2 things I’ve noticed since starting Whole30: hunger and dry eyes! I suspect both problems can be remedied by eating more carbs (currently having ~20g carbs per day). My primary goal for Whole30 isn’t to lose weight, so I’m not going to be super strict on the macro specifics. I plan to just eat whatever makes me feel good, as long as it’s within the diet guidelines.
I woke up pretty hungry this morning, so I finished the other half of the sweet potato from last night. My Green Pasture Butter Oil also came in the mail, so I put a tsp (5ml) on there. I also chased down my usual tsp (5ml) of fermented cod liver oil. It’s said that the butter oil + fermented cod liver oil is supposed to do wonders for your health, so I figured I’d give it a try given my great results with the cod liver oil on its own.
For lunch, I had the botched steak I made yesterday, with green beans and potatoes. If you’re asking, “Are potatoes Whole30 compliant?” I can gladly say, YES! I normally don’t eat white potatoes because I prefer sweet potatoes, but I had some in the freezer.
In the afternoon, my roommate and I stopped by IKEA, a ‘homegoods’ store. They specialize in furniture, but they also have housewares. She was inspired by my ‘spartan meal planning’ and wanted to get in on the action – albeit with ramen, Japanese curry, and tacos instead of chicken and vegetables. Since I was hungry, I picked up a small bag of trail mix while she got an ice cream cone. Seeing the amount of sugar in it (14g!) I ended up just eating the nuts. I know some people (including my mom) have trouble binge eating with nuts, but I’ve luckily never had that issue. I’m much more of a candy, chips, and cookies kind of girl. 😉
Afterwards, we took a wonderful stroll in a local park. It was gorgeous!
By the time we got home, I was famished. I had my usual chicken and vegetables, and even added in 3/4c of sweet potato. Later that night, I was hungry AGAIN – so I settled for half of yesterday’s can of sardines with some green beans stir-fried in chicken broth and za’atar seasoning. I have to say, za’atar IS THE BEST!! I don’t know what they put in it, but I’m a huge fan. I look forward to using it in my cooking going forward.
Today was the first weekend on this Whole30 challenge, which has had its own challenges.
TL;DR Diet Log
- Morning snack: 1c sweet potato
- Lunch: 3oz top sirloin steak (salt), 1c green beans, 1/3c potatoes
- Afternoon snack: handful of nuts
- Dinner: 3oz chicken (salt + ras el hanout spice mix), 1c green beans, 3/4c sweet potato
- Late night snack: 1/2 can sardines, green beans (salt + za’atar)
TL;DR Diet Effects
- Less ‘bloating’/water retention; pants now fitting noticeably looser
- Dry eyes and fatigue, which seem to resolve themselves upon eating more carbs
- Stronger sense of smell. I don’t know what the deal with this is, but I can really smell my roommate’s ramen, pizza, and other assorted junk foods. It makes things a whole lot tougher, but I remind myself that it’s only 30 days
- Much hungrier than before – I suspect this is actually a side effect of my “pre-prepared meal strategy” and not Whole30 itself. I used to graze a lot, which I’ve stopped for this challenge because I know grazing leads to binge eating when I’m stressed. However, I do allow myself (pre-portioned) snacks if I am significantly hungry or so fatigued I can’t concentrate at work. The pre-portioning makes it a lot easier to stop when I’m full instead of continually eating.