“This food will still be here after the Whole30 is over”
This has been my mantra for the last few days and has helped make saying “no” so much easier! I tell myself “I can eat pizza, drink that cup of milk, enjoy my protein pancakes, etc in 30 days”. The last time I did Whole30, I failed miserably because all I thought about was what I couldn’t have, and I hated watching Don enjoy things that I wanted to eat. But now my whole mindset has shifted and I know that all these foods that I enjoy as a treat will still be available to me in 30 days. Will I still want to eat them? I don’t know, but at least I have the option!
If you read the Whole 30 book or journal, it will tell you that day four is when you want to “Kill All The Things” aka you are set off by the smallest things. This has been the day I’ve worried about the most since I made the decision to complete Whole30 because I stay at home with three children all day.
I’m happy to say that I survived and did way better than I could have hoped or prayed for! Despite crying babies and a toddler that skipped her nap (for the first time EVER!!!), I managed to keep my cool today and address everyone’s needs without getting frustrated. I did have to walk away from Sammy crying and vent in the kitchen at one point because I was over it and could feel myself getting upset, but thankfully Don was still home to remedy the situation. I did also cry for no major reason this afternoon. I’m going to blame that on Whole30 and all the emotions my body is going through.
I think my biggest victory today was that I ordered pizza for Elizabeth and Don for dinner and I wasn’t resentful or craving it! They happily ate their pizza while I put the boys to bed and then I made myself a random little dinner which was also delicious. I didn’t feel cheated at all – which is a win in my book.
Breakfast: veggie and egg scramble
Lunch: salsa chicken, roasted sweet potato, broccoli
Dinner: chicken sausage/egg/veggie avocado (I just threw a bunch of stuff in the frying pan)
Today was a good day. I felt extra emotional today and told Don that I just felt like I needed to have a good cry. I kept my emotions in check, but it’s such an odd feeling to know that some small thing is probably going to tip the scales.
We went to Costco today and I got some food to mix up my lunches and give me a little reprieve from the salsa chicken. Let me tell you – saying NO to the free samples was EMPOWERING! Seriously, it was not as hard as I thought it would be, even when Don and Elizabeth got a hotdog and frozen yogurt to split (confession: I love Costco hotdogs). We headed home and I made myself a really yummy salad, had some raspberries, and felt totally satisfied with my choices.
*If I’m being honest, I’m starting to worry that this is too easy. Am I doing the Whole30 wrong that I’m not experiencing the huge swing of emotions or major lethargy? Am I going to be totally blindsided when I think I’m in the clear? Is something going to come out of nowhere and totally derail me? I’m hoping the answer to all of these is no, but I will continue to ride this wave of feeling good!
Breakfast: chicken sausage; scrambled eggs with spinach, onion, bell pepper
Lunch: Costco grilled chicken strips (these are SO good), romaine lettuce and guacamole
Dinner: stuffed bell peppers – recipe here
*the peppers were good, not great. I think next time I’d put the mixture on a lettuce wrap instead of the pepper. But Don liked them topped with cheese, and it was an easy meal to put on the table
Today was good – nothing big to write home about. I’m feeling a lot better about the choices I’m making and saying no gets easier every day. Despite Don and Elizabeth not following Whole30 (and me preparing/shopping for foods for them), I don’t feel deprived at all.
I guess I shouldn’t have even made the comment of not having any symptoms, because today I was hit with minor bloating, stomach cramps and lots of gas. I’ve been researching and it seems that some of the foods that are Whole30 approved just cause digestive distress in some people
. I’m going to wait a few days to see if it subsides before I cut out even more food from my diet (especially since avocados/guacamole is on the list).
Breakfast: scrambled eggs with spinach/onion and costco grilled chicken strips, guacamole
Lunch: sweet potato, leftover buffalo chicken guacamole
Dinner: egg roll in a bowl – I followed this recipe (I did half ground pork and half ground turkey)
The whole time I was making dinner, I was quite skeptical of how it would actually taste because I don’t normally eat cabbage. But I was happily surprised with how good it is. It does take a bit of prep work and you can’t just put it in the oven and do something else, so it’s not a meal I can quickly make while also keeping tabs on the kids.
What are the mantras you use to keep your motivation high?