Three weeks down, boom! I feel like it’s been an eternity…and I still have more than a week left. Here are all my thoughts about Week 3. It’s lengthy, so bear with me!
Week 3 was about finally getting the groove of things. My mood was pretty consistent, aside from one day where I experienced some nasty hunger anger. I wanted to type hanger just now. I was at a work event and didn’t bring food because it was only going to be a couple hours. I almost *always* have nuts in my purse, but for some reason I didn’t that day. I ended up getting stuck in nasty traffic on the way home and got so hungry. It was weird because I didn’t have stomach hunger pains, but I knew my body wanted food because I was really irritable. I was on the phone with Kaye and every single noise and car and shit, anything, was driving me nuts. She was able to laugh it off with me, having been there before, but I felt terrible. I realized I had not eaten in 7 hours, so…duh Christina. After I ate dinner it was like I popped a prozac. Total mood change. Lesson learned: Do not leave the house without food.
My sleep patterns from Day 1 until Day 20 were really weird. Most people report they sleep really well, but I woke up several times during the night. I also woke up earlier than I am used to, regardless of how late I stayed up the night before. I think part of this was due to my curtains not being thick enough, so the sunlight shines through very early. I may buy new curtains or get one of those princessy sleep masks.
My meals were almost exactly like Week 2, but I switched up some of my veggies: kale, brussels, mushrooms, bell peppers, asparagus, purple potatoes, and carrots were on rotation. For proteins, I had baked chicken, beef burgers, and sirloin. I hadn’t cooked steak in years, so it was kind of fun experimenting with that. Except when I caught the kitchen on fire. True story, I was holding a paper towel when I removed a pan off the burner with the other hand…and the paper towel fell into the flame. I was so stunned all I could do was scream to my roommate “OH GOD FIRE FIRE FIRE!” Needless to say, she put it out. :O
Looking back over the past 3 weeks, I realize that I haven’t had any stomach pains or bloating, except when I eat too many brussels sprouts. Or broccoli. Broccoli makes me feel like I am 90 months pregnant. No, not 9. 90.
I still miss my wine/champagne, but not in the “I need it” type of way. It’s mostly just if I want to relax with a book/Netflix at night. And because wine is tasty! It’s the one thing I’ve consistently missed. Aside from that, I’ve just had a few random cravings that pass after a few minutes. My favorite thing I made this past week was plantain chips. Cannot get enough!
I have also been tracking my spending and I’m excited to see how much I save over the 30 days. At first I was shocked by how much I was spending at the grocery store, but it’s nothing in comparison to eating out. Trust me. Even when I bought everything for my steak dinner (steak, asparagus, cauliflower) my meals averaged out to $3.43. No, my steak portions are not restaurant size, but they don’t need to be. That was very eye-opening.
Right now what’s on my mind the most is the reintroduction phase, but I’ll discuss that in depth next week. I’m excited (and nervous!) to see what my body doesn’t like, if anything. And to be honest, I’m actually scared to eat sugar again. I may turn into a little tornado.