Well, we’ve reached the proverbial summit!
Week 3 was supposed to be all about Tiger Blood — the newfound energy, through-the-roof confidence and pride. While both Christopher and I are confident within the Whole30 framework and proud of ourselves for making it two-thirds of the way through the program, we certainly haven’t experienced boundless energy. We understand that the program affects everybody differently, but to say we are slightly disappointed and underwhelmed would be an understatement.
(A day of eats: Left column – breakfast: two eggs, hashbrowns, and avocado; lunch: chocolate chili with onions and avocado; dinner: burger with sauteed onions, chimichurri, and Ranch dressing and roasted carrots. Right column – snacks: mixed nuts, pineapple, strawberry-apple-chia bar, and plantain chips.)
Here’s how Week 3 shaped up for us:
- We’re still snacking. Homemade cashew-date balls, Larabars, hard-boiled eggs, nuts, and fruit are our go-to snacks.
- I’m still drinking 88 to 96 ounces of water every day.
- We have yet to experience the purported physical benefits of this program — especially the surge in energy. Christopher is still battling a cold. And I now am feeling run down. Our weight has stayed mostly the same. My cravings are not as strong — but they are not gone.
- Sweet potato-apple breakfast bake
- Chocolate chili
- Chicken cacciatore (this was a combination of recipes — the one from the book and one from a blog that used the slow cooker)
(Italics denote the recipe is from the Whole30 book.)
And here’s our meal plan for the week:
- Italian pulled pork ragu
- Fajita-stuffed chicken w/ Mexican cauliflower rice
- Veggie-stuffed steak rolls (omit cheese) w/ baked potatoes
- Sheet-pan Italian chicken and vegetables
We are definitely ready to be done, but we want to do reintroduction the right way so these 30 days weren’t for nothing. Any Whole30 alumni have some advice?