Days 9,10,11 and 12 –

The honeymoon is over!

I’m still here and on plan – just wanted to touch base with you guys! I have been feeling a little “off” the past few days. I can’t put my finger on it. It’s all I can do keep my head in the game. I just don’t feel like my usual self. So, I decided to look at the Whole30 timeline. Here’s what it says:

Days 8 to 9:  NOOOOO! my pants are TIGHTER!

“You’ve made it through the Hangover, and managed not to kill ALL the things, and you’re starting to feel like things are back on level ground again. Then, you put on your pants. They’re just pants, completely normal pants  In fact, they’re the pants you wore just three days ago. (You were too tired to wash them. It’s okay, we understand.) And three days ago, they fit. But this morning you had to take a big deep breath to get that button where it ought to be. What gives?!

The same processes that ran over you like a truck a few days ago are still working their magic in your body. Your body composition is not actually changing for the worse, we assure you. The enzymes that digest your food and the millions of bacteria that live in your gut are adjusting to your new intake of meat and vegetables, and the lack of easy-access sugars. This is something they do naturally, and these adjustments have contributed to humanity’s ability to flourish throughout our history. However, these adjustments can be a bit… uncomfortable. Bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or all three may appear as your gut starts to heal, rebalance, and process this new food effectively. The good news is that most people find this phase passes relatively quickly, and their pants are easy to button again within a week or so.”

Days 10 to 11:  The hardest days

“Fact: you are most likely to quit your Whole30 program on Day 10 or 11. By this point, the newness of the program has worn off. You’ve made it through most of the unpleasant physical milestones, but you’ve yet to experience any of the “magic” the program promises. You’re still struggling to establish your new routine (read: you’ve eaten eggs prepared ten different ways over the last ten days), and while you’ve been trying really hard to have a good attitude, today you are incredibly aware of all the foods you’re “choosing not to eat right now.” Everywhere you look, you see the things you “can’t” have: the melted cheese on a greasy burger, the creaminess of that double-scoop cone, the cold beer in your best friend’s tailgate cooler. Dammit, this is hard! And right now you’re wondering if the results will really be as good as “they” all say it is.

You’re cranky, you’re impatient, and you’re really, really tempted to just eat the stupid cheese.

This is where you really start to experience the psychological hold that your food habits have on you. You’ve put in a lot of effort to get to where you are right now, but you’re still waiting for the results you’re hoping to see. Your  brain tells you that you deserve some kind of reward (don’t you?) and, of course, we’ve been conditioned to think of food as the best reward out there. Right now, you’re craving that ice cream, beer, or whatever treat you think would make for just the right reward. But, instead of that treat, you’re standing face to face with the realization that you have 20 more days of deprivation ahead of you.

The key here is to redefine your idea of reward.  Think long and hard about the foods you’re grieving and ask yourself what need you’re expecting them to fulfill.  Are you feeling anxious and looking for reassurance? Are you feeling sad, and looking for something to cheer you up? Are you worried you won’t successfully finish the program, and it’s easier to self-sabotage than fail? Remind yourself that food cannot fill that void for you—cannot make you feel truly accomplished, comforted, calm, happy, beautiful. Then, find another way to fill that need that does not involve those foods. Prepare yourselves for these days, knowing that all you have to do is see them through to the other side before things get much, much easier”

Yes, yes and yes!!!!!  All of the above! BIG sigh of relief! As it turns out, I’m exactly on point. I think the food I am grieving most is chocolate. To be specific Dove Dark Chocolate!  YUMMMMM. And maybe pizza and french fries, too.

Make no mistake – I am committed and God willing will stay on plan. I’m almost halfway there. Yay me!

What I ate today:

Breakfast – banana and almond butter – coffee is just a given!

Lunch – Salad made up of spinach, kale, romaine, tomatoes, broccoli, grapes, apples and sunflower seeds – dressed with avocado and homemade mayo mixed with a little lemon juice – absolutely delicious!

Snack – handful of homemade nut mix I threw together (pecans, cashews, sunflower seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes and dried mango)

Dinner – W30 salmon cakes (recipe in book) and roasted green beans

Goodnight – Gwen