I awake feeling a little less tired than I did yesterday – Whole 30 day 3 score!
As I head towards the bathroom, the scale all but calls my name but I kept walking. What is it about our relationships with the scale? I vividly remember my Mom and Dad weighing themselves every morning and I guess I just thought it was the thing to do. I wonder how I made it through college? I didn’t have a scale in my room. Oh, that’s right, I walked 15 minutes away to weigh myself at the gym every day. Well Almighty Scale, it’s going to be 28 days before I step on you. That is if I can hold out that long.
As I walk into the kitchen to make my morning bone broth, I remember reading what It Starts With Food said about snacks last night.
In general, avoid snacking between meals because it turns your eating habits into grazing and grazing can disrupt the normal functioning of leptin, insulin, and glucagon and may promote inadvertent overconsumption. It may take you a while to figure out the right-size meals, though, so if you find that you rather you have a snack than spend hours being cranky, tired, and hungry. Make sure your snacks are just smaller meals and include both protein and a healthy fat- don’t snack on veggies or fruit alone, as they’re not very satisfying by themselves.
I stood in the kitchen staring at my bone broth – truly one of my favorite things. Would this be considered a snack? Should I be starting out my day with it? In its defense, it has 9 grams of protein in one cup and the benefits of drinking bone broth are amazing and include: alleviating joint pain and promoting healthy bones, healing leaky gut, boosting the immune system, and encouraging healthy skin and shiny hair. I have noticed an improvement in all these areas since I have been drinking bone broth and I’m not ready to give it up. Wait a minute, I think I feel a brainstorm coming on in the middle of this Whole30 induced hangover brain. What if, I added a meat and some vegetables to my bone broth and call it a meal?
I’m proud of myself for being able to think clearly in my hangover state of mind. I decide to relax, sip my broth and read the Whole30 Day by By Day for day 3. Melissa’s motivation is talking about Taylor and my favorite topic – snacks.
Sometimes being told what to do is appreciated more than peppy rah-rah speech …First, wherever you are it’s normal (Probably see the FAQ). Don’t worry about whether or not you are doing the “perfect” Whole30. Are you following the rules 100%? Then you are doing it right.
Second, if you are hungry, go eat something. Snack if you have to. Make sure each snack has protein, fat, or both. An apple all by itself is not a snack; it’s a recipe for additional sugar cravings and more hunger twenty minutes after you finish it.
Finally, SLEEP. Go to bed early, even if it means you are not current with the The Walking Dead/ Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/ email/ your sister’s dating recap/ Lego cleanup. Your body is working HARD, and willpower is replenished tremendously when you sleep. Future You will thank you for the extra hour!
It’s about 8:45 and the growling noise my stomach is making is much louder than the sound of my fingers hitting the keyboard, so I decide it’s time for breakfast or what Melissa Hartwig suggests I call Meal 1. Since I’m calling it meal 1, I decided to treat myself to the Whole30 Chicken Pot Pie Soup -please don’t judge me. I’m just a girl trying to get through the next 28 days :).
Around 10:45 I walk into my yoga studio so tired and plagued with the Whole30 hangover, I don’t know how I am going to make it through a class. I’m kicking myself for signing up for the September challenge group because I don’t think I have it in me. Within 5 minutes and my first few poses, I feel fine. There is something magical about exercise and its ability to lift the Whole30 hangover.
I was starting to get a little hungry after yoga and cracked open a Performance Nut Butter.
I was hungry again around 1:30 and had grilled chicken, avocado, and bacon wrapped in lettuce with some broccoli.
Around 5:00 the Whole30 hangover came back and I felt like I wanted to wrap up in a ball and go to sleep.
For dinner, I had a hamburger, salsa, and avocado with carrots and Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing
And I decided to treat myself to an apple with nut butter – yum!
By 8:30 I have nothing to give and decide to call it quits. Thankful to be checking another day off the Whole30 calendar.