Ah, week 2 – this is the one where you always wish you had picked a different 30 days to do your Whole 30. Week 2 is when real life hits you in the face like a ton of bricks, and typically challenges your resolve in major ways – a birthday party, an invitation with the boss for happy hour, or something similar that makes being on a Whole 30 incredibly awkward. In my case it happened when I needed to schedule 2 last minute business trips, and my ability to choose my meals and eating times was going to be sorely tested.
So what do you do? Honestly you have 3 options as I see it. You either 1) Give up your Whole 30 and start over again when the threat to your plans is passed 2) allow yourself to go off the rails when you have to, and then get right back on that horse as quickly as possible or 3) Do your best to navigate the tricky waters of resistance to temptation and social awkward questions to the waitstaff, and simply do your best.
While travelling this past week, I went for option 3. I made sure I brought snacks with me for the trip in the form of Rx Bars and mixed nuts. I also brought some of my new favorite tea, and some True Lemon packets to help liven up bottled water. Obviously black coffee is often available fairly easily, so between my lemon water and coffee, I was ok on drinks. It was a little harder for meals though, so for the ones I had control over, I was squeaky clean. I ordered bacon and eggs a la carte for breakfast instead of browsing the buffet, and enjoyed a steak with bacon & brussels sprouts for one of the dinners. One of the lunches, however, required ordering from a very restrictive pre-fixe menu, so I went with a salad as the best option presented. The salad was primarily greens, poached eggs, chicken, small tomatoes, and croutons (which I dutifully picked out before eating). The dressing was a vinaigrette, however, and I’m sure if I insisted at looking at the bottle’s ingredients, it would have indicated added sugar. That being said, I think the important thing to remember when choosing any weight loss strategy is to always keep the “Do your best” motto and not sweat the small stuff. All of the other options were pasta-based or sandwiches. There was going to be more protein on the salad than any of the other choices, so that was the best I could do.
We had several other situations over the weekend, including a “Family Day” event for E.J.’s Army National Guard battalion, and a trip to the ER with my mom for another stroke scare. (she’s ok, btw, and now they’re starting to think her symptoms are actually being caused by migraines instead of her heart) In each of these, we made sure we had compliant snacks packed so that we could quash any hunger until we could get solid Whole30 meals.
The result – not a blip in cravings, or in weight. My weight stayed steady for the week, and I consider that a victory in and of itself.