I assumed this last week would be the easiest. I assumed we'd have all the energy, none of the cravings, and life would be a breeze.
I was wrong.
Week 4 was rough.
The week started with me feeling pretty terrible - headaches, sore throat, and congestion. Nothing terrible, but it was about 7 full days of going to bed early, completely hoarse, and lots of coughing. Eloise joined me in misery and on Tuesday she was diagnosed with two ear infections and a host of other congestion-related illnesses. Mom of the year. So now I have a sick kid, I'm sick, and I can't even have a cough drop (the ones we have, my favorite, have rice sugar in them!) let alone a cookie! It was rough.
But I did it! I had a few extra raisins on Tuesday, but didn't eat any alphabet cinnamon cookies, chocolate chip cookies, or diet coke. The craving waves over me when life gets stressful, but I immediately ask myself if I actually want a chocolate chip. Usually the answer is no.
This week I also had the chance to eat out a few times and did well there too. I ordered a burger without a bun on a bed of lettuce, vegetable soup and a house salad with veggies, and a turkey burger on lettuce. It's hard to eat out because the food is more simple and not as delicious as what we're eating at home. It seems silly to spend money on a meal that isn't as good as something Jarrod can make!
This week we ate:
- Egg casserole with butternut squash and spinach. Not my favorite, but it was easy!
- Sweet potato hash and fried eggs
- Sweet potato hash with bacon and eggs
- Baked potato with spinach and a fried egg in bacon fat
- Sausage and sweet potato hash
- Tuna cakes with roasted vegetables
- Ginger citrus chicken
- Egg salad
- Tuna salad
- Baked potatoes with caramelized onions and sautéed mushrooms
We were very busy this week, so our meals were a little more boring because easy is best! I didn't get tired of anything, but writing it out like this makes me notice that it wasn't super exciting this week...
This week we will begin reintroducing foods. We will still eat mostly Whole30, but will add in different foods ever few days. Legumes are on for Wednesday and Saturday we get to add gluten free grains. I'm excited about seeing how I feel after adding in different foods.
Because we're not officially done, I haven't weighed myself. I don't know that I lost any weight, but I feel great. My clothes fit better, I have more energy, and I'm not as sluggish (especially in the afternoons!) as I have been. My cravings are just about gone and I feel much more in control of my eating.
I'll write more next week as we begin to add foods back in and evaluate how we feel!