Whole 30 Week 3

This was supposed to be the week full of energy.

Y’all, I am not feeling it. Literally nothing different.

I am feeling really jaded and discouraged that we made this commitment. Seriously I need my chocolate.

I will say that this week I had my first period after almost 2 years, and I felt all the cramps, sickness, and bloating. And holy emotions…So that timing was probably not helpful in feeling the “results” of Whole 30.

I thought this month would be easy because we didn’t have any big plans, but come to find out that June is apparently the month that Columbia College has food available everyday. I don’t know how many days there have been donuts…like for real it’s been employee appreciation every day it seems like.

I attempted to eat out a couple times this week, and that is an awful experience. Tom and I went out for our anniversary, and I thought that I would be safe with a salad wherever we went. Boy was I wrong. I almost legit cried in the middle of Chili’s because there was nothing that I could eat without making like 5 changes to the menu item. It was really embarrassing how emotional I got over it. I just wanted a damn molten lava chocolate cake. And then the next outing, I was a little more prepared and researched places we could eat without any issues. But then I forgot my dressing…So I ate a salad without cheese, croutons, or dressing. No the salad was not more flavorful; I am not a rabbit.

I am telling you period emotions mixed with no chocolate is not ideal.

But I am in it to the end. I am too far now, only 5 days left.

New Recipe/Foods

Sloppy Joe Potatoes will become a new staple in our house. So yummy! I make really good sloppy joes in general, so I was nervous to switch out the ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. So I put green peppers and onions in the meat, then once in browned, I put like a cup and a half of Tessamae ketchup and a teaspoon of ground mustard into the meat. And viola, pour it over a baked potato. So good and easy!

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We love chips and salsa at our house. But most salsa’s have some sugar in them. Shocker. But Aldi has a brand that does not! This has reinforced that we need to go to Aldi more often. This will become a permanent switch for us.

I know this sounds like a downer post. I want to be honest that the results aren’t the same for everyone. I am feeling discouraged by the lack of reaction. However, it has pushed me to be more mindful of what has added sugar to make switches for my kids. I don’t want to be pumping them full of unnecessary sugar if I can easily buy a different product. So for that I am thankful for this.

Whole 30 Week 2

We are halfway through this experience.

Yea that’s what we’ll call this.

I forgot to write down my thoughts every day, so here are just some general comments I made note of.

I am getting really tired of eggs. I need something else for breakfast.

I used lettuce as a bun for a burger…What has my life come to?

Shopping was a little easier this time around, and it wasn’t as expensive. However, I am not sure how people on a tight budget manage eating like this all the time. Sugar free things are not cheap.

Day 11 was by far the hardest day yet. It was a food day at work, which meant a lot of good food: breakfast enchiladas, biscuits and gravy, and donuts (You know the good stuff). I was very angry inside this whole day that I was doing this to myself.

New Recipe/Foods

My mom made this Pumpkin Apple Breakfast Bake, and it is pretty bomb. It is a nice substitute for a sweet snack. I don’t think I could do it for breakfast though.

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I am really all about condiments, which is one of the many reasons I was hesitant doing this. This ketchup from Tessamae is pretty good!

Honestly I am over it. I am not feeling any different. So I feel like I am putting all this work into this for nothing right now.

All I want is chocolate, a real sandwich, and a Dr. Pepper.

These feelings are pretty in line with the timeline posted on the website, so I guess I can continue to see what this Tiger Blood business is about next week.

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Whole 30 Week 1

We made it through the first week!

I thought I would give you a run-down of my feelings each day.

Day 1

I should have done my research. June 1st is National Donut Day. Why did I choose to start on this day of all days? I love donuts. And one of my sweet colleagues brought in my favorite just for me, and I had to refrain! Ugghhhhh. This was difficult but I managed.

Other than that, the day was not so bad. I just became keenly aware of what had sugar in it.

Day 2

I wanted chocolate so bad this day. This is my Achilles heel when it comes to junk food. It was all I could think about it.

We had done some shopping to get us through a couple days, but we had not done the big Whole30 shopping trip. Holy cow this Whole30 stuff is expensive! I am embarrassed by how much we spent with all the different foods to load up instead of our normal snacks. How do people sustain this? No wonder it is only 30 days. People would go broke! Or maybe we are doing this wrong?

I was a little lethargic this day. All I wanted was a nap.

Day 3

Really how am I not going to have chocolate for a whole month. This is ridiculous.

Tom quit this day. He realized that this would not be feasible with his cop life. He almost passed out doing yard work. He also was extremely cranky this weekend, which is not supposed to happen until Day 4 and 5.

I didn’t really feel any physical changes this day. I did try coffee without my creamer and sugar. Gross. How is this cardboard tasting drink desirable? No thank you.

Day 4

This day I was in a fog all day. It was very hard to focus. I am not really sure how I got through the day. This was a Monday, so that may be a contributing factor.

All the websites say that Day 4 and 5 are the days that you want to kill everyone around you. Both my mom and I did not feel this way. So I guess that is a bonus.

Day 5

The morning drive is really difficult. I am really lethargic. However other than that, I don’t feel much different. I just have cravings for things. I went to a movie this night, so that was tempting to have my traditional movie snacks. And then I really wanted to go to McDonald’s on my way home.

Day 6

I really needed either gum or peppermints after my lunch, and that isn’t allowed on Whole30. These rules are dumb.

I am still not felling any different, but these cravings are intense. Chocolate better taste as good when this is all over!

Also La Croix is not good in my opinion.

Day 7

We made it a week. Only 23 more days to go!

I tried Nut Pod creamer for my coffee. Not any better-still cardboard. So I guess I am drinking water this whole time.

Observations over the week

This takes a lot of prep time. Whether it is meal planning and researching, or prepping food for the week to take to work, it takes dedication. I think that is what is going to kill me over everything else. So much time!

It is astonishing how much sugar is hidden in items. I feel like an idiot that I have never noticed that there are so many meats that have added sugar.

Really the only difference I noticed was on my drive into work. I really struggled to be awake. I am not sure if they are related to this or the fact that Daphne didn’t sleep well this week. Only time will tell I guess.

New Recipe/Foods

This egg casserole recipe was great. I was worried about not having cheese in my eggs because either cheese or bread accompanies my eggs for as long as I can remember. I don’t eat eggs plain. But this casserole was really good. I cooked it on the weekend and split it up for the week. I put guacamole and salsa on top, which also helped with the absence of cheese.

Banana chips and guacamole-get to the store and eat these! When my sister-in-law shared this idea, I thought she was gross. (Sorry Emily!) I really despise dried bananas, and I thought they would taste similar. They are NOTHING like trail mix bananas. And put some guacamole on it. So good! They are a great alternative to chips, and a great filler. I will definitely eat this snack after this is all over.

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I really enjoy salads, but the dressing really is clutch for me. Most common dressings have sugar in them, so I had to find something. My sister-in-law shared Primal Kitchen with me, and I haven’t found a dressing of theirs that I don’t like. I have tried the Greek, Honey Mustard and Ranch. All delicious. And I find that I don’t use as much as other brands.

All in all, I am glad we are doing this for the educational pieces. It’s only been a week, so I won’t be skeptical on the results just yet even though it hasn’t seem to really affect me much throughout the whole day.

Why Whole 30

In my 33 years, I never thought I would actually go on a diet. I eat fairly healthy, I don’t really have weight to lose. And I enjoy food. I don’t eat things just to get energy, I eat because I like to enjoy the taste. I like connecting with others over a meal. So I have never felt it necessary to worry about calories or what the food is going to do to my body.

So what has changed to make me want to embark on this diet with Whole30?

Well, some of it has to do with feeling good about my body again. I have been supporting another human being for the better part of 2 years. That takes a toll. And honestly I am surprised that Daphne didn’t come out as a donut by the amount I consumed during her pregnancy. Because of the two years of eating as much as I want, I need to retrain my brain on what healthy is again.

When I started doing my research on Whole30, I was shocked that what I was eating was not as healthy as I thought. For example, my lunch every day is a salad. Did you know that some packaged tunas have sugar? And pretty much any salad dressing has sugar added. At first this seemed really daunting because almost everything I ate in my normal day had added sugar. So it made me start thinking about what I was pumping into my kids unintentionally. I think this whole process will be educational so we can be more aware of the foods we are buying once this is done.

And on that note, Tom and my mom are doing this with me. We all have our own reasons to do this, but the support to take back our health helps.

Then when I met with my doctor recently, she said my blood pressure was not in a good place. She is concerned that my high blood pressure is no longer a white coat syndrome issue. We talked through my options which are either food and exercise change or medication. So this is motivating me to see if there are any changes that this food elimination can help with.

Lastly, I can do anything for a month. This isn’t a diet where you count calories or try to eat certain portions of things. Those seem too hard for me to follow through, and don’t seem to change my outlook on food. This diet is all about having a “whole” approach. You can eat as much as you want, and it’s all “real” food. I just have to be more intentional about checking ingredients.

The hardest thing for me is going to be giving up my twice a day chocolate fix. I live for chocolate.

We’ll see how this goes.

Hopefully it is not like Tom has mocked, “Whole30 is like Peter Pan. I’m having make believe for lunch.”

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