From August 1 through August 23, I’m documenting my Whole30, including the when, what, where, and how much of my sleep, activity, food, and mood. Read about why I’m doing the Whole30 right here. Not familiar with the Whole30? Learn all about it here and get extra help with the Whole30 Daily.
Whole30: Day 1
It’s not really Day 1 for me, since I’ve been at it for about three weeks (and, well, the past three years), but I’m excited to be joining so many awesome people officially today. Best wishes to everyone taking on the Whole30. May you sleep the sleep of the righteous, avoid cravings, and enjoy piles of delicious vegetables.
7.5 hours (11:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.) — I stayed up too late watching an interview with Michael Phelps, then read too many chapters of The Thirteenth Tale.
4-mile loop around the lake: Started with a brisk walk for 2 miles, then did 8 intervals of 1:00 running/2:00 slow recovery walk, then finished the loop with brisk walking. Bonus for fun: 7 perfect pushups on a really nice rock.
Homestyle kundalini & meditation: 10 minutes of a simple kundalini kriya set, plus this meditation: Ek Ong Kar Satgur Prasaad
I’ve found my appetite is less ravenous, and I feel better if I eat in an 11-hour window — usually between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. so I can stop eating about 2-3 hours before going to bed — and I don’t snack between meals or before bed. Because I’m dealing with my thyroid experiment, I’m measuring and tracking my food right now. I aim for 40% fat, 30% protein, 30% carbs.
Breakfast, 9:30 a.m.
1 cup acorn squash with Lebanese 7-spice seasoning
3.5 ounces grilled chicken breast
1 cup chopped spinach
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
Lunch, 2:00 p.m.
1 can tuna + 1 tablespoon homemade mayo + scallions
1/2 large cucumber
1 red bell pepper
1 small carrot
1/4 cup blueberries
Dinner, 8:00 p.m.
Romanian Sausage Patty (a new recipe for Well Fed V2 made with lamb, sausage, pork, and spices!)
1 cup roasted eggplant w/ 1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil + lemon juice + Turkish seasoning
1 cup cauliflower rice w/ 1/2 teaspoon ghee
3/4 cup jicama
cucumber salad: 1/2 large cucumber, 1/2 bell pepper, 1/4 onion, 1/2 tablespoon mayo
After a very rough day yesterday of feeling completely spacy and fatigued, I felt pretty great this morning: Clear-headed, optimistic, energetic enough to want to run. This afternoon, I wasn’t overtaken with exhaustion or brain fog. Instead, I got some good writing done and found myself singing along to iTunes.
Photo of the Day
The running trail around the lake is dotted with friendly little alcoves to sit, daydream, and look at the water. This morning I discovered one I hadn’t noticed before. It’s tucked behind a water fountain under a vine-covered trellis, and thanks to Google, I now know more about it. It’s called The Opossum Temple and Voodoo Pew! The bench, by artist T. Paul Hernandez is decorated with crawfish and is a tribute to his home in the swamplands. The Opossum Temple itself is by Lars A. Stanley; both pieces were dedicated in 1993.
The entrance to the Opossum Temple
The Voodoo Pew
The view from the bench
Check out this panorama photo of the Temple and Pew after their installation, before the greenery overtook them with its winding tendrils.
How was your Day 1?
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