So day 1 went pretty well. Not easy, but well. I beat down a craving for a pumpkin spice latte and didn't give in to the smell of the food court at Costco when I went shopping hungry. I didn't intend to go shopping hungry, but my first morning appointment went longer than usual and all my errands after that were displaced, which put me at Costco right at noon. :( But I survived!
Where I fell today was with 1 bite. 1 bite. I made my family steak sandwiches for dinner, thinking I'd just do mine in a lettuce wrap. But that buttery toasted french roll really tempted me. I ended up compromising by eating 1 bite of my son's sandwich on a roll, and then the rest of my meal was in the lettuce wrap like I planned.
I also had an epiphany through a conversation with a friend. I knew ditching the night time eating was something I needed to do, but was worried most about this part. I eat a lot of sweets and carbs at night, and I'm not even hungry. But the craving is sooooo there. My friend was talking about getting herself a cup of green tea and taking care of her body. I thought, I bet I could use that to make a new ritual. So I decided to try having a warm cup of decaf green tea instead of food, replacing instead of eliminating. My thought process here was to make it like a ritual, kind of like morning coffee. I don't really need it to wake up, but the warm mug and strong flavor are a big part of my morning ritual.
It worked! At least for this day.
So here's what I ended up eating on October 1:
-no nitrate breakfast sausage
-hard boiled egg
-2 black coffees
-steak lettuce roll + 1 bite of steak sandwich
-1 cup of green tea
On October 2:
-no nitrate sausage
-paleo pumpkin latte
-3 paleo pistachio bites
-shredded chicken tacos
On October 3:
-1 black coffee
-ham and lettuce wraps
-leftover chicken street taco from yesterday
-market salad from Chick-Fil-A (brought my own lime dijon dressing and picked out the blue cheese
October 4: - rough day
-forgot breakfast :(
-paleo pistachio bites
-nibbles of things I shouldn't have had that probably cumulatively add up to a whole meal- things like nachos, pumpkin corn bread, etc...
On October 5:
-homemade paleo pumpkin spice latte
-no nitrate sausage
-1 coffee - I ended up putting cream in the second half
-tostada without the shell and beans (on a date with my hubby)
-paleo pistachio balls
-chili on baked potato
-coffee with cream :(
-green smoothie with spinach, strawberries, banana, apple, and OJ
-apples and sunbutter
-In and Out cheeseburger with no bun- totally forgot about the cheese issue
-iced decaf herbal tea
-garlic butter chicken
Reflections so far:
I've eaten out this week more than I had planned. The hubby and I are taking advantage of a break in a crazy schedule to have a few lunch dates. Despite that, I've stuck pretty well with the Whole 30 when out and about.
My weakness is cheese. If I could have cheese it would be a lot less hard. But I've wanted to have a dairy free month for a while now due to other health things I think might be tied in. I really need to know. I've been back and forth on the coffee creamer. It was my one caveat when I began. I try to do without each morning, and some mornings are fine, others are impossible. :)
Sweets are not as hard as I thought they'd be. That's probably in part because it's not my first Whole 30 and I do try to stay away from sugar so it wasn't as hard this go round as my first Whole 30 was.
I'd be a lot better at ditching bread if I could just have tortillas. I might think about that for after the Whole 30 as a way to have less, but still live in the real world. Tortillas are yummy...salivating too much to remember how I was going to finish that thought.
I only had the green tea one night. It worked well and I will use that strategy again if needed, but I have been pleasantly surprised at how not hard it had been to not eat at night.
Last reflection - I eat more mindlessly than I thought I did. I seem to always be looking for a snack if I'm sitting down. And since there aren't a whole lot of Whole 30 snacks readily available, it catches my attention that I'm looking for a snack and I'm not hungry.