2014 New Year, New Whole 30 – Day 21

Whole30 2014For the next 30+ days, I will be eating meat, vegetables, healthy fats, fruits and nuts. I will not be eating processed food, sugar, dairy, grains or legumes, and I won’t be consuming any alcohol.

This is not my first Whole30, but this time I want to focus on a couple of specific elements: 1) fewer nuts as snacks and 2) fewer snacks in general. I would like to find the right mix of meals and pre-/post-workout fuel to keep me steady throughout the day.

If you’re doing a Whole30 or other challenge, if you are living/exploring the Paleo lifestyle, or if you are simply looking for some tasty recipes to add to your repertoire, be sure to leave a comment to let me know you’re out there! I am so glad you stopped by!

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This week’s focus: Daily yoga or meditation. I need to find my calm center again and I have let my regular practice slide. I’ve decided that if I don’t have enough time for yoga, I do have 5 minutes to sit calmly and breath.

6:15 Black coffee

8:00 Sunrise kale, 2 eggs

11:30 Mexican beef salad

1:00 Tuna cup and pineapple

3:00 Almonds and raisins

6:30 Fajitas with salsa and guac (none of the other stuff)

Food I am so happy with my dinner choice. There could have been chips and salsa, there could have been cheese and tortillas, but there weren’t. And honestly, it was not even difficult. I knew I wanted food that satisfied me without sending me face-first sliding into carb and sugar cravings. I still found myself pretty hungry during the earlier part of the day, but overall I feel like I am cruising towards something good. It feels entirely sustainable.

Mood A little stress, a little anxiety. Just working through things. I still feel like these are all normal emotions and I definitely prefer that to the feeling of being driven by a sugar craving or hormonal surge.

Sleep 8 1/2 hours. Finally. It was a little disjointed – I fell asleep while my son was showering and then was up a while after that, woke up in the middle of the night a couple times, etc. – but I was able to fall back to sleep and feel rested today.

Activity Sprints Squats Sit-ups. Done!

Focus Day 1 of my new focus did not go perfectly. The entire day went by and only while I was lying in bed about to fall asleep did I manage to pause my thoughts. I learned, though, that if the whole day gets away from me, I can still tune in to my breath and center for mere minutes before I fall asleep, and it helps.

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