Whole30: Day 12 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 12

Dear T3,

So… this is how it’s going to be, huh? One day, it’s all unicorns and rainbows, then the next, it’s short tempers and discombobulation. Fine! If that’s the way you want it, you won’t break me. I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and wait you out. But for the record, you’re a total brat.

Thanks for jacking up my Sunday,


8.5 hours — 10-something to 6:30, then reading, then another hour of sleep

Cooking & chores: I had about a bajillion things I needed to get done today, so the only walk I got was to Habanero for breakfast — plus my speed-walk around the grocery store and a few hours on my feet making food for the week. Our cookup: Chocolate Chili, butternut squash soup, collard greens, broccoli, yellow squash, spaghetti squash, Vietnamese Chicken Salad, and Thai beef curry.

Stretching: I took advantage of watching the closing ceremonies of the Olympics to work on foot/ankle flexibility. I laced my fingers between my toes to help spread them then pointed and flexed a few times. It was very uncomfortable and unpleasant, and therefore, necessary.

Meditation: Jack Kornfield sitting practice before bed

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, 10:30 a.m. Habanero Cafe
2 eggs with Ranchero sauce + a side of barbacoa
1 cup watermelon @ home

Lunch, 4:00 p.m.
2 ounces leftover beef brisket from Woodpile BBQ
2 cups cabbage + 1 teaspoon ghee
1 cup watermelon

Dinner, 7:00 p.m.
Giant Awesome Salad:
1/2 head lettuce
1/4 sweet onion
1/2 very large cucumber
1/2 very large red bell pepper
1 quite large carrot
4 ounces ground beef
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil + 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar + Italian herb blend
1 tablespoon homemade mayo
1/3 cup raspberries
2 Brazil nuts

Edgy and anxious. I had a mini crying meltdown after breakfast, and as I was crying, I said to Dave in a very pathetic voice, “I don’t know what just happened. I don’t know why I’m crying. This sucks.” I guess I’m glad that I don’t actually feel sad, but the emotional roller coaster of this thyroid experiment is wearing out its welcome. Anyway, two seconds after the waterworks, I was fine. Tomorrow is Day 23 of my cycle, which means I’m heading to PMS-Town — and that explains why I kept dropping things in the kitchen and bashing my elbows into cabinet doors and pot handles. Good times!

Photo of the Day
This is my tea strainer, and it makes me happy every time I use it. (Treat yourself to one here.)

Song of the Day
Details in the Fabric, Jason Mraz with James Morrison
If it’s a broken part, replace it
If it’s a broken arm, then brace it
If it’s a broken heart, then face it
Hold your own, know your name, and go your own way
And everything will be fine…

How was your Day 12?

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  • Wendy Manning says:

    I look forward to your Whole30 daily updates. This is my first official no cheats Whole 30, and your sauces and recipes are saving me!
    Today was an awesome food day plus I rocked an intimidating CF workout—Barbara. Well, rocked is subjective.
    I made the Worlds Best Chicken, with the brining. Super good, put it over spinach with a couple TBSP of your tahini dressing.
    Yum. Thanks!

  • nicole says:

    hi- you aren’t alone. i am on armour and this is day 6 – day 1-4 on it, were phenomenal. i had energy and motivated. i don’t know what happened but days 5 and 6, worse then before the armour. i feel beyond terrible- i did do some reading and i guess this is how it can go but i am definitely talking to my NP about this on Monday. I am staying positive though and am not gonna give up so here is hoping for a better day on Monday. Hang in there. I am. Nicole

    • Mel says:

      I just wrote you a long response on the Wilson’s Protocol post. It’s not unusual to have those ups and downs Rest when you need to, talk to your NP, and try to be patient (which I know totally sucks.)

  • Molly Stahler says:

    Melissa, thank you so much for posting about your experience. I’m on day 12 as well and it’s nice to know there are other people out there going through the exact same thing that I am. Well Fed has been a staple in my life over the past couple of weeks. Thank you so much for writing such a great book!


    • Mel says:

      I’m glad my daily whining.. I mean posts… are helping you! And that Well Fed is part of your Whole30. Congrats on 12 days!

  • Kari says:

    Hello, very interesting to read your blog, I have to read more about your thyro project. I live in Norway and am on my day 8 of the W30. I am a little afraid that I must have done something wrong, because I have felt fine most of the time. I try to figure out what it can be, but as far as I know I have stuck to the rules like a nazi. I have a blog too where I write down everything that I eat. I keep it very simple, because all recepies I read I dont know what half of the things is, or where to get it. You know different country, different brands and different food culture.

    It would be nice if you payed a visit to my blog, it*s in English even if the name of my blog i in Norwegian.


    • Mel says:

      You’re not doing anything wrong! You SHOULD feel great while doing the Whole30. That’s awesome! Congratulations!

      I usually feel great when I eat Whole30 style — the only reason I’m not 100% awesome now is that I’m changing my thyroid treatment.

      Off to take a look at your blog. Thanks for commenting!

  • Candice says:

    This song is exactly what I needed today. Thanks for sharing!

  • Katie says:

    Holy moley. I just made Chocolate chili for the first time yesterday, and it was amazing. So far, everything I’ve made from Well Fed is on the “I’ll make that again” list. My boyfriend and my taste buds thank you.