Overall, I definitely am already seeing results with regard to my physique. Whole 30 says not to weigh yourself but I'll be totally honest and I'm breaking that rule 100%. I knew going into it that I wasn't going to follow that rule because at the end of the day what motivates me is results. When I work-out, I'm more motivated to continue working out because I see results and same goes for a diet. So no-go on the whole not weighing in! My first few days, I definitely was not consuming enough and felt VERY low-energy and had an urge to quit every time meal time rolled around because I was SO hungry. On Tuesday, I did a lot of research on Whole 30 approved snacks and that really helped get me through the week. A ton of people snack on Lara or Rx bars during Whole 30 but I'm allergic to dates so....not an option for me! I did find a few snacks that help keep me full like apples or bananas with unsweetened almond butter, prosciutto and apples, and plantain chips (ARE A GODSEND) and guacamole. I think my attitude from the beginning of the week to now has actually changed a lot. I feel like I'm not DYING for a bagel or a slice of pizza like I was at the start and I actually get a little more excited about all of the other Whole 30 approved meals/snacks we've tried this week. I'm CONSTANTLY craving plantain chips and guacamole guys. You have to try it whether you're on Whole 30 or not! I mean let's be real, I'm totally going to incorporate some carbs back in after this diet though.
One HUGE tip if you try or are trying the Whole 30 is to check out your nearest Trader Joe's. They have a TON of Whole 30 compliant snacks and that is where we purchased our plantain chips, guacamole, salsa and marinara sauce. We plan to do all of our grocery shopping there for the rest of the 30 days.
Whole 30 Week 1 Diet:
Sunday--Breakfast: Banana/Egg Pancakes with Strawberries on top, Lunch/Dinner: Sausage and Cabbage with French's Yellow mustard (which is Whole 30 compliant)
Monday--Breakfast: 1 Egg Muffin (recipe here), Lunch: Beef Stew (recipe here), Snack: Pineapple, Dinner: Tilapia (with lemon and pepper), mashed potatoes, and green beans
Tuesday--Breakfast: 1 Egg Muffin and a banana, Lunch: Beef Stew, Snack: Pear, Dinner: Meatballs (no breading) with Whole 30 approved marinara sauce overtop zoodles (zucchini noodles), Snack: Plantain Chips & Guacamole
Wednesday--Breakfast: 1 Banana and some almonds (was super tired of eggs at this point), Lunch: Leftover meatballs and zoodles, Dinner: I easily get tired of meat if I eat a lot of it so all I had was mashed potatoes (no dairy added) and guacamole. Sounds pretty disgusting but it's all I wanted!
Thursday--Breakfast: 1 Pear, Snack: Banana Chips, Lunch: Grilled Chicken and Mashed Potatoes (no dairy added), Snack: Trader Joe's Fruit Bar (only ingredients are Strawberries and Apples), Dinner: Stuffed Peppers (only stuffed with very seasoned lean ground beef)
Friday (tentative)--Breakfast: Smoothie, Snack: Grapes, Lunch: we'll be eating at a seafood restaurant near our venue so I plan to get fish with a veggie, Dinner: I'm going to try to find some Whole 30 approved sushi...Snack: Plantain Chips and Guacamole
For Beverages: I have only been drinking water, seltzer water with natural flavor like grapefruit (my favorite is either La Croix or Pellegrino), coffee with unsweetened almond milk, and tea with lemon (usually either green tea, peach tea or passion tea)
Hope you guys enjoyed reading this post!