I’ve made it through week 1 of the Whole 30 diet! So far… I feel great!
What is the Whole 30 diet?
Essentially, the whole 30 is a one-month diet of only eating real, whole foods. Aka meats, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. What it doesn’t include is sugar, dairy, grains, legumes, etc. Check out the whole food approved list here.
Why am I doing it?
There’s a LOT of benefits from doing the Whole 30. Here’s mine:
I’m really freaking healthy. But when my boyfriend leaves his bag of milanos or potato chips at my house you best belive I plow through the whole thing while aimlessly scrolling through Instagram. So I’m doing the whole 30 to finally kick that craving and addiction to salt, sugar, and all that artificial evil our brains love so much.
What am I eating? The template:
Breakfast: Eggs with fruit and chicken sausage. Or a green smoothie: kale, banana, almond butter, chia seeds, coconut water.
*I’ve also been having oatmeal and greek yogurt which is technically not whole 30 approved. But I know these work well with my body, so I’m allowing it.
Lunch: Lean meat with veggies and avocado
Snack: Banana or apple with almond butter
Dinner: Lean meat or fish with sweet potato and veggies
How to build your plate for every meal: 1 palm size of protein. Fill the rest of your plate with veggies. Add 1 serving of fat: either ½ avocado, 1-2 thumb size of oils or butters (ghee or nut buter), or small handful nuts. Occasional fruit.
How’s it going?:
Oh my god I’m never hungry! Who knew eating real, whole foods would be so satisfying! I have long lasting energy and my cravings are definitely subsiding.
I did cheat once while on a blogger trip…(fast forward to day 5). After saying no to an epic buffet brunch, to multiple pizzas being passed around the table at lunch, and to thirteen glasses of wine at a tasting in a vineyard, I finally caved and said yes to a bag of potato chips and a cocktail. My body could feel ( and see) the difference the next day. So I recovered the next day and kept on going strong.
Recipes I used this week:
I love this chicken, sweet potato bowl recipe. Make a big batch and eat it throughout the week.
I also made a big batch of turkey meatballs and froze them. Plucking a few here and there to add to salads or over zuccini noodles.
The play by play: Everything I’ve put in my mouth…honestly
Breakfast: 2 poached eggs. Mixed greens. ½ avocado. Snack: apple Lunch: Salad with salmon Post workout: Juice generation joyful almond smoothie Dinner: Lean steak, sweet potato, plantain chips (these are “technically” whole30 friendly. But are still packaged…should probably stop eating these)
Breakfast: 1 chicken sausage, 2 scrambeld eggs, tomato, avocado, spinach, berries. Lunch: Chicken, sweet potato, celery. Post workout: Almond butter. Apple. Strawberries Dinner: Chicken, greens, ½ avocado, baby carrots, banana (for dessert)
Breakfast: Greek yogurt, fuit, chia seeds, almond butter, 2 turkey meatballs Post workout: green smoothie Lunch: chicken, sweet potato, greens, guac (read the ingredients!) Restaurant dinner: Strip steak without butter over greens.
Breakfast: green smoothie. Lunch: salad with avocado. Post workout: apple w/ almont butter Dinner: chicken, sweet potato, guac, celery
DAY 5 (Blogger trip!!)
Okay so this is where it got tricky. I went on a two day blogger trip to North Fork which included wine tasting at a winery, dinners, lunches, and lots of cocktails on the agenda. I braced myself.
Breakfast: Fruit Restaurant lunch: Salad with no dressing. Snack: oh my goodness this is where I cheated. Potato chips!!! I also had a cocktail before dinner…ahh! After saying no to everything that came my way at the winery and all day on the trip, I caved when I checked into my room and saw those pretty little potato chips waiting for me. Dinner: clambake. Aka seafood, corn, and salad.
DAY 6 (Blogger trip continued)
Breakfast: Fruit. Restaurant lunch: 2 poached eggs. Smoked salmon. Avocado. Greens. Dinner: turkey meatballs and zucchini noodles.
Breakfast: Green smoothie bowl topped w/ berries & chia seeds. Lunch: Salad with turkey meatballs and avocado. Post workout: Oatmeal, ½ banana, almond butter. Dinner: Salmon, ½ sweet potato, brocolli.