Today, Friday, November 20th, is day 11 of my Whole30. Day 11. How is that even possible? As of yesterday, I was a third of the way complete, and while I still have 19 days to go, it baffles me how quickly this is going. It hasn’t been as hard as I was expecting it to be, but then again, I’m only 11 days in, and I’m sure boredom will creep into my meals and mind.
I am feeling fantastic. My confidence levels have boosted, both in my personal life and in the gym. For awhile there they kind of dipped a bit (thank you sugar), but I’ve found that I’m more motivated at work, which is also a result of my energy levels… side note: this morning (Friday) my body is so tired and just wants sweatpants and my couch all day.
No longer am I needing to go to bed at 7:30, and I’m finding that I’m not even yawning at that hour!
Some days I get a headache, but sometimes all it takes to cure it is food and water.
On Wednesday, day 9, my pants were feeling a bit tight, but that is actually to be expected on days 9 & 10. This awesome Whole30 timeline has been crucial to me, as it gives me a general idea of what to expect on certain days. On day 9, I also had RFB (resting b. face) all afternoon long, and let me just say that it’s a good thing that I live alone and am single. I would have felt so bad if I had to take my annoyance out on anyone else. I had hours of meetings, and I can 100% say that I sat there with the look of disgust on my face haha.
Food wise, my meals have kept me full and content. I’m looking forward to having this weekend to prep a good amount of meals for the upcoming week, because I have spent every single night cooking for 1-2 hours, and honestly, it’s annoying. That’s probably my biggest complaint so far, but I know that I started this on a whim and then went away for 4 days, so the beginning of my Whole30 so far definitely feels a bit winged.
My most exciting result so far is that I haven’t had any urges to quit or eat something that is not Whole30 compliant. I’m not even having separation anxiety from peanut butter! Speaking of nut butters, I’ve been eating almond butter instead, and ya know what, it’s just not the same. It doesn’t do it for me. I hate the grainy texture of it. It gets stuck in my teeth and then I can’t speak because my mouth is stuck shut. I’ve also noticed that it makes me feel worse than peanut butter does, so yay to that! As a result, I’ve decided to stop eating almond butter and nut butters in general to see how my body responds. Instead, I’ll continue to get my fat intake from avocados, almonds & walnuts, oil, bacon and meat. I do think taking nut butter out will do wonders for my body. Almond butter is not worth the $8-10 price tag.
My favorite meal of every day is always my breakfast. It consists of chicken sausage, eggs, avocado and sweet potatoes. It just does not get old. I also realized that I don’t like the Trader Joe’s chicken sausage that I bought, so buying 2 packages didn’t turn out to be a win.
The 2 biggest foods that I’ve been addicted to are sweet potatoes and plantains. I bought 6 lbs of sweet potatoes from the farmer’s market in PA, and I just finished them up. I probably eat about 15 oz of sweet potatoes a day. 5 oz at each meal usually. Do not judge me, especially if I turn orange.
Plantains. OHMYGOSH! I slice 2 plantains thinly, line on a baking sheet, spray with coconut oil spray and sprinkle salt on top. Roast for 30-35 minutes at 400 degrees, and kaboom, heaven is in front of you. I could demolish the entire batch in one sitting; they are THAT good! I make my own trail mix with the plantains, and will add a single-serving packet of mixed almonds and walnuts to the plantains, and that is usually either my day or evening snack.
I felt super adult last night when I bought a glass baking dish. In PA, Ryan baked us chicken in the oven with a glass dish and water and it was so good, so I had to recreate the meal. I just seasoned the chicken, placed the chicken breasts in water in the dish and baked it for 40 minutes at 350. It was extremely juicy, and while it’s basic, it was still so good. My side dish of roasted butternut squash and onions stole the show. Anyways, that’s a bit of a catch up on it so far. This weekend I’m really looking forward to prepping a large amount of meat for next week, and just relaxing and letting my body gain energy back!
If you did the Whole30, what kind of results did you have? Anything I should expect in the coming days or weeks?
What are your weekend plans?