I’ve almost made it through the last week of the Whole30. Today is day 29!!!
I have to admit it’s been a pretty lazy last week. Sure, there’s still a ton of dishes, lots of prep time, and shopping, but I didn’t do quite as much cooking. Or at least any elaborate dishes. Not only is it the last week of my Whole30, but it’s the last week of Kindergarten for Mr. B, so it’s been pretty busy.
I did, however, have some time to reflect on what I’ve learned, what I’ve found beneficial, and what I didn’t like. I’m sure I’ll do a full recap when I’ve completely finished, but here’s a brief summary.
What I’ve Learned
- When I’m determined and put my mind to something, I can do it!
- I’ve survived without chocolate for almost 30 days…something I never thought possible.
- I’ve learned so much about reading food labels, and how much more important looking at the ingredients is
- I’ve also learned that sugar is almost in every processed food
- Trying new combinations of food, and eating so many more vegetables than I have in my life
- Getting my family to also eat vegetables
- Getting so much more comfortable in the kitchen (making my own sauces, casseroles, omelets, and actually following recipes…and getting them right!)
- A real improvement in my back pain. I just realized I haven’t used a heating pad in over a week, and I used to use it nightly for pain relief.
- I also haven’t taken any pain relievers in the past month.
- I’ve had spurts of energy and have woken up before my alarm (my husband) a couple of times.
What I didn’t like
- Heartburn! I had some at the very beginning, and it has come back with a vengeance these last couple days. I’m not sure if I overdid it with tomatoes and other acidic fruit or if it’s some of the fats that aren’t sitting well. I’ve been taking a spoonful of Apple Cider Vinegar in the morning, and it seems to be helping.
- Turning ORANGE! My hands and feet have a definite orange tint. I may have overdid it with the sweet potatoes, pumpkin casserole, and carrots in the first half. I’ve been trying not to eat them, and eat more green.
- I’m afraid I might have gained a few pounds. I was pretty regimented with my calorie intake before starting, but as instructed, I didn’t count anything these last 20 some days. I didn’t do this to lose weight, but I will be a little disappointed if I gained more than a couple of pounds. I won’t know until day 31, since the scale is forbidden. I did eat more fruit than recommended, so that could be the reason too.
- I found it really hard to just stick to three meals a day. I was so used to eating 5 small meals, it was really hard to break the habit. I often snacked in the late afternoon, but it was only an apple and some almonds.
- The dishes, the dishes, and the dishes. They are rivaling my laundry pile.
Onto what I ate this week. As I mentioned, I was a little lazy, and I also slacked on the pictures.
Breakfast – Pumpkin casserole (I promise recipe will be coming next week!) tomato, and apple
Lunch – Eggvocado, celery, and apple
Dinner – Turkey spinach scramble, tomatoes, celery, and apple
Breakfast – 2 eggs, peapods, end of pumpkin casserole
Lunch – Celery with Sunshine Sauce (recipe from Whole30 Book) Tunavocado
Dinner – Turkey wraps (sliced avocado and pickles wrapped in turkey slice) Guacamole, carrots, fried potatoes
Breakfast – 2 fried eggs, grapefruit, tomato
Snack – Larabar
Lunch – Turkey slices, pickle, guacamole, celery, jicama (a root vegetable, which tastes a bit like water chestnuts)
Snack – Celery and Sunflower seed butter, peapods, apple
Dinner – Eggvocado, peapods, jimica, and carrots
Breakfast – 2 fried eggs, green smoothie (spinach, whole fat coconut milk, blueberries, and red grapes)
Snack – Larabar
Lunch – Turkey slices, guacamole, celery, peapods
Dinner – Trader Joe’s Chicken Lime burger, guacamole, and baked potato slices
Breakfast – Scrambled eggs with a little almond milk, yellow baked potato, peapods
Lunch – Tunavocado, tomato, apple
Dinner – More scrambled eggs with ghee, tomato, celery with guacamole
Breakfast – 2 fried eggs, green smoothie
Lunch – Tunavocado over spinach
Dinner- Mushroom scramble, homemade fries
The picture of the mushroom scramble turned out super blurry, but it was GOOD.
Breakfast – Sweet potato with cinnamon, banana, and apple. I totally screwed up. I used up all the eggs the night before, and I just couldn’t eat tuna in the morning.
Snack – Larabar
Lunch – Tuna, avocado, and celery over spinach, a few leftover fries, and apple.
Snack – Larabar
Dinner – 4 fried eggs, pea pods, berries, and apple
So, there you have it. Today and tomorrow…and then I’m DONE!!! We do have a dinner planned for Saturday night to celebrate Mr. B finishing kindergarten, so we’ll see how that goes. Stay tuned for my final thoughts, recipes, and tips for doing your own Whole30.
Would you consider a Whole30? Any tips for me when I finish, if you have done it?