It’s day 21 over here, people – and I am PUMPED that the end is in sight!
I’m feeling good. I’m trying really hard to determine if I’m feeling any different that my non-Whole30 self and to be honest, I just don’t know. I don’t generally have a lot of pain or health issues, so to say that I’m headache free, for example, isn’t really that different from my normal self. I did go on a few runs this week, which felt pretty good considering that I hadn’t ran since sometime in December (I think). So I generally feel well, but nothing monumentally different.
I’m eating a lot of sweet potatoes (still). And a lot of eggs (still). And a lot of kale (still). I’m not sick of any of these staples yet, and actually eat a lot of each of these when I’m not doing the Whole30 anyway. Kyle has made homemade French fries and homemade sweet potato fries – and I do believe that this is what got me through this week (winter slump, work frustrations, and all). Yes, not the healthiest thing I could put in my mouth, but again, if the worst thing I ate this week was homemade organic potatoes fried in coconut oil – I’m feelin’ JUST fine about that.
I’ve also been eating a lot of dried apricots. I am ordinarily not a big fan of these, but they have been my go-to this week. They’re a little bit sweet, and are substantive enough that they feel like I’m actually eating something (as opposed to a handful of dried cranberries, for example, which kind of just confuse my mouth).
I’m thinking that I’d really like to be done. And that our grocery budget really wants me to be done too. (Sidebar: I don’t think that Whole30ing has to break the bank, but I will confess that I have generally ignored grocery costs as a strategy for success for this Whole30, and um, that’s causing me some fiscal anxiety. Buying some more expensive items to get some new and exciting flavors on my plate this month has been worth it, but ex.pen.sive!)
I’m also ready to stop navigating the tricky situations of eating with others whilst on the Whole30. It’s generally been fine and I feel much less stress in this area than the first time I did the Whole30, but still – it takes extra effort. So far, I’ve navigated two holiday parties, four meals with friends/family, and two work-related lunches. I survived them all (obviously), but am ready to just be able to eat the free pizza already. Literally. And figuratively.
Trying to drum up some enthusiasm for this final week! Tomorrow is the start of the last nine days – that’s SINGLE DIGITS, people!