So…today is day 7 of my first Whole30. 25% done. 3 weeks to go.
Since I’m not posting any new recipes during this period, I’m instead trying to briefly summarize my experience after each week.
Ok then…week 1, here we go:
Surprisingly, it has been nowhere near as hard as I had thought it would be.
No headaches, no kill-all-the-things days (not even moments….well, my family might have a different opinion, but if you ask me: naah), no cravings, and I’ve slept like a baby without the common weird food dreams (which is a bit of a bummer really…).
However, I have been pretty tired mentally…I’ve been waking up with lots of energy every day, but day 1-4 it lasted until about 10-11 AM, and after that I got sleepier and sleepier as the day went by.
(Now I don’t know if that was only due to the Whole30, or if it was because day 1 also was the first day back at work after a 6 week long vacation.
…or if my decision to also exclude coffee during my Whole30 was the cause.
Likely a combination of all three.)
Day 3 I started to feel more…”alive”. I’m not sure how to describe it, but it felt like I had more “bounce” in my steps, and moved with more ease. I also thought I looked a bit more alive when looking in the mirror…could have been a slight change in skin tone, or just placebo from feeling more alive.
(And I don’t really care why…either way it feels great!)
I have never been loosing-my-mind starving hungry, but felt kinda excited when the clock has been closing up on meal time…happy to soon get nourished guess. :)
What’s been hardest is to not do the unconscious habits, like not picking the leftover pieces of protein from the kids plates.
(It’s just me in the family who is on the program, which means we sometimes eat different food, which means their protein is sometimes fried in butter (which I normally am totally fine with).
To stop that hand that stretches out for those last pieces by muscle memory is not easy…
So far nothing has reached the mouth though :)
I’ve been thinking a bit about why I don’t experience much of the usual initial unpleasant symptoms.
Am I doing something wrong? (Nope….checked and re-checked.)
The only reasons I can think of are that we’re all different, and that I was eating pretty clean before I started my whole30 (so it’s really more of habitual changes rather than dietary changes).
When it comes to my meals I have avoided thinking in terms of recipes and dishes, and instead focused on having good sources of food available at home and just thrown something together with what I felt like eating right there and then.
(Today, on Day 7, is actually the first time I’m considering myself really cooking something!)
Meal 3 leftovers have been Meal 2 for the next day, and for Meal 1 I’ve pretty much just put a little bit of many different things on plate.
Super simple, quick and convenient, and quite liberating actually.
(The thing is that, with good quality food sources, pretty much everything becomes tasty, even with very little hands-on…)
If you’re interested in seeing samples of what my meals have been like this week, here are some:
Chicken breasts dry-coated in generous amounts of spices (chipotle, oregano, onion, garlic, black pepper etc.), cooked in the oven with asparagus and red bell pepper.
Leafy greens with EVOO to that.
The one thing I feel I have not done good enough this week is the exercise. My goal for next week will be to change that.
Maybe you are thinking about doing a Whole30 too?
Maybe you just finished one?
Please leave comments and thoughts, it’s inspiration for me! :)
See you in a week!