Last week, I blogged about why I’m doing Whole30. Today, I’m going to recap week one of Whole30 with the intentions of making this a regularly weekly thing throughout Whole30.
Let’s recap week one.
How I Felt
There is a fantastic Whole30 Timeline that breaks down how you will feel day-by-day. It’s not 100% accurate for every single person doing a Whole30, but is eerily spot on for me and most of my friends.
Monday, day one, I was fine. I ate to my heart’s content all weekend, including my standard New Year’s Day dinner of pinto beans, mashed potatoes, cornbread, and greens. There were quite a few sweet treats, and cocktail late the night before. I also made hot chocolate using whole milk at 11:58 Sunday night, using the rationale that if I made it BEFORE the clock struck midnight, it wasn’t technically cheating on Whole30.
Tuesday-Thursday, I had mild headaches and on Tuesday, there was a rather severe case of hunger, but it was nothing I couldn’t survive. By Thursday, I was asking myself around the 3pm mark if I was actually hungry, or did I just think I was hungry, because I was so used to snacking around that time. Honestly, I wasn’t hungry. I drank some water and moved on.
Friday, my stomach was NOT happy. I’ll spare you the details. I was far better by Saturday afternoon.
But oh, Saturday. According to the Whole30 Timeline, Day 6 or so is when you feel EXHAUSTED. I hit that marker right on the nose. It was a snowy Saturday and we canceled barre classes for the day, so I was able to stay in all day, nap, and watch a lot of Netflix. By yesterday, I was feeling far more rested.
Changes I’ve seen
Whole30 isn’t a diet, so much as a nutritional detox. You really won’t see changes in week one, and from what I’ve read and heard from friends, it’s not until the last days that you REALLY see the progress your body has made. That said, by Wednesday, my ever bloated stomach was totally flat and by Friday, I was sleeping a lot better.
When this is said and done, I’m willing to bet gluten is what causes my stomach issues. I’ve tried to cut gluten a few times and day three-four is usually when I start to feel immensely better. You’d think I’d learn. I’ve been in bed around 10, 10:30, and leaving my house for my 6AM workouts by 5:30 instead of waking up at 5:30 and rushing to put my clothes on. It’s been a nice change of pace.
I’ve also noticed my skin is clearer and my eyes are brighter. I’m definitely drinking a lot less coffee. I think that may be because I’m not adding Stevia or brown sugar or my favorite coffee creamer. I’m still on my two cups per morning, but I’m not drinking my mid-morning coffee, and my mid-afternoon coffee is hit or miss. I haven’t had evening coffee all week!
What I’m Eating
I believe preparation is key to being successful on Whole30. Can you be successful on the program without meal prepping? Sure. But will it be more difficult? I think so. I was already in the habit of meal prepping on Sundays, and had I not taken Sunday to prepare my food for the week ahead, I think I would have failed miserably. There were a couple of nights where I didn’t eat until 9:00!
For breakfast, I made a sweet potato, apple, ground turkey, and cinnamon hash from a recipe sent to me by a friend who has successfully completed Whole30. I’ve been scrambling or frying two eggs to go with it each morning and it’s been a highlight. It’s easy to heat up and loaded with all the goodness. It was so good, I made it again this week!
For lunch last week, I made a simple salad of mixed greens, shredded carrots, chopped red cabbage, turkey burger, and walnuts with an olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. I topped it with half of an avocado. So good.
Dinner? Dinner was a real winner. It was this Lemon Chicken Spaghetti Squash recipe from BuzzFeed and absolutely worth the hassle it is to cook a spaghetti squash. I also ate an apple with almond butter most nights.
Really loving monkey salad as my post-workout meal. Or is it Breakfast? I work out at 6am and eat breakfast right after, so if that’s my post-workout meal… all I know is I get to eat 4 meals today! • • • • • • • #foodisfuel #cleaneating #whatsonmyplate #januarywhole30 #dairyfree #whole30 #whole30breakfast #whole30postworkout
I train hard at my powerlifting gym four times a week, and also take several barre classes and teach several barre classes each week. The weightlifting alone burns tons of calories. Because of this, I get to eat more! Whole30 encourages a pre workout “snack” and a post workout meal. My “snack” has been a banana or a handful of nuts while my post workout meal has technically been my breakfast as I come straight home and eat. Because I need a fourth meal in there, I’ve been making monkey salad on training days and eating it mid-morning.
I was out of dinner by Friday night, so I stopped at Wegmans on my way home. I technically only needed almond butter as I’d already bought chicken ahead of time to cook, but I’d seen a recipe for plantain nachos and I simply had to have them. I ended up with a plate of plantain chips topped with sweet potatoes, chicken, and tomatoes and it was amazing! I used some of the leftovers as part of an egg scramble on Saturday morning, and ate the same thing for dinner Saturday night.
Over the weekend, I walked to the grocery store in the snow – a whole quarter mile, don’t get excited – for brussel sprouts and white potatoes. That was lunch on Saturday, along with more eggs (I know…). I used the leftovers for a hash Sunday morning, and meal prepped Sunday night.
Week one wasn’t as awful as I was anticipating. I’m enjoying eating clean, and the feeling that’s going along with it. I’m fighting through the Day 8-9 “my pants feel tighter” situation right now, but as they say, “this too shall pass.”
I only considered cheating once last week and that was over a packet of stevia to add to my coffee at work. I stopped myself pretty fast – did I REALLY want to cheat on Whole30 with a packet of artificial sweetener? No, I didn’t.
This week, my biggest challenge will be my board meeting on Thursday. Dinner is provided, and I’m certain it won’t be Whole30. I have a meeting immediately before it, so I won’t get to eat beforehand. I’m not training on Thursday, but I may have to pack some extra monkey salad to get me through!