My first week of Whole30 is drawing to a close, and it hasn’t been bad. Maybe it helped that O was at his dad’s for the first day, and I didn’t have to see or smell any non-complaint foods…But even once he was home, I had no issues sticking with my planned foods.
One of the major surprises was how much O has liked all of the food I’ve made so far…In fact, most nights he has eaten everything on his plate and asked for more.
I’ll admit, there have been times when I’ve been tempted. Pouring O a bowl of my favorite Vanilla Life cereal, for instance…I normally mindlessly eat the ones that don’t end up in the bowl, so I had to catch myself before I actually got one in my mouth. Another time, I was making O toast and my mouth was watering just smelling it.
Still, I haven’t missed some things as much as I thought I would. Not eating bread or grains hasn’t bothered me much (with the exception of the toaster smell). I thought I’d miss peanut butter something fierce, but I actually really liked the almond butter I tried. I’m pretty excited to try cashew butter next!
So far, I’ve mostly used recipes from the book and they’ve all been excellent. Homemade mayo will put you off the store-bought stuff forever…The first time I tried it, O yelled at me for saying a bad word. It’s THAT good.
Staying away from added sugars has made me appreciate the real flavor of food. Brussles sprouts, when roasted in Ghee, have a natural I’d never noticed. They were so good, I wanted to eat the entire pan. I usually make cole slaw with mayo, vinegar, and sugar (pretty standard, right?), but I tried a recipe from the book that had zero sugar and found it to be so much better!
The Whole30 book gives a daily timeline of what to expect… The first week is supposed to be a little rough, with a couple of hangover days, some super grouchy days, and a bit of exhaustion. I’ve been super hungry lately, too, so I added an additional snack (if you exercise regularly, you may need to add an extra snack or two as well). I definitely experienced some irritability (probably doesn’t help that it lined up perfectly with my cycle), and I’ve noticed a bit of muscle weakness. This is all because my body needs to get used to healthy fats as a source of energy instead of sugar. It’s called ‘fat adaptation’.
Speaking of fat…
I haven’t eaten so much fat in…Well, I have no idea. But I’m eating healthy fats now, like avocado, ghee, and olive oil. It was a bit hard at first to add two tablespoons of ghee to a pan to saute veggies for tomato sauce, but I’m getting used to it.
There is one rule I’m really having trouble with…I want so badly to weigh myself, but they specifically say not to. I know I’ve lost weight. I feel leaner and lighter. I don’t usually put much thought into my weight, since I know that number can be deceiving…but now that I’m not supposed to do it, it’s driving me crazy. I did weigh myself the morning I started, so you’d better believe I’ll be stepping on my scale the moment I wake up on February first.
Overall, my first week on The Whole30 hasn’t been terribly difficult. I do need to be better about prepping ahead of time, because for a couple of days I felt like I did nothing but cook. The last few days of the week were ridiculously easy, though, because my fridge was full of leftovers. Actually, I still have leftovers in there!
Are you doing the Whole30 this month? Let me know how you’re doing in the comments!