February 4, 2013

Whole30 Food Diary Week One

Mike & I just finished our first round of the Whole30 (I say "1st round" because we'll probably do it at least once a year). I purposefully didn't post anything about the Whole30 until we completed it because I know that everyone has opinions and advise that they're oh-so-ready to hand out...even if it's unasked for. What is the Whole30? It's pretty simple in theory: it's giving up anything but whole foods for 30 days. It's a "short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habits and relationships with food." We ate a LOT of meat, veggies and fruit, NO grains, dairy or alcohol.

Here's my food diary from our month of clean eating:

Day one
Breakfast 10:45 - 1 square veggie egg casserole, 1 square sausage egg casserole & 1 mug coffee (black)

Lunch 12:30 - 1 bowl beef stew, 3 slices green bell pepper, 32 oz water

Day one - so far I've not craved anything that I "can't" have. I did eye a coke zero this morning but quickly had a cup of black coffee that sufficed. No headaches (yet). I've felt full & not had the urge to snack. I am thirsty for anything but water though. (3pm) 

5:15 large unsweet tea from McDonalds (no sweetener) 

6:25 two handfuls of walnuts 

Dinner 7 - 1/2ish# ground turkey meat with poultry seasoning, mustard, lettuce, green beans w slivered almonds, apple with almond butter & water w lemon *Did some research. & discovered that almond butter isn't actually part of the whole30 -- back in the fridge it goes!  

8:55 almost 2 hrs after a good sized dinner my belly is grumbling a little. Decaf coffee is brewed - will have a mug & a handful of roasted & salted pecans. *Did this & still went to bed feeling hungry. Also-used chocolate almond milk as creamer .. Technically breaking the rules, but I'm trying to use up what's in the fridge & not be wasteful. 

Just before bed I took my chewy multivitamin & thought I'd share w Mike since he "needed" something sweet...his mouth literally salivated when I gave them to him. After checking the ingredients they have corn syrup in them. Seriously!? Gross. No more using this brand of chewy vitamins. 

Day two
Breakfast 8 - 1 egg, 1 handful of walnuts, 1 mug coffee w chocolate almond milk

Snack - 1 mug coffee w chocolate almond milk & 2 handfuls salted pecans 

Working out @ 1pm 
*felt good...but can definitely tell I've not worked out in almost 1.5 weeks.
*weighed @ gym:131  pounds 

Lunch 2:30 - 1 grilled chix breast w poultry seasoning, 1/2 bell pepper, kale salad w craisins, walnuts & oil & vinegar

3:30 - large black decaf coffee (DD)

*i felt hungry around 5pm ... Still no headaches 

Dinner 6:45 - pot roast (cooked in beef broth) with 1 new potato & carrots, lima beans & pickled beets, unsweet tea w lemon, 1 mug decaf coffee

10:45 - I'm hungry 

11:41 - kits peanut butter bar (in place of a laura bar) & 1 mug coffee w coconut milk 

Day 1 & 2 I've woken up hungry (like stomach growling...reminds me of when i came home from the trail)when I've gotten io to nurse @ 4 & 5 am (this is typical) 

Day three
Breakfast 8:00 - 3 slices thick bacon, 2 scrambled eggs (cooked in olive oil) with s & p, 1 mug coffee w coconut milk

12:00 - small handful of salted pecans 

Lunch 12:45 - 1/2 Greek salad w grilled chix from Zoe's w oil & vinegar, 1/2 apple, lemon water & small handful of salted pecans 

4:40 - 3 large strawberries 

1/4 cup pistachios 

Dinner 8pm - 1 hamburger with lettuce bun & mustard, zucchini & squash, mixed fruit, apricot toffee, unsweet tea  

Thoughts: Would REALLY like a diet drink now! Other than that this Whole30 is going well. I feel limited by the foods we have in the house  - gotta expand what we have on hand next time I go to the store! 

Day four
Breakfast 7:45 - 2 scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil, 2 slices bacon, 1/2 avocado, 1 mug coffee w coconut milk 

Throughout morning -- 1.5 mugs coffee w coconut milk & water

Workout 12-1 

Lunch 1:45 - 1 quarter dark meat chicken (no skin), green beans, lima beans, 32 oz unsweet tea w lemon 

2:50 - feeling a little hungry .. will drink some lemon water & decide if I'm really hungry or not 

3:20 - ate 2.5 apricot toffee pieces & drank lemon water

6:20 - mixed berries & 1 handful salted pecans 
Dinner 8:20 - hibachi chix w mustard & veggies (joy of Tokyo), 3 glasses of unsweet tea 

10:30 - (movie snack) mixed berries & pecans, coffee w coconut milk 

Day five
Breakfast 8:45 - kits cashew bar, 2 mugs coffee w coconut milk

Water throughout am before run 

11:15- 4 mile run

1:30 - hamburger patty, lettuce, 3 thin apple slices, spicy mustard, 3 asparagus slices & water

Movie snack 5:30-6:30ish - trail mix (dried fruit & nuts) 

Dinner 8:30 - salad bowl @ chipotle (chicken, pico, avocado & dressing), water w lemon 

Have had way more water to drink today than I normally do & even with a run have felt less hungry

*Mike had his first dream about sugar tonight. 

Day six 
Breakfast 8:30 - 1 egg, 4 oz sausage, 2 mugs  coffee w coconut milk

11 - large unsweet tea from McDonald's 

Lunch  1:20 - chix breast w mustard, 1/2 avocado, salad w homemade oil & vinegar dressing & walnuts & craisins, water w lemon

Dinner 7:40 - steak & chicken fajitas (no tortillas, no beans, no rice, no cheese), table side guacamole (from papas & beer), water

9:45 - movie snack - mixed fruit & nuts (1 banana, 1 apple, cup of strawberries, 1 large handful walnuts, 1 large handful pecans) split w Mike. *Mike commented on how sweet and delicious the fruit was when you haven't had anything sweet in almost a week. Hooray! That's what I like to hear! (AND, he's right!) 

Day seven 
Breakfast 7:20 - 4.5 oz pork, 2 eggs, 1 mug coffee w coconut milk

Lunch 12 - 1 kits peanut bar, 3 slices bacon, 1 apple, 1 glass unsweet tea 
*i was definitely hungry right before lunch (no morning snack) p

3:20 - handful of pecans mixed w dried banana slices 

Workout @ 6pm

Dinner 8:00 - 1/2 lb burger, lettuce "bun", mustard, 1.5 slices thick bacon, & homemade guacamole, 1 banana & broccoli, 1 glass unsweet tea (By far mike's favorite whole meal I've cooked!) 

10pm - coffee w coconut milk & 1 handful walnuts 

*Hallelujah! Week 1 is over & we're still alive! (Joking) We've both realized that the whole30 isn't very conducive for social gatherings (lunch after church, birthday dinners, etc.) but, it's only for a month-so it's totally doable. I think we've already learned better eating habits in these short (don't kill me Mike for calling them short!) 7 days - hopefully the next 23 days will ingrain them into our brains as something we can carry out once this is over!

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