Edit: the end of Whole30. I kept it up! For the most part. Toward the end I was getting headaches every single afternoon :( I was also kinda grumpy? I did a little research and found a *possible* link could be lack of grains = lack of certain B vitamins = possible seratonin imbalance? I'm not a scientist or nutritionist, but I felt something wasn't right. I wasn't taking a multivitamin either, so on Day 27 I reintroduced rice. I had these rice cakes, which also contained quinoa, and I felt a lot better. I ate them for a couple days and no headaches! And less grumpiness (maybe).
I never did get this sudden "burst of energy"/ " tiger blood" thing people talk about. I did get the headaches, which made me tired, if anything. So if I went longer than 30 days, would the headaches have stopped? Would I have gotten the tiger blood? Do I just need some form of grains in my life? .....I have no idea. I kind of want to find out. But I also kind of want to chill out over stressing about every food choice for a little while.
Doing this at home was very easy, honestly. But going out at all SUCKED. And eating clean and then reintroducing too much not clean also sucked more than anything else. I want a sustainable day of eating. Maybe that means clean but not too clean....
Let's see if I actually keep this up.
Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs in a dab of coconut oil, sautéed spinach with tomatoes, cantelope, coffee
Lunch: Apple, 7 dates, cinnamon, toasted pecans (1/2 apple, dates, cinnamon in food processor to make a sauce), sweet young coconut
Dinner: 2 bowls of soup, made from leeks, mushrooms, tomatoes, trader joe's low sodium veg broth, trader Joe's cooking greens, oregano, lentils; 2 celery stalks with about a tbsp of almond butter
Breakfast: 2 hardboiled eggs, coffee, 2 small bananas, tbsp of almond butter, a few pecans
Lunch: 3 cups of spinach (some sautéed), tofu sautéed in coconut oil, a tiny bit of pineapple
Snack: 2 dried figs
Dinner: cashews, and 2 bowls of last night's soup. Raspberries for dessert.
Breakfast: 2 coconut oil scrambled eggs, 2 cups spinach sauteed with grape tomatoes, green beans, cantelope.
Snack: 3 dried figs
Lunch: 1/2 avocado 1/2 cucumber, 8oz tuna* a few bites of coconut flakes
Dessert: 2 small bananas, 1 tbsp almond butter, a sprinkle of coconut flakes
Breakfast: 2 hardboiled eggs, 1/2 avocado, 5 black olives
Lunch: tofu, roasted 1/2 head of broccoli, 2 small potatoes, 3 bites coconut flakes, apple, 7 dates, pecans
Dinner: Veggie pancakes, green beans
Breakfast: 2 bananas, blueberries, pecans, cashews, coconut flakes, hemp seeds
Lunch: tofu, roasted 1/2 head of broccoli, 2 small potatoes, a packed cup of cooked kale
Snack: raw baby carrots (learned: never again!!
Dinner: Veggie pancakes with Indian spices, green beans, coconut flakes.
Day 6: rockin and rollin
Breakfast: hardboiled egg, coffee, banana, coconut flakes
Lunch: 3 cups of lettuce, hardboiled egg, 15 olives, grape tomatoes, fig vinegar
Snack: dried persimmons
Dinner: Portobello mushroom cap topped with onion, ball pepper, tomato, mushroom, garlic. Chili.
Dessert: 2 bananas, coconut flakes, almond butter
Lovely breakfast out with my husband: omelette with mushrooms, green onion, and spinach, tropical fruits salad: mango, cucumber, tomato, cilantro, lime
Lunch: cashew cookie Lara bar (iSuck) and an apple
Dinner: 2 bowls of the soup I made on Day 1
Day 8 & 9- I was out of town, and I planned ahead (somewhat), but I don't feel like I ate "great." I spent almost all day both days in and out of my car. What did I plan ahead? I boiled 4 eggs the night before I left, so I had 2 of those each day. I also prepared a salad with tofu for lunch the first day, and then had a salad for dinner that night (that I ordered from a local place), so that wasn't too bad. But I should have brought more fresh fruits and veggies with me than I did, so I ended up very hungry and eating a lara bar both days. I guess those are supposed to be FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY but whatevs, they were compliant, so it wasn't like I did something to make myself have to start all over. Lessons learned- the eggs were a great thing to bring along, next time I should bring more snacky veggies I can eat easily in the car- like sliced cucumbers, bell peppers, grape tomatoes, duh.
Day 10: Cinco de Mayo! I made a huge plate of Huevos Rencheros (with no cheese... just eggs, veggies, spices) for a big late lunch. For dinner, we had a big salad that John made.
Day 11: I needed to do some shopping, so
breakfast was grates and coconut flakes,
lunch was an apple, a banana, and almond butter. You'd think by now I would be better at incorporating veggies into my meals! So tonight while I make
dinner (Thug Kitchen Lentil Lettuce Wraps), I plan to also fix a frittata and tofu to keep around for breakfast and lunches. Meal prep is a good thing.
Breakfast: Frittata with mushrooms, onion, egg, spinach. Kinda bland, need to work on my frittatas. Grapes.
Lunch: Another piece of frittata; a bunch of grape tomatoes. Almonds.
Snack: Almond butter and banana.
Sometimes I ate bananas with almond butter for dessert when my dinner had little or no fat. Or if I was still hungry.
Day 6 was the only day I sort of had any feels, I woke up very tired and had major baggage under my eyes. But as the day went on, I felt normal. I've felt "normal" this whole time. Not bad by any means, but not OMGSOMUCHENERGY either. That will probably come. But I haven't had the mood swings or insane cravings. I was thinking about toast with butter a couple of days ago, and have thought about a few other things. Not even sure I'd call those feelings actual cravings or just thoughts, since they go away quickly.
Day 7: Either the portobello mushrooms or the chili seems to be making some stomach upset happen :( The chili was WAY spicier than I usually make it, so it may just be that.