Whole30 Day Two

I’ve been on the Whole30 journey for a whopping 24 hours. I woke this morning, and when I got out of bed, guess what happened?

My feet didn’t tingle.

For as long as I can remember, the bottoms of my feet have tingled when I first place them on the floor and begin to walk. It’s not painful, but it is noticeable. And I was glad to not experience that sensation right out of bed. Coincidence that my feet stopped tingling after I changed my diet?

Maybe.

But maybe not.

I’ll keep you posted.

I didn’t sleep well.

We have a new mattress (the hybrid Temperpedic, another attempt at solving the body aches and pains and sleep issues we’re experiencing), and poor sleep has plagued me since we got it. So I’m not going to blame this on The Whole30. I’m going to give my body a chance to adjust to both the new mattress and the new diet before I make any judgment calls in this arena.

Although sleep deprived, I did wake up feeling much less “bloated” than I have in a long time.

I felt thinner through the middle (not in a weight sense, in a “stuffed” sense), and it felt really good.

I was also hungry as soon as my eyes opened. According to It Starts With Food, if we wake up without hunger, something is very wrong, so I was pleased to hear my stomach growl.

It occurred to me that while I’m not doing Whole30 to lose weight, knowing my starting measurements is probably a good idea. Today, one day in, here they are:

Waist: 31”

Hips: 35″

Thigh: 20 1/2″

Arm: 11″

Wow. Never thought I’d post that online! But if it inspires just one of you, then it’s worth it to me! I won’t check these again until I’ve crossed the goal line. (Whole30 discourages weighing and measuring during the program because there is so much more to this challenge than weight loss, which is not, by the way my objective.)  So remind me to measure in 30 days if I forget!

I started my morning with a similar take on the green juice I had yesterday (See Whole30 Day One for the recipe link). I added two stalks of celery to this one and loved the added flavor! Then I had my coffee as I prepared breakfast and helped get the kids ready for school.

I had this for breakfast:

photo 1-005Nothing fancy. Scrambled eggs in Ghee, three slices of apple, and parsnip home fries leftover from dinner last night (See Whole30 Day One for recipe). It Starts With Food encourages us to re-think how we do breakfast (they even encourage calling it Meal 1 instead of breakfast to help with this) and to embrace non-breakfast foods in the morning. As a nod to that principle, I ate my dinner leftovers, and they were great with my eggs!

I then settled in for a 36-minute yoga practice on Gaiam TV.

photo 2 (2)To my fellow yoga enthusiasts, this is a great way to get a yoga practice in when you can’t get to the studio. (I can’t get to the studio often because I have a four-year old at home several days each week.) I’m sold on Gaiam TV at $9.99 per month as a wonderful way to bridge the gap on days like these.

I was hungry between breakfast and lunch.

I knew I would be but I ignored my “gut instinct” to eat more at breakfast. So I snacked on some Macadamia Nuts in Sea Salt between meals and will eat more breakfast tomorrow.

For lunch, I threw together a salad with the hard-boiled eggs Kory and I prepared over the weekend  for emergency situations and some leftover tenderloin from last night’s dinner.

My son really wanted to take a walk, and we had a very limited window of time before nap needed to begin. As a result, I can already see the wisdom of having some emergency, “go to” foods on hand for quick meals (and snacks):

photo 3-002It’s dressed in a simple balsamic vinegar and oil dressing, seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic (ingredients combined to taste).

About an hour after lunch, though, I didn’t feel so well. Thankfully, it didn’t last long, but I chalk it up to the increased greens in my diet. I’m trusting I’ll eventually settle in!

For dinner tonight, I had this:

photo 1-006

Grilled chicken (prepared over the weekend for quick meals on the Big Green Egg), yellow onion and seeded jalapeno peppers (sautéed in EVOO, salt, pepper, and a few dashes of balsamic vinegar), guacamole (seasoned with cumin, chili powder, garlic, salt, and pepper, fresh cilantro from my garden, and sliced grape tomatoes), a heaping handful of power greens dressed with tomatoes, carrots and balsamic vinegar and oil.  And I took the whole meal up a notch with Mateos Salsa because…well, that’s the way I roll! (I’m a pepper belly and am absolutely addicted to spicy foods, so the fact that my favorite salsa, Mateos, is Whole30 compliant was a HUGE score!)

This meal.

Delicious.

Like fajitas.

Just no tortillas.

Cheese.

Or Sour Cream.

Sigh.

But we’re focusing on what we can eat, not what we can’t eat, right? And this plate was packed high with yummy goodness and kept me full until bedtime (which didn’t occur until after 11:00 due to some catching up with work) so I consider that a complete victory!

More tomorrow!

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2 thoughts on “Whole30 Day Two

  1. I am going to take the Whole30 challenge………..when I get back from vacation. Although I’m not one to wait to take a challenge, beginning this while at the beach with family and friends would be silly. My diet has never been terrible, I exercise regularly and I’ve maintained a healthy weight my entire life. But lately I’ve been abnormally tired and after having lab work confirming that my levels are okay, I’ve decided it must be my diet. I did a season of a modified Paleo last year and felt great. So I’m going to do this. I will keep up with your journey to prepare for mine. It sounds like you’re off to a great start!! Keep at it.

    • I think you’re smart not to take this while traveling. We specifically chose this block for the fact that we aren’t going anywhere! I, too, am very interested to see everything that happens in my body as a result of this change. I’m enjoying the results so far and the journey has been fun. But I’m only a few days in! Good luck to you!

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