I’m Still Doing This?
Yep. Half way done! Here’s how my Whole30 routine has been going.
My Whole30 Challenge: Week 2
Days 8 – 9
“For the love of Gosling, my pants are TIGHTER.” The Whole30 book told me that my pants wouldn’t fit properly on these days due to the bloaty bloats. My digestive enzymes and gut are to allegedly freak out because of the prolonged lack of sugar. They’re supposed to reorganize, readjust to the sudden onslaught of meats and veggies.
Did my pants feel tighter? Not really. Was I having gut problems in general? Maybe. Did I enjoy the Ryan Gosling reference thrown in there? Absolutely.
Not good: I’m experiencing mid-day slumps at work, which are supposedly temporary:
Confession: These two days were filled with intense cravings, and on one particularly unsuccessful night, I snacked more than I would have liked to on nuts and apple chips and devilish things as these. What I really wanted was pasta. Strange because it’s one of the five foods I’d never order at a restaurant, right along with a hamburger, seafood, Mongolian beef, or cooked carrots. My body is turning on me.
Favorite meal this period: Tuna salad with homemade mayo and lemon juice. Also, I made some pretty bomb spicy crab cakes (Wait, didn’t you just say you didn’t eat seafood? Yeah, but tuna and crab are exceptions… Of course.)
Favorite snack: Chocolate Sea Salt RX Bar
Days 10 – 11
“The Hardest Days.” Most people quit during this time, but I’m still getting used to my new eating/cooking/craving/pining routine. I’ve noticed some changes, but nothing significant. What if I run out of new recipes? I worry about this alll the time, which is really quite silly.
For breakfast I’ve been eating mashed sweet potatoes with coconut milk, chia seeds, cashew butter, banana, and coconut flakes. It’s as enjoyable as an overly sweet pile of orange mush sounds like it would be.
Drinks: Kombucha is just as expensive as wine, and therefore has been a great substitute for my previously nightly glass. I get so excited to drink my fermented treat after work, you’d think it had the same properties as wine.
Favorite meal: Carnitas lettuce wraps with avocado (not pictured because they weren’t pretty), and chicken breast over a bed of shaved brussels, walnut bits, and lemony mayonnaise dressing.
Favorite snack: Trader Joe’s tahini sauce + celery sticks
Days 12 – 15
“Boundless energy! Now give me a damn Twinkie” Accurately predicted in the Whole30 book, I am now having dreams about eating food that’s off limits. On Day 12 I woke up feeling guilty for “accidentally” eating crackers and sour cream with my meal. A shame if I’d actually broken the rules over such boring food!
My mid-day energy slump has gone away. I wake up refreshed and ready, and my energy levels last throughout the day.
Weekend Trip on Whole30: We drove four hours to Yosemite National Park for an overnight visit in the snow. To make things easy, we packed all of our snacks and prepared meals to get us through one overnight stay.
Here’s what we ate:
- Tuna salad wraps
- Carrots and guacamole
- Homemade trail mix (almonds, cashews, dried apricots, raisins, and dried coconut flakes)
- Pre-made beanless Whole30 chili
- Sriracha Chicken Epic Bars
- RX Bars
- Coconut water
- Scrambled eggs and chicken sausage (Cooked in a bag submerged in boiling water on a camping stove!)
And, okay, we did stop at a Chipotle on our way home. I ordered the carnitas salad without dressing, and added mild salsa, hot salsa, and guacamole. VERY SATISFYING.
One more thing to note: Through both four hour car rides that weekend, I maintained 100% energy levels… unheard of in non-Whole30 circumstances.
My favorite meal this period: Runny-yolk fried eggs over hash browns, beanless chili, and Chipotle carnitas salad.
In a Nutshell
Week 2 of Whole30 is a settling in phase. I’ve gotten used to making and planning all of my food, and I’ve successfully gone on a weekend road trip without running out of good food to eat. Half way done! Pretty sure I’ve got the other half in the bag…