Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Whole30: Week 1 Update

In Monday's post, I shared information about Whole30 and what the program is - what you can and can't eat, and why it's worth doing. But I also wanted to give you guys weekly updates as I am completing the Whole30 this month.

You experience a lot of changes throughout the 30 days, all of which the book outlines and talks about in detail, but I wanted to give you a run down of each week from my personal experience, along with tips, tricks and recipes!

How did I feel? Honestly, the first three days were tough. I felt tired and had headaches - but that's because my body was coming off of a sugar high from the foods I was eating before I started... a sugar and bad food hangover I guess you could say! I pushed through it and started to feel normal again by day 4. Since then I have been feeling great - full after meals, sleeping better, and no headaches!

What did I eat? I keep things pretty simple because I don't want to spend hours in the kitchen every week. So I made a batch of egg muffins for us to eat in the morning, usually with some fruit. For lunch, I prepped salads in individual air tight containers. I like to "theme" my salads for the week so I don't get too bored with them. This week, I made taco salads by browning ground beef in homemade taco seasoning (easier than it sounds, I promise), and added toppings like peppers, carrots, radishes, and tomatoes. When ready to eat I added lime juice, avocado, and Tessemae's Southwest Ranch that is Whole30 approved. Next week, I plan on making Greek style salads with chicken. For dinners, I like to make one pot meals that will last a few nights - this week we had chicken potato soup and a pot roast.

Weekly Tip: Before you start, clean out your kitchen!! Get rid of all the foods that are not Whole30 compliant. If you have kids or others in your house that won't be doing Whole30 with you, then put their foods that aren't allowed all in one place (separate shelf of pantry and refrigerator) and tell yourself that those foods are completely off limit for the next 30 days. Since it's just me and Chris in our house (and we are both doing Whole30), I cleaned out our whole kitchen and started with clean slate - this feels good in itself!

Weekly Trick: For a batch of easy hard cooked eggs (which I always keep on hand during Whole30 because they are a great source of protein), try baking them instead of boiling - so much easier!! Find the directions on how to do that here.

Favorite Recipes: Whole30 Pot RoastFish Taco Bowls, and Buffalo Ranch Stuffed Peppers.

Let me know if you have any specific questions about Whole30 and check back next Wednesday for week 2 update! Thanks for reading!