Here is some of what I ate on Day 1 of my Whole30.
I ate a lot! Apples, almonds, sugar snap peas, a yam, green tea, boiled eggs, steamed asparagus, delicata squash, sautéed kale with pepper, onion, & garlic. More green tea. Melon, banana.
I noticed a couple of things:
1) I was heavy on the fruit. Cuz I am heavy on SWEETS! So I'm glad to have recognized that early in the month and start adding more veggies immediately.
2) I depend on food to manage my emotions - in a not-healthful way. Now all my comfort foods (and addictions - goodbye cigarettes, goodbye gum) are stripped away leaving me alone with how I feel. Sometimes I feel great, so there's that. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed, alone, not-quite-good-enough, sad, grieving, pissed off, bored... and these are the times when having a handy helping of ______________ (insert comfort food) would seem to make a difference. Instead I get to sit with my feelings - through a work day, or doing chores at home, or putting Little N to bed, or in those few hours alone while I have childcare.
What to do with all of these feelings? Write about them. Move them - dance, jog, walk, yoga. Illustrate them - paint, collage, doodle. Talk about them - call or email a friend.
Here I am on Day 2 (today!)
Ooooh, so dramatic! But really it's just that I'm under an umbrella in a classic Seattle grey rainy morning waiting for the bus. And sort of feeling under the weather as well. In fact, I nearly went home "sick."
I felt lousy this morning. Exhausted and achey all over my entire body. As if I'd done some kind of cross-fit power lifting workout the likes of which I have no plans to ever do. I've been sipping on green tea non-stop but it seems to lack the punch of my usual 4-6 (I know, I KNOW) cups of coffee with milk. I broke down and hit up the local food co-op for some unsweetened coconut milk and dumped some into a hot cup of coffee. Not Awesome. But better than black coffee or no coffee at all. I am awake again! I can think again! My body does not ache any more.
Here's what I'm noticing:
1) I am WAY addicted to coffee. I'm not sure what I want to do about that right now. I expect that I'll try to cut back; 4-6 cups does seem excessive, especially since I'm also taking Adderall twice a day which is another stimulant.
2) Moving my body helps everything. Today I walked to and from and appointment just over a mile from where I work. Walking there, with my "sick" aching body was slow and difficult but it also worked out some of the stiffness. The walk back was much smoother and a little quicker pace. So I have some movement goals for this month: Walk to the office from a far bus stop 5 mornings/week (1.2 miles), jog/walk at lunch 5 days a week (2 miles), practice yoga 3 mornings per week (30 minutes).
The first week is supposed to be the hardest. Most exhausting, achey, craving week of the 30 days. If I can keep noticing what's working and what's not along the way, I think I've got a chance at making it the entire month. Up for tonight - more cooking - protein and produce.