It has been seven days and I have been Whole30 compliant ALL week! I have tried so many new recipes and it’s been fun discovering new ways of eating! My Whole30 week 1 had a few challenges in it but for the most part I am doing very well!
I have been keeping a journal on how things are going and to help remind me of the meals I have been trying out. Eric has been a good sport about it all! I have packed his lunches with his favorites as well as sprinkling in the foods I am trying. He usually eats the Whole30 meal I make for dinner and he has enjoyed them as well.
Whole30 Week 1
I started off the day with the spinach frittata and I added mushrooms. I also made my smashed avocado with pepper and garlic powder to add with the frittata. I keep it in the avocado skin to use it as a bowl. It’s great to take a bite of each to create filling tasty bite! The spinach frittata is a recipe that has several servings and is great way to have breakfast ready for the future.
I walked the dogs and when I came back got into my swimsuit to take pictures of my body to document the way I started out the challenge. I did not weigh myself because we don’t have a scale and I thought why buy one if we don’t normally keep one in the house. So, I didn’t! I am not one to keep tabs on how much I weigh unless I go to the doctors. One of the Whole30 challenge rules is that you do not chain yourself to the scale. I am in total agreement with this rule! This challenge is not about losing weight but I sure hope I do!
I made chicken & veggie stir fry, it is one my favorite meals! It’s easy and quick to make. It’s also filling and Whole30 compliant. This is a versatile dish that you can create with all kinds of of veggies.
Eric was working from home on this day and we had a funny thing happen. We like to share, it’s something we do. Sometimes it’s meal when we are out to dinner and sometimes it’s a snack. Eric had bought some chocolate bars a week or so ago and decided he wanted to some as an afternoon pick me up. Eric broke out the chocolate and immediately offered me a piece. I was in mid acceptance, mouth wide open and then it hit me! I’m on the Whole30 challenge! I immediately declined before that delicious chocolate hit my lips! It was pretty funny! It was also pretty satisfying! I felt really good about being able to turn it down and not even think about it again!
I made the Whole30 chili recipe for dinner. Eric and I love chili but this recipe was much different from what I had made before. Eric was a little disappointed about the chili didn’t include kidney beans but once he tried it he loved it! I had never made chili from scratch. This was a first for me and it turned out great! I usually make cornbread, have sour cream, or cheese on my chili. Instead I opted for a smashed avocado half shell with carrots. It was a delicious way to add to the meal!
On day 2 I pan heated the spinach frittata for me with a cup of berries. I also used the spinach frittata for Eric in a bagel breakfast sandwich. It was great to have the frittata ready to heat up and use for the next days breakfast.
I made home made dressing for the first time and found it to be really easy to make and it was refreshing and delicious! I had a salad with all kinds of fresh veggies and for the main part of the meal spaghetti squash with red meat sauce. We discovered spaghetti squash a couple of years ago and have used it as a substitute for pasta. What’s great about spaghetti squash is it doesn’t leave you in a carb coma!
More salad for dinner and sweet potato shepard’s pie! I have had sweet potato fries before but mashed sweet potatoes with coconut milk. Mashed sweet potatoes are now my new favorite staple!
Hot tea was very helpful on day two. I had it in the afternoon and in the evening after dinner. I stopped using sweetner for my tea over a year and half ago and it is a very comforting beverage.
This day was an off day for me. I was exhausted after walking the boys, walking to the Zip Car, running, errands, and then walking home. I spent most of the afternoon vegging.
Veggie scramble with half of smashed avocado for breakfast. Yummy bell peppers, onions, mushroom, and zucchini.
On The Go Snack
I had to run errands between 11 – 1 on this day. I didn’t want to be tempted to go off plan so I packed an apple and some nuts until I could eat lunch when I got back home. Leaving at 10:30 in the morning to walk to get the Zip Car it was too early to eat a real meal.
I am totally loving my salads with the home made dressing! I had left over shepherd’s pie with some olives.
I remember eating chicken cacciatore when I was a kid. This is a recipe I have always wanted to make at home, so tonight was the night! I made mashed potatoes for the base and had a cup of the butternut squash soup. I wasn’t a big fan of how messy chicken cacciatore was nor was I fan of the butternut squash soup. I have a recipe of my own I found a couple of years ago for butternut squash soup and plan to make it Whole30 compliant and make it this week.
I cooked a whole chicken for the first time to see what it was like. I found the recipe on the Whole30 blog. We didn’t eat it that night but I am planning on using the ingredients for other recipes. I also successfully hung out at Starbucks and only ordered a green ice tea!
Pulled out the spinach frittata with 1/2 of smashed avocado and had granny smith apple slices with cashew butter. Can you tell my favorite apple is granny smith? It’s the only apple I enjoy the texture. Most apples have a weird texture to me and I can not even take more than one bite.
For lunch I used the cacciatore sauce with precooked ground turkey. It was fantastic!
We went out to dinner to one of our favorite restaurants. Petite Provence is a great place for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! I took a look at the menu and noticed everything had a non compliant ingredient that was part of the dish. So, I was brave and asked for the sliders on lettuce, with just the the sautéed onions & mushrooms. I also ordered the apple crips salad without cheese or dressing and lemons on the side. The lemon juice really made the salad!
I survived the dinner with Eric eating the bread and butter and did not even think about dessert!
The first half of the day I was energetic and enthusiastic! After working on cleaning the house all morning in the afternoon I was exhausted again. It wasn’t as bad as day 3 but I did feel tired.
The sugar free bacon which was pretty good! I also had the veggie scramble, and half of smashed avocado. To top it off I had fresh strawberries!
The cacciatore sauce with ground turkey meat and freshly made salad was just what the doctor ordered.
The shepard’s pie was such a success I made a double batch this time! We had it with salad and home made dressing.
It was Sunday and I tried out the perfect scramble eggs, veggie chicken apple sausage, and strawberries. It was a great way to start off the day!
Before I went shopping I heated up the shepard’s pie and a half a granny smith apple. It was good to make sure I ate before my shopping trip. I was full and didn’t think about buying anything that wasn’t Whole30 compliant.
I tried another new recipe, chicken primavera! It has chicken thighs in it which I was really leery about it. I am a boneless chicken breast person. The recipe turned out fantastic! It’s a bit spicy for me but I still every bite! You would think I would be tired of salads by now but I am not. I had another delicious salad with lemon juice for the dressing.
So day seven hasn’t started off so well. Up until this point I have been pretty good! Today I feel like crap! I started the day off with a raspy cough and no appetite. Now I am feeling naucious, tired and achey. As my daughter would say “No bueno!”.
I made some plain scrambled eggs and had fruit salad with some hot tea. I am resting and hanging out with my Lil’ Cozy to keep my aches and pains from being too painful as well as to keep me warm.
I was able to make some Whole30 compliant chicken soup. It was delicious and soothing. I took a nap right afterwards.
More chicken soup and it was off to bed to get some more sleep.
I would say overall I am doing pretty well! I had a couple of days where I felt tired but for the most part I have been in good spirits and energetic. I walk almost every day, walk to local stores, and walk to pick up a Zip car when I need it. On average I walk about 14 miles a week and that doesn’t include all the walking up and down the stairs I do in our house.
Here’s to keeping up with the Whole30 challenge and starting week 2!