So I’ve done a whole 24 hours of Whole 30 and it’s been…interesting.
First, I am really going to have to work on breakfast. I’m not used to eating much in the morning (bowl of cereal and a cup of tea is about the short of it) so eating a plateful of cooked food first thing was always going to feel weird. My first morning I also made the error of forgetting that although I like raw spinach, cooked spinach is not one of my favourite things. Although this plate of spinach, pea shoots, mushrooms and eggs felt virtuous, I have to admit to having trouble getting it down. Not the most auspicious start.
Because of that, I didn’t eat enough and was hungry by 10 o’clock. I held out till lunch, eating just a few almonds to take the edge off. Lunch was a greater success: leftover chicken, green beans, butternut squash and tomatoes, all prepared according to the meal plan. Yum.
Dinner was also prepared in advance – chicken thighs, which I heated up in the oven, sweet potatoes, green beans and carrots, all drizzled with this amazing Moroccan sauce. My husband liked this a lot too, and is becoming quite the fan of sweet potatoes, so I’ve already nearly run out of those.
How do I feel? Well, on the downside, I felt really sluggish all day. Perhaps having gone over to Whole 30 the night before put me straight into day 2 of the timeline – I couldn’t make myself move at all, and I’m still feeling really tired and blurry. I’m also still bloated, but I’m reserving judgement on that one – I’m in the middle of PMS and bloating always comes with that too.
However, there has been a massive and immediate change – no wind. Like, none, all day. Compare this to a couple of days ago where it was (without being too detailed) a big and noisy problem, this feels like some sort of miracle. I can’t wait to see what else is in store.
Do I miss anything? I miss proper tea in the morning, and as I was walking home from the supermarket I had visions of scarfing down a big bowl of pasta or rice – these plain accompaniments to food are a big favourite of mine, and I do miss them on my plate. A few times I’ve felt like snacking and had to remind myself that if I was going to do that, I needed to make the right choices – but having plenty of fruit and nuts in the house makes it so much easier to be virtuous.
Overall, so far, I’m excited to see what else might change, although with my period due any day now, I’m expecting to feel under the weather for quite some time.