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Whole 30 {Week One}

Have you heard of Whole 30? If not, read about it, and seriously consider doing it. I’m only 7 days in to this 30 day adventure, and already, I’m feeling fabulous. On day 7, my energy was officially way up, and I’m really feeling like I’ve got the hang of this now. Also, read this hilarious article (click the image):


I found a few blogs around the interwebs documenting what people ate, so I decided to do the same thing. Hopefully this might help someone who is unsure decide to make a big change in their life, too! Scroll to the bottom for some reflection on days 1-7.

Day 1:

Breakfast: 1 egg, 1 egg white, apple
Lunch: lots of nuts and grapes
Dinner: salad – mixed greens, 2 hard boiled eggs, mushrooms, onions, and a little bit of bacon
Dessert: about one cup of mixed pineapple and banana

Thoughts: I know lunch looks weird, but I didn’t really have time for lunch before I went to work. Luckily there were a bunch of grapes and nuts there so that got me through. Not a great way to kick it off, I know.

Day 2:

Breakfast: apple, 1/2 orange, veggie omelet
Lunch: sweet potato, a few pieces of Boar’s Head turkey, handful of cashews
Dinner: veggies sauteed in EVOO, baked flounder
Snack: Small glass of fresh OJ

Thoughts: I still feel fine today – not too different than how I usually eat!

Day 3:


Breakfast: 2 turkey meatballs, 2 eggs scrambled with veggies, handful of blueberries
Lunch: Salad with greens, chicken, 1/4 avocado, cashews, carrots, onions, and cilantro salad dressing + banana (not on the salad, of course)
Dinner: We were out to eat for a meeting, so I ordered a salad with salmon, pine nuts, oranges, and avocado, no dressing. The salmon was a good size, but everything else was a little skimpy. So later at home, I was still hungry, and had a few cashews and a little piece of turkey.

Thoughts: Still fine! Just hungrier tonight.

Day 4:

Breakfast: Same as yesterday…creature of habit!
Lunch: Salad with spinach, chicken, 1/2 avocado, carrots, onions, cucumber, tomatoes, apple, and cilantro salad dressing
Snack: handful of cashews, a few slices of turkey
Dinner: Turkey stuffed bell peppers, 1/2 roasted sweet potato, kale chips

Turkey stuffed peppers

Thoughts: I was pretty tired today, but I am honestly attributing that to poor sleep last night, and a few other outside factors. I’m plenty full after each meal, but tonight was craving a dessert of some kind. Resisted any “treats,” including fruit, because I wasn’t actually hungry and have had plenty of good food today. Just a cup of cinnamon tea before bed!

Day 5:

Breakfast: Same thing…I don’t like to think too much in the morning.
Lunch: Salad with spinach, chicken, 1/2 avocado, carrots, onions, cucumber, tomatoes, a little bit of bacon, a few grapes and blue berries, and cilantro salad dressing
Dinner: Sweet potato and left over filling from the peppers last night. I inhaled this as I went from one job to the next.
Snack: I was starving when I got home late, so I had a cut up banana with a few chopped cashews and a little coconut milk on it. Sounds weird but hit the spot.

Thoughts: It was a long day, but overall, still going strong.

Day 6:

Breakfast: Same thing!
Lunch: Out for a work meeting. Had a nicoise salad (tuna, hard boiled egg, olives, tomatoes, green beans, squeeze of lemon and some pepper over lettuce) and a cup of mixed fruit.
Snack: Cashews and grapes
Dinner: We were at an event with Mediterranean food, so I have a plain salad with chicken kabob and lamb meat on it. Hit the spot!

Thoughts: I was a little crabby today. I contribute that 75% to hormones, 20% to being stressed and tired, and 5% to really wanting a slice of pizza like nobody’s business.

Day 7:

Breakfast: Same, same.
Lunch: Mixed salad of shrimp, chicken, 1/2 avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Plus an apple.

Snack: Cashews and fresh OJ.
Dinner (late): A big ol’ 11 oz sirloin (don’t judge. I was starving.) with a side of double veggies (zucchini and squash). This was a pre-concert meal, and I had a late night apple before bed.

Thoughts: Energy is WAY up today. I got a ton done, and even made it through a late concert and a long drive home, no problem. I also had no problem ordering at a restaurant out, and saying no to the many temptations there. Starting to feel pretty settled in this new routine.


So as I look over my week’s meals, I see a few things. First, I’m snacking. Granted, it’s only when I am actually hungry, but maybe I need larger meals so that I don’t feel the need for snacks. Second, I’m eating a LOT of meat. I think I need to incorporate some meatless meals, and maybe even days. At the very least, decrease meat and add more seafood.

But seriously, I’m feeling awesome after only a week. Ready for week 2!

Click here to see Week 2.

Click here to see Week 3.

Click here to see Week 4.

Click here to see the end results!

Click here to view all of my Whole30 recipes and posts.

2 thoughts on “Whole 30 {Week One}”

  1. I just looked at the whole30 site, what a great idea! A lot of these things I do already, but going grain free is something on my list that might be difficult without a cookbook. I cook and bake everything from scratch, so I’m up for the challenge 🙂 Very cool- thank you for posting about this!


    1. It’s surprisingly easy! There are a lot of recipes out there, but when in doubt, I just make meat or fish, a big thing of veggies, and add a fat if it’s lean meat – so avocado, olive oil, eggs, etc. At the end of the day, you can keep it pretty simple!


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