In case you’re just joining me now, I started the Whole 30 challenge on January 8th, and completed it this weekend. Each week during the challenge I updated everyone with how it was going, and gave you some meal ideas. You can check out week one, week two, and week three if you’d like to.
Here’s how the final days of my Whole 30 Challenge went…
The very last days of the Whole 30 challenge were really difficult. As I mentioned last week, Week 3 was tough because I felt like I got bored of the things I was eating, and got a little bit lazy. But the final days were tough for an entirely different reason. Emotional eating. My nemesis throughout my teenage years, and into adulthood. I’ve always been one to grab something and chow down whenever I was upset or stressed. Adding that to spending my life as an emotional person who suffers from depression and I wound up in the physical shape I was in in January.
Brynn caught a flu bug at a birthday party and spent 4 days sicker than she’s ever been in her life, and a couple days recuperating. I spent pretty much every second of that time next to her in bed as she got sick and cried, cleaning laundry, rubbing her back and tummy, trying to get her to drink her fluids and keep them down. Thankfully I didn’t get sick, but it was exhausting. I put my needs second (of course, what mother wouldn’t?) so I could take care of her, and I cracked under the stress of my child being so sick, and the pressure of taking care of her every need. I grabbed some tortilla chips, and I ate them faster than any person should. Only a few bites later, I felt and got SO sick. Lesson learned. Right? Wrong.
Super Bowl Sunday was my first official day having completed the challenge, and for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to just eat ALL THE THINGS. I mean, after all, I was “allowed” to now. I made ribs and set out chips and a big jug of lemonade for everyone to enjoy while watching the game. After that I obviously felt awful. I was up late into the night with stomach pains and discomfort. Needless to say, this time, lesson really learned.
Don’t be like me. Make sure you have snacks ready, like chopped veggies and nuts, ready to grab for moments when you feel weak or lazy. Have your pantry stocked with things you’re allowed to eat and don’t buy Super Bowl snacks early like I did. If it’s there, and you feel like you’re cracking, you will eat it. And if you KNOW you’re prone to emotional eating, have a buddy you can confide in who can help you, or come over and make you some eggs or a hearty salad.
All in all, despite my slip in my very last days, I lost around 15 lbs! I now weigh less than I did during my pregnancy, and since that was over 2 years ago, it feels really, really great. Speaking of great, during the challenge I truly felt great, and my headaches subsided completely. I learned how to make food with real ingredients, how to shop for good food, and how my body feels when I eat bad foods. Even if I didn’t lose a single pound that would have all been worth it.
I will be doing another round of Whole 30 very soon and I will be sure to take you all along for the ride with me! I’m going to be able to go into it much wiser, having learned from my mistakes, and I will be adding exercise to my routine now that I feel more confident with the food preparation. I’m looking forward to it.
That’s just a glimpse at what I ate during my Whole 30 challenge. My staples were chicken or roasts, cauliflower mash, and scrambled eggs. Sugar-free bacon is a god send. I ate a piece of fruit every day, but I didn’t go overboard with fruit. Avocado rounded out a lot of my meals. Mushrooms and broccoli were also big favourites. The challenge inspired me to be creative, but also allowed me to indulge in favourites, like eggs or mushrooms, without concern I was eating “too much”. The beauty of the challenge, really. I ate until I was satisfied. I never felt sick, or “too full”.
You can also find some of the recipes I made under the FOOD section of my blog, or by visiting them directly below. My Buffalo Chicken Soup was a huge favourite with you guys throughout the challenge and I’m so happy you loved it!
Thank you for following along with me! I’m happy to answer any questions for anyone embarking on their own Whole 30, or curious about eating more whole foods.
Let me know how I can support you!