Whole 30: Week 1

So I decided to keep track of my daily feelings and what I’m eating on my blog. I was going to wait until it was all over and do one long blog post but once I really dived into this I realized that would be the longest post EVER so I’m going to break it up and talk about it for the next few Tuesdays!

My first day was April 17th and I am on this eating plan until May 17th. You can read about why I started this diet here. But if you’ve ever thought about doing this, maybe this will help you along the way 🙂

Disclaimer: My pics are unedited, raw, iPhone pics so don’t expect any artsy fartsy food pics I’m just showing the bare bones here.

The night before I started: I weighed myself and – full disclosure – I was the highest weight I have ever been. This was probably due to a weekend full of indulging (I never weigh myself after this, obviously). I was somewhat discouraged but strangely excited to start. I didn’t sleep very well. I kept tossing and turning and dreaming about it. I have never had this much anxiety about starting a diet. But then again I guess I haven’t been on many that lasted more than a day.

Day 1 (Monday): I woke up feeling very inspired to start. I’m kind of on a positivity high like I CAN DO THIS!!! It’s lunch time right now and I haven’t been hungry at all today and I haven’t craved anything I “can’t” have on the diet. So that’s good. But my back and neck are weirdly sore and I feel achy. I am also having extreme anxiety because once I put down the dates in my planner I realized that two of my best friends have wedding festivities during this timeframe so I’m already getting nervous about what I’m going to eat and how I’m going to not have any celebratory wine. Scary.

What I Ate:

  • Eggs & grapefruit
  • Homemade trail mix (I used cashews, raisins, & freeze-dried Strawberries from Trader Joe’s. Just be sure to check the labels for no added sugar on the fruit and no soybean oil on the nuts!)
  • Apple slices with Justin’s almond butter
  • Grilled chicken with roasted sweet potatoes & broccoli (I seasoned the chicken with the Weber brand Steak Seasoning. For the veggies, I just put them in the oven with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder)
  • Baked salmon with cauliflower rice & asparagus (the salmon was seasoned with blackened seasoning and I roasted the asparagus in the oven with salt, pepper, and lemon. The cauliflower rice was just sautéed in a pan on the stove with more olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder)

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Day 2 (Tuesday): I feel pretty darn normal today. Not as anxious about the whole “diet” thing. Physically I haven’t felt hungry once today. I had to remind myself to eat lunch at 2 because I hadn’t eaten yet. I don’t think that’s ever happened on my regular diet. I do have a headache this afternoon but I’m not sure if it has to do with work stress and/or lack of sleep. Also surprisingly not craving anything. I thought I would already be daydreaming about tacos.

What I Ate:

  • Same breakfast, snack, and lunch.
  • Pork chops with spinach and applesauce (we baked the porkchops with onions & seasoning, sautéed the spinach on the stove, and I sprinkled some cinnamon on the applesauce)

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Day 3 (Wednesday): I went to bed with a headache and woke up with one, but I had been warned this would happen, so I’m not surprised. Apparently this is my gut bacteria changing for the better! I did sleep a solid 8 1/2 hours though according to my FitBit which is a huge improvement from my typical 5-6. Feeling full again today, no hunger or cravings. Pretty typical day!

What I Ate:

  • Same breakfast, snack, and lunch.
  • Coconut-flour-dredged chicken tenders with Brussels and butternut squash (we cooked the tenders in coconut oil, and the Brussels and cubed squash are pre-packaged at Trader Joe’s, so I just threw them in the oven with some olive oil & seasoning).

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Day 4 (Thursday): Today I drove back to Kentucky. I waited to talk about how I felt until after I got back because I felt like the roadtrip would be challenging. Honestly, it wasn’t bad. I packed trail mix and an Rx bar to get me through it. I actually made the drive without coffee or a 5-hour energy (that’s a first btw!) and felt good the whole time. The only hard part about it was seeing Cracker Barrel signs because it made me think of dumplings. Also, it was hard not to chew gum. I know that sounds weird but it keeps me from drinking water and making 10 pit stops on the way home. Other than that, another easy day!

What I Ate:

  • Same breakfast, lunch, and I had the same trailmix, just in the car.
  • Blueberry Rx Bar
  • Baked chicken with a side salad (my mom baked the chicken with some seasonings and the side salad just had lettuce, tomato, cucumber, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar)

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Day 5 (Friday): I woke up with the weirdest leg cramp down my back and leg. I’m not sure if it’s from driving or if it’s my intestines being like HELLO, CLEAN FOOD. And I don’t mean that in a TMI kind of way, I just feel like they’re probably shifting around and finally feeling happy. Anyway, that’s really all to report. My mom is cooking for me and being super careful about her spices and foods that she cooks with, so it’s really helpful to have that support! Today is the first day I’ve had any cravings and of course it was ice cream. Mostly due to driving past Graeter’s and wishing I could indulge. So that’s tough.

What I Ate:

  • Steak & eggs
  • Salad with strawberries, avocado, and olive oil/balsamic combo (I love the Lucini brand)
  • Tiny serving of trailmix with sliced bananas & strawberries
  • Coconut-flour chicken with steamed broccoli and another side salad

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Day 6 (Saturday): Last night and this morning are the first days I’m feeling that nauseous feeling I knew would happen. I know it means good things are happening to my insides but it also feels like kind of a hangover. Boo. Today I also had Phae’s engagement party. Not eating chips & onion dip was TOUGH I’m not going to lie, but it was also really nice to leave there feeling good & light on my feet!

What I Ate:

  • Steak & eggs
  • Qdoba (forgot to snap a pic!) with pulled pork, peppers & onions, pico de gallo, and guacamole. I checked the allergen information on their website to determine what I could get there.
  • Burger with tomato, mustard & pickles and a side salad. Later on at the party I had another plain burger with mustard at the cookout with a side of fruit.

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Day 7 (Sunday): I drove back from Louisville today and again, I felt good and had energy the whole trip. I had my trailmix again and my first Starbucks since I started – a venti iced black coffee. I was pretty hungry when I got back to Chicago. But I feel myself getting used to not having dessert and/or eating late while I’m sitting here on the couch. Ben & I watched Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead. We’ve never watched any food documentaries before because we knew we would feel bad with bellies full of ice cream and popcorn. LOL.

What I Ate:

  • Steak, eggs & strawberries (going to miss this for breakfast!)
  • Chipotle with carnitas, pico, guacamole, and lettuce. Honestly? It wasn’t good.
  • Red curry with chicken & red peppers (I mixed curry paste – be sure to check for sugar! – with compliant coconut milk)

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Overall this week: I’ve been feeling better & better. I’m not sleeping as well but I think that’s due to my energy levels being so high. My insides feel great, which is a huge improvement for someone with digestive issues. I’ve been very regular (sorry for the TMI). And my face has cleared up substantially already and my skin doesn’t feel as dry. Overall, a few bumps along the way with the headaches & nausea but a great week overall!

What I’ve Learned: Good food keeps you legitimately fuller, longer. You will do more dishes than you’ve ever had to do in your life. You will realize how much sugar, soy, corn, and wheat is in EVERYTHING (I can’t even use Pam. Seriously). Planning ahead is the key to success!

I’ll see you Thursday with another fun post! Have a great week. Xo.

-TWB

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