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February 15, 2015

Whole30 Challenge: Week 3 Recap

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!

coconut oil plantain chips paleo whole30

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.

As always, if you have any questions, shoot ’em my way. You know I’m pretty open so if there’s something you’re curious about, I’ll be sure to answer. Read Week 1 and Week 2 recaps for more info.

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  • Today is day one for me and the whole 30. I think the hardest part for me is no coffee creamer. I despise black coffee and canned coconut milk + coffee is just not the same. Here goes nothing! Love reading your recaps and I book marked your plantain recipe!

    • oh that’s so awesome!! i’m excited for you! please feel free to email me if you have any questions or need support. i mean it!

  • Brynn Guster

    Curious how you overcome the craving/habit of wine at night. I’m not sure that telling myself it’s not an option would be enough.

    • oh trust me, i still want it. i guess i’ve just told myself that 30 days out of my entire life is not a long time. and that it’ll be worth it in the end! but trust me, my last day is on a monday and i already told my boss that tuesday morning we’re having a virtual mimosa date!

  • omg, the tornado comment LOL!!

    I dusted off my book and will start Whole 30 soon, I just wanted to have my chocolate cake for Valentine’s day first, ha! I started Whole 30 back in 2012 but didn’t finish, so I’m ready to revisit it again and I have 30 days in my calendar free of mandatory social events. Wish me luck.

    • yay!! oh i don’t blame you. if you need support please email me or text me! i had a buddy guiding me and it was so helpful. esp when i was going insane and needed to vent!

  • Meg

    Way to go girly!!!!!! xo

  • Nicole Prša

    I also always have almonds with me (and water of course) because I get hanger like you wouldnt believe. I love how you described the peaceful complete mood swing after eating a meal like popping a Prozac! It’s so true. I try not to talk to anyone when I’m that hungry because if I do, I end up needing to apologize later for my bitchiness. Love reading your updates! Are you still doing similar breakfasts these days? Will you do anything special for your first meal after you finish the 30 days?

    • glad you understand! i should’ve kept my mouth shut too. like maybe i should also carry around a muzzle with my almonds? hahah kidding. yeah breakfasts have been the same. you know, eggs, avocado, apple. i’m pretty simple! but yeah that’s weird to think i’ve eaten almost the exact same thing for 30 days. my first meal after…well it will start with reintroducing one of the food groups. i haven’t decided which one yet. might have to be hummus, haha!

  • Natalie Mason

    I am so impressed with you 3 weeks in and 1 week left. You got this girl! I am pretty sure I could not make it that long with out a glass of wine or champs. Bravo to you.

    • aw, thank you! trust me, it is tough, but it’s been a really great way to reflect on whether i “need” a glass or just want to relax. i am definitely cool with a glass a night to chill out, but i was overdoing it on the weekends which honestly has no benefits. and you know me, i get super anxious the day after heavy drinking.

  • Sheanna Caban

    I had the SAME problem with the sleep issues! I would wake up all the time. Know what I found out? I wasn’t eating enough carbs. I need the potatoes before I go to sleep. I would have a potato MAYBE once a week. It’s weird the things you learn about yourself on a Whole 30.

    • REALLY? see i was only eating carby starchy stuff for lunch. aw sheeit. i should try this tonight!!

  • You are doing awesome. Having snacks is always key – I hit a hanger strike one night where we didn’t have time to grab dinner before a movie. I ended up eating packaged salami from a quick grocery store grab. It was sad.

    I hope the next week flies by!

    • thank you! and that is so funny. but props to you for sticking to the plan. i bet that smelled awesome in the movie theatre.

  • Biana Perez

    I know it hasn’t felt that quick for you but the whole 30 seems to be going by so fast!!! I can only imagine how hangry you were…I get that way if I haven’t eaten in 4 hours but 7 forget it! Lol! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

    • it has and it hasn’t! there are some days where i’m like woah, i’m so far! and then others where i’m like oh good god what have i done! haha. yeah, idk what i was thinking…7 hours is practically a day hahaah

  • itzyskitchen

    Hooooooray for 1 week to go. I slept terrible during Whole30…I kept wondering why everyone else slept great haha. What are you most excited to have again?

  • Elise Nichols

    Girl you are almost there! I’m so inspired to do this program!

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