Whole30 Wednesday: Days 18-24

During the month of June, I’ll be participating in the Whole30 Program.

Day 18: Wednesday, June 18

  • Breakfast: Two small peaches. One hard-boiled egg.
  • Lunch: Stir-fried collard greens. One hard-boiled egg. Guacamole.
  • Dinner: Seafood tomato stew. Salad mix.
  • Snack: Pistachios. Kombucha.
  • Exercise: Turbofire “Fire 55 EZ” and “Stretch 10.”

I tried to quit you, fruit… but I came right back to you. I’m not concerned, however, since I had peaches right before my early-morning workout. In other news, I’m eating normally again post-food poisoning! My body is thanking me for moving away from (high-sodium) chicken broth. All systems seem functional, including mood and energy levels.

Day 19: Thursday, June 19

  • Breakfast: Two fried eggs. One egg white. Salad.
  • Lunch: Seafood tomato stew. Guacamole.
  • Dinner: Mustard roasted chicken. Roasted broccoli. Sauteed Swiss chard.
  • Snack: Pepitas. Kombucha.
  • Exercise: Chalean Extreme “Lean 3” and “Ab Burner.”

I’m definitely sore from all the weights I’ve been lifting — and I love it. It feels good to engage my muscles, and I can already feel my strength returning to me. Relatedly, my appetite is up, and I’m craving fats (avocado, nuts, what have you) more than ever.

Day 20: Friday, June 20

  • Breakfast: Kale and chorizo frittata.
  • Lunch: Pepitas… an entire, enormous bag of them.
  • Dinner: Mustard roasted chicken. Sauteed collard greens. Avocado.
  • Snack: Kombucha.
  • Exercise: Turbofire “Fire 60” and “Stretch 10.”

I’m ravenous! It’s likely an effect of all the heavy lifting I’ve been doing. I also suspect that I’m under-eating. I’ve noticed that I sometimes get brief spells of dizziness or faintness when I switch position (though this has happened to me in the past, too).

Day 20: Saturday, June 20

  • Breakfast: None.
  • Lunch: Two eggs. 1 pork chorizo sausage. 1/2 avocado. Green lettuce salad with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Dinner: Korean slow-cooker pork. Red butter lettuce. Kimchi. Kelp.
  • Snack: Cashews. Kombucha.
  • Exercise: Chalean Extreme “Lean 1” and Turbofire “Abs 10.”

I can tell I’m losing a bit of weight. Whether it was from food poisoning, lifting, or properly timed/portioned meals, I can’t tell — but I’m glad to see some progress. Just as expected, it took time for my good habits to really take hold and for results to begin appearing. Like clockwork, changes always start happening for me towards the tail end of these programs.

Day 21: Sunday, June 21

  • Breakfast: None.
  • Lunch: Steak. Spaghetti squash with turkey bolognese. Roasted brussels sprouts. Sweet potato fries. Guacamole. Crudites. Spicy ginger cucumber salad. Kale salad. Pineapple. Coconut chia pudding with strawberries.
  • Dinner: Spicy ginger cucumber salad.
  • Snack: Kombucha.
  • Exercise: Turbofire “Fire 60” and “Stretch 10.”

Just when I was starting to feel safe, I fell into a trap — but the best, diet-compliant one imaginable.  During our group Whole30, my girlfriends and I adapted our monthly brunch club meetings by staying in and cooking up a storm. I ate until I was totally stuffed, and then some. Just look at the picture; I dare you to say you wouldn’t have done the same.

It’d been a while since I’d had any starch, and a few days since I quit fruit; once I tasted sweet potato fries dipped in garlic aioli, and later fresh pineapple slices dripping with juice, I remembered why I’d avoided them. My cravings (which, until that point, had been tamed and were under control) regenerated anew. Delicious! I ate light the rest of the day and prayed that my indulgence wouldn’t set me off the rails.

Day 22: Monday, June 22

  • Breakfast: Kale and pork chorizo frittata. Avocado.
  • Lunch at Cassava: Kris’ meal salad (greens, hard-boiled egg, green apple, orange, basil-walnut pesto, herb-roasted turkey)
  • Dinner at Chipotle: Half of a carnitas salad. Homemade guacamole.
  • Snack: Stir-fried spigariello. Guacamole. Kombucha.
  • Exercise: Chalean Extreme “Lean 2.” Turbofire “Core 20.”

I’ve been absolutely ravenous lately — potentially from all the heavy lifting I’ve been doing lately. Still, I’m aware that I’ve been overeating. The special events continued into today, since an old coworker was in town and wanted to catch up over lunch. It was an excellent salad, but I’m eager to go back to eating home-prepared meals. I can tell my body responds best to the food I make personally.

Day 23: Tuesday, June 23

  • Breakfast: Two hard-boiled eggs.
  • Lunch: Mustard roasted chicken. Sauteed spigariello. Guacamole.
  • Dinner: Korean slow-cooker pork. Red butter lettuce. Kimchi. Kelp. Spicy ginger cucumber salad.
  • Snack: Kombucha.
  • Exercise: Turbofire “Fire 55 EZ” and “Stretch 10.”

I fear that my huge meal on Sunday may have upset my hunger hormones a bit; I found myself craving and reaching for food throughout the day, even though I didn’t ever actually feel the biological need to eat. I wonder if I should start adhering to the Whole30 meal template, which — oops — I haven’t been doing. Normally I have four smaller-sized meals, imprecisely timed: after my morning workout, around noon, in the late afternoon, and in the evening. Hopefully I can get my appetite back on track.

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