I would like to take this moment to thank the Whole30 and Wine Gods that on the two separate occasions that I’ve ingested wine I have not had a single bad reaction. Thank Goodness! About mid-way through the Whole30 my dad asked what I would do if I had a bad reaction to wine. I told him I’d power through, but I’m glad I don’t have to worry about that.
I am officially on Day 4 post-Whole30, but I still have a hard time believing that it’s already over. I started Whole30 doubtful if I could even make it the full 30 days. 30 days without bread? 30 days without wine or champagne? The horror!
I was convinced that this challenge would be the hardest thing I’ve ever tried”diet” wise, but I wanted to re-evaluate my relationship with food and my body. And I have done just that. I’ve come out the other side of this feeling proud of myself and accomplished for seeing this through. I’m overall happy with how I feel on a day-to-day basis and I have new thoughts and feelings about the food I eat.
Day 28: I Dream of…Donuts?
Breakfast: Cashew Cookie Larabar
Lunch: Balsamic pot roast with potatoes, carrots and celery
Dinner: Balsamic pot roast with potatoes, carrots and celery
Snacks: Almonds; fruit salad
I would just like to kick off this post by asking this – Do you have any idea how difficult it is to stick to the Whole30 when you’re in New Orleans? No beignets, no wine, no hand grenade, no seafood with delicious sauces. I’m not saying that someone should send me a Whole30 award, but I’m also not saying that I’d send it back if I got one.
Day 14: Back to Sleepy Reality
Breakfast: Apple Pie Larabar
Lunch: Ground beef-and-turkey meatballs; fruit salad
Dinner: Baked apple and banana with cinnamon and almond butter
The weekend definitely caught up with me this day. Even though I went to bed pretty early the night before, I was still pretty exhausted. By the time work was over and the groceries picked up from the store, I really had no motivation left to do anything at all. Even so, I forced myself to chop potatoes and fruit for this weeks fruit salad. After getting lunch together for the next day, I went to bed and was out by 8:45 PM.
Day 7: I’m Lovin’ It
Breakfast: Bacon and egg cups
Lunch: Buffalo chicken salad with salsa and guacamole
Dinner: Ground beef hash with sauteed peppers, onions and potatoes
This morning I felt like the ‘sleepy’ phase of Whole30 smacked me upside the head. It was so hard to get out of bed, I ended up pushing my snooze button like three times – something I never do. Once I forced myself to get moving, I was able to shake it off. Honestly, while I felt great today and had a good amount of energy, nothing too exciting happened today.
One full week down, three weeks to go.
Before the new year, I decided to participate in the January Whole30 challenge since I knew a couple of people at work and one of my best friends is doing it, too. I knew if I was going to do it with others, I’d need to have people to hold me accountable. Here’s the breakdown of my experience so far:
Day 1: I’ve Got This
Breakfast: Two egg white ‘muffins’ with spinach and bell pepper
Lunch: Baked chicken breast and steamed broccoli/cauliflower
Dinner: Baked chicken breast and sauteed zucchini and summer squash
Snacks: Almonds, banana
I definitely had an ‘easy’ day. The meals I had are ones that I eat regularly during the work-week, so I didn’t feel like I was actually doing anything different. Already a big tea drinker, I stuck just to green tea and water as opposed to drinking coffee (I am not a good enough of a coffee drinker to do without flavored creamer/fake sugar).