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My First Week of the Whole 30 – In Pictures

The Whole 30 (2)

I’ll be honest, I was having a little anxiety gearing up for this and I almost decided to just forget the whole thing. The point of life I am at right now feels really hectic and the idea of meticulously planning and prepping my meals and spending a ton of time in the kitchen seemed like a little too much for me. With a baby and my sweet but rambunctious preschooler I tend to like to anything easy and quick, I don’t want to have to use my brain power on food. However, I am really hoping doing this Whole 30 may grant me more access to my brain power, more energy and improved health. That and the fact that I had already told a bunch of people I was going to do it tipped me over the edge and we decided to just go for it.

I had a long day of rehearsals on Sunday ,therefore it wasn’t quite the prep day I had planned. I got as far as chopping up celery,bell peppers, and then we ended up going out for burgers. Haha, I was too tired to cook and my husband wanted a last hurrah.

 

Here is a breakdown of what my food looked like this week, keep in mind I am not a photographer at all, these were all taken on my phone moments before or after I started eating.

 

DAY 1

DAY 1

Breakfast– Eggs scrambled in coconut oil with peppers, two pieces of turkey bacon,a clementine,half an avocado.

Lunch–  Romaine salad with tuna, Tessamae’s Caesar Dressing, couple baby carrots.

Dinner– Roasted red pepper and spinach sausages ( from Costco),green beans,sauerkraut,potatoes and onions cooked in coconut oil.

Sat an ate a real lunch, check. Awesome dinner made entirely by husband, check. This could go well…

DAY 2

Breakfast– Eggs scrambled in coconut oil ,leftover sausage and potatoes, a couple of baby carrots.

Lunch–  Romaine salad with chicken,green and black olives, Tessamae’s Caesar Dressing.

Dinner– Baked chicken breast with salt and pepper, broccoli,baked sweet potato with ghee and cinnamon.

Spent WAY too much money at Whole Foods today but it was fun. I am trying to release my death grip on our budget for this Whole 30 in order to make it as enjoyable as possible. Got some fun easy stuff to try like dry roasted cashews,plantain chips, baked apple chips, coconut aminos garlic sauce, sprouted pumpkin seeds, compliant pasta sauce, kombucha, bacon, and broth. A world of possibilities awaits.

DAY 3

Breakfast– Eggs scrambled,bell peppers and spinach in coconut oil , two pieces of turkey bacon,

Lunch–  Jicama sticks, smoothie with strawberries,avocado,coconut water,spinach ( I only ended up getting about half of that glass because my daughter wanted mine after she finished hers) Not pictured – cashews.

Dinner– Chicken stir fry with with Garlic Sauce on Cauliflower rice.

I was supposed to have book club tonight but I was really tired and totally not feeling it so I convinced my friends to move to next week. I was lamenting not having taken ballet class in awhile during dinner so my husband convinced me to go take barre. I didn’t think it would work because I was so tired but having a break from the babies sounded awesome so I ran. I ended up making it to petite allegro and felt energized, good decision.

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DAY 4

Breakfast– Eggs scrambled,bell peppers and spinach in coconut oil , two pieces of homemade venison sausage

Lunch–  Smoothie from Juice Land (I got the Veggie Kingdom that was made of fresh apple juice, mango, cherry, carrot, spinach, beet, lemon, and spirulina) Not pictured – cashews.

Dinner– Tomato Basil sauce with venison italian sausage over zucchini noodles.

SnackNot pictured – Blueberry Muffin larabar (oops! Not compliant ),some Pineapple Greens Kombucha

I went to the acupuncturist today to see if it could help at all with my cedar allergies, we’ll see! This is only the 3rd time I’ve had acupuncture, the last time was to try to induce labor when I was 4 days past due. I went into labor super fast and had her 4 hours after the end of my acupuncture session. We also stopped and had a smoothie from Juice Land that day so we decided to stop in and get all nostalgic. My oldest loves smoothies, she would have one every day, every meal if I let her, which means she sucked down about half of mine. We were running late to get dinner ready so I ate in a hurry and went to teach. I had thrown a larabar in my bag awhile back and scarfed it down between classes, little did I know that it wasn’t compliant because of the vanilla extract! For real? I guess that what I get for not reading the back, but whatever, I’m not too worried about it.

DAY 5

Breakfast– Banana, Not pictured- two pieces of homade venison sausage

Lunch–  Decaf coffee blended with coconut oil and a teaspoon of cocoa powder to make a “mocha”ish coffee, half of a Coconut Cream Pie larabar, Carrots with guacamole

Dinner– Salad with tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, chicken and Tessamae’s Casear dressing.

Snack – Plantain chips, rest of Coconut chew larabar

Today we got together with our friends at a bakery and I was worried. Pastries hold a special place in my life. It ended up being super easy to pass on all the treats, I don’t know if that is because this is still so new or what but I was glad for it. I brought a coffee along and a larabar but I ended up only eating half because I wasn’t really hungry. Dinner was definitely blah today, but I hate trying to cook when my husband is on shift.

 

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DAY 6

Breakfast– Eggs scrambled,bell peppers and spinach in coconut oil , two pieces of turkey bacon,

Lunch–  Apple with Nutzo butter ( Cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds)

Dinner–  A lot pico and guacamole scooped up with bell pepper strips and carrots and chicken tortilla soup, we made a pitcher of Starbucks Passion tea with some organic grape juice and added it to seltzer to make a “mocktail” of sorts

We went to our friend’s for a little dinner party and they were awesome enough to make us a separate pot of compliant soup. Yes, I have amazing friends, it is true. I did miss tortilla chips for the salsa and guacamole, mostly because of surface size. It is really difficult to pile pico onto a bell pepper slice. I almost asked for a bowl and a spoon, but I decided that might be awkward.

 

DAY 7

Breakfast– Eggs scrambled,two pieces of homemade venison sausage, cucumbers.

Lunch–  Cashews and a Suja juice (

Dinner– Chicken and bell pepper fajitas wrapped in romaine leaves with avocado.

Long day of rehearsals today but I felt like my energy was pretty steady. We grilled for dinner and it rocked, I definitely think we will become good friends with the grill this month.

 

All in all, week one went off without too big of a deal.

My biggest challenges so far have been lunch and not mindlessly eating my daughter’s leftovers. Lunch is usually a meal that doesn’t really happen around here. I just kind of snack my way through it, it seems like such a hassle to me to make something and actually sit down to eat it.

I didn’t take pictures of my beverages because they are basically the same every day. Every single day I start with a glass of water that has two capfuls of apple cider vinegar and quickly move to making myself  a cup of coffee blended with a  heaping spoonful of coconut oil. Every. single. morning. Almost every evening I have a glass of seltzer or a flavored La Croix after the kids go to bed. Night time is usually when I go all out on the snacking or sweets, the bubbly drink helps  me have a new routine. Lots of water throughout the day.

If I have anything different, I’ll let you know

 

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