Whole 30: Day 9

Here I am. Day 9 of my Whole 30. The first week had it’s ups and it’s downs. The meals I’ve been making haven’t been radically different from how I normally eat, but I’ve missed the cheese, the occasional afternoon sweet treat, and of course my greatest guilty pleasure: chips in any and all forms.

Also, my parents were in town this weekend and we ate out a few times and THAT was a challenge. When I’m out, I throw all nutrition guidelines to the wind and eat whatever I’m interested in having…but alas, I could not do that. It actually turned out okay and I had some delicious meals thanks to some very accommodating restaurants. But I still so badly wanted the bread that was at the table.

A big flop in my first week included getting sick. I still don’t know if it was my body reacting to the no sugar-grains-dairy mixture, but it came. I lost my voice completely to a painful soar throat followed by a miserable head cold. BUT. BUT BUT BUT…I still kept to the whole 30. Minus some honey for my throat (it was painful).

I’m still a bit sick, but pushing through. Still no real benefits that I’m seeing, and I’m bummed that I’m still so tired (fatigue is one of those things I’m trying to cure in my life), but it could also just be that I’m still sick and recovering. And it’s early on. I have no plans of quitting, though. And I figure I’ll just keep going until Easter…so a whole 34ish.

One notable fact from today: I am not craving grains or dairy. Which is pretty crazy. I mean, if you were to put a slice of pizza in front of me…I’d want it. Badly. But just don’t do that, and I’ll be fine. So that’s exciting!

7 Quick Takes!

Welcome to my first 7QT Friday 🙂

1. I started off the week not feeling so great, and my typical symptoms surfaced. I’ve finally accepted that the reason for my ongoing poor health must be due to something dietary (doctors haven’t been much of a help to me) – possibly a food allergy or intolerance. So for 3 days I have not drank coffee or eaten dairy. This is super hard for me because a) I drink coffee everyday and b) I have six types of cheese in my fridge at any given moment. This is a mini trial for what I’m going to be attempting, but for now, baby steps. 

2. That leads me to my hopeful dream of completing a Whole30. That means no dairy, grains, sugar, or legumes. It sounds crazy to me, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to do it. But I’m contemplating it. I’m either going to do it for October OR I will just cut out dairy for October and then do a Whole30 in January. (Probably January…it is fall, after all.) 

3. I watched Emma Watson’s UN speech this week (against my better judgment) – primarily because frustrating posts were blowing up my facebook newsfeed. I knew I’d come away disappointed. I have always adored her, but she spoke as today’s world would want her to speak. And much (not all) of it was flawed. More to come on that later maybe. 

4. My free wild sourdough starter came in the mail this week from Cultures of Health, and I’m quite excited. It’s currently sitting in my freezer and will stay there until I have enough courage to start the feeding process. And if it works, I will be one giddy lady attempting to make my own sourdough bread for the first time. (Clearly not in sync with no grains…butttttt come on.) 

5. Kevin and I bought our flights to Duluth for Christmas! It will be the second time I’ve been there (the first trip was such a whirlwind), and while he’s going a bit early (I have to work), I’ll still get a full week plus travel time! We’re quite excited. It’ll be nice to spend the time with his family and friends, catch up with the priests who celebrated our wedding mass, and see people who were unable to make it out for the wedding. 

6. We’re starting to write our wedding thank you cards now…is it bad that we’ve waited nearly four months? I feel terrible about it, but we’re doing the best we can! (To be fair, we waited until our wedding photos’ were available to get a custom printed thank you, and that took a while.) 

7. Cardinal Sean celebrated Mass at my work on Monday, which was preeettty exciting. I love that man, and considering the hospital I work at is technically no longer Catholic (it’s a bit confusing), the fact that he came and celebrated in the chapel was really awesome. And it made my day. A little nun actually came up to me afterwards asking if I used to go to daily mass at St. Columbkilles (my old parish), then askied about that nice gentleman I was always with. It was cute. We connected. She gave me a hug. 

Enjoy the weekend!