Whole30 week #1 & meatloaf pans in the bathtub.

Woah. Week #1 is officially in the books. The timeline that Whole30 lays out in terms of what you’re likely feeling each day is scarily accurate.

Day 1: So…what’s the big deal?!
Felt free as a bird the first day. I was all like – this thing is going to be a breeze.
Day 2-3: The Hangover
Truthfully, day two wasn’t too bad for me. And then day three came I felt like I got hit by a big huge Ford truck.
Day four and five? Yes, kill all the things is pretty darn accurate. Everything was the worst. Headache, not much energy, a little on edge. My body started turning on me because I was telling it it couldn’t have something.
Day 6-7: I just want a nap
So.Tired. I just felt slightly out of it and like I wanted to lay down and rest my eyes (which is different from sleeping, at least that’s what my dad used to tell me when he’d “rest his eyes.”)
Day 8-9: For the love of Gosling, my pants are tighter. 
**Yes, I’m on Day 8 and my pants feel way tighter. It’s a thing. TIGHT PANTS ARE THE WORST.

BUT, it’s all part of the process, or so I’m told. I guess I’ll trust the certified nutritional experts.

I won’t sit here and tell you that it’s been easy, because it hasn’t been a cakewalk by any means. It’s insane how much I’ve thought about food this past week, and really how much of my life revolves around it. I’m one of those people who constantly thinks of their next meal. Inner dialogue most days: “What are we going to eat for lunch? …Do we have any snacks in the house? …What’s for dinner? … Let’s go out!…Wait, no. Let’s order pizza!! … Where did all our popcorn go? …Just one glass of wine before bed.”

So, already, I’m seeing what my relationship with food is really like, which is one of the points of this exercise.

For the first few days, I was so nervous that I was going to eat something by accident that wasn’t Whole30, I checked labels 76 times on things. The fact that Jon and I meal prepped all of our meals last Sunday definitely helped though. If you’re thinking about doing Whole30, may I highly suggest prepping at least some of your meals for the week, it makes things so much easier.

If you read my post from last week, you know that one of the reasons I kept putting this thing off was because of all of the “big events” that were coming up that I didn’t want to miss out on. Real talk: it was all about the food and drinks I didn’t want to miss out on. Weird, right? But guys, you can’t wait for life to slow down – your health is one of the most precious gifts you have – and you have to take ownership of it and care for it. This experiment is so powerful in terms of finding out how certain foods affect your body.

However, there is one thing I’d maybe hold out on Whole30 for. So, while we are on the topic of highly suggested things, may I suggest that you don’t start Whole30 before you remodel your kitchen and living room. Literally, this is my kitchen right now.

The “kitchen.”

Right…you’re probably thinking the same thing as me.

We have no kitchen. No kitchen means… no cooking and especially no food prep. Plus some extra levels of stress and PLASTER DUST EVERYWHERE. Someone pass me a cold one. Wait…never mind, can’t have that. I’ll take a grapefruit LaCroix with some dust topping please.

A huge shoutout to my brother and sister in-law who let me come over late last night (sorry it took so long!) and borrow their kitchen to make our food for the week as the hubs super humanly figured out all of our new electrical in the kitchen and tore things down. (So impressed at his handy skills.)

Food prep city – all the gear that I brought to my brothers last night.

So this is our life right now: washing dirty dishes in our bathroom sink, random holes in our walls, dust over everything (including Brady who looks like he’s aged about 2 human years during this whole process), and this morning as I sleepily reached into the shower to turn on the water, I looked down to find two dirty meatloaf pans in the bathtub. Trust me, the last thing you want to see or smell in the morning is meatloaf.

But there’s nothing a quick wash in the tub can’t fix. AND, it’ll allllll be worth it when the new kitchen is in!

Here have been the hardest parts to navigate:
>Easter Sunday – all the best food ever in the whole world + easter candy
>Olive Garden lunch with my dad
>Birthday cupcakes after soccer practice
>Putting together an Easter egg basket for the hubs (and dropping jelly beans and not picking them up and popping them in my mouth).
>Church cookies

What to have on hand as trusty standby/snacks if you do Whole30:
>Plantain Chips
>Almond Butter
>Lara Bars 

8 days strong my friends. If I can do it, you can too. So join me already! I need accountability food partners!

Excited for next weeks update. Hoping to feel some super woman strength…or something along those lines.

Cheers to real food!

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