My first week on Whole30

Thoughts from my first week on Whole30:

  • It’s easy to eat good whole food when you plan ahead and prepare it yourself.  Meal planning and recipe prep are a must.
  • It’s HARD to resist donut holes when your coworker brings in two boxes and they stare you in the face whenever you pass the printer (I eventually shut the box so I couldn’t see them anymore).
  • The only ‘withdrawal’ I have had was a mild headache for a few days.  Not sure if it’s from sugar or sinuses pressure though.
  • I didn’t cut out dairy.  I know it’s ‘cheating’ but my doctor says I need the calcium.  That being said I am sticking to minimally processed ‘clean’ dairy.  Milk, half and half, plain greek yogurt, minimally processed cheese.
  • I miss dessert.
  • I was hungry before bed  the first few nights (my stomach is used to dessert/snacking I think!) but I haven’t let myself snack much after dinner yet.
  • The biggest difference is in how I feel throughout the day.  Very consistent energy, no afternoon crashing, no weird upset stomach pain.  This part has been awesome!

Monday – Day 1

B – two egg, tomato, & mushroom omelette, fried in olive oil (topped with mozzarella cheese), black unsweet iced tea, cashews, water.

Lunch – Chipotle salad bowl with chicken, lettuce, pico de gallo, & guacamole (plus sour cream), dried apples & plantain chips from Trader Joe’s, water.

Dinner – banana with Trader Joe’s almond butter, bacon, sliced tomato, Trader Joe’s sweet potato chips, (mozzarella cheese), water

Tuesday – Day 2

B – two eggs fried in coconut oil, banana, cashews, cup of milk with coffee.

L – tuna salad (dill relish & mustard) over romaine lettuce, sliced strawberries, dried apples & cashews, water.

D – sweet potato ‘not-fries’, grilled chicken (marinated in olive oil & ranch mix), roasted broccoli (olive oil & salt), water.

chicken, brocoli, sweet potatoes

You have to try these ‘not-fries’.  They are AMAZING!

Wednesday – Day 3

B – two eggs fried in coconut oil, cup of milk with coffee.

L – salad: romaine lettuce, leftover grilled chicken, ranch dressing (ranch mix + greek yogurt)

D – crockpot pork roast (rubbed w/ paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, thyme), mashed cauliflower

pulled pork, mashe cauliflower

I made a huge pork roast and froze at least two more meals worth of shredded pork for later.

Thursday – Day 4

B – smoothie: frozen banana, ice, cocoa powder, almond butter, milk (can use unsweetened almond milk if you’re following the rules ;-).  I roughly followed this recipe)

L – Chipotle salad bowl with chicken, lettuce, pico de gallo, & guacamole (plus sour cream), dried apples & cashews, water.

D – bacon & scrambled eggs, sliced strawberries & grapes, OJ.

Friday – Day 5

B – smoothie: similar to above, this time with strawberries instead of cocoa.

L – leftover pork roast & cauliflower, sliced strawberries & grapes, water.

D – grilled Greek chicken salad w/ cucumbers, tomatoes, feta & Greek dressing (out at local restaurant.  places that make their own house dressing are much more likely to be compliant)

Saturday – Day 6

B – smoothie: frozen banana, ice, cocoa powder, almond butter, milk (this is my new favorite breakfast!)

L – Chick-fil-a grilled chicken salad w/out dressing (we didn’t plan to be out for lunch.  the chicken wasn’t compliant but I did forego dressing for just mustard), water.

D – grilled steaks, side salad w/ homemade Greek dressing, sauteed zucchini and baby carrots. (this by far was my favorite dinner of the week!)

Sunday – Day 7

B – smoothie: frozen banana, ice, cocoa powder, almond butter, milk & I added my coffee brewed double strength and chilled.  It was almost like a Starbucks frappuccino!

L – leftover salad w/ greek dressing, apple, cashews, water.

D – lettuce wrapped burgers with tomato & fried egg, french style green beans, pineapple spears, La Croix sparkling water (totally compliant!).

lettuce burgers

I hope this gives you some ideas to help you with your Whole30 journey.  Plan ahead: keep it simple & eat things multiple times in a week to make it easier on yourself (leftovers!).  And most importantly focus on all the delicious things you can have instead of what you’re doing without.

Good luck!

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Why Whole 30?

I’m starting the Whole 30 program today.  When I first heard about this program from a coworker I really thought he must be crazy.  I was so focused on the things you can’t eat that I dismissed it as impossible.  Sure I would like to lose weight and be healthy but I could never do something that extreme.  So I kept on doing nothing.

Then my church went through a new study called Body Matters and I began to see some really wrong views I was assuming when it came to my body and how I was caring for it.  It began to expose some real sin (hellooooo laziness) in my unwillingness to care & steward properly for what I began to realize was God’s already.  It’s a pretty foreign idea, especially in western culture, that our bodies don’t really belong to us but rather to God.  And that if I choose to neglect exercise and overindulge in food I am not just hurting myself but actually choosing to be a poor steward of God’s creation.

Being really convicted I started doing research on Whole 30 and on clean eating in general.  I have talked to people who have done it personally and seen how it affected them in physical, emotional, and spiritual ways  Now I am motivated to begin my own journey.  I fully expect this to be hard.  Dying to self always is.  And this program isn’t for everyone, I understand that, but I need clean break and a fresh start.  So here we go!

Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most. #CheBrown

And to remind myself when I want to quit – this is why whole 30.

Because my body is not my own.  It is God’s temple.

Because twenty pounds in four years.

Because new bigger jeans bought six months ago are already too tight.

Because holy hormones (batman).

Because thirty years.

Because strength.

Because willpower.

Because health and wellness.

Because healing.

Because friends’ testimonies & journeys.

Because a supportive husband.

Because I’m ready.