Whole30: Week 1 {Food Plan, Thoughts, and My Take on Rules}


*I apologize for the lack of pictures in this post! I know it looks really boring. I'll do better next week, but for now just click through to the recipes I've linked and you'll get all the deliciousness you could ask for!

Day 1: 

We decided to start our Whole30 on September 30, one day before we were supposed to start. What can I say? We'd had donuts, Mexican, and lots of soda the previous weekend. We had pretty much maxed out our "splurge money" so I figured we might as well buckle done and get with the program. I did take a break today and drive through Sonic. After verifying that NOTHING on the menu was Whole30 approved, I ordered a large ice water and faced the fact that this is going to be a long month.

Breakfast: Nothing (I had to run to wal-mart for toilet paper. No time for breakfast)
Lunch: Chicken Tortilla Soup (no tortillas, sour cream or cheese)
Snack: Sonic Water
Dinner: Turkey Cutlets and Broccoli with Roasted Garlic Aioli Sauce

Day 2: 

I woke up this morning and suddenly realized that even though our diets have completely changed, I still have to do laundry and take care of my kids. It's like our lives don't actually revolve around food. It's not that big of a deal, right? I was enjoying this new found revelation until I gagged on spinach at breakfast. I enviously watch Cupcake eat Honey Nut Cheerios...maybe this food thing is a big deal.

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs with Bacon, Zucchini, and Spinach
Lunch: Chicken Tortilla Soup (no tortillas, sour cream, or cheese)
Snack: Apple and Grapes
Dinner: Sweet Potato Turkey Chili (no black beans)

Day 3: 

I felt a little tired today, but not too bad! My husband's day was a little harder. He woke up with a headache and someone left an entire fridge full of leftover desserts at his office. I told him if he cheats and eats sugar, his apology had better come with a Mango Diet Coke from Sonic. Just sayin' we're in this together or we are out.

Breakfast: Sausage and Vegetable Hash and Fried Eggs
Lunch: Chicken Tortilla Soup (no tortillas, sour cream, or cheese)
Snack: Cashews
Dinner: Pot Roast with Carrots and Onions

*Sausage and Vegetable Hash is simple to make and freezes beautifully! I chose to use turkey sausage, zucchini, squash, and carrots. I doubled the recipe then froze the hash in 3/4 cup portions in individual ziplock bags.

Day 4

Today was a pretty normal day. I'm actually feel pretty good. I think some of it has to do with the fact that we've been slowly easing into a Paleo diet over the past month. Of course, I've still got a headache every now and then, but so far detox is not as bad as I thought it would be. In other news, I've enjoyed my Sonic water immensely. I'm not sure why drinking water out of a styrofoam cup is so great, but it is. I've also rediscovered the joy of adding fruit slices to make flavored water. Orange and pineapple are both big hits!

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs
Lunch: Mom's Paleo Chili and Paleo Spaghetti*
Snack: Cashews
Dinner: Leftover Pot Roast and Carrots

*My husband doesn't like spaghetti sauce, so I always make a pot of chili for him instead. A few weeks ago I devised my own Paleo Chili recipe. It's not as tomato-y as regular chili and carrots add a little sweetness that we love.

Day 5: 

I spoke too soon. Today I felt terrible! Tired, bloated, and irritable: the Whole30 trifecta. Luckily, it was an easy day. Kids watched movies, and I played worked on the internet. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Breakfast: Sausage and Vegetable Hash with Eggs
Lunch: Mom's Chili and Paleo Spaghetti
Snack: Cashews/Fruit
Dinner: Salsa Stuffed Chicken with Sweet Potato Hash

Day 6: 

This Whole30 thing is down-right ridiculous. It's a rainy Saturday. I should be curled up on the couch with a diet coke and a bowl of ice cream. For real. All I've wanted all day is everything I can't have. I almost just called it quits. Then I remembered that I told all of YOU that I was going to do this for 30 days, and if I wimped out early I'd have to get on here and tell you all that I'd given up for NO GOOD REASON! So thanks for the accountability...

Breakfast: Sausage Hash with Eggs
Lunch: Mom's Chili and Paleo Spaghetti
Snack: Fruit Juice (100% juice, not from concentrate)*
Dinner: Bun-less Burgers, Guacamole, Green Beans, and Steamed Broccoli, Carrots, and Cauliflower.

Fruit juice is technically not on plan, but I was feeling rebellious.

Day 7: 

Today was really, really long and tiring. Sundays always are! I did find myself watching reruns of Master Chef and reading a cookbook though. I guess I have culinary arts on the brain! I can't believe we've made it through 7 full days of this Whole30! Only 23 more days until pizza!

Breakfast: Garden Vegetable Hash*
Lunch: Bun-less Burgers, Guacamole, and Vegetable Hash
Snack: No time...
Dinner: Mom's Chili and Paleo Spaghetti

*This Garden Vegetable Hash is amazing! I can't wait to make it again. It took forever to cut up the vegetables, but it was so worth the work. It does call for white potatoes, which are technically not Whole30 approved. However, after doing the research we decided to go ahead and eat them. Potatoes are a vegetable and not too shabby on nutritional benefits (assuming they aren't french fried). We very rarely eat white potatoes anyway, so for us adding them to our diet is a welcome change.

This is one of the few Whole30 rules we've intentionally decided to break. This is our Whole30 which means we have to understand, agree to, and abide by our own rules. The guidelines on the Whole30 website are just guidelines. This is what they suggest for optimum benefits; however, those Whole30 gurus aren't here at my dinner table! I'm the one in charge of what goes on my plate.

Our Whole30 isn't about following some arbitrary set of guidelines to please someone else. This is about a commitment I've made to myself, my family, and to God. We've tailored our commitment to our family and our needs. Hopefully, soon we'll start to see the benefits!

Goals for Next Week: 

Complain Less
Eat something for breakfast beside eggs.
Take pictures of our food!

Curious about Whole30 Guidelines? Check out this post. 
Curious about what foods we can eat? Take a look at this shopping list. 

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  1. I've heard from several people that Chipotle has a few items on their menu that are Whole30 approved. I don't know if you have a Chipotle near you, but if you do, perhaps you could enjoy some fast food during the month.

  2. Good for you!! I'm still not convinced to try it yet but can't wait to see how you do for next week!

  3. Don't tell Melissa and Dallas about the potatoes though, or they'll say that your Whole30 wasn't really a Whole30 at all. They're really legalistic about food, which is why I gave up (after 3 failed attempts) ever trying to do a "true" Whole30. Primal works so much better for me. When the rules are too strict I fall off the wagon hard. With primal I just know what I'm avoiding - if I slip and have a little - no worries, it's my 20% - don't binge and go crazy, enjoy it guilt free and continue making good whole food choices. Good luck to you though - for those for whom having strict rules does work well I've heard great things about the Whole 30!

  4. whole 30 is hard. I did one in April, but I did it by myself. Hubby and kids were still eating normally (although they probably got more veggie that month than normal!) Worth it, but hard. I felt great at the end of mine... tinkering with doing another, but modified to suit me better. Anytime something calls for white potatoes, you can totally sub sweet potatoes. :)



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