Whole 30 Day 4
So I have to be honest, this is not as bad as I imagined. See my previous post about WHY I’m doing this Whole 30 now, if you’re curious.
That doesn’t mean it’s not going to get worse, or uncomfortable, or harder, but so far, my first 4 days of my Whole 30 plan have been successful.
I learned quickly that you can’t really get around the “meal planning” part. I don’t like creating a calendar for every hour of every day, but I’ve found that being prepared is essential. Having a few ready to go options to choose from at any given time is more my style. I have created some meals that I’ll be eating regularly for 2-3 days such as Mel Joulwan’s W30-Approved Pad-Thai, these Epic Meatballs with spaghetti squash, and have started each day off with an egg scrambler loaded with vegetables and a little potato.
Oh yeah, AND I made a delicious chicken tortilla soup (which is now, sort of like a chicken and vegetable soup with Mexican spices) minus the corn, beans, or tortilla chips. I cooked it in my slow cooker all day, we enjoyed it for dinner, I put it in Pyrex containers to cool, and then I LEFT THEM ALL OUT on my counter overnight. And that was ruined, and I was SUPER bummed about wasting all of that.
So, I’ll be making more of that this weekend.
Yesterday, I took a few hours to chop vegetables really small that I can just scoop out of the fridge and add to eggs every day, to stir-fry dishes, and even salads or sauce.
Stir-Fry with a Pad-Thai sauce made from lime, sunflower butter, a little rice vinegar and coconut aminos. I added the cashews and an egg for fun.
I’ve grabbed a handful of nuts, fresh berries, and/or a banana if I’m hungry in between meals (which I normally, rarely do). Otherwise, I’m eating about every 3-4 hours and not feeling the least bit hungry. According to all the W30 research I’ve done, you may be more hungry or less hungry when starting the program. It’s normal to experience anything from indigestion to cold symptoms, headaches and irritability, better sleep or not so great sleep…and…it’s ALL NORMAL. Or you may feel completely fine.
For me, I’ve had moments of irritability, I’m a little more emotional, and my digestion hasn’t quite caught up with my new way of eating…but overall I’m feeling well. I always sleep better when I’m not drinking any wine, so that is a plus. I’m not extra tired during the day, but I am definitely ready for bed by 9:00 pm.
Yesterday, I took some time during my chop and save sesh to prepare and roast some brussel sprouts and cauliflower, a bunch of root vegetables, and slow-cook chicken breasts. Honestly, the vegetables were so good I ate them as they cooled and made a small meal around 3pm out of brussel sprouts, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, parsnips, and carrots. It was seriously. So. Good. There’s something to be said about depriving your body of any sugars/sweeteners and REALLY re-teaching your taste-buds to appreciate the sweet deliciousness of fruits and vegetables.
I toss the brussels and cauliflower with olive oil (or avocado oil…I’m trying to rotate and I can’t remember which I used on which), paprika, and balsamic vinegar. Then I used 21 Salute Seasoning, salt, and ghee on the root veggies.
This part was a little time consuming, but I did it while my little one napped and I was able to cook all these vegetables, the chicken (with lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper in slow cooker), and a spaghetti squash in about 1.5 hours. Later on, I made the meatballs I mentioned earlier, which took longer than I realized, but still good, really filling (and didn’t leave me as bloaty-feeling as typical meatballs with breadcrumbs and cheese do).
Now I have all this ready-to-go food in the fridge that I can heat up for any meal. I can add an egg or just eat as is. I have plenty of zucchinis on hand for “zoodles” and the ingredients for the stir-fry/Pad-Thai as well, and those all take less than 10 minutes to prepare.
Depending on the size of your family and how many people are eating your same meals with you, this style of cooking may or may not work for you. There are endless options when it comes to Whole 30 planning. All the resources are FREE on the Whole 30 Website and there are so many amazing groups on Facebook and ideas on Pinterest to support your journey.
It’s not too late to join my FREE Facebook Group for September 2019 if you still want to get started. Feel free to contact me for support or questions!