Mean Girls is one of my favorite movies and I find myself sounding more and more like Regina George as I ask constantly “is there sugar in this? ” or “is this butter?”. Even I’m annoyed of me and this “diet”. BUT I have good news! Day 8 was definitely a better day! I’m for sure feeling better overall, and not having super nasty headaches in the afternoon. And I have more energy in the evenings, when I used to totally just lose it and basically pass out on the couch after Josh would get home.
I do have to admit that I am putting Stevia in my coffee in the morning. I understand alllllll of the information in Whole30 plan and all of the reasons why that’s totally wrong and I should restart my Whole30 every day that I do it, but I have my reasons and this is as far as I want to go with it. You can have my wine, my vodka, my sugar and corn and my rice and whey protein, you can even have my ketchup, but I draw the line at my coffee. Whew I just felt like maybe I wasn’t being totally honest since I keep forgetting to update my coffee situation. Anyway, for real, day 8 was decent, and I can see how people don’t go stark raving mad on this thing and harm themselves and everyone they know.
I would say my biggest struggle at this point is that all food is annoying to me now. While one of my goals for this 30 days was to redefine my relationship with food, I didn’t really mean for it turn into hatred. Its just annoying I have to think about it every time I know I’m supposed to eat. I’m barely hungry, and things don’t taste right, even when Josh tells me they’re good. ( I make him test things in case I’m too biased to like what I’m making). Cooking and eating used to make me so happy and now all of it just bugs me. Maybe this is the downswing though, and it will even out eventually, but at this point I’m pretty sad. I mean there is a lot you can do with meat and vegetables and fruit, but I’m just kind of over all of it. So I’m trying to find new good and fun recipes to keep things interesting, so we shall see.
Another important tip I learned the hard way is make sure you’re prepared! I didn’t have a ton of food prepared for my first week, and was making things as I went and that got old really fast. I was totally burned out by Saturday. I have a family and a job and I just can’t be cooking 3 full meals every day. So this week, I prepped a little more. Not even as much as I wanted, but even the little bit has helped. I made a huge crock pot full of Super Bowl Crock-pot Chili from the http://www.meatified.com website, (Where I spend a lot of time!) I prepped veggie kabobs to throw on the grill for quick dinner with chicken. I chopped the rest of the veggies so they’re ready for a quick roast with more chicken. I dumped two chuck roasts into the crock pot with balsamic vinegar, water, salt and pepper and garlic and let it cook all day so I have an easy meat to throw on salads or alongside some steamed veggies. I chopped up a bunch of onions and peppers and stored them in the fridge so I have a quick base for all of my hash and scrambles. I also cooked down my own pasta sauce with sweet and hot Italian sausage, zucchini, onion, bell pepper, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, parsley, basil and tons of garlic and I’ll roast some spaghetti squash for some fake spaghetti. So I have a better plan for this week, and I’m hoping that helps me not get stressed out and eat so many hard boiled eggs. Because I mean really.
What I ate:
Breakfast: I forgot. Again. Oops.
Lunch: A hard boiled egg ( I wasn’t kidding about the eggs), half an avocado, a handful of unsalted raw cashews
Dinner: The Super Bowl Crockpot Chili I only used 3 jalapenos and I didn’t use the hot yellow peppers because I wasn’t sure if it would be too hot for Josh, he doesn’t love spicy food. I also didn’t have the ancho chili powder, so I just skipped it and added more garlic. 🙂 I also chopped some onions and cilantro and put it on top when I served my bowl. Yum!
Post Dinner…: Yeahhhh so I had a small fit and did in fact yell at Josh for eating Cadbury eggs in my presence while we were watching Game of Thrones, so I made a bowl of sliced bananas, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries and sprinkled them with cinnamon and shredded unsweetened coconut. Super good! Not exactly a cadbury egg….but still yummy. Oh and don’t forget all of the delicious WATER I’ve been drinking.
I’m excited to be 1 week down, and hopeful that week 2 is more fun. 🙂