Seriously you guys, I’m so pleased. I’m starting Day 9, and I feel amazing.
Quick recap: I have been slipping more and more into my old ways, and wanted to reset, detox, all of those good things. I also want to stay away from supplements, gimmicks, and just get back to basics. I read “It Starts with Food” and thought I would give Whole 30, a plan designed around the principles in the book, a shot.
In short, food should have a healthy psychological response, a healthy hormonal response, support a healthy gut and support immune function and minimize inflammation. Two of these really grabbed me – the healthy psychological response and minimizing inflammation. Truthfully, supporting a healthy gut is important too, because who wants an angry gut? No one, especially not this girl.
You basically spend 30 days eating just real food. Meat, veggies, fruit, healthy fats. No booze, added sugar (fruit is fine), legumes, grains, artificial sweeteners, soy, vegetable oil, etc. Again – back to basics. If you’re familiar with Paleo, it’s not far off.
I have been very fortunate to not experience a lot of the withdrawals a lot of other people get when they hop on this plan. This has to be because I’m already a pretty healthy eater and don’t have any killer habits to break like drinking a pot of coffee or a case of Diet Coke every day. Coffee is fine on Whole 30, btw, but I only like it with sugar so I haven’t seen the point. Caffeine makes me really jittery, so if I can’t have a cup of yummy, sugarfied joe in the morning, I’m not bothering. Bye, wig!
It also helps that I really like veggies already, and I like meat. Steak is my favorite, followed by a tie of crabs and scallops, then pork, and chicken way down on the list. At least it’s versatile, though, and with the right seasoning it can kick some serious ass.
As usual, I digress. I sought out some resources online to see what people did for their first week. I got into a good habit of meal planning using Jason’s method, but I didn’t want to use my brain. I found an excellent resource in Melissa Joulwan. She’s authored cookbooks, including “Well Fed,” but also has a great blog called The Clothes Make the Girl. She’s rebranding this week, because as she puts it, “it’s time to say goodbye to The Clothes Make The Girl, a.k.a., the silliest name ever for a healthy lifestyle blog.”
Joulwan completely mapped out the first few weeks of Whole 30, including handy ways to cook and stash things in your fridge. I have to tell you – this was key. Last Thursday was an absolute whip of me trying to learn my kitchen, but it was well worth it. She said the prep would take approximately two hours, and maybe it would for a person who cook things besides eggs on a regular basis, but it took me longer. Much longer. It could be because I kept bailing to catch up on Making the Team: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. God I love that show. Thanks for the marathon, CMT!
Here’s a link to her week 1: Week 1 Whole 30 Meal Plan. This would have been worth it JUST FOR THE PAD THAI. OMG. So the first day, I had a pork roast going in the crock pot, an oven full of chicken thighs, sweet potato and spaghetti squash, chili simmering, a blender full of zucchini soup, veggies chopped, this crazy Sunshine Sauce made and I was like dear God what am I going to do with all of this food? Ummm…eat it. And eat I did, like a queen, this entire past week. I even whipped up an extra batch of Chicken Pad Thai on the fly for a girlfriend that came over, and she swears it was good and that I didn’t poison her.
Check out this meal prep madness:
Here are some pics of the delicious eats from the past week. I will say I modified a couple of her receipes. I’ve heard the chili as-is is super popular, but she also mentioned mole sauce and I knew I was out. SWEET MEAT IS NOT OKAY. Not okay. Ugh. I just can’t even with the sweet meat. I’ve tried mole sauce in the most authentic mexican restaurants, totally inauthentic restaurants, and in Mexico, and I can’t make myself like it. I tried. The chili recipe without the cocoa and allspice is delicious though, so thanks Melissa!
God, those green beans. They were so good. I sauteed them in lemon infused olive oil from Trader Joe’s, tossed in some almonds and then squeezed in more lemon. They’re going to be a staple in my fridge for always and forever. So good.
One of the tricky things about Whole 30 for an awesome, social single gal like me is NOT DRINKING. No, I’m not an alcoholic, but when you’re meeting up with people in a city like Dallas, where it’s 100 degrees, there’s very little outdoor activity and shopping is a sport, drinking and eating are very popular. I like a little Tito’s and soda and the occasional sangria. I’m also starting to date again and since online is the easiest way to go about this, meeting for DRINKS is a simple way to go.
Anyhoot – here’s how I’m dealing so far. 1- I’m staying home more often. Just for a little bit while I sort this out. 2 – I survived a fantasty football draft at The Flying Saucer with Pellegrino and a smile. 3 – My friend Kaddie sent me a summertime, refreshing boozy treat list made with La Croix a few weeks back, and one of the drinks was light rum, coconut La Croix and fresh pineapple juice. I can’t do the rum right now, but the coconut La Croix with fresh pineapple juice is pretty damn tasty.
So that’s my past few days in a nutshell! Super delicious yummy food, feeling amazing, sleeping like I’m in a coma (8+++ hours a night no problem) and rocking this plan. I can’t weigh myself for the whole 30 days, but I think that’s going to look good too. I’ll have to satisfy my curiosity with non-scale wins in the meantime, like that gorgeous sleep.