This week is off to a great start. I think I chose a terrible time to start my Whole30 because all of my favorite foods are out right now. Fall is my favorite time of the year, so I love anything apple spice, pumpkin spice, caramel apple… Think of any quintessential fall flavor, and I love it. So anytime I go to the store, right there at the point of purchase and on just about every endcap is something that I usually enjoy during this time of year. They’re just calling to me, and I have to ignore them and walk right on past.
To make matters even more challenging, it’s National Customer Service Week, and my company goes all out for it. They decorate our main employee entryway with a unique theme and give out freebies galore-at least half of which are food. Yesterday it was free breakfast of doughnuts, fruit, fruit pizza, granola bars, yogurt, and juice. Today they handed out hot Auntie Anne’s pretzels in the afternoon. It’s awesome to work for a company that values it’s employees so much, but the junk food is killing me!
I guess if I look at it in another way, maybe this was the best time of year for me to start my Whole30. I know that all the seasonal fall flavors are major triggers for me, and I definitely overdo it on the treats this time of year, so it’s probably a good thing I’ve got an added incentive to say no. This time of year is usually when all the vendor gifts start coming through, too, so I’ll be better able to avoid them as well!
While it has been tough to avoid the temptations, I have been keeping my commitment to myself to do all 30 days of my Whole30 with just two small exceptions. The first was that I used beef broth with sugar in it last week. I never even thought to look at the label of beef broth before using it. I didn’t want to toss the whole thing, so I’m just going to be ok with it. The amount of sugar that is in my meal is likely so minimal that it doesn’t make much of a difference one way or another. Is it truly Whole30? No, but I’m not going to beat myself up about it either.
The second was on Saturday I had a huge coughing fit while I was driving, so I grabbed a cough drop out of my purse. It has sugar in it. Again, I needed the cough drop to help stop my coughing when I had no other options, so while it is not Whole30 approved, I’m letting myself be ok with it. Honestly the point of Whole30 is to break your bad habits and get you on the path to a healthy life. If having an amount of sugar in my chili so minimal it registers as zero grams for a whole serving when I had about 1/4 of a serving or having a cough drop to ease a coughing fit throws me off course, then I think there are bigger issues at stake here.
So how am I feeling after days 8 and 9? Well, yesterday was a bit rough. I had some digestion issues all afternoon which I’m hoping is just my body getting used to my new way of eating as described in the Whole30 timeline. I did have an overabundance of natural sugars yesterday though which may have also been the culprit. As you’ll see in my foods list below, all of my meals had sweet potatoes in them as well as butternut squash and apples, and not to mention the giant plate of fruit I had for breakfast. I could definitely be doing a better job taming my sugar dragon.
So what did I eat?
Breakfast: Large plate of fruit, Ham, Apple, & Sweet Potato Scramble, 8 oz Original kombucha
Lunch: Roast chicken thigh with roast sweet potatoes, carrots, and butternut squash, sauteed summer squash and zucchini, 5 oz V8 vegetable juice
Dinner: Leftover Roast Chicken Soup from Against All Grain
Breakfast: Ham, Apple & Sweet Potato Scramble, a banana, 8 oz Strawberry Serenity kombucha (definitely not my favorite flavor!)
Lunch: Leftover Roast Chicken Soup
Dinner: Chocolate Chili