Alternate title–“How Guacamole Saved My Life.” Because you better believe I’ve incorporated it into as many meals as possible.
Okay, but seriously. This isn’t actually a guide. If you want one of those, the internet is full of those. But I wanted to keep up with my weekly progress and encourage anyone who feels like they want to do it but has no clue how they would even do it. (And also post a few family pictures, taken by our sweet friend, Mayci.)
If you have been on the internet for more than a week, you’ve probably heard of Whole 30. It was something that I had heard of at least a year ago and thought “well, there’s no way I’d last a day on that!” So I’d hear other people talking about it and think about how I wished I could try it out as well. It sounded great to go through the detox, reset my body, and see if I could learn what foods trigger reactions. And maybe, hopefully, oh please, oh please, help me lose some weight. But even after hearing a dear friend telling me about her wonderful experience with it, I thought there would be no way I would even find enough to eat. I am such a picky eater.
But as I started thinking more on it and reading more about the program, the more I thought that I could possibly do it. I gave myself a few days to think about it and decided to start the day after my “cancer free day” so I could celebrate with ice cream on that day haha. There’s no way I’m skipping out on that! There are a few events that I saw on the calendar that I would be inconvenienced by or have to miss out on. But I realized there’s never going to be a 30 day time slot with nothing going on. So I took the plunge and started on May 12th.
I woke up feeling super excited about starting. I had eggs and fruit for breakfast and a Prosciutto, lettuce, and tomato wrap for lunch. Then Don texted me and said that he thinks he wants to do it too. So now there was officially a group of 8 of us who were all going through it together. He grilled that night and I remember thinking “this is going to be so easy.” Little did I know haha.
The excited, optimistic feeling didn’t go away when I woke up. But as the day went on, a headache started to set it. According to the Whole 30 timeline, it came right on track. So that was pretty tough. I’m already forgetting what I ate that day but I can tell you one thing, I probably was already tired of the food.
By day 3, eggs were not sounding so great to me anymore but they were fine. My headache was gone and I was feeling better. I made a taco salad for dinner that night and all felt right with the world. Until….
Day 4 was the hardest day so far. I woke up and felt completely weak and drained. I could barely move because my energy levels were so low. The thought of eggs made me want to gag and it took me hours of working myself up enough to actually get up and make them. As the day went on, I felt discouraged and disgusted by every thought of food. My homemade mayo failed–twice. And I couldn’t imagine going another day with these foods. I would have given up this day if I didn’t have 7 other people going through this with me. But since I didn’t want to be the quitter in the group, I forced myself to make it through the day. But then Maggi saved the day. She texted a picture of compliant ranch dressing that she had found at Whole Foods and gave me just what I needed. Hope. In the form of a bottle of ranch. Hope. That I could also find compliant ketchup. All was not lost. I still had hope. Haha dramatic much? But really, my mood perked right back up and right then and there, I knew I could make it to the end. I will admit that I ended up eating an RXbar for dinner (compliant–but totally not recommended) but at that point, it was that or nothing. I was NOT eating anything else.
I woke up on day 5 with a renewed sense of excitement. I knew I would be getting my ranch and ketchup and felt so encouraged about the program again. I know you’re not supposed to be making treats, compliant or not. But I discovered my new favorite snack that I would consider a treat–sweet plantain chips and almond butter sprinkled with ground cinnamon. Total love. And after a day of shopping, I came home with my prizes–whole 30 approved ranch and ketchup. (spoiler alert–they taste….healthy. But they will do, I suppose.)
AKA–sleepy day: day one. We went strawberry picking that morning and all was wonderful (blog post coming soon, hopefully!) but the rest of the day was rough because Don and I were both so sleepy. It set in right on time with the W30 calendar. Then we came home and I made spaghetti with some spaghetti squash. This was one of the meals I was so looking forward to but Don was dreading. Then I took the first bite and was disgusted haha. I’m telling you, I’m so picky. Don didn’t love the texture of the squash but he ate it all without a problem. I couldn’t eat more than a few bites. Oddly enough, I have rarely felt hungry over the past week. Though I do eat at all the meal times. But we grilled for dinner that night so all was right with the world again.
Yesterday was a quite a bit better. I wasn’t nearly as sleepy (the opposite of Don.) And I finally made a meal that enjoyed! Pulled pork over baked potatoes. The seasoning was perfect and hot sauce made it a bit more exciting. I have been having dreams about accidentally eating foods that are off plan–or about going to LA while being on Whole 30 and not being able to try all the amazing foods out there. Oh my! Can you imagine? But besides that, I haven’t had many problems with cravings. I do miss cheese quite a bit. And of course I would be happy with a dessert. But I’m not actually thinking very much about the foods that I can’t have. And that surprises me. We’ll see how that goes when I make homemade pizza for the kids tonight for dinner.
So that’s week one wrapped up in a blog post. I could have bored you even more by telling you every single meal or every single thought I’ve had. At this point I don’t feel like I can say much, negative or positive, about my experience. But if you are super duper picky like I am, I’m living proof that it can be done!
Have you done Whole 30 before? If so, I would be thrilled if you shared some of your absolute favorite recipes in the comments. And let me know if you have any questions. I wrote this all with kids running around me so I’m sure it’s all over the place.
Have a happy weekend!