Summary of Day Three
Okay, it’s not that bad. I wouldn’t say that I am going crazy over here, or driven mad by food cravings. I was however, awake until four thirty this morning when I finally decided to try moving from my bed to the couch. As exhausted as I was, I could not fall asleep for the life of me. Once finally hauling my butt of the couch, I researched the relationship between the Whole30 and sleep patterns.
As Dr. Kirk Parsley explained this insomnia is our body’s defense mechanism to battling starvation. That is not to say that the Whole30 is a diet that starves you, but one that decreases your sugar intake which triggers physiological signals that are similar to that of starvation. As a response, the human body sleeps less in order to give you time to “search for food” as an animal might. Sounds simple right? Well Dr. Parsley goes on to explain even more mechanisms that cause initial sleep interruptions. This includes a change in the gut flora, which subsequently may cause short term nutritional deficits through absorption malfunctions.
So am I going to be experiencing these sleep interruptions for the next 27 days? Probably not. Right now my body is still in the initial adaptation phase and making necessary changes to accommodate my new diet. For now, I am going to try consuming more carbohydrates in my evening meal and take a warm bath before bed. In terms of working out, I took a break today and did my day three of Yoga with Adrienne, a YouTube blogger who just recently began a thirty day yoga segment on January 1st. As I am completing a thirty day food challenge, I figured I might as well tie the two together.
Is that a bowl of mush?
Already missing my breakfast cereal bowls, I went online to check out what options I had available to me that are Whole30 appropriate. With recipes on Pinterest, you have to be careful. Some tag their recipes as “Whole30/Paleo/Gluten Free” but contain an ingredient such as hummus that is not Whole30. One title said “Whole30 pancakes”, which are definitely not allowed. But what if they have only bananas and eggs? Still no. And I will explain to you why.
The Whole30 program designers believe that recreating your favourite junk food treats is like having sex with your pants on (SWYPO). You know how good it is to have a real slice of pizza, but make a cauliflower-crust, cheese free one instead. Like SWYPO, it’s good but not as good as you know it can be. This poses a problem for those that are continuously having Paleo- pizza, ice cream, muffins ect. At some point you are going to want to take the pants off! The Whole30 is about breaking habits/ cravings and changing your patterns with food. If you are still in the habit of having brownies during the Whole30, you are more likely to continue that happen once your thirty days are up.
So unfortunately that rules out my favourite pancake recipe that I made prior to starting this journey. That being said, the internet possesses a large variety of Whole30 breakfast recipes that exercise the most creative portion of your imagination. Today I made a Whole30 oatmeal (which does not fall under the SWYPO because it is not a treat), using a banana, zucchini, egg whites and flax seed. Sounds weird right?
It honestly wasn’t all that bad. Texture wise, it was very similar to Cream of Wheat: thick and creamy. The blogger who posted this recipe stated that you would not taste the zucchini, which I did. Being a zucchini fanatic, that was not a problem for me, however I can see other people not enjoying it the same. Towards the end of my bowl, I did start feeling slightly bored of it and ended up slicing up a couple more strawberries to get through. I am actively trying to ensure that I eat enough at each meal to avoid snacking, so I also added some almond butter to make this bowl even more substantial.
Meal Prep All Day, Everyday
I feel as though I have been in the kitchen the past four days all day. Something I have read is that in order to be successful on this journey, you must have some meals prepped. If not, it is certainly more difficult and easier to grab something quick that is not Whole30 approved. I happen to love spaghetti squash. I could eat it plain with salt and pepper, or enjoy jazzing it up a bit. I simply cut them in half, de-gut them and bake them in the oven at 400 for about 45 minutes. I tend to drizzle olive oil and pepper on as well, or fresh herbs.
While that was baking, I cooked some ground sausage pork that I found at Food Basics, which simply had spices and pork on the ingredient list. I had every intention to make this ground pork into meatballs, but by the time I got home chose to be a bit lazy. Once cooked, I added in some homemade tomato sauce (that had the consistency of chili more so than sauce) to make a Whole30 spaghetti and meat sauce meal.
- 1 large onion
- 2 garlic cloves, diced
- 2 large carrots, diced
- 1 large red pepper, diced
- 1 package mushrooms, sliced
- 1 can tomato paste
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup water
- 1-2 tsp dried oregano
- 1-2 tsp dried basil
- pepper to taste
In a large pan, saute onions with garlic in olive oil until soft (this usual takes about five minutes). Add the carrots, red pepper and mushrooms, letting saute for about five more minutes. Be careful to keep your temperature low in order to avoid burning the garlic and onions. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a low simmer for about forty five minutes (until the carrots are soft). I also added water as needed for a thinner consistency.
Starting to get lazy
All of this meal prepping is a little exhausting to be honest and makes me feel obsessive. I am constantly thinking about what I can make or need to buy. Reading this, you probably are also thinking that I all talk about is food. But I guess that is what a food blog is all about right?
Surprisingly enough, my desire to snack was not strong today and I felt satisfied with all of my meals. I ate a couple of my nut bar things (see post Maris made me breakfast ), before yoga then lunch afterwords. Alysha had her friend Amy over- who is also completing the Whole30 challenge- and the two of them made potato-leek soup. We all bounced ideas around and emphasized with one another’s struggles. I think that having someone to complete this challenge with is the key to success. You can’t say “you don’t get how I am feeling” because they do. Each step of the way, you are not alone and to know that is quite reassuring. It also holds you accountable to adhering to the rules, because who wants to be the downer who failed?
Pre-Whole30, I typically ate some sort of salad everyday. Not only because they are easy, but salads of any type are comforting in a way for me. Some people’s comfort food is pizza, whereas one of mine is salad. And cereal. And popcorn. But those aren’t allowed, so back to salad. My usual salad consists of mixed greens, roasted veggies of some sort, roasted sweet potatoes, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds and cranberries. With the exception of quinoa and chickpeas, my salads are still allowed in the Whole30. That being said, I am lacking both fat and protein. Therefore, I cooked some chicken breasts in olive oil, lemon juice and herbs de providence then topped off my salad with an avocado dressing.