Whole30 - Day 8

Dear Whole30 diary: today my Whole30, which enjoyed such a smooth takeoff, hit some turbulence… In the form of forgetting my packed lunch at my apartment when I headed out to the office for the day. Compounding this forgetfulness was the heavy rain dousing San Francisco, and the lack of any reliable Whole30-friendly lunch options in my office’s immediate vicinity. 

The unexpected positive result of this was that I was able to skip lunch and fast until dinnertime without an onset of hangry. Obviously I experiment with intermittent fasting each day with the lack of breakfast, but this made me curious if my body would respond favorably to a much smaller daily eating window (6-9pm, for example). While I did attack the refrigerator like Godzilla when I arrived home at the apartment around 7:30pm, skipping lunch might score the benefits of fasting longer while saving the effort of planning, packing, and eating the midday meal. I am almost always booked for meetings during lunch (the cliched corporate gripe of TOO MANY MEETINGS is unfortunately a reality for me) in any case, which isn’t optimal.

So forgetting my lunch provided food for thought, if not food for eating. ☺️

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is one of the wellness trends that’s been increasing in popularity lately, as this Google snapshot of interest in “intermittent fasting” as a search terms shows. Seems like folks are increasingly motivated to research intermittent fasting in January, however, which isn’t unusual for a concept related to health and fitness. 

Google Trends - Intermittent Fasting

If you’re curious about intermittent fasting, you don’t need to Google it: my favorite summary of the research supporting intermittent fasting is collection in this roundup of 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting.

Back on the topic of my Whole30, I posted a visual summary of most of the food I consumed on Instagram (minus the snacks):

As for the rest of it…

Whole30 Day 8 Food

  • Breakfast: hot water with lemon and pink Himalayan salt
  • Lunch: none
  • Snacks: side of homemade sweet potato “chips” + 2 pieces of pork belly + 2 pieces of bacon + 3 dill pickle spears + an apple
  • Dinner: garlic sage pork meatballs + side of blistered green beans + side of homemade sweet potato “chips” + half a roasted beet 
  • Fluids: black coffee, tea, La Croix
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