I started the Whole30 last Monday February 13th. This weekend the weather here is amazing! We enjoyed the sunshine and warmth in Harpers Ferry this weekend! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!
What is the Whole30?
The Whole30 is a nutrition program designed to help you realize what foods are good for YOU. I say “YOU” because there are plenty of programs that say what foods are “good” and what foods are “bad”, but the definitions of good and bad may be different for different people. Food that gives one person energy may give another per indigestion. If you are eating healthy but still feeling bloated, tired, or hungry, then you may need to change one or a few of your foods.
Whole30 provides a plan that you can follow to identify how different foods affect you personally. For 30 days I am going to remove a few food categories that are known to cause people problems. This is what the program calls hitting the “reset” button. After 30 days I will start to eat them again and see how each one makes me feel.
I’m excited for this journey and that I’m doing it with a great group of people!
What am I not eating?:
- No dairy
- No alcohol
- No gluten
- No grains
- No legumes
- No sugar
Haha, so what can I eat? Plenty of veggies, fruits, healthy fats, proteins, which is actually a lot of great food choices available. 🙂 I have been following the 21 Day Fix nutrition plan for almost 2 years and it has taught me how to eat. I think having this background set me up to do the Whole 30 well. I think if I had tried the Whole 30 by myself over 2 years ago it might have been too hard for me to start with. A great support system makes all the difference. 🙂
What do I hope to accomplish with the Whole 30?
I want to change the complacency I’m having with my meals and want to challenge myself. I also want to continue to avoid sugar. I definitely have a sweet tooth but since Christmas I’ve tried to stay away from sweets and have kept them very limited. I am also running more these days and I can easily add in more carbs into my day when I don’t need them so this will help me stay more accountable.
Dinners this week:
Monday: Turkey meatball & zoodles
Tuesday: Salsa chicken with kale and squash
Wednesday: Spicy turkey and riced cauliflower
Thursday: Leftover Spicy turkey and riced cauliflower
Friday: Shrimp stir fry
Saturday: Cauliflower nachos with ground turkey
Sunday: Turkey meatballs with zoodles
I got all the recipes from the Whole30 cookbook and they’re delicious. 🙂 It’s been really nice trying new recipes. I had been getting complacent with my meals and needed the change in food. The recipes don’t take long (which is always something that I’m looking for 😉
How am I feeling this week?
I am sleeping well! I do feel that brain fog that they said you would experience. I ran twice this week and it was early in the morning but I did feel kind of sluggish. I think that will get better though! 😉
I’m actually feeling less anxious. I realized when I was trying to get the girls out for an early appointment that I wasn’t feeling as anxious to get there on time. In fact, I wasn’t anxious at all.
What’s for dinner next week?
Saturday: Butternut Squash soup with chicken
Sunday: Crispy Spicy turkey
Tuesday: Grilled Jamaican jerk salmon
Wednesday: Moroccan chicken with carrot and pistaccio slaw
Thursday: Shrimp stir fry
Thank you Whole30 cookbook for all the recipes. 🙂
These turkey meatballs with olives served with zoodles were delicious!
Here’s a picture of some meal prepping going down. Do you meal prep?
What am I doing for workouts?
I’m running 3 x’s a week, 2 shorter runs and one longer run on Saturdays then I’m incorporating low impact workouts like barre and PiYo.
I can’t wait to see how the next 30 days go and what results I’ll see and feel. 🙂 I’ll keep you posted throughout this journey even as I re-introduce certain foods after the first 30 days.
Next weekend we are going to Massanutten for the weekend to swim in indoor water park. It should be interesting to stay on track while we are away but I’ll pack some food and power through. 😉 Can you keep me accountable? 😉
Thank you for all of the detailed menus and the whole 30 overview 🙂 such an interesting blog post!
Thanks girl! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. 😉