Wow, time is flying, and I’m on Day 22 of Whole30. I promised weekly updates, but that doesn’t seem to be happening. Better late than never!
My Whole30 journey has been surprisingly easy. I’d made small changes to improve my diet over the last couple of years, but I still enjoyed a few too many sweet treats and glasses of wine. I expected the first week to be filled with headaches and pain.
But I didn’t. The only time I felt bad was first thing in the morning on a few days in the first week. A big glass of water with some lemon juice fixed that almost instantly! I also felt incredibly tired on Day 5, and had to have an afternoon nap. Thankfully, hubby was home to pick up the kids and look after them after school.
What changes have I noticed?
Last week, I felt great. My brain fog has mostly cleared (although I’m still a bit slow to wake up in the morning). I felt more focused and feel like I’m getting more done.
I still feel tired in the afternoons, but maybe not as tired. I think, as an introvert, I feel drained when the kids are competing for my attention after school. That’s an area for me to think about the best way to handle.
My skin is looking clearer. I’m prone to a few pimples at different times in my cycle and usually have blocked pores on my nose, cheeks and forehead. These areas are looking much clearer. My dermatitis is also clearing up (although I’m also experimenting with essential oils).
My body is also looking leaner. I’m not doing this to lose weight (and I’m not allowed to weigh myself), but I do feel like I’m losing some of my baby weight.
Overall, I’m feeling great, but I’m not some happy-happy robot. I still have my ups and downs, but my downs don’t feel as frequent or as intense.
What have I been eating?
For breakfast, I’m mostly eating stewed apples and blueberries with coconut and flaked almonds sprinkled on top. It’s the middle of winter, so I like having something warming, and I find it’s easy to make. I cut up the apple and get it and the blueberries stewing away, and by the time I’ve made a coffee, it’s ready.
Lunch is either scrambled eggs on a bed of spinach, with a few other vegies thrown in, or a big plate of salad with tuna or chicken.
I’ve tried to mix things up a bit for dinner, but it’s not too different from our usual meat and veg. I’ve made stir-fries with cauliflower rice (which is tastier than I expected), curries, meatballs in tomato sauce, roasts, as well as the standard grilled meat with vegies. I haven’t been lacking for ideas for dinner. I’ve really just adapted my normal style of cooking.
Occasionally, we have a Whole30-modified Apple Crumble for dessert if dinner hasn’t quite filled us up.
Some days, I get a bit hungry in the afternoon, so eat a handful of nuts (or occasionally a bit of dried fruit thrown in). I try to resist snacking as much as possible, and try to identify if I’m really hungry, or just thirsty or bored.
What don’t I like about Whole30?
One thing I’m not enjoying about Whole30 is the cleaning. I don’t mid that I’m spending a bit more time preparing meals, but since I’m cooking something for breakfast, lunch and dinner most days, I feel like I’m always cleaning the kitchen (or if I don’t, the kitchen always looks messy, which drives me nuts!).
There are some foods I miss. I’m missing the crunch you get from cookies and crackers. I keep dreaming of shortcrust pastry – I’m not really sure why, we don’t have it that often. I miss Friday night pizza (and so do my kids!).
So that’s the progress of my Whole30 journey. Eight days to go, and I’m determined to get there. I’m not sure what changes I’m going to make from there.
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