Today is my 14th day of the Whole30. This last week has honestly been very easy. Easy in the sense that I never feel like I’m craving anything. I do get hungry, but when I get hungry I’m not thinking, “I really want some bread” or “I would love some chocolate”. I’m just hungry and it’s nice to no longer have cravings.
I’ve done a much better job meal prepping this week, but I am trying to get a bit more creative with my dishes. It’s easy when I work from home because I can make a fresh lunch, but bringing lunch into work makes it a bit more difficult. I don’t like to bring foods that need to be warmed up. Microwaves really freak me out. I’m also paranoid about reheating food. Certain foods can give you food poisoning if you store and reheat them improperly. This has just made me paranoid in general so I totally avoid if possible! So this weekend I made it a goal to really look into the recipes in the Whole30 book. I plan on incorporating things such as meatballs and potatoes into my lunch at work.
Compared to my first week, my energy levels have definitely improved. Adding carbs into at least two meals a day has definitely helped. I also think because I’m so active, I just wasn’t eating enough. I’m really starting to realize how much food I need to keep my body nourished.
The biggest thing I’ve learned this week is that I can’t be perfect. The Whole30 has a lot of recommendations, some I have a very hard time sticking with. No, you don’t have to count calories, and you can eat anything compliant, but they recommend 3 large meals a day and limit snacking. (Eating a piece of fruit should be done with a meal not on it’s own) For me, this is really hard. So I’ve just accepted the fact that I can’t be perfect. If I’m hungry, I’m hungry and I’m going to have a piece of fruit with almond butter if needs be.
TIP FOR THIS WEEK
The one suggestion I have from this week is to make sure if you have someone else cooking for you (i.e. your mom, boyfriend, girlfriend, friend) make sure they KNOW what is compliant and what is not. Thankfully, I didn’t run into any issues this week, but my boyfriend almost gave me a heart attack. We were grocery shopping today and he said, “Well you can have soy sauce right?” My face immediately went pale. Thankfully he hadn’t used any soy sauce, but he said he was planning on using it in dinner tonight. Make sure before you eat anything that you did not make yourself that you ask how it was prepared and with what sauces. I know it can be annoying but you don’t want to find yourself on Day 19 and realize your mom made dinner with something not compliant in the program.
Also a reminder to keep checking your labels! I find myself buying something, taking a bit and realizing I didn’t even read the label. Every time this has happened I’ve been fine but you can easily slip up!
Just a girl writing down her thoughts on life post-trauma, body acceptance and wellness.