I did it! I successfully completed my first week of Whole30. I still can’t believe I’ve gone a whole week without sugar, dairy, and bread. A few months ago, I didn’t think I could even go a day without those foods, and now here I am. Crazy!
Here are some of the highlights and lowlights from the last week:
- This first week was honestly not as hard as I thought it was going to be. I assume that’s because Chris and I indulged A LOT the week before we started due to all my birthday festivities. Seriously, the week before we started Whole30, we were either going out to eat or attending a BBQ/dinner at someone else’s house every night. There were lots of cocktails and desserts consumed, too! Because of all our indulging, I felt kinda sick by Sunday night and was ready for a good cleanse.
- I’m improving my cooking skills by learning new recipes and techniques. This week I learned how to make burgers in the oven (so easy!) and how to make my own turkey sausage.
- I love that Chris is doing this with me! I think it helps a lot to have his support during this crazy challenge. It’s also nice to have someone (who knows exactly what I’m going through) to vent to during the hard times.
- So. Much. Cooking. And. So. Many. Dishes! This is probably my biggest complaint so far. Before Whole30, I probably cooked 2-3 times a week. Now I’m cooking breakfast and dinner, then meal prepping lunches for us to bring to work. Cooking three meals a day is a lot, but cooking three meals a day for TWO people is even more exhausting. At least Chris is in charge of making sure the dishes are getting done on a daily basis. I don’t think I could handle both.
- I wasn’t very prepared this week. My Whole30 book didn’t arrive until Monday, so I didn’t have any food prepped for the week and I was still trying to get all the program rules memorized. Also, I made about four trips to Trader Joe’s this week. My plan for my second week is to be more on top of meal planning and make less trips to the store.
- Some physical symptoms I’ve experienced this week were hunger, headaches, bloating, and low energy. According to the Whole30 book, the headaches and low energy mean my body is adjusting to not relying on sugar for energy, and the bloating means my gut is adjusting to my new intake of meat and veggies. I’ve also felt a little cranky this week, probably due to said physical symptoms.
- Eating out is not very fun. Chris and I went out to eat twice this weekend, once at our favorite burger joint and once at an Italian restaurant we really like. Even though we were able to find stuff to eat at the restaurants (lettuce wrapped burgers and chicken salads), we found ourselves longing for the curly fries and pizza our friends were eating. We also felt like the food we got was not that great for the cost (two chicken salads for $28 before tip). However, I did eat at Chipotle for lunch one day and that was pretty successful; their Carnitas Salad is delish!
So that’s my first week! I still can’t believe I’m actually doing this. It’s hard, but I already know it’s going to be so worth it in the end.