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 4-5 are Kill All The Things days.
I haven’t felt that way yet. And I’m sure that TSM and my pets are thankful for that. I’ll let you know if I suddenly go all Cranky McCrankypants.
Day 4 dawns and you tentatively step out of bed, expecting to feel like you took a strike from Thor’s hammer in the temple. Instead, your head is surprisingly clear. Your limbs all feel functional. This could be a good day! You walk into the kitchen and as you’re greeted by the smiling face of your significant other you are suddenly overcome…with the desire to punch them in the face for smiling this early in the morning. Congratulations! You’ve made it to day 4.
Now, I have no clue why this phase happens, or why it happens here (and not on, say, day 14).* I just know that it happens. Often. Even experienced Whole30ers (myself included) go through this phase. Every nerve is lit, temperance is non-existent and the only solution to the problem seems to be to Kill All of the Things.
This phase, too, will pass. Beg your spouse, children, parents, co-workers, for patience and forgiveness – as nicely as you can (and no, “shut up and leave me alone!” does not count as nice). Take a deep breath and eat some sweet potatoes. I promise, you’ll feel better soon.
*It’s probably because your brain is never very happy when you tell it that it CAN’T have something, and take it out of it’s habitual and accustomed comfort zone.An unhappy brain is a stressed brain, an anxious brain, a fearful brain. No to mention your hormones are desperately trying to keep up with your new food choices, your gut is trying to heal, you’ve had a headache for the last three days, and you REALLY MISS YOUR DIET COKE. So yeah, maybe we do know why this is happening now…
My Day #4 was VERY different!
While other people deal with wanting to kill anything that crosses them, for me, today was a really good day. I am still sleeping later than I’d like, but when I wake up, I’m awake. And I stay awake all day long and didn’t have any afternoon slump today. I did notice while cleaning the house that I got very winded, so I stopped and had a snack with some fat and protein. Then I felt like I had the strength to continue.
My body is used to getting its energy from sugar and dairy and carbs, and now it has to get it from fat and protein and veggies, so it’s taking a while for it to stop looking for sugar and use the food I’m giving it as fuel.
Not that it matters, but I bought a pair of capri’s last week, that were a bit on the snug side (as all my others are too big) and they are already loose!
I was able to eat breakfast, and a VERY light lunch- so we’re making progress on the eating three meals per day. They aren’t full meals, but I’m getting there.
Dinner was taco salads without cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips and black beans. But we had homemade salsa and homemade guacamole, and tasty organic lettuce. Oh, and of course, the beef!! This was great as leftovers for my lunch on Day #5 by the way, and I will be making a double batch of the salsa, and taco meat for next week. This was PERFECT for getting in all my fats, protein and veggies in one, easy, tasty meal.
Here are my recipes (forgive some the not so great photos from my taco salad post- those are from my very early on blogging days.
Salsa (pico de gallo)
I would share an image, but it’s a taco salad with several non-compliant ingredients and I don’t want anyone to think that tortilla chips, cheese and sour cream are OK on this challenge. They are not. It’s the taco meat recipe that you are after.
There is just something about homemade guacamole that makes you feel like you’re cheating a bit. It’s so rich and creamy. Just make sure that if you make my recipe, you eliminate the greek yogurt. Dairy isn’t allowed on Whole30. I believe everything else in that recipe is good to go.
Today I woke up without that Sugar Dragon headache, and I can’t even begin to tell you how happy that makes me!
Thanks for following along with me on this journey. See you tomorrow. It’s Day #5!!
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