Whole30 Recap – Week 1

Last Monday, my husband and I started our September Whole30 – you can read about why I chose to take this dietary reset on here. I can’t speak for Jon, but I have specific reasons for what’s motivating me to cut out known problematic foods and kill my sugar cravings.

As promised, I have a little wrap up of Week 1.

Day 1

The book says: So what’s the big deal? You feel empowered on Day 1. This isn’t too hard. You know what to do. You’re making good choices. But rest assured, things are going to get worse before they get better.

Missy’s Real Life: Starting the Whole30 on a day off of work was smart. I got to food prep, ate some of that prepped food and got my mind right for the week.

I had a chance to sit and watch the church service I missed from over the weekend – all about the importance of resting. That one hit me in the heart. Anyone else hate feeling busy – but can’t seem to escape it? Thanks to the teaching, I decided to not find the time, but MAKE the time to bring back my morning devotional/prayer/meditation time. I know I need it, and what better time to start it than now?

Workout: 1 hour of PiYo – LOVED IT. I felt strong and sweaty and bendy. I always feel awesome after PiYo.

Breakfast: Coffee & nutpods
Post-Workout: Pitaya Smoothie bowl with dragon fruit, spinach, frozen cauliflower & broccoli, chia seeds, pecans, grated coconut, MCT oil, coconut almond milk.
Snack: Apple & cinnamon
Dinner: Scrambled egg bowl: eggs, sautéed kale, spinach, garlic, avocado

Days 2-3

The book says: The Hangover. This hangover will suck in proportion to the not-great foods you ate before the Whole30. Many Whole30ers report headaches and fatigue – and this is normal.

Missy’s Real Life: Felt ok. Eating out is annoying. I forgot just how annoying it is to eat dinner out on the whole30. Questioning oils used to cook meats in or throwing almost everything off the salad because restaurant salads are loaded with cheese and candied nuts. Annoying. We’re going to have an interesting 30 days.

Not missing sweets. Did find myself rummaging for a snack earlier. I am liking having a daily apple. Jon is feeling REALLY tired. Guessing it’s due to the change in eating.

Day 2:
Breakfast: Coffee & nutpods. Smoothie with vital proteins collagen peptides, almond coconut milk, chia seeds, spinach and blackberries.
Lunch: Roasted chicken & root veggies
Dinner: Piada salad – got it with oil & vinegar so I didn’t take a chance on one of their dressings.

Day 3:
Breakfast: Coffee & nut-odds. Blueberry Cashew Smoothie: Cashew, Blueberry, Chia seeds, Spinach, coconut almond milk, Mct oil, Vital proteins collagen peptides.
Snack: Apple & cinnamon
Lunch: Balsamic salad: Salad, Kale, Walnut, Tessemae’s balsamic dressing, roasted chicken & root veggies
Dinner: Steak & roasted brussel sprouts and zucchini

Workouts: None – this is going to be a trend.

Days 4-5

The book says: KILL ALL THE THINGS!!! You feel surprisingly fine, but you want to punch everyone in the face. Welcome to days 4 & 5. You’re probably cranky because your brain isn’t happy when you tell it you can’t have something. It’s habit. And you’re pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.

Missy’s Real Life: Sleeping better… I was having some anxiety, but talking it through with Jon and focusing on prayer has been helping. Diet is fine. No issues with Whole30. Just missing the sweetness of Shakeology in my smoothie. Didn’t realize just how much flavor it adds.

Day 5 I woke up with a sinus headache. Boo. Food is going well. I do SO WELL with rules. As much as I hate to admit it, I think I’m an abstainer (link). I started reading Uninvited by Lisa TerKeurst.

Whole30 Moment: Not typical for a Friday night, but Jon and I made Whole30 compliant dinners before we headed out for the evening (in different directions). Usually, we just run out and eat somewhere on Friday – and it would be a beverage and appetizer and dessert. Jon and our oldest went to Friday night football games, so Harrison (my youngest) and I ran some errands and hit up the book store. It was obvious to me how much our trips out revolve around food. I kept thinking “if I wasn’t on Whole30, we might stop for ice cream or Starbucks”. That being said, Harrison still had a piece of cheesecake at Barnes & Noble and I felt bad when I had to decline when he offered me food samples at Whole Foods and Fresh Thyme. He said Whole30 is stupid for this reason. I explained it’s just a short term experiment I’m doing to see how food affects my tummy and mood 😃

Day 4:
Breakfast: Coffee & Nutpods. Blueberry Spinach Smoothie: Spinach, Blueberry, Almond milk, Chia seeds, Cinnamon, Vital proteins collagen peptides, MCT oil.
AM Snack: Apple & Pecans
Lunch: Roasted chicken & root veggies (meal prep is paying off)
PM Snack: GT’s Kombucha (READ your kombucha labels – a lot of them have added sugar!! The ones I get from GT’s don’t)
Dinner: Organic hot dog with kraut & dijon. Salad with walnuts, apple & balsamic.

Day 5:
Breakfast: Bulletproof Coffee: Coffee, Nutpods, Vital proteins collagen peptides, Mct oil
AM Snack: Tummy growling, so I pulled out an emergency packet of almond butter with chia seeds.
Lunch: Roasted chicken & root veggies. Salad with walnuts, olives and balsamic.
Dinner: Organic hot dog, Kraut & salad with walnuts, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives.

Workout: None. Keeping the streak alive. Jon and I are dead tired in the mornings. We’re guessing this is the changes in our diet.

Days 6-7

The Book Says: I just want a nap.

Missy’s Real Life: Day 6 – Woke up with another headache. Ibuprofen and coffee for breakfast it is. Until I get hungry. Feeling good rounding out the week. Realizing keeping everything SUPER simple is key.

Day 6:
Breakfast: Bring it on, Saturday morning!! Coffee & Nutpods. Fried plantains. Bacon. Sauteed kale topped with a scrambled egg, guacamole and pico de gallo.
Lunch: No real lunch – one big honking honey crisp apple.
Dinner: Five Guys burgers carry out – 2 patties with jalapeños, lettuce, onion – added kraut, dijon and avocado when we got home. Paired it with my kale, walnut, kalamata, sun-dried tomato salad. Jon and I made a dressing with olive oil, apple cider vinegar and some Spice Cave spice blends.

Day 7:
Breakfast: Scrambled egg, sautéed kale, guacamole, pico de gallo and bacon
Snacks: Apple & almond butter with cinnamon stirred in, pecans
Dinner: Roasted pork chop, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots

Workouts: Zero. Zilch. Zip. I’m not stressing it. Tomorrow we’re back at it and I know I’m not going to go downhill with two weeks of little to no workouts. No guilt. Just looking forward.

Week Wrap Up

For week one, it was a good one. I felt a little more tired than usual, hence the skipped workouts, but that could also be due to me coming out of a cold the week before.

Eating out is a pain. I know it can be done on Whole30, I just don’t like it. I look at the menu and look at the things I need to change in order to make them compliant. It’s frustrating for me. It also makes me realize how much dining out affects my health – because undoubtedly, I like the not-so-healthy food way better than the healthier fare.

3 more weeks and then we do the reintroduction phase. We’ll be wrapping up RIGHT before my birthday, but I’m planning on doing a proper reintroduction. It just might mean my birthday celebrating will be extended – a drink when I reintroduce alcohol, a little Whit’s when I reintroduce dairy, maybe a slice of cake when I reintroduce gluten and/or sugar. That’s the plan. We’ll see how it goes. I know I won’t figure out my trigger foods if I don’t do a proper reintroduction – so I want to make it count.

How about you? Are you considering a Whole30? Does this week wrap up help? I know it’s pretty detailed, but I thought it would be helpful to see how we’re eating – I know I always get my ideas from others!!



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