Whole30 – My Decent Into The Madness

A few people expressed interest in seeing how my attempt at the Whole30 program looked (practically speaking), so I have been keeping track (ish) of what I have been eating and how I have been feeling.

Whole30 is one of those things that I kept hearing about and thinking, “Wow…so glad you did that and mad props to you. I would probably die. But hey…respect.” Then one night last week, I looked it, just for fun, and started reading about it, both from the official website and through a bunch of people’s blogs. An hour and a half later, I felt like I had signed my own death warrant. I couldn’t quite put my finger on why I felt that way, but I think just the idea of being so vigilant in denying my body so many things that it loves would basically kill me. And I wanted to do it.

I suck at actually committing to these things though, so I was really just laughing at myself when I posted something about it on Facebook. I was shocked at how many supportive comments I got on my casual post. And thriving on words of affirmation, I dove right in.

I do want to point out why I chose to do Whole30. I would like a lifestyle change, but I don’t expect this to be it. I would like to lose wait, but that is not a strong enough desire to keep me vigilant.

One of the main things I took away from the blogs I read was that Whole30 is to help you become more aware of how your body reacts to different foods and that everyone who has done it has felt AMAZING after finishing. Sounds good to me.

So I started with a day of roughly sticking to the guidelines and actually did feel really great at the end of the day. The next day I just ate whatever, and I felt like crap at the end of the day. Totally sold, here I am.

There are a lot of rules in the Whole30 and it can be kind of legalistic. I am going all in with the mantra, “It is only 1 month,” running in the back of my mind. That being said, I unintentionally slipped several times in the first couple days (which I will share with you). C’est la vie and I’m moving on knowing more than I did yesterday.

Whole30 – Week 2 (and apparently 3)

 

I’ve had no sugar, grains, or dairy for a week now. Yay me! Time to break out the mimosas.

 

Kidding.

My goal for this week is more water. A minimum of two full bottles a day.

Thursday

  • My amazing egg muffins for breakfast with a side of the best food in the world, strawberries.
  • I had to try my homemade meatballs so I made up some store-bought no-sugar-added sauce and had “a few” for lunch. ⭐⭐⭐ Totes delish, ya’ll.
  • I had walnuts, some deli meat, and half of Thia’s banana as a snack. -Thia woke up early so all of our meals were early, so I had this huge gap between lunch and dinner.
  • I had an Alaskan Pollock Burger for dinner.

I feed energized and excited about life 😎

Friday

  • Breakfast was scrambled eggs and 2 sausages (one too many).
  • Lunch was watermelon and grapes.
  • Dinner was meatballs (stuffed with veggies) and sauce with some walnuts for dessert.

Two full water bottles ✔

Saturday

This was a crazy day. One of the longest days ever. I didn’t log what I ate and I’m not sure I am remembering correctly.

  • I’m fairly certain breakfast was egg muffins and maybe a banana.
  • Lunch was blackberries. That’s all I remember. Maybe I had a hard boiled egg? Deli meat (it’s one of the only things that I can grab easily from the fridge these days)?
  • Dinner must have been more of the same. And some walnuts. And lots of water.

Sunday

Nothing has been very new or exciting this week. I’m thinking Monday or Tuesday will see me get really bored and try new things. But I need to make room in my refrigerator first.

  • Egg muffins for breakfast
  • Salad with vinaigrette for lunch (basically last weeks salad sans strawberries).
  • Hard Boiled Egg made a great snack.
  • I cut up a potato and baked it  with a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Seasoned Salt for dinner. I was amazing at how filling that was.

7 PM saw me still needing to catch up on water. This blog will never know if I did.

After Sunday I got really tired of keeping track of my meals and just kept filing them away to type out later in this glorious filing system of my brain. Unfortunately, my brain is more like a sieve than  filing system and all those meals just kept piling up until they were sifted out to make room for something else. C’est la vie.

So, I ate things like kale chips, egg muffins, homemade potato fries, walnuts, fajita innards, spinach salads, deli meat, and the occasional smoothie. Then Jon went out of town for the week and any desire to cook went with him, so I continued to eat whatever was laying around (more of the same) until I ran out of food. Which fortunately happened the day Jon got back.

 

 

I did go out to an all you can eat sushi and hibachi place with some friends for lunch while Jon was away. I wasn’t really sure what I would be able to eat. When I got there, I asked it they had any sauces without soy, and they said no (🙁), but they could just cook my meat and veggies in salt and pepper. So I got sauce-less shrimp, chicken, beef, and veggie hibachi cooked in salt and pepper and it was AMAZING. I went back and got it again the next day.

That brings us to Sunday afternoon, which is a whole week after last time I logged a day, and as I type it is actually Wednesday, the last day of week 3.

While I have failed at keeping track of what I have been eating daily, I have not failed in my actual eating daily, so huzzah for that.

I have tried a few new recipes since Jon has been home.

On Saturday, Thia and I were both feeling under the weather and nothing sounded better than chicken soup. Fortunately, I had some chicken stock from last time I brought a chicken in the freezer, so I used that as my base, threw in some freshly chopped onions and garlic, some frozen chicken breasts, and too many frozen veggies and made soup. If recall correctly, I seasoned with oregano, marjoram, and parsley. I also went a little heavy on the seasoning. It wasn’t bad for a first recipe-less soup, I would still probably only give it ⭐.

 

When Jon got home I tried making Salisbury Steak. I didn’t slice my mushrooms but rather chopped them because I was looking for shortcuts, so I used my food processor. I also don’t actually know what crimini mushrooms are, so I could have been very off there. I didn’t have tomato paste so I used tomato sauce and when I pulled the beef broth off the shelf, I found that it had already been opened. Who knows how/when that happened. That being said, Jon ate it over brown rice and gave it ⭐⭐⭐. I give it ⭐⭐. I think the rice would have helped and it really needed a salad or something on the side.

Last night I made chili.  I roughly followed her vegetable suggestions, but I did add bell peppers as well. I did not follow her directions at all as it didn’t seem to make sense with what I know about cooking, and it turned out fine. It all ends up in the same pot either way. I give it ⭐⭐⭐, although I think beans would make it better. Jon gave it ⭐⭐. He plans to make up some beans to add to the leftovers.

 

 

I was barely tempted to lick the spoon while making this. Who would have thought!

 

And that brings us to the end of week 3! I still need to up my water intake, but I am getting way better at identifying when I am thirsty vs hungry (usually it is just thirsty). I would like to start running again, but it is just so hot that I can’y bring myself to. Also, I have no desire to run in my neighborhood and while when I was working evenings it made sense to go to the park after work, it doesn’t make as much sense to drive that far to run now. I am paying with the idea of paying for a gym membership so that maybe I can go while Jon is still home.


⭐I will only eat this if I have to.
⭐⭐Pretty good all things considered, but if given a choice between this and pizza, I’ll take the pizza.
⭐⭐⭐I will eat this anytime, anywhere.

Whole30 – Week 1

I started on a Thursday, because, you know, that made sense. 😒

Thursday

  • Breakfast consisted of a strawberry, pineapple, carrot smoothie* with protein powder**. It was gross. I love spinach in my smoothies, but we were out. I used the next vegetable I could find and I was chewing carrot granules for the next hour. Carrots in my smoothie will from now on be a testament of desperation for nutrition. Just give them to me whole and raw, please. ⭐
  • Lunch was an Alaskan Pollock Burger that was uh-maze-ing. Costco was having a BOGO on the bags. Score. (I am 99% sure that these were allowed, but to be honest, I feel like they tasted too good) ⭐⭐⭐
  • Dinner was a salad. Fresh strawberries, walnuts, spinach, romaine, and some chicken I had grilled up in the morning. I added some bacon bits to Jon’s plate, but did notice the added maple so refrained myself. I topped it with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette (sans mustard). I could eat like this every day of my life. Totes delish, yada yada. ⭐⭐⭐I felt pretty good by the end of the day and actually felt quite satisfied.

|note| I did spend 117 dollars on real foods at Costco

Friday

I had a really rough time waking up. I’m not sure what the cause was. The kid was also crazy. I knew it was important to start off my day with some good protein, but I was so out of it and so focused on getting out the door, that I didn’t realize that I hadn’t made breakfast until I was actually on my way out the door. So….

  • Breakfast was a banana and fresh strawberries. It was too good to be wrong, but I’m pretty sure it broke at least 3 non-rule rules of eating healthy (too much sugar, not enough protein, and the one I’m sure I just haven’t heard yet). ⭐⭐⭐
  • I was starving by lunch (shocker). I made up some scrambled eggs with turkey meat (deli meat***) and salt and pepper.⭐⭐ I shared with Thia and then proceeded to share entirely too many raspberries with her as well. (Red fruits have my heart)⭐⭐⭐
  • I had a few of Thursday’s chicken strips as an afternoon snack (grilled on the stove in extra virgin olive oil and topped with salt and pepper)⭐⭐
  • I was more thirsty then hungry by the time dinner rolled around, so I had a glass of water and a kiwi. ⭐⭐⭐I felt satisfied but had a bad case of the munchies. I believe I read somewhere that munching is either a habit or an addiction or something and if you ignore it long enough it will stop happening. I’ll keep you posted.Day 2 takeaways: I need less fruit and more water

Saturday

Day three brought its own special challenge. I worked with pudding (yum) and candy (more yum) and passed out treats to the kids at the pool. 😋

  • Breakfast was scrambled
    eggs and coffee. ⭐⭐
  • Lunch was oven baked asparagus tossed in extra virgin olive oil and garlic and sprinkled with salt and peppe0r⭐⭐⭐and a kiwi
  • Dinner was chicken and veggies (of the frozen
    stir-fry variety) cooked on the stove with lemon juice, salt, and pepper in extra virgin olive oil.⭐⭐⭐

fun read for the day: 5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Whole30

Lemon-y Chicken Stir  Fry

 

Sunday

  • Breakfast was scrambled eggs
  • Lunch was an Alaskan Pollock patty
  • Dinner was an amazing burger cooked by a friend of mine
  • Applesauce to close the night

I need more veggies in my diet and I still have the munchies.

Monday

I did not prepare well so I did not eat well and I was hungry and cranky through the afternoon and evening. and I would have given my kidney for a piece of toast. Or some yogurt and granola. Or a piece of cake. It was a rough day.

  • Two hard boiled eggs for breakfast⭐⭐
  • Turkey deli meat and strawberries for lunch⭐⭐ and ⭐⭐⭐
  • Green beans and a kiwi for dinner⭐ and ⭐⭐⭐
  • Another kiwi when I got the evening munchies

I find it amazing how much a glass of water will do in curbing my “hunger”.

Tuesday

I felt like I was dying. This was it. Game over. My mom said that my body was learning how to be a fat burner instead of a sugar burner. Too bad I wasn’t going to survive to see what that was like.

  • Hard boiled eggs for breakfast and a kiwi. Then I was still hungry so I made a spinach, strawberry, banana smoothie. It was palatable. ⭐
  • Lunch I can’t even remember. I think there were strawberries.
  • Dinner was fajitas (minus the rice and tortillas). And it was sooo good. I love my husband for the hours he put into making mass amounts of peppers and chicken. I’m sad I forgot to take a picture. Since he only does things one way, we will be eating fajitas for days. ⭐⭐⭐

After dinner I felt much better. I hoped this was the end of the really hard part.

Wednesday

I woke up feeling way better than Monday or Tuesday. I did tempt fate by hanging out a donut shop though. Fortunately, I was able to just enjoy the smells wafting around me instead of being driven into a murderous fury that ended in donut consumption.

Breakfast is the hardest. I really don’t want to eat a full meal right when I wake up. Most veggies sounds nauseating, as with most meats, and eggs are starting to sound that way as well. (Way too many eggs)

  • Scrambled eggs and cherry tomatoes were for breakfast. I sipped coffee at said donut shop like a champ.
  • img_7853I used Thia’s nap time to make up some meatballs and egg muffins🔽 using homemade breakfast sausage and snacked on all of it while I made it. Probably not whole30 approved as it wasn’t a planned meal, but I was satisfied :).Breakfast Sausage gets ⭐⭐⭐ and muffins get ⭐⭐⭐. Breakfast just got more interesting!
  • Dinner was left over fajitas (days and days of it I tell you)

 

 

Week 1 done!

No really, mom, this toast is delicious.  You MUST try a bite.

 


My star system:

⭐I will only eat this if I have to.
⭐⭐Pretty good all things considered, but if given a choice between this and pizza, I’ll take the pizza.
⭐⭐⭐I will eat this anytime, anywhere.


*Apparently smoothies are not recommended because of some psychological difference between chewing your food and drinking it. There will be a lot less smoothies in my future than anticipated, but they will not be ruled out.

**Protein Powder was straight up cheating. Who knew that whey was dairy?? Live and learn. I made sure my protein powder wouldn’t expire in the next 30 days and said goodbye for now.

***I thought deli meat was a gimme and was also distracted while shopping. I checked the ingredients and the three pack that I bought has cornstarch, which is a no-no. I am not throwing out three packs of deli meat and Jon will not eat it. I feel really bad for this one.

🔽(4 asterisks were excessive) I was going to link the recipe I used for egg muffins but then I realized I just took suggestions from other recipes and made it up as I went. Basically, I sauteed a ton of veggies and whisked them in with 9 eggs and two pieces of my breakfast sausage, poured into muffin tins, and baked at 350 for 30 minutes. I also modified the sausage recipe slightly based on what I had on hand.

The official whole30 “can I have” page
On commitment vs perfection in your whole30 (I found this marginally encouraging)

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Wednesday Meal Prep 😍