For three days, every time I picked up the fork to put food in my mouth I would double check. Is this ok? Is this Whole30 compliant?
I remember reading in It Starts With Food about people claiming to have dreams they were eating unhealthy food and actually woke up feeling guilty! Crazy right? Yeah, totally happened to me. I dreamed I was eating chips and salsa with a friend and woke up the next day in a kind of panic. Was that real? Did that really happen? Kinda felt like a crazy person.
For me, one of the most difficult obstacles in the first few days, was remembering to not pick off the kids snacks. Normally I hand them a bowl of pretzels, and skim one off the top, or eat a spoonful of peanut butter while I'm making PB&Js. Doing the Whole30 with kids is definitely a test on your will power. For the most part they are eating what I'm eating, but I've found in this first week that it's almost impossible to keep them on a Whole30 diet too.
Day 1: So tired. Still trying to figure out what I could eat, what I couldn't eat. I skimmed through It Starts With Food, and the website, then did all my grocery shopping. (The day before the government shutdown at the commissary, what a nightmare.) Not a lot of cravings.
Day 2: Extremely groggy. The kids would ask me questions and I would just repeat their questions without answering. I could hardly comprehend anything, and driving and talking at the same time was out of the question. Also very tired. Yawned all day.
Day 3: I was worried the grogginess would last but it didn't. I got some extra sleep and felt a lot better this day. Still had to remind myself not to pick at the kids snacks.
What I Ate
- A lot of eggs. I love eggs so this isn't a big deal. I'm sure I'll get sick of them soon enough, but not yet. Plus, the kids love eggs, so I can easily cook for all of us. Omlettes are a favorite in my house, as are eggs over easy.
- A lot of meat. I like all kinds of food, but I'm a big meat eater. I can do vegetarian meals just fine, but I was pretty stoked when I discovered bacon was Whole30 compliant. The first three days I had bacon, turkey sausage, and ham steak with my breakfast.
- Avocado. I love the taste and it helps keep you full. Plus, it goes well with anything; breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
- Almonds. My neighbor tipped me off that this was her go to snack and I have to say it is a fab idea. Yummy almonds with sea salt right after a meal to top you off and get you by until the next one.
You technically aren't supposed to weigh yourself during the program, but I knew that this wasn't just about weight loss for me, so when I woke up on Day 3 and couldn't help but notice that I felt thinner I couldn't help myself.
3 lbs down in 3 days. Huge motivator.
Just remember, it's different for everyone, so if you don't think you can handle seeing that you've gained weight or have lost any at all, then stay off the scale!
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