How's everyone doing?
I must say, this Whole30 has been much easier for me than last time. I actually began my Whole30 Day 1 being sick. For the first 3 days, I mostly ate chicken soup. By the time I was feeling completely better, I realized that I wasn't missing sugar or coffee at all. (I'm doing the autoimmune protocol so I'm also eliminating eggs, nuts/seeds, nightshades, coffee, and NSAIDS. Read more here.)
During my initial Whole30 in Oct/Nov 2012, I had some major issues with sugar. For the first half of it, I replaced sugar with Larabars, banana ice cream, and whatever else I could find that was technically Whole30-compliant. But this time, I've surprisingly not had many sugar cravings. I'm not saying they are non-existent, but it's been a hell of a lot easier this time.
But even though my sister calls me "superhuman"...I am still human. An imperfect human. And although I haven't cheated (that I know of for sure), I've been challenged. And I've been discouraged. But with 15 (or more, who's counting...) days to go, we aren't going to focus on the negatives. Let's talk about how we have overcome those challenges and what we have achieved thus far.
What are you proud of? When have you felt victorious (even regarding something small)? Let me know in the comments.
My Whole30 Days 1 - 15 Achievements:
-No coffee. I haven't had a single sip of coffee. This is big.
-15 successful breakfasts without eggs (maybe less than 15, sometimes I'm just not hungry)
-I'm learning to like olives.
-I can give in to a sugar craving without making banana ice cream. Instead I might eat a grapefruit or an apple. Maybe both. But still, no ice cream. And usually, it's no fruit at all.
-I have more energy to workout. And have been working out consistently. (I'm doing this at home 30 day Crossfit Challenge if you want to check it out.)
A look at what I've been eating:
Now, being a fairly new blog, I don't have tons of Whole30-complaint recipes on my site, but here are a few options (and I'll be posting a chicken recipe, lamb stew, and a few others soon):
Indian Style Cauliflower Rice
Balsamic Roasted Butternut Squash and Fennel
What have you learned during your Whole30 (whether your first or not)? Let me know in the comments.
What have I learned?
-Avocado is good with everything.
-Every label needs to be read. Every. Single. One.
-Eating meats and veggies (and seriously, that is about all I've been eating) doesn't have to be boring or tasteless. Or complicated, for that matter.
-I will always -- always -- eat too many kale chips in one sitting. Usually, immediately after baking them.
-No matter how many times I peruse the meat section screaming, "Seriously, why?!" there will still not be any sausage without added sugar.
So here's to the next 15 days (or more if you plan to keep going)!
And because I think sometimes we need reminding (well, I do): Progress, Not Perfection.