It’s time for our first Whole30 recap – we have the first week under our belts. Kind-of. My husband’s parents came to town for 3 days and we ate out a couple of times. My choices weren’t bad, but weren’t Whole30 compliant either. I know you aren’t supposed to do that on a 30 day challenge, especially so soon in, but I was tired of waiting for a perfect time and decided going in that this weekend would be an exception. The rest of the time, I’m geared up for no cheating.
Our first grocery store run for 2 weeks. We made a couple of small trips for things after this. A Whole30 isn’t cheap, folks!
I forgot to take measurements before we started. If I remember, I’ll do it today. Shaun and I both weighed ourselves, though, so we’ll see what happens there at the end of 30 days.
Who exactly is doing this challenge?
My husband and myself and loosely our 16 month old and 3 1/2 year old. They are eating what we eat for the most part but are still having oatmeal and a few other things like that.
How did we feel?
I’ll be honest. The first three days were horrible! I was tired, wanted sugar and wheat, and was just blah. Day number 4 was better. I still found myself constantly hungry. After we had a couple of off plan meals this weekend, I found myself feeling overly full and kind-of bloated and meh for the first time.
Crispy Italian Chicken, Sweet Potato Hashbrowns, White Potato Hashbrowns, and Sausage Sage Cauliflower Soup
What did we eat?
Breakfasts consisted of eggs (only scrambled so far), homemade hashbrowns with bell pepper and onion (sweet and white potato), fruit salad with coconut and nuts, and whole fruit. One observation when it comes to breakfast, only fruit doesn’t cut it even if I add in the nuts. I know I said day number 4 was better and that’s true except for in the morning when that’s all I had for breakfast. I felt gross and nauseous and starving in very little time. I’m sure it must have been from a breakfast that was so high in sugar and little fat or protein.
Lunches Shaun and I had big salads and we let the kids finish up all the off plan leftovers (I didn’t want to have to throw them away)
Suppers we made a couple soups (I found those to be super yummy and easy to both put together and make Whole30 approved), tacos in lettuce shells, and crispy chicken legs. Side dishes were always fruit, raw vegetables, or oven roasted vegetables (including my first go at sweet potato fries).
Cheats. When my in-laws were here we had some on plan meals (that I made at home – all the breakfasts and some of the other meals) and a couple that weren’t. I tried to pick better options though – a broth based turkey and rice soup, chicken fajita salad with salsa for the dressing (and no wheat anywhere), and skipped the dessert entirely when they got a Dairy Queen snack on our trip to the fair. Shaun’s choices weren’t quite so healthy (burrito with cheese sauce, wrap, and hamburger), but he says that being on the Whole30 made him eat a little less and kept him from getting Dairy Queen as well.
Snacks consisted of almonds, fruit, vegetables, and one day even an afternoon sweet potato that the kids and I shared.
(You can find links to some of the recipes on last week’s menu plan.)
I’m looking forward to seeing how week number 2 goes being 100% on plan.
If you’ve done a Whole30, how did your first week go?
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