To all my friends doing the Whole30: We are done with Whole 30 Week 1! That in itself is a huge accomplishment. Today, I write to review my first week of Whole30 Round 5 and to share my meal plans!
We’ve gone 7 whole days of squeaky, clean paleo without breaking down and indulging in non-compliant foods. The first week is the hardest. I find that my body closely reacts to the Whole30 in the same way that the Whole30 folks write in their Whole30 timeline. You should definitely google that for a laugh, and to see if you track in the same manner.
I will note that my results are not typical this round. This is my fifth round of Whole30 and I did not start this round cold turkey. I had been eating fairly paleo prior to January 2nd. I did indulge in a ton of holiday food, but every other meal I had at home was paleo. As a result, this round of Whole30 has been easy. I still have cravings for super sweet foods, but that is about it.
A Typical Whole30 First Week:
A typical first week of whole30 (for me) goes something like this:
Days 1 & 2: “This is so exciting! I’m cooking good for me foods, cooking a little bit out of my comfort level, and OMG I just rocked that paleo mayo! I feel good, I’m not hungry after meals…huh? This is pretty easy!”
Day 3: “UGH, I do not want to get out of bed and cook breakfast. UGH, I do not want to pack leftovers. I just want Panera!”
Day 4 & 5: “I am so angry at everything.”
Day 6: “Can I please just nap? Please?”
Day 7: “Dishes are the worst. The good thing is that I don’t feel like sleeping all the time, and I think my energy is a little better? Oh man, look at those dishes. Oh! Meal planning time! I’m excited to try new things, this week’s round-up is getting a little boring!”
That’s a normal round of Whole30 for me. This round is a complete exception. Actually, this round I’ve felt totally normal. I’ve been a little sleepy and sluggish, but overall I’m finding this to be extremely easy. I think I’ve gotten better at both meal planning and prepping. I am conscious of portion sizes and try to plan ahead for leftovers for lunch.
Whole30 Week 1 Meals
I wanted to share what I ate last week, as I don’t really think I have publicly. Most of my meals came from either PrepDish or The Whole30 Cookbook. My brother gave me the Whole30 Cookbook for my birthday in December, and I must say I am very impressed. I have the Whole30, which I think is a great resource for the program rules, but I wasn’t super crazy about the recipes within. They are all fairly basic, and I cooked them quite a few times. I was ready for The Whole30 Cookbook to be released! The recipes span a wide variety of flavors and cultures, and I can find almost every ingredient at my local grocery store.
Sometimes, eating paleo is really hard in the Midwest where factory farming is king. Since I started my first round of Whole30, I’ve found that my grocery health market has almost all of the products I’m looking for with the exception of compliant bacon. Initially, I couldn’t find anything without ordering online. Thus, It’s been a welcomed change in the Iowa foodscape.
My meals this week consisted of:
- Bistro Breakfast Salad from The Whole30 Cookbook
- Chicken Stir Fry from Prepdish
- Slow Cooker Pork Posole from The Whole30 Cookbook
- Apple, Cabbage, and Pork Hash from The Whole30 Cookbook
- Chicken Salad
- Almond Crusted Sole with Garlic Mashed Potatoes from The Whole30 Cookbook (this meal was suprisingly very filling…even filling up my husband!)
- Roasted Root Veggies and Chicken from The Whole30 Cookbook
- Steak & Caramelized Shaved Brussel Sprouts
- Kitchen Sink Scrambled Eggs from The Whole30
Whole30 Week 2
As week two begins tomorrow, I like to meal plan the day before I go grocery shopping. Yet, I also like to skip grocery shopping and just order everything online. I’m ALL about saving time during the Whole30, and while my grocery store does not deliver to my suburban town, I can pick up groceries on my way home from work.
Furthermore, I am a paper and pen kind of meal planner. I recently purchased a Plum Paper Planner for 2017 after using the Passion Planner for two years. In the future, I plan on writing a review of it down the road, but I really like it. I added a Meals section on to the back of my planner and it has a month grid to plan out meals. There are also a few pages for writing down favorite meals, meal ideas, and favorite take out places. Lucky for me, we can do take out at approximately Chipotle and nothing else for Whole30, and Chipotle is 15 minutes away. Therefore, I won’t be getting a lot of use out of that option for now.
Anyways, this week I am cooking totally out of the Whole30 Cookbook. Here’s what I have planned:
- BST (Bacon, Spinach, and Tomato) Breakfast Salad
- Sweet Potato Breakfast Stacks
- Beef and Sweet Potato Chili
- Cider Brined Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apple-Sauerkraut Slaw
- Roasted Salmon Caesar Salad with Parsnip “Croutons” + Sprout Spud Cakes
- Baked Chicken with Roasted Leeks
- Zesty Chicken Bites (JK I am cooking from other places I guess)
- Hawaiian Pork Sliders from The Frugal Paleo Cookbook
- Chicken Salad
Finally, I believe meal planning is the key to success on whole30. Therefore, You have to approach the Whole30 methodically, and with purpose. You will not succeed otherwise. Without a plan it is totally easy to be distracted by sugar, alcohol, and warm, buttery, french bread.
- 1. Are you a pen and paper meal planner or do you like to use your computer?
- What crazy craving has Whole30 given you?
That is all for today, friends! In the meantime, please leave a comment related to my questions in the comment section of my blog! I look forward to hearing from you.
P.S. Warm, buttery, french bread is my biggest Whole30 Week 1 craving.