So I'm still here and I haven't killed anyone!!! (yet!!!)
If you read my previous blog you will have seen that Day 3 was very hard. I got sick and my body decided it HATED me for not giving it sugar.
Nothing a early night couldn't sort out and on Thursday I felt grand again. I must say the last 4 days have been surprisingly good.
So what have I been eating?
Thursday Day 4 was a real lazy day. For breakfast I had an omelette packed full of spinach and tomatoes. This only takes minutes to make and is a great start to the day. I cooked the omelette in butter so I had fat, protein and veg in my meal. For lunch I had my left over Chicken Curry. This really was amazing curry and I will definitely be making it again this week. I wasn't hugely hungry in the evening so I kept it simple and just had a small salad with ham, chicken, tomato, lettuce and pineapple. I also had an avocado but it wasn't fully ripe so I didn't actually eat it all.
Friday Day 5 I was working so breakfast was another quick and easy meal. I made Sweet Potato Hash with fried eggs. I don't know if I cooked the sweet potato properly but it was a little soggy. Don' t know if I will be making it again. I made a quick lunch of pork chops with a little salad on the side. I rubbed sea salt, black pepper and curry powder onto the chops and fried them in little coconut oil. They were yummy. When I got home from work I decided to make some hazelnut butter. This is a real treat but unless you live near a health food shop its hard to get your hands on. I simply toasted a bag of hazelnuts for about 10 mins then popped them into my food processor and whizzed them until it got to the consistency I wanted. Then just scoop it out and put into an airtight container. I sliced some apples and had some of my amazing hazelnut butter with it as a snack. The evening kinda disappeared on me and I wasn't hugely hungry so again I had a simple salad with ham, boiled eggs, tomatoes and avocado (I got my hands on a ripe avocado and it was way nicer).
Saturday Day 6. I was going shopping for the day with my mum, sister and friend Annmarie. Annmarie is doing a "partial" Whole 30. When I say partial I mean she is eating all the healthy stuff that I am and staying off the alcohol to support me but when she goes back home after the weekend she will probably go back to her old bad habits.
Anyway I made up Sweet Potato Pancakes with strawberries for breakfast. Again they were amazing. However Denise has warned me that they are a little bit "sweet" so I should only be having them once a week if at all on a Whole 30. Oooppps. I have an awful sweet tooth so that's one thing I'm hoping to "RESET" on this Whole 30. Anyway back to the rest of the day. Whilst in Athlone we decided to have lunch. I choose MixGreens as they cater for all diets from Slimming World to Weight Watchers and also Paleo. They have a great menu and it was really hard to pick from all their great dishes. I eventually went with the Butternut Squash Wok Salad and a Orange, Apple, Carrot & Wheatgrass Juice. It was all delicious and I will definitely be back. We were home for dinner so I decided to so steak with plenty of veg and garlic butter. I was stuffed afterward but it was so worth it.
Day 7 Sunday Well I got up pretty late so I had a brunch of boiled eggs, rashers, some strawberries and a big glass infused water. Then for dinner I had roast chicken and veg.
I snacked on fruit and nuts anytime I feel peckish or fruit and nutbutter (Almond or Hazelnut only).
I will admit today has been tough. Sunday was always my worst day for eating junk food and takeaways. I'm still craving a regular cup of tea and even an auld Rich Tea biscuit would do at this stage. But as the above quote says (sent to me by the wonderful Denise from Irish Paleo Girl) I have to choose between what I want now and what I want most.
On the bright side it was great waking up this morning without a hangover!!!
So what have I learned from Week One?
Well be organised. You need to plan your meals in advance and be prepared. Don't worry it doesn't mean it's more time consuming it just makes life easier.
Try everything you might be surprised what you might actually like. e.g. I have been eating green beans, asparagus and broccoli all vegetables I would never have eaten before the Whole 30.
Oh and I am sleeping like a log. I usually have very broken sleep but the past week I have been sleeping straight through for at least 8 hours. !!!
So I'm ready for week two. Wish me the best of luck!!!!
Until next time