Well guys, I made it through WEEK #1 of Whole 30! Wahoo!
It was NOT easy, but I got ‘er done. Whenever I start a new “diet,” “goal,” or “plan,” the first week is always the hardest! Food cravings are crazy, my appetite goes nuts and everything seems so daunting.
For the first few days on Whole 30, I seriously just had to take it “one day at a time.” The entire 30 days seemed so overwhelming!
I know it’s ONLY 30 days, which really isn’t all that long, BUT when the body is in detox and the cravings/appetite are in overdrive, 30 days seems like forever! However, after I got several days under my belt, I didn’t want to give up! I have become stronger and more determined with each day.
I’m happy to say that I feel great! I really do. I’m not supposed to weigh myself on this “diet,” so I don’t know how much weight I’ve lost, but I do feel a little thinner. I still feel very poofy and chubby and I wish the baby weight would just fall right off of my body, but I’m encouraged to see some progress!
I’ve also noticed that my cravings have gone down significantly. I’m so grateful because the first few days were TOUGH! I felt hungry all of the time and I wanted to eat every “bad food” in sight! Seriously, I had moments of sheer panic where I thought “Auuughhh, what in the world can I eat!??!”
I know that sounds a little crazy, but food cravings are no joke. Whenever I had one of those “crazy lady” moments, I would just STOP, take a deep breath and then make me something healthy (a.k.a. Whole 30 legal) to eat.
It seemed like after I got something in my stomach and wasn’t so hungry anymore, the food craving went away and I calmed down.
I’m happy to say I’m doing fine now. I have officially calmed down. Yes, cookies, donuts, hamburgers, fries and all of my favorite foods still sound very yummy, but I can resist them pretty easily right now. In fact, I DON’T even want to eat anything crappy right now. It’s almost become like a game to me. It’s so fun to see and feel how my body responds to 100% real, healthy, unprocessed foods.
I have a ton of energy, feel strong, “clean,” and sleep like a baby. I love it. I also pee all day long (TMI, I know), but that really is a good indicator to me in how well my body is functioning.
I always drink a lot of water (I shoot for a gallon a day), but when I’m eating well, I pee all day long. I usually have to wake up in the night to use the bathroom. When I’m not eating very well, I seem to retain more water and feel more sluggish and tired….and I pee less frequently. It’s always fascinating to me to see the difference.
I’m sure you’re all glad to have that tidbit of information about me, lol. I just hope it helps someone else out there!
Here are some of the things I’ve been eating lately…
I have some kind of egg/veggie concoction every single day. I’m getting quite sick of them, but I just shovel ’em down!
Guacamole or avocado always make them taste so much better!
I’ve made green smoothies most days and they’re always so refreshing. I’m not supposed to go overboard on the fruit, so I try to not go too crazy.
My latest favorite one is 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, 1 cup water, 2 big handfuls of spinach, 1/2 of a frozen banana, 1 cup frozen mango chunks, 1/3 of a cucumber and a small handful of chia seeds mixed with ice.
It’s HUGE and tastes great! I usually make a green smoothie when I don’t know what in the world to make and I’m sick of all of the same ol’, same ol’ food.
I’ve also made some yummy dinners lately.
I made beef stew one night and it totally hit the spot!
On Sunday, I made a pot roast, with mashed potatoes and gravy (I didn’t thicken my gravy so I could avoid the starch) and carrots. It was the perfect comfort food meal.
We had tacos one night. I made mine into a taco salad without any cheese…..beans…..or sour cream (sniff, sniff.)
We made grilled chicken, grilled pineapple and salad tonight. It seemed like a summer meal, but it tasted great!
I’ll share my beef stew recipe soon. I’ve been a big slacker at sharing recipes lately, but I’m going to try to be better!!
I’ve also made sure to bring plenty of healthy things with me whenever I’m on the go. I usually pack things up in an insulated lunch box. This is just apples, cucumbers and chicken (I love leftover cold chicken!)
There’s also been plenty of temptations lurking around. My son made cookies with his friend one night and I totally wanted to face-plant into the cookie dough. Cookies are my fav!
On Friday night, Kev and I went to a fun belated neighborhood “white elephant gift” Christmas party. There was SO MUCH yummy food there; artichoke dip, candy, wrap sandwiches, meatballs, cheese and crackers, you name it!
I decided to bring something “Whole 30 legal” so I could have something to eat. I was going to bring a veggie tray, but I figured someone else would bring that….no one did, dang it. Sooo, I decided to bring sweet potato chips and guacamole. I also brought normal tortilla chips as well.
I’m really glad I brought them because the only other thing that I could eat was apples. The apples, sweet potato chips and guac tasted heavenly though!
In fact I made a new batch of guac and sweet potato chips last night. They are so good!
Oh, and FYI….this is the white elephant gift we brought….
I got it on Amazon for $12. Pretty dang awesome.
Here’s the white elephant gift we got…
An “Eye Pad” and “Beets” headphones! LOL, love it!
We had a blast and I only took one lame picture…
On Saturday night, Kev and I decided to go see the movie, Unbroken.
I love “true story” movies and this one was great! It was an unbelievable, inspiring story. I did feel like the movie dragged on just a bit, but it was still very, very good. Angelina Jolie was the director, btw. I thought that was cool.
One of Kev’s favorite foods in the world is movie theater popcorn, so he got some. It smelled amazing, but thankfully it wasn’t too hard to resist. I don’t love popcorn, but if I start eating it….it’s tough to stop!
The other night, my 16 year old son popped in my room to say goodnight. He was eating a hot slice of french bread covered in melted cheese!
I told him, “Son….you are very rude.” Then I took his picture, gave him a hug and told him to get the heck outta my room, lol. Bread + cheese = perfect late night comfort food.
Well, that’s the latest folks! I really love Whole 30 and so far, think it’s the perfect way to detox, reset the system and lose a little weight! I’m excited to keep on going and see/feel the results!
I hope you all have a wonderful night!!!