I have…..Energy?

It is day 5 into Whole30. The headaches were nonexistent today and my stomach feels normal. No stomach pains or weird noises like before I started it. But denial kicks in. It has only been one day of this, so we shall see.

Meals are smaller and I am not as hungry as usual.

What is more crazy is that I have energy. Not just a get-up-and-get-on-the-road type of energy. But the kind of energy that leaves me antsy and wanting to run a 10K just to expel some of it. Willingly singing at the top of my lungs. Going on off the road adventures just to see what is out there. No caffeine, no sugar. I was a skeptic when the Whole30 program raved about how much energy you would gain from avoiding these foods. Now, I am more so a believer. 

Lesson for Today:  Larabars and Naked smoothies are AMAZING!!! Dairy free, soy free, gluten free, vegan, no added sugar. Finally something portable that I can have one the go. 

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Dinner on the go last night with a Blueberry “muffin” Larabar and Mighty Mango Naked smoothie.

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Huddling Hangover

Only two points are worth noting of today’s adventures

I have lost count of the amount of ibuprofen that have been consumed today. I also lost  count after 8 Liters of water how much was taken in. This headache/body adjusting/detoxing phase I know is good in the long run. But.It.Still.Sucks.

I bought bacon. Yup. First time in history. It was turkey bacon, yes…but bacon none the less. Eating eggs as breakfast for the next 27 days straight seemed like a slip-up waiting to happen. Attempting to try something again can be a good thing, right? All my dear college friends would be so proud. They attempted for years to convince me to embrace the meat. From breakfast brunch scrambles to bacon shakes. Never a go though.

Lesson from Today: Water really is a cure-all for most aliments.  So chug up.

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Experimentation

Without a doubt in my mind, I can say that this day started much better than the previous. After conversation with some housemates, it came to my attention that I had been cutting out complex carbohydrates for days prior to actually starting Whole30, hence the 3-day advanced “hangover” and “let me kill the world” feelings that were overwhelming immediately. Today: no crankiness, no tiredness, only slightly hungry, ready for a challenge.

Some of my housemates have decided to come along in someway during this journey. And what a blessing that is! One is going to cut out all chocolate for the 30 days. The other is fully participating in Whole 30 with me! The second one does not know how to cook so I have offered to make both of our meals for most days. Harder, yes. Increased accountability in needing to cook for someone else as well? Indeed so!

No serious cravings or desires to quit today. Even when some of my housemates where eating ice cream. Shocking.

Today was also a day of new snacks and crazy experiments to help ease

I spent about 30 mins pinning meals and ideas to start planning for the rest of the month here http://pinterest.com/courtcart/journey-of-whole30/ and found some pretty crazy things that I was interested in trying. I have listed a few of tonight’s adventures below. *Shoutout to my housemates for letting me smell up the house and turning them into test rabbits for a lot of these.*

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From scratch Mayo….ahem, Ranch Dressing. The plan for this one was to make a Whole30 approved mayo (Found here: http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2010/06/03/the-secret-to-homemade-mayo-patience/) but I have always hated Mayo and was going to turn the idea into Ranch dressing. It proved to be easier than I thought because I outright messed up the emulsion of egg and lemon juice and had a liquid thick consistency.

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Dinner for today: Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie.

Homemade ketchup. I did not have some of the ingredients called for so creativity played around.

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Dates and coconut. It is that simple.

Lesson for Today: Afraid to make something homemade? Don’t be! Google a recipe and try it out. If it fails, the worse is that you are out the ingredients. But who knows, maybe your flop will turn out to be something spectacular!

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It is only 30 days. Suck it up, Princess.

(Posted for April 15th)

11am on day 1 and I am already about to kill someone. I was warned here (http://whole9life.com/2012/06/the-whole30-timeline/ ) what I could expect in the first 7 days from my body. But, it was as if I had skipped day one and went right to day three. Stomach pains that only got worse with the more fruit and vegetables I ate, and a throbbing headache that would not go away, no matter how much water I drank. This was humbling. They say this painful phase of the program is directly proportional to the amount of junk you consumed before you began the program. I eat healthy. I know how to balance meals and to stay away from too much sugar. I have practiced nutrition for 7 years Gosh-Darn-It! If that claim is true, why am I in so much pain?? Well…I can lie to the world about not always being that perfect, but to my body, no secrets are kept. Ouch.

I had started Whole30 a day earlier than planned due to anxiety. I was thankful to be done sooner, but regretted not planning for that first day of change. Below is the lunch and Image

snacks that I brought. (Most of which was from an en route trip to Kroger that morning). Good fruit and vegetable choices overall, but with my stomach, head, and the gloomy day outside, warmth was calling in the form of soup.

As was the snack station in the break room….

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For days like these where I am the biggest of brats, which I am sure will come again very soon, I have printed off a very handy little reminder from a dear friend to stick on the fridge:

#whole30 @Ariel Kuykendall

I have to remind myself as to why i am doing this again and again. For gut heath. For RD education. For an increase in self-discipline.

Suck it up I will.

 

Lesson for Today: Sweet Potatoes really do make the world better. Cranky? Seriously, eat one. It will change everything.

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