Yesterday was Day 1 of our adventure into Whole30. What is Whole30? It’s pretty simple…there are some foods that could be having a negative impact on your body. That could be low energy, aches/pains, issues losing weight, inflammation and so on. What are those foogs? Sugar, alcohol (not a big deal for us), grains (HUGE deal), legumes, and HOLY FUCK dairy.
My mom asked me, “so what can you eat”? A lot actually. Meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats like coconut, avocado and olive oil.
Coming from a lifestyle where bread and cheese could be an entire dinner, this should be really interesting. I can not remember the last day I did not consume bread of some kind and yesterday doesn’t count.
Sean and I have both decided to try this. We figured it can’t hurt and one of the things I’m excited about is that the Whole30 can change your relationship with food. I have a very bad relationship with food — that goes back probably 30 years. I’m not sure 30 days will change it all that much, but if it changes it even slightly I think I’ll be better off.
Food/Diets are such touchy subjects for people. Some people think it’s all moderation, other say only vegan/vegetarian, others say who cares, eat what you want. Whatever works for you! I’m not going to say this will work for us, because I don’t know yet. But at the very least, I can’t see how it will hurt. I’m a firm believer in doing what makes you happy and that is different from anyone else. And that’s totally cool.
Anyway…so on to the food.
- Mashed roasted butternut squash with coconut milk and cinnamon
- handful of pecans
- Black coffee (which I normally drink anyway so this was no big deal)
- Grilled chicken breast
- Cucumber/lettuce salad with homemade vinegar/oil dressing
- Two handfuls of blueberry and raspberries
- Handful of pistachios
- Roasted chicken (thigh, leg and a little breast)
- Sauteed onions, green peppers, broccoli and zucchini over cauliflower rice
- Sliced peach
Overall it wasn’t a terrible day though we had not prepped. Sean only went grocery shopping yesterday afternoon so nothing was cut up and ready to go which made things go a little slower than I liked. Our grass-fed free range chicken also took longer to cook, which has been the opposite of what I’ve experienced before with cooking chicken (or I need a new meat thermometer).
I found it interesting that around 3-4pm I didn’t feel sluggish and sleepy…though my mind couldn’t comprehend why I wasn’t feeling that way. A part of me wanted to go lay down and take a nap, but I wasn’t tired. It was really strange.
After dinner I was wanting something sweet. I usually eat 2-3 bittersweet chocolate chips after dinner, so I was missing that. Instead I reached for a peach which helped more than I thought it would.
I had some really wicked dreams last night and didn’t sleep well at all. I was also up 3 times to pee, which was weird for me. I don’t feel like I drank more water than usual, but I also wasn’t super conscious of the amount as I only drink black coffee in the morning and water the rest of the day. But the dreams were strange and vivid…most likely not really related to the food, but I wanted to note it.
My biggest worry is making meals that will be delicious as I’m a pretty picky eater. I don’t eat fish and I’ve always been very traditional/american with food. So I’ve not used a lot of spices or things like apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar. So it will be interesting to see what new foods we enjoy. I also purchased It Starts with Food which gives you a great template for building meals and Well Fed which is packed with some great tips (like running your kitchen like a restaurant kitchen. One word: PREP!) and some really great recipes.
Also, soy and sugar are in pretty much everything. Both Sean and I were completely amazed. We cleaned out the fridge to remove anything that we couldn’t have. Yeah we were pretty much left with nothing. I was going to do the same with the pantry, but I’d have to remove everything and basically put nothing in it except some coconut, olive oil, and nuts.
We shall see what Day 2 brings. The Whole30 timeline says Day 2 & 3 pretty much suck. But so far I feel alright. It’s only half over though.