whole30, days 3 and 4
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
This has so far been a difficult challenge for me. This is only my fourth day and it feels like I've been doing it for 2 weeks!!
I work with young children and am spent by the end of the day and typically turn to sugar and carbs to ease the pain of working with little ones with special needs and doing it for very little pay.
Yesterday was rough. I experienced that fog that so many others who have done whole30 have spoken of. I felt like my head was detached from my body. And my breath reeked! No gum or mints allowed. I have to get myself some actual mint leaves or some cloves to gnaw on. By the end of the day, people were talking to me but it felt like even though they were looking right at me, they were talking to someone else. The fog was dense!
Yesterday's menu was: breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, 1 chicken apple sausage and maybe a banana, can't remember. lunch was asian chicken chopped salad, basically chicken with cabbage, carrots, red onions,and a clementine; and dinner was 2 chicken drumsticks with a sweet potato and green beans. After that, I had almond milk with a frozen banana. It hit the spot.
I went online last night to encourage myself to keep on keeping on, reading other whole30ers comments about how they made it. It was good to see I'm not the only one struggling through it. The food isn't horrible. It's just those moments when you really crave the things you're used to.
The other very difficult part for me is that this is not a cheap month. It can definitely be done on a budget, but you'd better be ready to eat mostly eggs and sweet potatoes. I don't have the budget to buy ghee, specialty sausages, non-carageenan almond milk, etc. I have three very hungry people I also feed and they eat any stash I have put aside for myself.
it all felt worth it. I woke up feeling...good! I felt energetic, sharp. And one of the things I'm learning is that my meals don't have to be incredible gourmet feats. They have actually been really boring and my flesh cries out for the good stuff (not sure if you've noticed I'm not listing or going into great detail about the stuff I miss; if I talk about it too much, I'll just give it life and...just no). But I survive each meal and am able to move on. I realize I don't need a meal to be junky to enjoy it. Belieeeve me, I know I'm a food addict and haven't arrived by any means. Day by day.... Meal by meal....
So, today I didn't have breakfast until almost 10am. I had coffee with an egg frittata of diced leftover potatoes, chicken apple sausage, and of course eggs. Very filling and good. For lunch I'm not hungry yet; maybe tuna with celery? Not sure yet. For dinner, I'm making a pork roast in a lime marinade with roasted broccoli and cauliflower.
Onward and upward!
4 days almost down, 26 to go!