Holy cow! Halfway there #Whole30

Monday, August 25, 2014

Holy crap. I did it!
I made it to Day 15 of my #whole30 challenge.  Today was a bit weird though as I kept craving nut butter-covered banana. I first enjoyed this amazing treat yesterday.  A bunch of us rode 50+ miles from London to Brighton.  The weather was perfect for the ride.  Sunny with a slight cool breeze.  It was a casual pace, taking about 5.5 hours from start to finish.  Fueling for the ride made me nervous as I wanted to stick to my Whole30 rules. (Honestly, I get nervous anytime I have to go out into the real world and eat).  Before we left home, I filled my water bottles with tap water and juice from 1/2 lime to give it some flavor.  My pannier bag contained Urban Fruit (mango and pineapple); dried figs; mix of cashews, almonds, and dried apricots; hard boiled eggs; 2 bananas; almond butter.

Freezer and fridge are full. Should
hold me over til Thursday.
First banana I ate at a traffic light as my first snack of the ride.  The second I enjoyed at a cheeky pub stop.  Everyone else was enjoying crisps and Coke, while I had a pint of tap water and figs.  I then had the ingenious idea (late to the party, I know) to dip my banana in the nut butter.  My world has changed (but not sure if it is for the good).

M&S to the rescue!
I ate the Urban Fruit along the way, as well as the nut mix.  While everyone enjoyed their fish and chips, I had a hard boiled egg (one went all soft so I didn't dare eat it).  M&S came to the rescue for the train ride home with a house salad and olives.  I don't think I could have made it home to my lamb curry without eating my hand off (that is Whole 30, right?).

Today was a rainy day, and I took advantage by staying home and  cooking up a storm.  (Best chicken ever, red sauce inspired by this with ground beef, and curried coconut turkey inspired by nom nom paleo).

And all day long, all I craved were these nut buttery bananas.  And I ate them. Three of them.


Sugar dragon in disguise?
I don't know if yesterday's natural sugar-fueled ride has reawakened my sugar dragon.  Or I was deficient in nutrients from the ride.  Or bored.  Whatever the reason, I am disappointed that I succumbed to these cravings (seriously, I have no will power).  Tomorrow I will be back at work, with a routine, and no access to the nut butter or bananas.  I will go veg heavy tomorrow too to make up for the naughtiness of the last 2 days.

I will say I am proud of myself for planning my fuel for a long endurance session without caving in to fish and chips by the sea or bonking.  My husband thinks I need to create a #whole30 plan for athletes.  Surely there must already be one out there.  Do you know of one?


  1. awesome work :) ...and almond butter on banana is THE best snack ever! I often have one after a meal....sounds like you just didn't eat enough on the bike ride day?!
    I'd say a whole30 for athletes is exactly what we are doing...maybe just more food to account for the difference in calorie expenditure?!

    1. Thanks Elle. Do you have any suggestions on what else I can carry with me on a 5+ hour ride? (I haven't tried jerkey yet and don't think I would be keen)

  2. I think you have to keep it in perspective! I think a few nut covered bananas are a much better choice than most of the traditional recovery foods! I'm on day 4, feel better already! You're doing great!

    1. Thanks Allison. Keep me posted on your progress. :)


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