And, just like that I’m halfway through my Whole30 challenge!
What I Ate
Smoothies continue to be a staple of my diet. It feels a little weird drinking them in the middle of winter, but they’re a great way to get in a bunch of fruits and veggies, as well as a quick boost of protein to start my day. It’s a good reminder that I do best when I have some sort of protein or healthy fat in my breakfast. Avocado toast, we’ll re-unite soon.
I also made a big batch of chili that lasted the majority of the week. I didn’t follow a particular recipe, just used a few varieties of beans, a couple cans of diced tomatoes, garlic, onion, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. It’s nothing fancy, but tastes great.
I am still snacking, even though that’s against the rules. I am trying to be better, though. Especially near the end of last year, I would just graze throughout the day. With Whole30, I’m trying to stick to three meals and an afternoon snack. There were a couple days when I had a morning snack as well, but that need isn’t as strong anymore. Particularly on the days I’m working out, I just don’t function well going that long between meals, particularly lunch and dinner. I’m an after-work fitness person and that means that I could be going anywhere from 6-8 hours without eating if I don’t have a snack, and that doesn’t bode well for a great sweat session. Carrots and hummus, apples and almond butter, and cashew cookie LÄRABARs are my go-to choices for a mid-day snack.
Although I’m generally pretty good about drinking water, being extra diligent is helping significantly with cravings and keeping the snacking down. I always talk about how we often mistake thirst as hunger, but I’m realizing how much I haven’t practiced that in my own life.
How I’m Feeling
The first week was a challenge, without a doubt. Week two proved itself to be notably better. I’ve been sleeping better, my energy levels are up and much more stable throughout the day. I am finding that the increased energy levels are slightly impacting my ability to focus. I feel like my brain keeps jumping around a lot, if that makes sense. My cravings are almost non-existent at this point. The candy dish in the office doesn’t faze me! The chance to get my sweet tooth under control feels monumental. Other than a minor one early last week, I haven’t had a migraine since starting Whole30. If this month affords me the opportunity to get at the root of that (quite literal) headache, it will all be worth it.
Physically, I’m noticing a huge difference. My dress pants were uncomfortably tight before this journey started now they’re starting to fit as they should again. A coworker even commented that I was “looking skinny” one day last week, which is always a fun compliment to hear!
Honestly, the most challenging thing is trying to have a social life right now. Being single, the majority of my hanging out with friends time involves going out for dinner or drinks. In the summer, the options are more plentiful. But, I’m not a fan of cold weather and outdoor winter activities, so it’s limiting. I’ve pushed off a few friends until after the challenge, just because it’s easier that way.