Keep Moving Forward
I’m on day 24 of my Whole30. To be honest with you, for the last several days I’ve been over it. I was over the food restriction and was neither excited about nor interested in the food I’d prepped last week. I wanted to eat like a “normal” person again and was counting down the days until my Whole30 was over. Then I could eat the foods I was eating prior to January 5. They weren’t that bad, I didn’t feel that bad before, did I? While I was settling into this way of eating and making 99% of my food, those old dragons were screaming at me again for chocolate, pizza, wine… I could quit and who would really care?!
My feelings of food boredom and being “over it,” is very normal at this stage in the program. To get my head back in the game this week, I have employed a few hacks suggested by the Whole30 experts:
- I’ve prepared some of my favorite foods (compliant, of course!). No, I won’t be eating pizza or chocolate, but I will be eating meals I’ve made before and really enjoyed. See below for links to my meals for the week.
- I thought about my “Whys” for doing this program, including getting an idea of what food may be causing me inflammation. In general, I’ve been feeling a lot better and, while I don’t know if I’ve lost any weight (participants are not allowed to weigh themselves while doing the program), my clothes are feeling better. I also have experienced a lot more energy and motivation and my workouts have been a lot better #tigerblood.
- Finally, I thought about how disappointed I would be with myself if I didn’t complete the program in its entirety. As I’ve discussed before, my rebel tendencies have usually taken over by now, and I wouldn’t have completed the program out of sheer boredom.
But I didn’t quit, and I have every intention to complete this program. In a nutshell, I adjusted my attitude. Instead of dwelling on finally getting to day 31, I’m focusing on how far I’ve come – this is the best I’ve done on any program ever. AND the Whole30 isn’t technically over on day 31 as there are an additional 10 days of food reintroduction. It will all be worth it as the next step after reintroduction will be finding my “food freedom.” After all, the Whole30 is not a diet. It is a way to fine-tune what I eat and my relationship with food so I can continue focusing on eating food that fuels me well while also having room to enjoy treats I feel are worth it. This is my journey.
What I’m eating this week:
- Sheet pan breakfast (Paleomg) – so delicious!
- Apple, Fennel, and Pork Radicchio Wraps (Whole30 Fast & Easy) – I love the savory taste of the pork, the sweetness of the apple and apricot and the crunchiness of the radicchio and walnuts.
- Crusted chicken and Wilted Kale Salad (Whole30 Fast & Easy) – Who could turn down a homemade crunchy chicken tender?!
- Steak with roasted potatoes, sweet potatoes, zucchini, turnip, asparagus – Hello, steak. Basically, just olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
- Paleo Pesto (Wholesmiths) – to dip roasted veggies. An old favorite!