Thursday, September 11, 2014

Whole30 - Days 10 & 11

Days 10 & 11, according to my two go-to sources (Primal Provisions and the Whole30 Timeline), are the days you're most likely to quit the program. Why? Who knows. It's just what happens.

Day 10

If you made it to Day 10, you made it a third of the way through, which feels awesome. 10 days, no matter how you cut it, sounds big. Sounds amazing. Sounds like you're doing it. Really, actually doing it.

My day 10 was also my non-Whole30-er husband's birthday, which meant dinner out and cake. Look here, people who are thinking about quitting: cutting a birthday cake and not licking the icing off your fingers takes a small amount of willpower, but you can do it. Not indulging in chips and spinach-artichoke dip stinks, but you can do it. Sitting there watching your significant other scarfing down a thick-crust pizza while you try to incinerate it with your eyeballs may test your limits, but it is possible.

Instead of telling myself, "I can't have that," or "That's off limits," I've been trying to internalize the phrase, "I don't want (insert craveable food here)." It helps remind me that this Whole30 challenge was my choice, and that I'm doing it for a reason.

Day 10 Recap:

Breakfast: sweet potato hash and a smoothie (strawberry, banana, avocado and coconut milk)
Lunch: pork carnitas in butter lettuce wraps with onion and TJ's salsa verde
Dinner: remaining half of the smoothie and sweet potato hash

Day 11

Geez, Day 11. Lay off me, all right? I need a day without a headache. 

Is this a sugar-detox situation? I am getting little headaches like nobody's business. 

Look, guys. I am not overstating the awesomeness of the pork carnitas. They are day-fixers. They are wonderful. Perfectly charred, magically seasoned, these things go on everything. They will change your life.*

I spent my evening working the coffee bar at our church for a concert night, and must have made 15 lattes, with full-sugar caramel syrup, 2% milk... I was tempted. At this point, though, I'm starting to relish each good choice I make. It's like a little Mario Bros. power boots; I can hear the sound effects in the background.

As I go through these recaps, I notice that I'm making a lot of the same food choices day-in and day-out. It's easy to get in food ruts, but I'm eating these foods because I truly love them. 

And here's a bit of Whole30 advice: know thyself. If you don't like salads, you aren't going to love them overnight. If the thought of red peppers makes you want to gag, okay. Don't force yourself into prepping and eating things that you hate. Don't waste your time and money. Instead, find new foods to love, and keep trying out foods you're skeptical on. You might just find a new favorite. 

Day 11 Recap:

Breakfast: Smoothie with strawberries, banana, blueberry and coconut milk
Lunch: pork carnitas in butter lettuce wraps with onion and TJ's salsa verde
Dinner: last part of the smoothie and sweet potato hash

*I can't really say this; it's not evaluated by the FDA or anything, but dang. Pork carnitas = deliciousness.`

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