After more than two weeks on the road we arrived home Saturday afternoon. We are all quite excited!
It seems while we were away we missed the downpour of April showers. Instead we enjoyed sunny skies and warm temps.
I am quite exhausted. It was such a relief to see Alex on Friday night and spend all day together Saturday. And finally on Sunday we settled back in to normal life. It’s surreal to be back home. Our trip was a ton of fun, but I am thankful to be home and back into our routine. So long beach life.
Before leaving Florida I decided it was time to get back on the healthy eating train. I started reading It Starts With Food and decided I was ready to jump into the Whole 30 challenge. Rather than wait until I was home and back in the kitchen, I foolishly decided to jump right in. Saturday was Day 1. And I was hungry for most of the day!
Breakfast: 3 scrambled eggs
Lunch: Jimmy John’s Turkey and Bacon Unwich
Snack: handful of mixed nuts, banana (unpictured)
Dinner: burger topped with spinach, arugula, guacamole and pickled onions with a sparkling water to drink
Snack: plantain chips and tahini sauce (unpictured)
It was a difficult day to begin because we were on the road home and had no groceries, but I didn’t want to waste a single day. About half way through Alex offered me some of his sweet potato fries and I almost caved. But then I realized I would waste the entire day if I cheated. So I stuck with it.
Day 2 was a little easier. I meal planned and grocery shopped so I was prepared.
Breakfast: Corned beef hash with two poached eggs and a side of bacon (holy protein!)
Lunch: salad with tuna and avocado and lemon juice, apple slices with homemade almond butter (yummy!) and a coconut La Croix, my new favorite. I fell in love while in Florida. It was the perfect beach drink!
In the afternoon I snacked on a lot (A LOT) of almond butter, some carrots, and a few plantain chips. Finally…
Dinner: Mahi Mahi En Papillote (in parchment) with roasted fingerling potatoes and summer squash.
So why Whole 30 and why now? I have been leaning in to this eating lifestyle for several weeks and I truly feel great on the days when I limit my eating choices based on the Whole 30 criteria. However, weekends off were allowing me to binge on sweets and I was wasting all the hard work I put in during the week. Over the last 4 or 6 weeks I haven’t seen any weight loss results. I know it isn’t all about the weight loss, it’s about adopting a healthy lifestyle but for me the weight loss is very important. I am still shocked that breast feeding isn’t doing enough to help me shed the pregnancy pounds. So now I’m ready to put my all into it and try to get the results I am after.
I decided to do Whole 30 even before I began reading the book It Starts With Food. My mind was made up. But now that I’m about half way into the book I am convinced it’s right for me. I’ve drank the kool-aid. For starters, I have already experienced a mental break from food thoughts. I give food way too much brain space on any normal day, but while eating according to the Whole 30 criteria I really feel free from disordered thinking. Even while hungry, I am not “hangry.” Overall I just feel more balanced. There are many scientific reasons why I am probably feeling this way and the book does a great job explaining them. But to simplify, I think removing all temptations relieves me from having to make tough choices so I don’t even think about them.
It surprises me how much I enjoy eating animal proteins right now. I have been a vegetarian on and off for most of my life simply because I didn’t like most meats. Now I crave them. I am really hoping Whole 30 will yield weight loss results while also making me feel energized and healthy. This is a 30 day experiment to see if it works for me.