Hello, Whole30 week two. We’ve made it to the halfway point people! If you’re doing the Whole30 with me congrats on sticking with your goals and I hope you’re feeling as great as I am. I feel like the weeks are going by much faster than I figured they would.
Can I just quickly mention, I have a friend who is doing the Whole30 with me who after a few days decided to modify the program because her stomach didn’t react well with cutting out dairy. So while she’s not having dairy nearly as much as she usually does she is having it from time to time when she feels she needs it. My point by bringing this up, while I’m no nutritionist, is that I truly believe you should always listen to your body over anything else. I feel like I have always been very in-tune with my body and know when I need to make modifications to feel better. If you feel at all like you need to add something back into your diet, do it! An elimination diet is all about figuring out what foods have a negative impact on your body, physically and mentally.
Another point I want to make is about why I believe a reset like this is so beneficial to me vs maybe someone else. As a baby through childhood, I was allergic to dairy and wheat. It was probably somewhere around the end of elementary school – junior high that I grew out of my food allergies. Whenever I got sick or wasn’t feeling well my doctor would always recommend to my parents that I cut out wheat, dairy, and refined sugars. This always helped me get back to feeling normal again. While I no longer have an allergy to these foods, at least not one that prohibits me from eating them, I do notice a positive difference when I don’t eat them.
So now onto my week 2 progress. I made a number of the same meals as I did in week one, it makes it easy when you find recipes that work for you. A few standout meals this week was my salmon burgers with cilantro, garlic, and onion. The flavor is out of this world and all you need to add is some lettuce and avocado. I used sweet potato buns again and am loving it. I’m finally figuring out how to make them sturdy enough that you can hold them and eat a burger, like you would normally vs having to cut it into small slices to eat with a fork.
Another meal I really enjoyed eating this week was my tuna fish salad wrap. I used canned Albacore tuna in water and mixed it with mustard, diced celery, pepper, and raisins! This addition with the raisins was so yummy. Mason loved it too! I gave him the tuna salad without the lettuce wrap and he kept wanting more. I’ll also note that typically when I make tuna salad I would make it without the raisins and would put it on toast with some lettuce. I’m not one to add too many ingredients to my meals. I never add salt or sugar so I am used to “bland” meals. I do love using spices though. I say this as another side note (I’ve got a lot of them in this post) because it’s one more reason why I think the whole30 is working out so well for me.
So, how am I feeling after week two? I feel great! I’m less bloated, I know I mentioned this after week one too, I have more energy, and I feel more awake. It started on Wednesday, I woke up to breastfeed Mason around 5:30am. Before Whole30 week two, I would usually go right back to bed after Mason was done breastfeeding. I felt awake and I felt like I could be productive. So instead of going back to sleep or laying in bed, I got up and did some work before Mason woke up for the morning. This is a huge positive for me and one of the goals I had for myself this year. I really wanted to get myself in a position/routine where I would be able to get up before Mason did to utilize the quiet time to get some solid work done.
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Disclaimer: All information on this website is a reflection of my own personal opinion and experience. The information is not intended as a substitute for consultation, evaluation or treatment by a medical professional and/or registered dietitian or nutritionist. When considering the Whole30 program you should consult with your doctor if you have any concerns especially if you are breastfeeding before starting to make sure it is right for you.