Whole30 Week 1

by Kelli H. on October 13, 2014

I made it through Week 1 of Whole30! I’m not really that surprised since I figured I’d be just fine. It actually was worse than I imagined it would be but that was due to the end of Day 2 I started getting a sore throat. By Day 3 I was a goner. Full on virus mode, and even ended up not being able to go to work Thursday and Friday. To be fair, I think I ate better this week being sick than I ever have when being sick. I relied on salt water gargles for my sore throat relief rather than sugary cough drops, and I ate real whole foods rather than surviving off toast like I normally would. I lived off water and tea for beverages.

For my Week 1 check-in I’m sharing everything thing I ate. Geez, I had no idea how hard it is to photograph every single meal. It’s definitely not something I enjoy doing and once I’m done with  Whole30 I will not be photographing my food! Since researching Whole30 I’ve loved looking at other bloggers meals, so I thought I should share my own as well. Sorry for my terrible iPhone photos but at least you get to see that I’m definitely not starving myself on this food challenge. In fact, I’ve been perfectly full each day.

Exercise Week 1 was pretty much a failure. Day 1 I went on a 5.5 mile mountain bike ride and felt amazing! I had so much energy. Day 2 I went on a 4 mile walk with my friend and then the rest of the week I took off due to the virus. I’m definitely looking forward to sweating more in Week 2.

Day 1 was tasty! Sunday night before we started David and I made a paleo dinner which consisted of BBQ flank steak, oven roasted red potatoes and Brussel sprouts. So, Day 1’s breakfast was an apple with almond butter, leftover roasted potatoes, & 2 eggs scrambled with red bell pepper and leeks. I then had a cup of coffee at work. Lunch was a huge salad with leftover steak. Dinner was salmon, cauliflower, red bell peppers, zucchini, & some avocado. Day 1 I had so much energy. I really didn’t believe that the whole “no afternoon slump” claim would be true, but I really didn’t get a slump like I normally do.

Day 2’s breakfast was delicious again. I was still using up the roasted red potatoes but on this morning I put them directly into the eggs with veggies. Lunch was leftover salmon and a side salad. Dinner was a sweet potato/veggie/chicken sausage hash. I’ll definitely be making that again! One cup black coffee not pictured. Energy was great on Day 2 as well.

Day 3’s breakfast was much less enjoyable. No coffee on Day 3 due to sickness. I had some chicken broth with leeks and bell because my throat was on fire. Lunch was leftover dinner from the night before and dinner was a coconut turkey burger topped with smashed avocado, a side of tomato, & carrot and parsnip “fries”. David and I both agreed we’re not fans of parsnips. Wednesday was tough. I was feeling crappy at work. Still tried to make dinner when I got home but David took over when I had a little melt down in the kitchen. I’m pretty sure I spiked a fever that night. Went to bed super early around 7:00 pm.

Day 4 I was home from work sick and could only manage and apple and almond butter for breakfast. No coffee. The apple held me over until 11:45 which I thought was pretty good. Lunch was fulfilling with my leftovers considering I was feeling so crappy at this point.  David made some tasty baked chicken thighs but I only ate what was shown in box 3. Went to bad immediately after dinner.

Day 5’s breakfast shows two eggs but I barely managed to eat one egg and then I ate the apples slowly over 30 minutes. Obviously no coffee again. Lunch was a Whole30 approved chicken broth soup with what was left from dinner the night before; shredded chicken thighs, zucchini, onions, Kalamata olives, and artichoke hearts. It was actually pretty good and got my sinuses to open up. Friday’s dinner was another sweet potato type hash with kale added and shrimp. I didn’t like the shrimp in it at all, though I did enjoy the addition of kale.

Day 6 was by far my favorite food day. My sore throat was gone, so I woke up and made a delicious hearty breakfast of sweet potato hash browns, topped with spinach and organic veal sausage (my dad had given this to me, I wouldn’t buy it on my own), and a fried egg with half an apple. I had a cup of coffee, but didn’t enjoy it very much. Lunch was leftovers. After a late afternoon walk to a nearby lake with Ryder, David and I shared a Kombucha. It was so enjoyable to finally have something other than water or tea. Drinking it out of wine glasses helped deal with the whole no-alcohol rule. Dinner was amazing! Roasted carrots topped with slow cooked pork and then topped with homemade guacamole. I hope to make it again in Week 3 or 4 and blog it.

Today’s eats were very satisfying too. I had plenty of energy in the morning to make the same breakfast we had on Saturday. Lunch was a salad made with Saturday night’s leftovers and the dressing was the guacamole. Dinner was amazing as well. I had tons of energy today and took care of cleaning the house, shopping at Imwalle Gardens with my dad, hitting up Whole Foods, picking up Trager pellets for our BBQ, prepping food for our week, doing tons of dishes, going on a walk, and I just finished the evening by getting some chicken broth cooking in our crock pot. I’m so excited to taste it!

It’s hard to say that Week 1 was a total success since I got sick. To be fair I feel pretty dang good tonight considering how bad I felt Wednesday-Friday. It’s been fun cooking on my own and not relying heavily on recipes. I’ve used recipes as an idea but then do it my own way. I’ve enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I’ve also loved that since it’s more basic cooking that David hasn’t had a problem making meals some nights. He cooked a lot last week while I was under the weather which really helped out a lot.

A couple points worth noting would be that when I’m full from a meal I don’t feel stuffed. I feel perfectly full. I know when to stop eating, and I haven’t felt bloated in a week now. I have noticed my belly shrinking a tad but not too much to get excited over. I’ll definitely be excited to see my end results. I also like that I’m never hangry. I used to get super hungry and then sometimes moody. Hasn’t happened once in the last week. Even on the first day when I ate lunch at 12 I had enough energy to get me all the way to 7:00 pm that night without having a growling stomach. So far I’m thoroughly impressed! David and I watched a documentary on Amazon streaming called The Perfect Human Diet on Saturday night. I highly recommend it.

Below is our meal plan for Week 2! I’ll check in again next Sunday with more updates. 
Week 2 Meal Plan

BBQ Whole Chicken, Smashed Cauliflower, & Roasted Broccoli

Bison Burgers topped with Mushrooms & Onions & Grilled Red Peppers & Zucchini

Spaghetti Squash with Pesto & Shrimp with Garlicky Green Beans

Spicy Garlic Lime Baked Alaskan Salmon with Smashed Cauliflower & Sauteed Zucchini

Crock Pot Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs with Baked Sweet Potatoes & Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Turkey Sheppard Pie topped with Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Broccoli

Beef Pot Roast with Assorted Root Vegetables

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Made in Sonoma October 13, 2014 at 9:25 pm

I’m so excited to follow along! I’ve been trying to think of some way to revamp our diet too. Andrew and I also cook at home and eat pretty healthy, but have been feeling blah. I think we should learn more about Whole30! – I will miss your beer reviews 🙂


Made in Sonoma October 13, 2014 at 10:08 pm

I’m so impressed that you were able to stick with the Whole30 while not feeling well. I totally would’ve used that as an excuse to push it off for one more week. Awesome self-control 🙂 Also – I love how detailed you are going with your reviews! Keep them coming! Look forward to reading.


Made in Sonoma October 13, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Definitely look into it! I highly recommend it. I did two brew reviews before starting Whole30 but yeah, I’ll probably stop doing them for the time being.


Made in Sonoma October 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm

I have mixed feelings about the Whole30 but I think it’s admirable that you are willing to experiment with your diet to see how it makes you feel. In the end, that’s what matters most!

And I hear you about the photographing every single meal. I could never be an every day lifestyle blogger because I am horrible at that part!


Made in Sonoma October 14, 2014 at 6:55 pm

I imagine as a vegetarian it’s definitely not your thing, though I do recommend watching The Perfect Human Diet documentary, which is based on a lot of anthropological research. I thought it was very interesting since it changed my stance on grains. I’d be interested in a vegetarians opinion on the documentary. Not to try to sway a vegetarian to eat meat or anything. Obviously it’s a personal choice and animal welfare is important to me, as well.


Made in Sonoma October 15, 2014 at 1:15 am

This is really interesting! I am curious to see how the whole thing goes and definitely will find some inspiration from you. Lord knows I need some help with my diet lately!


Made in Sonoma October 15, 2014 at 1:21 am

I am seriously impressed. I think I’ve told you before–I could never do this!! And I totally would’ve thrown in the towel once sick, so more props to you!


Made in Sonoma October 16, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Ugh, I feel like everyone has been getting sick lately… Hope you’re back to 100%. It’s interesting to see what you’ve been eating during the challenge! Question for you: Does Whole30 emphasize eating 3 square meals a day, or is that how you usually eat so you’ve kept your normal eating routine? I’m wondering because I’m a snacker! 🙂


Made in Sonoma October 16, 2014 at 3:51 pm

I’m almost back to normal! Just congested. Ewe.

They want you to eat 3 square meals a day. It’s definitely been a change for me since I used to eat a snack at 10:30 am and 3:30 pm on top of my meals. The exception would be if you are working out really hard and need extra protein since they don’t want people to take protein powders. I haven’t had to do it, since I haven’t really been hungry, but my husband has had a small meal before a CrossFit workout.


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