Kraft’s ongoing joke is that the Whole30 is the anti-KonMari diet. Marie Kondo, from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is the author that teaches people to only keep things in their home that bring them joy. The Whole30 is the anti-KonMari method because if a certain food brings us joy, then we can’t eat it. Ha.
I do get a lot of joy out of food which is not the best for my health. It’s amazing to me how much eating is my coping mechanism. I eat my emotions. When the witching hour comes around (you know, that hour before you need to have dinner ready and every child in the house decides to act possessed at the exact same time) all I want to do is eat a whole chocolate cake…alone…hiding in the laundry room. Or at the end of a rough day when everyone, by the grace of God, is still alive, I feel the need to reward myself with something indulgent. Wine, candy, chocolate, ice cream. I’m not picky.
Today was the first day on the program that really tested me. It was long and hard and the kids weren’t the best. I’ve been trying not to give in and eat fruit to satiate my sugar cravings which, according to Whole30, does nothing to slay your “sugar dragon“. But I did give in and make a Watermelon Agua Fresca for dinner (no added sugar). And as much as I was hoping it would give me that pick me up I needed to get me through bedtime routines, it didn’t. Lesson learned.
- Breakfast Salad – It was really hard to find compliant breakfast sausage but I did find a turkey sausage in the frozen breakfast section.I didn’t use as much lemon as the recipe calls for, I just squeezed a little so the avocado wouldn’t brown.
- Handful of Power to the Greens mix
- 1/2 a Grapefruit
Lunch: [not pictured]
- Leftover Shredded Pork
- Leftover Meatballs
- Handful of Blueberries
- 1/2 an Apple with Almond Butter
- Campfire Salmon – This is from a cookbook called Simply in Season and is super easy. In a foil packet put salmon sprinkled with salt and pepper, then load up with sliced veggies: green peppers, onions, broccoli, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, whatevs. Pour some dressing (we used a balsamic vinaigrette but recipe calls for Italian dressing) over it, then seal and bake at 450° for 20 minutes.
- Agua Fresca de Sandia – We had a gallon sized bag full of sliced watermelon that was about to go bad so I blended it up with a cup of water, handful of fresh mint, and a squeeze of lime. Very refreshing. Even better, make it ahead of time and refrigerate it.
How we felt:
I had a hard time making it to the end of the day. By about 4:30pm I could have fallen asleep for the night. I was really dragging. Today was also the first day I was really craving sugar.
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