This week was the first week of our Whole30 challenge. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Whole30, it’s basically a Paleo eating plan. All the fruit, vegetables, and meat you want, with the exception of white potatoes and beans. We have SO enjoyed this past week, and are so excited to continue! We have found that the food we are eating is extremely filling, so filling in fact, that it seems like we are cheating!! Everything tastes so yummy and fresh, and there is no feeling of guilt or regret after we eat. It feels so good to know that we are making healthy choices and giving our bodies the nutrients they are longing for! We are feeling energetic, MUCH less bloated, and sleeping wonderfully!
Here is a quick run down of week 1!
By the end of day one, we were feeling very enthusiastic and pumped about the whole30! No cravings, headaches, etc. Jared and I were both faced with temptation on day 1. Jared’s co-worked brought in 1 dozen chickfila cookies, and we had a “party” is class with tons of junk food. I was so glad I couldn’t eat it. So many wasted calories.
I was out for the evening, so for dinner Jared grilled out with his buddy and had steak and a sweet potato. I had a salad with almonds, carrots, tomatoes, grapes, and broccoli. I also had some raw veggies (carrots, celery, and broccoli), as well as a Lara Bar. These are Whole30 approved, though I do not want to eat many of them, because it is more of a dessert type of food.
By the end of Day 2, we were feeling the same as we had the night before. Still really excited, and wondering why it was so easy?!
For lunch, Jared had 3 turkey/tortilla wraps, a handful of almonds, fruit, and raw veggies. I was so full from breakfast that I couldn’t eat lunch and I was at school for the whole day. I packed an apple and raw veggies and that kept my full.
For dinner we had tuna salad. I put mine on a bed of mixed greens, and Jared ate his in lettuce wraps. I made a boo boo on this meal, though…I topped my tuna salad with craisins, which have added sugar. These are NOT Whole30 approved. Woops!! I won’t eat them again! 😛
For a snack later that evening, I had a banana with 2 tbsp of almond butter. YUM!!!
Still feeling great!! Jared was faced with Fig Netwons, and I was faced with another in-class party with lots of junk food. When you are the one not eating it, you realize how much you would have eaten, even when you aren’t hungry! I never want to go back to those junk-food-snacking ways.
For breakfast, we each had 3 scrambled eggs on top of a bed of spinach with tomatoes, topped with avocado, again. We are hooked.
For a mid-morning snack, I had a Gala Apple. Those are my favorite.
For lunch, Jared had the same thing he has had all week. I had a sweet potato and veggie soup. I LOVE LOVE LOVE soup. This recipe made so much, I will be eating it next week, too! (I didn’t use the french onion mix it calls for, and I used veggie broth instead of beef)
I was out of the house this evening, so I made Jared some chicken tortilla-less soup for dinner. He said it was incredible! I had another huge salad with almonds, grapes, strawberries, carrots, and broccoli. YUM! I also had some raw veggies and grapes.
By the end of Day 4, we were feeling very tired. Still feeling great about Whole30, but just very sleepy. I read online that our bodies are learning how to rely on the protein and nutrients we are giving it, when before it was running off of the junk we were putting in it.
We had 3 scrambled eggs on top of a bed of spinach with tomatoes, topped with avocado for breakfast, again. I want it every meal, basically. 🙂
For lunch, I packed Jared a bowl of chicken tortilla-less soup. I also packed him some rolled up lunch meat, raw veggies and almonds. I had a sweet potato, apple, and raw veggies. I am so busy during the day, I like these things that I can take on the go with me.
For dinner, we had omelets! Jared had a 3 egg omelet and I had one with 2 eggs. Mine had chives, cherry tomatoes, and guacamole inside. Jared’s had the same, except he added bacon! Yuck! 😛 I had him do the cooking of the bacon….Haha
We felt much more energized on Day 5, and felt so so healthy!! We had the mindset, “Let’s do Paleo forever!” It really is THAT awesome.
For breakfast, we had vegetable frittata. I used 12 scrambled eggs, (Enough for 2 days), cherry tomatoes, chives, sautéed spinach and onion and banana pepper. This was DELICIOUS! We also had a few strawberries.
I had a snack at 10:30: Gala Apple. Such a treat!
For lunch, Jared had chicken tortilla-less soup, an apple with almond butter and raisins, some fruit and raw veggies. I gotta keep him full!
For dinner Friday night, I went to Cheeky for a ladies night. I ordered Shrimp Fajitas with no butter or oil. No tortilla or sour cream, but lots of guacamole, pico de gallo, and salsa! It was amazing! Jared had eggs and bacon, I think! I can’t really remember. I just know that I didn’t cook this meal for him!
On Saturday, we woke up and had leftover fritatta. So. So. Good! We went to the movies to see 42. It was really good! Super inspiring! I love the weekend. And I love matinees! We rushed home, and I had 15 minutes to spare before I had to head to my friend Ashley’s bridal shower. I decided to throw my left over fajitas on top of a bed of mixed greens and add some pineapple and tomatoes. It was tasty! We had dinner with friends that night. Everyone had nice chicken fajitas (without the tortilla) and I had fajita veggies. We also made some homemade pico de gallo, guacamole, and sweet potato fries. MMM mmm MMMMMM!
Hmmm…..all of the days are running together.
I had an apple after church for a snack, and a sweet potato for lunch. Jared had leftover chicken tortilla soup.
For dinner, we grilled out with my in-laws (in the rain – Jared is dedicated, haha!) and we had salmon, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and salad. So much food, yet again! I was stuffed!
And so that’s the end of week 1. We have had an amazing week and we feel SO healthy. I don’t feel bloated, and I am already noticing changes in the way my body is operating. I haven’t been having any mood swings, highs and lows, or ANY cravings. That’s only by the power of Jesus, because I know I couldn’t be passing up sugar on a daily basis by my own will power. We are loving this so much that we want to do it forever! We will see if our excitement decreases are we continue, but I would be surprised if it did!
Here is our menu/grocery list for week 2. The items that are bold are the items I got at Walmart and price matched. I hope you ALL price match. It’s the best thing ever. We save so much money!
Whole30 Week 2 Menu
Breakfast: Mexican Scrambled Eggs (1 Avocado, 6 eggs)
Lunch: J-Tortilla Soup E- Sweet Potato/Soup
Dinner:Omelet’s (Sauteed spinach/Mushroom) with avo and cabbage
Breakfast: Fritatta with onion, spinach, banana pepper, carrot (12 eggs)
Lunch: J- Turkey Lettuce Wraps E- Salad
Dinner: Burgers! (1 Av, 1 Tomato, 2 sweet potatoes)
(Jared is in charge of the burgers, and I’m not sure where his recipes are located. I will post them next time! I’m having a veggie burger and he’s having beef.)
Breakfast: Leftover Fritatta
Lunch: Left over burgers (1 Av, 1 Tomato)
Dinner: J-Bacon/Avo Omelet (4 eggs, 3 bacon, ½ Av)
Breakfast: Mexican Scrambled Eggs (1 Avocado, 6 eggs)
Lunch: J-Chili E – Sweet Potato/Salad
Dinner: Tuna Salad (1 av)
Lunch: J-Chili E-Greek Salad
Dinner: Grill out with Hills – Steak, salmon, sweet potatoes, salad
Lunch: Big Cobb Salad (Tomato, mushroom, boiled eggs, bacon, carrots, broccoli)
Dinner: at Transit party?
Lunch: Leftover – Get creative!
Avocado (8) (.50, Aldi)
Whole Tomatoes (1.00 Lb On the Vine: Food Lion)
4 Onion (.69 Lb: Food Lion, Vidalia)
Peppers (3 Pk 3.49, Food Lion)
Mushrooms (1.79, Food Lion)
Iceberg Lettuce (.69 Aldi)
2 Lime (.99 Per Bag Aldi)
Sweet Potatoes (10)
1 Purple Onion
1 Mixed Greens
1 head Cauliflower
1 Garlic Clove
1 – 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 1/2 cups beef stock
Apples ($1.29, Fuji Publix)
Strawberries (2/$3: Food Lion)
Mango (.59 Aldi)
Tuna (4 Ct 5 Oz Bumble Bee Solid White 6.69 Publix)
2lb ground beef ($2.00 Lb: Food Lion)
Bacon (2/$6 Kroger)
2 Salmon Filets
Walnuts ½ C
Eggs (2 30 Ct)
Thanks for reading! I hope you all have a fabulous week. Don’t let the rain get you down! (I’m preaching to myself, I hate the rain!)