**We interrupt this regularly scheduled broadcast of everything buttery and everything creamy to bring you… WHOLE 30.**
I never considered myself overweight. I work really hard to maintain my body and health. Although lately, I’ve been really out of control. Buying candy just to buy candy, drinking a diet coke because it’s 2:00 and I need a coke. Having bowls of cereal while I veg out at night. I felt like I have no will power to say no. I just see it, salivate, and eat. I can’t stop thinking about sweets and I’m never satisfied! And the hard part is, all this extra eating has been starting to show. I could feel my clothes fitting tighter and I could see it in my stomach. I’ve had a few friends do the Whole 30 and I’ve done a lot of research. Everything I’ve read has been extremely positive, so I decided to give it a try.
Should I fill you in on the rules? There are a lot. Off the top of my head- No gluten, no sugar, no dairy, no soy, no beans, no legumes, no weighing yourself, and no cheating. That doesn’t leave me much left to eat, does it? At least it doesn’t feel like it some days.
I have to admit that I started out very unprepared as far as food goes. I went to the grocery store with out a list and I came home with hardly anything I could use. I hate going to the grocery store so I just dealt with it until I made my weekly trip. It shows in the first half of my first week. Vegetables aren’t a favorite of mine so don’t expect to see a whole lot on my menu.
Day 1. So far so good… until 2:00. I hit my wall and got into this funk. I felt really sad and unhappy. This is when I usually sneak a sweet and maybe have a coke, depending how I’m feeling. Today? Homemade applesauce. I usually love applesauce, but when I can eat my normal snacks as well. Such a bummer. I moped around for a couple hours and finally got over it.
Breakfast: Eggs and bacon with lemon water. Most of my breakfasts looked a lot like this. Some days the bacon was switched with fruit. I like to sprinkle a little dill over my eggs.
Lunch: Leftover street taco meat with a banana. I realize this is not a great combo.
Dinner: Grilled chicken tenders covered with fresh salsa. Cantaloupe on the side.
Snacks: Strawberries and apple sauce
Day 2 All is well until around 11:00 a.m. At that point baby girl and I were getting ready for a snack. She sat down at the table and starts begging for chocolate. “Chocolate… Chocolate… Where are you chocolate?!” My feelings exactly.
Breakfast: Eggs and half a banana.
Lunch: Left over taco meat again and strawberries.
Dinner: Eggs and a baked potato. Did I say I was unprepared? The Whole 30 czar recently decided that ALL potatoes, not just sweet potatoes, were allowed to be on the Whole 30 approved list. Thank you, almighty czar.
Day 3 I made a meal plan tonight and I will be going to the store some time tomorrow so I can switch up my diet.
Breakfast: Eggs. That is all. My kids ate cereal. It looked so heavenly my knees went weak, and I just about threw a temper tantrum that I couldn’t have any.
Lunch: You guessed it… Taco meat… with apple slices. That was the last of it though!
Dinner: Chicken breast with salsa over the top. And that was the last of that.
Day 4 I went to the store today and THANK goodness because I really need to start switching up my food or I’m going to go crazy.
Breakfast: Eggs. I am really not a morning person and I usually just eat whatever I can make quickly. And since I can’t have cereal it’s eggs. Eggs and whatever fruit I have around. I am going through Cocoa Dino Bite withdrawals.
Lunch: I can’t remember what I had for lunch, but I am sure it was something really fantastic.
Dinner: Spaghetti squash with meat sauce. Finally got some vegetables in there! I actually started using spaghetti squash instead of spaghetti noodles long before I started Whole 30. I just love spaghetti so much and when I make it, I take thirds and I am still snitching while I am putting away the left overs. I had to make it healthy for myself. It is surprisingly not bad. Some people say they really don’t notice a difference. Trust me, there is a difference, and it did take some getting used to, but now its the only way to go. My stomach feels so much better and less bloated on spaghetti night now. Plus I stay full longer. Watch out for my post coming up on how to cook a spaghetti squash and my recipe for a Whole 30 friendly meat sauce.
Breakfast: Lara Bar. I was actually STARVING when I ate this at 9:00 a.m. I was running late and didn’t have time for anything else. I can’t remember what the bar itself was called, but it was a mix of cashews and dates. Cashews are cat food, but it was the only Whole 30 friendly Lara Bar at the grocery store. I stayed full and didn’t have any cravings until lunch time. I’ll be buying more of these, but in better flavors, if I can find any.
Lunch: Left over Spaghetti Squash.
Dinner: Roasted pork tenderloin with roasted red potatoes and vegetables. This is a keeper! I have some perfecting to do with this recipe, but I will definitely be sharing it when I’m ready. To sum it up, I gave a pork tenderloin a nice rub down of olive oil and some spices. Then I threw it in baking dish with red potatoes and vegetables. I am definitely feeling better about this Whole 30 diet now that I have more food to switch up my menu with.
Breakfast: Back to eggs and fruit.
Lunch: Left over Spaghetti Squash again. It’s all gone now.
Dinner: Sweet potato hash with sausage. I’ve seen this kind of recipe before, so I just thew together what I’ve seen in the pictures. Sweet potatoes, diced up, onion, red pepper, some garlic, rosemary, and whatever other seasonings you feel like, and throw some cooked sausage in. Watch out for this recipe coming up. It filled me right up and the kids ate it too. I gave them some ketchup to dip their sweet potatoes in though.
Breakfast: Lara Bar again
Lunch: I can’t remember, but I am sure it was fantastic.
Dinner: Bacon and a baked potato. I was still hungry so I had about three cups of applesauce.
Overall, week 1 has been alright. I feel like a monster inside when the chocolate cravings kick in, but they are getting better. I am dying to weigh myself, but my husband hid the scale. I’ve heard that you’ll notice most changes at the end of the Whole 30 Challenge, and that is what keeps me going. That and I’m getting sick of my fat pants.
And now, the obligatory and dreaded before pictures. Here I am, post work out..