Let me tell you why...this book's author (Melissa) has a great sense of humor (like me😜) and she took the time to include in the book a timeline compiled of thousands of the physical and emotional challenges of people who had underwent the Whole30 plan. I wanted to blog my journey to see how I compared to those people. Do I have a big bad sugar dragon lurking within me or is it just a eensie-weensie one?
The book says that most people will be either excited or overwhelmed on day 1 and some people may ask 'what have I gotten myself into?' My first day (I am on spring break) was uneventful emotionally and physically although I was preparing more foods than normal.
The book says some people will feel headache-y, sore or foggy. Like a hangover. I don't. I am more anxious for all my body pains to go away....what day will that start? I think for a food to really get out of the system will take at least 3-4 days. I mean, I did eat some chocolate cake 11:45pm the day before I started...lol. My motto has always been "life is uncertain, eat dessert first." Technically eating that cake at before midnight wasn't first...but it certainly was the last thing I was eating before my big day...
Breakfast: Just a few cantaloupe cubes, small grab of roasted, unsalted CAM (cashews, almonds and Macadamia nuts) mix and black coffee.
I got up late because I can, whilst on spring break....I didn't want too much because I will have to eat lunch earlier due to K-man going to the eye doctor today at 3 and he wants me to go so I cannot have a late lunch (this is probably better because I don't eat a late lunch when I go back to school- we have to gobble it down between 11:30-12 noon!)
The cool thing about this plan is that many of the meals can rollover unto the next day for another meal and that means LESS cooking!
Lunch: On a bed of spinach leaves is my leftover sausage and peppers, and another egg muffin (sauteed peppers and onions, garlic, herbs in ghee placed in a Texas-sized muffin cup with scrambled egg and unsweetened coconut milk) cut up with shredded carrot.
From left to right: Buffalo, Lemon Chesapeake, Ketchup, Lemon Garlic, Cracked Pepper, Balsamic, Southwest Ranch, Matty's BBQ Sauce.
Dinner: Bed of mixed organic greens. Drizzled Tessemae's Southwest Ranch onto greens. Added chopped poblano and onion (we always have this chopped in a container in the fridge 24/7) into roasted chicken. Tablespoon of homemade mayo mixed with tablespoon of Tessemae's Southwest ranch mixed in chicken. Half and avocado and a few black olives. Lemon squeezed all on top and drank lemon water with dinner.
Late night note: So it's been an hour after dinner and you know you are NOT hungry. You start to listen to your insides and you say things...."something sweet would be good right now" Just a little candy, a cookie, a COFFEE WITH TRUVIA AND CREAM! I immediately go look how to stave off a sugar craving....says to eat fruit. However the Whole30 book says "why are you eating it? If you're reaching for a banana or grapes to prop up your sugar cravings, we'd ask you to rethink that strategy. You don't want to end up with the same cravings after your program, and continuing to feed your brain the sweetest stuff allowed every time it pitches a tantrum isn't really changing your habits."
So I caved and had a really small banana cut up with a small drop of almond butter on each. Even though I fed the sugar dragon, I am proud that at least I was compliant. There is chocolate around, Kirk isn't on the plan....he needs to eat up that stuff. LOL.
So now I know....although I don't feel hungry or stark raving mad for sugar....THAT was definitely my sugar dragon calling. I gotta train him to go.....that dinner was huge....I didn't even finish it....Eating when you aren't even hungry is soooo stupid!
I've got this!