My husband and I are continuing on our Whole30 journey! We have successfully made it through Days 8 – 14, also known as the hardest days. We’ve survived and even better, we’re thriving! And we haven’t killed each other yet. I count these all as wins.
If you want to check out how our journey into Whole30 started and how Week 1 went for us, you can do that here:
The 2nd week is hard. No sugar coating here. The bloom is off the rose. In the first week, you’re excited. All your planning is in effect and you’re proud of yourself. You’re using new kitchen gadgets and trying new recipes. But by the second week, you’re tired of cooking, you’re tired of dishes, you’re tired of eggs (so. many. eggs) and you’re starting to wonder if this is worth it.
Can I really do this for another 2 – 3 weeks?
The answer is yes you can! Here are a few tips to get you through your second week of Whole30.
Join an Online Community
Hopefully you have a friend or a spouse that you are doing Whole30 with. Having someone else who understands how you’re feeling makes a HUGE difference. If you don’t have a partner (and really, even if you do), I would encourage you to find an online community of people who are in the same stage of Whole30 as you. I joined the Whole30 Tough Love group on Facebook (you can search for it) and it’s been SO helpful. The men and women there are at the same stage as me, so when I’m feeling tired, bloated, bored with my food or hungry for a Snickers, I go there and someone talks me down.
Probiotics and ACV
Speaking of bloating……yikes. On the Whole30, your intestines are beginning to heal from all of the damage that sugar and processed food has done to them. The result is a sloughing off of the inner lining. That sounds pleasant, doesn’t it? The result is some not so fun stomach issues. Additionally, you’ve increased your veggie intake by a LOT (I might turn green from all the broccoli, zucchini and spinach) and this can also wreak havoc on your intestines. I would suggest a probiotic to help balance out your stomach.
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Many over the counter probiotics that I thought were healthy are not compliant with the Whole30. I was SHOCKED at the junk that are in many of them. Chemicals that I could not begin to spell. You can do your research, but Klaire Labs makes a compliant probiotic that works really well.
Another thing I’ve found helpful is drinking Apple Cider Vinegar. It’s good for a TON of things, but it also helps to restore and balance the pH in your body. I’ve been drinking a glass every day and it makes a huge difference. I use Bragg Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, which you can find in most grocery stores.
Some people also drink Kombucha, a fermented tea that you can find in most grocery stores. Just make sure that you check the ingredients, because some of them have sugar.
On day 7 of the Whole30, I expected to come out of the carb flu and start feeling better. That didn’t happen. My energy was very low and I realized I wasn’t eating enough. Who knew this would ever be a problem for me?! Once I added a little more protein and fat to each meal, my energy definitely improved! Remember that this is NOT a diet or weight loss program, it’s a reset. Make sure you are fueling your body properly.
Simplify Your Meals
If you pinned 95 different Whole30 recipes and you tried to make them all during your first week, you’re probably really tired of cooking. I did not want to have to make one more meal that required 20 different ingredients and eleventy different types of pans. During this second week, I used my Instant Pot and Crockpot A LOT. (Side note, if you have not bought an Instant Pot, stop what you’re doing, open Amazon and order one. I can hard boil eggs in 5 minutes. It’s changed my life.)
Being able to throw meat into my Instant Pot and have it cook FOR ME was a big mental relief, especially since I work and our nights are busy with kids activities. Here are a few of the recipes that I made during the second week.
Instant Pot Carnitas. I served them on cauliflower rice, with guac and salsa. TO DIE FOR.
Instant Pot Chicken. We eat a lot of chicken and it’s easier to have the Instant Pot make it for me.
Instant Pot Pot Roast. The whole family can eat this, just add a baked potato or sweet potato and a salad.
Slow Cooker Gumbo. The bonus with this is the veggies are in it too, so your whole meal is done!
This is the Instant Pot that I have. It’s my new best friend:
What Do I Do With My Feelings
I think my biggest struggle during this second week was not knowing what to do when I was stressed, tired or moody. I am definitely an emotional eater, so I had to figure out what to do with those feelings instead of eating Cheez-its and M&M’s. The benefit of this is that I’m starting to learn the difference between when I’m hungry and when I’m just craving comfort.
Melissa Hartwig uses the HALT method and it’s helped me a lot. If you think you’re hungry, ask yourself first if you’re angry, lonely or tired. If you are and you’re not hungry enough to eat steamed fish and broccoli, then you aren’t actually hungry. You’re trying to self-soothe with food.
I’m still working on this, but a couple of things I’ve done to help are:
- Bought myself a new book I’ve been dying to read.
- Started drinking herbal tea. I’m a fan of the Celestial Seasonings Peach Passion. If this sounds annoying to you, I get it. Before Whole30, if someone had told me to sip herbal tea when I wanted to eat, I would have told them to jump off a bridge. But this actually works for me. You’re free to still be annoyed.
- Go outside. Walk your dog, Play with your kids. Get your mind off of whatever negative feeling you’re having.
The Nitty Gritty
Here is the bad news about the second week of Whole30. Days 10 and 11 are statistically when most people quit. The newness of Whole 30 has worn off and it just seems too hard for them. But this is not you. Because you are not a quitter.
Here is the good news about the second week of Whole30. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. By Day 14, I was starting to get in a groove and get some energy back. This is actually my journal entry from that day:
When I hit Day 15 and knew I was halfway there, it was a HUGE motivator!
One last thing. The picture above is from The Whole30 Day by Day: Your Daily Guide to Whole30 Success by Melissa Hartwig and it has been a lifesaver. Every day, it tells you how you can expect to feel physically and mentally, gives you a place to write down your meals, record how you feel and see where you need improvement. It’s like Melissa is in your house talking you through each day. I’m not sure I could have gotten this far without it.
So there you go. Days 8 – 14 of Whole30 are in the books and we keep going strong!
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