Well, I made it through my first week. Actually today is the 11th day of Whole30. A.k.a. I am 1/3 through. It hasn't been easy but it also hasn't been ridiculously hard either. I haven't wanted to kill anyone or pull all my hair out (yet), so that's a good sign. The Good: - I'm eating delicious, homemade food constantly. Because I'm hardly eating out (and not drinking) I'm allowing myself to buy the best groceries I can. Mostly organic produce plus high quality meat and lots of them! I was working from home last week which made everything exponentially easier. I didn't have to pack a lunch or figure out what snacks to take with me. I was always right by my kitchen which was stocked with delicious, Whole30 approved foods. I've also had tons of time to meal plan and chop (so much shopping!) and cook all this wholesome deliciousness. I made my own mayonnaise for christ's sake (and it was effing delicious).
The Bad: - I was sleeping pretty terribly. But that's not totally out of the norm for me. Part of the reason I wanted to try a Whole30 is because of the possibility of improved sleep. The last two nights have been better so maybe I'm through the worst. My energy levels were also pretty low last week but who knows if that was because of the sleep or the change in my diet. I'm feeling more energized today so we'll see what the future holds. - I am cooking and/or prepping and/or meal planning a lot. Like pretty much all the time. You have to be insanely organized and have your meals planned out. You can't really be all the spontaneous on Whole30. I am fortunate enough to have the time to devote to my Whole30 right now but I can't imagine balancing all of this with a demanding full-time job or a couple of kids. But people do it, and they are more amazing than I. - I really wanted a glass of wine or a sip of beer multiple times this weekend. But it was nice to wake up on both days with a clear head and hangover-free.
So, as I enter the next phase of this thing I'm feeling pretty okay. It's a lot of fat which takes some getting used to. Not because it's not delicious but because I'm so used to avoiding fat in my diet. It's also more meat and less fruit than I'm used to. It's a lot of change and I have no idea where this journey is taking me but I hope it's somewhere good.
P.s. Here's some of the deliciousness I've been eating. I tired to take a variety of pictures of what I'm eating but it seems heavily weighted toward breakfast. I'll try to snag some more lunch and dinner shots this week. 1. Dinner - baked sweet potato with leftover chili sautéed with spinach on top 2. Breakfast - two scrambled eggs with peppers, onions, spinach and avocado + hot sauce (Cholula is Whole30 approved!) 3. Lunch - arugula salad with leftover grilled chicken, olives, roasted red peppers and walnuts with dressing of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. 4. Lunch - egg salad (with homemade mayo) on a salad of mixed greens, cukes and sugar snap peas. 5. Breakfast - has of sweet potatoes, onions peppers and spinach with fried egg and avocado and hot sauce on top. 6. Breakfast - Aidell's Chicken Sausage with spinach, onions, peppers and leftover cauliflower mash + hot sauce 7. Breakfast - hash of leftover chicken, sweet potato, onions and parsley. 8. Breakfast - two hard boiled eggs and hash of butternut squash, onions and baby kale 9. Lunch - spinach salad with grilled chicken, cucumbers, tomatoes, coconut shreds and cashews with dressing of olive oil and red wine vinegar.