If you started the whole30 on January 1st, you’re now at day 9. Congratulations on making it this far! *virtual high five* Look at all the sh*tty things you’ve made it through already…
I know what you’re thinking though.
- (if not on the autoimmune protocol): I CAN’T EAT BACON AND EGGS OR SALAD FOR LUNCH ANOTHER DAMN DAY.
- (if on the autoimmune protocol): I MISS EGGS. wahhhhhh.
That would be me in the latter category.
It’s at about this stage in the process according to the genius folks over at the whole30 program that you’re most likely to quit your whole30. Their day-by-day timeline (above) is pure gold. Hilarious, but true. Around days 10-11, some serious food boredom sets in. You may get some crazy cravings and wonder why you’re doing this in the first place. You just want to eat that damn piece of cheese/chocolate/bread. Why am I doing this again? Hang in there, folks. In a couple days you’ll be feeling what the whole30 folks call “Tiger Blood”: boundless energy, awesome sleep, squashed food cravings, and the like.
A simple solution for food boredom: try out some new recipes and ingredients! Test your comfort zone in the kitchen and with new (whole30) foods. Scout out the grocery store for new vegetables or fruits you’ve never tried. How about some japanese white sweet potatoes, plantains, starfruit, or that weird looking squash you never knew what to do with before? What about some whole30 compliant spice blends (try Penzey’s or Flavorgod) or sauces ( Coconut Aminos and Tessemae’s dressings are my favorite!) The first time I did the whole30 back in February 2013, it was (relatively) painless (after I got over the sugar hangover) because I kept my taste buds occupied with inventive, delicious recipes every week I got from bloggers like Nom Nom Paleo, The Clothes Make the Girl and PaleOMG.
Here’s some ideas to keep your mind and tastebuds occupied. That cheesy pizza bread craving you’ve been having dreams about? Totally not worth it. You’ve come too far already to give up! And your body will thank you for it.
Cracklin’ Chicken (AIP – use coconut oil for ghee). Hands down some of the best crispy chicken I’ve ever had!
Buffalo Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Balsamic Aioli (AIP – omit aioli or use AIP Mayonnaise)
Mango Avocado Salsa on Pan-Seared Salmon (omit pepper for AIP)
Chicken Saltimbocca. (AIP)
Truffle-Sage Cauliflower Soup with Eggs and Prosciutto (AIP – leave out the eggs)
Garlic Mashed Cauliflower (sub coconut oil for AIP)
10 Ways to Dress Up Your Broccoli (or any veggies!)
Comment below: How are you doing so far with your whole30? Any favorite recipes you’ve tried, or plan to try soon? Let me know!