Whole 30 week 2 recap / by Annie Hall

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Week 2 was much better than week 1 ! I am feeling lighter, never bloated, and my energy has been higher. I also find that I don't need to snack as often as I did in Week 1. The Whole 30 program doesn't really advocate for snacking between every meal, so i've been trying to keep that in mind. As I approach lunch-time I still get REALLY hungry (which is normal for me), but generally try to only snack mid-afternoon. (Sometimes I get caught up in work and forget to go grab whatever snack it is that I brought for the day.) 

The prep is getting to me a bit. I feel like i'm constantly cooking, and when i'm not cooking i'm planning what groceries to get for something that we need to make. It takes a LOT of preparation to have three meals a day ready to go for two people. This week we tried some awesome recipes (and some made up on the fly) listed below: 

1. Homemade breakfast sausage from the Primal Palate  : these have been a huge addition to our breakfasts considering we cannot find sugar free bacon (so far) anywhere locally. They smell amazing when they are cooking. 

2. Lettuce wrap tacos from Multiply Delicious: this is a super easy go-to. Even when we are not on the Whole 30 I love to make these 

3. Frie-cut sweet potatoes using Mandolin just slice (carefully!), season with coconut oil and salt and pepper and bake. These are a great add on to our breakfasts and a side at dinner. I can't get enough!

4. Local Salmon with avocado mango salsa: similar recipe here. We used frozen mango instead of oranges, and had broccoli as a side instead of bok choy. 

5. Pork Chops with Applesauce from the Whole 30 cookbook: I'm typically not a fan of Pork Chops, but these were so flavorful and amazing. The meal was quick, simple, and delicious. The Pork was from our local farmers market (Green City Market) and from Jake's Country Meats.  

Sam and I have found the weekends to be especially challenging on the Whole 30. In Chicago, our weekends are usually filled with outings with friends, trying the many new/ amazing restaurants, or watching some sort of sporting event.... all of which typically involve alcohol + delicious food. I'm not a huge drinker, but I'm realizing how much I miss having a glass of wine during the week, or my favorite beer. It's hard in social situations to always be the one who "can't" have something. Clearly, we are doing this by choice, but still, it draws attention to you when you are not partaking in something that everyone else is! 

Overall, Week 2 has been significantly better than Week 1. I have been suffering from on and off headaches for most of my adult life, and this week was a headache-free week. I don't want to speak too soon, but this is huge for me! My energy levels have been much higher than Week 1 also. I haven't been working out nearly as much as I typically do, so I can't speak to energy levels there, but hopefully I will have many Tiger Blood fueled workouts in Weeks 3 + 4. 

Ready to tackle Week 3!