Really I have no other way to describe it. Welcome to my recap of weeks 2 and 3 of my first Whole30. Initially I expected to sum up each week in its own post, but to tell the truth, its not much fun writing about this diet. In fact, its not much fun being on this diet at all. Food is what gets me out of bed in the morning, and recipe development is what occupies my brain 24/7. I fully intended to tackle this Whole30 and foodie-fy it in and out. Before I began I listed endless combinations and recipes I wanted to try, but when I got right down to it, food really has become more like fuel at this point. There is very little joy here for me, and I don’t intend to stay here long.*
BUT, unlike my first week, weeks 2 and 3 haven’t been all bad.
I’m happy to report that I am no longer a fucking zombie. My energy is back and I almost feel back to normal. Week 1 really put me through the ringer, but let it be known that my headaches are gone and my perkiness is up! I haven’t really been exercising on this diet, and for a few reasons. Week 1 my excuse was energy; believe me when I tell you I had none. Now that I’m feeling better, I have no excuse except laziness. So there.
I Want it! But it’s not killing me the same way it was before. I’m 27 years old, people! My social life revolves around booze. I’ve tried going out once or twice with friends who are drinking and I’ll just order myself a soda water with lime. So very, very sad. Honestly, I’m just gonna hermit it up the next week, it’s really not worth the temptation. And not to mention it’s really not fun to be the sober kid at the party.
I am just not hungry anymore. I don’t wake up starving, and I’m not ravenous at work. My second breakfast and my snacking has diminished and I’m barely even eating lunch. I still have a nice filling breakfast (I’m a big proponent of never skipping breakfast) of a scramble with mushrooms and veggies. I just use avocado instead of cheese to add a little creaminess and moisture. Nobody wants dry eggs. Nobody!
For lunch I’m seriously just eating a handful of almonds with a piece of fruit. I’m just not starving the way I was before and it seems like it takes too much effort these days to think ahead to pack a full meal. If anything I’ll grab some leftovers like my roasted root veggies, or this lemony potato salad. Call it laziness, I don’t know… really I’m just not that hungry anymore.
Dinner is a grilled burger patty on a bed of arugula with some tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. This has become my go-to meal 5 days a week and I actually really love it. And I’m really not doing the breakfast smoothie thing anymore, but I will make a little sweet treat after dinner. I’ll blend a handful of frozen berries with some hazelnut milk and a dried date for some sweetness. This treat and the burger salad are things I’d probably continue eating after this is all over, so that must mean they’re actually good.
This is the big one! I didn’t start this Whole30 to lose weight. I could stand to shed a few pounds being the curvy vixen I am, but it wasn’t my main goal. I will however say that I feel slimmer and it’s making me happier. So the mood thing is working in that sense. I’m wearing outfits I haven’t worn in a while and it’s fun to feel skinnier. Any hey, it’s summer. Who doesn’t want to feel better in a bathing suit?
However, losing my socialization has really taken a tole on my mood and my attitude. I have no release. I just go to work, eat a fucking salad, then go to sleep. I haven’t had any fun in 21 days, and that is not an exaggeration. I miss my friends, I miss laughing, I miss having something to look forward to while I’m at work all day. I miss restaurants and bars! I live in Portland, our whole lives here revolve around going out to eat! I love, love going out to eat and drink with my friends. And I’m really lonely with out it.
Also, food, and cooking, and blogging are my other sources of happiness. Food holds no joy for me anymore. I really thought I could do this diet and still eat and cook like myself. Well, I can’t. One more week to go…..
Anyone out there? Who else has tacked this?