The next few days you should start to feel the advantages of clean eating.      Your energy levels should be returning to normal – maybe even better than normal.    This is also a time you may be having dreams about food – even foods you don’t like or don’t normally eat.    “This phase gets really intense and for some people, this is the part of the program where our minds try to drive us back to the comfort of the foods we used to know. Our food relationships are deeply rooted and strongly reinforced throughout the course of our lives and breaking through them is really big deal. Journaling can be especially enlightening and helpful during this phase, and helpful for reflection later. Take some time to jot down what you’re craving, how you’re feeling and what tools you’re using to work through the cravings.” (www.whole30.com)

Weekends can be tough being out of your  routine.    There is no structure to your days and nights.   You’ve worked hard all week.     It’s now time for you.

Plan how you are going to get through the weekend.

Heading to a party or social gathering?     Make a dish you know you can eat.    I’ve been hearing lots of great things about this:  http://paleomg.com/almost-5-ingredient-pizza-spaghetti-pie/   Bring your own drink – club soda, seltzer water – with lemon/limes and/or a few olives.     Head to EA’s Whole30 Potluck tonight.     Make the focus on the people – not the food!

Heading to a restaurant?    Check out the menu and decide what you will order before you get there.    Ask them not to bring bread to the table.     Be specific when placing your order.  A good restaurant will work with you to get you what you want.    If you can’t find anything on the menu, ask for any type of meat grilled and a double order of grilled or steamed veggies.

Pick a day to get ready for next week.      Shop, chop and cook.     Have several meals made before you start the work week.

Treat yourself – get a massage, go for a walk in the woods, read a book, get in an extra wod, have a pedicure.   Be good to yourself.   You’ve earned it.