Just yesterday I decided that I wanted to do a mini Whole30 reset. Why? Because I'm feeling pretty blah. I've been following my macros for a couple of months and while that is going well, I find myself relying a lot on foods I wouldn't normally be eating just to make sure I hit my macro numbers for the day. I'm leaving for Hawaii next week on Saturday so my plan is for this to be a Whole6.5. I just want to feel the best I can for this race, even though it isn't my goal race.
My current carb staples involve a lot of white rice (which is fine), gluten-free pasta, gluten-free bread, gluten-free granola, and the occasional cookie or other baked good (not gluten-free). Now, I just posted on Instagram about how I eat those things and I don't beat myself up over it, so you might be wondering why I'm suddenly making a big stinking deal out of it. Well, it's because I don't feel great. I'm not mad at myself for eating a leftover St. Patrick's day sugar cookie with delicious frosting...I just didn't feel great after. And eating those things makes me want to eat more of those things, which makes me feel worse. I also don't feel like I'm eating enough vegetables. This is due to pure laziness on my part. However, if vegetables are where I'm going to get my carbs for the next 6 days, then you can bet I'm going to eat a lot of veggies!
I think it's important that I stick with my macros in order to ensure that I'm properly fueling my athletic activity (of which there was very little this week), but I need to do a better job of eating high quality foods. I know that there's some controversy about this in the food world - if you are eating macros, quality doesn't exactly matter, but I disagree (you can read my post about why Paleo and Macros are better together if you want more info on that subject). I also know that it's going to be a bit of a challenge to hit my carb macros and stay under my fat macros, but I'm not one to shy away from a challenge.
The Whole30 website does not recommend a mini Whole30 unless you've done at least three full Whole30s. I have not. I've done 1.5. Do I care? Nope, I'm doing it anyway, because my life = my rules. The Whole30 website also cautions against tracking things while you are doing a Whole30 because the whole point is to get back in touch with what your body tells you it needs. If I weren't training for a race I 100% would not track, but I need to know that I'm getting the right amount of fuel, otherwise I will literally eat my weight in sweet potatoes.
Curious what I ate today?
Breakfast: Scramble + coffee
Lunch: Arugula salad with turkey and apple + grapes
Dinner: Salmon cakes, oven fries, and roast broccoli
Dessert: Banana + almond butter
Here's a link to a document with the recipes (including macro info) for everything I ate. Keep in mind that I'm eating to meet some very specific macros (hence the snack). Let me know if you want help calculating macros for yourself (email me or leave a comment on this post)!
If you want to follow along with what I'm eating this week, come join me over on Instagram (@martha_florence) where I'm sharing my daily eats via my IG Story!