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So here we are. I am officially one week into Whole30. I haven’t been perfect but I think I’ve done pretty darn well!! I am actually excited to meal plan, grocery shop and meal prep. Y’all. I have never been excited to meal plan, grocery shop or meal prep before. This is improvement!!! So now let’s get into my week…
Day One. So day one was actually supposed to be last Tuesday but my niece was visiting and we went to a children’s museum and I ate a candy bar for breakfast and had a shrimp salad for lunch. Total fail. So I decided to officially start the next day, Wednesday January 11. For those who don’t know during Whole30 you only eat clean, unprocessed food. That includes no dairy, no grains, no legumes and no sugar. At first, I totally balked at the idea but it’s only for 30 days and I can do anything for 30 days!
After my utter failure that was supposed to be day one I really got on the ball and meal planned my little heart out. I scoured the Whole30 website (it is a fantastic resource for recipes, shopping lists, and everything Whole30 related) and Pinterest to find something that I would actually eat, made my list and went grocery shopping. Keep in mind that I was also sick as a dog last week so my food preferences were a little weird, LOL!!
Shopping for Whole30 compliant food was really shocking at first. I honestly never realized just how many things contained sugar. I swear there is some form of sugar in just about all of my favorite foods. I messed up one night by marinating some chicken in worcestershire sauce. Apparently it’s full of sugar. Who knew?? Also all of those condiments which currently take up residence on the door of my fridge? Sugar. Every single one. Y’all I am the self proclaimed Condiment Queen. I think everything should be dipped or smothered in some type of condiment. This Whole30 thing sure opened my mind to just how much sugar I was consuming a day and it scared me a little!!
So here I am a week later. Living the condiment free life and surviving and you know what? It’s not really bad. I have learned to love and savor the taste of the actual food instead of covering it up in ranch or yum yum sauce. (Those are two of my faves!!!) Now this is not to say that when Whole30 is over I am going to give up my condiments forever, they will still be around but maybe not used nearly as much.
So let’s talk about what I’ve actually been eating. For breakfast every singe day (creature of habit??) I have eaten a banana, some blueberries and almond butter. It is a surprisingly filling breakfast and keeps my sweet tooth satisfied as well. I tend to eat my biggest meal at lunch and the past couple of days that has been a mix of red potatoes, bell peppers (green, red and yellow), onions, garlic, mushrooms, grilled chicken and cajun seasoning just thrown together in a big bowl and it. is. DELICIOUS. I sauté all the veggies together in some olive oil and grill the chicken on my George and then just throw the cajun seasoning on top and it is seriously mouthwatering.
For snacks I have been eating a lot of fresh fruit, pickles, boiled shrimp, lunch meat and banana pancakes. Dinner has been a variation of things from fajitas (no tortillas, lots of wholly guacamole), chicken and veggie soup, and italian sausage spaghetti/zoodles. Y’all. I am proud to say that I made my very own spaghetti sauce the other night!! All the store bought had sugar in it so I decided to be brave and make my own and it was pretty damn good. I just browned some Italian sausage with some onions and set it aside and then in the same pan sautéed some onions, garlic and mushroom until they were soft and then added some tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, garlic salt and Italian seasoning and BOOM that was it. I put my sauce over some zoodles and loved it!!
Now I have to admit that I was extremely wary of zoodles because I just wasn’t sure if I would like them or not but I found these bad boys at Target and of course, fell in love with them so I totally bought a Vegetti today so I can make my own!! They are so easy to make! I just threw mine in a small sauce pan with a little olive oil and cooked them for 3-4 minutes just until they started to get soft and they were done. And they don’t really have a taste, they just take on the taste of whatever you pair them with. I was really worried about that part, LOL!! But I really loved them and plan on making that meal many more times!!
That’s it for food. Now I guess on to how I have felt. In reading up on Whole3o before I started I read where a lot os people suffered from a “crash” at the end of the first week because their bodies were detoxing. They felt sleepy and had no energy and I am thankful to say I haven’t had that crash yet. I’m sure it’s coming since I had a few oopses but that’s ok, at least then I will know I’m doing it right!!
So overall week one of Whole3o was not bad at all. I am excited to continue and see where I am this time next week!!
Have you done Whole30??