As promised, today I am sharing what I’ve observed from day 1 until now.
Now on to our show.
What I’ve Observed During the First Half of This Whole30
- Plantar Fasciitis pain is 90% gone. I still feel a twinge here and there but I’m not hobbling around after every workout. My compression sock, once a workout essential, was buried under a stinky pile of dirty clothes for days and I didn’t even think about it.
- Undiagnosed IT band injury/hip pain is 90% gone. I ignored it forever and considered going to a sports medicine clinic for physical therapy. Glad I didn’t.
- Nails are growing faster and stronger. This can be annoying at times. I have to keep filing them.
- Better attitude. I am just nicer these days. I could chalk this up to being on summer vacation, but I want to say my food has something to do with it.
- Rosacea is healing to the point where I go out in public without makeup. This could be partly due to starting a new medication on day 10, but unlike anything else I’ve tried, it actually works. I am giving my food partial credit.
- Skin is less dry and itchy. I rarely need to apply lotion to my legs, even with increased sun exposure.
- Increased understanding of what hunger feels like and what it doesn’t feel like. I could say this is partly because I am under zero stress these days and I eat when I am stressed. But I believe my food has a lot to do with this. During my first W30, I sat down and ate 1/3 of a jar of almond butter one day after school. I told myself that was okay because it was compliant. Halfway through a second W30 I understand why that wasn’t okay. That almond butter was an attempt to numb myself. I didn’t eat it because I was hungry.
- Workouts are improving. I grab heavier weights, run faster and have better balance. A result of this has been increased muscle soreness and waking up feeling like I’m 90. But still.
- I am starting to understand why I need to put all my food on a plate before sitting down to eat. The first few days a voice in my head just kept telling me to put all my food on a plate but I didn’t know why. Now I get it. I need a visual of what and how much I’ve eating. It’s not enough to think I start with protein and fill the rest of my imaginary plate with veg. I have to actually do it. No more grabbing one thing at a time and eating without dishes. One negative result of this is that I have to wash a lot more dishes. It’s a small price to pay.
- Most mornings my fasting blood sugar is under 100, and I’m only giving myself two injections per day. Not once this month have I needed extra meds to bring down blood sugar.
- I don’t need snacks.
- I write really long bulleted lists.
And since I’m giving my food credit for all these changes, here’s what I ate today.
Breakfast: a peach and basil omelette with a side of cherry tomatoes and bulletproof coffee.
Yesterday I thought about skipping fruit with breakfast, but this morning I wanted peaches. My workout kicked patootie this morning, so I’m not gonna mess with it.
Four one serving of fruit remains part of my breakfast smoothie cup plate.
PWO: slightly different, tastier but not successful sweet potato and egg white rounds. I can’t call them cookies because that would make them SWYPO. They tasted really good but stuck to the foil and didn’t puff up like I wanted. I will keep working on this.
Lunch: the last of the eggplant strata with homemade pickles.
Day 3 leftovers in an bento container just aren’t as pretty as this jar of pickles. These compliant pickles are 1/3 cup organic apple cider vinegar, 5 teaspoons salt, some generous shakes of dill, a few green onion slices and as many cucumber slices as I could jam-pack into the jar. Yum.
I spent my afternoon shoveling mulch, so a complex dinner was not going to happen. After a very long bath, I made foil packs with salmon, asparagus, red pepper strips and orange slices. I seasoned the salmon and veg with coconut aminos and ghee at the end because I forgot to add it before throwing the packs in the oven. I cooked this at 375 for 30 minutes. I think it would have been better at 400 because it was slightly more undercooked than I like it. I also ate a tomato and a peach with my hands and tons of unladylike slurping sounds.
And this is my dog watching us eat.