Holy moly it’s the end of week three…where has the time gone? I have 10 days left before the completion of Whole 30, and this week I have a few new findings to share with you all.
Feel Fuller Longer
Throughout this entire process, the one thing the most noteworthy side effects I have noticed is that after ever meal I feel satisfied. Previously I would eat breakfast or lunch and within a half an hour my stomach would be growling. For the last 20 days I have felt completely full and satisfied after each meal, and as a result of that my portion sizes have dropped. It is this side effect that makes me truly appreciate the word “whole” in Whole 30, eating foods that are stripped of any preservatives or added sugar has been incredibly eye opening for me.
Fruit Is Nature’s Candy
When you go this long without artificial sweeteners or added sugars, fruits become your main source of sugar. Their sweetness also becomes amplified, to the point where I have started to crave fruit more than before. Snacking on an apple or even a banana felt like sneaking in dessert, which can’t be a bad thing, right?
Peanut’s Are Actually Off Limits
Did anyone know that peanuts are a legume? I certainly didn’t, and it wasn’t until the beginning of this week that someone pointed it out to me. It’s not as though I’ve had a lot of peanut butter over the last 3 weeks, but unfortunately the scoop I put in my smoothie was not actually Whole 30 compliant. Bummer for those of us who like to smother peanut butter on our celery (or anything else, really.) A simple fix was made to exchange it with almond butter, but definitely something to warn others about. I suppose this has been my only cheat thus far (and it was an accident!).
Some Days I Bloat, Others I Don’t
Hehe, that rhymed. There are some mornings (like this morning) where I wake up feeling incredibly bloated. This typically occurs after a heavy vegetable day, or if I have any starchy foods like potatoes. Then there are days where I wake up and all of my muscles look toned and fabulous and I feel like a million bucks. I will also admit that I usually don’t drink enough water throughout the day, and I can’t help but think that may be a contributing factor as well. I know this program is supposed to eliminate the inflammatory foods from your diet -and it certainly has- but bloating will still happen! It’s a normal human function!
Clear, Dewy Skin
I can’t complain about this one AT ALL. My acne has been at an all time low this month, and on top of that my skin (which is normally dry around my nose and oily in my T-zone) has looked hydrated and -dare I say it- dewy since starting Whole 30. As someone who doesn’t usually wear any makeup on my skin I have appreciated this more than you know. Clear skin for the win.
What I’ve Been Eating
• 2 egg scramble with ground turkey, tomato, onion, pepper and salsa, served with avocado and friend plantains (which you can find here).
• Sweet chia seed pudding with fresh kiwi, strawberries and shredded coconut
• Egg white omelet with spinach and tomato
• Spinach salad with tuna, cucumber, pepper, onion and tomato
• Power Bowl with asparagus, sweet potato, chicken and broccoli
• Swordfish steaks with asparagus and diced red bliss potatoes
• Rosemary, garlic and lemon chicken with broccoli and sweet potato
• Spinach salad with tomato, pepper, onion, sliced chicken breast, pumpkin seeds and Greek dressing
• Fresh Gala apple
• Goji berry energy bites
• Celery and almond butter
Just over one more week to go, people! So excited to finish off these last (9) days strong. I am looking forward to being able to eat with my friends and family and not pack meals, or enjoy a sweet treat every once and a while, but I am also really enjoying these results. I am hoping during the reintroduction phase I’ll be able to pin-point the areas of my diet that I can improve upon in order to maintain them!
Until next week.