I’m sure we’re not the only ones, but Greg and I began a Whole30 on January 1. If you’ve never heard of it before, I recommend you visit their website to learn more, or read the book, It Starts with Food. When it comes down to it, it’s kind of like paleo. No added sugars, dairy, beans/legumes, grains, rice, quinoa. You focus on putting good things into your body. Lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, and eggs. You read lots of labels. I won’t belabor this… go read up on it. Basically, you become a super model with washboard abs and perfect hair and winged liner after you complete the challenge.
Anyway, I read the book for the first time over a year ago, but I was still nursing Caroline and nervous how it would affect my moods and hunger and yadda yadda yadda. I wasn’t mentally prepared to do this until now. Greg hopped on board with me and we started the new year with a change.
Some initial thoughts from this week is that it’s not as hard as I thought it would be. It takes planning, but I have always been a really good meal planner. Ask me to organize something else and I may fail, but ask me to meal plan and I am the bomb. The only thing that we’re getting used to is it’s more meat than we usually eat. I want to incorporate more vegetables next week, for sure.
I thought I would miss my creamer in my coffee, but canned coconut milk (full fat) is delicious. I thought I would miss carbs, but I am actually okay. I didn’t have any day where I was like “AHHHHH I HATE THIS.”
I haven’t felt hungry.
I think spending a lot of time researching, reading, and mentally preparing myself before jumping in has helped. Greg and I also usually eat pretty clean during the week (except definitely not during the last month or two), so this big of a change wasn’t super shocking.
I started taking pictures of all my meals. This was for me to reference and I thought it would be fun to post. I know I find these kinds of posts super helpful and interesting, so maybe it will help one of you.
I would also love some feedback, any suggestions for meals, and please let me know if there’s any recipes or go-to stuff you loved for Whole30/paleo!
Let’s get to the meals…
Breakfast: Hard boiled egg, blueberries, coffee with coconut milk
Lunch: Tuna salad (canned tuna, avocado, dill, garlic powder, salt and pepper) over a spinach salad
Dinner: Chicken tortilla soup made in the crock pot, based on Kristy’s recipe (minus the corn, cheese tortilla chips, etc.)
Breakfast: Chia seed pudding with cinnamon and blueberries, eggs with salsa, coffee
Lunch: Leftover chicken tortilla soup, baby carrots with homemade baba ganoush, blueberries
Dinner: Taco night – ground sirloin seasoned with cumin, chili powder and garlic, guacamole, tomatoes atop a romaine leaf
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with onion and bell pepper, topped with avocado and salsa, chia seed pudding with cinnamon and blueberries, coffee
Lunch: Homemade smoked ribs with cauliflower mash (I made it with ghee and olive oil), spinach salad, grapes
Dinner: Dinner out (didn’t get a picture) – grilled chicken salad, homemade french fries split with Greg (not 100% Whole30 approved, but hey, it wasn’t McDonalds?)
Breakfast: Hard boiled egg, banana with almond butter, chia seed pudding with cinnamon and blueberries
Lunch: Spinach salad with an entire avocado
Dinner: Homemade smoked turkey breast, sausage, green beans, roasted potatoes
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, strawberries, chia seed pudding, coffee with coconut milk
Lunch: Tuna salad atop a spinach salad
Dinner: Spaghetti squash with a tomato meat sauce and sprinkled with olives
Breakfast: Sausage, hard boiled egg, strawberries, chia seed pudding with cinnamon and raspberries, coffee with coconut milk
Lunch: Leftover spaghetti squash
Dinner: Homemade smoked pork tenderloin, cauliflower mash, roasted sweet potatoes, broccoli
Breakfast: Hard boiled egg, smoothie with coconut milk, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and ice, coffee w/ coconut milk
Lunch: Tuna salad w/ avocado atop a spinach salad (literally like the one above, but I forgot to take a picture)
Dinner: “Taco” night again with a side of guacamole and plantain chips
Snacks / Other Staples
- I didn’t snack very much, but when I did it was usually fruit, nuts, baby carrots with baba ganoush, or a Larabar in the mid afternoon. I usually eat lunch pretty early, around 11:30, so something in the afternoon is needed to tide me over.
- As far as staples, I have been using a lot of canned coconut milk. I always drink sparkling water instead of soda, but it’s worth mentioning because it’s Whole30 approved. I buy the HEB brand, but LaCroix is also great. Eggs are definitely a staple. I also made a baba ganoush mentioned above and it was super yummy (instead of cumin I used paprika, and added a little bit more garlic and lemon juice than the recipe suggests).
And that’s all, folks! Until next week!