Bennerob Posted July 6, 2016 Share Posted July 6, 2016 Hello! My husband and I started Whole30 on June 30 and we, for the most part, followed the Week 1 plan in the book. Now that we've got a bit more of a handle on how Whole30 is supposed to work, I feel I can keep up a log with how it's going. Reasons for Doing: My husband, who is only in his mid-40s, has some aches and pains that are keeping him from participating in physical activity and he's much too young for that. I, in my late-40's, want to understand the components that make for a healthy meal that I haven't been incorporating thus far. And, I'd like to lose some weight although I understand that's not the emphasis of Whole30. Challenges Coming In: We have three very active children -- 12, 14 and 14. The 12-year-old is an avid baker, tempting us with berry crumble, cinnamon rolls, pizza dough, biscuits, and cinnamon sugar doughnuts (and that was just this past week)! She barely eats what she prepares -- loves feeding it to others. The 14-year-olds just need a lot of food. Although, they're not actually too much of a challenge in they'll eat what I put before them and then round it out with other food that doesn't interest me throughout the day. We both have unpredictable work schedules and that, combined with the busy schedules of the kids, makes it so tempting to grab dinner out a couple of times a week. Like many, after a long day of work, the last thing I want to do is to make dinner. Of course, the last thing I want to do any evening or on a weekend day is to spend hours in the kitchen prepping food for the week. So staying committed to preparing three meals a day, seven days a week is going to be a challenge. Summer equals a bit of travel. I thought July would be a good time to do this because the kids go away to camp for two weeks. However, my husband has a conference for five days we'll both be attending and then another three-day conference that only he will be attending. Week One Summary. It wasn't too, too difficult for us to get through this first week. As mentioned above, we mostly followed the meal plan in the book and that made things a bit easier. Prior to Whole30, I relied on a little soy creamer in my coffee to stave off night sweats (and I've played around with it and it does work for me), so the first several days of Whole30 were filled with toss-n-turn nights with quite a bit of night sweats. The night sweats stopped around Day 4, so I've got my fingers crossed that they'll stay away. Day 5 - July 4 - was the toughest. Not only was I in that angry phase (could have been because I was so, so, so tired of cooking all the time), but I also wanted to treat myself to ice cream or something because it was a holiday. We both got through it by eating way too much watermelon, too many nuts and several dates, but we did technically make it through. Day 6 and today, Day 7, neither of us are very hungry. Week One ResultsI was more mindful about the processed food I would have had. I thought I ate pretty well pre-Whole30, but I was amazed at the number of times I would have grabbed something processed or cooked outside of the home just because, i.e. not a meal necessarily, but just something grabbed on the go even though I wasn't hungry. Physically, I don't feel "improved." In fact, I'm a bit bloaty and woke up with a pimple on my nose. It seems this is pretty par for the course this first week, so I'm not concerned. Where We Went Wrong & What We're Changing Next Week: No More Smoothies. Prior to Whole30, we started our day with a spinach, fruit and protein powder smoothie (2 cups spinach, 2 cups almond milk or coconut water, 2 cups fruit plus a banana, and 2 scoops whey protein powder split between four people). This was perfect for me to have when I woke up and before my workout because it was light and filling (eggs threatened to come back up during a workout). We had a couple of these this past week just to have something more palatable for breakfast (along with leftovers or eggs or whatever else was on the menu), but I realize if we're going to commit to Whole30, we'll need to leave these behind. Big sigh as my skin, as well as my teen boys' skin, improves quite a bit when drinking these smoothies on a daily basis, and it's gentle on my stomach before a workout. I'm going to try a hard-boiled egg before my workout but am a bit concerned. Hold Off On the Nuts. I love nuts, and I would often have a handful of nuts or a spoon of nut butter with a piece of fruit as a snack pre-Whole30. I've noticed on Whole30 that they're my near daily go-to snack when I have a craving. So, rather than dealing with a craving by waiting it out, I'm reaching for nuts. To break that habit, I'm going to cut them out entirely this week. Although, I'm thinking if the hard-boiled egg doesn't cut it as my pre-WO meal, I might be doing the spoon of nut butter next week. Breakfast. We've got to find a breakfast that works. I've read through the breakfast-related forums, and we're just not at that stage where we think lunch / dinner food make for a yummy breakfast. The thought of eating shrimp (last night's leftovers), tuna or chicken in the morning . . ugh . . . hard to overcome nearly 50 years of conditioning of what constitutes "breakfast," but we are trying. I'd love to fall back on the chia puddings, no-grain oats and all the other wonderful workarounds for this dilemma, but, at week 2, I'm going to stick to the spirit of Whole30 and embrace the meal template for breakfast. This is probably our biggest challenge. It's a bit difficult to get my head around the fact that bacon or sausage for breakfast every day is better for you than a spinach/fruit smoothie or oatmeal with a spoonful of almond butter (pre-Whole30 go-to breakfasts). Thanks for reading my long post! Week 1 done this evening with just three more to go! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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