Last Week’s Eats – Whole 30 Week 1

 

Monday/Day 1

You all know I do not take my coffee black. Here is what it says about black coffee on the Whole 30 page:

“It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You’ve done harder things than this, and you have no excuse not to complete the program as written. It’s only thirty days, and it’s for the most important health cause on earth – the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime.”

Okay fine. It’s not hard. It still stinks!

For breakfast I had two scrambled eggs, half a banana with peanut butter smear. Plus a chicken apple sausage (not pictured).

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I ended up adding a splash of cashew milk and a few dashes of cinnamon and dare I say it was tolerable? Not good by any means, but tolerable.

I had plans to meet a friend for lunch at La Parada.  I ordered the beef fajitas without rice, beans and tortillas and also passed on the chips and salsa.  I had BIG pity party for myself.  

Snack:  Apple with peanut butter

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NOTE: I didn’t realize until the end of the day that peanut butter isn’t allowed. Oops. Way to mess up on the first day. Geez.

Dinner was leftover pulled pork with homemade BBQ sauce, green beans

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Snack: banana/strawberry/pecans/cashew milk

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Work outs: 30 minutes yoga
How do I feel? Tired. Other than that felt fine all day. I never felt hungry.  
Day 2/Tuesday

For breakfast I had two fried eggs with sugar-free bacon and strawberries .  I drank black coffee with a splash of cashew milk and cinnamon.

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Lunch was Applegate roast beef, spinach salad, plantains and salsa.  

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These plantains are freaking awesome.  

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This might have been a mistake purchase because I can see these becoming a problem for me!

Snack: Rx bar

Dinner was meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green beans.  Yum!

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I sipped on a cup of Sleepytime Vanilla herbal tea for dessert.  I would’ve rather had dark chocolate though. 

Workouts: 30 minute yoga

How do I feel?  Pretty good still.  My only complaint is feeling tired, but I could be suffering from the hangover.

Wednesday:/Day 3

Breakfast two scrambled eggs plus an apple and almond butter.  I was supposed to have bacon but lost it somewhere between leaving the house and work.  So sad!

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I had leftover meatloaf, mashed potato, green beans and beets for lunch.

Snack: handful of almond and pistachio mix and a cup of Earl Gray

Dinner was a fab taco salad.  Romaine, ground beef, carrots, red pepper, dump ranch, salsa and plantains.  I inhaled this bad boy.

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Workouts: 30 minute cardio blast and 30 minute yoga

Feeling:  I had lots of warm and fuzzy thoughts about red wine, toast and pizza.

Thursday/Day 4:

I made a really good Spanish omelette with spinach, leftover ground beef, pico and ranch.  

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We are having work done in the kitchen this week and my kitchen is barely usable during the day.  The kids and I went to Chipotle to get out of the house.  I got the carnitas bowl with lettuce and salsa.  

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This dinner was another really good one.  Roasted salmon, smashed potatoes and roasted broccoli.  Those potatoes were insane.  

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Workouts:  30 minute upper body; 20 minute yoga

Feel?  I made a list of all the foods I’m going to eat when this stupid diet is over!!  

Friday/Day 5:

One minute I feel great and the next minute all I can think about is pizza.  ugh.

Breakfast was the bomb though.  Leftover smashed potatoes with two fried over-easy eggs and fresh spinach.  

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For lunch I made a big salad with ranch dressing and topped it with leftover piece of salmon.  So good! La Croix on the side. 

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Snacks:   Apple + almond butter + flax seeds

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Dinner:  Zoodles with beef marinara sprinkled with a little nut parmesan.  The nut parm consists of Whole 30 compliant ingredients, but would be considered a treat so it’s technically not allowed.  I already had it in the pantry so I was a rebel and sprinkled it on.

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Workouts:  walk with E and 30 minute yoga flow.

Feel?  I was starving all day on Friday.  I’m thinking it was PMS-related because I also had a lot of anger. Ha!  I snacked a few more times – mini Larabar, handful of plantain chips.  I never felt satisfied.  

I didn’t take photos of my meals over the weekend.  The guys were still working in our kitchen on Saturday so we ate out a lot.  Waffle House for breakfast (eggs over easy and hash browns) and I picked up Chic-fa-la for lunch (market salad minus cheese and granola and used my own dressing).  The kitchen was done by the afternoon, so I was able to get in there and make dinner (Trader Joe’s beef roast with sweet potatoes and roasted broccoli).

I made Mark Sisson’s No Oatmeal for breakfast on Sunday (it was just okay).  Lunch was leftover roast and broccoli and dinner was crockpot tortilla soup.

Pros:

  • Generally feel good.
  • I am less bloated.
  • It’s nice not to feel stuffed and miserable from food.

Cons:

  • I’m waking up every morning around 3 to pee (apparently frequent urination is normal during the 5-9 days?) and am having a hard time getting back to sleep, which is frustrating.  
  • I am still obsessing about food.  This could be PMS related as well, but I’m hoping to get to a point where I don’t feel hungry or think about food nonstop.  
  • I am getting sick of eggs for breakfast.  I made Elana’s paleo granola (I didn’t soak the nuts and instead of soaking the raisins overnight, I poured boiling water on them for 15 minutes and then followed the recipe as written).  It is so good and I’m so excited to have this on hand for breakfasts.
  •  I think black coffee still tastes yucky.  They say that at the end of the 30 days I will like it black.  I can’t even imagine!
  • I’m already thinking about what to do when this is over.  I’d like to follow the reintroduction schedule but not sure how to handle with Thanksgiving.
  • I struggled a little with coming up with yummy meals, but have since found some good looking recipes and I plan to do a big meal prep this weekend.

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