7.31.2015

Whole 30 - Week 1

Ah, the first week. Before you realize that it's a second job to stick to the plan and that you will never have an empty sink again. #dishesuptoyoureyeballs Meal planning is key and to help you, here is what I planned for week one.Whole 30 focuses on three, filling, nutritious meals that will keep you full throughout the day. Yup, that means no snacking! Since it was the first week and I knew it would take time to adjust, I did schedule snacks (compliant of course)!

Monday:
Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole
Monkey Salad
Salad (spinach, chicken, apples, cucumbers, raspberry vinagrette dressing)
Epic Bar
Crock Pot Garlic Roast w/Roasted Okra

Day 1: It was okay - definitely felt challenged when a coworker brought in a banana cake, but I stayed strong! I got a headache around lunch time, which became much worse after a quick run in the heat. It lasted all night and I started feeling really, really sick so I had a few bites of compliant applesauce and went to bed.  

Tuesday:
Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole
Veggie Sticks & Guacamole
Salad (again)
Monkey Salad
Greek Meatballs w/Avocado Tzatziki Sauce & Green Bell Peppers

Day 2: Had another headache after breakfast and took medicine to relieve the pain. 

Wednesday:
Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole
Apple &  Almond Butter Sandwiches
Salad from Zoe's Kitchen
Veggie Sticks & Guacamole
Crock Pot Chicken Marinara w/Zoodles & Green Bell Peppers w/Avocado Tzatziki Sauce

Day 3: Once again, I had another headache in the morning and popped another pill. This was also the day I discovered the wonderfulness that is zoodles.

Thursday:
Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole
Eggs, Bacon & Roasted Butternut Squash
Eggs, Bacon & Roasted Sweet Potato

Day 4: I did not have a headache until lunch and passed on the pills this time. Today was also the first day that I felt full and skipped my morning snack. I also wasn't as tired when I sent to bed that night. 

Friday:
Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole
Leftover dinner from Tuesday
Salad (carrots, avocado, cucumbers, raspberry vinaigrette dressing)

Day 5: Finally! No headaches! I also had an easier time waking up in the morning. It was also the day of a true test: Supper Club. J & I joined some friends for a group dinner complete with non compliant items (pasta, bread, cheese tray), wine, more wine, and "not banana pudding" for dessert. I contributed with a homemade salad so I munched on that and drank my La Croix (still not as good as wine), but I survived.

Saturday:
Eggs, Bacon & Veggies
Apple Slices & Almond Butter
Baked Chicken Wings w/Sauteed Onions & Mushrooms

Day 6: I had an early morning meeting and tried some coconut coffee with coconut oil & cinnamon. I finished most of it, but still miss my coffee creamer.

Sunday:
Eggs, Bacon, & Mushrooms
Leftover Wings w/Toasted Coconut Flakes & Raisins
Apple Slices & Almond Butter

Day 7: Has it been a week already? Will it ever end? Today was the day of the cheerio incident. While I was feeding E breakfast, I picked a cheerio off her plate and put it in my mouth. Immediately I realized what I did and spit it out then proceeded to wash my mouth out. I don't even like cheerios, but woah....I guess I have a habit of snacking on E's food. And my actions may seem drastic, but if you follow the Whole 30 rules, if you screw up then you start over.  I tried regular coffee with coconut oil & cinnamon and it was disgusting. It was also my first week volunteering in the nursery at church where I was surrounded by goldfish. I love goldfish! It was one of the few things I could stomach when my morning all day sickness  made it impossible to eat. Happy to report, I did not have one.

1 week down, 3 more (ish) to go!