I’ve completed my first week on the Whole30! I am loving the personal growth and realizations that are coming with this challenge. Doing a Whole30 isn’t just about changing your diet or losing weight. It’s so much more than that. I’m trying new things, opening myself to new ideas, and getting out of my comfort zone.
I haven’t been a breakfast person in years. I am a hardcore coffee drinker. Coffee is a known appetite suppressant, just another reason I love it so. For years I drank coffee throughout the morning and afternoon to boost my metabolism and keep food cravings away. To comply with the Whole30 rules, I’ve put off my first cup until I eat as well as made an effort to cut back. I’ve eaten a meal within an hour or two of waking up for the last 4 days. Honestly, it’s been touch and go. I have had some light to pretty intense nauseous and digestive pain about an hour or so after I eat for a few hours. I’m assuming this is my body adjusting to increased food intake as well as it’s just not used to processing food early in the day. I’m going to start taking a probiotic and maybe get some digestive enzymes if it continues.
I had my first real hardcore sugar craving on day 7. I made some cookies for my boss the day before and held a few back to give to another coworker that is leaving. These are birthday cake cookies, they’re AMAZING and when I get them just perfect, brown around the edges and gooey in the middle, they are irresistable! From the time I woke up until late into the evening I was thinking about those cookies. I wouldn’t give in to my craving, but it did disturb me that I thought about it. One thing that I haven’t missed much is dairy. A little shocked by that.
I haven’t ever been a huge banana fan. I would have one on occasion but there is a very short window between the too green to taste good and too ripe and mushy for me. Texture is a big thing with me and the mush makes me gag. However, this week I have been bananas for bananas! I eat them with a handful of almonds and walnuts for a balanced snack. Carb, protein, fat.
Wednesday night after work I went to a bar with some co-workers to say goodbye to our friend that is leaving. I expected this to be hard since everyone would be drinking and I wouldn’t be able to. It wasn’t, I had a cup of tea and two cups of coffee and was completely and utterly satisfied. When I arrived I ordered a cup of hot water, I brought my own tea bags to make some green tea. I started feeling bad for not actually ordering anything so I asked them to please make me a pot of coffee. I tipped the bartender very well for that. Having been a bartender and server for 10 years, I realize that they only make their money from tips. If you are in my position where you are sitting at a restaurant with friends but opting out of ordering something or only having water or even sitting for an extended period of time to catch up with friends after your meal is over, please tip your server or bartender well. Obviously 20% of nothing is nothing. What you might not have taken into account though is they only have a certain amount of space at their bar, or a certain number of tables to make their money from. If you’re taking up space, you’re taking up their ability to make money from people that are ordering and tipping. Tip them by the hour, it’s only fair.
Sorry for the tangent, back to the subject at hand. A few night this week, not counting the night I was out at the bar. I wanted a drink, I thought about a glass of wine or last night I wanted a white russian. I haven’t drank in weeks but forbid me something and apparently I will want it every night!
I have been cooking a lot more this week. Not that that is a bad thing, except for the copious amount of dishes. It’s nice to know what you’re putting in your body and knowing it’s whole and healthy, although it can be very time consuming. I am trying to make simple recipes with just a few ingredients, don’t over-complicate things. When I cook a dinner I make enough for 1 to 2 extra meals as well. I can’t do eggs for breakfast so I usually do left over dinner. Here are few examples of what I’ve been eating this week:
Oven roasted chicken, broccoli, garlic, red peppers tossed in olive oil.
Kale chips– my new favorite!
Taco Salad- ground beef with tomatoes, onion, garlic, peppers, jalapenos, on a bed of lettuce, with avocado
Pot roast with onion, carrots, celery and garlic.
fresh cucumber and carrot sticks
almonds and walnuts
First week down, three more to go! How does this compare to your meals last week? Does this meal plan look like something you could be happy with? What do you think of my struggles and triumphs so far? I’d love to hear from you!
The views and opinions expressed in this post are purely the author’s own and are not necessarily shared by Green Oklahoma or other members of the staff. Use caution when starting new diets, if you have any health concerns be sure to consult a doctor. The author is not a doctor or dietitian.
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