On October 10, 2016 my husband and I began the infamous Whole30. Honestly though, we need to start at Day 0. Anyone who has completed (or attempted) this program knows that preparation and planning are VITAL. As my father says, “Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance”. So October 9th, we planned and planned and planned.
I sat down and crafted the entire week on paper, then a grocery list, and the days I would get which food from the store. On Sunday, I bought groceries for the whole week of breakfast and lunch, and dinners for Monday-Wednesday. On Wednesday I went back to get dinner for the rest of the week.
That sounds great right? Only two trips to the store. Well it didn't go as planned. I found myself going to Whole Foods and Earthfare more often than imagined. This was simply to try and find sauces and new spices to help.
Tessemae’s is a fabulous Whole30 approved brand that has some good dressings and sauces. Also, Franks Red Hot (original) can add to any meal (in my opinion). We also have a new affair with ghee, a clarified butter that is approved! This and some Red Hot made a delicious buffalo sauce!
First I will breakdown what we ate one Week 1. Next, I will tell you exactly how I felt throughout the week.
Breakfast was the same everyday.
Ground turkey omelet (1 whole egg with ¾ cup egg whites)
Baked potato wedges
Lunch was either leftovers from the day before or a simple skillet chicken breast (using avocado oil) and a side salad with homemade dressing. I usually through in some fresh fruit and raw almonds as well.
My homemade dressing is simple: red wine vinegar (80%), olive oil (20%), and oregano. I like my dressing tangy so play with the amount of vinegar and oil to change that flavor.
Dinners were my favorite meals because we got to experiment with so much. TIP: get creative and use variety. It makes this first week much easier.
Monday: Grilled Chicken, Asparagus, Sweet Potato
Tuesday: Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Broccoli and Cauliflower Mash
Wednesday: Ground Beef Chili over Potato and Side Salad
Thursday: Ground Turkey Zucchini Spaghetti
Friday: Buffalo Chicken Wings, Sweet Potato Baked Fries
Saturday: Steak, Shrimp, Sweet Potato Baked Fries, Squash, Broccoli (we went to my parents house and got spoiled)
Sunday: Cajun Beef and Shrimp Soup
So, the fun part. How I felt during the first week. There is a timeline which I will link here (http://whole30.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/) but my body did not follow this very well.
Day 1. I felt good. I was excited to begin this journey and a little nervous. I found myself a little hungry throughout the day so I had to have some snacks to keep my body going, but I don't think that is a bad thing. They say keep it to 3 meals and try not to snack. I get the idea of that. We tend to eat for no reason throughout the day. But my snacks were perfectly legitimate and needed. Eat when you are hungry. Stop when you are full. Pretty simple.
Day 2-3. Not as fun. I had a little bit of an uneasy stomach these days. Not too bad, just a little nausea here and there. This is normal (along with headaches). Your body is going through detox and you will feel the symptoms of that. No fear, it gets better.
Day 4. I felt perfectly fine except I was exhausted. I think I took a super long nap without even realizing it. Also a normal experience. Other than that, my stomach felt better and I wasn’t having terrible cravings.
Day 5-7. I wanted food from anywhere other than my own kitchen. It was the weekend so there were a lot more temptations and there were worse weekend habits that had to change. We stuck to our plan and made it out alive! Only one cry at the thought of other food (more of a delirious laugh/cry). Also, my poor husband heard me complain every hour. There was a bit of relief at the end of day 7. Sunday was over, I was going to start week 2 successfully and I knew the best is yet to come.
That may sound like a bad week but in all honesty, it wasn’t! Some people experienced more severe symptoms than I did so I consider myself lucky. It is a mental battle each day, but you can do it! Just like I did (even without my beloved glass of wine that I miss oh so much). A support system helps. I don’t know what I would have done without my husband encouraging me throughout the week.
My best advice: Trust the process. It took a long time for you to trash that body of yours; it will take time to clean it out too.
Oh, and plan ahead. Did I mention that?
Come back next week for Week 2!
Head over to my recipes page for this week recipes!