February 22, 2015

Whole30 Challenge: Week 4 Recap

Holy moly. 28 days in, 2 to go. Well, technically as I write this I have one day left and I am THRILLED. I am mixed with emotions, just hours away from my final day.

I’m quite excited about next week. But to be honest — and call me crazy — I’m more excited about the Reintroduction Phase than I am about being done. Say what?! It’s experiment time –one of the main reasons I decided to endure this challenge. I’m eager to see how my body tolerates what I’ve eliminated and if I should continue without it in my diet. This next phase works like this:

Day 1: Evaluate legumes, while keeping the rest of your diet Whole30 compliant. Evaluate how you feel, then return to Whole30 for the next two days.

Day 4: Evaluate dairy, while keeping the rest of your diet Whole30 compliant. Evaluate how you feel, then return to Whole30 for the next two days.

Day 7: Evaluate non-gluten grains, while keeping the rest of your diet Whole30 compliant.  Evaluate how you feel, then return to Whole30 for the next two days. 

Day 10: Evaluate gluten-containing grains, while keeping the rest of your diet Whole30 compliant.

You can choose the order in which you reintroduce the groups, but cannot mix them on the same day. That way there is a control and you will feel how that group affects you. Make sense? Read more here.

Alcohol and sugar, though previously eliminated, are not part of this phase. You are free to reintroduce however and whenever you please. So for me that’s Day 31, ha! I wasn’t kidding when I said I’ll probably have a champagne toast for breakfast. And as far as reintroducing legumes goes, you BET I am having hummus first thing that day. Does hummus go well with eggs? Because that’s happening.

Back to Week 4. This past week wasn’t that much different food-wise, but wow, my energy changed. On Day 25 I jumped out of bed and started unloading the dishwasher. Um, what? As if that was an exciting activity to do in the morning.

I fall asleep so fast and am waking up around 7-7:30 a.m. without an alarm clock. If you know me at all, this is huge. I am not a morning person. Another thing that has drastically improved is my anxiety. I’ve had it off and on since college, but it significantly improved during Whole30. The only time I notice have any issues is when I’ve had caffeine, even just a little.

My next recap will cover the reintroduction phase, then I’ll write one more on my overall thoughts on the program. Stay tuned!

And on Tuesday morning, let’s have a virtual toast! 😉

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  • Teri

    I am so impressed girl! I can’t wait to hear how the reintroductions go. I’m debating doing this too – my energy levels are all out of whack!

    • thank you! i really think you could do this challenge. if you’re generally healthy (you are), it won’t be much of a struggle for you. TRY IT TRY IT TRY IT. i’ll be your sponsor! 😛

  • cheers! im so impressed! now bring on the eggs + hummus 😉 xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  • Elise Nichols

    Lovebug I am so impressed! You’re amazing for sticking with this all 30 days. Excited to read your thoughts on the whole program.

  • Alissa

    Congratulations, Christina! I don’t think I would/could ever commit to something as challenging as this, but your posts have inspired me to cut down on sugar, and I notice now how sensitive I am to it. Ok, I knew before, but ignored 🙂
    OH! And I made the brussels this weekend–delicious! I also added the zest of the orange used for juice.

    • thank you!! i’m so glad! if you’ve already noticed a difference, that’s amazing. you made them!? aww that makes my day, seriously. i love the idea for adding zest…for more zest, haha! 🙂

      • Alissa

        Thanks, Christina 🙂 It really comes down to being mindful, I think–how do I feel/want to feel after eating, and mostly why I am eating what I’m eating.

  • Meg

    i have had hummus and hardboiled eggs before!!!!!!! mmmmmm!

  • klynnmatthews

    Scrambled eggs with hummus = delicious. Awesome job doing this challenge – it’s been fun to watch and read about! a

    • do you just top the scrambled eggs w/ hummus? or add it in before you cook? that might be weird, hahah…but i’m curious! and thank you!

      • I typically scramble and cook the eggs til they’re JUST about done and then add in a tablespoon or two, stir with the heat and then eat. It’s especially good with the “everything bagel” hummus from Tribe!

        • oooh i like it. thank you! and did you see that Tribe is coming out with a sriracha hummus this month!? i am like stalking grocery stores to find it!

  • I’m excited to hear about your reintroduction. 1 day! 1 day! 1 day!

  • Biana Perez

    I’m so so happy that you are almost done!!! I can’t wait to hear your over all thoughts – you are so healthy as it is so I can only imagine this increased it for you! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  • Lauren @ i had a big lunch

    You really caught my attention with the anxiety bit — mine has been revving lately and I don’t know why…maybe this is what I should try next! I love when you can help issues like this with food habits instead of tons of medication (although of course medication can/is necessary too!) Congrats on your dedication, that’s incredible!

    • factors that affect my anxiety are sleep, caffeine, sugar, and exercise. i also have learned to calm myself down with slow breathing. i definitely agree — i prefer the holistic approach, when possible, but know that some people do need medication and i get that! thanks darlign!

  • The Pink Growl

    Cheers on your reintroduction phase and that glass of champs!

  • Thanks for being my sponsor 🙂 lol

    Love the quote you included, I agree.

    3 more weeks for me and I can’t see the end of it yet. One day at a time for me. I’ll start re-reading the re-introduction phase on my 3rd week

  • amelia

    Wohoo! Time flys!! I can’t wait to see your reintroduction phase and what you are able to tolerate/notice a difference with/etc. It just became the norm….minus the wine for the most part, right?

  • You are a champ! Excited to hear how the reintro phase goes. 🙂 And you absolutely deserve a champagne breakfast!


    Le Stylo Rouge

  • i think i’m doing like, 95% of whole 30 program without knowing it! i don’t eat legumes, grains or dairy and the only sugar i have is like, 1tsp with my morning coffee.

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