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It's currently Day 5 of my first Whole30, and I figure I should record all of my daily meals while I can remember them. Some of these may not be 100% correct, but I think they're pretty close.

 

Day 1 (10/14)

Breakfast

Skipped - Poor planning (I decided that I would do the Whole 30 Sunday night immediately before bed)

 

Lunch

2x Asian Chicken Thighs (NomNomPaleo)

3/4x Bag of Broccoli

 

Dinner

Samosa on Butter Lettuce (NomNomPaleo)

1/2x Bag of Brussels Sprouts

 

Day 2 (10/15)

Breakfast

1/3x Kale Quiche (Whole9)

 

Lunch

Samosa on Butter Lettuce (NomNomPaleo)

1/2x Bag of Brussels Sprouts

 

Pre-Workout (Didn't actually go for my scheduled run because my partner doesn't run in the rain and I found out immediately after eating)

1x Handful of Almonds

 

Dinner

Samosa on Butter Lettuce (NomNomPaleo)

1x Tomato

1x Sweet Potato

 

Day 3 (10/16)

Breakfast

1/3x Kale Quiche (Whole9)

1/3x Empire Apple (It was too sweet for me to enjoy. I've never had an 'empire' apple before, so I don't know if it was the apple or the fact that I've had basically no sugar for 3 days.)

 

Lunch

Samosa on Butter Lettuce

1/2x Bag of Carrots, Broccoli & Cauliflower

1x Avocado

1x Slice of Honeydew

 

Dinner

Korean Style Short Ribs (NomNomPaleo)

 

Day 4 (10/17)

Breakfast

3x Scrambled Eggs

1x Avocado

1x Slice of Honeydew

 

Lunch

Samosa on Butter Lettuce

1/2x Bag of Carrots, Broccoli & Cauliflower

1x Slice of Honeydew

 

Dinner

Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs (NomNomPaleo) (Holy cow, short ribs are expensive! And of course the next day I found an ad for them $2/lb cheaper than I paid. But they were delicious and literally fell of the bone.)

1/2x Bag of Pistachios (Kind of a 'no brakes' food for me, but I put them away when I needed to, though I probably had more than I needed. Next time I'll just grab a handful and put the bag away.)

 

**Allergies hit me like a ton of bricks around 10am and didn't quit for the rest of the day. Pollen count was really low so I don't think it was that. I was at work at the beginning and home in the evening and it never stopped (even while driving), so I doubt it was something in my environment. I took an Allegra around one because I thought it would help and couldn't deal with it any more. I also had stomach issues from around 10 until 5.

 

Day 5 (10/18)

Breakfast

1/3x Quiche (Finished it off)

Slices of different apples (Didn't particularly enjoy any of them, which is why I only had one slice of each)

 

Lunch

 

Samosa on Butter Lettuce (Finished it off)

1/2x Bag of Carrots, Broccoli, Sugar Snap Peas, and Water Chestnuts (I didn't even think to check if water chestnuts were compliant until after I ate them, but apparently they are, so I'm good)

1x Slice of Honeydew

 

Dinner (I haven't actually eaten this yet, it's just what I'm planning on having)

Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs (NomNomPaleo) (Finished it off)

1/2x Bag of Carrots, Broccoli, Sugar Snap Peas, and Water Chestnuts

1x Tomato

1x Handful of pistachios

 

**Allergies still somewhat bad this morning, though not as bad as yesterday. Took an Allegra shortly after waking up. As of around 11 I felt much better, though still a little sniffly.

 

**This evening I'm leaving to go out of town for the weekend. This'll be the hard part.

 

 

I've also had quite a bit of tea and coffee throughout the challenge. Fortunately I never sweetened either of them to begin with, so there wasn't really a transition. Though I haven't noticed that they both seem less bitter than they used to, probably due to the decline in my sugar consumption.

 

I haven't worked out since I started, which has nothing to do with energy levels, just me being busy (and a little bit lazy). I plan to start out next week getting back into the exercise routine, since I've figured out that I prefer straight-up eggs (scrambled, over easy, etc.) to any kind of fancy dish that takes time to prepare. I'll get some sweet potatoes to eat after my workout, but I don't really know how I'm going to eat it shortly after my workout, since I'm probably 25 minutes from the first place I could heat them up.

 

I haven't had any issues with being hungry yet, though I've continued to eat pretty much every meal after I was '80& full' (hara hachi bu). So even going from two meals to three (I pretty never ate breakfast before this) and eating until I normally would have at least intended to stop, I'm pretty sure that I'm eating less calories than I was before. Partially because sugar-rich foods are also calorie-dense, and partially because I haven't been drinking any calories.

 

And just for the record, here are my measurements from the morning of Day 1.

 

Height: 5'7"

Weight: 155.6 lbs.

Neck: 15"

Chest: 39.25"

Waist: 33.5"

Hips: 34"

Bicep: 12.5"

Thigh: 21.5"

Calf: 14.5"

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Good for you on the measurements.  I didn't do that.  Should have.

 

What's Samosa?

 

NomNom Paleo sounds like a good suggestion.

 

Good luck traveling.   I'm doing the same in one week and I'm trying to think ahead how to manage the food.

 

Great log!

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It's currently Day 5 of my first Whole30, and I figure I should record all of my daily meals while I can remember them. Some of these may not be 100% correct, but I think they're pretty close.

 

Day 1 (10/14)

Breakfast

Skipped - Poor planning (I decided that I would do the Whole 30 Sunday night immediately before bed)

 

Lunch

2x Asian Chicken Thighs (NomNomPaleo)

3/4x Bag of Broccoli

 

Dinner

Samosa on Butter Lettuce (NomNomPaleo)

1/2x Bag of Brussels Sprouts

 

Day 2 (10/15)

Breakfast

1/3x Kale Quiche (Whole9)

 

Lunch

Samosa on Butter Lettuce (NomNomPaleo)

1/2x Bag of Brussels Sprouts

 

Pre-Workout (Didn't actually go for my scheduled run because my partner doesn't run in the rain and I found out immediately after eating)

1x Handful of Almonds

 

Dinner

Samosa on Butter Lettuce (NomNomPaleo)

1x Tomato

1x Sweet Potato

 

Day 3 (10/16)

Breakfast

1/3x Kale Quiche (Whole9)

1/3x Empire Apple (It was too sweet for me to enjoy. I've never had an 'empire' apple before, so I don't know if it was the apple or the fact that I've had basically no sugar for 3 days.)

 

Lunch

Samosa on Butter Lettuce

1/2x Bag of Carrots, Broccoli & Cauliflower

1x Avocado

1x Slice of Honeydew

 

Dinner

Korean Style Short Ribs (NomNomPaleo)

 

Day 4 (10/17)

Breakfast

3x Scrambled Eggs

1x Avocado

1x Slice of Honeydew

 

Lunch

Samosa on Butter Lettuce

1/2x Bag of Carrots, Broccoli & Cauliflower

1x Slice of Honeydew

 

Dinner

Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs (NomNomPaleo) (Holy cow, short ribs are expensive! And of course the next day I found an ad for them $2/lb cheaper than I paid. But they were delicious and literally fell of the bone.)

1/2x Bag of Pistachios (Kind of a 'no brakes' food for me, but I put them away when I needed to, though I probably had more than I needed. Next time I'll just grab a handful and put the bag away.)

 

**Allergies hit me like a ton of bricks around 10am and didn't quit for the rest of the day. Pollen count was really low so I don't think it was that. I was at work at the beginning and home in the evening and it never stopped (even while driving), so I doubt it was something in my environment. I took an Allegra around one because I thought it would help and couldn't deal with it any more. I also had stomach issues from around 10 until 5.

 

Day 5 (10/18)

Breakfast

1/3x Quiche (Finished it off)

Slices of different apples (Didn't particularly enjoy any of them, which is why I only had one slice of each)

 

Lunch

 

Samosa on Butter Lettuce (Finished it off)

1/2x Bag of Carrots, Broccoli, Sugar Snap Peas, and Water Chestnuts (I didn't even think to check if water chestnuts were compliant until after I ate them, but apparently they are, so I'm good)

1x Slice of Honeydew

 

Dinner (I haven't actually eaten this yet, it's just what I'm planning on having)

Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs (NomNomPaleo) (Finished it off)

1/2x Bag of Carrots, Broccoli, Sugar Snap Peas, and Water Chestnuts

1x Tomato

1x Handful of pistachios

 

**Allergies still somewhat bad this morning, though not as bad as yesterday. Took an Allegra shortly after waking up. As of around 11 I felt much better, though still a little sniffly.

 

**This evening I'm leaving to go out of town for the weekend. This'll be the hard part.

 

 

I've also had quite a bit of tea and coffee throughout the challenge. Fortunately I never sweetened either of them to begin with, so there wasn't really a transition. Though I haven't noticed that they both seem less bitter than they used to, probably due to the decline in my sugar consumption.

 

I haven't worked out since I started, which has nothing to do with energy levels, just me being busy (and a little bit lazy). I plan to start out next week getting back into the exercise routine, since I've figured out that I prefer straight-up eggs (scrambled, over easy, etc.) to any kind of fancy dish that takes time to prepare. I'll get some sweet potatoes to eat after my workout, but I don't really know how I'm going to eat it shortly after my workout, since I'm probably 25 minutes from the first place I could heat them up.

 

I haven't had any issues with being hungry yet, though I've continued to eat pretty much every meal after I was '80& full' (hara hachi bu). So even going from two meals to three (I pretty never ate breakfast before this) and eating until I normally would have at least intended to stop, I'm pretty sure that I'm eating less calories than I was before. Partially because sugar-rich foods are also calorie-dense, and partially because I haven't been drinking any calories.

 

And just for the record, here are my measurements from the morning of Day 1.

 

Height: 5'7"

Weight: 155.6 lbs.

Neck: 15"

Chest: 39.25"

Waist: 33.5"

Hips: 34"

Bicep: 12.5"

Thigh: 21.5"

Calf: 14.5"

Thanks for sharing your log! For the most part, you're off to a decent start.

 

Do you have a copy of the Whole30 meal template?  http://whole9life.com/book/ISWF-Meal-Planning-Template.pdf  I ask because some of your meals don't include vegetables.  You want to have at least 1-2 cups of vegetables per meal.

When you get back into your workout routine, also follow the template for proper pre and post workout snacks. 

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Good for you on the measurements.  I didn't do that.  Should have.

 

What's Samosa?

 

NomNom Paleo sounds like a good suggestion.

 

Good luck traveling.   I'm doing the same in one week and I'm trying to think ahead how to manage the food.

 

Great log!

Samosa is an Indian dish that's basically ground beef and spices. I'd never heard of it before, but I found the recipe and it sounded good. Hopefully you'll have a successful trip and plan it out a little better than I did. There are some good resources on how to eat while travelling. The hard part is when you travel with friends (or anyone, really) and end up going out to eat. I did well on dinner Saturday (pork chops, vegetables, and a sweet potato), but lunch Sunday messed me up.

 

Thanks for sharing your log! For the most part, you're off to a decent start.

 

Do you have a copy of the Whole30 meal template?  http://whole9life.com/book/ISWF-Meal-Planning-Template.pdf  I ask because some of your meals don't include vegetables.  You want to have at least 1-2 cups of vegetables per meal.

When you get back into your workout routine, also follow the template for proper pre and post workout snacks. 

I have a copy of the template, but the lack of vegetables comes from a lack of planning ahead of time. I'm working on getting better at that.

 

 

So I screwed up this weekend. The good news is that I didn't use it as an excuse to eat garbage the rest of the time. But the bad news is that I am going to start over. Or maybe that's also good news. Also, my planning hasn't improved a ton (which will be obvious when I post my breakfast today), but I'll get there eventually. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

 

The one thing I'm really having a hard time figuring out is how to get my post-workout meal in. Or really, how to get it and breakfast in. My plan was to work out first thing in the morning and then go to work and cook up a few eggs to have with an avocado, a piece of fruit, and some vegetables. I'm usually done at the gym a little after 6 and get to work around 6:30. So if I prepped ahead and brought some kind of food with me to the gym, it would be, say, 6:15 by the time I was done. But I have a meeting every day at 8 and 9 and things I need to do before and after them, which means I need to eat breakfast by 7 at the latest. So my options are either wake up earlier (which means going to bed earlier, which means I have less time to make, eat, and clean up dinner every night) or eat breakfast 30-45 minutes after my post-workout meal, and at most an hour after my workout. Now I want to note that I'm usually not hungry when I wake up, and even less so after a workout, which means shoveling down two meals within an hour of working out does not sound particularly appealing. I suppose I could shift my meal times on days that I work out so that I eat breakfast at like 11, lunch at 3, and dinner at 7 or 8, but then I'm eating shortly before bed. I don't know if that's considered bad or not (I haven't finished It Starts With Food yet), but it is something of note. Of course, shifting my meal times on certain days may be better for breaking habits. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Day 1 (Again)

Went to the gym:

5x5

Squats            75 lbs.

Bench             60 lbs.

Barbell Row    80 lbs.

Dips               -40 lbs.

**No pre- or post-workout meal. Note previous post for main issues

 

M1

3 eggs, over easy

**Nothing else

 

M2

1 bowl of chocolate chili (Well Fed)

1 honeycrisp apple

1/2 bag of broccoli, water chestnuts and sugar snap peas

**No fat

 

M3

2 grilled pork chops

3 stalks of celery

2 carrots

1 handful of almonds

1 tomato

1 handful of red grapes

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I would definitely work in a postWO meal - I don't think preWO is so important, but you need the extra nutrition from a postWO (especially when you're weight training and trying to grow muscles) to help recover and refuel.

Your meal 1 wasn't appropriate for a postWO as it had too much fat, and lacked fat and vegies to be a proper meal.

I'd go with your suggestion of meal 1 @ 11, meal 2 @ 3 and meal 3 @ 7 on training days with a proper postWO after training. If you're going to bed at 9ish, you'll have two hours after your last meal.

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I would definitely work in a postWO meal - I don't think preWO is so important, but you need the extra nutrition from a postWO (especially when you're weight training and trying to grow muscles) to help recover and refuel.

Your meal 1 wasn't appropriate for a postWO as it had too much fat, and lacked fat and vegies to be a proper meal.

I'd go with your suggestion of meal 1 @ 11, meal 2 @ 3 and meal 3 @ 7 on training days with a proper postWO after training. If you're going to bed at 9ish, you'll have two hours after your last meal.

Thanks! I didn't see this until today, so I'll make sure I start doing that on Friday. A quick question: is two-three eggs and a sweet potato an appropriate post-workout meal, or do eggs have too much fat? I thought I had seen that hard boiled eggs worked well for post-WO, but in your post you made it sound like eggs have too much fat. Or was that just because there was nothing else with them?

 

Day 2

M1

3 eggs over easy

1 avocado

1 handful of grapes

 

M2

1 bowl of chocolate chili

1/2 bag of green beans

1 honeycrisp apple

1 handful of raw cashews

 

M3

1 pork chop

1 carrot

1 stalk of celery

1 tomato

1 handful of almonds

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