would, but I think it is starting to become less of a stress-or and more of a stress reliever. I know that every meal that I’m making is going to nourish my body instead of potentially destroy it. And if you couldn’t already tell from this blog, I love cooking!
- Prior to starting Whole30, I would obsessively look at food options wondering if it was going to make me fat, feel gross or cause me to want to go head first into a binge. Guys, I can’t just eat one Oreo even though I know that’s all I really would ever need. Since I’ve eliminated most foods that would cause a lot of those negative thoughts or reactions, I’m starting to find a healthy balance when it comes to mealtime
- I’ve also started to really think about processed and pre-packaged food. Just for reference even Larabars (the clean-as-a-whistle snack that many Whole30-ers praise because of their convenience) would fall under this category. Not only is it starting to become more important to me WHAT is in my food, but also how it is it sourced, packaged, processed and especially the mission behind creating the product. Let’s be clear – I’m not saying I won’t buy anything anymore from the big corporate food giants and that every one should burn their packages of Oreos, Ritz and Wheat Thins on the steps of Nabisco’s corporate HQ because they’re evil (they aren’t btw). I’m saying that maybe those things shouldn’t be the complete center of our diets, but rather things that grow out of the ground, run freely around the plain and die happy, and aren’t pushed through a ton of machinery before getting to the store. To me, it’s starting to become more worth putting my dollar there.
- Now to take a less serious tone – my digestive system took a serious hit this week. I think Melissa and Dallas would say that this is because my gut is going through a healing process and it’s getting used to a high fat and minimally processed diet. I guess things have to get worse before they get better, right? If so, I can’t wait for Week 3.
- Days 10-11 really were the hardest days. I mentioned this in last week’s recap, but once the luster wears off, I start to really lose confidence in why I even started in the first place. I had a few cravings for sweets which I noticed I started to look to fruit to help satisfy. I started to decide against doing that since it kind of goes against taming my “sugar monster” if I’m switching one thing out for another. I could eat a whole crate of strawberries no probelm and while sure, it isn’t a cookie, it still has a lipogenic impact to my health.
- Despite the digestive issues, my running has been uninterrupted. I ran somewhere close to 10 miles last Saturday between the training run and going to and from my apartment.
- Anxiously awaiting the Tiger Blood and the “It’s all downhill from here” because that sounds pretty awesome. My energy took a hit a few afternoons and was sometimes coupled with some lightheadedness. I chalked this up to maybe not eating enough, so I would make sure to eat something before I worked out.
- I’m wondering when I’ll get sick of eggs in the morning or when I’ll realize 2 dozen eggs isn’t enough for me and Nick……
Keep following me on IG for snaps of each of my meals! I’ll be back next week with some of my latest thoughts on the program.
- Whole30-ers: Does tiger blood actually exist? Did you have digestive issues that were eventually gone in week3?
- What do you consider processed food?
- Which Oreo flavor is the best: original, double-stuffed, mint, vanilla, cake-batter or red velvet??