Whole30 Day 7 & Whole30 Day 8 – the most difficult days of the Whole30 challenge.
I committed to the Whole30 challenge and have walked you through each day thus far. In the beginning, this Whole30 challenge wasn’t so bad. In fact, I would even say it was easy. But the sugar dragon inside of me realized something was different, and he wasn’t liking it. That pretty much sums up my Whole30 challenge on days 7 and 8.
In the beginning, you have the stamina. You’re going strong and you feel confident about getting your body healthy — eating the way our bodies were created to eat. But then something happens. Mine started on day 7 when all I wanted to do was nap and snack all day, and this feeling didn’t let up until the morning I woke up on day 9.
Whole30 Day 7:
For breakfast, I had my usual. I made three *fried eggs with a side of fruit. Since I am working out in the mornings, I am making sure I’m getting some carbs in with my breakfast.
*The easiest way to make fried eggs is with a nonstick pan and 1 Tbs of clarified butter. Drop them all in the pan at the same time over medium-high heat, and once the egg whites becomes less see-through, give them a nice flip. Let them sit for another 30-45 seconds on that side and they’re ready!
After breakfast, I just wanted to munch. I found myself wandering around in the kitchen and once I realized what I was doing, I made myself leave the house. I was not about to ruin all of the progress I had made thus far! I got to the gym and did some cardio — ran a mile, 15 minutes on the elliptical and did some arm weights. When I finished my workout I was ravenous. I knew I needed a snack because my blood sugar was off, so I grabbed my emergency, Whole30 compliant, Cashew Cookie Larabar (theres a 25% off coupon on amazon right now!) from the glove compartment.
Lunch was simple — a salad topped with two fried eggs, tomato, avocado and onion. I made my own balsamic vinegarette from the Whole30 book.
The only thing I could think about after lunch was sleep. I literally could hardly keep my eyes open. I still felt hungry, and I was also very cranky and more impatient than normal on Whole30 day 7. When my kids (ages 1 and 3) laid down for their afternoon nap, you can bet your bottom dollar this 5-months preggo did as well!
I woke up from my nap and just wanted to sleep more, even though I had gotten a great nights sleep the night before. Day 7 was just a challenge, I was hungry and tired, but I was fully aware of why this was happening — On Whole30 day 7, your body is beginning to realize that it can no longer rely on on those sugars for easy energy. This is when our bodies make the shift from relying on sugar for energy, to relying on fat for energy. Yay for us, but boo for us because it takes a toll on our energy when this shift occurs. The book states it perfectly…
By the grace of God I made it to dinner without dying. Okay, I’m being dramatic, but day 7 is just no fun! For dinner I roasted a chicken and ate that with a side of roasted green beans and a sweet potato. I did this so that I could use the carcass to make chicken bone broth (again, the recipe is in the book). I wasn’t totally satisfied after dinner so I made a small bowl of fruit and gobbled that up before committing to shut down the kitchen for the night. And on day 7 of Whole30 challenge, that was a challenge.
Whole30 Day 8
For breakfast on Whole30 Day 8, I had three fried eggs topped with some avocado, sweet potato hash and a side of fruit. I woke up completely starving so breakfast was a little earlier than normal.
After gobbling my breakfast down, I headed out the door to head to the gym. Once I arrived at the gym, however, my body told me no. I was so exhausted (already…at 9:30AM), and I just couldn’t make it happen today. I gave myself some grace and took my baby to an indoor play center instead — what this Mama’s heart needed anyway!
I left the play place after just an hour because my energy was so long gone. I could hardly keep up with my little man — something I would normally be able to do. I began to feel my blood sugar drop and knew it was time for a snack (normally I would probably fight through this but I’m pregnant and have very low blood pressure so I will actually pass out if my blood sugar gets too low). I ran to the car and grabbed my other emergency snack, my berry RX bar.
Lunch was earlier than normal, even after my RX bar. Again, I blame this on my body realizing that it was shifting from relying on sugars and carbs to carry me through the day to now relying on burning fat. My body was just in shock with the change, so it needed a little more fuel than normal, all Whole30 compliant fuel!
Lunch was another salad with leftover roasted chicken on top and a side of roasted sweet potatoes.
Although I didn’t nap on Whole30 day 8 (because my kids decided to skip theirs that day), I sure did want to! Instead I rested on the couch with a cup of coffee. This extra cup did help give me the boost I needed to clean my house and start preparing dinner. **If you’re having a hard time with drinking coffee black, I am a huge fan of Nutpods creamer 🙂 It’s a dairy-free creamer substitute with no added sugars!
Dinner was simple yet delicious! I made the tomato sauce from the Whole30 Book, and added ground beef and pork. I also roasted a spaghetti squash and made a side of roasted green beans. It is a very filling meal and so closely resembles spaghetti with pasta sauce.
I slept like nobody’s business on Whole30 day 8. Sometimes in the past I’ve had a hard time falling asleep but that was not at all the case on days 7 and 8.
Whole30 Days 7 & 8 Energy Level: My energy was probably a 2/10 on these two days. All I wanted to do was nap.
Whole30 Days 7 & 8 Willpower Strength: My willpower suffered a bit on these two days. I did not cave nor cheat, but I so badly just wanted to eat bread. This is when my mind started playing tricks on me, leading me to believe it wasn’t worth sticking with the plan for the full 30 days.
Whole30 Days 7 & 8 Emotional State: I felt a little more agitated than normal on these two days.
Whole30 Days 7 & 8 Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge these days was dealing with the lack of energy and sticking to the meal plans. I found myself wanting to snack as I prepared dinner (something I have always done in the past), and the time between eating was much shorter on days 7 and 8.