Look at me! Miss ‘I suck at commitment’ actually stuck to something for one week!! I finished the first week of the Whole30 and I have every intention of finishing the next 23 days as well. I don’t want my blog to turn into a complete Whole30 overload for the next month, so I will just do a quick recap of how the week went.
When I first started the Whole30, I didn’t want to get too overwhelmed with cooking lots of recipes, so I just stocked up on veggies, fruits, nuts, and a few healthy proteins- mostly eggs and fish. Costco was the bomb.com for this because I was able to buy huge bags of spinach, broccoli, frozen berries, and frozen fish. I didn’t buy my eggs from Costco because there is a local farm here that sells eggs in several grocery stores and they are the.best.eggs ever, so I try to only buy those. I also didn’t really cook anything ahead of time, which in retrospect might have been better if I had, but it still worked out. By day 4 I was pretty sick of egg and veggie scrambles and fish, so I wanted something new. Kyle and I picked out a few recipes and made them for dinner for the next 3 nights. I think it really helped that I don’t have too much going on work-wise this month. If I was as busy as I was in the ICU last month, I would have been in TROUBLE! For those trying the Whole30 in the middle of a hectic work or school schedule, I would recommend cooking large batches of a few recipes at the beginning of the week.
Week 1 Timeline:
Apparently, you feel these symptoms more depending on how bad your diet was before starting the Whole30. I like to think I eat pretty healthily, but I definitely had something processed as well as sugar basically every day. And, I had this for dinner the night before I started the Whole30: Day 1: I felt really good! I totally got the “this isn’t so hard!!” feeling. Of course I was craving some sweets in the mid afternoon, but it wasn’t bad. I tracked my calories in My Fitness Pal and found that even though I felt like I ate a ton, my caloric intake was pretty low! Day 2: Very similar to day 1. I still felt good, still had some cravings in the afternoon, and still had pretty low calories for the entire day. I noticed that even though I wasn’t eating any grains, my carb intake was still higher than my protein and fat. It was then that I started to think maybe I was eating too much fruit (3-4 servings a day), so I decided to try to cut back to 2 servings a day. Day 3: I never experienced the hangover that some people feel. I think it might be because I normally don’t eat that much processed food. I had 1/2 a larabar each day for days 1-3 as an afternoon snack which I found really enjoyable. Since my sugar consumption had gone down, that 1/2 larabar was really a treat! I also fell in LOVE with my monkey salad this day. Seriously- this is the BEST dessert EVER. I eat it while Kyle eats a huge bowl of cookie-dough ice cream and I didn’t even want the ice cream! It’s just sliced banana, coconut flakes, and cashews. Try it. Day 4: I guess I did feel pretty grumpy this day. So strange! I was in surgery all morning and felt great, was starving for lunch in the afternoon, and had meetings and class until 7pm, so I didn’t make it to the gym. But I still felt pretty great! I didn’t have much time for cravings that day. Day 5: I had clinic in the morning and then had the rest of the day off. I made crispy chicken that afternoon for lunch. To make this, all I do is dredge chicken in almond flour mixed with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. I pan fry it in olive oil or ghee and it’s AWESOME. It is so satisfying and will really help you love chicken again if you’re feeling sick of plain chicken breast. That evening, Kyle and I made Paleo Pesto Meatballs (recipe coming soon!) Day 6: I didn’t feel super tired this day, but I wasn’t as productive as I hoped I would be. I skipped my workout, mainly because the day just got away from me! I had a meeting with a Mayo med student at 2:30 and before I knew it, it was 5pm and Kyle wanted to make dinner! So, I skipped the gym and made another meatball recipe with Kyle- Coconut curry meatballs with Cauliflower Rice. Recipe coming this week! Day 7: I was TIRED! I took an hour and a half nap and still felt tired. It took me ALL day to get to the gym and when I finally did, I didn’t feel like doing much besides walking on an incline, a little elliptical, and just a few dumbbell exercises. Oh well. I did a lot better limiting fruit, but had a LOT of fat! All good fat- nuts, avocado, grass-fed meat, ghee- but I had a bit of a stomach ache. I’m still working on a good balance. And now is Day 8! Moving on up! Today I’m working on research stuff, grocery shopping, and doing laundry- perfect Sunday right? I hope you guys have a great day!! Andrea Tooley MD, A Doctor In The House