Whole 30: Week 1 Recap

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Soaking Almonds for Homemade Almond Milk

 

For the most part, I eat well. Most things we cook are organic and my husband hunts so we eat a lot of wild game. I do have Italian blood running through my veins, therefore I love a bold Malbec and almost any kind of pizza.

Deciding to try Whole 30 wasn’t too hard of a decision but I knew it was going to be a challenge. If you don’t know what Whole 30 is, it is very similar to the Paleo Diet. Absolutely no dairy, sugar (in any shape or form, including non-sugar sweeteners), legumes, and grains. You can read more about Whole 30 here.

ย Days 1 & 2

The first day I felt great! Before work, I finished making almond milk from scratch (for the very first time) and I was so proud of myself! It tasted amazing with my espresso shots #coffeelover

I am not really a huge breakfast eater, but I knew I needed to plan my meals for the weekย  so that I could be prepared and not get myself into a pinch and want to cheat. The night before I started Whole 30 I made egg muffins with kale, red onions and mushrooms. I ate them at work with guacamole and they curbed my hunger until mid afternoon. I also munched on organic apple chips, carrots, kombucha and oranges. The first two days of The Whole 30 weren’t bad especially since I didn’t really experience any cravings for things not Whole 30 approved. I also didn’t really struggle with the food hangover they talk about having on days 2 & 3.

Days 3 & 4

Days 3 and 4 I was more tired than normal and a little cranky! They say you get very irritable days 4 & 5 and really tired days 6 & 7. I think that because I really didn’t eat that poorly beforehand I skipped the hangover phase and my body jumped right to the “I just want to nap phase.” On days 3 & 4 I had to pry myself from the covers. One of the days I actually got up and made my coffee, only to crawl back into bed for 20 more minutes. Which never happens. When I am up, I am up. As for the crankiness, I think for me it was more stress at work than anything ๐Ÿ˜‰

Days 5, 6 & 7

Ok, here is where my cravings for wine and bread showed up. I spoke in a high school’s health classes on day 5 (6 different classes) from 7:30am to 12:10pm. I didn’t have any time to eat during that time because I had one class right after the other. After I was done speaking I had to go back to work and then my adrenaline starting wearing off and I was starving! When I got to work, I ate a bunch of grapes, organic turkey meat, hard boiled eggs, and two lemon Lara bars (my absolute favorite things EVER). On my way home from work, all I could think about was how nice a glass of red wine would be with dinner. Ugh. I powered through and instead opted for some mango kombucha in a fancy glass. The next day was Saturday and I took the day off of exercise and just really let my body rest. I didn’t have much of an appetite this day (which they said can be normal) but I did crave coffee and bread. I went to Starbucks and got a decaf iced espresso and brought some of my homemade almond milk to add into it. #imnotevensorryย  I went to Costco and found some dried organic figs and munched on those on the way home. They cured my craving for bread for the most part. I was shocked at how sweet they were! Sunday the cravings had subsided and I felt I had a little more energy than normal.

I am excited to see what the next week will bring. They say days 10 and 11 are the hardest so I am going to continue to just take it one day at a time, five minutes at a time!

XOXO,

Ericha

6 thoughts on “Whole 30: Week 1 Recap”

  1. I did a similar journey but more closely aligned with AIP to help cure some allergies and intolerances. I love that you also liked the figs. I found figs, dates and apricots saved the day (er..3 months). Good luck and I hope it works well for you!

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      1. AIP is autoimmune paleo- it uses paleo concepts along with an elimination diet. I have celiac (unconfirmed because I forewent the biopsy after going gluten-free). I also had bad reactions to dairy and seasonal allergies with lots of congestion and a constant sore throat. I’m practically clear of my seasonal allergies, congestion and sore throat now! I used a combination of theories to create my own three month plan. I ended up removing nightshades from the plan at the last moment and was very surprised how much inflammation they caused when I added them back in. This is what it ended up looking like- I’m at about 4 months now and am still cautiously testing more and more foods to see whether they can incorporate back into my diet. Hope this is helpful to you!! I love to talk about this stuff so let me know if you have any questions/want to know more ๐Ÿ™‚ https://eatyourwayclean.com/2016/02/03/updated-plan-month-2/

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