Welcome to our crazy Whole30 Challenge. Where The Stud Muffin, and Real Food Girl (That’d be me) get back to eating healthful, Real, and nutrient dense foods, plus eliminate all inflammation causing food groups for 30 days to see just exactly which foods are hindering them on their quest for optimal health and wellness!
According to the Whole30 Website:
Days 2-3: The Hangover
The alarm rings on day 2 and you pop out of bed expecting the same kind of Charlie Sheen winning feeling you had yesterday. Instead, you get the other side of Charlie…you know – the pounding-head-cross-eyed-can’t-see-straight side. You know you didn’t down a fifth of tequila in your sleep, so what the heck happened?!
Remember the pre Whole30 bender you went on? Pizza, cookies, Jim Beam, jelly beans (oh, the jelly beans)? Yeah. This is when it comes back to bite you in the butt. (And the head.) And it is definitely true that the amount of suck you experience in this phase is directly proportional to the amount of crap you consumed before you began the program. Especially if you consumed it consistently. This phase is especially hard for the habitual Diet Coke (and Diet Dr. Pepper here in my part of the world) drinkers. You know who you are.
Many Whole30ers report headaches, fatigue, and general malaise during this part of the program. This, my friends, is completely normal. Your body is working its way through a whole host of junk it stored from the foods (or food-like-products) you used to eat. This process lasts a day for some folks, but for others it can take a few days longer. Relax, drink a lot of water, and keep making good choices. And do your best to earn sympathy and support from friends and family, because… (days 4-5 are “Kill all the things”)
Guess what? I won’t disagree with them on their insight about how one might feel on day 3. Although I’ve never been hungover, so I’ll have to take their word for it.
I shared this on my Facebook page:
“Whole30 Day #3
I feel like a slug. No, I feel like a wet noodle. Yup. A noodle.
Today I have zero appetite. I tried to eat breakfast and couldn’t even swallow it. My body was like NOPE! We ain’t eatin’ woman! Don’t make us or we’ll “toss cookies”!
Then I tried to have lunch. Same thing. 🙁
Skipping meals isn’t a good thing even when you’re not trying to change how you eat, but when you’re working towards a health goal, skipping meals is even worse, in my opinion. I was able to keep some raw almonds and toasted, unsweetened coconut flakes down, and I made a drink with some coconut milk and fresh pineapple, but that’s about it. No veggies, whatsoever, but I won’t beat myself up. My body is adjusting and I’m going to be kind to it, to an extent. Eventually it’s going to have to eat, and get used to eating 3 full meals a day.
The silver lining is that my lack of appetite made going down the Easter candy aisle in the grocery store a lot easier. I didn’t even turn my head to look at all the brightly colored wrappers. And, they didn’t call my name either!
I also didn’t dive at the cake mix boxes either. Not that I’d buy a cake mix, because I’d make the cake from scratch, but desperate times might make a girl dive face first into an aisle of cake mix boxes. CAKE!!
Tonight I think we’re going to try this new recipe for dinner along with some spaghetti squash and a small salad. I’m hoping my body will let me swallow my food. If not, I’m going to take a nap, because I’m exhausted.”
Let’s Talk Food
Ya’ll HAVE to make this Chicken Prosciutto Involtini recipe from Nom Nom Paleo Just make it! You do not have to be on Whole30 to eat this. I love Nom Nom Paleo and every recipe she has on her blog turns out well AND tastes really good. This recipe was so very simple to make and very, very tasty. This recipe calls for a Whole30 compliant mayo, so check out my Mayo the Force be With You mayo recipe. Just use light tasting olive oil to make it Whole30 Compliant, and use mustard powder if you can’t find a sugar free Dijon mustard.
Lastly, my Sugar Dragon headache is down to a very mild, non-consistent roar! The headache started the evening of day one, and is finally starting to calm down.”
A New Go-To
Okay, if you live near a Trader Joe’s. Run out and buy this vinegar. I made a super easy, incredibly tasty vinaigrette with this vinegar and it’s officially my go-to dressing while on Whole30.
Here is my recipe: 1 parts vinegar to 3 parts oil. So if you use 1 TB of vinegar, use 3 TB of oil. I used a light tasting (for dressings and drizzling) olive oil. Added a little freshly cracked black pepper and a pinch of sea salt, and blended it for 45 seconds with my immersion blender. Keep it on your counter for up to a week. Feel free to add shallots, or fresh herbs, but honestly, it doesn’t need those things.
Despite feeling like crap on a cracker today, I did notice that I still had stamina throughout the entire day. I ran some errands despite not really feeling like leaving the couch, and once I was up and moving, I felt better and better as the day went by.
Who’s ready for Day #4?
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