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A New Start with Whole30


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So, I started my first Whole30 on February 2, 2015 and I'm super excited!


A little background:

I am a college student living in Philadelphia, PA. I have asthma and have been experiencing more severe flare-ups recently. Though the cold weather certainly contributes, I'm sure that the overindulging I did during the holidays, as well as my limited exercise, has something to do with it as well.


I'm just one of many students that struggles with living healthy in college. Juggling both school work and a job, I've found it easy to excuse not to going to the gym and grabbing lunch (and maybe dinner as well) from a food truck or fast food place.


I'm well over my goal weight and am overall not happy with my body appearance. The muscle I used to have from swimming, softball, and weight lifting are gone and my endurance is severely lacking. 


My reasons for Whole30:


Control: My freshman year of college I had close to no self-control when it came to food. I let carb and sugar cravings dictate what I ate and when. I drank 2-3 cans of Diet Coke per day and would snack regularly, even if I wasn't really hungry. I want to to take control of my life, and not let unhealthy foods decide how I feel.


My Asthma: I've always thought I just had to suffer with my asthma and live with the fact that I can't do the same level of activity as those without it. But if Whole30 gives me the chance to reduce my symptoms and make it easier to do the things I love (biking, swimming, even singing), I'm sure as hell gonna give it a try.


The Unknowns: I'm adopted, and as a result I know very little about my medical history. For all I know, I'm predisposed to heart disease, diabetes, or other conditions. It's something that I never put much thought into until now, but it makes me want to live a much healthier lifestyle.


I'm looking forward to sharing my Whole30 adventure with you all and becoming a part of this community!

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So, here's what my menu looked like yesterday for Day 1


Breakfast: Eggs scrambled with onions and green bell peppers and some coffee with coconut milk.

Lunch: Grilled chicken salad with tomato, cucumbers, green peppers and balsamic vinegar dressing.

Dinner: Just finished up the salad I couldn't eat from lunch!


Not very exciting, I know, but I've got 29 days to spice things up!

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You did well but I hope you had some protein with dinner. I would be starving on salad and chicken for lunch. Try adding some other veggies, like beans, carrots, asparagus etc. You will get there. Remember we are not supposed to be hungry on this program.

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Hi Michelleva,


There was still chicken in the salad I had for dinner, so no worries! I know I definitely can't make it between meals without protein in each haha. The salad was one I bought in between breaks from class, so I didn't really have the choice of adding any extra veggies (otherwise it would've been packed with shredded carrot, broccoli, onion, and more), but it was still enough to keep me satisfied throughout the day.

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Day 2


Sleep: 12:30-7:50 (Originally woke up at 7, but then fell back asleep). I was a bit groggy in the morning, but that's pretty normal for me.


So, I explained this experience to some of my fellow classmates today and was met with a mixed response. My closer friends were generally supportive, while others expressed incredulity. They wondered why I would ever want to do something like this and how on earth I could possibly stick to such a horrible diet for a whole month. I knew I wasn't going to be converting anyone, so I simply said it was the start of a healthier lifestyle and left it at that. Oh well, I'm sure there will be more of that as we progress. All that matters is that the people I love, my friends and family, have my back and are cheering me on (my roommate is even doing it with me!).


Now onto the menu for today...



Spinach, Onion, and red pepper frittata

Black coffee (tried it for the first time and actually liked it!)



Ground turkey

Spinach sautéed in garlic, olive oil, and a little ghee




Broccoli sautéed in coconut oil

Threw some mixture of coconut aminos, fish sauce, grated ginger, garlic powder, and sesame oil on top

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