Whole30: Day 4 Recap

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.

Whole30: Day 4

Ah, Saturday. Yoga. Breakfast. Library. Nap. Video shoot planning (!). Olympics. I have no complaints.

8.5 hours — I slept from 11:00 to 6:30, then used some of my deep breathing tricks from yoga to relax enough to fall back to sleep until 7:45.

Hatha yoga: We had a substitute teacher today so it wasn’t as awesome as usual. Dear substitute yoga instructors, free advice from me to you: Don’t begin the class by scolding the people there for the messy way the previous class put away the blankets, blocks, and bolsters.

Walk fail: It was 100 degrees this afternoon, and I just didn’t feel like going for a walk in that.

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.

Snack, 10:30 a.m.
1.5 ounces Romanian sausage
5 cherries

Brunch, 11:30 a.m. — Habanero Mexican Cafe
caldo de res (soup): 4 ounces beef, 1/2 large carrot, 1/2 large zucchini, salsa, lots of awesome broth

Dinner, 7:00 p.m. — Firebowl Cafe
coconut curry: 4 ounces beef, broccoli, snap peas, onions, bell peppers, coconut milk curry sauce
salad: lettuce, creamy garlic dressing
Firebowl makes Asian food to order and has a gluten-free menu. It’s one of my go-to restaurants for eating clean(ish).

Just fine. Neither awesome nor poor, just… there. I needed to take a nap this afternoon. So I didn’t.

Photo of the Day
My friend and neighbor Stef — she’s the artist who made a lot of the pottery used in Well Fed — returned from a road trip today. This is us reuniting with a hug in her front yard.


How was your Day 4?

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  • Betsy says:

    Oh, wow, thanks for the tip about Firebowl Cafe. There’s one in San Antonio! *happy dance* I figured it was going to be one of those great places that you Austinites hog for yourselves. Glad I was wrong. 😉

  • stef says:

    Hi there 🙂 Do you make your own Romanian sausage? I’ve seen a few recipes but they seem to take a few days. Was wondering if you made it and if you had a recipe to share!

    • Mel says:

      It’s a new recipe I’m working on for Well Fed V2.0. YAY! It’s what I call “shortcut” sausage … no casings, just meat, seasonings, shaping, and grilling. I need to tweak the spices a bit more.

  • jayne says:

    Wow, love Well Fed, can’t wait for Volume II. You’re the best! Even non-paleo hubby loves everything I make from Well Fed. Keep those recipes coming for those of us who are not creative, but can follow recipes. Thanks!

    • Mel says:

      Sweet! Thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying Well Fed, and I totally love it when non-paleo peeps like it, too. Good food is good food, right?!

  • Candice says:

    Subsitute teachers always throw a curve in your practice…sometimes for the better and other times not!

    What makes it difficult is when you are mentally/physically needing something routine and what you know works for you and then you walk into the studio and there is a sub…can you say curveball? Ive been there!

    • Mel says:

      I can only imagine that it’s pretty tough to be a substitute and walk into a room of people that have a relationship with another instructor. I was totally on her side, until she scolded us like we were 8 years old. Sigh.

  • I am on day 4 of my first whole30 and I am really enjoying your cookbook!

    I found this page looking for people’s experiences on day 4. I am so foggy and exhausted. I have so much inventory to put away in my shop (Peach Jam Skates – where we carry your book Rollergirl!) but I just cannot manage to do much more than drink water (and a coffee right now). Hope it passes before the weekend!

    • Mel says:

      Hello, Derby sister! Hang in there… the lethargy will pass, and then you will start feeling good. If you give in and eat sugar (or too much fruit), you won’t get past the sugar hump. YOU CAN DO IT!

      Eat a little extra fat. Take a nap if you need to. Drink plenty of water, and just ride it out.

      Hope it passes soon!