WHOLE30: DAYS 1-7

I am officially over one week into my Whole30! I have had some delicious meals and terrible headaches.

Read on for more insights to my first week!


P.S. Sorry for all of the breakfast pics, I'm making an effort this week to take more pictures of the rest of my meals!





DAY 1: Monday, March 18

FOOD:
Breakfast: sweet potato slices, 2 fried eggs, spinach, 1/4 avocado, strawberries + coffee and almond milk
Lunch: zoodles with Italian pork meatballs + mushrooms, sparkling water
Snack: apple
Dinner: bruschetta chicken + roasted green beans with onions

EXERCISE: 30-minute leg workout in the morning, walk around Boomer Lake (about 3 miles) in the afternoon

MOOD: For the first day, I really felt fine. I was pretty hungry off and on through the day, as I'm used to eating 3 bigger meals and 2 small snacks throughout the day. I enjoyed everything I made all day! BUT I went to bed still so hungry after dinner because I didn't have any carbs basically all day. I made a promise to myself as I was falling asleep to get some potatoes after work on Tuesday.


DAY 2, Tuesday, March 19

FOOD:
Breakfast: 2 slices of sweet potato toast, 1/2 avocado, tomato slices, 2 fried eggs, frank's red hot sauce + coffee and almond milk
MID MORNING: matcha latte to try and get more energy
Lunch: zoodles with Italian pork meatballs + mushrooms, spinach salad with tomatoes and balsamic vinegar and oil dressing, sparkling water
Snack: apple
Dinner: bruschetta chicken, roasted green beans with onions, baked potato with ghee, sparkling water

EXERCISE: 30 minutes of yoga in the morning, walk around Boomer Lake in the afternoon

MOOD: I felt great! Definitely hungry before meals, but more satisfied after adding a salad at lunch and a baked potato with dinner. Toward the end of the day, after another delicious day of eating, I started to wonder what people complained about...


DAY 3, Wednesday, March 20

FOOD:
Breakfast: sweet potato hash (sweet potato, onions, tomatoes), 2 slices of bacon, 1/2 avocado, strawberries, coffee + almond milk
MID MORNING: turmeric tea to try and relieve my terrible headache... didn't work
Lunch: zoodles with Italian pork meatballs + mushrooms, spinach salad with tomatoes and balsamic vinegar and oil dressing, sparkling water
Snack: apple
Dinner: bruschetta chicken, roasted green beans with onions, hasselback baked potato with ghee, sparkling water

EXERCISE: 15 minute ab workout, 5 minute arm workout in the morning, 30 minute treadmill walk in the afternoon

MOOD: I finally got it. I woke up fine and after breakfast (and after coffee!!!) I still felt so sluggish and almost like I had been hit with a terrible hangover. Typically, I'm pretty productive in the morning, especially on mornings when I work out and have coffee (which is like almost every morning). I was tired and my head hurt and I didn't want to move or do anything.

It was so bad that I actually took a NAP (!) in the afternoon which I never do! (thankful for a flexible work schedule). I had such a bad headache that I didn't want to look at any kind of screen, which is problematic as I work in social media and need to look at at least 2 screens at all time. This also made me realize that it's not worth breaking the Whole30 on the weekends because I would HAAATE to have to go through this again, LOL

  

DAY 4, Thursday, March 21

FOOD:
Breakfast: 2 slices sweet potato toast, 1/2 avocado, tomatoes, 2 scrambled eggs, strawberries, franks red hot, salt + coffee and almond milk
Snack: apple
Lunch: zoodles with Italian pork meatballs + mushrooms, sparkling water
Dinner: chipotle whole30 approved bowl, sparkling water

EXERCISE: 35 minutes of yoga in the morning, walk around Boomer Lake in the afternoon

MOOD: Definitely on the verge of "kill all the things." The headache was real, I still felt sluggish, and my mood definitely got the best of me. It was def a rollercoaster of a day and I felt way better in the afternoon than I did in the morning.

 

DAY 5, Friday, March 22

FOOD:
Breakfast: sweet potato toast, 1/2 avocado, tomatoes, 2 fried eggs, hot sauce + coffee and almond milk
Snack: apple
Lunch: zoodles with Italian pork meatballs + mushrooms, sparkling water
Dinner: bruschetta chicken, roasted green beans, baked potato with ghee and salt, sparkling water

EXERCISE: none, because #friday

MOOD: Tired in the afternoon. Started to watch more basketball and realized just how many food commercials there are with things I can't eat: like burgers, ice cream, and pasta. More than anything, this was the day that people started questioning why I was doing Whole30 and I finally understood the "everything is a choice" mantra that the Whole30 preaches.


DAY 6, Saturday, March 23

FOOD:
Saturdays are weird for me food wise. I typically eat a later breakfast, snack around for lunch, and go out or order something from a restaurant for dinner. This wasn't really an exception, except I obviously didn't order anything from a restaurant.
Breakfast: sweet potato hash, 2 fried eggs, 1/2 avocado, 2 slices of bacon + 2 cups of coffee with almond milk
Lunch: ?? kind of snacked around on almonds while I made buffalo chicken dip in the afternoon
Snack: buffalo chicken dip with celery and bell pepper slices
Dinner-ish: buffalo chicken dip on a baked potato with ghee and salt

EXERCISE: 30-minute full body workout

MOOD: I had a really productive Saturday, aside from not eating traditional meals. I started to clean my apartment, went grocery shopping (for a few things), did laundry, and went to a friend's house warming party (and stuck to whole30!). Once I got home, I was definitely tired and ready for bed, but I didn't feel like I was going to fall asleep on my couch when I got home.

DAY 7, Sunday, March 24

FOOD:
Breakfast: sweet potato toast, mashed avocado, 2 fried eggs, tomato slices + coffee with almond milk
Lunch: buffalo chicken dip on baked potato with ghee and salt, celery, bell pepper + sparkling water
Dinner: bruschetta chicken with roasted green beans, baked potato + sparkling water

EXERCISE: none

MOOD: Good! Still tired in the evenings. Also, may or may not have cried a little bit when I drove past Taco Bell earlier today.


TAKEAWAYS:

Well, the Whole30 hangover certainly exists. It hits and it hits hard. I'm going to try and do a better job of mixing up my meals this week, and do some research of what I can eat for breakfast that doesn't involve eggs. 🍳

I've realized that I'm eating a TON of potatoes. In the past I've had quinoa or some type of bread/carb with my dinners so I'm not still hungry when I go to sleep, but those are all outlawed on Whole30 so potatoes it is! I hope there's no such thing as too many potatoes becauseeeeee that would defeat my suffering and longing for a crunch wrap supreme (and a Sonic PB blast on the side).

One week down! 3 and some change more to go. 🙌🏻😭

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