We originally planned to start the new year with a round of Whole30. If you’ve never heard of Whole30, essentially it’s a food “reset” not a diet. You eat real food for those 30 days. To summarize their rules, you eliminate all real or artificial added sugars, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy and other additives put in processed foods. Since food is also a mental battle, you also eliminate “healthy” versions of decadent treats using compliant ingredients. The Whole 30 process is intended to repair your relationship with food. Through their reintroduction process, you are able to add back some of the foods little by little which can help to identify any food intolerances. For full details of the Whole30 program, check out the program rules on their website.
We ended up starting a bit early on the 29th. I was too excited to start, and we needed groceries anyways. It also made sense because Nate would be home with me during those potentially brutal first days. Let me tell you about the first four days.
I started the day with an extremely mild headache, likely due to all the junk I ate the day before. We made no plans for this and are flying by the seat of our pants. I put together scrambled eggs and spinach, and we topped that with salsa and hot sauce. We were already nervous if this would hold us over.
With lunchtime approaching, we made grass-fed burger patties from Trader Joes. Don’t be like me. Don’t go into this unprepared. I wish I knew we were supposed to defrost it overnight. Thankfully, we were able to defrost them quickly under running water but were so hungry while we waited. Grass-fed meat definitely has a different taste, but I kind of like it. It would definitely take some getting used to. Trader Joe’s Deli Style Brown Mustard helped me stomach the new grass-fed meat taste. Most things with this mustard would taste good.
With the burger, we had roasted potato wedges and a basic salad. It ended up just being lettuce and a homemade Italian dressing. We quickly realized how we should have planned much better for this. It was an extremely boring salad. It made me realize how badly we need more salad ingredients when Nate’s mealtime prayer included “Lord, bless the lettuce we’re about to eat.” The dressing wasn’t half bad though. Nate even says it’s a favorite of his, and he is super picky about salad dressing.
Dinner included steak, sweet potato wedges, and sauteed spinach. We finished with an after-dinner snack of some pistachio and an apple as we got a little hungry since we’re used to grazing all day. All in all, I felt pretty good about the day. Nate, on the other hand, was getting nervous from our lack of preparation.
We enjoyed the same breakfast as yesterday, which somehow seemed like more food than yesterday. I am completely surprised to not have a headache since it’s on the Whole30 Timeline for Day 2 and 3. I was so sure I would, but maybe keeping my water intake up the day before helped with that.
For lunch, we had uncured hot dogs with that delicious brown mustard and rosemary potato wedges. I wish we didn’t run out of lettuce, so I could have at least thrown together a quick salad. We were in such a rush to eat that we didn’t have time for much else. A grocery trip is necessary.
Since we were out late on a grocery trip, I threw together another meal that was a pleasant surprise. I found compliant fully cooked Italian sausage and heated it up with marinara sauce served with lemon asparagus and a side salad. Such a good meal and so easy! I’m getting a very mild headache tonight, but it fades pretty quickly.
We are just not getting sick of this breakfast. It’s pretty nice to have some Cholula in the house though to mix up the hot sauce though. On Sundays, we almost always get lunch with my parents after church. Whole 30 makes it a little difficult to dine out though. Thankfully, Five Guys made it pretty simple. They don’t even season their burgers and cook them on the flat-top with no oil. We both ordered lettuce wrapped burgers with some veggies and hot sauce.
For dinner, I mixed things up with a buffalo chicken bowl with diced roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli on top of cauliflower rice. This one is a winner, folks! Don’t be fooled though. Cauliflower rice is a poor substitute for regular rice, but it’s the best we have right now! Nate is starting to have cravings already, but I’m doing pretty good so far. I did have a moment where I felt we should get dessert out of habit but realized I couldn’t.
Breakfast was the same yet again, but Nate made it while I consoled the little one. I’m still feeling pretty good, just tired from the little one’s lack of sleep. For lunch, we had roasted chicken on salad – another quickie meal. I had some macadamia nuts along with it. While I fed the little one, Nate was sweet enough to make dinner. Burger patties and potato wedges again. Simple, but so satisfying. I whipped up another salad but added hard-boiled eggs. I made enough to have plenty for quick breakfasts this week since Nate is returning to work and needs some grab-and-go items.
We feel pretty good so far. My face and neck already feel a little thinner, which is probably just losing my puffiness from less junk food. I have been for the most part headache-less, and I even feel more motivated than I have in a very long time. I am honestly surprised at how easy this has been so far, especially with how poor my diet was right before starting. That could very soon fade, so I want to make sure we’re prepared with quick and easy meals and more variety so we don’t get bored.
If you have tried Whole30 before, please let me know of any pantry staples or easy recipes that you love in the comments. I plan to update on the rest of our 30 days on a weekly basis. Stay tuned for the next one!