If you’ve done Whole30 (or know someone who has done Whole30), you know that the first week is a nightmare. Fighting all the temptation in the first week or two is extremely hard, right? But then after the horrid days 10 & 11, life gets better. You’re feeling better, you’re looking better, you’re eating better. Your jeans fit better.
By the end of the third week, you begin to think that maybe you could continue eating like this. That’s how most of the reviews on Whole30 go.
I’ve done two Whole30’s prior to this one. And both times, my experience with it is the opposite. The first two weeks are AMAZING for me. I feel great and have no temptations, even on Days 10 & 11.
But then Week 3 rolls around and everytime, it is miserable. What was enjoyable and easy last week, is now making me feel like a wreck. And it stops there. From Week 3, Whole30 doesn’t get better for me. When I did the first Whole30, I thought I was doing something wrong. Maybe I wasn’t eating enough and was hangry. When I did it the second time, I again thought I wasn’t eating enough. But this time around, I know I was eating enough. And I still felt miserable.
So the third week again was rough for me. Maybe this time, it’s because on Thursday we went to Sahadis, a middle eastern market in NYC, and then to Carmine’s, an Italian resturaunt.
I was with friends who are familiar with Whole30, but it’s still difficult when everyone is enjoying delicious pita bread, fresh hummus, and then a huge plate of spaghetti and meatballs, bread and chocolate covered cannolis. Literally everything not Whole30. Middle eastern and Italian, two of my favorite cuisines. I haven’t given in and cheated, but I did feel severely restricted. And after that, I just felt the Whole30 chains getting tighter.
Not to be discouraging to those who are successfully doing Whole30 and are feeling great by the end, but this third time around, I know for sure what works for my body. Two weeks are the most I can do without wanting to rip my family’s heads off. Two weeks before I completely plateau. Two weeks of feeling great before I feel like a wreck. My focus is shot and I can’t push myself as hard as I normally can during my workouts.
On the other hand, my skin is clear and my jeans do fit better. But I’ll get into that in my Whole30 wrap-up post.
Day 16 Thursday:
Breakfast: 2 meatballs
Snack: Bison epic bar
Lunch: Carmine’s mixed salad with sausage and marinara sauce (no dressing)
Dinner: Cabbage with Sahadis baba ghanoush
Snack: Little bit of meatloaf and sweet potato mash
Day 17 Friday:
Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs
Lunch: Meatloaf and sweet potato mash
Early Dinner: 2 chicken sausage links, broccoli and baba ghanoush
Dinner: salmon with sweet potato mash
Day 18 Saturday:
Breakfast: 1 tbsp sahadis almond butter
Lunch: 2 scrambled eggs with 2 tbsp salsa, 2 sausage patties and roasted potatoes
Dinner: Cajun chicken breast with sweet potato mash
I forgot to track Days 19 & 20, but it was pretty much the same as the previous days.
Day 21 Tuesday:
Breakfast: 2 eggs with 3 slices bacon
Lunch: Kale salad with beets and drizzled with olive oil and balsamic
Dinner: Whole30 cookbook carnitas with guacamole, kale salad (as above) and sweet potato mash
Day 22 Wednesday:
Breakfast: Leftover carnitas
Lunch: Carnitas and sweet potato mash
Dinner: Zoodles with 3 meatballs and Rao’s marinara sauce, and a kale salad with beets
Day 23 Thursday:
Breakfast: Carnitas and sweet potato mash
Lunch: Zoodles, meatballs and Raos marinara (I love saying ‘zoodles’ 😂)
Dinner: London broil steak, kale salad, beets, 1/2 avocado