First of all, thank you all so much for all the love yesterday! I am so so excited for so many reasons. Even though I am already feeling a little wedding planning stress (I already had a conversation with my dad where he started announcing all of the people I “have to” invite…), being engaged is so fun and I can’t wait to be a wife!
And now, back to the issue at hand: Whole30!
Today is Day 9 of Whole30 and I have to say that this has been much easier the 2nd time around. I did have a little bit of a cheat meal on Sunday night, but let me tell you that I paid dearly for those few bites of ice cream yesterday. I also managed to stick to Whole30 on Saturday night at a friend’s wedding. Luckily they had a buffet and I was able to load my plate up with salad and grilled chicken, and I opted for soda water with lime instead of beer or wine. As this friend has a reputation for being quite a partier, I thought I would be getting a lot of crap for not drinking, but honestly nobody even noticed!
But the first week was not all puppies and rainbows. Day 1 and 2 weren’t so bad, but I felt miserable on Day 3 (last Wednesday) and on Day 5 (Friday), my face and upper back broke out big time (TMI?). On Friday night we had friends over after 13.5 and someone walked in with a bag of tortilla chips and a bowl of guacamole. As you all know, tortilla chips are my Achilles heel, and having them sitting out on my dining room table with a bowl of delicious guac next to them was just almost too much to handle! Luckily I had a back-up plan, and made Nom Nom Paleo’s Prosciutto chips, which were a big hit and absolutely delicious, plus definitely satisfied my chip craving.
As the Whole30 team notes, Week 2 is when you really start to notice the benefits of the program. I have to say that this has been pretty true for me this week. The past few nights I have fallen asleep immediately, and I find myself waking up around 7 without an alarm clock. But I am still ironing out a few kinks. First of all, I have been working from home for the past few days, and when I do that I tend to literally just forget to eat. For example, right now it’s the middle of the afternoon and I just realized all I’ve eaten today is a few eggs with sweet potato. When I’m not going into work, I tend to pay less attention to the time, and I also don’t typically take time out for a lunch break.
It also is definitely harder than I thought it would be to do Zone while on Whole30. Not that the ingredients are much different, but it just feels like a lot to think about. Breakfast, as always, has been the easiest to zone, and lunch isn’t too hard as I’ve been sticking to my roasted chicken kale stand-by meal, but I have mostly given up on worrying about zoning dinner every night. If it works out and we have something like lettuce wraps that are easy to zone, then great. But if stew or stir fry is on the menu, then I’m not going to worry too much about it.
How is your Whole30 going? You can check in with a few of my favorite bloggers who also wrote about their Week 1 experience!