I wake up naturally and feel great at 6:00 AM. Could this mean the Whole30 hangover stage is officially over? Oh God, I hope so. My Whole30 experience (day 5) is off to a great start!
As I walk into the bathroom I think about all of the years when my adrenal fatigue was at its worst and I couldn’t peel myself out of bed in the morning. Within days of cutting sugar from my diet when I was on the high protein low carb diet, I started waking up at or before 7:00 AM naturally. I know I blogged about it in The Pursuit of Ketosis – Day 4, but I don’t think I realized how life-changing it was at that time. It’s amazing to think of what food can do to our mood and health, isn’t it?
I have to confess, I thought about getting on the scale a few times while I was in the bathroom. The words no one needs to know even bubbled up in my head. I decided since I have told you the truth every step of the way so far, I couldn’t start lying to you now, so I walked away from the almighty scale.
Time to reflect on my Whole30 practice with the Whole30 Day By Day
As I sit down at my computer, with a cup of bone broth I crack open the Whole30 Day By Day. It seems as though day five can be a “mixed bag” and some might be feeling better while others feel worse. Thankfully I am optimistic I am feeling better.
Last night I read a few more pages of It Starts With Food and went to sleep a little disappointed in my type-A Superfreak self because I realized I had not been eating enough vegetables and healthy fat. To make matters worse, this morning, I woke to a woman’s comment on a meal I posted on a Whole30 Facebook page calling me out in front of 100’s of people for not eating enough vegetables. Ironically, in the Whole30 Day By Day for day five Melissa wrote that we shouldn’t try to do the “perfect Whole30” because it doesn’t exist and the Whole30 is just a step towards a lifetime of practicing healthy eating.
My favorite Whole30 breakfast isn’t exactly a breakfast
Around 9:30 I had my favorite non- breakfast food for meal 1. After I ate it, I thought I should probably have a healthy fat with it, but I was too full to eat another thing! Oh well, I’m practicing the Whole30 and will get there!
The Whole30 is a practice, just like yoga
As I stood at my yoga mat ready for my yoga “practice”, the phrase “practicing the Whole30” bubbled up in my head. I remember a time in my yoga practice when I ……
Left the room in the middle of class to go to the bathroom when I didn’t need to so I could have a break Now, the class goes by so quickly I’m surprised when it is over.
Couldn’t make it through a class without taking child’s pose multiple times Now, I make it through almost every class without taking a single child’s pose.
Grimaced every time the teacher said jump to the front of your mat because I couldn’t even imagine how that was possible Now I jump!
Didn’t have the strength to do any other form of exercise the day of or the day after I took a yoga class Now I walk for thirty minutes to an hour after class and occasionally lift weights too.
Thinking about this and the process I went through in yoga helps me to gain perspective and I feel much better about my Whole30 practice.
And sometimes the Whole30 practice requires a good compliant Whole30 snack
I don’t have time for lunch after yoga and I’m really not hungry yet but I’m going into a meeting with My Son, Drew’s therapists and counselors and I don’t want to go brain dead in the middle of the meeting, so I eat a quick RX Bar and I have to say it was pretty yummy!
I had a late lunch around 2:30 and enjoyed a salad with a mix of spring mix and spinach, steak, red onion, avocado, olives, and strawberries topped with Primal Kitchen Ranch dressing.
and a few grapes…in a wine glass. Just because :).
And lunch and dinner were rescheduled by this thing called life
And the rest of my day was crazy with kids’ activities, so I ended up having a “snack” of Performance Nut Butter at 7:00 PM so that I could hold off to dinner at 8:30 – ugh. I’m “practicing the Whole30” – right?
Tony made Chicken Tortilla-less Soup for dinner and it was good, not as great as the Chicken Pot Pie soup I’ve been eating for days, but good. You can find both recipes on Pinterest.
Time to reflect on my Whole30 practice with my Whole30 Day By Day journal
And I am proud to say I made it to 9:00 before checking my box in my Whole30 Day By Day journal and calling it a night.