Whole30: Week One Recap

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One week down! It was a bit of a roller coaster but rewarding as well. Here is what I ate during week one and a little bit on how I felt each day.

Day One

Breakfast

  • Frittata (egg, bacon, bell pepper, onion)
  • Avocado
  • Banana

Lunch

  • Chicken Salad (spinach, lettuce, shredded chicken, red onion, shredded broccoli, Bolthouse Balsamic Dressing)

Supper

  • Stirfry (shrimp, kale, zucchini, broccoli, onion, bell pepper, garlic, ginger, 5 spice, salt, olive oil)

Snacks

  • Carrot Sticks
  • Grapes
  • 2 Dates dipped in Almond Butter

Perspectives: I felt tired most of the day but I mostly attribute that to not having coffee. I was really excited to start and that made everything easier.

Day Two

Breakfast

  • Green Smoothie (kale, spinach, romaine, cucumber, frozen mixed berries, banana, unsweetened coconut milk, chia seeds, matcha powder)
  • Cold Brewed Coffee with Unsweetened Coconut Milk

Lunch

  • Lettuce Wraps (lettuce, shredded chicken, homemade ranch)
  • Grapes

Supper

  • Grilled Greek Chicken Legs (marinated in red wine vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, basil, garlic, dill)
  • Roasted Potatoes & Broccoli (tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper)

Snacks

  • Banana
  • Almond Butter

Perspectives: Feeling good! I’m really glad we started this midweek. It gave me the weekend to reevaluate and extra time to cook and plan. Even for someone who cooks the majority of my meals, this takes a lot of effort.

Day Three

 Breakfast

  • Veggie Scramble (eggs, bell pepper, onion, spinach)
  • Avocado
  • Grapes
  • Cold Brewed Coffee with Unsweetened Coconut Milk

Lunch

  • Lettuce Wraps (lettuce, shredded chicken, homemade ranch)
  • Apples Slices with Almond Butter

Supper

  • Crockpot Shredded Beef (salt, pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika, dried herbs)
  • Mashed Cauliflower (unsweetened coconut milk, salt, dried garlic, dried herbs)

Snack

  • Sliced Banana
  • Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • Trail Mix

Perspectives: I was really overemotional today. I also kept seeing pictures of doughnuts everywhere, which made me want one. Physically, I’m feeling really good. I feel a lot “lighter” and less bloated.

Day Four

Breakfast

  • Apple Slices drizzled with Almond Butter, Coconut and Raisins

Lunch

  • Chicken Fajita Bites with Guacamole (a modified version of this recipe)

Supper

  • Veggie Scramble (eggs, red onion, spinach)
  • Salsa
  • Bacon
  • Roasted Potatoes (salt, olive oil, dried herbs)

Snack

  • Booster Juice “Spinach is in It” Smoothie

Perspectives: I went to the mall with a friend today. The only time I felt particularly challenged was stepping in to Second Cup while she grabbed a frappe. The smell of the coffee + the dessert case = torture. However, I rode it out and had a Booster Juice instead. We had a big breakfast for dinner, which felt indulgent. Physically, I had good energy.

Day Five

 Breakfast

  • Scrambled Eggs with Spinach and Salsa
  • Bacon

Lunch

  • Leftover Chicken Fajita Bites with Guacamole
  • Grapes

Supper

  • Grilled Beef Burgers (lean ground beef, onion, garam masala, lemon juice, egg, salt, ginger)
  • Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower

Snacks

  • Trail Mix

Perspectives: I am EXHAUSTED today. I couldn’t sleep at all last night. I also overheard someone at work say the words “breakfast sandwich” and I felt like jumping ship right then and there.  I was totally foggy and irritable the entire day and in bed at 8:30.

Day Six

Breakfast

  • Banana
  • Almond Butter
  • Green Juice (cucumber, spinach, romaine, orange juice, water)

Lunch

  • Leftover Grilled Burger
  • Leftover Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower
  • Green Salad (greens, red onion, homemade ranch dressing)
  • Grapes

Supper

  • Chicken & Vegetable Soup (shredded chicken, stock, carrots, celery, onions, potatoes, herbs, salt)

Snack

  • Banana
  • Almond Butter

 Perspectives: I feel much better today with a good sleep under my belt, although I have been having crazy dreams. Chai tea this morning gave me a little boost. I haven’t been craving coffee much at all, which surprises me. I did feel like I overdid it on fruit and almond butter this day. I only ate a small bowl of soup for supper and as a result was hungry most of the evening before caving into a banana dipped in almond butter before bed. I’d like to kick my sugar cravings and I know reducing fruit will aid in this in the long run. Lesson learned: eat big meals to avoid snacking. I was much less irritable today, which is a relief.

Day Seven

Breakfast

  • Scrambled Eggs (with spinach and onion)
  • Bacon

 Lunch

  • Chicken, Zucchini & Red Onion Sauté
  • Celery dipped in almond butter
  • A few raisins

Supper

  • Grilled Chicken (smoked paprika, seasoning salt)
  • Broccoli Slaw (with green onion & homemade ranch)
  • Banana

Perspectives: I woke up naturally before my alarm today and feel like my energy is increasing. It was a cold, rainy evening and I actually wanted to run errands instead of cuddling up on the couch. The downside is that I had trouble falling asleep and stayed up too late.

On to week two!

Have you ever done a Whole30? I’d love to hear your tips!

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