Whole30 – One Week Down!

Hello Everyone!

As some of you might know I decided to try the Whole30 again for this month as I felt my eating habits had become out of control and I just had no discipline anymore. I have finished 7 days now and… I’m still alive! πŸ˜› It’s not been easy but I am already starting to see some benefits which encourage me to continue to the end.

I have to admit I have been VERY tired for most of this first week. I have been trying very hard to go to bed earlier and to drink lots of water – which for the most part I have been doing well. I think it’s the only reason I’ve been able to push through the fatigue.

Julius and I have been going for walks for the last 4 mornings. We wake up at 5:50am (I know, it’s crazy!) and walk from about 6-6:30 or 6:40am. This is so I can still get home inΒ time to get myself and Ezra ready so I can drop him at school for 7:40 am and then head into the office. While I still HATE getting up that early and it’s a struggle, I do feel better after making myself do it. There’s something about being outside, getting fresh air that early in the morning, before things get too busy. I also like getting it out of the way. I’m hoping to add in some more exercise a few evenings a week, but I’ve been too tired so far and have just been focusing on getting enough sleep. I’ve been getting to bed before 10pm so I can wake up to walk in the mornings.

While I will admit there are times I just feel like snacking or eating something sweet or salty – I am not really very hungry. I’m eating 3 full meals and maybe one snack a day and I find them quite filling. It is difficult preparing dinner for my family and then at least part of it separately for myself, but we’re managing.

My favourite Whole30 foods so far are avocado (which I already loved, but now love even more), sweet potato (which I never ate much of before, but really like now), ghee (I cook everything in it and quite like it), and coconut milk (which I am finding so many ways to use). I fear food boredom will set in eventually, but I am trying to do my best to eat a variety of foods, to try new recipes and just to pace myself. Even if I ate the same thing for next 23 days — the truth is I would survive. πŸ˜‰ So that’s what I keep telling myself. I can do anything for 30 days.

I also found a way to drink my coffee on Whole30 which I actually quite like. (I tried to do no coffee, but the fatigue won…then I tried to do coffee black and while I can drink it – more like down it like medicine- I don’t enjoy it black). So this morning I blended black coffee, coconut milk and two table spoons of my all natural protein mix vanilla with ice, then drank it over ice as well as an iced coffee. πŸ™‚

All in all I am heading into week 2 still enthusiastic and excited to see more of the benefits that Whole30 has to offer.

Bored VS. Hungry (The On-going Battle)

Me. Every Day.

Me. Every Day.

“You are not hungry. You are bored. You don’t need to eat anything right now.” This is my mantra of late. It’s on on-going battle for me – am I eating because I’m actually hungry or just for something to do?

I am definitely a mindless eater as well as an emotional eater. It’s easy for me to eat without really thinking about what I’m putting into my mouth – until it’s too late! Or to eat because I’m upset – it’s called comfort food. But I’m working on changing that. I’ve started recording everything I put into my mouth. Everything. I am currently using the app My Fitness Pal which I find really easy and convenient since I always have my phone with me no matter where I go. It’s quick and it doesn’t take long to record meals. The best part is the app keeps track of everything for me – calories, nutrition, water intake, exercise etc. I am also learning to ask myself important questions before eating…

“Are you actually hungry?” – I know it seems like an obvious question but if you’ve ever struggled with your weight and your relationship with food – you know it’s just not that easy.

“Are you maybe thirsty instead of hungry?” I’m learning to try drinking something first as sometimes I think I mistake hunger for thirst and I know drinking enough water is a big part of healthy weight loss.

“Are you just craving something?” Cravings are real people and they’re not just for when you’re pregnant!

“If you conclude you are actually hungry and need to eat something, what healthy choice can you make?” Just the fact of intentionally thinking about what I’m going to eat helps me make better choices. The more I plan and think about what I’m going to eat ahead of time, the better I do.

Do you have any tips for making healthy eating choices? I welcome all the help I can get on this journey! πŸ™‚

Happy (and healthy) eating!

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