Whole 30 - Day 20


Today marks twenty days since I have eaten a slice of bread, enjoyed milk in my coffee, or savoured a piece of chocolate after the kids have gone to bed. I am on day 20 of the Whole 30 program, and I can't quite believe I've gotten this far. The idea of the program is to commit to 30 days of whole foods in their natural form. I can eat fruits, veggies, meat, fish, nuts, and good fats. I can't eat many of the things that are a staple in my everyday life - things like peanut butter toast, sandwiches, crackers and cheese, yogurt, cookies, lattes, pizza... you get the idea. 

Apparently, by around day 16 you are supposed to feel amazing - tons of energy, clear skin, shiny hair, and a thinner mid-section. I'm on day 20 and I don't really feel any of those things. I do feel good, yes, but not good enough to warrant missing out on so many delicious foods. My energy levels are much more stable since I am not eating sugar, but I haven't found that I have more energy than normal. When my alarm goes off in the morning, I still press snooze.

Over the weekend we hosted a mothers day brunch, and I prepared most of the food, even though I couldn't eat a lot of it. Don't get me wrong, there were plenty of things for me to eat, but I would be lying if I said I didn't think about a fresh buttery scone for most of the morning. While some people might chose bacon over a slice of cake, I am not one of those people.

Although you are not supposed to weigh yourself, I did at the two week mark as I was desperately needing some motivation. The scale told me I'd lost 4 pounds, which was nice to see. Over the last ten days I'm hoping to add in a little more exercise - perhaps that will give me the energy boost I'd like. The countdown is on... till the whole 30 torture, as I call it, is over.

Mother's Day brunch menu: Egg Strata, roasted tomatoes and zucchini, roasted baby potatoes, maple-cinnamon apple & pear baked oatmeal, bacon, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, date squares, cranberry scones, fresh fruit, gingerbread loaf, and the most delicious mango-strawberry guacamole.

I froze some of the date squares so that I can enjoy one once this is over:) It will go perfectly with a nice hot cup of coffee... with REAL milk! Coconut milk is just not the same.


Inspired Life said...

Love your honesty as usual Erika… what an amazing effort! As a working mum, your energy is probably still low because you're so deeply tired and your adrenals are exhausted from being in constant demand. Don't hate me for suggesting this - but removing coffee from your diet for the balance of your program might be the very best thing you can do to improve your energy. I know that always works wonders for me… cutting out coffee will give your adrenals a break & you'll get the massive benefit of sleeping more deeply as well. And while the first two days will be torture, you'll see a huge upswing in your energy after a few days. Totally worth it… just a thought… since you're going to ALL this effort anyhow!!!

Good luck! :)

Erika said...

Aww - thank you for your support! You know what, giving up coffee probably WOULD be a great idea. My husband gave it up last month, and he's feeling great. It's just that I really love coffee. I enjoy making it, drinking it, and I think about it when I go to bed at night. While I usually limit myself to one (or two!) cups per day, I think I should seriously consider giving it up - just to let my body re-set itself as you say. We'll see:)