June 1st, I started Whole30. No people have died today (so far) in this journey, successful Day 1. Back in January I did a sort of Whole30 for around 26 or 28 days (it is all a fog). I fell off the wagon and tried several times to start again and THE STRUGGLE WAS REAL. The husband and I had many conversations about how much better we felt in January and how awful we felt now and it always ended with "well next week lets start again". Of course "next week" was full of excuses and reasons why we JUST COULD NOT. Then last Saturday as we literally "laid" around the house the whole day because we were exhausted and feeling crummy I decided ENOUGH. In between refereeing the boys I made a grocery list as best I could from memory of easy meals to JUST GET GOING on Whole30.
My list(s) included:
Costco: Avocados, Spring Mix lettuce, Mushrooms, Spinach, Boiled Eggs (AMAZING), Organic Eggs, Egg Whites, Apples, And I also left with Guacamole Single Serve Pacs and a Keurig 2.0 because you know INSTANT REBATE.
Trader Joes: Oranges, Lemons, Garlic, Kale, Potato, Apples, Banana, Bell Pepper, Tuna Fish, Frozen Bell Peppers, Frozen Shrimp, Frozen Fish, Ground Beef, Ground Turkey, Chicken Sausage, Smoked Salmon, Dried Figs, Cashews, Almonds, Almond Butter
HEB: Sweet Potatoes, Jalapeno, 5lb Pork Butt Roast, Ground Pork, Green Tea K Cups
In my pantry I already had shiny new Ghee, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Coconut Mana, Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk, Hot Pepper Sauce, Pickles without Sugar and low sodium, seasonings such as Garlic, Black Pepper, Oregano, Sea Salt, Cajun Seasoning, Dried Basil, and 21 Seasoning Blend. Additionally I had Onions, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil, Chives, Oregano, Thyme, Cilantro, and a variety of mint from my garden.
Day 1 Meals - Breakfast: Egg & egg whites omelet with mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers (the husband had smoked salmon additionally in his). Lunch: (we ate out) Dry salad with romaine, tomatoes, boiled eggs, and brick oven roasted chicken with olive oil and rosemary. We asked a lot of questions about how it was prepared and marinated. Dinner: Slow cooker pork carnitas tacos in lettuce cups with guacamole and tomatoes. Snack - Carrots and apple.
Day 1 Recap - It went really well, I stayed busy and because of that was around a lot of temptations (took the kids to the zoo, popcorn and candy, oh my). Although the plan is that you prepare all of your meals, we are a family that eats out, A LOT. In January we learned we can cook for ourselves more easily than anticipated, that was a welcomed bit of information. Knowing we already had this lunch out planned I brought with me tuna fish in a packet and the plan was to order a plain salad and it on top. But after speaking with the staff I felt comfortable ordering the chicken for my salad. The BEST and EASIEST meal of the day was hands down the Carnitas for dinner. "What?!? It wasn't going out?" Nope. I prepared everything in the morning before heading out on our adventure. Link to recipe HERE. The only real temptation of the day was Zoo Popcorn because I LOVE popcorn and my lil' stinker sat right next to me wolfing it down. It smelled GOOD you guys. They say in 30 days you won't crave things as much I doubt 30 days will kill my NEED of popcorn. Haha
I've know other people who have cut processed sugar from their diets and also a lot of what you read about the first week is that it is MISERY. In January I didn't really experience that. Sure I had moments of intense cravings and perceived feelings of hunger when I was attempting to stop my constant grazing. BUT I never wanted to DIE or crawl up in a ball in the corner of the room. A couple of times I went to bed super early to curve the longing for late night grazing. Also I was getting up at 5am, for some reason when I don't eat processed sugar I wake up super early (I was never a morning person). So going to be early was welcomed. The last thing I did in January for the first few days I took an aspirin in the morning with my breakfast. I did that again this morning. Lucky for me I am not addicted to caffeine.
I made it a day without processed sugar. WOOT.