My Whole30 Experience (Day 5)!

I wake up naturally and feel great at 6:00 AM.  Could this mean the Whole30 hangover stage is officially over?  Oh God, I hope so.

As I walk into the bathroom I think about all of the years when my adrenal fatigue was at its worst and I couldn’t peel myself out of bed in the morning.  Within days of cutting sugar from my diet when I was on the high protein low carb diet, I started waking up at or before 7:00 AM naturally. I know I blogged about it in  The Pursuit of Ketosis – Day 4, but I don’t think I realized how life-changing it was at that time.  It’s amazing to think of what food can do to our mood and health, isn’t it?

I have to confess, I thought about getting on the scale a few times while I was in the bathroom. The words no one needs to know even bubbled up in my head. I decided since I have told you the truth every step of the way so far, I couldn’t start lying to you now, so I walked away from the almighty scale.

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As I sit down at my computer,  with a cup of bone broth I open the Whole30 Day By Day.  It seems as though day five can be a “mixed bag” and some might be feeling better while others feel worse. Thankfully I am optimistic I am feeling better.

Last night I read a few more pages of  It Starts With Food and went to sleep a little disappointed in my type A Superfreak self because I realized I had not been eating enough vegetables and healthy fat.  This morning, I woke to a woman’s comment on a meal I posted on a Whole30 Facebook page calling me out in front of 100’s of people for not eating enough vegetables.  Ironically, in the Whole30 Day By Day for day five Melissa wrote that we shouldn’t try to do the “perfect Whole30” because it doesn’t exist and the Whole30 is just a step towards a lifetime of practicing healthy eating.

Around 9:30 I had my favorite non- breakfast food for meal 1.  After I ate it, I thought I should probably have a healthy fat with it, but I was too full to eat another thing! Oh well, I’m practicing the Whole30 and will get there!

Whole 30 Chicken Pot Pie Soup
Whole 30 Chicken Pot Pie Soup


As I stood at my yoga mat ready for my yoga “practice”, the phrase “practicing the Whole30” bubbled up in my head.  I remember a time in my yoga practice when I ……

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Left the room in the middle of class to go to the bathroom when I didn’t need to so I could have a break Now, the class goes by so quickly I’m surprised when its over.

Couldn’t make it through a class without taking child’s pose multiple times Now, I make it through almost every class without taking a single child’s pose.

Grimaced everytime the teacher said jump to the front of your mat because I couldn’t even imagine how that was possible Now I jump!

Didn’t have the strength to do any other form of exercise the day of or the day after I took a yoga class Now I walk for thirty minutes to an hour after class and occasionally lift weights too.

Thinking about this and the process I went through in yoga helps me to gain perspective and I feel much better about my Whole30 practice.

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I don’t have time for lunch after yoga and I’m really not hungry yet but I’m going into a meeting with My Son, Drew’s therapists and counselors and I don’t want to go brain dead in the middle of the meeting, so I eat a quick RX Bar and I have to say it was pretty yummy!

Whole30 Compliant Snack

I had a late lunch around 2:30 and enjoyed a salad with a mix of spring mix and spinach, steak, red onion, avocado, olives, and strawberries topped with Primal Kitchen Ranch dressing.

Whole 30 Salad
Whole 30 Salad


and a few grapes…

Whole 30 Grapes
Whole 30 Grapes


And the rest of my day was crazy with kids activities, so I ended up having a “snack” of Performance Nut Butter at 7:00 PM, so that I could hold off to dinner at 8:30 – ugh.  I’m “practicing the Whole30” – right?


Tony made Chicken Tortilla-less Soup for dinner and it was good, not as great as the Chicken Pot Pie soup I’ve been eating for days, but good.  You can find both recipes on Pinterest.

And I am proud to say I made it to 9:00 before checking my box in my Whole30 Day By Day journal and calling it a night.


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4 thoughts on “My Whole30 Experience (Day 5)!

  1. I, too, struggle with the balance (I’m on day 8) so I bought a bunch of avocados and just slice one up with…well, everything. I love avocados so this is not a chore for me. Sometimes I put them on the side with some dressing, and sometimes I add them to soup or whatever. I also love coconut cream added to soups and sauces (and in my coffee).

    1. Awesome! Thank you for sharing. I recently started eating Performance Nut Butter and absolutely LOVE it!

  2. This is the first “diet” (Whole 30) that I have been on that I haven’t been constantly hungry and in a state of fatigue! WhooHooooo!!! I have recently been involved in a workplace accident and have been having regular acupuncture and physical therapy. Today, after only five full days on the diet, my acupuncturist commented: Your knees are much less swollen than they were on Tuesday (when he treated me). That comment encourages me to keep up the good fight because I am not the only one that sees improvement.

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