How to Handle Cravings on Whole30

I am a big snack person. I like to have a little something throughout the day. It makes me feel better.

But the Whole30 program don’t like you to snack. Grazing is not-so-good habit.

So what happens when you crave a snack?

First, I ask myself if I’m really hungry. Or just bored. Or stressed. Figure out the root cause of why you want to snack.

Then, I’ll make myself a cup of hot tea. If I’m not really hungry, the tea with kill my craving.

But sometimes around 3 p.m. My lunch has left me, and I need a snack. Since I hadn’t been packing snacks in my lunch box, and I figured out I was really hungry. I did the next best thing.

I ate a small packet of almond butter. I felt weird about it at first, but it’s no different than when I use to eat a spoonful of peanut butter.

My suggestion is to keep emergency snacks for times when you are truly hungry. Try the tea trick. And see what happens.

I can honestly say this round of Whole30 hasn’t been full of craving.

What emergency snacks do you keep on hand?

What If…

What if you could eat the foods I cooked every day? 

What if they were available to you in the correct portion size?

What if all you had to do was reheat and eat?

Would you be down for that?

People have been asking me to make food for them for as long as o can remember. Comments on photos and blog posts. Direct messages on Facebook. And I’ve always kind of thought of it as the highest compliment. 

But what if I did do it?

Would you be interested?

I’m taking a poll. To see how many people are interested in homemade lunches and/or dinners. This is all purely an experiment to see if there is interest.

If you respond, I’ll create a menu, and we will see what happens. 

Leave your comments, and let me know what you think. 

Day 27: Almost. There.

I really can’t believe it’s almost over. So much work is finally coming to an end. The amount of time I spend cooking will go down considerably. I do want to make sure we continue to eat well for lunch and dinner. But I miss eating breakfast in the cafeteria of my office, and the Boyfriend doesn’t really like breakfast. He usually saves his breakfast for lunch time.

Tonight’s supper was a pan fried pork chop seasoned with a garlic, sea salt and peppercorn rub and a side of roasted broccoli and sautéed mushrooms. 

I was weary the pork chop would be weird since it wasn’t dredged in flour, but the rub made it delightful. And those crispy edges were a highlight for me. 

The thing I wanted to share with you is my night time snack. 

Every night I enjoy a cup of decaf black coffee with a sweet Whole30 compliant treat. 

Some nights it’s a Larabar. Tonight, it was a sliced banana with a smear of almond butter and sprinkle of allspice and cinnamon. Tasted like a delightful spice cake. Just what I needed to round out my savory meal. 

The Whole30 encourages you to kick you sweet tooth habits. And I have for the most part. But sometimes you need a treat, and this is what I’ve been choosing. 

Main thing is I’m not going to feel guilty for loving an almond butter smeared banana. Or a Larabar. Whole30 has taught me I control whatever I eat. Nobody else. Just me. I choose bananas over cake. Or grilled chicken over fried chicken. Or sautéed veggies over French fries. 

My relationship with food hasn’t changed. I still love it. But I definitely respect it more than I did. I’ve always known the food I eat fuels my body, but Whole30 has given me a clear view of what life without certain things can be like. 

I can say confidently there will be Whole30 approved meals in our weekly routine. I can also say I know we will incorporate things we haven’t eaten in 30 days. The occasionally sweet treat. The celebratory beverage. The vacation foods. But we will have the knowledge that we can do Whole30 choices anytime we want. And do it well. 

I feel empowered to be in control of what I’m eating now that Whole30 is ending. There will probably be a few days of no-so-good choices, but then we go back to what we know. 

Meat. Eggs. Vegetables. Fruits. Nuts. 

This is Supper

I’ve been eating a ton of junk food. The more junk food I eat, the more I want junk food. They should call it funk food.

Let me just tell you about the past couple days. Chick-Fil-A. Chinese food. Tropical Smoothie…twice. 

This has been going on for at least three weeks. And I can totally tell. I’m lethargic. And cranky. And all I want to do is stuff my face full of Oreos. It’s stupid. 

In my defense, it’s been a really busy week. But that’s no excuse. I can do better. My priorities are out of whack.

So I tried to fix it with supper tonight. I channeled the mantra my mom preached to me while sitting at the dinner table when I was a little girl.

This. Is. Supper.   

She’d say this because I had a tendency to not eat whatever she cooked for supper, and then I’d ask for cereal or scrambled eggs or little green peas at 10’o clock at night. 

I made a turkey sandwich on a whole wheat English muffin. I topped it with cheese, greens and a bit of ranch dressing. There was also a side of baby carrots.   

And that is supper.

Not fast food. Not junk food. Just a light meal to help get me on the right track. 

Snacky Supper

Some days you just don’t want to cook.

I get it. Totally. 

Today was one of those days for me. 

So when I’m feeling lazy, I make snacky suppers. A hodgepodge of things to satisfy my lazy bones. 

This is kind of a sad version of it. But it was still delicious and exactly what I wanted. 

  • Pepperoni 
  • Sesame crackers
  • White sharp cheddar cheese 
  • Herb goat cheese

There also was a side of red wine. A heart healthy addition. 😉