I asked QM for advice. She thought about it and said this,
Hmmm….top 3 tips….. I may have to think on this. But I do say giving up the coffee is a good thing. It will challenge you. If you can do that, you can do anything. (Although doing it in January in the Netherlands may not be the easiest.) It IS a challenge and it will be tough, as it should be.
1 – Accept that it will be difficult; prepare yourself for victory. Visualize your options on day 31.
2 – You’ve probably read this one before, but have lots of fats on hand to combat sweet cravings. Want something sweet? Eat some fat. I really like unsweetened coconut chips tossed with cinnamon and salt.
3. I found it EASIER the first time around if I ate three proper meals with no snacking. Eating begets eating (for me, anyway).
Before the Whole30, I thought I could never drink green tea without stevia. Now I drink it that way every morning. Hemp milk and stevia when I feel like a “treat”.
The taste of stevia reminds me of my diabetic grandfather. I could never figure out what that little bottle with the yellow cap on the kitchen table was for. It tasted awful to me. I’m within 5 kilos of my goal weight. And I want less of me to drag uphill in April. So I am getting ready for January and minimizing the amount of damage I can do the last 10 days of the year. So far so good.
I grilled up a big plate of vegetables tonight in coconut oil. Eggplant, red and yellow peppers, and zucchini. My kids thought I was trying to poison them. I said they were whiny babies, not men. They said real men don’t eat grilled peppers. And then they asked for more steak.