Mar 2, 2015

Whole 30 {Round Two} Day One

According to the timeline, day one is referred to as the “So what’s the big deal?” day. I can definitely relate. Today seemed very easy. I know it will start to get worse over the next couple of days {before it gets any better} but I’m prepared for “The Hangover” tomorrow. 

I began my morning with Bulletproof coffee. I made this cup with coffee {of course}, full fat canned coconut milk and coconut oil. I used my milk frother to add the foam. It was something I’ll have to get used to. I won’t miss my sweetener for too long but for the first few days I will definitely feel a void.

I had an interview this morning so I was not able to cook myself breakfast but my Bulletproof coffee did keep me satisfied for a few hours. I got a little hungry around 11 so I ate a banana and an RX Bar {I planned on eating this with my Bulletproof coffee but my nerves took over so I held off}. This was my first time trying the Coffee Cacao flavor. OH. MY. GOSH. It was heavenly.

I made a trip to Trader Joe’s to stock up and this is what I grabbed. Potatoes. Broccoli. Celery. Sugar snap peas. Sweet bell peppers {I HATE the green ones}. Carrots. Raw cashews. Pork. Pork belly. Sweet Italian chicken sausage. Chicken breakfast sausage. Garlic. And blackberries. Notice that I only grabbed one type of fruit. The last time I did the Whole 30 I ate a lot of fruit. Any time I was craving something sweet, I would reach for fruit. Reading It Starts With Food really changed the way I look at fruit. “…your brain doesn’t immediately differentiate between ‘healthy’ sugar like dried fruit and ‘bad’ sugar like a Snickers bar. The only thing your brain knows is, ‘I craved sugar and I got sugar.’ That’s right, the message you just sent your brain is, ‘I craved, I satisfied that craving, and I feel better now.’” (Hartwig, 161-162) This really opened my eyes. I’m going to really focus on avoiding sugar {and by sugar I mean fruit} when I am craving sweets. Luckily I had no cravings today. But it’s only day one.

Lunch was pork belly, celery and almond butter. Pork is hands down my favorite meat. I know it’s fatty and it’s not the healthiest of the meats but lucky for me, fat is smiled upon on the Whole 30. I promise I'll eat chicken and turkey as well. 

After lunch I did start to feel a little drowsy. Afternoon cup of coffee to the rescue. No coconut oil in this one. Only full fat canned coconut milk. I don’t think I felt drowsy because of my new menu. I didn’t sleep too well last night and it was also raining outside. Cold and rainy days tend to make me sleepy.

Dinner was scrumptious, if I do say so myself. Cashew pork {a recipe I came up with almost two years ago now}, oven baked potatoes and broccoli. After dinner my fiancé made us some herbal tea in the French Press. In the book they suggest winding down with herbal tea each night. I think I may try this. I usually drink coffee before bed but I don’t mind changing it up a bit.

Day one is complete. It was quite a success if I do say so myself. I did not feel the need to snack on anything in between meals, which I think is amazing. I remember last time I did the Whole 30 I didn’t snack at all towards the end because I was rarely hungry. I just looked back at my day one from my first round and I did have snacks {I also had green juice and a smoothie, both of which are frowned upon on the Whole 30}. This time around I’m going to be more strict with myself. I think reading It Starts With Food plays a big role in me wanting to be more successful than I was last year. 

I received another birthday present today. My friend sent me a fit book. I had never even heard of a fit book but I am so excited to use it! You are able to log your workouts, food intake, water and sleep for twelve weeks. There is also space for meal planning and a workout schedule. This will really come in handy when I am lifting. I’ll be able to document what weights I’m using so I can refer back to when needed.

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