Whole30: Week 1
For those of you unfamiliar with Whole30, here's the basic gist without getting into the boring nitty gritty that I've spent the last month or so studying up on: no legumes, no dairy, no grains, no added sugars, no junk food, no alcohol.
In the last week, I've been asked so many questions about the program: why I'm doing it, how hard it is, if I'm feeling anything, and the list goes on. So...let's chat about it.
Why am I doing it?
For the most part, I've followed an 80/20 diet the last few years. 80% of the time I watch what I eat and try to eat pretty veggie-forward with minimal meat and minimal crap...and then 20% of the time, I stop worrying about it because what's life without chocolate, pizza and a beer sometimes? Honestly, not fun, in my humble opinion. However, after months of progressively worsening anxiety flare-ups, skin breakouts, and super low energy...I decided it was time for a change. And, after a lot of research, I ended up opting for Whole30 - 30 days of super clean eating and not a lot snacking.
Am I trying to lose weight?
Absolutely not. I've actually been on a pretty big quest to gain weight after losing some substantial weight in September and October. However, I want to fuel that gain in a healthy way. My main priorities for the program are: mood, energy and skin. Weight isn't even on my radar, honestly.
Has it been hard?
I'll be honest...no. Dozens of friends and family told me all about the struggles of the first two weeks of Whole30, but I'll be honest...it hasn't been that hard for me. I wish I could lie, but most of the diet is similar to how I eat (with the exception of eliminating oatmeal, quinoa, rice, pretzels and Greek yogurt). However, the biggest pain points for me are: the urge to snack, some sugar cravings and upping my meat intake, which I typically limit for environmental and ethical reasons. Beyond that, I haven't experienced the headaches, fatigue and crankiness that typically is associated with the first week of this program.
Is it expensive?
So far, yes. My meal portions are larger, so I'm buying more and more. On top of that, quality products without added sugars are generally more expensive. Same with meat and eggs. But, I'm trying to tell myself that quality is important whenever I see my Whole Foods and Trader Joe's receipts...
How do I feel one week in?
I feel great. I was thrilled to meal prep today and can't wait for week 2 of my meals. While I did feel fatigued at a spin class on Friday morning, I hit up a Crossfit class on Saturday...and had more energy than I'm used to experiencing (see below...enjoying my black coffee with no creamer or sweetener...). Additionally, my tummy troubles haven't bothered me in one whole week, which is seemingly a new record. We'll see if these good vibes continue...fingers crossed.
However, I will note: my skin is breaking out more than usual. I'm hoping it's just adjusting to the new goodies in my system.
What did I eat during Week 1?
Here's a quick breakdown of what I ate the first week:
- Sweet Potato Turkey Sausage Egg Bake
- Zucchini Noodle Breakfast Bowl
- Scrambled Egg with Spinach & Sweet Potatoes + leftover steak
- Coffee with Nutpods Creamer
- Greek Kale Salad with Avocado - add chicken or tuna
- Instant Pot Carnitas over Cauliflower Rice - add cabbage and/or avocado
- Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
- Steak with Sweet Potatoes + Broccoli
Questions? Leave them in the comments!
Can't wait to continue sharing this journey!