Whole30 Week 1 DONE… feeling good. I can’t believe I successfully completed Week 1 of my Whole30 journey. What a week and I say that in a good way. I made sure that I stuck to Whole30 religiously. Whenever I was in doubt, I would refer back to the Whole30 downloads to ensure that I was following the rules exactly. Honestly, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Although I was confronted with temptation, I stayed focus, strong, and didn’t give in. I told myself – ‘I CAN DO THIS’. I also kept reminding myself that it’s only for 3o days. This in return made me feel like there was a light at the end of the tunnel.
HOW I FELT GOING INTO WEEK 1 OF WHOLE3O
Heading into Week 1 of Whole30, I felt a little nervous and anxious. Although I felt this was the perfect time to start, I still felt a little apprehensive. Well, this was going to be a change for me, and I didn’t want it to feel like work. I didn’t know if I would be creating more work for myself by cooking one meal for my family and a different meal for myself. I didn’t want to feel the need to explain to people why I wasn’t eating certain foods for the time being, and being bombarded with all the questions. I also didn’t want to get stuck wondering what to eat and of course, I didn’t want my grocery bill to increase.
I think my biggest concern going into Week 1 was eating more meat than I would normally consume. I’m not a really big meat eater. I could go a week if not longer without eating meat and wouldn’t think anything of it as long as I consumed legumes or beans as my source of protein. However, since legumes and beans are not Whole30 compliant, I was afraid of consuming meat at every meal. Although it started off that way, I didn’t feel comfortable, so I decided that if I didn’t want to eat meat during a certain meal I wasn’t going to. Instead, I would eat 1 or 2 boiled eggs, other times I had canned tuna or made salmon croquettes or I simply didn’t have a protein.
So, I figured I would take baby steps and figure some things out as the days went on and strive to do them better in the days ahead. I didn’t want to psych myself out too much and play a bunch of mental games as that could get mentally draining. I felt that if I could make this process as simple as possible, Week 1 of Whole30 would be a success.
CHALLENGES I FACED DURING WEEK 1 OF WHOLE30
Before I even started Whole30, I knew right-out-the-gate that breakfast would be most challenging. The reason being is that I do not like eggs. I don’t care if they’re scrambled, boiled, poached, fried, and please do not let me see runny yolk (absolutely not). In fact, last year, I attempted to try scrambled egg but couldn’t even stomach them. I felt so sick.
With that being said, for breakfast, I much prefer sweet over savory any day. So, I tend make waffles, muffins, and sweet breads that are on the healthier side along with a side of Greek yogurt and fruit. Or, sometime, I have cereal that’s low in sugar and high in protein. Of course, all of those food items are off limits for Whole30 except fruit. I figured I had a few options:
- Give fried and boiled eggs another try
- Eat left-over dinner for breakfast
- Instead of eggs, substitute with another protein such as homemade turkey breakfast sausage
I actually tried all three options – yes, even eggs. Even though I forced myself to eat boiled and fried eggs, they weren’t totally terrible. I paired the eggs with avocado and on some days with homemade salsa to jazz them up a bit.
I really didn’t like having left-over dinner for breakfast unless I really had too. On days that I chose that option, then I had to think about what I was having for lunch. This was challenging because I prefer having left-over dinner for lunch rather than breakfast. I was left wondering while my taste buds were raging. This is when I realized how important it was to meal prep or at least have a meal plan in your head, so you’re not left trying to figure this out when you’re in hunger mode.
Week one of Whole30 turned out to be a really busy week and as I result I didn’t get to meal prep as much as I would have liked. This led to temptation and eyeing foods that weren’t Whole30 compliant because I didn’t have a snack or dish readily available to satisfy my hunger. Luckily, I stayed strong and waited for lunch, dinner or I just decided to whip something up that would tie me over until my next meal.
The Takeaway – Have Whole30 compliant snacks on hand to prevent you from grabbing snacks that you can’t have.
LESSONS LEARNED DURING WEEK 1 OF WHOLE30
The most important lesson I learned is the importance of meal prepping and thinking ahead. In other words, if you’re the type of person who needs a mid-morning and afternoon snack to get you through the day, it’s so important that you plan accordingly. It doesn’t have to be a fancy snack. Grab a snack that you enjoy and will look forward to eating. It can be as simple as an apple, pear and/or sliced cucumbers with a little vinegar and salt.
I’ve learned that simplicity is key. If your dish doesn’t look pretty, don’t worry about it – that’s not the point. There were times when I wanted to post to Instagram to show my lunch or dinner but because I felt it wasn’t Instagram worthy – I didn’t but I wish I had. This is something I may do over the next few weeks whether or not my dish is Instagram worthy. This type of mindset is centered around being a perfectionist which I touch upon in Whole30 Timeline Preparation. I have to remember that by sharing my experience may encourage others or just having support from the Whole30 community would be awesome. This is something for me to think about.
I’m happy to report that I feel good. I can’t necessarily say I feel a change as far as having more energy or less energy for that matter, or that I’ve slept better, or my skin is more clear. But, I can say that physically I feel different. I don’t feel bloated and am surprised that in a week I feel slimmer. I don’t care about pounds which is why I didn’t weigh myself before I began the Whole30. I did take one measurement and that was a measurement of my waist and already I feel a change.
TIPS DURING WEEK 1 OF WHOLE30
The following tips helped me get through Week 1 of Whole30:
- Keep snacks on hand (examples: fruit, veggies that you can easily cut and do not mind eating raw, healthy fried plantains, boiled eggs, applesauce, smashed sweet potatoes, baked sweet potato fries, frozen fruit) – those are some of my favorites
- Incorporate a mid-morning and afternoon snack into your day (if not, hunger may strike which may cause you to derail)
- Keep meals simple at least during Week 1 (until you really get into the groove of this new way of eating)
- Keep avocado, canned tuna and/or salmon, Whole30 compliant frozen veggies, and frozen fruit on hand (these food items are simple and can make for quick meals or snacks)
- Try your best to incorporate protein with your meals (you’ll stay full longer)
- When preparing your meals, start with your protein then plan your sides
- Meal prep as much as you can at the beginning of the week
These are just a few tips that helped me through Week 1 of my Whole30 journey. I can’t wait to share Week 2.
Are you apart of the Whole30 community? If so, I would love to hear any tips, suggestions, or your success story.
As always, thank you very much for stopping by and reading my story.
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