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Diaries of a Whole30 First Timer

Food is probably my favorite thing. I plan my day around it. Every celebration involves it. I love to make it. And I really love to eat it. 🙂

I’ve been reading this really informative (and eye-opening) book lately called It Starts With Food. It’s all about the Whole30 Lifestyle and how to establish a healthy relationship with food. The book discusses how certain foods can negatively alter your quality of life. How we suffer from countless medical conditions that we never knew had any relation to what we put in our mouths. I read countless testimonies of people who suffered from migraines, diabetes, high cholesterol, PCOS, allergies, acne (to name a few) and decided to give Whole30 a try and had their symptoms disappear. Obviously what we decide to put in our mouth plays a huge part in the way that we feel and how our body functions. I have been educating myself more and more on the food I eat over the past couple of years, but there’s always more to learn. So I thought it was worth giving it a try. What’s the worst that could happen? (No chips for my guacamole, that’s what.)

Whole30 is 30 days of eating unprocessed, real foods. It’s grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free (except the natural sugars in fruit), and legume-free. It requires a lot of label checking. It’s not a “diet”. It’s just eating real food.

I decided to keep a log of my journey. Mostly for me. I want to be able to look back at the 30 days and reflect on the month. As I was researching the program, I was searching for people who had documented their journey through Whole30 and found it very helpful and encouraging. I’m recording my meals for the month and how I felt as the process moves on (cravings, symptoms, etc.) Here’s to 30 days of clean eating!

D1: Bring it, Whole30. I’m feeling great. Honestly, I don’t really feel like I ate that much different than I normally do. I had a busy day so I’m sure that helped with sugar cravings. I didn’t really expect D1 to be very hard. It’s new and exciting. I’m feeling motivated. (We’ll see what the next few days bring. Lord, be with us.)

Day 1 Meal 1

Day 1 Meal 1

Meal 1: Breakfast was kale salad with mushrooms and onions lightly sautéed in olive oil and lemon juice, two eggs, half an avocado, and some blackberries. This was a pretty normal breakfast for me.

Meal 2: I didn’t expect to be dining out so early into the program but come lunch time we were out with my parents and stopped at Panera. I ordered a cobb salad, hold the everything with an apple on the side. I even brought my own dressing (which was amazing. High fives for me because I totally winged it as we were walking out the door.). When the waiter delivered the meal to our table he said, “I have an …. avocado salad?” Yep. Give me all of your avocados and some greens please.

Day 1 Meal 3

Day 1 Meal 3

Meal 3: Dinner was my favorite today. Grilled steak and shrimp kabobs with bell pepper, pearl onions, and mushrooms. Mixed greens and strawberries. Those strawberries tasted like slices of heaven. I don’t remember them being so sweet. Maybe I really do have a sugar problem. 🙂 Cucumber, cilantro, and red onion salad.

Anyway, I’m feeling great. No sugar cravings. The only non-whole30 thought I had was at lunch when I was watching the girls chow down on their grilled cheese. But it only lasted for a split second and it was gone.

Jared has had a slightly different D1 experience. He said to me tonight, and I quote, “It’s pretty crazy how eating healthy can be so painful.” Heh.

D2: Still feeling pretty good. I was a bit nervous to get out of bed this morning. I was afraid I would get rushed with a massive migraine or sugar craving. But other than feeling slightly dehydrated (not sure if it’s related?), I feel normal. I’m pretty surprised because I’ve heard days 2 and 3 commonly referred to as “the hangover”. But so far, so good! No cravings or headaches. I have a feeling if (when) a craving comes, it’s going to be a killer.

Day 2 Meal 1

Day 2 Meal 1

M1: Leftover kabobs over a bed of sautéed spinach, 3 eggs, a few leftover sweet potato chunks and some raspberries.

M2: Grilled steak, avocado and onion with mixed green and homemade olive oil/balasmic/lemon dressing and a side of strawberries.

Day 2 Meal 3

Day 2 Meal 3

M3: Grilled jalapeno chicken burgers topped with guacamole and potato wedges on the side baked with olive oil and fresh dill. Leftover cucumber salad.

D4: Today was a great day! I had a minor headache first thing this morning but as soon as I ate breakfast it was gone. I felt great the entire day. Being up chasing the girls around all morning, by the time 1:00pm (naptime) hits, I am usually pretty beat. After lunch, I had more energy than normal. I wasn’t tired at all! It’s also pretty baffling to me that I haven’t had any sugar cravings yet. Day 4, you were probably the best yet.

Day 4 Meal 1

Day 4 Meal 1

M1: Scrambled eggs, bacon, leftover dill potatoes, sautéed zucchini and squash. Coffee with coconut milk. (Before W30 I always drank my coffee black, and still do for the most part. But oh my, coconut milk in coffee is crazy good!)

Day 4 Meal 2

Day 4 Meal 2

M2: The most satisfying W30 lunch yet. Taco salad. Mixed greens, ground beef, chopped onion, cilantro, jalapeno, black olives, lemon juice, guacamole, and salsa. And not pictured: a side of mango and strawberries.

Day 4 Meal 3

Day 4 Meal 3

M3: Also crazy good. Pork chops coated in almond flour (ground almonds), steamed broccoli with ghee, and roasted carrots. Everything was delicious. I felt like I was borderline cheating with the almond flour “breading”. You know, trying to recreate fried food? But it’s ground almonds and I’ve never had an addiction to fried food, so I say all is well. 🙂 For “dessert” I had some raspberries, shredded coconut and orange slices.

Here’s to hoping tomorrow is just as satisfying!

D5: Last night I had a dream that I was eating ice cream and chocolate chip cookies. I was five huge bites in before I realized what I had done. Garlic bread, tacos and brownies may have also crossed my mind today. My cravings weren’t overwhelming, or even very long, but it was almost as if I had forgotten about Whole30. The newness has worn off. I was also just not into cooking today. That kind of puts you in a bind when you’re trying to eat whole, unprocessed foods. I didn’t eat out, though. We made it through. 🙂

Day 5 Meal 1

Day 5 Meal 1

M1: Sweet potato hash. Diced sweet potatoes, onions, apples, cinnamon, sage, and ground sausage.

M2: Leftover taco salad for me. Leftover chicken burgers with guacamole for Jared. (So glad we had leftovers to eat!)

Day 5 Meal 3

Day 5 Meal 3

M3: Zucchini lasagna and fruit salad.

I wasn’t overly excited about any of our meals. It was a long day in the Witt house. I was giving myself high fives for making it to bedtime.

D6: Today I ran my dishwasher three times. Otherwise, it was a great day. The non Whole30 food that crosses my mind the most is tortilla chips. Because really, what is guacamole without tortilla chips?

My allergies are back today. But zero headaches and no afternoon lull! Feeling more energized and waking up easier in the mornings the last couple of days.

Day 6 Meal 1

Day 6 Meal 1

M1: Three eggs, bacon, sautéed spinach and mushrooms, grapes.

M2: Leftover pork chops, green beans, salad topped with a hard-boiled egg and avocado with an olive oil, balsamic, lime zest dressing.

Day 6 Meal 3

Day 6 Meal 3

M3: Ground turkey meatballs with a fire roasted tomato sauce, steamed broccoli with ghee, and burnt sweet potatoes.

Day 6 Snack

Day 6 Snack

Snack: Cashews. Almond butter and bananas. Praise the Lord for almond butter and bananas. It must be the best thing about Whole30.

D7: I want to eat a steak bowl from Chipotle. And ice cream and chocolate chip cookies. Blue Bell ice cream, specifically. (I chose to do Whole30 at a GREAT time. No Blue Bell in stock anywhere in Texas.) But I also chose the worst time. No carnitas ( the only Whole30 compliant meat) at Chipotle until fall. I’m just hungry and my food today just “ain’t cutting it”. I also took a nap today. Are we there yet? Ready for tomorrow.

M1: Scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage, mushy hashbrowns.

Day 7 Meal 2

Day 7 Meal 2

M2: Zucchini and squash topped with leftover fire roasted tomato sauce and turkey meatballs.

Day 7 Meal 3

Day 7 Meal 3

M3: Chicken drumsticks poached, then baked with Franks Red Hot Sauce (another lifesaver. I tried making a sauce out of tahini. Worst thing I’ve ever put in my mouth). Steamed artichokes, sautéed kale, mushrooms, and onions.

I’m feeling pretty apathetic about today. I need some variety in my life.

Week One Reflections:

  1. It’s really easy to think you are eating healthy when you aren’t.
  2. I really need to find a new way to cook my eggs.
  3. There are hidden sugars in everything.
  4. Spinach (and kale) need to go away.
  5. Is it Day 30 yet?

I’ll definitely be doing some research and trying to find some different recipes to liven things up with next week’s meals. Here come’s week 2! 🙂 I have a feeling it’s going to be harder than week 1.

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