Whole30: Week 2
Well, today, I am officially beyond the program's halfway mark...and wanted to dive a bit deeper.
Remind me...what's Whole30 & why are you doing it?
Here's the basic gist without getting into the boring nitty gritty that I've spent the last month or so studying up on: no legumes, no dairy, no grains, no added sugars, no junk food, no alcohol.
After months of progressively worsening anxiety flare-ups, skin breakouts, and super low energy...I decided it was time for a change. And, after a lot of research, I ended up opting for Whole30 - 30 days of super clean eating and not a lot snacking. My main priorities for the program are: mood, energy and skin.
How do I feel two weeks in?
I am a bit all over the place. Unlike the first week where I felt like I was smooth sailing, this week was hard. My happiness was replaced with cravings and an overwhelming desire to quit. I actually kept asking friends...what if I just quit, who cares? Self-restraint hasn't always been my forte...and staring at lemon-poppyseed muffins and bagels at work was extremely difficult. But...I pushed past the cravings and tried to remind myself of the long-term goal (and that if I could resist contacting an ex-boyfriend for 2 months post-breakup...I could do a 30-day diet, right?).
But, despite the difficulty around cravings, I physically felt great all week. I had so much energy and lowered my caffeine consumption overall. I felt like I crushed my workouts (Crossfit, Renegade Fitness, November Project, Sparkcycle and hiking!) and didn't feel fatigued without my normal coffee consumption. My stomach troubles have continued to be non-existent, and my baby abs are coming back! Non-scale victories.
What are my biggest resources?
As I mentioned in my last Tuesday Ten, I've been relying pretty heavily on Pinterest for recipes. It's a great place to find some tasty, out-of-the-box ideas. I also have been relying on The Whole30 book for ingredient checks and recipes (and to compare to see if my mood fits into the creators' "timeline"). I've also been gaining some recipe inspiration from Instagram (type in #Whole30), specifically the Whole 30 Recipes account and Primal Palate. Last but not least, I've joined a few Facebook support groups that have been helpful for recipes, ingredient checks...and honestly, support. It was super helpful during my cravings last week to sympathize with others experiencing the same.
Is this impacting your social life?
Yes and no. My friends have been accommodating with the situation - even going so far as to help me cook a Whole30 meal for our monthly dinner. But, I have had to shut down various dinner meet-ups and seeing friends because I couldn't find any Whole 30 options on the menu. I'm trying to remind myself that just one month of missing out on social plans won't kill friendships.
Can you dine out?
I ate out twice this week - and felt like I was living large. It was honestly exciting to not prep two meals. I opted for a seared tuna salad at Tender Greens with a compliant dressing and a burger with no bun or cheese at Queenstown. Those Facebook groups I mentioned earlier have been instrumental in letting me know where I can and cannot eat.
What did I eat during Week 2?
Here's a quick breakdown of what I ate the second week:
- Sweet Potato Stuffed with Eggs + Compliant Bacon + Avocado + Everything But the Bagel Seasoning
- Egg Scramble with Bell Peppers + Spinach + Avocado and Blueberries
- Fried Eggs + Spinach + Tomatoes + Avocado (with Everything But the Bagel Seasoning, of course)
- Coconut Milk Latte: Hot coffee blended with full-fat coconut milk, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides & dash of cinnamon
- Blackened Chicken Avocado Salad topped with Chosen Foods' Avocado Oil
- Sheila's Cracked Burger from Queenstown Public House (no bun, no sauce, no cheese!)
- Crockpot Cauliflower Chicken Chili
- Whole30 Stuffed Peppers (from the Whole30 Cookbook)
- Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts and Sauteed Apples
- Tender Greens' Tuna Nicoise Salad
- Larabar - Blueberry Muffin
- RX Bar - Bluberry
- Matcha Latte (blended with dash of cinnamon + 2 tbsp coconut butter)