One week into the Whole30 challenge and I can definitively say it’s been an adventure!
Embarking on the Whole30 is part of my efforts to Invest in Myself this year. Read more about that here.
As a refresher, read more about Whole30 here.
The basics: eliminate grains, legumes, dairy and sugar for 30 days.
The first few days were hard. I missed creamer in my coffee the most. I am one of those people who looks forward to going to sleep just so I can wake up and have that first cup of coffee. My daughter, La, missed her stops at Sonic for a drink before school. It took us both some getting used to. My husband, Josh, can really just go with the flow. Whatever I buy and cook, he’s eating. He was really happy we were all doing this together. He’s wanted to clean up his diet for months, but it’s really hard when there is still junky food around the house. My toddler, V, pretty much eats like this everyday, except for the dairy. She loves milk! V is getting the modified Whole30. Basically, carry on as usual V.
After a grocery store run and planning out a few meals, we put our game faces on and started on a Wednesday. In hindsight, I think this has contributed to our successful first week. If we had started on a Monday, there was a chance of a hectic week consuming us and our affecting ability to think rationally at dinnertime. I needed food prepped and planned and I needed time to adjust if something wasn’t particularly working. The weekend would be the perfect time for any of these adjustments.
So what did we plan for the first few days?
I’m a creature of habit with breakfast, so it’s not hard for me to eat the same thing every day and not get bored. My husband, on the other hand, has gotten a bit tired of eggs for breakfast, so I’m actively looking for good ideas for him.
2 eggs, scrambled with olive oil, garlic & fresh spinach
2-3 slices Nitrate free bacon
Smoothie made with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a frozen banana and a few frozen strawberries
She also switched it up to eggs and bacon for a few days.
Grass-fed beef hamburger with mustard & dill pickles, baby carrots, strawberries & blueberries
Steamed shrimp, tossed salad with Tessame brand ranch dressing (I’ve since learned about dump ranch that you can make yourself)
Deviled eggs with Simply Mayo (find it at Kroger in the organics section) & diced jalapeño, raw carrots & broccoli, fruit
Taco salad made with seasoned ground beef, guacamole, pico de gallo, cilantro & fresh lime
Lara bar or apple with almond butter or cashews
Grilled chicken meatballs & pineapple with coconut aminos and cauliflower rice
Flank steak, red potatoes with ghee, green beans
Almond crusted chicken tenders, sweet potato wedges
Grass fed beef with taco seasoning on romaine with guacamole, pico de gallo, cilantro and fresh lime
Week One Summary:
I read about people having severe headaches or exhaustion the first few days- even the whole first week. That never really happened to me. La did have a headache, but we were expecting rain that night, so I can’t be sure if it was the Whole30 or the weather.
For a few months before starting the Whole30 challenge, when I’d lie down at night, my body itched all over. I had prickly stinging sensations that would make me toss and turn for a while before I could fall asleep. Three days into the Whole30, that is gone. I know now it had to be an allergy or inflammation of some sort, so after our 30 days is complete, I will be sure to thoroughly document what gets reintroduced into our diets and the effect it has on all of us.
I wear a FitBit every day. I log my sleep and it will assess how many hours of ‘deep’ sleep I got versus restless sleep. Each day I see my deep sleep number increase and less bouts of restlessness. I’m also noticing that I don’t have that 2pm afternoon crash every day. It’s been really amazing.
My daughter La has remarked that she feels really good (let’s be clear- she’d have to be on an island somewhere during a school day to remark that she felt anything better than “ok”) and she’s feeling more rested during her sleep. As an observer, I can tell you her 14 year old moods have been completely stable and she just looks brighter, happier. I can’t deny this program is having a wonderful effect on her. I am excited to see what an entire 30 days does for her! I’m excited to see what it does for us all!
Have you done the Whole30 challenge? What was your impression?