Whole 30 – Day 21

It’s hard to imagine that I’ve been eating Paleo now for 3 weeks aka 21 days. But it’s true.

This last week I’ve experienced boundless energy, then no energy, stress, and then mindless eating.  I still ate paleo with the stress and mindless eating, but that’s not the point, the point is I gave into an old habit. So it’s just as well my homework for the next week is to work out my ‘triggers’ and find alternatives. I’m going to break bad habits.

The following is directly from the Whole9 site, I take no credit for the timeline, but I thought I would share, because well It’s true, I have experienced this.

Days 16-27: Tiger Blood
Goodbye cravings, hello Tiger Blood! This must be what everyone is talking about!
You’ve hit the downhill slope of your Whole30 and life is beautiful. Your energy is through the roof, you’ve kicked the cravings, you’re experimenting with new, delicious food, and you’ve finally got the time to notice that your clothes fit better, your workouts are stronger, and you are generally more awesome.
There’s not much more to say about this phase – go forth and enjoy!

I must say that I have been experimenting with flavours and textures. Like in my salads I’ve been putting crunched nuts and a couple of pieces of dried fruit and wow, awesome. I’ve also been thoroughly enjoying homemade mayo instead of olive oil as a dressing.

(Interlude) Day 21: I am so over this.
You’ve solidly settled into week three of the program at this point. Your clothes fit better; your skin is clearer; your inner awesomeness is shining through. But despite the many benefits you’re seeing, you went to bed last night dreading the thought of breakfast. You weren’t much more excited about it this morning, either. Come to think of it, you’re not thrilled with any of your meal options right now.  In fact, if Iron Chef Bobby Flay were to walk into your kitchen right now and offer to cook you any Whole30 compliant meal you wanted, you’re not even sure you could think of one. Just about anything sounds like more fun than sitting down to a big plate of Whole30 grub.  You’re loving the way your body is responding to the program, but you’re just not sure if you can make it through 9 more days. And if you see even one more egg, you are going to scream.
Somewhere in the third week of the program, serious food boredom sets in. For some folks, it gets so overwhelming that they lose their appetite altogether for a few days. Don’t let the food fatigue overtake you – plan ahead! Get to work in week two and hunt down some new recipes to keep the fire burning! Find inspiration from our recent meal plan round-up, cruise the Whole30 section ofChowstalker or The Foodie, or pick up a new cookbook (like Well Fed 2…wink wink, nudge nudge). Find some exotic produce in the grocery store, try some exotic recipes – do whatever you can to get over this little speed bump. Being bored and hungry is just a recipe for disaster, and this, too, shall pass.

Yes, I have been enjoying Whole30, but at the same time, I am a bit over it.  Yes, I have been experimenting with flavors, and with new recipes, but so many leftovers! Makes it hard when the kids eat don’t paleo, but don’t worry I’m going to wean them on to it, as I know they will benefit from it greatly. I will keep you posted on how that goes.

I thought I would close with the following.
I’m more than halfway, and I believe I can knock off these last 9 days.

Oh and in other news:
I’m reading – Before the Storm by Diane Chamberlain
I’m listening to – City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Podcast – Smarter Science of Slim bonus ep with Steve Kamb of Nerd Fitness

Recipe Suggestions for me to try?
Do you want to see one of my meals and said recipe?
What’s your fav flavour of icecream?

6 thoughts on “Whole 30 – Day 21”

  1. I am very impressed! Honestly, you have far more willpower for this than I would!
    The best part day 21 makes 3 weeks and they say, stick with something for 3 weeks and then it’s a habit. So congrats! You’ve got the next 9 days in the bag:)

    1. Well lets just hope the next 9 days breeze past. I was reading the other day Kristy that some habits can take longer than 21 days to form.
      I have the book “the power of habit” (I think) on my reading list.

      1. Yeah, I think you are probably right! If you read the book, you’ll have to write a post on it, sounds interesting!! But good luck with the next, guess now 8 days:)

        1. Don’t worry Kristy I Plan on doing a full review on my experience at the end of the 30 days. I’ll transfer my goodreads review on to here as well.

  2. I’m kinda over it too. It’s not hard anymore but I’m over the fact of not being able to have things. I think I have beat my cravings and changed habits though so it has defiantly been worth it!

    1. Yeah it’s hard when you just can’t ‘grab’ something like a slice of bread or some crackers, but at the same time I see the light at the end of the tunnel and I don’t want to self sabotage.

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