One week – 7 days – down on Whole30, and I’d like to say only 23 to go, but that would be a lie. More on that below.
As much as I try to ignore the scale and focus on things like how my clothing fits and my performance in the gym, when I stepped on the scale last Tuesday morning to get my pre-Whole30 numbers, let’s just say I had incentive to go all in on Whole30. I really enjoyed my holiday season.
When I’ve done Whole30 in the past, I’ve documented my experience week by week. I decided to do that this time around, and we’ll be sharing updates in my Whole30 Facebook group as well. If you’re doing Whole30 this month, join us!
Let’s talk about Whole30 Week One.
How I Felt.
The first three days were great. Other than a few minor headaches, more due to a caffeine deprivation than anything (which was directly related to the fact that we didn’t have programs at work so there wasn’t free-flowing coffee), I felt pretty good.
Day four – Saturday – I woke up feeling like I just could not. I didn’t feel terrible, exactly, but my body felt heavy and moving felt like more trouble than it was worth. I skipped the optional fifth day of weightlifting programming for the week because I knew it was not going to end favorably. Instead, I laid low, got a lot of work done, went to the grocery store (four of them, woof), and made my favorite Whole30 Sloppy Joes for dinner.
I did have a little bit of an upset stomach Friday and Saturday. I typically have an unsettled stomach around day eight of Whole30, so we’ll see if it was a bit of a bug, or a result of Whole30.
What I Ate.
I find it easiest to eat the same meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday, and then change it up on the weekends. You may not like to eat the same meals five days a week, but it works for me, especially when on Whole30. This week, I went to my tried-and-true Whole30 meals to ease back into things.
Chicken and Sweet Potato Hash. My mom and stepdad gave me an air fryer for Christmas, so I experimented this time by putting the sweet potatoes in the air fryer, seasoned the same way as they would be if I roasted them, and highly recommend this approach. I scrambled in two eggs with the hash and had an apple with almond butter. Great breakfast choices.
I opted for a simple salad for week one. Mixed greens, matchstick carrots, shredded red cabbage and walnuts topped with turkey burger. I used balsamic vinegar and EVOO as dressing and garnished with avocado. I also had a cashew cookie Larabar. I try to stay away from those after week one, but I find them to be a good snack/dessert option to help transition into Whole30, and I always keep them on hand for emergencies.
One of my all-time favorite meals to make, Whole30 or otherwise, is
Whole30 encourages you not to snack, but if you workout, to add a fourth meal. I do think it’s okay to snack on Whole30 if you’re truly hungry and don’t just think you’re hungry. My favorite Whole30 snack is Monkey Salad – cashews, almond butter, blueberries, and a banana. The Larabars I mentioned above, as well as compliant RX Bars and Epic
Week One Final Thoughts.
Whole30 ends on the 31st, but I’ll be eating like this through March 1st. My CrossFit box is doing the Whole Life Challenge, which is a 6-week challenge around 7 healthy habits (nutrition, exercise, mobility, sleep, hydration, well-being, and reflection). It starts January 19th, and given that I’ll be on Day 18 of Whole30, I chose the nutrition level (performance) that best matched up with that and my goals. And so, I won’t be eating peanut butter until March 2. Please send good thoughts.
But, it works out. I’m going to Gulf Shores for a week right after all this clean eating and I’m vain enough to say I find the whole “look good in a bathing suit” thing incentive enough to stick with it. Plus there’s the whole thing where I want to compete in a certain weight class and would like to hit a few PRs… Bring on the protein and veggies.
Are you doing Whole30? How was week one for you?