It’s the beginning of day 6. I’m sipping black coffee after eating 2 eggs and half a grapefruit for breakfast. I could have eaten more. I probably should have eaten some vegetables, but I will eat them with lunch and dinner today instead. I wasn’t that hungry. I’d rather have some almond milk caramel flavored creamer, of course, but sweeteners of all kinds are banned, and I’ve realized it is indeed the sweetness I crave.
Last night I dreamt that I accidentally took a bite of a sugar cookie, then remembered my whole30 status and spit it out without swallowing any. My dream self was concerned this would require a reset all the way back to day one. It had red sprinkles, by the way, a basic grocery store bakery sort of thing. It wasn’t that great. The Whole30 Calendar predicts dreams of junk food on days 13 and 14. I can only hope that means the ‘Tiger Blood’ phase will kick in early as well.
The book puts a lot of emphasis on planning, but I started without much of a plan. I had a physical last Wednesday, and let’s just say that the health consequences of a couple of crazy high stress years combined with waning estrogen, an active social life, and a genetic predisposition for high blood pressure are real. Also, maybe I shouldn’t have let myself get hooked on energy drinks.
I didn’t plan because a friend called to invite me to a group Costco run right after I had decided ‘yes’ to Whole30, but hadn’t decided when to start. Since vegetable supply seemed to be the biggest hurdle, I decided to start Thursday. I already cook quite a bit, avoid most dairy thanks to lactose intolerance, and don’t need to rely on prepared foods.
Prepared foods had gained a foothold, nonetheless. Campbell’s soup and Fritos for lunch. Breakfast cereal with almond milk. Pasta sauce from a jar as a base. Ketchup! It creeps in, and it’s all not on the Whole30 approved list.
Progress? Well, mostly I miss ketchup, realize I was drinking a lot of orange juice, and had a tendency to absent-mindedly eat random candy/cookie/cake/snack things for reasons other than hunger.