Monday, January 19, 2015

Week 1 of the #Whole30

I started the Whole30 last week. 


Basically the program cuts out all foods that are allergen causing and/or "trigger" foods for a lot of people. It's 30 days of no sugar, grains, legumes, and dairy. The program consists of eating REAL food -- meats, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats. 

I'm now on day 8, and I have to say, it hasn't been horrible. I had some small headaches and felt some sluggishness in the first couple of days, but nothing crazy. That's mostly because I eat relatively healthfully already, so this wasn't a huge shock to my system. I did, admittedly, eat boxed macaroni and cheese and 2 cupcakes the night before I started - haha!

So what have I been eating the past week? Here's a little sampling.

Established by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig (of Whole9) in April 2009, the Whole30® is our original nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.
Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it.
- See more at: http://whole30.com/step-one/#sthash.b4scbfA7.dpuf
Established by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig (of Whole9) in April 2009, the Whole30® is our original nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.
Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it.
- See more at: http://whole30.com/step-one/#sthash.b4scbfA7.dpuf
Established by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig (of Whole9) in April 2009, the Whole30® is our original nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.
Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it.
- See more at: http://whole30.com/step-one/#sthash.b4scbfA7.dpuf
Established by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig (of Whole9) in April 2009, the Whole30® is our original nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.
Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it.
- See more at: http://whole30.com/step-one/#sthash.b4scbfA7.dpuf
 
Breakfast last week was a veggie hash of sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, and mushrooms. I topped it with some fried eggs and added a side of black coffee and blueberries!
 
 
Dinners this week consisted of one of my all-time favorite recipes: Mustard Glazed Chicken Thighs! The recipe is from The 21 Day Sugar Detox book, but I found it online here. I make this recipe probably once a month! Sides were cauliflower rice (here's a how to for that) and roasted veggies.

 
Snack on days that I was running or working out was a Lara Bar for a little carb boost. 

 
Good news for my fellow nutbutter fans -- Blindspot's Nut'n But Nuts is Whole30 friendly! You can order it online here!

 
I also snacked on apple slices and some homemade almond butter. I just pulsed some raw almonds, a little coconut oil, cinnamon, and vanilla in my NutriBullet until they made butter!
 
 
Last week's lunches were a small salad with oil/vinegar, a blood orange, and Sweet Potato Turkey Chilli. I used this recipe and omitted the beans. I also used beef instead of turkey.

 
One night for dinner I did some butternut squash, asparagus, and white fish sauteed with red curry and coconut milk. It was yummy!!
 
 
On Saturday, I went to Arlington to visit with my college roommates. One of them just had a baby (the cutest baby ever) so we took lunch to them and hung out for the day! My initial plan was lasagna...but that's not Whole30 friendly!! So, we did taco salads. I made a big batch of taco meat and some fresh guacamole. It made it easy to stay on plan while visiting! 

If you're doing the Whole30, what are your favorite meals?
 

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