Whole30 Update: Week 3
With just about a week left in my Whole30 challenge, the end is in sight! So, let’s talk about week 3!
What I Ate
As dairy is not allowed on Whole30, this challenge seemed like the perfect time to transition to a vegan diet. It’s something that’s been on my heart for awhile now, I just wasn’t quite ready to take the plunge. I already don’t eat meat, I can’t eat dairy for thirty days, and so it was just a matter of not eating eggs. One thing I’ve heard about for ages from my plant-based friends is cashew “cheese” sauce. I’ve never made it, but this seemed like a perfect chance to try it out! There are plenty of recipe variations available, but I used the one that went with the recipe for creamy spinach sweet potato noodles with cashew sauce.
I highly recommend that entire recipe! It made a ton, and the leftovers held up really well, but I recommend adding the sauce as you eat the leftovers, rather than mixing it all in at once. I added some black beans, avocado, and salsa to each serving, just to bulk it up a little. It called for basil, but I think that I’ll use cilantro next time, since my bowl had a bit of a Mexican bend. In all honesty, I really couldn’t taste the basil, but I didn’t have quite as much on hand as the recipe called for, so that may have been the difference.
How I’m Feeling
According to the Whole30 Timeline, I should have felt at my peak this week. It’s the “tiger blood” stage: higher energy, cravings under control, clothes are fitting better. Overall, I’d agree with this. The one area that I continued to struggle with was my energy. Consistently, I felt very lethargic and sluggish, which in tern, negatively impacted my focus and attention span. I worked out once last week, because I just couldn’t muster up the energy or desire to exercise.
Near the end of the week, I started to realize that I wasn’t getting in enough carbohydrates. Whole30 is very much a ketogenic diet (essentially, high fat, low carb) and my body just doesn’t function well that way. I decided at the end of the week that I needed to add some grains back in, at least once a day. Although grains are a strict no on Whole30, I said from the beginning I’m not committed to following this 100%. I need to do what’s healthy for my body. If that means that I eat a little brown rice or quinoa, so be it. (I’m such a rebel.) I’m completely resetting my relationship with food right now, and for that, I feel so proud.
Going into the last week, I’m going to bend the rules. I can’t handle another week of feeling so meh, especially as it’s also my first week of marathon training. I’m doing this for me, my way. Sorry not sorry, Hartwigs.