Whole30 Week 1

29 Apr

We just completed our first week of the Whole30!

Here is our meal recap with some recipe links. Some of the recipes came straight from the book.

Day 1

day1

Day one started with sweet potato hash topped with 2 fried eggs. For lunch I had tuna salad with hard boiled eggs and I added a little bit of avocado as well as substituted the capers for green olives. I also had a side of cashews and strawberries. Dinner was balsamic green beans, roasted cauliflower and salmon cakes with homemade tartar sauce.

The first day went very well for me. The only side effects I had was a lingering headache most of the day and at one point a little nausea.

Day 2

day2

Day 2 breakfast was a delicious frittata that I through together the night before so that we could have a hot breakfast. I loosely followed 3 different recipes as outlines and concocted this one. I beat 6 eggs with 2 TB coconut milk and mixed with sauteed zucchini, red bell pepper, garlic, spinach, shallots, garlic, and broccoli. I baked it for about 20 minutes and just reheated it in the morning under the broiler. Lunch was a repeat of tuna salad but I halved it so that I could add some butternut squash soup. For dinner I made summer squash, salad with strawberries and orange poppyseed dressing and roasted hazelnut salmon.

I decided to have a small cup of coffee with coconut milk to help counteract the headache I had the day before. It worked and I felt great all day.

Day 3

Day3

Lunch and dinner were repeats. Thank God for leftovers! Breakfast was 2 fried eggs served on a bed of sauteed kale and tomatoes. On the side I added some monkey salad.

I felt very energized on day 3 and only a teeny headache late in the afternoon. Steven however, did not feel well at all and actually said he wanted to quit. He had a headache, nausea and even a slight fever. I believe it is called the “carb flu”.

Day 4

day4

Breakfast was sort of boring. Steven was still feeling ill and he was really struggling with being able to eat. He didn’t want anything, especially eggs. Unfortunately, that was all I had really planned for so instead of making another big fancy breakfast we just had scrambled eggs with bell pepper and monkey salad. Lunch was leftover salmon cakes, butternut squash soup and guacamole deviled eggs. I was going to share that recipe but honestly, I hate them! I have just been eating them as to not waste 6 eggs. For dinner we had caesar salad with homemade dressing. I have made anchovy-less dressing for years but this time I actually included the anchovies. Pasta was a mixture of spaghetti squash and zucchini noodles topped with homemade dairy free pesto and sardines. Linden loved the pasta so much he ate 3 servings!

outside

(We ate dinner outside in the sunshine on our coffee table. It was so nice!)

Day 5

day5

Breakfast was my favorite ever! Eggs Benedict Florentine without the english muffin, of course. I think I could eat spinach, tomatoes, avocado and hollandaise sauce any day of the week. I made the sauce using ghee instead of butter. I also added a side of roasted sweet potatoes.

For lunch I had leftover salmon on a bed of salad with caesar dressing, cucumber slices with my favorite spread, almond tomato spread. I whipped up a quick tomato soup on the side as well. The soup was not amazing. I added some of my pesto to it which improved the flavor but it is better in smaller servings.

Friday night dinner called for fish and chips Whole30 style. Almond crusted wild caught cod, sweet potato fries, tartar sauce and coleslaw.

Day 6

day6

This day started out horrific. Steven still was not feeling very well and in the morning he basically through his shoes on and was heading to the store to buy cereal hahahah. After talking him off the ledge (outside for everyone to hear) and making him a special non-egg breakfast, he seemed to feel better. We spent some hardcore meal planning together for the rest of the week so as to find more things that sounded pleasing to him. He was so over tuna, eggs and salads.

Breakfast on day 6 was a mostly egg white frittata because I had about 7 of them in my fridge from using yolks for various things all week. I added one whole egg to add a little yolk. I just sauteed kale, garlic, shallots and tomatoes and folded that in the egg mixture. I also had an apple and some almond butter.

Lunch was super late that day. We had been out at Costco, ignored all of the free samples! That is why I just had the rest of my breakfast frittata along with leftover tomato soup, green olives, and almond tomato spread on mini sweet peppers.

Friday night fish made so much food that we were able to enjoy that again for dinner.

Day 7

day7

WE MADE IT! Our first week is over. Breakfast was leftover eggs benedict eaten super quickly due to being late for church. Lunch was yet another smorgasbord of leftovers, veggies and spread, and avocado tuna salad. Dinner was a broccoli vegetable soup that tastes remarkably like broccoli cheese. I used homemade bone broth for the base and served it with chicken for Steven and so I quickly cooked up two eggs for my protein.

I only documented MY meals for you. Often, I made separate meals for Steven. Since he isn’t a vegetarian he is having a lot of meat protein. He had chicken, cod, salmon, and beef this week. Next week he has some sausage and lamb tossed into the mix as well.

I am still feeling great. A little bit tired but I am sleeping really well. I have had a lot of dreams too! Some about food, even food that I don’t care for in reality. I haven’t had the carb flu, like Steven, who is still a bit nauseous.

One of the hardest parts of this experience so far was at church today, it was communion Sunday. As the ushers passed out the grape juice and crackers I realized we were not able to partake because it would not be Whole30 compliant! It broke my heart!

We had one slip up on accident as well. Saturday we bought a variety pack of Lara Bars at Costco. MOST Lara Bars are compliant for an occasional snack but we accidentally ate the peanut butter ones not thinking about that fact that peanuts are not allowed. I know the plan is very strict about no cheats and if you do cheat they require you to restart your Whole30. I asked on the Facebook page about our mistake and they replied that as long as it didn’t cause issues for us then we could continue or possibly tack on an extra day to the end of our 30 days.

We decided to not worry about it and move on with our 30 days, as is.

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