Day 20 –
So…Easter. White chocolate bunnies are my favorite. Also? I quite love Peeps. Don’t judge me.
But none of that this year. Instead, I started off my day with three eggs and fruit – kiwi, banana, and a couple of prunes. Nice protein plus my own Easter candy.
I did feel slightly bad when I realized my effort not to bring candy into the house meant I overlooked the traditional Easter basket for my daughter (don’t worry, she’s 17, not a wee child), but then I decided it was OK, because A: I want to share healthier eating habits with her, and B: I don’t really care for the commercialism of the holiday anyway. (I don’t really care for the commercialism of any holiday, but that’s another subject for another day.) So, I gave myself grace and decided to feel good about not filling her up with sugar.
As I decided to take this weekend off for rest, other than last night’s work, I have enjoyed the time to read and hang out in my pajamas today. I really needed a day like this — no obligations (other than getting my daughter to work and cooking), no work expected, no walking or exercising. Just a day of chill.
For dinner, I made stuffed red peppers for me and my husband. Each was slightly different, since mine needed to be minus regular spaghetti sauce and rice, and because the husband isn’t eating beef these days, but it was good all the same. And I was able to make his as clean as I could for now. As I travel more and more into this new way of eating, I’ll be able to cross our meals over better. It’s all a learning process.
Day 21 –
After a weekend of sleeping in and mostly resting, I woke up at 5:00 to seize the day!
It is said that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. So, here on Day 21, I am hopeful that it is now sticking in my brain to habitually eat well. Is that a stretch? Well, all the same…
I have discovered that I definitely feel better and more energetic when I don’t sleep in. The getting up part can be a little tough, but I’m good to go within about 10 minutes. I just have to remind myself of that each day.
Yesterday I finally finished It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways. In doing so, I reintroduced magnesium (pill form for now), and will be getting new vitamin D3 and fish oil soon (I don’t eat fish, so I’m open to the pills, only I would like to find the ones that don’t come in extra-large horse pill size). I actually have vitamin D3 already but I stopped taking it (and all supplements) until I could get through the book and see the authors’ thoughts on the subject. My neurologist previously prescribed but I also stopped taking it – and did not restart what I have – because one of the ingredients is corn oil. Yeah, no thank you. I can find better.
I was told about a local health store, so I checked it out today and found a few things I need/want, like ghee, finally. Of course, I stood there staring at the dairy items in the fridge before finally asking. Guess where ghee isn’t stored. In the fridge section.
You know what I love about this Whole30 plan? I never feel guilty about what I eat. Like, before even though I consoled myself with the fact that I don’t really gain weight so I can eat whatever, I still felt huge moments of guilt. Now, even if I have a second helping of something (which is rare, since I typically cook just for me, which means just enough for one, plus I do get full and then save the rest for the next meal), I don’t feel bad. If I grab a piece of fruit, no worries.
Although some of my days aren’t as UP as others, so many have been very good. Today was a very good day. As I said before, I’m really looking forward to continuing this journey beyond 30 days.
Mood – Great!
Energy – Great!
Pain – Doing good!
Mental clarity – The bomb!