Though my posts have become scant, I’ve spent an enormous amount of time thinking and reflecting on the things that are important to me, and determining what may or may not be worth sharing on my blog. For those who don’t know, I’ve officially wrapped up my interview season for residency and am now constantly preoccupied with fretting over my rank list and deciding what the next four years of my life will look like. It’s much more stressful than I anticipated!
Beyond the difficult decisions and erratic schedule, I noticed that I just started to feel….off. I felt tired all the time, stopped paying attention to the food I was eating (note: ordering take out 2-3 times a week!), hit a rut with my workouts, and had very little energy. The number of “lazy” days I succumbed to is truly embarrassing. I was growing frustrated not only with how I felt physically but also emotionally. Outside of my own residency interview and rank list related worries, every day has felt that the world is crumbling and regressing around me (read: Trump presidency). Something needed to change.
And so I decided to try Whole 30. Perhaps a weird and possibly selfish reaction to all the struggles, I figured it was something within my control that could help me feel some sense of normalcy in a time where everything else feels like its spiraling. And, if I’m being honest? It’s working!
Whole 30 is gluten free, dairy free, sugar free eating for 30 days. The great thing about this program is that it promotes feeling better over all- emotionally and physically- giving you more energy, more motivation, and more happiness. People rave about better skin, improved mood, and feeling satisfied. This is what I needed: my own reset button.
And so I’m currently on day 9. The first week was hard, I’m not going to lie. I struggled with a lack of energy and a constant headache. I fought through some rough 12 hour emergency medicine shifts literally wanting to stuff a bowl of cereal in my face. But I kept reminding myself about why this was important to me in the first place and fought through it. Honestly? The hardest part is no dirty chai lattes or beer! It’s really taught me about the things I’d become reliant on….
In any case I’m finally starting to feel the positive effects of doing this. Someone at my gym asked me how she can get energy like mine in the morning! I’m feeling more confident and enjoying both my workouts and free time more than I have been in the past couple of months. AND the food I’m eating is delicious! Not only that, but it’s been totally manageable and hassle free using Physical Kitchness‘ 4 week plan complete with grocery lists, prep steps, and recipes. Actually, following her lead has made this even easier and faster than the way I used to cook (and it’s even faster than take out!).
Here are some of my favorites:
Beef Burrito Bowl with Cauliflower Rice
Kale, Butternut Squash, Bacon, and Egg
Balsamic Ground Beef over Roasted Red Peppers
I had a wedding shower last weekend, and ordered the steak and eggs- it wasn’t too difficult to abide by program rules when eating out! Aside from secretly wishing I could take a bite of the fabulous looking cakes and sip on a mimosa….
As it turns out, I’ve noticed I’m actually saving time and money doing this. Planning is easily 80% of the battle for me, and taking that factor out of it using a pre- planned agenda has really helped. I think ultimately this was the perfect time for me to try it- so far so good 🙂
Are there any major changes coming up for you in 2017? How are you managing?
Til next time!