Feed Me Donuts. This is a personal account of my Whole30 journey, days 5 and 6. These two days have been (by far) the most challenging days! The only thing I can thing about is sugar, sugar, sugar. I am craving things like glazed donuts by the dozen, pancakes smothered in maple syrup, Snickers (the twin pack), and every other sugary substance my mind wanders to.
I have read from several different studies that a 21 day detox is what it takes to crush sugar cravings. That means challenging yourself to a 21 day SUGAR-FREE life, and the detox symptoms as well as the sugar cravings are likely to diminish. At just 7 days in, this feels like a century!
I start every morning off with a cup of coffee. Have I mentioned how much love I have for Nutpods creamer? It’s a dairy-free, gluten free, paleo compliant creamer that
makes your coffee creamier than ever. I just can’t do the black coffee thing… I tried!
For breakfast, I have been keeping it pretty simple. 3 fried eggs with a side of fruit — I can’t get enough fruit in my life!
After breakfast, I try to get out of the house until lunchtime, and I do a workout of some kind. I either head to the gym or meet with my Stroller Moms group. After the workout, I head home and start lunch.
Lunch: On days 5 and 6 of the Whole30 challenge, I made a pot of Whole30 Chili (recipe on page 342) and it was absolutely amazing — plus more than enough for leftovers, and then some. I actually prefer it over my traditional chili recipe I make. My kids even loved it (without the peppers of course). That says a lot!
After lunch, my energy was so far gone that I had to take a nap with my kiddos. Normally I spend this time straightening up the house and doing some work on my computer, but not these last two days. I did feel somewhat better after these power naps, but still had to make a cup of coffee to get me through the evening.
Dinner: On day 5 of the Whole30 challenge, I grilled steaks for dinner (recipe on page 216) with a side of roasted potatoes and green beans. The great think about this cookbook is that you don’t have to be a chef, or even have experience in the kitchen. I have never grilled in my life, and these steaks turned out perfectly — even my husband said so!
I even made my own Whole30 compliant barbecue sauce! If you do decide to try this recipe, I would say to add about 4 times the liquid it calls for so it doesn’t turn out baby food texture.
Whole30 Week 1, Days 5 & 6 Energy Level: Days 5 and 6 of the Whole30 Challenge have been just that… a challenge! My energy has diminished and I feel like I need a nap all day.
Whole30 Week 1, Days 5 & 6 Willpower Strength: I have maintained this diet, but I don’t wanna. I just want sugar. I. Need. Sugar.
Whole30 Week 1, Days 5 & 6 Emotional State: No changes as far as my emotional state on the last 2 days. I have felt pretty good in that realm.
Whole30 Week 1, Days 5 & 6 Biggest Challenge: My biggest challenge on days 5 & 6 have been fighting the sugar cravings. I have been able to withstand those cravings by eating more fruits and drinking tons of water — lemon-infused of course. I’m hoping the sugar cravings start getting a little easier in the near future!