From October 25 through November 26, I will be challenging myself with the Whole30 in order to change my lifestyle and live a healthier life. Throughout those 30 days, I will be posting my daily progress, food, activities, mood, and sleep. This is more for my own personal accountability, but I would be more than happy for you to follow me on my journey or even try it yourself.
Not sure exactly what I am talking about? Learn more about The Whole30 here.
As promised, back to my normal Whole30 blogging journal.
Sleep: Only about six hours of sleep last night. Got off work late and had to be up early this morning to take care of the animals.
Activity: None. Just tidied the house a little and picked up dog poopy.
Mood: I am feeling good today. More motivated than I have been the past few days (see previous post).
Breakfast: Two bacon-wrapped egg muffins with onions, mushrooms, and jalapenos baked inside.
Lunch: Leftover chicken wings covered in Frank’s Hot Sauce (mixed with ghee) with broccoli and carrots. This was more of an early dinner/late lunch.
Dinner: None really. Still full from the wings. I had whipped coconut milk with dry-roasted almonds, coconut flakes, and strawberries as a little dessert.
In my previous post, I mentioned that I am not entirely sure how Whole30 compliant I am going to stay for Thanksgiving in a few days. I then proceeded to read some of the blogs I follow (and even discovered some new ones) and found this on the Whole9 blog and was kind of relieved.
Prepare Your Holiday Game Plan
Now, we aren’t giving you a free pass to go completely off the rails during your holiday season. (Your Gram’s baklava may be special, but the donuts your co-worker picked up at the grocery store are most certainly not.) Here are some ways to stay happy, healthy and sane while still enjoying the special offerings of the season.
- Get your nutrition in line before the madness begins. Consider a few weeks of the Whole30 in early November to remind yourself how good clean eating feels before the temptations roll in.
- Try interspersing days of Whole30 in between special holiday occasions. The more you remember how good you feel when you eat healthy, the easier it will be to pass on those things that aren’t special.
- Plan and prepare. Identify situations where you may encounter peer pressure, stress, or temptation, and come up with a (nutritional) plan to deal with them.
- Save your nutritional off-roading for things that are especially delicious or emotionally significant. Ask yourself, is this really worth it? If not, skip it.
- When you do indulge, be smart. Don’t eat things you know will wreck you, or things you’re allergic or sensitive to. (Gram will understand if you’re allergic to nuts.)
- Eat only as much as you need to satisfy that craving or participate in your family’s tradition. Eat slowly, savor it and share it with those you love.
- Most important, remember that there is no guilt associated with a deliberately-made food choice. Don’t add to your stress by making a conscious choice, then beating yourself up.
—from the Whole9 blog
Don’t get me wrong, I am not going to go crazy and eat everything on the table, but now I know that I don’t have to feel guilty about not passing up on that stuffing that I only eat once a year. I still think I will stick to making a Whole30 approved dessert so that I can try to avoid the temptation to eat any of the other desserts (luckily I don’t think there will be any strawberry shortbox, a deliciously amazing dessert my grandmother makes every year with Cool Whip, Nilla Wafers, strawberries, and lots of sugar).
Tomorrow I intend to catch up on some Whole30 reading. The Whole30 Daily to be exact. I got a little backed up and need to focus on getting caught up. This also means there will probably be a lot to post tomorrow.