Whole30 Week 2 Recap

Monday, October 16, 2017


The beginning of Week 2 has always been the hardest part of Whole30 for me, especially Day 10. I don't know what it is about that time, but apparently, I'm not the only one. There's a Whole30 timeline in Melissa Hartwig's book The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom that confirms it:

"Based on observing hundreds of thousands of people run through the program, we know you are most likely to quit your Whole30 on day 10 or 11. You are cranky. You are impatient. You are a grown-up person who can eat cheese if you decide you want to eat cheese. And the Whole30 is just some stupid challenge anyway."

This time around the Day 10-vibes hit early. Last weekend was a rough one and I was in full-blown don't-talk-to-me mode. I was fully expecting to ride the struggle bus into week 2, but somehow I woke up on Day 10 feeling awesome. I've been waking up earlier than usual, even though it's still dark outside, and feeling much more energized. I've even started working out again, which is a highly motivating thing to do on Whole30 since nothing makes your abs pop like a Whole30 meal plan! I think a lot of this extra energy has to do with finally getting past the intense cravings stage. Instead of constantly craving Mexican food and all the queso, I'm fine with eating the healthy whole foods I have on hand. It's so weird how eventually a switch just clicks. (Yes, I have full intentions of reintroducing queso once this Whole30 is over.)

This week's meal plan isn't all that different from last week's (which I am fine with). By week 2, I've  settled into a groove of just pulling things out of the fridge to eat that don't require a lot of thought or prep work. The biggest challenge this week has been to make sure I'm eating enough food at each meal. The cravings and crankiness come back with a vengeance when I haven't given my body enough to eat that day. Still working on creating filling meals that will tide me over without having to snack.

Week 2 Meal Plan
Sunday
B: Apples & bananas with almond butter, hot tea
L: Sirloin steak marinated in balsamic vinegar, green beans, potatoes, and sliced avocado
D: Leftovers

Monday
B: Hardboiled eggs, apple with almond butter, hot tea — As much as I enjoy them, I am aware that my breakfast of all fruit is just setting me up for a sugar crash later in the morning. I tried to add in more eggs, meat, and healthy fats this week.
L: Leftover steak with a sweet potato, kombucha
D: Fajitas, sauteed zucchini, squash, and potatoes

Tuesday
B: Strawberries and grapes with cinnamon, almond butter, hot tea
L: Leftovers from Monday's dinner
D: Ground deer meat tossed in tomato sauce marinade, sweet potato noodles

Wednesday
B: Scrambled eggs, grapes, strawberries, hot tea
L: Larabar, plantain chips, kombucha — This is a prime example of setting myself up for a cranky afternoon. Don't do what I did! A big breakfast made me not so hungry at lunchtime, so I just munched on a few things and then had a full-on energy crash later that day. Bad idea.
D: Leftovers from Tuesday's dinner

Thursday
B: Hardboiled eggs, turkey bacon, apple, grapes, almond butter, hot tea
L: Tuna salad, cucumber salad, fruit
D: Deer steaks, sweet potatoes, green beans

Friday
B: Eggs, apples and almond butter, hot tea
L: Last of the ground meat in tomato marinade, sweet potato
D: Picadillo, roasted cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and carrots, roasted spaghetti squash

Saturday
B: Scrambled eggs
L: Grilled chicken salad from Cava
D: Salad with grilled chicken and roasted vegetables

Week 2 Grocery List
Vital Farms eggs, Welshire Farms turkey bacon, frozen green beans, Veggie Co. sweet potato noodles, sirloin steak, top round steaks sliced fajita-style, Prego's Garden Vegetable sauce, red skin potatoes, balsamic vinegar, strawberries, grapes, apples, cucumbers, kombucha

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2 comments

  1. Ugh, I have to admit that I quit during that time frame of my second Whole30 round (which would have just ended if I had stuck with it). I was craving all sorts of Fall comfort food (and a PSL, of course) and I figured that I've already done the challenge and it was great but I didn't need a round two. Now I'm wishing I would have stuck with it! You've inspired me to give a second round a go again (just maybe I'll wait until after the Holidays now... ha!)

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    1. Yes, definitely give it another go! We're on our last week right now and I'm in the "I could do this forever!" mode. LOL we'll see how long that lasts. I'm excited to do the reintroduction phase next week, as that's the one part I skipped on our last Whole30s. I think it's going to make all the difference this time.

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