I decided to do the Whole 30 during the month of March!
To give a little background. The Whole 30 is a diet/food experiment where you remove certain foods from your diet that are tied to inflammation. The short list of off limits foods are:
- No added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. (includes honey and stevia)
- No alcohol
- No grains including pseudo-grains like quinoa
- No legumes
- No dairy
- No Carrageenan, MSG or sulfites
- No re-created baked goods, junk foods, or treats (no pizza, no paleo cookies, no pancakes)
1. Cooking EVERY DAY
2. Food prep EVERY DAY
3. No bread
So my hubby took some of the pressure off by making my first meal. I especially hate cooking breakfast. I am more of an oatmeal/cereal/smoothie gal, so day 1 was rough. I was also exhausted but that has been my new normal and the reason I am on this plan. I wanted to quit around 4pm day 1 but it got better after that. On day 2 I got into the food thing. I made this for breakfast. It was delicious!
Eggs with peppers, onions and spinach, turkey bacon and grapes. I also discovered my new best friend at lunch:
Day 3 & 4: I am not a nice person without carbs. So Sorry.
Days 3 and 4 can pretty much be summed up by the following three phases:
-I need bread.
-I want a cookie.
-She is very cranky.
Yep, the fuse was short on these two days and each day I felt my energy declining more and more. I contemplated taking a personal day from work on day 4 because I.AM.SO.TIRED. but I felt it was best to push through. Plus I was wondering was this the worst of it (spoiler alert: nope). Food was getting better at this point. I still hate making breakfast but I LOVE my omelet and make it every morning so at least there is something to look forward to.
Day 5: THE WORST DAY SO FAR
I pushed myself to go to Zumba, I pushed myself to try Sh’Bam practice (I quit after a song and a half), I pushed myself to wash my hair, and that was all folks. I had the worst headache ever. I spent the rest of the day laying on the couch watching reality TV. I got my approved salad from Chipotle and called this one a loss. It sucked too because it was so nice outside.
Day 6: Better
The next day was sooooo much better. I woke up with no headache and for the first time was not super tired. I think we might be on the upswing people! So at some point last week (possibly while half sleep) I decided to save myself some time by buying some premade sauces and dressings. I made my own homemade dressing but I didn’t love it and I made my own mayo and didn’t like it either. So I ordered the Whole 30 pack from Tessemae. I am so excited for them to arrive. I bought some of their mayo from Whole Foods and it is now my bestie along with my mustard.
For those who are wondering, the tired feeling is totally normal. The first half of your Whole 30 is really a detox period. Your body is getting used to burning protein for energy since you are not giving it a steady stream of sugar. Also if your diet wasn’t great before, it can make this period worse, but don’t think I regret those Girl Scout cookies for one second:)
Best Day this week: Day 6 I see the light at the end of the detox tunnel!
Best meal this week: Breakfast Omelet
Favorite recipe this week: Monkey Salad (something I would have never eaten before)
I will be back next Tuesday with Week 2! I am really hoping to see energy improvement this week! Also follow me on Snapchat @mrsdrequel.