It’s day 21 of the #whole30 and since I am traveling today I thought I would post while in transit. I can’t believe I am in the home stretch of this cleanse. One more weekend to go, that’s 9 days left. Traveling while on the #whole30 I just had to be aware of packing healthy snacks (almonds and fruit) ahead of time and picking healthy food options. Fortunately, my connecting airport had a Jamba Juice so I was able to to get a smoothie that was made only of fruit and ice.
While at my parent’s house I had about a dozen relatives over and I told most all of them about the cleanse. No one was particularly interested or approving, except for my mom and even then I think she is just happy I am making an effort. For a long time, she thought I was purposely gaining weight to ward off potential life mates. . . so far from the truth- but that’s for another post on a blog that’s not this one. It was challenging not to try my mom’s homemade meals, but I was able to get my hands on some spaghetti squash and make a meal of my own. Luckily, we had plenty of fruit: cherries, cantaloupe and strawberries that I could snack on. I was able to do a lil baking of my own. Some lemon cake with whipped cream and sliced strawberries on top. My first cake was eaten up completely so I made a second one with the left over ingredients for Saturday night. Didn’t get to try that either, but that’s alright. Yesterday my family had lunch at an Italian seafood restaurant and I had to modify my meal, no cavenelli (pasta) or butter in the sauce. I felt like my family was judging me for being so picky, but I really wanted to stick with it. I am not 100% sure the waitress got my order right, because there was basil pesto sauce on my vegetables, but I had my mom try it first and she said it didn’t taste like it had butter in it. Looking around surprisingly I wasn’t envious of everyone else’s plates filled with an excess of pasta and buttery sauce. I also passed on the bread basket, which everyone complained was cold, but still ate anyways. Before the cleanse, I would have joined and mindlessly eaten the appetizer as well; but I am glad I didn’t because of the #whole30. Below is a photographic comparison of my meal vs. my sister’s.
I wish I was supported more by the fam over the weekend- but I shouldn’t expect everyone to understand the cleanse right off the bat.
I had a lot of down time while I was at home, so I got to finish some tasks that I normally would have put off: Like cleaning out my hair brush. It’s not too time consuming, maybe 20 minutes max, but one of those tasks that doesn’t seem very important to actually do but makes your morning much easier. I created a Facebook Like Box, so you can visit my Facebook page. I listened to a bunch of podcasts and watched long overdue YouTube videos. Something else I did was look over grocery receipts from June.
Honestly, this #whole30 thing has not been cheap. When Matlock and I did decide that we wanted to try something new for dinner, our options were much more limited than in May. So far we have been able to find #whole30 friendly dinners at: Loops (at least $18 for the two of us), a gyro based Chicago chain, ordering from the Panera Bread’s hidden menu, getting a ready made roasted whole chicken or turkey leg from the grocery store ($9.99), or going to a Indian/Pakistani restaurant ($10.99). A trip to Trader Joe’s for snacks ended up costing $34 during week 2. I am still wondering how our grocery bill is going to change when the cleanse if over. When I figure that out, I will let you know.