The Whole30: Week One.

After months of contemplation I have finally decided to take the ‘Whole30′ Challenge. The great thing about the challenge is that I already love the approved food list. My consumption of meat will definitely increase but I’m interested to see how it affects my body.

Maybe it’s a fad. Maybe I’m a little crazy. Maybe it’s a bit extreme. All of these things could be true; however, a thirty day commitment is a short period of time in the grand scheme of my life.

Something that really stood out to me was:

“It is not hard. Donโ€™t you dare tell us this is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. Youโ€™ve done harder things than this, and you have no excuse not to complete the program as written. Itโ€™s only thirty days…”

I can commit to this program for thirty days. It may stretch my willpower but I think that’s a good thing every now and then!



Exercise: I’ve been sticking to my same workout routine. Lifting 3 days/week with 20-30 minutes of cardio 5 days/week and TONS of walking (goal of 10,000 steps/day)

– Eggs + Sausage over 2-3 cups of spinach
– Sweet Potato + Egg hash

Lunch: (not much variation here)
– GIANT veggie salad w/ grilled chicken breast + apple

– Broccoli Slaw ‘Pasta’ w/ Ground Chicken + Marinara Sauce (‘Whole30’ Approved – read labels!)
Slow Cooker Pork topped w/ Homemade Guacamole
– GIANT sweet potatoes + veggies
– Chicken Sausages + veggies + sweet potatoes
Paleo Chili

Overall Mentality:

Positives: Following the ‘Whole30’ hasn’t been as difficult as expected. The majority of my diet falls in line with the program; however, I was definitely craving toast with my breakfast and protein bars (my typical evening ‘dessert’) each night.

I tried bacon for the first time in six (or so) years and was surprised at how much I liked it. We picked up a pound from the farmer’s market and I swear it tastes better than the pre-packaged kind from the grocery store.

I had to decline cherry and berry pie on the Fourth of July but it wasn’t so bad; I knew there would be a sweet potato with coconut oil waiting for me later in the day! Nomnomnom.

Marty and I eat fairly healthy; however, when walking through Costco, I was shocked to see how many ‘healthy’ items contained added sugar (or other funky ingredients.) The ‘Whole30’ has already opened my eyes to how many unnecessary ingredients are contained within our foods.

Negatives: I will admit to binging on almond butter on Day 2 & 4. I ended up staying up too late and snuck back into the kitchen when I really should’ve been in bed. Oops. Almond butter is permitted on the ‘Whole30’ but not in the quantities I consumed…Oh nut butter – you get me every time…

Now that I’m working at a wine bar it’s definitely a struggle not to sample different wines or enjoy a drink after work with my coworkers.

Goals for Week Two:

Watch the documentary ‘Fed Up’ and cook a recipe (or two) with beef!

Also, a shoutout (and thank you) to Kelli for the encouragement and great recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

20 thoughts on “The Whole30: Week One.

  1. Way to go girl! You’ve got this!! …and don’t beat your self up if you slip up or w.e, you’re doing great!! Like I always say, progress, not perfection!!

  2. I’m looking forward to hearing more about how you like the whole30 program. It sounds like you’re getting to eat a lot of good food. And yes, it’s totally shocking to see how many “healthy” foods that are loaded with sugar.

  3. Give up my beloved Quest Bars? Hmm.. I don’t know about that. Maybe once I’m finished with the three boxes I currently have, I’ll hop on this Whole 30 Challenge and see how it affects my body. Thanks for sharing your thoughts & your recap so far.

    p.s. your little one gets cuter by the day xo

    1. Quest Bars are delicious (most of them!) I don’t feel too different yet but I do feel less bloated. I’m wondering if it has to do with the increase of animal protein and decrease of beans?

      And thank you for the sweet comment about Charlotte ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the photos of your girls, too. I wish we lived close and could have play-dates once they were a little older. Boo!

  4. I’m literally drinking a nutribullet shake with crunchy almond butter right now. WHY is it so delicious!? Good luck on your journey, dear.

    1. I keep going through jars of almond butter too fast; I never remember to scoop some into my smoothie before I consume the jar. I need to search for some smoothie recipes and add it in – I’m sure it’s a delicious addition.

      1. I like to do honey, almond butter, vanilla Greek yogurt (or vanilla frozen yogurt if I’m feeling festive) and frozen cherries. So yummy! And a healthy(ish) snack! ๐Ÿ™‚ almond butter is so good!

  5. hm, i’ve thought about doing Whole 30, but never looked into it too much. it’s definitely an advantage knowing that it will help teach me what to look for (healthy-wise/added sugars/etc) at the market.

    1. It really has been eye-opening. I think it’d be worth flipping through the book ‘It Starts With Food’ – that book alone is quite insightful. I chose the month of July to try the thirty day challenge because there are only a few months of the year I’d be willing to give up yummy seasonal foods (I.E. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, fall baked goods) ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Good for you for trying it! I think I’d miss oatmeal with peanut butter the most. My stomach usually doesn’t feel very good when I eat a protein-heavy breakfast for breakfast, for some reason, so I’d be curious to see how my body would react. I might try this once the baby comes — mainly because I haven’t been in the mood to cook (or eat a super healthy diet) for EIGHT months, and I’m really hoping that desire comes back — I will need some new recipes to try!

  7. I’m hoping to do a whole 30 in August. I’ve done an even stricter challenge before, and it’s really eye opening. You think that you’re eating 95% healthy, and you realize maybe it was more like 80% (at least for me). I hope you enjoy it!!!

  8. Looking forward to following your journey with this and seeing your takeaways/thoughts after completing the Whole30! I’m always intrigued by it but since I don’t eat meat, I’m not sure it’d be the best plan for me to follow.

  9. I haven’t watched Fed Up, but I’ve heard it’s great. Food companies are so sneaky sticking sugar in everything. Before Whole30 I didn’t realize how many nasty ingredients are in almost every canned food.

    I’m happy to hear Whole30 is going well for you. The quote you mention is one of my favorites, too. It definitely puts the 30 days into perspective. Congrats on finishing week 1! Thanks for the mention, girl. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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