How do I feel: Everything is super annoying and everyone is conspiring against me. Also, could I be any crankier?!
Definitely is a full moon today (and just as a reminder, I’m posting these a couple days after the actual day you’re reading about…so my day 3 was on Wednesday the 15th).
I am going to attempt to curb my all over rage for everything and just focus on what needs to be done. Nice try, full moon, but I’m smarter than you and all your curve balls.
I didn’t even take pictures of my food because I didn’t have time and also it was boring and also it’s basically the same ingredients as the last 2 days but rearranged slightly, or just leftovers, so you can imagine what they look like. Super inspiring right? I think I am a day ahead of the timeline:
[straight from the Whole30 site]
Days 4-5: Kill ALL the things!
Day 4 dawns and you tentatively step out of bed, expecting to feel like you took a strike from Thor’s hammer in the temple. Instead, your head is surprisingly clear. Your limbs all feel functional. This could be a good day! You walk into the kitchen and as you’re greeted by the smiling face of your significant other you are suddenly overcome…with the desire to punch them in the face for smiling this early in the morning. Congratulations! You’ve made it to day 4. Now, I have no clue why this phase happens, or why it happens here (and not on, say, day 14).
* I just know that it happens. Often. Even experienced Whole30ers (myself included) go through this phase. Every nerve is lit, temperance is non-existent and the only solution to the problem seems to be to Kill All of the Things. This phase, too, will pass. Beg your spouse, children, parents, co-workers, for patience and forgiveness – as nicely as you can (and no, “shut up and leave me alone!” does not count as nice). Take a deep breath and eat some sweet potatoes. I promise, you’ll feel better soon. *It’s probably because your brain is never very happy when you tell it that it CAN’T have something, and take it out of it’s habitual and accustomed comfort zone. An unhappy brain is a stressed brain, an anxious brain, a fearful brain. No to mention your hormones are desperately trying to keep up with your new food choices, your gut is trying to heal, you’ve had a headache for the last three days, and you REALLY MISS YOUR DIET COKE. So yeah, maybe we do know why this is happening now…
Part of this felt true for me. I live alone, so luckily there was no one to receive the deconstructed version of myself that woke up at 6:55am, sans alarm clock (again, if you know me IRL, you know I am the OPPOSITE of a morning person, and that is the understatement of my life). Is Paleo making me a morning person? Let’s see what happens with subsequent days and wake up times…..Whatever, I had my coffee and almond milk and actually had a leisurely morning watching the fog roll into downtown while it got light out.
I find it so interesting the way food affects so many different parts of our lives. I LOVE food/cooking/eating/sharing, and often times I only focus on the “this is SO GOOD!!!!” part (of course my default is that it usually has to be pretty healthy as well, save the cravings and normal things we all give in to from time to time). But this experiment really has me thinking about ingredients in a new way. It is definitely forcing me to be more creative, or else be a bit bored by default.
Cut to the chase, food diary:
Black coffee + homemade almond milk (still using my first batch, by the by, which took a total of 5 minutes to make)
- Bottle of water (20 ounces)
- 2 eggs
- 1 satsuma
- 1 banana
leftover dinner from last night (chicken, steamed yams, baby bok choy and broccoli with spices)
1 large Fuji appple
- handful of raw almonds
- handful of black olives
small head of broccoli steamed
- baked yam fries (recipe coming later, so stay tuned!)
- 1/2 chicken breast with Mexican spice blend sautéed with 1/2 a yellow onion in coconut oil
Additional things: I had a total of 5 bottles of water (reusable bottle, 20 ounces) and 1 cup of tea (10 ounces). The more I stay hydrated, the more I realize when my mouth is dry and that I need more water. Of course that means I’m heading down the hall more frequently, but it gives my brain a break to get up from my desk, walk around and get a chance to stretch my legs!
Lesson of the day: sometimes going back to basics (like starting with the basic mirepoix, or a variation thereof) can really help build that base of flavor we sometimes miss out on because we feel rushed or just are too tired to chop that darn onion! But, put on some music, relax a little and in no time you’re actually enjoying the peace of cooking a healthy, hearty meal for yourself.