So in case you aren’t Paleo, do Crossfit or have a Pinterest account, or don’t have friends who are/do (which I don’t think is possible at this point), the Whole30 plan is from the wonderful people at http://www.whole30.com, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, authors of “It Starts With Food”. There are tons of resources on their website for what all that means and how they began this journey with health, so I won’t go into all the details here. I definitely recommend the book, and the resources on the website though, because they’re amazing! I will summarize the basics though, you cut out all dairy, sugar, grains, alcohol and legumes for 30 days. Then you slowly reintroduce each food group to identify any that you might have issues with, and stick to as whole and unprocessed as possible moving forward. They have super clear lists on the website of what’s allowed and what’s not, but basically you’re eating meat, veggies and some fruit, and you can cook with olive oil or coconut oil. I’m usually not one giving up fun things like alcohol and sugar, but I think I’m ready to give it a shot.
Basically I have a lot of friends who are Paleo and have heard reference of this “whole 30” before but never paid much attention to it. Recently a lovely mama+blogger+fashionista I follow on Instagram was posting about her experience with it, and I got interested. Before and After photos of mamas who now have flat tummies are incredibly inspiring/motivating.
I started yesterday, and I fully followed the instructions about prepping mentally and really getting at your motivation for doing this, and mine is that I want to make good healthy choices for my body and model good healthy eating habits for my son and family. (Of course. I mean who doesn’t want that?) So I kept thinking and what I want goes deeper than that. I want to want to make good choices for my body more than I want to be skinny, be a certain size, bust out that hot pink bikini from before baby , etc. That’s my battle, healthy and strong versus a number on my scale. Next step was to take the ever so lovely before photos (with Mason yelling to be in them), and some measurements. Okay, that part is done, yay. Now on to my first day!
I woke up nervous about what I was going to do without coffee with my normal sugar in it. (www.whole30.com has a great “Coffee Manifesto” you can read where they talk about whether its okay or its not, etc. I decided to not go cold turkey on the coffee since I’m going off sugar and alcohol and all carbs at the same time and I’d love to still be married and have friends after these 30 days are up.) I tried my coffee black with a shot of coconut milk in it and I nearly barfed. Good news though, I was so nausea’s and disgusted I wasn’t hungry or feeling like my usual cup of coffee all day. Win? I’ll take it. My meals were as follows:
Breakfast/Brunch time : 1 Hard boiled egg, 1/2 a roasted chicken breast and roasted zuchini. (This was from the day before, I couldn’t be bothered to make anything. Good start off huh?!)
Lunch: Mixed greens salad with shredded carrots and mushrooms, with tuna I mixed with an avocado and red onion, cilantro and lemon. I sprinkled it with balsamic vinegar and a ton of black pepper and it was awesome.
Dinner: Grilled chicken breast, grilled zuchini and eggplant, and a cauliflower mash I did simply by steaming a head of cauliflower, chopping it, throwing in about a teaspoon of olive oil, a clove or two of garlic and some salt and pepper and whipping with my immersion blender until it was creamy.
Overall it was a great day. I didn’t feel hungry throughout the day, and I didn’t feel rotten or deprived of things, I was kind of just fine. Around 3 pm or so I reallllly wanted some coffee, so I tried my concoction again of coco milk in the coffee and almost barfed again, so I just ditched it. I’ll provide more details on my day 2 post, as we have come to a middle ground on coffee.
I plan to get more adventurous with my recipes the rest of this week, this first day though I just wanted it to be simple and easy since I had Mase and work and did all my grocery shopping as well. Tomorrow we’re trying Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers and I’m pretty excited since I’m obsessed with anything I can put hot sauce on. Here’s to surviving day one. 🙂