I’m hesitant to say this, but I think week 4 was the hardest, and least fun week of the whole30. I felt tired of cooking, bored with my food choices, and just felt “over it” in general.
Week 3-4 of the whole30 was the week we were supposed to feel “Tiger Blood” meaning we felt like we were the best versions of ourselves- productive, feeling good, ready to go.
I guess I felt, “Tiger Blood”? I normally feel pretty darn good throughout the day. I am generally excited to be at work, decently efficient, and can focus when I need to. I hate to say it, but I don’t know how different week 4 felt from other weeks.
One thing that changed during week 4 was that I was in the full swing of my new rotation for the month of October- medicine. Medicine is a time consuming and intense month, so I didn’t have much extra time to devote to the whole30.
For breakfasts, I made 2 other quiches like this one. One I added sausage and one I omitted the crust because I was out of sweet potatoes. To my disappointment, the one without the crust was almost inedible. I don’t know what the sweet potato does to make it so much better, but without it the quiche was spongy and watery- not good.
I also had random leftovers like chicken a few times.
For lunch I had greens with whatever protein I had around. A few times it was chicken, sometimes fish. I made another batch of chili (which is soooo good- recipe tomorrow!!) and ate that for several days.
Dinner was pretty random as well. Often I had eggs. One night I think I just had a sweet potato because I was too tired to conjure up anything else.
I think my lack of enthusiasm for week 4 directly relates to my lack of food preparation. I just didn’t have time to cook big meals every few days, and I didn’t food prep enough to get me though. I never slipped up on the whole30 diet and ate something I shouldn’t have, but I felt pretty apathetic toward my meals.
What I experienced the most during week 4 of the whole30 was a total resurgence of cravings! I had been pretty craving free for the first 3 weeks, but during the past week I found myself thinking, “I would really love a diet coke” or “why can’t I have peanut butter again?”
Part of me wonders if the stress of starting a new, tiring rotation is responsible for these cravings. I try to make healthy choices in general, but food is a total stress reliever for me and I can’t deny that.
As for fruit- I mentioned last week that I knew I was eating what the whole30 would consider to be “too much fruit” and thought perhaps I should cut back. Well, that lasted about 1 hour. I realize that I may be using fruit to satisfy that “dessert craving” but I really don’t care. I think fruit is a great snack option (I had an apple or banana with almonds in the afternoon most days at work) because it gives me some extra energy and leaves me feeling satisfied. I also think it’s perfectly acceptable to have fruit in place of a less healthy dessert. Sorry whole30- I just couldn’t quit fruit.
And now- my Whole30 is over!!! Lots of people say, “it went by so fast!!” I don’t think it went by very quickly… I think it was 30 days- that’s a lot of days!! I’ll post a complete Whole30 review this week. But first, I’m off to eat some oatmeal 😉
Have you done the whole30? If so, have you felt “Tiger Blood?”
What do you think really is “Tiger Blood?”
Do you use food as a stress reliever?