On the Whole30 website you can find The Whole30 Timline which is a series of feelings, physical and emotional experiences you may have. My body has decided it will not stick to the timeline but I will experience these things at surprising intervals. For example, I experienced some truly enjoyable moments in the bathroom (are you feeling the sarcasm here) on day 4 that the timeline discusses happening on days 8-9. This morning I woke up and wanted to never look at another egg again which is strange because I haven’t eaten that many eggs and the “over it” mentality shouldn’t be kicking in for two weeks according to the timeline. I haven’t felt the anger either so that is great! All of this considered, I am no longer referring to it as an accurate timeline rather a “potential side effects” pamphlet. I’m still super proud of myself so let’s get to the what I ate portion of this post…
Day 6 – You will notice today was a little embarrassing but I’m here!
Breakfast: Today I was tired and a little over it. I had no desire to make breakfast really and my daughter was asking for pb&j so I gave in. I gave her pb&j and I grabbed a piece of leftover chicken and an apple.
10:30ish am: I went on a long awaited coffee date sans kids with my girlfriend. I was hungry from my small “breakfast” and thought on my drive, “Crap! Why did I schedule a coffee date at a place called Old Town Coffee and Chocolates–key word chocolates in the first week of my Whole30??” I told myself, ” I can do this! No bagel with lox and cream cheese. No muffin, no chocolate. They have to have something I can eat there!” My prayers were answered when I discovered my innocent friend had decided against bringing me a muffin and they had fruit and hard boiled eggs.
Plain Peppermint Tea, Orange and Hard Boiled Eggs
Lunch: 1/4 cup almonds and more leftover chicken
Dinner: I was making one of my favorite meals already for a friend who had just had surgery so I decided I would make it for me. It was inspired by this recipe but I’ve changed it so will list it below.
It calls for a zesty italian seasoning packet and I don’t like to do weird processed things when I can avoid it. I’m especially not using ingredients like that while doing a Whole30 so I always use this Homemade Ranch Seasoning Recipe I found years ago. I also used Olive Oil instead of butter for the sake of my 30 days but my friends will get that butter because it is SUPER good! Also, tonight I ran out of green beans so we had broccoli instead. It was awesome!
Breakfast: 2 eggs 2 slices bacon
Lunch: Leftover chicken and broccoli from dinner night before
Snack: Apple, carrots, and snap peas
Dinner: We were at friends house for a 3 year old’s birthday party so I ate several slices of watermelon, a glass of Odwalla Super Food Smoothie and a hot dog without a bun or condiments. I’m pretty sure I’m not supposed to be eating hot dogs and don’t plan on doing it again but unfortunately I did not plan as well as I could have. Even with my poor planning, I did not give in to a Mike’s Hard Lemonade. I did take one drink, forgetting I couldn’t have them and immediately realized how sweet it was. I thought, “Oh no! I can’t have sugar. This has to have sugar! Oh wait, I can’t have alcohol either while I’m doing this.” So I apologized and my husband helped me out by not letting it go to waste. I also conquered a cake that had minions made out of twinkies…adorable! My girls made quite the mess with them so that was fun!
Snack: I didn’t really eat much due to my poor planning so had about 1/2 c leftover chicken with 1/4 of an avocado smashed up with it before bed.
The way I’m making this happen is really by having some things already made so I don’t have to worry about preparing all day. I eat leftovers when possible and buy rotisserie chickens I can pull the meat off and leave refrigerated for lunches and other times too. I also have a huge bag of baby carrots, cashews (I already ate all of them though), and snap peas for snacking. It has been really helpful. I feel like there are definitely ways to make a Whole30 easier! Also, clearly mistakes were made but I’m not quitting because of them. I am learning from them and continuing this challenge with excitement for what’s to come!