Whole30 Update: Day 8

Hey y’all! Since I’ve had a lot of people ask about The Whole30 and personal life stuff, I wanted to give a little update today! I also want to share a few of the recipes I’ve used this week(per the request of some of you guys!)

Week one is done! I am officially on day 8 of 30 and I am feeling okay. I’ve been asked about few things, so I figured I would just go through the basics of what I’m doing, feeling, eating. I am about to be completely honest so I am sorry about any TMI moments…but I’m a mom. I wipe bottoms and snots half my day.

Physical Perks:

I am feeling pretty great! I only went through about half a day of the “hangover” period. A little sugarless migraine came on about day four and went away after I had a little caffeine. I’m definitely losing weight, which while not the reason behind me doing this, I am not going to turn my nose up at that! I haven’t weighed myself but I can see a little difference in my face from the first day versus my face now.

Physical Downfalls:

I warned you all: TMI. My digestive system has NOT loved this diet change. I know cramping and diarrhea is a normal reaction…but not fun. I also went through the six and seven day slump. Exhaustion hit those two days and I thought I was a goner. Because we had a concert late Wednesday night, that ma partially be to blame for day six..but who knows! My stomach is still a little queasy because so much coconut milk and fruit. But I’m trying to get through it! And making sure I eat enough protein to balance the insane amounts of fiber.

Mental Perks:

I have felt a lot less anxiety the past week, even with our current political climate. This may be because caffeine has been completely cut out…who knows! No matter what it is, I am super excited to be experiencing less anxiety. And even with the fatigue that has hit me, I’m not feeling “depressed” per se. Which is outside my norm when it comes to being tired.

Overall, I feel AMAZING mentally.

Mental Downfalls:

I really miss eating food that I associate with happy moments. For example, having a bag of popcorn at the concert on Wednesday. I love popcorn and saying no was not my idea of fun. But it’s also a perk to+ be able to recognize my eating habits were really emotional a lot of the time was good.

What I’ve been eating:

Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti Squash:

This meal is super easy! What you need:

-9 large shrimp

-2 cups spaghetti squash

-1 medium onion

-1/2 can of mushrooms

-5 cloves of garlic

-coconut oil

-1 cup chicken broth

-Cajun Seasoning! (MAKE SURE THERE’S NO SUGAR!)

What you do:

-Put a dollop of coconut oil into your sautee pan.

-Add in diced onions, mushrooms, and diced garlic. Spinkle on some Cajun seasoning. Cook for about five minutes on low, cover on.

-Add in about half the chicken broth, continue cooking.

-Peel Shrimp and put into cajun mix.

-Heat up already roasted spaghetti squash

-Add shrimp and rest of broth into the sautee pan. Cook until shrimp are pink.

-Put on top of heated squash and ENJOY!

Y’all this meal was SO good! I’ve made it twice more since my original time making it. If you need a few extra calories, add in some more shrimp. If you’re not Whole30ing it with me, try it with parmesean cheese.

That’s how the first week of my Whole30 journey has gone! 22 days left to go.

7 thoughts on “Whole30 Update: Day 8

  1. Becci says:

    Lauren, thanks So much for sharing in your journey! Your recipes are really delicious , ideas and solutions beyond helpful and amazing. .just THANKS!

  2. Kiara says:

    I haven’t tried Whole 30 yet but my mom did and said she enjoyed it for the most part but there were definitely some challenges along the way. Thanks for sharing your updates on your experience with this!

  3. Wow, Lauren, I give you MAJOR props for sticking with the program! I tried Whole30 and the change in diet was too much of a shock to my system. Since then, I’ve gone off each individual food separately and had much better luck. Keep up the fight! 🙂

    • ljmarceau@gmail.com says:

      Thank you! My hope is to slowly reintroduce some of the foods and eat a 80/20 diet after my 30 days are up…but who knows! I’m feeling pretty fabulous today so it may stick around except special days😉

  4. You’re doing great, Lauren! I’m so glad to hear that your emotional health is benefiting from the diet changes. It’s so hard to get over the hump of those first few days (especially the caffeine headache!), but it sounds like you’ve done it. I feel your pain about popcorn — one of my favorite treats, but I rarely indulge!

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