Just a small summary of Week 2 since I wasn't able to do a full post--Week 2 was definitely the easiest so far! We just blew through the week and didn't really think twice about anything we were cooking. The meal ideas came pretty easily and I didn't have a lot of cravings for sugar/carbs/dairy.
Week 3 on the other hand...has been a whole different story! It's crazy and sort of eye-opening to see how dependent I've become on certain food groups. So far, not being able to have added sugar and carbs (aka sugary carbs) has been the hardest. I don't eat a lot of candy or anything like that but once a week I typically indulge in a doughnut or a muffin or some sort of breakfast pastry. Not being able to have that and then not being able to have my morning oatmeal has sucked. I did come up with a pretty good alternative I'll talk about below but it's just not the same! Lunch is never a struggle because I pretty much always eat very healthy and very low-carb for lunch even prior to Whole 30. Dinner during Week 3 was difficult because we were so busy at work and with wedding stuff so coming home and having to creatively cook every night was a struggle. Monday night was the closest I've come to quitting! All I freakin' wanted was a slice of pizza!
Physique/Mental State: My energy is probably about the same--I haven't seen a real increase or decrease this week. Week 2 I would say my energy was definitely higher than normal then I saw a little bit of a drop this week. At this point, I have lost 5 pounds total which is motivating. It definitely hasn't helped my acid reflux issues--if anything I would say it's made it worse because I'm eating so many acidic fruits! Fruit is all I'm craving on this diet. And guacamole!
Monday-Breakfast: Banana + Unsweetened Almond Butter mashed and microwaved (sounds gross but its SO good), Lunch: Meal Prepped Chicken + Green Beans + Potatoes (small portions), Dinner: Lettuce Tacos
Tuesday-Breakfast: Banana + Unsweetened Almond Butter, Lunch: Leftover Lettuce Tacos, Snack: Plantain Chips + Guacamole, Dinner: These Whole 30 "Pizza" Potato Skins
Wednesday-Breakfast: 1 Clementine + Green Juice Lunch: Leftover Pizza Potato Skins, Snack: Dried Banana and Almonds, Dinner: Chipotle (we order the salad with steak, peppers/onions, pico and guacamole...not very exciting haha)
Thursday-Breakfast: Hardboiled egg + a pear, Lunch: Went out with co-workers and ordered a salmon salad with oil and vinegar as dressing, Dinner: My version of shrimp stir fry (I used cauliflower rice, shrimp and mixed veggies then topped with coconut aminos)
Friday (tentatively)-Breakfast: Banana/Egg Pancakes with Strawberries/Raspberries on top, Lunch: Egg Salad (made with avocado instead of mayo) + Plantain Chips, Dinner: Lettuce wrapped burgers
Beverages: This week I still stuck to only drinking water, green juices, different teas with lemon or almond milk, coffee on the weekends with almond milk, and sparkling waters with no sugar added.
Sweet Treats: If I'm craving something sweet, I either go for a banana smoothie (which is literally just frozen banana, almond milk and unsweetened almond butter), Trader Joe's fruit bars (the only ingredients are apple and strawberries), or grapes. Those (typically) satiate my sweet tooth!
Hope y'all enjoyed this post! Have a wonderful weekend!