I often skip a day of coffee and it’s no big deal. By the second day, I find myself saying, “Oh, did I say I give up coffee? What I meant, of course, is I fliff floff ploffy. Obviously.”
But I’m definitely trying to give it up again. This Whole30 food challenge certainly helps by taking away my sugar and cream options since I simply can’t deal with bitter black coffee. For the second day, however, I’m dealing with it a tiny bit in order to not go completely cold turkey from the caffeine – especially since I have already suddenly put a stop to sugar and dairy and grains.
Anyway, I’ve given myself one rule for this experiment*: as long as I stick to the plan, I can eat as often as I like. I like to eat (and get a wee bit annoyed anytime someone tells me how I need to just eat and put some meat on my bones), and I like to eat often. The trouble with eating, however, is that it hurts. In one way or the other, I usually end up in pain or feeling nauseated after I eat. Well, I can say that so far, if nothing else, I haven’t had a single bit of pain. I also haven’t had to ride out any gnarly waves of nausea. That in itself is pretty big.
I have been on a roller coaster of sorts today, though. I’ll feel a shot of energy and clear-headedness hit, and then shortly after, I’m tired again. It’s only Day 2, so by no means is this unexpected or disappointing. I just try to take advantage of the energy when it comes, and then go back to resting when it’s gone. My mood has been even for these first few days, other than real things that would upset anyone (in other words, normal reactions versus emotions out of check).
I already find myself reaching for bread and thinking about food way too much. But unlike the juice fast, where food was a complete no, I can munch on fruits and veggies if I feel overwhelmed with the need to eat. A couple of grapes, for example, really helps stave off sweet cravings, and I am still drinking juice and smoothies, so I can reach for those too. Much of these feelings are not hunger so much as habit and the desire to chew. My belly is actually full, and I am in no way suffering.
For breakfast, I had two sunny-side up eggs with fresh parsley and onions. For lunch number one (I tend to eat 4-5 meals a day), I had leftover roasted carrots, and lunch number two was leftover chicken salad (chicken, lettuce, spinach, apple, celery, and peppers tossed with olive oil and apple cider vinegar, with a splash of lemon juice). And for dinner, cabbage rolls made with beef, onion, red bell pepper, and celery.**
First thing this morning, I hit the grocery store. I had kicked off my day already with just about a quarter cup of black coffee, a cup of juice, and a banana. Other than a slight headache that I woke up with, I felt fine and did not feel drawn to bad foods. For the most part, I stayed out of the center aisles, other than my mad search for coconut milk and food my family still eats.*** I spent most of my time in the meat and produce section, and it was fun looking through all the fruits and vegetables I’d never much paid attention to before (which baffles me since I love pretty much all in that section). I also couldn’t help but notice how close the bakery and donuts are in relation to the good-for-you food. I’m thankful I didn’t feel tempted, but I know there have been many times I had no intention of buying donuts and ended up doing so anyway.
All in all, not a bad second day. The plan says to expect to feel like you’re not running on much energy and I’d agree with that, but I’m still pushing on with my 1,000 Miles Challenge and not really pushing myself too much physically otherwise. I hear great things about Day 3, so I’m excited for tomorrow!
*Lora called hers a food experiment instead of a diet, and I very much like that. Especially since I can’t say the word diet without people looking like they might backhand me.
**Don’t worry, I won’t be constantly listing what I eat. Just giving you an idea of meals and how I’m really not going to wither away and die (from this).
***For dinner last night, I made enough roasted chicken and carrots with a stir-fry of peppers and onions for my husband and daughter. Husband didn’t add anything to his, and daughter added honey mustard, but I consider this a win since they aren’t technically doing this with me, but every little bit for them helps. I also encourage them to try my juices and smoothies. My daughter likes a majority of them. Win!