Happy Saturday to everyone! I have a three day weekend so I’m super pumped.
Days 5-6 were tough. My energy levels are starting to come back, but I’m craving everything non-Whole30!
My main cravings are peanut butter, bread, cheese, and something sweet, like granola or a bowl of cereal. I’m not a huge dessert person, but I crave something sweet every day. After 6 days, I’m getting a little bit cranky.
Days 4-5: Kill ALL the things!
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…
I’m not ready to “kill all things,” but I’m definitely a little bit more irritable than normal.
I’ve also been sleeping a lot more. I’m not sure where that fits into the equation, but I like it.
Despite the rough patch, my meals have been great!
I’ve been living on egg scrambles for breakfast. It’s so easy to just throw three eggs and some leftovers in a pan. Breakfast in 5 minutes!
I made a turkey burger with an egg on top. That was pretty good.
When I went shopping last weekend, I picked up some organic, grass-fed New York Strip steaks.
And now I’m off to stock up on groceries for the week. Have a great weekend everyone!