Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Whole30: Day 1/2 & 1
A brief introduction to Whole30:
There's this long story that I haven't been talking about here. It involves health problems, injuries, exhaustion, and just general feelings of malaise. While I'm not going to get into any kind of details here (seriously folks it's a loooooong story!), but long story short I jumped (and just was sweet enough to join me) onto the Whole30 bandwagon.
Whole30 is a system of eating where for 30 days you eat clean unprocessed meats, healthy fats, veggies, and fruits. That's it. No sugars, grains, dairy, soy, peanuts, MSG, or any kinds of additives. There's so much more to Whole30 and, frankly, it's all on their website so I'm not going to bother repeating it. Just start here and then go read this. I would also highly recommend the book. It fleshes out what's on the website and provides some science to back up their suggestions.*
There are many reasons to do the Whole30 but I'm planning on simply using it as an elimination diet. After the thirty days are over, I'll reintroduce things a little at a time to see what foods my body reacts to and what I have no problems with. If I discover foods that I react to then I'll know what I shouldn't be eating!
*I do not agree with all of their arguments and do not think that this type of diet is sustainable for most people.
And now, for what I really wanted to talk about:
We officially started the program on Tuesday but on Monday we made a Whole30 acceptable supper so that we could have the leftovers for later in the week. So I'm counting Monday as day 1/2. At some point I will talk about shopping and where we buy our meat but for today I'm just going to move into the daily food recap.
Day 1/2: 3-18-13, Monday
Supper: Greek Fish
Tilapia in a foil packet with onion, tomato, olives, capers, spices, and olive oil. This is one of my favourite meals ever. We've had this recipe for a long time and I was excited to realize that it was completely acceptable.
Day 1: 3-19-13, Tuesday
Breakfast: 3 scrambled eggs with frozen veggies
Not very adventurous and frankly rather boring. But I kind of forgot about breakfast planning in among all our other meal planning. On the brightside it kept me full until lunch time.
Lunch: Leftover Greek Fish and 1/2 an apple
We usually stagger our lunches so that we don't eat the same thing two days in a row but we forgot to find something for Tuesday lunch. So leftovers it was. These do quite well as leftovers in my opinion. I never mind eating it again.
Supper: Crockpot Chicken, roasted carrots, and salad
Chickens in a crockpot are super easy. You just put it in the crockpot in the morning, sprinkle a few spices on the outside, and cook it on low all day. That's about it. The carrots were made using this recipe and they were great. I'll definitely be making them pretty often. And the salad, well it was a salad.
The first full day went pretty well. We had plenty to eat and it was all delicious. I didn't feel hungry for snacks like I usually do but I sort of missed my sweets. I wouldn't call it a craving yet though. Later in the afternoon/evening I started to get a sugar headache. I expected that though based on my previous experiences with cutting back on sugar. I'm anticipating that I'll feel worse before I feel better. So I'll just have to stick it out. Wish me luck!