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Whole30: Day 14 Recap

Posted Aug 15 2012 8:46am
Aug 15, 2012 Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Blog | 28 comments

From August 1 through August 23, I’m documenting my Whole30, including the when, what, where, and how much of my sleep, activity, food, and mood. Read about why I’m doing the Whole30 right here. Not familiar with the Whole30? Learn all about it here and get extra help with the Whole30 Daily.

I needed to write Chapter 17 of today, and I’m ever so grateful that I woke up feeling alert and motivated. Mission accomplished; chapter done! I get two rewards: Kundalini Yoga today and a visit from the fabulous Jude of SmartSexyPaleo.

Sleep 7 hours — 10:00 to 5:00. (I forgot to take Melatonin last night, so I slept well but not nearly long enough.)

Kundalini Yoga: We did a long kriya set that targeted the adrenal system, which meant lots of core work, breathing, holding our arms in odd positions, and being comfortable with being uncomfortable. It was brilliant.

I’ve found my appetite is less ravenous, and I feel better if I eat in a 11-hour window — usually between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. so I can stop eating about 2-3 hours before going to bed — and don’t snack between meals or before bed. Because I’m dealing with my thyroid experiment, I’m measuring and tracking my food right now. I aim for 40% fat, 30% protein, 30% carbs.

Breakfast, 6:30 a.m.
1/2 cup blueberries
4 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast + 1/2 cup sweet potatoes + 1 cup cauliflower + 1 teaspoon coconut oil + Lebanese 7-Spice Powder

Lunch, 3:00 p.m.
1 cup Chocolate Chili
1/2 large cucumber
1 cup snap peas
1/2 cup raspberries
2 Brazil nuts
1 teaspoon Sunbutter

Dinner, 7:30 p.m. — Firebowl Cafe
4 ounces beef + broccoli + snap peas + scallions + red bell pepper w/ Thai lemongrass basil sauce
side salad w/ garlic dressing

Productive! Excited to be done with the chapter and see Jude!

Photo Video of the Day
I worked like the devil was on my tail today, but in the afternoon, I took a break to look at The 20 Awesomest GIFs of Cats Being Dicks, which I thoroughly enjoyed (#3 on page 3 was my favorite). I also was delighted by this video:

Song of the Day
The Closing Ceremony of the Olympics reminded me how much I like this bouncy song, and how much I just enjoy Jessie J’s antics in general. I mean, look at these photos. That is a girl who celebrates herself on a regular basis. Plus, there’s the hair. Of course I love the hair.

  1. I’m doing my first Whole30, and I’m halfway through…it’s been amazing! Just wanted to say hi, and also ask where you found the Whole30 banner at the top of your post? Does Whole 9 have a badges page or anything like that? If not, can I pinch it (and link it back to the Whole30 site, of course)? I’d love to include it in my Whole30 posts.


  2. Mel says:

    Congrats on making it halfway. YAY!

    You can get a badge that says you’re doing the Whole30 here:

    And this badge is for when you’ve completed the Whole30!

  3. Angie says:


    I am curious what time you take your melatonin?


  4. Lee says:

    I’m loving the whole30, everyday is a challenge and the whole experience is certainly a emotional rollacoaster. I’m a hobbiest surf blogger and I have been posting my daily progress which has attracted some interest. Now I’m known at the crossFit box as the Paleo Surfer. A friend of mine had asked if I had looked at day one’s video, compared to day 14, and boy you can see a difference. Check out day 14′s post We love the well fed book and make many references to it through out, so thanks for your efforts on the book.

  5. Emily says:

    I’m *starting* a whole30 today … and it just so happens that we have an office party this afternoon. I’ll need extra motivation to keep my hands off all the carbs and sweets that I’m sure will be calling my name! Looking forward to trying out some of the Well Fed recipes I haven’t made yet! Your Paleo Pad Thai is to die for.

    • Mel says:

      Good luck this afternoon. You can do it! Just be stubborn. ABSOLUTELY REFUSE to eat anything that’s not Whole30. Make it your mission. Let it suck. Then later, you can celebrate!

      • Emily says:


        What I ate: broccoli, cauliflower, baby carrots and watermelon chunks.

        What I resisted: wine. cheese. cookies. potato chips. Rice Krispie treats. And RED. VELVET. CUPCAKES. I deserve a medal.

  6. Mrs. F says:

    Lulz on the a-hole cat.

    Mel, I noticed that you tend to eat what I would consider a fairly conservative amount of protein. I understand that you are on a specific regimen for your thyroid. Is that related? Do you eat additional protein on weight lifting days?

    Also, I wanted to know if there is any shortcut for the long soak to jicama (microwaving?).

    • Mel says:

      The amount I’m eating isn’t directly thyroid related. I take in about 1400-1500 calories per day, and I try to keep it at 40% fat, 30% carb, 30% protein, which is why I get about 3.5-4 ounces of protein per meal.

      Because of my thyroid issues, my metabolism is like a slug. When I eat more, I pack on weight. I’m going to have a basal metabolic rate test done in September to determine my caloric needs, and adjust my calories up/down to accommodate that. For now, I’m following this plan because I think it’s enough calories to support me RIGHT NOW. As my thyroid medication kicks in (I hope!) my metabolism should speed up, then I’ll need to possibly adjust my diet to lose weight. We’ll see.

      I tried MANY methods for the jicama and the long soak in the crockpot worked the best. Sorry!

  7. Adina says:

    I am also doing my first Whole30, so far so good. Love the blog and absolutely loved Cats Being Dicks!!! Just what I needed midway through my day. Thanks

  8. Jennifer says:

    Love the GIF of the cat on the Roomba–hilarious! And I had a cat that did the Teddy thing but with glass candlesticks off the mantelpiece…

    But honestly, loving the blog and your Eat Well cookbook. Only on day 3 of my 30, but feeling great already. Making your Moroccan Meatballs tonight!

  9. Jessica says:

    Things I have learned after stalking your blog and reading your cookbook 1) I need to buy some spice combos that are not located at Wal-Mart 2) I need to stop overthinking what I will eat for each meal and just put some clean food into the fridge and GO 3) I need to stop thinking that I can’t do this thing. Thank you for being such an inspiration!

  10. Candice says:

    sunbutter vs. almond butter? whats your vote?

    • Mel says:

      I like both for different things.

      Sunbutter tastes more like peanut butter, and it’s creamier, so I like it for Sunshine Sauce… and on a spoon.

      Almond butter is “grittier” and I like the taste, but it definitely tastes like almonds.

  11. Naima says:

    I wanted you to know that I have been using your book exclusively through my whole 30 challenge. I love everyone of your recipes, but the Cauliflower Rice Pilaf is by far the one I can’t live without!

    Thanks for helping me become a cook…and a very good cook at that!

    Day 15 and feel great so far!

  12. Hillary says:

    Thank you so much for your amazing blog posts. They really give me inspiration and meal ideas, I also love love your cookbook! My one question that I am stuck on is knowing how much protein I should be eating. I am very detail oriented and would love have a general idea of how much as I am trying to shed some weight. Thanks for all you do! Hillary

    • Mel says:

      Hey, Hillary! There are differing opinions on how much protein to eat. I follow the guidelines outlined by Melissa & Dallas of Whole9, which means I eat a portion of protein that’s about as big and thick as the palm of my hand. For me, that works out to about 4 ounces of protein at each meal, and I eat three times per day. That might be a good place for you to start. You can be nerdy like I was. I put chicken on my hand until my palm was covered, then I weighed it. Hope this helps!

  13. Kate says:

    Hi Mel,

    Great day today because your book arrived in my daily post!! Yay! It looks totally fab and I excited to give the scotch eggs and zuchinni noodles a go this weekend.

    Just a quick question (I really hope you don’t mind because it’s probably a very basic one): what is a hot plate? In New Zealand it’s a piping hot stone over 300 degrees celcius that you cook your meat on at the table but that doesn’t seem to be the same as what you call a hot plate. Anyway…..just a brief description would be most appreciated.

    Thanks for all the foodie inspiration (given I’m a creative culinary novice your book is going to be a godsend)


    • Mel says:

      The “Hot Plate” is just the name I made up for meals that are made from sauteed vegetables and meats. If you read that chapter of the book, it should make sense.

  14. Michelle Bunderson says:

    Hi Mel,

    I am new to your blog (I found you through Dean Dwyer) and I am absolutely loving it-I think the term lurker applies, LOL!

    As a recent hypothyroid *victim*, I have been also trying to tweak my diet and figure out what will work for me- I have always been very active but I am very new to the Paleo way of eating (followed CW for way too long, to my detriment) and I was wondering:

    1) what are your thoughts are on IF/Eat Stop Eat style of eating? Have you tried it?

    I tried it a couple years ago when I was a SUGAR addict/burner and I don’t know if it contributed to my thyroid issues because I was doing it wrong…

    2) Do you still count your WW points? I know you lost a lot of weight with WW so how does that way of thinking fit in with your new Paleo lifestyle? They are so different but I think they COULD be implemented together. Have you tried their new PointsPlus system?

    3) Did you know that if you are digestive issues/runny stomach you will NOT absorb your thyroid meds?

    I been battling IBS for as long as I can remember and found out I am allergic to all types of grains and legumes in addition to, well, just breathing (LOL seriously allergic to everything).

    I have cut those things out for the past couple weeks and stomach much better, but I had DOUBLED my dose, not knowing why it wasn’t working but my stomach issues are likely the cause!

    How is your hunger on your current plan? Have you lost any weight in the past 2 weeks? I have found since I have eating Paleo, my calories are so high since I was so fat-phobic before! I often my already at 1400-1500 between breakfast and lunch but then I am not hungry for dinner so will often skip it (which I never used to do). Do you think this could be too much of a stress for someone who is already hormonally imbalanced (I have very irregular, almost absent, menstrual cycles as well).

    I am so overwhelmed, sometimes I cannot sleep at night just thinking of all this stuff! Any input would be appreciated.

    Thanks so much for all your help and for what you do!!!

    • Mel says:

      I’m going to do my best to answer your questions…

      1. I PERSONALLY don’t think Intermittent Fasting is a good idea for me, based on my adrenal issues, thyroid challenges, past yo-yo dieting,and the fact that I’m a woman. But it’s a personal choice you need to make. There is some good info here about why IF might not be a great idea for women:

      2. I no longer go to Weight Watchers or count points. I do keep a food log and sometimes use FitDay to calculate my overall calories and percentage from fat, protein, and carbs, but only occasionally to stay on track.

      3. Yes.

      Re: losing weight. I can’t really advise you on how many calories you should eat because that’s based on your activity level, how your hormones are working together, and a whole host of other issues. Skipping dinner might not be a good idea for you if your systems is already stressed, but again, I can’t really say because I don’t know your whole situation.

      You must get sleep, so try not to stress too much about amounts and calories. Eat paleo foods in quantities that make you feel satisfied, and try to get good restful sleep.


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