Whole30 Week 1

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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

Day 1

Breakfast

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!

Lunch

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.

Mid Afternoon

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!

Dinner

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!

Day 2

Breakfast

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.

Lunch

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!

Dinner

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

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.

Day 3

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.

Breakfast

Veggie scramble with half of smashed avocado for breakfast. Yummy bell peppers, onions, mushroom, and zucchini.

Whole 30 Week 1 Scramble

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.

Lunch

I am totally loving my salads with the home made dressing! I had left over shepherd’s pie with some olives.

Dinner

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.

Day 4

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!

Breakfast

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.

Lunch

For lunch I used the cacciatore sauce with precooked ground turkey. It was fantastic!

Dinner

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!

Day 5

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.

Breakfast

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!

Whole 30 Week 1 Bacon

Lunch

The cacciatore sauce with ground turkey meat and freshly made salad was just what the doctor ordered.

Dinner

The shepard’s pie was such a success I made a double batch this time! We had it with salad and home made dressing.

Day 6

Breakfast

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!

Lunch

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.

Dinner

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.

Day 7

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!”.

Breakfast

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.

Lunch

I was able to make some Whole30 compliant chicken soup. It was delicious and soothing. I took a nap right afterwards.

Dinner

More chicken soup and it was off to bed to get some more sleep.

Overall

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!

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