Recap of yesterday’s (Whole30 Day1):
Yesterday, Day 1 of Whole30, went pretty smoothly. I felt full throughout the day and I was able to drink 70 oz. of water which is something I struggle with. I did realize I need to chug more in the morning because I ended up trying to drink water right before bed to get to my 70 oz. goal… you can guess how that ended up. All my meals took less than 5 minutes to cook (I had roasted a ton of sweet potatoes on Sunday and I used them all up yesterday). I think my body is definitely trying to fight something off, whether it be allergies or a cold. By the time I got to the gym to workout I was feeling kind of blah. The barbell felt really heavy at a weight I can usually do easily. Holy traps Batman!! My traps are already sore from all those Hang Power Cleans, ouch!
So I’m doing an experiment on myself. I have a Fitbit and it’s constantly telling me I’m eating too much. I am LISTENING to my body and not my Fitbit and I’m pretty sure I’m eating just enough. The Fitbit is just crunching numbers. It’s not dialing into my hormones, my immune system, the intensity of my workout and my bodies demands for nutrition. Normally when a person does a Whole30, it is encouraged not to track weight or calories in an effort to help you start to really understand what your body needs without some gadget trying to dictate it for you. My first Whole30 definitely opened my eyes to this concept. So this Whole30, I will continue to listen to my body, BUT I want to track my calories and prove that calories “in and out” is NOT the best strategy to follow to achieve optimal health. When you are eating nutrient dense foods, you are giving your body all the good stuff it needs and it’ll naturally tell you it’s full. When you are eating junk, your body still needs all those nutrients you didn’t give it, so it’s telling you to eat more! When you don’t eat enough, your body’s hormones start to think it’s a time of famine and starts to prepare by storing fat. I am NOT a nutritionist, just a biology major drop out who reads a ton of books. I highly suggest reading “It starts with Food” or “The Whole30” because they do an amazing job of helping you understand the science behind it all using fun analogies.
I’m also focusing on getting 8 hours of sleep. This is another difficult one for me since I have a toddler who doesn’t like to sleep through the night. I normally have to go to bed not long after my son does to ensure I get enough sleep. Last night I stayed up a little late finishing up my Day 1 post. Sure enough my little one woke up with wet jammies a few hours later. According to my Fitbit, I got 6 hours of sleep last night. I am one of those people that needs 8-9 to feel well rested. Needless to say, all I want to do is crawl back in bed this morning. Everything just feels unfocused and fuzzy.
Three scrambled eggs
Roasted baby carrots
Coffee with Coconut Milk
Beetnik Peruvian Seasoned Chicken Stew (I am loving these Beetnik frozen meals!!! Last weekend my food prep was minimal so these are seriously coming in handy)
Baby Kale salad with Blueberries and Tessemae Lemon Garlic Dressing
I was fully planning on cooking my Paleo Butter Chicken recipe with Cauliflower Rice, but then my husband got stuck at work late and asked if we wanted to meet him near his work for dinner. So we went to a place called Eggspectation. I love that place since there are a lot of things I can eat while on Whole30. I ended up getting the grilled Salmon with roasted Red Potatoes and a Remolaude sauce. I’m sure there was something in my meal that wasn’t fully compliant, but hopefully not. I almost forgot to take the picture, so you can see I already started to dig in.
NONE! WEIRD! I usually snack all day long. But I didn’t even think about it.
NONE:( This is a good lesson learned. I kept pushing it off till later and later never happened. I should’ve done it during my lunch break in my garage. I just need to put on my workout clothes and go do it.