So, I had planned on sharing my Whole30 Week 1 Diary today but I’m already off the program. It was not my jam. Here’s how it went:
Day 1 – Tuesday
Breakfast – Banana and black coffee.
*Forgot to boil eggs the night before, big fail! A banana was the only thing I could quickly grab and get out the door before work. We have a Nature’s Table but a fruit cup was the only Whole30 approved thing they have. STARVING until lunch.
Lunch – Tuna tossed with salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar over salad with olives and a whole avocado. This was actually really delicious.
1:30pm – Finished lunch and still starving!! By 2:15 was feeling much better. I think the food started to digest.
Snack – Grapes and LARA bar.
Dinner – Whole 30 approved Shepard’s pie. I made this recipe (but with regular potatoes) and really enjoyed it. I had a cup of chopped oranges and pineapple for dessert.
*Realized I’m eating way too much fruit and need more snack-able veggies. I know snacking is against the Whole30 guidelines but I didn’t think I could survive without it – I’ve had blood sugar issues in the past and my doctor orders me to snack every three hours. Felt pretty good at the end of the day overall, I am accustomed to eating fairly healthy and organic so it didn’t seem too hard.
Day 2 – Wednesday
*Expected to wake up with “the hangover” but didn’t, just a little hungry. Had a lot of food dreams though – mostly about forgetting I was on the whole30, eating a bagel or cupcake and then remembering that I messed up my diet – the stress was already getting to me.
Breakfast – Two boiled eggs and a banana. Black coffee.
Lunch – Leftover Shepard’s pie & La Croix.
Snacks – Orange, LARA bar, pineapple.
*Started feeling pretty tired around 4pm and starting to think – do I really need to do this? Reading the Whole30 forums was not helping!
Dinner – Pork chops (cooked in coconut oil), baked sweet potato and veggie medley – messed up and remembered that I can’t have corn and it was in my veggie medley. I literally almost cried.
*Wasn’t hungry for dessert or anything before bed. Feeling like I can do this!
Day 3 – Thursday – the day it starting going downhill.
*Didn’t wake up hungry like I did yesterday and don’t remember any dreams. Felt like I slept pretty good.
Breakfast – Two boiled eggs and a banana. Black coffee.
Lunch – Didn’t feel too hungry before lunch like usual. Had leftover pork, sweet potato and veggie medley (without corn).
*Didn’t really feel the urge to snack as much this day. Had a green tea in the afternoon but then I started feeling woozy, like I had low blood sugar right around 4:30 so I had some nuts and a LARA bar. Also started worrying about what to eat out for dinner before my hair appointment. I didn’t have time to go home so I started researching restaurants that had Whole30 approved options. Not much luck.
Dinner – Decided on chili’s – not a great experience, eating out is really, really hard and stressful on the Whole30 program – had a plain burger with guacamole and steamed broccoli.
*Starving and had a headache that night – I ate a baked sweet potato as a snack but it didn’t really help so I had apples and almond butter too. I sent Jeff on an emergency Publix run for more Paleo food. Decided I will never do this again but was still committed to the 30 days at that point.
Day 4 – Friday
*Woke up feeling a little down because I usually plan happy hour/girls night on Friday but didn’t have a yummy dinner to look forward to. I had done some Paleo Pinteresting and had some new ideas of what to eat.
Breakfast – Made a smoothie/shake with banana, coconut milk and hemp protein powder. Really liked it. Had a Lara Bar and black coffee as a morning snack.
Lunch – Pork chops, sweet potato and veggie medley again. Plus half of an avocado.
*I was starting to get the hang of incorporating good fat into each meal so I didn’t feel as hungry but was getting sick of sweet potatoes.
Snack – Apples with almond butter, LARA bar.
Dinner – We had plans to go to Jeff’s grandparents right after I got out of work so I asked Jeff to grill chicken and Brussel Sprouts to bring with him because I didn’t think I would be able to eat the dinner they made. Jeff cooked dinner but accidentally left it at home when he met me there! So, I ended up have some salad (with no meat) and green beans. Not very filling. Luckily I had some almond butter on me so I also had another apple with almond butter. It was his grandmothers birthday so I had my biggest test so far: resisting birthday cake! But it wasn’t too hard.
*I went to a friends house after and ate a second dinner when I got home, the chicken and Brussel Sprouts, really late.
Day 5 – Saturday
* I hate the idea of making breakfast at home on the weekends but was still committed to the program on Saturday morning. I was starting to have no appetite at all.
Breakfast – Banana with almond butter and coconut milk.
*After breakfast I looked up recipes and made a Whole30 shopping list and then went grocery shopping. I was STARVING by the time I got home from grocery shopping in the late afternoon.
Lunch – Salad with grilled chicken, avocado, Brussel Sprouts, celery, olives and lemon/olive oil dressing.
*This was probably one of the best salads I’ve ever made but I didn’t really enjoy it at this point because I hated all food and just wanted to feel full again.
After this salad I was pretty miserable, I hadn’t felt really full in days, had no appetite any more and just felt crappy. I also couldn’t exercise all week because I didn’t have the energy or was too hungry. And I kept turning down hanging out with friends (which was usually going out to eat). I went on a walk with my best friend that evening and she wanted to grab dinner. I really did not want to cook or eat any of the Whole30 approved food I had at home and after thinking about it more and more I decided this program was not worth it for me. I broke Whole30 with a glorious BBQ dinner. At first, I felt really guilty for quitting but as I ate my pulled pork sandwich on Texas Toast, drizzled with sweet BBQ sauce, around a group of friends, I came to the conclusion that I completely disagreed with the values of the Whole30 program and by the time I finished my Oreo Crumble Chocolate Pudding I was feeling great!
Why Whole30 Isn’t For Me
I realized I don’t really agree with the foundation of the Whole30 program. I’m not saying that it’s not a great program that can work for many people (and I seriously give kudos to those who can make it work for them) but I’m okay with “emotional eating” – I don’t mean crying your eyes out with a tub of ice cream every night but I like that so many memories are made around the dinner table or sharing a meal with someone. I so quickly grew tired of turning down spending time with friends because I didn’t want to deal with trying to be on the program at a restaurant. I’m okay with food making me happy, I love to bake and try delicious foods, and sometimes I just need a little bit of chocolate to pick me up. I already eat fairly healthy and natural so I felt like I was just depriving myself of stuff. I’m a firm believer of everything in moderation. Also, it was SO STRESSFUL for me, it just made a busy day even more difficult and the fear of messing up was constantly there.
What I Learned From Whole30
I did learn some valuable lessons from Whole30 in the short time I did it which I plan to incorporate into my everyday life.
- Pay attention to labels – sugar really is in everything!
- I can survive without dessert or have fruit for dessert – I have a huge sweet tooth so this really has kept me from eating so many sweets and taught me that I can resist the cravings. But I can treat myself on the weekends!
- I can survive without carbs in a meal – I am still having a lot of Paleo-friendly meals. Especially with all of the groceries I bought, I actually have had very little added sugar or grains this week. It just makes a world of a difference when the stress is off and I can grab a sandwich or something if I need to.
- If I ever decide to do an extreme diet again, I won’t go at it alone, I will read all of the instructions thoroughly and I will plan ahead. I think these three things are key to the success of the program.
- I also can survive a tough work week without red wine. Who knew? I’m continuing this part of Whole30 and doing 30 days without alcohol.
So, I think I got everything I needed from Whole30 in four and a half days instead of thirty. What can I say, I’m an over-achiever 🙂
***This is my Whole30 experience and Epic Fail. I totally support anyone who does the program and their reasoning behind it. It just doesn’t work for me personally.
Have you ever done Whole30? What do you think about it?