You’re. ALMOST. There. It’s Day 23 people!
So by this point, you’ve gotten the tiger blood. You’re feeling fantastic. Thinking: hey, this isn’t so bad now that I’m over the KILL ALL THE THINGS/GIVE ME A DAMN TWINKIE stage. You may still have weird cravings. Fact: I was craving cheesy bread pizza the other day. Totally normal…not. I’ve been extremely gluten and lactose intolerant for coming up on 5 years now, so I definitely have not eaten anything remotely like that in at least as long. Just goes to show your brain plays weird tricks on you when it’s getting rid of crap in your body. But hey, I’ll celebrate those little #nonscalevictories one at a time!
But. Around this time (days 21-23), you’re at this stage: “I am SO over this” according to the Whole30 timeline:
“despite the many benefits you’re seeing, you went to bed last night dreading the thought of breakfast. Come to think of it, you’re not thrilled with any of your meal options right now. In fact, if Iron Chef Bobby Flay were to walk into your kitchen right now and offer to cook you any Whole30 compliant meal you wanted, you’re not even sure you could think of one. Just about anything sounds like more fun than sitting down to a big plate of Whole30 grub. You’re loving the way your body is responding to the program, but you’re just not sure if you can make it through 9 more days. And if you see even one more egg, you are going to scream.”
Not to worry folks, this is totally normal. Food boredom is real. Want to know how to fix it? Find some awesome, flavor-packed whole30 recipe to spice up your tastebuds, instead of defaulting to plan chicken and roasted veggies. (Which is great sometimes, don’t get me wrong! But we all need a little fanciness in our life from time to time.) Check out my recipes from the Whole30 Survival Guide and Whole30 Recipe Roundup, plus scroll down to the bottom of the page and I’ve got a ton more for you!
This week, you also be bored with cooking all your meals every single day. Also, totally normal if you aren’t used to doing it all the time. Remember that tip about leftovers I talked about? Stock up. And here’s another helpful tip.
pro tip: Keep EMERGENCY whole30 food on hand. For those times you come home from work/the mall/working out/whatever and you’re absolutely. starving. and don’t have time to cook up some chicken or whatever before you keel over from HANGRINESS. It’s a thing, people. Check out the Whole30 Guide to Emergency Food. Some of my favorites:
- leftover protein + avocado (try my pulled pork or perfect roast chicken)
- wholly guacamole + carrots
- hard boiled eggs with sea salt + sriracha (or guacamole)
- larabars, rxbars, EPIC bars, or That’s It! bars (sold at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. The only ingredients are fruit!)
- a piece of fruit: apple, banana, handful of berries + a spoon of coconut or other nut/seed butter
- mixed nuts (be careful – it’s way too easy to eat more than you need! stick to a handful. or two)
- Apple chips or freeze-dried fruit. (I like Bare brand) Again, watch serving sizes!
Let’s get fancy. More recipes for you!
Chocolate Chili. This stuff is RIDICULOUS.
Butternut Squash Risotto (AIP)
Ginger Garlic Parsnip Noodles (AIP). I made these this week – delicious!!
Sunny Sweet Potato Hash (AIP)
Roasted Greek Salad (AIP)
Garbage Stuffed Mushrooms (not actual garbage, silly.)
Still grasping for recipe inspiration? Try browsing Chowstalker’s whole30 page. Basically, all sorts of bloggers like me submit recipes to the site (there are hundreds, probably thousands of recipes on there!) and you can search by recipe category, ingredient, food allergy, etc. Make sure to check the Real Food with Dana Chowstalker page and my recipes index – everything in there is whole30 aside from desserts!
Don’t forget to check out my other whole30 resources:
the Whole30 Survival Guide
Whole30 Restaurant Survival Guide
Whole30 Recipes Roundup