Good morning sunshine! It’s 7:17am on Saturday morning, I am sipping coffee and excitedly writing this post because TIGER BLOOD HAS ARRIVED! Now that I think about it, it kicked in yesterday when I woke up before my alarm...at 4:23am (I had the 5:30am shift). “Tiger Blood” feels different for everyone-- for me, it’s waking up ready to start the day with crystal-clear intention and enthusiasm to tackle my To-Do List. Read this aside from the Whole30 Pros about Tiger Blood:
“nearly all Whole30’ers experience most (if not all) of the benefits we mentioned, but it’s not always a light-switch experience, and the change might not be as dramatic originally portrayed...
here is a NEW definition, based on the experiences of the folks in the trenches, slugging it out one day at a time (and sometimes for 45 or 60 days instead of 30).
Days 16-27: Tiger Blood!
You’ve hit the downhill slope of your Whole30 and life is beautiful—which means different things for different people. For some (generally people who came to the program eating well, exercising regularly, and feeling pretty good to begin with), Tiger Blood means we flipped a switch and turned on the awesome. Energy is through the roof, cravings are under control, clothes are fitting better, and workouts are stronger – lookout, world, you’re on fire.
For others, this Tiger Blood feels more like a real sense of self-efficacy. It doesn’t mean things are perfect (or even easy), but you’re proving to yourself that you can do this, things are getting better, and you’re seeing improvements almost daily. Your energy is steadier, you’ve got a firmer handle on cravings, and you’re experimenting with new, delicious foods. You may notice that your ability to focus is keener, your body composition is changing, your moods are more stable, you’re stepping up your exercise, or you’re just plain happier these days.
Of course, this may not happen like magic at the halfway point. There are a huge number of factors that influence which benefits you see and when. If you’re one of those folks who has hit the halfway mark and isn’t seeing or feeling the dramatic changes others have reported*, know this: You’re not doing it wrong. If you began the Whole30 with a medical condition, a long and rooted history of unhealthy food habits, or a chronically stressful lifestyle, your “magic” may take longer to appear, and probably won’t be a “light switch” moment. Lose your expectations of what “Tiger Blood” should feel like—be patient, and be on the lookout for small, gradual improvements to keep you motivated. Slow and steady still wins this race.
*There really is no such thing as a “typical” Whole30. Honestly. There are just trends and common occurrences.”
Last week I didn’t eat through my planned meals, so I’ll finish off what’s in the fridge and likely go food shopping on Wednesday. Here’s the plan:
Chia pudding with sliced banana, coconut flakes and a protein (probably 1 HB egg)
Sweet potato toast with avocado and HB egg (sprinkle with Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel Seasoning)
Arugula Salad with chopped vegetables and pear. Top with fancy oil and vinegar dressing. Add boiled egg or canned salmon for protein. ← still LOVING this combination.
Finish off kale and vegetable soup, add shrimp for protein
Asian baked cod and slaw -- marinate cod in a mixture of lime juice + sesame oil + garlic + coconut aminos. Bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes. Serve over a bed of slaw dressed in this asian dressing (from week 2). Top with a sprinkle of sunflower seeds.
I was happy to get outside last week because we’re expecting some serious snow and ice which may throw a wrench in my outdoor strolls for a couple days. Foam rolling only happened 1x because I wasn’t as sore as the previous week. Nonetheless, I should do it #noexcuses.
Here are my Week 4 goals:
Prep a new batch of Kombucha. I will document on my Instagram Story for those who are curious!
Start a new book. Looking for an easy and entertaining fiction read. I need a break from academic and self-help texts.
Continue to foam roll 2x (after weight training days) for 10-15 minutes. Feeling stronger and enjoying the challenge of these workouts!
Next week I’ll introduce the Reintroduction Process for those of you who are heading into the final 10-day stretch of Whole30.