Whole 30 – Day 21

It’s hard to imagine that I’ve been eating Paleo now for 3 weeks aka 21 days. But it’s true.

This last week I’ve experienced boundless energy, then no energy, to stress, and then to mindless eating.  I still ate paleo with the stress and mindless eating, but that’s not the point, the point is I gave into an old habit. So it’s just as well my homework for the next week is to work out my ‘triggers’ and to find alternatives. I’m going to break bad habits.

The following is direct from the Whole9 site, I take no credit for the timeline, but I thought I would share, because well It’s true, I have experience this.

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Days 16-27: Tiger Blood
Goodbye cravings, hello Tiger Blood! This must be what everyone is talking about!
You’ve hit the downhill slope of your Whole30 and life is beautiful. Your energy is through the roof, you’ve kicked the cravings, you’re experimenting with new, delicious food, and you’ve finally got the time to notice that your clothes fit better, your workouts are stronger, and you are generally more awesome.
There’s not much more to say about this phase – go forth and enjoy!

I must say that I have been experimenting with flavours and textures. Like in my salads I’ve been putting crunched nuts and a couple piece of dried fruit and wow, awesome. I’ve also been thoroughly enjoying home made mayo instead of olive oil as a dressing.

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(Interlude) Day 21: I am so over this.
You’ve solidly settled into week three of the program at this point. Your clothes fit better; your skin is clearer; your inner awesomeness is shining through. But despite the many benefits you’re seeing, you went to bed last night dreading the thought of breakfast. You weren’t much more excited about it this morning, either. Come to think of it, you’re not thrilled with any of your meal options right now.  In fact, if Iron Chef Bobby Flay were to walk into your kitchen right now and offer to cook you any Whole30 compliant meal you wanted, you’re not even sure you could think of one. Just about anything sounds like more fun than sitting down to a big plate of Whole30 grub.  You’re loving the way your body is responding to the program, but you’re just not sure if you can make it through 9 more days. And if you see even one more egg, you are going to scream.
Somewhere in the third week of the program, serious food boredom sets in. For some folks, it gets so overwhelming that they lose their appetite altogether for a few days. Don’t let the food fatigue overtake you – plan ahead! Get to work in week two and hunt down some new recipes to keep the fire burning! Find inspiration from our recent meal plan round-up, cruise the Whole30 section ofChowstalker or The Foodie, or pick up a new cookbook (like Well Fed 2…wink wink, nudge nudge). Find some exotic produce in the grocery store, try some exotic recipes – do whatever you can to get over this little speed bump. Being bored and hungry is just a recipe for disaster, and this, too, shall pass.

Yes I have been enjoying Whole30, but at the same time I am a bit over it.  Yes I have been experimenting with flavours, and with new recipes, but so many leftovers! Makes it hard when the kids eat don’t paleo, but don’t worry I’m going to wean them on to it, as I know they will benefit from it greatly. I will keep you posted on how that goes.

I thought I would close with the following.
I’m more than halfway, and I believe I can knock off these last 9 days.

Oh and in other news:
I’m reading – Before the Storm by Diane Chamberlain
I’m listening to – City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Podcast – Smarter Science of Slim bonus ep with Steve Kamb of Nerd Fitness

Recipe Suggestions for me to try?
Do you want to see one of my meals and said recipe?
What’s your fav flavour of icecream?