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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Whole30 Day 1

So I didn't start out documenting my Whole30 so well, mostly because I just jumped right into it without preparing much. After I do some meal planning and shopping over the weekend, I should be a little better organized for documenting my journey. But, hey, we all have to start somewhere...

My first morning on the Whole30 started with a yummy scramble made with tomatoes, onion, spinach and basil. The basil was from our own garden so that was fun. Kevin and I rode our bikes to work so, honestly, I was hungry again by the time we got to work. We walked to the coffee shop for Iced Americanos (my favorite!) and I grabbed a banana to hold me over until lunch.

Lunch was a mix of random leftovers from the past couple days. I had a salad with blackberries and cucumber with oil and vinegar dressing, and a bowl of sautéed zucchini, onion and sun dried tomatoes that I mixed with a packet of tuna for some extra protein. It was a huge lunch, but I stay hungry all day when we ride our bikes to work so I was fine with that. :)

I am a big snacker. I know a lot of people start eating Paleo and say they don't need to eat between meals and can go hours without eating, but I was born and bred to take a snack with me if I was going to be away from home for more than an hour (thanks, Mom)! I was pretty pumped for this snack and it was super simple.

An apple, chopped and microwaved for one minute. Stir in crushed beef jerky and cashews. Ta da! That is it - a sweet and salty protein-filled snack! Can you tell I eat at my desk a lot?

We got caught in a thunderstorm on the way home so I only rode my bike a little ways and we had to wait it out under the awning of some random building. Once it let up a bit, Kevin rode the rest of the way home and got the car to bring me home. My hero! So that gave us a super late start on dinner, unfortunately, but we had planned to do a tomatillo sauce and roasted sweet potatoes with chicken legs from a whole chicken we had roasted earlier in the week. We didn't eat dinner until about 9:30 and I was starving by the time we ate, but it was delicious. I think we will be making the sauce again this week so I can post the recipe.

All in all, Day 1 wasn't that much different than a normal day of eating for me, but I was more mindful of what I was eating and didn't reach for a square of dark chocolate or an after dinner snack just because I was craving something sweet. I ate when I was hungry and ate until I was full.

I have also decided to write a Whole30 haiku for everyday of my Whole30. I'll post them up on my Facebook wall! Please don't ask me where these ideas come from. There are some scary recesses of my brain that you just do not want to visit.


  1. Isn't it crazy how many times you catch yourself reaching a nibble of something naughty your first day of the Whole30? This program really does create an unbelievable AWARENESS of what you put into your body. Here is a fun little post I wrote on all the things I miss on the Paleo diet:

    1. I think this was my favorite :)
      17. Not having to look like a prick at a restaurant with my special requests.

      I feel bad every time I order a restaurant meal, even though I know I shouldn't.

      I found that I love black coffee, too. I always thought I hated coffee. My husband probably wishes that I still thought I hated coffee so we didn't have to make so many trips to the coffee shop.