Whole 30 Journey : Days 3-8

Well, I went longer between posting updates than I planned to so there’s a lot of catching up to do. I’m going to keep it short and sweet and systematic.

For starters, my husband literally said these words to me this week:
“I don’t know what all the hype is about. As well as you planned this for us, it’s been a breeze so far.”

That’s right, 3 out of 4 Cramers have loved all but one meal I’ve made. The fourth — who happens to be an extremely picky 7-year-old with oral sensory issues — he’s gone this far without a stomach migraine (which he gets when he doesn’t eat enough), so that means he’s at least eating. Albeit, reluctantly.

Day 3 was one of the best days for me so far. I had boundless energy. I did pictures for a family that evening and was just all over the place playing with the kids. It was like I had a ton of caffeine right around 4pm and it lasted until bed. My youngest was pretty irritable and my oldest had a small headache (drink more water, son!). The hubs worked a 12 hour shift and was hungry, but more so he was pretty darn irritable at work — took some extra effort to keep his cool, according to him. But he came home to what has turned out to be one of our favorite meals on this journey so far — something I just threw together because the idea popped in my head — Pesto Chicken Sausage and Peppers.

(I’ll post my recipes when all this is said and done — right now I’m spending too much time actually cooking to get all that typed out!)

Aside from some riffing from our neighbor while we all hung out the afternoon of Day 4, it was a pretty great day for my little family as far as food and energy goes. We did a bunch of family-centered activities and just really enjoyed our time together. And dinner (see below) was outstanding, just like the night before.

On the evening of day 6, I stayed up really late working, sauntering to bed at 2am. Then at 2:45 I received a call to go to the hospital for a family (my non-profit takes pictures for families who have a child with a terminal risk diagnosis or families who have lost a child a birth). I was back in bed around 4:15am and up at 7:30am so we could get to my son’s occupational therapy appointment by 9am. And even on 4 hours of sleep, the yawning was moderate on Day 7 and I didn’t fall asleep on the couch or anything that day. That was very surprising.

In fact, past few days haven’t been that bad at all. Honestly, I think the worst of it so far has been day 2 and 3. But, we haven’t hit days 10 and 11 yet and I’ve been told that’s when most people quit. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve been craving chocolate lately! And the scale hasn’t quite moved at all yet. I am seeing improved functionality of my…ahem… digestion though. So there’s that.

I’m looking forward to my husband seeing notable results from this. So far, it doesn’t feel all that different to him because of the meals I meticulously planned — making sure to do stuff I know they’d like. The boys seem the same except for my oldest son’s lightheadedness, which I think has more to do with his lack of water consumption than anything else.

Stay tuned though. This weekend should be fun if it’s anything like “they” say it is — we may get totally tired of all this.

my avocado mayo (recipe soon!)

Day 3

Breakfast: leftover breakfast casserole (yes, I make enough to last three days!)

Lunch: lettuce wraps with avocado, spicy brown mustard and either turkey or ham (both precooked by me, rather than store bought lunchmeat)

Dinner: Pesto Chicken Sausage with Peppers (this is our fave meal so far and I just threw it together — recipe to come soon!)

Day 4

Breakfast: sweet potato breakfast bake

Lunch: leftovers

Dinner: crockpot meatballs in homemade spaghetti sauce with a side salad and “garlic toast” potato slices

I use a mustard vinaigrette for salads that you can easily make: equal parts spicy brown mustard, apple cider vinegar and olive oil — put in a mason jar and shake. It’s so good I may never by salad dressing again!

Day 5

Breakfast: stewed apple and cashew “oatmeal”

Lunch: Creole Chicken & Shrimp (my own creation — recipe to come soon)

Dinner: snack type dinner — apples with almond butter, plantain chips, fruit, veggies and salsa

Day 6

Breakfast: banana pancakes with date syrup

Lunch: chicken salad with raisins, apples, celery and bacon (I made up an avocado “mayo” that is compliant and actually tasted good — recipe to come) served with plantain chips and salsa

Dinner: blackened tilapia with baked potatoes (olive oil and fresh herbs) and broccoli

Day 7

Breakfast: protein powder fruit smoothies and homemade RX bars and leftover sweet potato breakfast bake (so good cold!)

Lunch: leftover chicken salad and a side salad

Dinner: spaghetti squash lasagna bake

Dessert: 2-min “chocolate cake” with fresh fruit and walnuts

Day 8

Breakfast: Pumpkin custard bake with nut crumble on top and whipped full-fat coconut cream drizzle

Lunch: scrambled eggs and fruit

Dinner: homemade sloppy joes in baked sweet potato bowls and crispy brussels sprouts (made in the air fryer)

Dessert: homemade popsicles made in flavors requested by family member, with fresh fruit and coconut milk

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