I know, I know I planned to be consistent on here but I let life get in the way and it’s been a couple months since my last post. It’s been busy but all that matters is I’m here! Let’s go…
A new year upon us means many of us are trying to be a better version of ourselves through our resolutions. One of my main resolutions for this year, besides keeping up on my blog :), is to figure out what is irritating my already sensitive skin more and more every day. I truly believe that we are what we eat and our bodies manifest it in different ways from skin allergies to digestive disorders to the way our brain functions. What we put in our body will always show in one form or another. So, with that in mind, and much research, I decided to embark on the journey that is Whole30 Program.
Whole 30, in simple terms, is a program designed to reset and restore the way your body has been functioning. Let’s be real, after the holidays we all need to get our bodies working properly, again. The program is designed to get you back on track from all of those lethargic feeling afternoons when you can’t decide if you should satisfy your craving for peanut m&ms, a bag of chips or a bowl of mac and cheese – yolo. (Yumm, all sound amazing). The purpose here is to eliminate those habits and cravings all while getting your metabolism back on track along with many other benefits! I chose to do the Whole30 program because as I reap the benefits of going through the program, I will get to see what happens when I begin to reintroduce some of those ingredients I’ve gone without for 30 days.
Here’s my weekly round-up of how I’ve felt up until now (Day 28):
Overall, I felt pretty good. I kept saying I felt “lighter”, does that make any sense? I was definitely impressed that it wasn’t as terrible as my anxiety had told me it would be. If you ask the better half, he might say the opposite, but we’ll pretend becoming hangry was never the issue :). Actually, let’s be real here, day 4-6 was rough. My body was definitely having sugar withdrawals but I wasn’t actually craving sugar. I just felt like I was low on energy. I was having some doubts and even considering making some exceptions to the diet. But I stayed strong! I’ll have to say that the trickiest part of the program isn’t what you’re eating (or not eating) it’s having the right ingredients and meals prepared. Especially if you’re a busy bee. Luckily, I’ve split the cooking with my better half which has made it easier.
Favorite meal/snack: Hard-boiled eggs and avocado.
Ahh, we’re getting the hang of this now. Week 2 was slightly easier for one reason: meal prep. I went all out. I hard boiled eggs, made a cranberry kale salad and cooked a few chicken breasts for the week. We were definitely feeling a burst of energy and were smooth sailing. “This will be easy breezy!”. The day we realized we could still go to our favorite breakfast spot we couldn’t be the happiest people on a super strict diet. Breakfasts are the easiest to keep Whole30 compliant.
We have a fridge full of hard-boiled eggs, cooked chicken, and all the veggies… But neither one of us wants any of it. This is when I became eggshausted! The hard-boiled egg I had around day 16 was hard to get down. Chicken was no longer appetizing but, ask me about my energy! It was through the roof! Whole30 better boost your energy because you’ll be washing dishes non-stop!
Favorite meal/snack: Almond butter with apples (anything but eggs and chicken, really)
Home stretch!! We’re almost there and I’ve got to say, I’m pretty proud of myself and the better half. We’re kept busy by our jobs, friends and family. Lunch meetings, dinners and outings have been difficult but the sense of pride of being able to stay strong feels great. This week we’ve switched up the recipes A LOT (Lloyd Christmas voice). We’ve kept a pretty good rotation of meals up until now but we need that spark back to avoid boredom and cravings. This week, I’ve had dreams about having the tiniest cupcake and another where I’m having a burrito. Despite our cravings, we’ve decided that after day 30 (Feb 2nd), we will continue as Whole30 as possible with a few add-ins here and there and maybe a small cheat meal. We are happy with the way we feel and want to continue feeling this great.
Thanks for reading this super long post! I’ll be posting some of our favorite recipes in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! In the meantime, let me know if you’ve tried Whole30 or are thinking about it. I’d love to hear your experience!