The end of the 4th week is here, awesome! Just two more days to go and I will be able to start adding the restricted food! First of all dairy products. On Wednesday, I will be allowed to eat yogurt, cream or drink milk! That’s so amazing! I believe it will be the best yogurt I ever had in my life 😀 I am literally counting minutes!

Oh well, I have to calm down now and write something about the 4th week. To be honest, on Monday I still felt like apathetic, without a taste for any food and was just determined to finish the program with whatever food. But somehow this feeling changed on Tuesday and I decided that I will enjoy the last remaining days and will try to cook unusual meals that I never cooked before or at least those I cook very rarely.

I had to stay at home with my daughter as she got ill (yes, again) and so I had enough time for my experiments. The first meal I tried was a Shepherd’s pie which I never tried cooking before (however, I ate it few times while working in London and I loved it). I was cooking the pie around 2.5 hours and I have to say it is really labor intensive meal! And what was the best – my daughter didn’t like it so I had to eat the whole pie myself 😀

The other meals I tried were borsc or pumpkin soup. My daughter didn’t like any of them 😀 She just doesn’t like healthy meals, what can I do? At least my friend, who came for a visit, had a piece of the pie and my ex-husband and his family had some borsc, so they helped me a bit. And they liked it, phew! 😀

In this week, I should be already used to eat 3 times per day (Yeah, don’t have any issues with it), I should sleep better (Yup, I sleep like a baby, around 6-7 hours), I should be resistant to smells from the bakery (are you kidding me? I had a dream about the fresh bread smell few days ago and can’t wait to bite some!) and I shouldn’t have munchies (Hahaha…it happened to me that I was dreaming about biting Bounty, chocolate cake or Lindt pralines and woke up in shock that it was only a dream). But to be honest, I am very happy that I (almost) managed to go through this challenge.

So, here is some evaluation of the program. Firstly, for the whole program I didn’t use my diabetes pills and my sugar was almost perfect (except the morning sugar in the first two weeks, after that it was perfect as well). Secondly, I can feel I lost some weight and I am very curious about how much. However, I am already wearing clothes that were forgotten in my drawer for some time and it feels really good. And thirdly, I found out that I can have a very strong will when I decide to achieve something. One example for all – on Saturday I went with my daughter to see the lighting of a Christmas tree on the Old Town Square and she wanted me to buy her Trdelnik, which I love. So I smelled like cinnamon-vanilla heaven and I could hear the crispy caramelized sugar when she was biting it. And at the end, she gave the rest of it to me that she can’t anymore. So I was holding it in my hands the whole way home, smelling it and still didn’t taste it! Omg, I am so buying it as soon as this challenge ends!

So, that was my last whole week of the Whole30 challenge. I am so excited about the next week!

Day 22

  • Breakfast: Mixed 1/2 avocado with 1/2 banana and blueberries, cashew nuts, walnut
  • Lunch: Baked turkey breasts with potatoes, roasted vegetables (onion, red and orange pepper, beetroot, green beans)
  • Dinner: Caraway soup (lots of caraway seeds, ghee, carrot, potatoes, egg)

Day 23

  • Breakfast: 2 slices of Schwarzwald ham, piece of fresh kohlrabi, carrot and cucumber
  • Lunch: Shepard’s pie (baked minced pork and beef meat and a piece of baked turkey meat from the previous day, onion, carrot,  beetroot, garlic, thyme, rosemary, the mash was made from 1/2 baked Hokkaido pumpkin, 1/2 boiled sweet potato, 1 boiled potato, 2 eggs), cherry tomatoes, carrot, cucumber
  • Dinner: Apple (I ate the lunch pretty late and wasn’t able to eat for dinner anything else than this)

Day 24

  • Breakfast: 2 slices of Schwarzwald ham, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, kohlrabi, blueberries, various nuts
  • Lunch: Baked chicken leg with grilled potatoes, zucchini, sweet potato, fresh cherry tomatoes, cucumber (I know there are not many vegetables but I invited my friend for lunch and as we were talking, I managed to burn most of the grilled vegetables 😀 oh well, at least we had a good talk :D)
  • Dinner: Shepard’s pie from yesterday

Day 25

  • Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with ghee, fresh carrot, cucumber and cherry tomatoes (I tried scrambled eggs after some time hoping it would taste better to me but nope, the same suffering as before 😦 )
  • Lunch: Shepard’s pie again (Well, I made lots of it and I am the only one eating so what! :D)
  • Dinner: Pumpkin soup (rest of the baked pumpkin from the Shepard’s pie, sweet potatoes, potatoes, onion

Day 26

  • Breakfast: Pork pie, vinegar, fresh cucumber, cherry tomatoes (I love this meal! It’s traditional food in Czech mostly people eat it on New Year with vinegar, fresh onion and slice of bread)
  • Lunch: Kebab with a vegetable salad (My second meal in a restaurant, it was very very yummy!)
  • Dinner: Pumpkin soup

Day 27

  • Breakfast: Pork pie again
  • Lunch: Borsc (beef meat, pork meat, sauerkraut, beetroot, potatoes, onion, carrot, tomato purée)
  • Dinner: And guess what – the pumpkin soup

Day 28

  • Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, cucumber, radish, cherry tomatoes, carrot
  • Lunch: Turkey minced meat, grilled potatoes, onion, sweet potato, yellow pepper, fresh salad (various green and red salads)
  • Dinner: Sauerkraut soup (sauerkraut, potatoes, carrot, sweet paprika, onion, smoked pork meat)