Failure- such a strong word. Many people fail at things. I am admitting to failing at Whole30. It’s not that I don’t want to eat healthily, it’s that I am a sugar addict. My head started hurting and I couldn’t take it anymore, so on day 15 ….I ate a donut.
I know that I could probably make a million excuses of why I decided to eat that donut, but I won’t. I opened the pack for my son and well, I left the urge to get the best of me. I have learned so much about food and the things we put into our bodies, so I don’t want to give up on this journey of eating right, but the rules of Whole30 are not something I want to deal with.
I was also doing it for all the wrong reasons. One being to lose weight. If you do whole30 it’s not to lose weight, it’s to give up the foods you crave and to cure an addiction of sugar in 30 days… and then you have the choice of going right back to those bad habits. Most people do.
I did lose 15 pounds so it very much does work. It’s just not for me. I am going to try paleo, that way I can have banana pancakes or almond flour ones. I can eat my breakfast pudding, etc.
I am taking my entire family Paleo starting the 1st of April! I will update you on our journey.
The great thing about Whole30 is that they have a great support team to help you along the way and there are some absolutely amazing people out there that have been through this entire thing before. They can tell you exactly how you will be feeling the next few days and this site: The Whole30 Timeline will provide some amazing tips and encouragement on how to handle your mood swings and cravings. On Day 3, I hit the Hangover stage, it actually started on Day 2 at the end of the day. My head hurt so bad this day. I just really missed my Dr. Pepper, I woke up missing my Dr. Pepper, it’s all I thought about for hours, I finally went to Sonic and bought me an Iced tea, unsweet and that made the cravings a little less. I almost wanted to give up and just call it quits. But, as I look at my clothes that don’t fit and how unhappy I am with my body, I stuck through it. Reminding myself, Dr Pepper will be here in 27 days.
During the middle of the night of Day 2, I started craving sweets, I wanted a candy bar, a donut, anything sweet. Man, how I wanted some chips. But, I held strong and was able to overcome the need for these craving. For Day 2 I had almonds for breakfast, I know it wasn’t the best choice, but I really did not feel like getting up and making anything for myself. For lunch, I ate carrots and my homemade ranch dressing! Yes, it came out great, b.t.w. For dinner, I had two pork chops, a massive salad with my homemade ranch dressing, a banana, applesauce, and green beans.
I think now is the time I’ve realized I don’t totally follow the rules to a T with how I should be eating meals The other day I joined an FB group and found out that banana chia pudding is not compliant because you are replacing the urge to eat real pudding. But, that’s not even how I use it. I use it for my breakfast, I don’t eat it when I want pudding. So, I may continue to eat compliant ingredients and these non-compliant foods, as I breastfeed and I have to get different nutrients from different things. It’s hard to follow the rules when you nurse babies!
Anyways, I’m on Day 9 and am updating this as I go! Wish me luck!
Today was a good day to start Whole30. I have to admit that I am very surprised at the results I’ve had today. It’s absolutely amazing what a meal plan and a few extra days of preparation and grocery shopping will do. When I started this on the 9th I was very ill prepared and honestly, I felt devastated. I know I can do it, but eggs for breakfast, every day? Yuck and a salad with vinegar on it for lunch? Gross. I needed variety. I needed a meal plan. I needed something where I wouldn’t feel cheated, I wouldn’t feel starved, I wouldn’t feel like I’m on a diet. I wanted to be able to feel like I’m doing something to help me feel happy and to lose weight because I’m healthy not because that’s what I intend to do.
So, today I am feeling okay, I’m not disappointed in the meals I have eaten. I had a banana chai pudding for breakfast, so wonderful. Made with two banana’s, chai seeds, and almond milk. It was pretty fantastic. For lunch I had a cobb salad… kind of… I had homemade ranch dressing that I am pretty proud of, I made it from scratch and guess what? It tasted just like ranch dressing! I had some chicken, a hard boiled egg, romaine lettuce mix all in it. I had some raspberry fruit strips (all natural from Aldi’s) and some sweet potato chips (also all natural from Aldi’s) for a snack. For dinner I had baked chicken, with carrots and coconut butter, and a side of apple sauce. I think the snack part kind of goes against Whole30 rules, yes they are compliant but I’m supposed to be changing my eating habits.
So, I did not fail the first day! I don’t feel sad because all I can eat tomorrow are eggs and nothing. I feel very happy with the food choices we have available to us.
I hate to admit it, but food conquered my yesterday, it was a busy day and well I ate pizza. I ate spaghetti today. But, this is because I did not plan correctly. I am starting fresh tomorrow and have every single ingredient for the next 10-30 days that I need!
It’s officially here! I have started the Whole30 from 12 am on. I am also only eating when I’m hungry, which helps me better mentally, so I don’t have to think about all the foods I should eat or am going to be eating for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Today I’ve just had fruit for breakfast. Since we eat dinner earlier now that I’ve gone back to work I will be eating dinner and then a snack at the end of the night depending on how hungry I am.
I have put the scale down, part of the whole30 process is not to weigh yourself during this time. I have taken my start pic and will update this post once I have completed today.
I have gone back to work and I get off at 3:30 am so I am a bit tired, but tomorrow and Saturday I am off! Then I took vacation days for my kid’s Spring Break, so my entire start week is focused on Whole30!
Right now my mood is that I can do this. I may just be hinting little reminders in the back of my head “Whole30, Whole30, Whole30” when I get the urge to eat. The best part is, I can have iced tea- unsweet of course, but I love tea!!
7 pm Update:
I’m super hungry right now, but I feel I have more energy. So for breakfast had some fruit, pineapple, grapes, and cantaloupe. For lunch, I ate a salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil as a dressing and it sucked. For dinner I had a burger with no bun or anything, grilled off of our own grill and some grilled peppers.
I didn’t start wanting sweets until 7pm when I said the word cookie.
I have NOT started the Whole30 just yet, I start it on Thursday and today I think that I have realized I am mentally prepared for it, but I also dread it at the same time. I’m going to be restricting myself to certain food groups and that can be difficult and time-consuming. Today is officially the last day I can have sugar or dairy products.
My mood right now, well I’m tired… I just started back to work today and I work nights, so I go to bed at 3:30am or a little after, wake up to feed the baby since I nurse him, wake up to help get the kids ready, and then wake up somewhere between 9am and 11am to start my day.
I did not exercise other than cleaning the house.
On with the last day of horrible eating and terrible eating habits!!!!