I decided to start on a Monday, so the Sunday prior, I spent some quality time at Whole Foods, prepping for this. Thank God for the Whole30 book, which I relied on so much while I shopped. Part of this program is that you completely eliminate any dairy, legumes, sugar, grains, and alcohol. But good news, you can eat any fruit, vegetable, protein (minus powder unless it’s 100% egg white), eggs, and potatoes (in moderation)! I guess, I was a little naive on how much time it would take to find grocery items that comply with the program, but I did it! $200 later, I was ready to spend the afternoon meal prepping!
I chose to meal prep three days at a time, one, because I know myself, I get bored with my meals, and two, this way nothing goes bad. Also, if I’m being honest, I’m not really sure I know HOW to meal prep, but I definitely learned! I made a marinated flank steak with mushrooms, asparagus, and zucchini noodles, stuffed peppers with ground chicken and a pico de gallo salsa topping, spring salad, with cherry tomatoes, shredded carrots, with a cilantro lime mayo dressing, and leftover flank steak for lunch. I also made hard boiled eggs in my Instapot for the week, as a snack, along with apple slices. For breakfast, I chose to make chia pudding in the fridge with sliced bananas, almonds, and raspberries. It took me about 3 hours in total to do all of that for three days.
Day one was great, and while I was initially really hungry throughout the day, it forced me to drink a lot of water and hot tea (Trader Joe’s has a TON of sugar free, Whole30 compliant teas). My energy level was pretty high, and I felt pretty good, which is what the program said to anticipate. I had the chia pudding for breakfast, two hard boiled eggs throughout the day with apple slices, the salad and flank steak for lunch, and a stuffed pepper for dinner. To curb my sweet tooth, I had sparkling water with dinner. Then I immediately brushed my teeth after I was done eating to help with craving something sweet.
Day two was even better than day one! My energy level was REALLY high, I felt great, and while the program stated that day 2 and three might be the two days you feel like your hungover (groggy, headache, etc.) from a lack of sugar, I really didn’t feel that way. I felt really really good! I even turned down candy during our staff meeting, which is epic for me. I had the same foods on day two that I had the day prior. I wasn’t nearly as hungry throughout the day either.
Day three was the first time I felt a little headache, but I also suffer from chronic migraines, so I oftentimes have a headache, and since the weather had drastically changed it was hard to say if that was from the weather or from the changes in my eating habits (or both). I was hungry again throughout the day, but had plenty of healthy snacks to help with that. I had a new breakfast on day three: a sweet potato with almond butter drizzled on top with sliced bananas and shaved almonds. It was really good! For lunch, I had a stuffed pepper with the pico de gallo topping. For dinner, I had a salad (no cheese nor croutons) with grilled chicken breast with an oil and vinegar dressing. This was the first time I ate out, but I managed to still adhere to the plan and eat within the guidelines!
On Thursday, I had a sweet potato with almond butter again, but decided to use walnuts and raisins this time. HOLY MOLY… Yummy! For lunch, I had chicken meatballs that I made on Wednesday night. They were really really good! I made it with a side of Whole30 approved marinara sauce. I had my staple snacks of cashews, sliced apples, and a hard boiled egg throughout the day. Thursday night, I grilled a chicken breast. I seasoned it with salt, pepper, and a little bit of garlic powder. I made some oven roasted potatoes as a side.
On Friday, I decided to make eggs for breakfast, but sprinkled “Everything but the Bagel” seasoning on top of it. I HIGHLY recommend this! It was a crazy day at work, so I had a lot of Whole30 snacks, and was able to scarf down one of my chicken meatballs. Friday night Marc and I ordered in from a local restaurant we love. I had a burger (no bun) with mustard and lettuce and a baked potato. I was a bit hesitant because I’ve never eaten a burger without a bun, but you know what, it wasn’t bad!
I was nervous about the weekend, especially because I’m the queen of convenience eating; however, I was so proud of myself because I did it! I stuck with this. I had Whole30 pancakes both Saturday and Sunday with two poached eggs and bacon for breakfast from my favorite little restaurant near my house. They were super accommodating to my needs; it just took a few extra minutes to ask them how the pancakes were made. Saturday night, Marc and I went out, and while it was his “cheat” meal, I stuck with my plan! I had another burger without a bun and a salad. When he ordered dessert, I ordered a cup of bananas. Sunday night, I made us my FAVORITE instapot meal: Beef and Broccoli with flank steak. I didn’t even realize that this recipe was already made for Keto and Whole 30 diets! Thank you, Pinterest! Literally, this is one of our absolutely favorite recipes! So good and healthy too!
So here’s a summary of week one…. I feel AMAZING! This isn’t like, oh she’s just saying that.. No, really, I feel so so so good! My mood and energy has improved so much! I feel like a different person! I feel a strong sense of pride in myself because I’ve really stuck with this. I haven’t given in to my sweet tooth or my bread tooth! I fully anticipated that I would crave sweets the most, but boy, was I wrong! All I’ve wanted is bread, but I haven’t done it! On the Whole30, you weigh yourself on Day 1 and Day 30, but I definitely feel like I’ve lost some weight! I even fit comfortably in my “skinny” pants! I really didn’t do much for workouts this week aside from yoga and spin class. I will pick up the workouts and cardio next week! I’ve included pictures of the meals I had this week, along with some of the recipes! Enjoy!