My Whole30 Adventure, week 2-3Monday, November 19, 2012
Currently, I am on day 21 of my Whole30 food adventure. I am proud that I have stuck with it this long, to be honest. There have been moments where I really wanted to cave, and have that hot, buttered roll, or make a huge heaping plate of cheesy nachos, or a giant piece of cheesecake. But I have held on. There have been a few moments where I've had to make the most of the situation - like at the Ball the other night. I was so hungry by the time we ate (I totally should have eaten beforehand), so I did the best I could at not eating the gravy on the meat, but I am sure I consumed something that was not Whole30 approved. Oh well. I'm not all bent out of shape about it, I did the best I could given the circumstances.
People keep asking me how I feel and if I have noticed a difference in how I feel. I do. I have more energy, and don't get those middle-of-the-day crashes that I used to get. I sleep easily and well (although some of that might be the fact that we do have a little baby who keeps me tired, ha!). My milk supply is still not an issue, which I am thankful for.
I did encounter a period of days in which I started breaking out and was very irritable. At first, I wondered if it was food related, but I now know it was more hormonal related. My face is starting to clear up again, and I have not been irritable like those few days.
I've learned I really like cauliflower "rice" (although the rest of my family, not so much...), almond butter, sweet potato hash browns, and snacking on cashews or olives. I've learned that I have the tendency to want to snack all afternoon long, so have had to work on just having one filling snack to get me through (I feel hungry a lot between meals - I think this has more to do with the fact that I am breastfeeding, because I do fill up on meat/veggies at my meals). I've known that I am a bored eater and a stress eater. Not being able to just grab SOMEthing to eat has been good for me - it puts me in check and makes me question why I am wanting to eat between meals. Is my body really hungry or do I just want to be putting something in my mouth?
Some new recipes we've tried in the past few weeks: Spaghetti Squash Carbonara, Stuffed Green Peppers, Roast Chicken, Kale Chips, Mashed Cauliflower
I have just over a week to go to finish my Whole30 adventure. I've been asked if I will keep eating this way once my month is complete. The answer is no. There is no way I can realistically keep dairy and grains and some sugar out of my diet forever. I DO feel great, but I love food way too much, to be honest. I would much rather work on portion control and moderation. I know I will take some of what I've learned and use it. I also think that it will be interesting as I re-introduce foods, to see how my body responds. I think we will eat more veggies and fruits, and I will probably eat less grains and dairy and sugar, but I know I can't wait to indulge in a few Christmas cookies or a butterhorn roll over the holidays!
To hear about the beginning of my Whole30 adventure, check out week 1.