A Whole 30 Journey – A Whole Lotta Ups & Downs – Week 4.5

I’m just going to cut straight to the chase here. This last week and a half of Whole 30 was, to paraphrase A Tale of Two Cities, the best of times, and the worst of times. Pretty much every day saw a different me, and your guess would’ve been as good as mine as to which ‘me’ would be present on any given day. Looking back at my notes now, though, it is clear that beginning of the fourth week was the hardest, while the last few days of this diet lifestyle challenge were some of the best I’ve had in the entirety of the month (the kinds of days you wish you could bottle up and keep on reserve forever). There are several likely reasons for that, which I will cover in my final review post next week. For now, everything I have to say about these last nine days – the highs, the lows, and the rants about eggs – can be found in the daily notes. Bonne lecture!


Day 22

Breakfast: Green Smoothie with spinach, cherries, hemp hearts, raw cacao, almond milk (note to self: not a great combination, don’t try again!)

Lunch: Salad leaves with tuna/avocado salad, cherry tomatoes, and olives. Side of mango, and cashew/raisin trail mix (note: we were visiting Highclere Castle – aka Downton Abbey – and I’m so happy I came prepared, as there was literally not a single thing I could eat there. Sad-face, Mrs Patmore; sad-face, indeed)

Dinner: Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie from the Whole 30 book (this was very nice, but maybe too sweet from the coconut milk)

Notes: I felt off all day today. My digestion, or lack there of, is really getting to me. Feeling cranky, and having mixed feelings on W30. I’m really pushing myself to stick with it, but not sure if it’s the right approach for me. Maybe eating all the meat I have been, when it’s not something I really feel ok with, is causing this temperament?

Day 23

Breakfast: Apple with almond butter

Lunch: Salad with cherry tomatoes, avocado, olives, prosciutto, and hard boiled eggs. Side of sauerkraut, bell peppers, and mixed berries

Dinner: Leftover Shepherds Pie, with grilled asparagus and sautéed spinach

Notes: Another heinous mood today. Not sure if it is food related or not. W30 is agitating me. Today is a ‘Kill All The Things’ day

Day 24

Breakfast: Smoothie with frozen banana, almond butter, hemp hearts, cinnamon, raw cacao, and almond milk (note: this usually keeps me full, but not today. Very hungry)
Lunch: Salad with grilled shrimp, cherry tomatoes, and avocado. Side of bell peppers, carrot sticks, mixed berries, and sauerkraut

Dinner: Kale, spring onion, and sesame salad with lemon and tahini dressing. Morrocan spiced cauliflower rice with raisins and pine nuts (desperately needed something vegan tonight!)

Notes: Should I still keep doing this even though I don’t feel great (both physically and mentally, mainly about the meat). Bad digestion, and bad mood these last few days. Sleeping too much now

Day 25

Breakfast: Apple with almond butter

Lunch: Leftover kale salad, and cauli-rice. Side of bell peppers and sauerkraut

Dinner: Zoodles/Courgetti with sprouts, roasted sweet potato wedges, and tahini

Notes: Not eating as much now because I want to finish this, but can’t eat so much meat or fish every day. Already ate very healthfully before, and just want to go back to that. So sick of eggs. Too late to stop now, though; would do too much damage to my confidence. Oddly enough, though, there are certain elements I want to continue. Not all bad

Day 26

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with spinach, tomato, and red onion (all from the deli), with smoked salmon and leftover sweet potato from home

Lunch: Baked salmon, with two types of coleslaw – cabbage & apple, and carrot/fennel/raisins/herbs/corn (which I removed). Got this at a cafe near work, which I’m so excited to find!

Dinner: Roasted sweet potato wedges, red onion, and sprouts with tahini (wanted something light)

Notes: Today was a great day! Feeling really good about myself and my life, even though this past month has been a rollercoaster of emotions

Day 27

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, and a side of sauerkraut. Also had a banana and almond butter/almond milk smoothie before work (which started at noon)

Snack: Didn’t have time for a proper lunch. Instead I got a green juice from the market, and I could practically hear my body saying ‘finally! thank you!’ (spinach, kale, cucumber, pear, apple, lemon, ginger). I also had a Berry Nakd bar

Dinner: We were at an awards dinner for my husbands running club, and while they were very accommodating to my dietary needs, for which I was grateful, the meal still left much to be desired (re: I was so hungry). Some type of squash soup to start; salad with a couple cherry tomatoes, pomegranate seeds, a piece of red onion, dragon fruit, and two small pieces of butternut squash, with no dressing, for the main; tropical fruit cup for dessert. Needless to say, I still had a great time!

Notes: Loads, and I mean loads, of energy today. Felt so happy today. No real reason for this, but maybe not eating meat for the last few days is a contributing factor? Also reminded by how hard it is to eat out while doing a W30, and how few people know how to cater for it, even though it’s not actually that hard (I think people hear the restrictions and automatically have some sort of creativity blocker go up)

Day 28

Breakfast: Forgot to write this down and didn’t take a picture! Whoops!

Lunch: BBQ at our friends house. I went a bit overboard and brought a ton of things I could eat – tomato and basil salad; my famous spicy mango guacamole; vegetable and shrimp kebabs for grilling; carrot and beets salad; strawberries and mint salad; asparagus for grilling

Dinner: More of the above, plus I caved and bought a filet steak for the grill

Dessert: Grilled bananas (AMAZING)

Notes: Another great day, and great mood. Feeling proud for how prepared I was today, bringing my own foods (which everyone else could enjoy as well as the other things they ate which I couldn’t). I even helped them scoop ice cream for their dessert (it was solid, and I used to work at an ice cream shop for three years so, skills), and didn’t feel tempted to have any for myself. WHO THE HELL AM I?!

Day 29

Breakfast: Apple with almond butter

Lunch: Forgot to write down/take picture. Double whoops!

Dinner: Spicy Zoodles/Courgetti, with sautéed spinach, roasted sweet potatoes, two fried eggs, and tahini (delicious, but waaay too much food, especially at night)

Notes: Feeling incredibly in-tune with my intuition again, which feels fantastic. I never feel quite right when I am disconnected with it. Seeing immediate cause and effect with my thoughts and what then transpires

Day 30

Breakfast: Banana, almond butter, cinnamon, hemp hearts, raw cacao, almond milk protein smoothie

Lunch: Salad with flaked salmon, minted strawberries, avocado, spinach, radish, and lemon. Side of carrot and beet salad, sweet potato wedges, and olives

Dinner: Kale and cherry tomato salad with lemon and tahini dressing. Crispy prosciutto, roasted garlic and parsley baby potatoes, and two fried eggs (obviously had to end this W30 with eggs)

Notes: I can hardly believe this is the end! It went so fast (even though it didn’t always feel that way). Strangely enough, my stomach is feeling upset tonight for the first time. I think it’s because of eating such a big, heavy dinner. Nervous about tomorrow, but excited to start the reintroduction phase!


Next week I’ll cover the reintroduction phase, where I finally get to eat all those naughty, “non-compliant” foods again (you so naughty, tofu!), as well as my final thoughts on the experience. Will I actually even want to eat anything that was off-plan? Will I be horribly caught off guard by what upsets my system? Will I black out and wake up to find myself knee deep in a pool filled with chocolate cake? (spoiler alert: I haven’t yet found a pool of chocolate cake, but if one exists, someone please point me directly towards it). All these questions to be answered, and more! See you on the flip side, homies.

xox A

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