So…exciting news! I only have 8 more days left on the Whole 30 challenge. I haven’t talked much about Whole 30 on the blog, mostly because I haven’t been blogging as much as usual lately.
I’ve heard it said that you can have two out of the following three things in college: sleep, schoolwork, and a social life, and I definitely feel the trickiness of balancing those…and then blogging ends up being a fourth item on that list. So, even though blogging has taken a bit of a backseat right now, I still love it and wanted share today a little bit more about how I’ve been doing on Whole 30. For a brief and oversimplified rundown of the program, it’s basically eating no grains, dairy, peanuts, or sugar (aside from natural sugar in fruits and veggies) for 30 days.
Here’s a sample day of Whole 30 meals from a day where I remembered to capture everything:
Breakfast was a Cherry Pie Larabar. Gotta love the simple ingredients- just almonds, dates, and dried cherries.Eggs or something a little more substantial would be ideal, but it’s hard to beat the convenience of a bar.I pack my lunch almost every day to meet someone on campus for lunch (or occasionally, eat really quickly in the library right before an exam or something), and during Whole 30, I’ve been packing mostly mason jar salads. My first class after lunch was actually canceled on this day, though, so I had some extra time and one of my best friends came over to my dorm for lunch. For a super easy lunch, I roasted veggies for us and made “green” smoothies with almond milk, coconut milk, spinach, unsweetened protein powder, frozen mixed berries, and frozen bananas.
When I got back to my dorm early in the evening, I snacked on some celery, almond butter, and raisins while I made dinner. Growing up, we used to always call this combo “ants on a log.” Anyone else?For a quick and easy dinner right before a meeting, I chopped a large sweet potato to make crispy sweet potato fries and I scrambled 3 eggs with spinach and tomatoes. And for a nighttime snack, I had some Granny smith apple slices drizzled with almond butter.
So, how do I feel?
I honestly don’t feel much different than I did before, which I’m guessing is because my eating patterns haven’t changed significantly. I’ve noticed that I haven’t experienced that uncomfortably full feeling in a while since all of my meals are pretty basic. I’ve also enjoyed eating more substantial snacks, such as a whole sweet potato, instead of a couple squares of dark chocolate for the same amount of calories.
Is there anything I miss?
I thought I’d miss ice cream and sweets (and I do), but I think I might actually miss pasta most!
*As a housekeeping sidenote, I’m still working on the blog’s makeover! I’ve been determined to do it all myself, but the tech stuff goes way over my head, so it’s taking a little while. Thanks for your patience!
Questions for you:
Favorite type of snack bar?
Favorite veggies to roast?
Any other “ants on a log” fans out there?
For bloggers: how do you balance blogging with everything else you have going on?