Whole30 Journey: Week 1
|November 27, 2013||Filled under Health, Motivation, Whole30|
So….Hubby and I started a Whole30. Have you ever done one? I have actually thought about going gluten-free for quite some time, to see if it reduced the severity and/or frequency of my headaches. Whole30 is more involved than just cutting out gluten, but I thought doing an elimination” diet, of sorts, might be good for me to try. The main “rules” for the 30 days are as follows: -No dairy -No grains -No added sugar or any kind, artificial or natural (THIS one is probably the one I need the most) -No legumes (although green beans, snow peas, and snap peas are OK) -No white potatoes Don’t worry, there is still plenty of food options left, after you take all that out. :)
This was my Hubby’s idea…and I’ll admit, I wasn’t sold on it at first. It seemed hard. And scary. And then I thought, “Krysta, that is exactly why you need to do this!, and I told him I was on board! There are oodles of resources out there on the web and Pinterest, which was great for a planner like me. Even if you aren’t a planner, you are going to need to buckle down and being a planner during your Whole30…it will help you be successful, trust me.
Here is some tough love, right from the Whole30 website:
It’s for your own good. Here comes the tough love. This is for those of you who are considering taking on this life-changing month, but aren’t sure you can actually pull it off, cheat free, for a full 30 days. This is for the people who have tried this before, but who “slipped” or “fell off the wagon” or “just HAD to eat (fill in food here) because of this (fill in event here).” This is for you.
It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You won’t get any coddling, and you won’t get any sympathy for your “struggles”. YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE not to complete the program as written. It’s only thirty days, and it’s for the most important health cause on earth – the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime.
Don’t even consider the possibility of a “slip”. Unless you physically tripped and your face landed in a box of doughnuts, there is no “slip”. You make a choice to eat something unhealthy. It is always a choice, so do not phrase it as if you had an accident. Commit to the program 100% for the full 30 days. Don’t give yourself an excuse to fail before you’ve even started.
You never, ever, ever HAVE to eat anything you don’t want to eat. You’re all big boys and girls. Toughen up. Learn to say no (or make your Mom proud and say, “No, thank you”). Learn to stick up for yourself. Just because it’s your sister’s birthday, or your best friend’s wedding, or your company picnic does not mean you have to eat anything. It’s always a choice, and we would hope that you stopped succumbing to peer pressure in 7th grade.
This does require a bit of effort. If you’re cutting out grains, legumes and dairy for the first time, you have to replace those calories with something. You have to make sure you’re eating enough, that your nutrients are plentiful, that you’re getting enough protein, fat and carbohydrates. You’ll have to figure out what to eat for lunch, how to order at a restaurant and how often you’ll need to grocery shop. We’ve given you all the tools, guidelines and resources you’ll need, but take responsibility for your own plan. Improved health and fitness doesn’t happen automatically just because you’re now taking a pass on bread.
You can do this. You’ve come too far to back out now. You want to do this. You need to do this. And we believe that you can do this. So stop thinking about it, and start doing. Right now, this very minute, tell someone that you are starting the Whole30. Tell your spouse, tell your best friend, commit on our Whole30 forum and prove to us – and yourself – that you are committed. So, here’s how week 1 went!
Meal 1: Prosciutto wrapped mini frittata muffins, baby carrots
Meal 2: Spinach/chicken breast/grape tomato salad with salsa for dressing, sauteed zucchini, apple with almond butter
Observations: Day one felt good! Motivated and ready to tackle this! I was hungry off and on during the day, but nothing terrible, plus it allowed me to be more conscious of my hunger rather than just nibbling all day long. Had a semi-gnarly headache by bedtime and hit the hay before 10 PM!
Meal 1: Prosciutto wrapped mini frittata muffins, grape tomatoes, raw cashews
Meal 2: Leftover spaghetti squash noodles and meat sauce, apple, almond butter
Meal 3: Cumin Spiced Slow Cooked Pork, homemade guacamole, baby broccoli
Observations: That cumin pork is AMAZING. The kids ate it in tortillas with a little cheese and really liked it. I strangely felt both exhausted AND energetic today…weird. Slept well and didn’t have headaches any more than I do on a normal day.
Meal 1: Prosciutto wrapped mini frittata muffins, raw cashews
Meal 2: Spinach salad with leftover pork from dinner, cherry tomatoes and salsa, baby carrots, raw almonds & cashews
Meal 3: Chicken Sausage from Trader Joe’s, green beans, sweet potato hash browns
Observations: I was fully expecting to feel major detox symptoms today, but I didn’t…which is good, don’t get me wrong! I feel really good. Note to self: practice will hopefully make perfect when it comes to sweet potato hash browns…added too much sea salt. :(
Meal 1: Egg frittata with spinach, onions and bell peppers, leftover cumin pork, grape tomatoes
Meal 2: Leftover frittata from meal 1, raw cashews
Meal 3: Baked sweet potato, spinach topped with grassfed beef burger, grape tomatoes and salsa
Observations: Today was a Saturday, and I found it tougher to be at home with easier access to food, than to be at work. I was able to resist the pizza I cooked up for the boys for dinner…but it sure looked good! I also managed to go get some more groceries and walk right past some of my usual “bad foods”. Score!
Meal 1: eggs, sweet potato hash browns, nitrate/nitrite free bacon
Meal 2: Prociutto wrapped frittata, chicken breast topped with salsa, apple and almond butter
Meal 3: chicken sausage/onions/peppers, snap peas, cashews
Observations: I don’t know if it is related to Whole30 or not, but every muscle in my body hurts! Hubby thinks it is my body detoxing from sugar, but all I know is my legs are super sore when I walk up the stairs. So goofy! Had a bit of the case of the crankies tonight. :) But overall, still feeling pretty good!
Meal 1: Scrambled eggs with spinach, onion & peppers, raw cashews
Meal 2: Tuna with homemade mayo, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots
Meal 3: Spaghetti Squash with homemade meat sauce
Snack: 1/2 banana with almond butter
Observations: I can’t believe we are almost a week in! Today I felt pretty good, and I am actually incredibly proud of myself for being around the house over the last couple of days and not digging into any leftover Halloween candy or anything! I have been less exhausted in the evenings too!
Meal 1: Sweet potato hash browns, fried eggs
Meal 2: Leftover spaghetti squash and meat sauce
Meal 3: Cumin pork, guacamole and broccoli
Observations: My clothes are fitting looser and overall the first week was great! Need to mix it up a bit more dinner-wise because the kids are getting bored, so I’ll have to try some of the other recipes I pinned over on my Whole30 board. I certainly didn’t experience the ups & downs that others have described, so maybe that’ll be next week, lol! :)
1 week down, 3 to go!