Here I am on Day 11. I’m feeling pretty darned good to be honest.
The last 10 days have mostly revolved around food – when I eat and what I eat. I’ve also tried to ensure I am getting in all my training – both general and for the London Duathlon which is just 7 weeks away!
A typical day for me has looked like this –
7am – alarm
7.30am – pre workout snack if I am hitting up an early class
8.30am – 10am – Meal 1
1pm – 2pm – Meal 2
6pm – 8pm – Meal 3
10.30pm – Bed
My main concern before I started my 30 day challenge was the fact that snacking was not a part of the program. I’d pretty much convinced myself over the past couple of years that I needed to eat every 2-3 hours in order to survive any one day.
Over the 10 days, other than a snack pre work out, I’ve probably snacked about 3 times. On those occasions it seems my prior meal had either just not been big enough, or I wasn’t in a situation where I could eat my next meal when I needed it (i.e at work and break scheduled later, not home from teaching yet etc).
My favourite meal so far has to be the Citrus Pork Carnitas from the book, Well Fed. I had this with cajun sweet potato wedges, veg and fruit. I’ve had no cravings for “junk food” – my only craving has been for pineapple which is a compliant food!
One area that has been affecting how I feel has been my bed time. On average, I have been hitting the pillow between 10.30pm and 11.30pm. The latter makes it soooo much harder to get out of bed the next day. The night that I couldn’t keep my eyes open past 9.15pm had me waking up feeling refreshed and invigorated! Over the next 20 days I will be working on ensuring I get to bed at a decent time consistently.
Since I started my Whole 30, white potatoes have become a compliant food. However, not in the form of chips and crisps. I have made a decision to still not include white potatoes in my Whole 30 – they were not something I ate a lot of and when I did, it was in the form of chips every now and again. I’m more than happy with sweet potatoes so that’s what I will be sticking to!
So far, I’ve not had to tackle eating out but I think I will be ready! I have a date with a friend next week so we’ll be choosing where we go in advance so I can plan my meal choice and get my script ready for the waitress with the substitutions I will require.
I have spent a day over at my mums place though and she made a great effort to accommodate my requirements. In all fairness to her, it wasn’t a huge deviation from what she normally feeds me when I visit! She did recall her visit to the supermarket though where she got strange looks from the lady at the counter when asking about the different hams and what they were cooked in.
The last ten days has made me even more aware of how much sugar is used in food products. Seasonings, meat, fish…all have varieties with added sugar. It’s made me a little disappointed in some of my favourite retailers but at the same time has made me value what I put into my body.
I’m certainly looking forward to the next 20 days of Whole 30! I’ve been lucky so far with no major side effects so I’m thinking it can only get better from here!
Stay tuned to see how my next 10 days go!