Whole30: Week 2
It's hard to believe TWO weeks of the Whole30 have come and gone. Week 2 was a harder than Week 1, mostly because the excitement of trying something new wore off and I simply didn't want to spend so much time cooking! Consequently, I relied on snack foods more than I maybe should have (What can I say? Epic bars are amazing.)
Week 2 encompassed what the Whole30 describes as "The Hardest Days" (Days 10 & 11)—and they certainly were hard. But, they were hard for reasons other than my diet. Between work and personal relationships, I was dealing with a lot of stress. There were so many nights I came home from work upset and stressed, and all I wanted was a glass (or bottle) of wine and a bag of Dove chocolates. But, I never gave in. I stuck to compliant foods and I learned to cope by filling my time with things other than food. This, above all, might be what I'm proud of most. My entire life, I have sought comfort in sweets; this week, I subbed chocolate for veggies and the couch for bike rides.
WHAT I ATE THIS WEEK:
Whenever I sit down to write about the foods I'm eating, I wonder, "Does anyone actually care what I ate this week?" But, it's important to me that whoever is reading this blog understands the Whole30 isn't a "diet," and certainly isn't a restrictive one. There is so much to eat, while still adhering to the Whole30 guidelines!
BREAKFAST: 1/2 spinach/mushroom/tomato frittata + banana
LUNCH: Spinach salad with sprouts, avocado, cherry tomatoes, chicken, cucumber, kalamata olives, and homemade vinaigrette
SNACK: Apple + an Epic bar
DINNER: Steamed zoodles (zucchini noodles, for those who don't know) with ground beef and homemade tomato sauce. This sauce is a staple in my kitchen!
BREAKFAST: Scrambled eggs, strawberries, banana, 1/2 an avocado
LUNCH: Spinach salad topped with canned salmon and 2 hardboiled eggs, with a side of green pepper
DINNER: Baked "swoodles" (AKA sweet potato noodles) with ground beef and leftover tomato sauce
BREAKFAST: I switched it up a bit on Day 10 and explored something a little sweet. I had a bowl of coconut flakes, banana coins, and sunflower butter topped with cinnamon. (So good!)
LUNCH: Chicken and butternut squash with a side of kalamata olives
DINNER: Cauliflower fried "rice" w/ veggies, egg, and coconut aminos
LUNCH: Carrot sticks and an RX bar
DINNER: Epic Bar and leftover cabbage slaw
Day 11 was hard. I was stressed and upset for a host of reasons, and when I get worked up, my appetite goes out the window. I didn't eat three Whole30-compliant meals. Rather, I ate compliant snacks throughout the day as I could choke them down. In some ways, I feel like I cheated, because I certainly didn't eat as much as I should have.
BREAKFAST: 2 hardboiled eggs, apple, 1/2 an avocado
LUNCH: Chicken breast, butternut squash, side of cherry tomatoes
DINNER: Cauliflower fried "rice" and a side of strawberries
BREAKFAST: 2 fried eggs, broiled grapefruit, coffee, and an RX bar
LUNCH: Arugula and Romaine salad with chicken, avocado, and banana peppers; side of celery sticks dipped in sunflower butter
SNACK: Epic bar (now that I'm typing all this out, I'm realizing just how many Epic bars I've eaten this week. Time to switch it up!)
DINNER: Chicken breast, roasted potatoes, and green bell pepper
BREAKFAST: Egg scramble and a side of strawberries
MID-MORNING SNACK: Banana
LUNCH: Cauliflower fried "rice" with celery sticks and apple slices dipped in sunflower butter on the side
POST-WORKOUT SNACK: Prosciutto — (side note: I've been totally into working out these days)
DINNER: Romaine and Arugula salad with cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, and banana peppers; and 2 hot dogs (I gotta say, hotdogs are hotdogs—and they're all gross. Even the fancy, all-natural ones)
BEDTIME SNACK: Unfortunately, I wasn't feeling well the night of Day 14, so I wound up throwing up my dinner (I know, TMI) and once my appetite returned, I had 2 Lärabars, an Epic bar, and some Gorilly Goods Baja pumpkin seeds to tide me over until I went to bed.
HOW I'M FEELING
1 = Worst I've ever felt. 10 = Best I've ever felt.
Still sleeping an average of 7 hours a night, with more frequent dreams—many of which center around eating non-compliant foods, like Taco Bell, cotton candy, and Chinese. (According to the Whole30 book, this is apparently common, but no one really knows the science behind why.)
Even though the past week was stressful and highly emotional, I know that if I had eaten unhealthy foods and sat stagnant on my couch all week, I would have felt a million times worse.
Last week, I mentioned that the skin on my face hasn't seen much improvement. This is still true, but I failed to mention that my hair and nails are stronger and prettier than they've ever been before! (And, shockingly, I've stopped biting my nails so frequently.)
Allergies/Illness: 5/10 (neutral)
I haven't felt ill since Days 6 and 7, but my allergies are back. I know a lot of people are struggling with seasonal allergies as the fall weather sets in, so I'm chalking this up to my environment, not Whole30. (Sadly, I can't take Flonase... can you believe dextrose is a main ingredient?!)
I wrote this particular blog post in one sitting, after all of Week 2 was complete. That's when I realized just how important it has been for me to keep a daily journal of my food and experiences throughout this journey. I can't help but wonder if Week 2 was harder, in part, due to my lack of writing. Next week (and beyond), I'm going to write everyday to keep myself motivated and accountable.
I'm halfway through, and excited to see what Weeks 3 & 4 bring!
Photo Courtesy of Minimalist Baker.