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.