The Whole30 is definitely not for everybody, but at the same time it is for everybody. For 30 days you cut out all the crap, and for brevity’s sake only eat protein, fruits, and veggies (a little nuts, healthy fats, and seasonings galore). After 30 days, you are supposed to slowly reintroduce the other foods you cut out, to see what your body is sensitive to. Of course, that is not always the case. The first Whole30 I did, I binge ate pizza and probably sushi the second I finished day 30 (oh goodness, those still sound fantastic!). The second whole30, I think I did a better job, but I know I reintroduced alcohol pronto, because wine + law school are necessities. What I have discovered from Whole30 is that dairy products irritate my gut, as does alcohol (hahah).
I highly recommend following some sort of meal plan the first week of Whole30 so that meal planning does not get overwhelming or complicated. I followed the Whole30 Cookbook’s 7 day meal plan with some alterations, and I really liked it! It is even going to last me a few more days, since all the serving portions in that cookbook are for 2, but I bought enough for 4-6 for some meals. Some of the meals were more basic than I would have liked. That basic aspect is great for the first whole30 you do. Seriously…keep it simple. For someone who eats paleo much more frequently and has done the whole30 a few times around, basic can be boring.
- Nick’s Sticks (Iowa based turkey and beef jerky!)
- Epic Bars
- RX Bars (OMG OMG OMG I LOVE THESE!)
- Dried Fruit
- Hardboiled Eggs
- Trader Joe’s Plantain Chips. (with guac, with salsa, by itself).
The first week of whole30 can be brutal from the hours of 3-5pm. I felt like I was starving, which is completely dramatic, since it was just my body asking me to give it the sugar, starches, and crap I had been putting into it. Snacks can help save you from that.
The first week is also where your body can’t believe you would subject it to such torture as to eat healthy! Days 1-3 are always easy for me. I’m super pumped to be meal planning and to eat whole, good things. Days 4, well it all hits the fan. This whole30 I had sugar cravings like you wouldn’t believe. That was the first time this had happened to me. I wanted Chewy Sprees, cupcakes, AND CHOCOLATE OMG. I still had my usual cravings of a warm French Loaf with melted butter. But the sugar craving was something I had never really had.
Day 4 was just dealing with this adaptation of my body. Craving all the things, but still feeling pretty good.
Day 5 I became an angry elf. I was short-tempered, and just wanted to nap at all hours of the day. My energy levels were terrible. I went to the gym with my fiance, and ran a mile on the treadmill and was pooped. So, then I stalked him around the gym like a wet puppy, which was clearly annoying to him. Oops. I think I tried to give him puppy dog eyes to get him to take me home. (The gym is a block from where we live, but it’s Iowa winter and it’s cold, and snowy, and cold….). Anyways this is how I feel I looked like:
Day 7 I felt fabulous! My energy levels were normal, I wasn’t moody or short-tempered. We went to pick out the tuxes for the groom and groomsmen for the wedding, then to try on wedding bands. It was such a fun day, and my fiance rewarded me with Chipotle! Hello compliant salad!!
I had a lot of REALLY good meals this week. I also failed at making Paleo Mayo TWICE. Which is terribly sad, because whole30 mayo is the best and it sucks when it goes to waste. I had one batch become halfway redeemable, but it’s still not the perfection it should be. There will be a blog post about this soon.
- Brined Pork Chops with an Apple Sage Sauce from Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook (this cookbook is AWESOME! But not everything is whole30 compliant).
- Perfect Baked Salmon from the Whole30 Cookbook
- Tomato and Kale Frittata adapted from the Whole30 Cookbook
- Rosemary and Olive Oil Roasted Potato Fries.
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