I promise that I meant to get this posted on Monday night – after my first full week of Whole30 – but my body had other plans. I ended up with tonsillitis and was out of commission for most of the week. I’m finally on the mend and so happy to have some energy back!
The first 10 days of this Whole30 were overall, pretty okay. I got the sugar withdrawal headache after a couple of days, but it went away with a lot of water and a little ibuprofen. I had some major sweets cravings here and there but thank goodness those went away after eating a handful of grapes. One of the most important parts of Whole30 is to be prepared and thinking ahead has saved me! I had a meeting between breakfast and lunch so I took a Larabar and almonds with me which really saved the day.
There are times when my will has been tested and pushed me to the brink of tears. I know, that sounds soooo dramatic, but it’s the truth. We ordered Afghan kabob for dinner one night and I had chicken, lots of grilled vegetables, and a big salad. But holy cow, the amazing naan had me so close to my breaking point that my teeth hurt because I wanted some so bad. Isn’t that crazy? I don’t think I’ve ever had a craving quite so intense before and it was pretty killer. But I knew I would be mad at myself if I gave in, so I ate my food and did not take one bite of the bread. It was a close call but I came out victorious!
I was also pretty grumpy about Whole30 when I had tonsillitis. I knew I was sick when the thought of both coffee and food repulsed me, so I drank a lot of hot tea and beef broth. Once I started feeling better, I ate bananas and scrambled eggs cooked in ghee. Yesterday was the first day that coffee sounded good again, but I’m still not drinking as much of it as pre-Whole30. I have one – maybe two – cups a day. I put about a TBL of organic coconut oil in my coffee and then use my immersion blender to froth it up – and it’s not bad at all. I was this close to throwing in the towel this week when I was still sick and just so tired. I was tired of being sick, tired of being tired, and tired of not being able to have the comfort foods I really wanted. But yesterday afternoon, my energy started to return and has been increasing steadily. I am so happy that I did not quit!
One of the things I’m most excited about is not having any diet soda for over 10 days! Like I said before, I was drinking a lot of it, so going cold turkey was the best thing for me and my health. I have no plans on drinking it again after Whole30 which feels great to know already. I don’t really miss it! I’ve been drinking only coffee, water, and unsweetened iced tea.
Today is day 12 so I’ll have another update for you next week. 12 down…18 to go!