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 4
Sunday is usually our secular sabbath, but we have a few very busy weeks coming up, so we did fun work today. We did the preliminary shots of a really fun how-to video… more on that soon. Very exciting! I also did a simple but massive Weekly Cookup to keep us in Whole30 food this week, and enjoyed a glorious nap between chores and my walk around the lake. The goal of the Wilson’s Protocol I’m using right now is to raise my average temperature to 98.6 — my temp usually hovers in the 97.something range — and I’m happy to find that six days into the protocol, my average daily temperature is increasing by a 10th of a degree every day. Neato!
7 hours — 12:00 (damn it, Olympics!) to 7:00-ish, plus an hour nap yesterday
Walk: Good heavens to Betsy Ross, it was hot and humid today. But I did it! It was more leisurely stroll than power walk, but Dave and I did about 40 minutes on the trail around the lake.
Meditation: Our kundalini instructor Robin challenged us to do this simple 3-minute breathing exercise/meditation every day this week. Want to try it? Think of it as a 3-minute break from the world to refresh your mind and oxygenate your body. It’s a great little exercise to help you transition from one task or day-part to another. You could do it between waking up and breakfast, just after lunch to pave the way to getting back to work, between work and dinner, or before bed.
1. Set a 3-minute timer.
2. Sit comfortably in a chair on on the floor.
3. Close your eyes, relax your shoulders, breath deeply into your belly, and focus your attention on your breath.
4. Place hands in your lap or press the palms together at your heart center.
5. For your inhale, take in the breath in four even sniffs through the nose. On your exhale, expel the breath in four even puffs through your nose.
6. If you want to occupy your brain with a task, you can count the breaths or chant sa-ta-na-ma on each segment of the inhale/exhale.
When the timer rings, take a few slow, deep breaths and gently open your eyes. Congratulations! You just meditated for three minutes.
I’ve found my appetite is less ravenous, and I feel better if I eat in a 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 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.
Snack, 8:30 a.m. (waiting for Dave to wake up for breakfast)
1.5 ounces Romanian sausage
Breakfast, 10:00 a.m.
1 ounce smoked salmon
1/4 cup blueberries
sorta egg foo yong: 3 eggs scrambled with coconut aminos, Chinese 5-spice powder, 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 cup broccoli, 1/2 cup sweet potato; cooked in 1 teaspoon coconut oil
Lunch, 3:00 p.m.
1 can tuna w/ 1 tablespoon homemade mayo, scallions, pickled banana peppers
1/2 large cucumber
1 large red bell pepper
1 cup jicama
Dinner, 8:00 p.m. — takeout from Green Mesquite BBQ
2 pork ribs + 2 slices smoked turkey
3/4 cup cole slaw
3/4 cup strawberries
Good! There was lots of giggling during the photo shoot and even though I have a really stressful week coming, I felt pretty calm and rational about it.
Photo of the Day
Dave took some snaps during our walk. The light was really beautiful…
And me. In polka dots.
How was your Day 5?
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