Guess what? It’s day 25 of the Whole30 which is crazy! Only 5 days left!! I’m late with my week 3 recap so without further ado, here is it!
Whole30 Week 3
Week 3 was probably the least fun week for me so far. It’s the first time I’ve felt like the whole30 isn’t going exactly as perfectly as I would have wanted it to. Here are some of the things that contributed to this:
– I was busy running around finishing up research stuff before my new rotation (medicine) started. Medicine is a much more rigorous month, similar to my month in the ICU. I knew that once medicine started, my time would be limited.
– Since I started medicine this past Saturday, I made a bunch of food on Thursday and Friday to pack for the week. I made:
Salsa chicken. I’ve made this a million times and it’s a go-to quick meal. I ate it with half an avocado on the side (which actually, is a little too much avocado for me… I think I like 1/4 servings better- call me crazy!!!)
Another quiche. This quiche with a sweet potato crust is so yummy, easy to take along for breakfast, and lasts a few days in the fridge.
Homemade crockpot applesauce. This has been my sweet snack all week (with a big scoop of almond butter) and I’m so sad it’s gone.
I remember mentioning at the start of my Whole30 that I thought I was having too much fruit. One big part of the whole30 is that you are supposed to get rid of any food you use as an emotional support for 30 days. I have a really hard time ever thinking that fruit isn’t a good thing, and I don’t like the notion that I should think of fruit as “bad” or something I should get rid of, but I definitely use it for that “little bit of something sweet” after a meal.
I’ve found that since I’ve eliminated all grains and other carbohydrates outside of sweet potatoes and other veggies, I really want my fruit. And I want it more than once a day. I have been having 2-3 servings a day, which in a normal, healthy diet is totally fine- but I think whole30 purists would say I’m doing it wrong.
I knew this month would be challenging for me, because I’m the type of person that as soon as something is deemed “off limits” I want to do/go to/eat/see/whatever that thing. I also don’t think that eliminating complete food groups is a good option for me.
I think the whole30 is wonderful, because it’s challenged me to go without some foods for 30 days and now I can really notice how they affect me when I reintroduce them. I know I probably won’t stop eating any food groups because of the whole30, but I might choose to eat less of some things after seeing how they make me feel when I bring them back into my diet.
So anyways, this past week I’ve found myself eating more nuts and fruits than I probably should. I think a lot of it is the stress of starting a new rotation (even though I don’t physically feel stressed, I manifest it with food cravings, feeling sleepy, etc.) After dinner each night, I feel like I need dessert. I have indulged in a sweet snack after dinner all month so far- either berries with coconut butter, a sliced banana with coconut flakes and cashews (monkey salad), or applesauce. But just last night after my ***ridiculously delicious*** bowl of berries and coconut butter, I thought to myself, “I am using food for emotional reasons right now, and I think this dessert after dinner thing has turned into a not-so-good thing.”
I feel conflicted, because normally I would say that some fruit and nuts after dinner is a great dessert choice- it’s super healthy and if it satisfies you and replaces ice-cream as dessert, that’s great! That’s one thing I don’t love about the whole30- it has me feeling a little *guilty* about seemingly healthy snacks. I think that’s the whole point- to get you to really observe your eating habits and try to clean them all up for 30 days.
SO where do I go from here? Well, I have 5 days left. For the next 5 days I’m going to go without an after dinner “dessert” and stick to only one fruit a day- just to see how I feel.
This month has been a really interesting experience but I’m looking forward to going back to my normal diet!!
What do you think?
Do you agree or disagree with the whole30 premise of taking out fruits or other snacks that satisfy more emotional needs?