Boy, it feels good to get back to blogging. If you read the last blog post…way back on January 1…you may know that my husband and I spent the first few days of the new year moving to a new apartment. Between the holiday travel, packing, moving, and unpacking, it has really been hard to get around to blogging. But now I’m back and excited to tell you about how week 1 of Whole 30 went for me.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Whole 30, I characterize it as 30 days of eating essentially Paleo, which means only meat, vegetables, fruit, and nuts (except peanuts). The general idea is that you eliminate any food group that may have a negative impact on your body, like dairy, grains, or sugar. Ideally, your body sort of resets and once your 30 days are up, you can reintroduce those items into your diet and see if those items negatively affect your body.
I had tried doing the Whole 30 back in the Summer, but I didn’t really plan effectively or commit fully, so I lasted a whole 6 days. After how terribly I was eating over the holidays, I couldn’t wait to eat healthier and eliminate alcohol and sugar from my diet. The holidays were baddddd….I don’t want to know how many pounds I gained.
So how did the first week go?
Well, overall, it went pretty well. I did a much better job planning, not just the meals I was going to make, but where I could eat out. The week before, I planned everything. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, coffee creamer. Ev.rey.thing.
The first couple days weren’t that bad. Mostly because it was still new and I was feeling totally energized and motivated to accomplish this goal. Days 3-5 were a little bit rough. Mainly just in the face of temptation. Those days I had a serious sugar craving and was almost ready to give up for some chocolate. I also was out more and around other “non-compliant” food, which really upped the temptation. On Saturday, I experienced, for the first time, the feeling of being totally starving and not having anywhere to eat.
My husband and I were going to Ikea and thought we would stop and get lunch along the way. Well, here is were NOT planning really bit me in the ass. The only places along the way were fast food, sushi, and sandwich spots. My husband recommended Chick-fil-a, saying, “you can just get the grilled chicken nuggets and fruit.” Wrong, the chicken nuggets are glazed in some sort of mixture that includes sugar. We ended up at a local Rotissarie Chicken spot (Viva Chicken, for those in the Charlotte area) where I had chicken and vegetables.
But as I reflect on the first week now, it really wasn’t bad and right now I feel like I can do this for another 23 days. I learned a few lessons during the first week which will make the rest of the 30 days easier. Hopefully.
What I learned:
- Keep snacks in my purse at all times! Huger hits at any time and sometimes the only options when you’re in a bind is something totally processed and full of sugar, dairy, grains, etc.. I will now keep nuts, an apple, dried fruit, or a Lara bar with me at all times.
- Bring salad dressing with me. For the few times I will eat out this month, salads are most likely the only Whole 30 compliant option, so bringing salad dressing with me will ensure that I will be satisfied.
- Tell people why I’m being a picky eater. I HATE talking about dieting. I hate it. I guess it makes me feel vulnerable and lets people know that I am self conscious about my weight. But telling people around me, like my Small Group, coworkers, or friends, that I am not eating this, that, and the other because I am doing the Whole 30 actually makes it so much easier to stick with it and everyone has been so understanding and willing to make accommodations for me.
What I ate this week:
For breakfast Monday through Friday I had egg muffins similar to this recipe, but with no cheese and added no-sugar bacon (I found the bacon at Whole Foods). I made a big batch on Sunday and portioned them out for each day. For breakfast on Saturday, I made a sweet potato hash with bacon topped with a fried egg. And Sunday I made a fritata with some of the leftovers in my fridge. If you follow me on Snapchat, you saw me make breakfast Saturday and Sunday.
For lunch, I just had what was left over from dinner the night before. Except on Monday, when I didn’t have leftovers, I made a simple salad with greens, chicken, tomato, salsa, and guacamole.
Because I didn’t as much time to prep snacks over the weekend, they simply consisted of apples with almond butter and almonds. It got pretty boring after day 2 so week 2 will have more of a variety of snacks.
Dinner is really where I shined. It was fun to look up different recipes and tweak some old favorites to make them Whole 30 compliant. I have a couple recipes that I will share with you throughout the weeks ahead, but for now I will link to similar recipes (if possible).
- Monday – Bagged salad topped with chicken. I made my own dressing.
- Tuesday – Spaghetti squash topped with a bison meat sauce.
- Wednesday – Bison and sweet potato chili
- Thursday – Chicken Fajita Soup (recipe to come)
- Friday – Cuban style pork chops with mashed cauliflower
- Saturday – Chicken burrito bowl with cauli-rice and chipotle sweet potatoes
- Sunday – we had Small Group, I only had the salad.
If any of you are interested in doing the Whole 30 Challenge, I would definitely recommend it. It is a great way to reset your body and get back to healthy eating. If any of you have done it, I would love to know what worked for you and what didn’t. I have read the Whole 30 Guide which has been a huge help, especially on days when my motivation is lacking. A coworker of mine who also doing the Whole 30 this month is reading It Starts With Food, and she is finding it really helpful and motivating. I would also recommend watching the documentary Fed Up (on Netflix) if you really want to be motivated to cut sugar out of your diet.
I have also saved a bunch of recipes to a Pinterest Board if you want to check those out. I am sure I will be adding more to it as the month goes along. And since I am spending a lot more time in the kitchen, I have been snapping a lot more of my cooking, so if you’re interested in seeing what I cook each night, follow me on Snapchat!
Here goes week 2!