Friday, January 8, 2016

Whole30 - Week 1 recap

Jarrod and I decided about 2 weeks before January that we'd start the Whole30 on January 1st. We celebrated the new year with friends and great food as our last hooray. On January 1st, our precious friends cooked us breakfast that was Whole30 compliant and we began our journey.

You can read more about Whole30 on their website, but the basic idea is that we're eating lots of veggies, fruits, meats, and healthy fats. No gluten, added sugar, dairy, preservatives, additives, soy, or beans. We've done things like this in the past, but really loved the background information we found on Whole30. We got the two books from the library, picked out recipes, and planned!

We are now 7 days in and it has been a bit of a rollercoaster. On days 2 and 3 I had a big event at work where I was responsible for providing the food. I had lots of help, but I purchased dozens of donuts, scones, cheese, crackers, and cookies, and put them on platters to share. It was very hard, but I did it without taking a taste! There have been a few moments like that this week where I've wanted to take a bite, but the temptation hasn't been too bad. It helps that just about everyone knows this is what we're doing and would yell at me terribly if I cheated!


  • The toughest part of the week for sure was Sunday morning. I worked hard the night before and didn't eat enough during the evening and ate a late dinner. I woke up early Sunday morning for another big day and was shaky. I figured my blood sugar was low so I took a quick shower and got to work on breakfast: fried egg, sauteed sweet potatoes, and a chicken sausage. I warmed that all up and tried to eat it in bed. By 7am I was miserable. Shaking, sweating, and incredibly nauseated. I ended up in bed, completely still and flat, for about 3 hours. I couldn't think about food, watch the TV or sit up. It was miserable. Eventually, I was able to sit up, stand up, get ready, and got to work just a few hours late, super grateful for incredible coworkers who covered for me.


All I can think was that it was Day 3 Detox. People say it's miserable, but I didn't think it would be that miserable.

Other than that experience, I've felt really good. I still want to reward myself with a cookie or a diet coke, but the cravings are not nearly as strong as I thought they would be. We're eating delicious food, which is really helpful.

Here's what we've eaten this week:

Breakfast

  • Frittata - We made a big frittata with tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, sausage, and 10 eggs on Sunday night. It made enough breakfast for Jarrod and I to enjoy Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings. 
  • Hash and eggs - we roasted diced and peeled sweet potatoes on Friday and ate those for several days with sausage and fried eggs. 
Lunch/Dinner
  • Salads - we try to keep things in the house to make all kinds of different salads. I made a vinaigrette with balsamic, olive oil, and ground mustard and we use that on everything. We also have: caramelized onions, carrots, celery, avocado, hard boiled eggs, tuna and tuna salad (with homemade mayo), walnuts, green leaf lettuce, and spinach. 
  • Coconut Curry Chicken - I used the recipe from The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom and adapted it slightly. We didn't grill the chicken but instead I cooked it on the stove and then shredded it and put it back in the sauce. So good. I dream about this chicken. We've had it with roasted veggies and a small baked potato, but I bet it would be delicious on rice. 
  • Walnut-crusted Pork Tenderloin - Also from The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom and delicious. We had this with roasted asparagus.
  • Sweet Potato Barbecue Sauce Chicken - This wasn't my fave, but it is very good. The consistency on the sauce was way too thick for me, but the flavors were there. 
  • Stuffed Peppers - This was a delicious recipe that stuffed green peppers with ground turkey, squash, and a delicious tomato sauce. 
  • Cauliflower Fried Rice - We did this with lots of veggies and it was decent. We love it with soy sauce, which is obviously off limits now, but it's still good. 
  • Vegetables - We've had roasted brussels sprouts with balsamic, asparagus roasted in clarified butter, and roasted balsamic broccoli with roasted cherry tomatoes. 
Snacks
Although snacks aren't really part of the Whole30 lifestyle, I am still exercising a lot and need little in between meal/snacks. 
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Walnuts with a few raisins
  • Fruit - apples, bananas, clementines, or grapes are awesome. I try not to eat them when I'm looking for something sweet. They have been decent additions to my pre-workout routine. 

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