Whole30 Week 2: Why Am I Doing This?

This second week of Whole30 was a little rough. My energy level was all over the place. I had some weird food dreams. I broke out. My stomach hurt most nights, and I had cravings for unusual stuff. On many occasions I asked myself, “Why am I doing this?”

This week I had to constantly remind myself that I’m deciding to change the way I eat to feel better, have more energy, gain control over my eating habits, find some new recipes, and to see how what I eat affects my body. I haven’t seen too many positive effects yet, but according to the Whole30 Timeline, they should be arriving soon. I just need to hang in there and keep going. Reviewing my motivation daily and looking at the Whole30 website has been helping me to stick with it.

One thing that really struck me this week was the intensity of my cravings! Some of these cravings were for foods that I used to eat like my usual breakfast of oatmeal, peanut butter and fruit. But I also craved donuts and bread, which I RARELY eat. Whole30-ers talk about taming their sugar dragon, and I didn’t realize how fierce mine could be. It drove me a little bonkers this week. Hopefully this phase passes soon, but I’ve found a few tricks to get my mind off these cravings:

  • Leave the kitchen.
  • Drink some water or tea.
  • Exercise.
  • Talk to someone about anything other than food.
  • Go to bed.

This post sounds a lot more negative than usual, so I’d like to end by reflecting on a few positives from this week.

  • I did notice better energy and mental clarity on occasion, particularly mid-morning.
  • I found a few new delicious recipes such as Sweet Potato Chips and Indian Shrimp Curry.
  • I made it through without cheating! There were tons of opportunities for me to “cheat” the program or throw in the towel, but I have faith things will get better. And even if they don’t, I’m committed to following through with the program to the very end to prove to myself I have control over what I eat.

On to Week 3—
I’m hoping Week 3 brings more energy, fewer stomachaches and more great recipes!

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