Well as promised last week here I am with my experiences and thoughts from week one of my Whole 30.
First things first: If I thought that I spent time in the kitchen before then I must laugh because my kitchen and I are down right cozy now! And truthfully, if I didn’t possess the culinary knowledge base that I do this would be so much harder. But definitely not insurmountable. And I love a challenge!
And that’s where the internet comes in handy. Other then the Whole 30 website I stumbled upon the Whole 9 Manifesto Series on the Whole 9 website. (Whole 9 is the sister website to Whole 30.) And even though I said the whole “manifesto” thing sounded gimmicky at first, I now fully take back what I said. These have proved to be very helpful. Especially when email debating with my friend about whether bacon was approved or not! (It is, but with caution and has to be sugar-free which means you will really want to have bacon if you’re willing to go on a Zelda like journey for this holy grail.) The coffee manifesto was hard as I have such a deep love affair with coffee due to being a barista for 13 or so years but I also noticed that as the week wore on my coffee intake started naturally subsiding.
Ultimately what I like about these articles is that they are informational. I love information. I must have a who, what, where and (most importantly) a why. Even if you aren’t interested in a Whole 30, my humble suggestion would be to check them out.
Okay. So now that I was armed with information and I did my shopping. Here’s my week:
I ate and chopped a lot and I mean A LOT of vegetables. My week was vegetables. In smoothies, at breakfast, at lunch and at dinner. I dream vegetables. Literally. But my knife skills are improving along with my energy levels! I swear I have been more proactive this week then I’ve been in a while. I thought for sure I would be grumpy and tired from lack of sugar. So that was a welcome surprise.
I also found that I really stepped up my meal planning game. I actually sat down, made a list and planned my week. I went out, list in hand, and got strategic with Mr. G for speedy efficient pantry stocking. (He was all for it. He never was one to toddle about in a store.) Afterwards, I came to the conclusion that we would totally win Supermarket Sweep and I’m also happy to report that I didn’t go to the grocery store once this week. Success!
Meal prep was another area I improved in. When I got home and cleaned out my cupboards. (Holy SUGAR!) I got out the vast collection of Mason jars and got busy. Trail mix with raw almonds and coconut flakes, washed veggies, chopped what I could (mainly carrots) in advance and placed them in water in the fridge to keep. (This is a great trick for preserving freshness!) Portioned out my proteins, hard-boiled eggs, and hid the cheese!
Crazy side effect: My sense of smell has gone berserk! When Mr. G opened that cheese a few days ago I smelled it across the house! And there was a cake at work this week on the break-room table a room over from me with a closed-door between us and I might as well have had my face in it the smell was so strong!!!! (Sorry for all of the exclamation points but I’m trying to convey the enhanced smell madness!)
These are two examples of my meals this week. Both were very good and easy to make. But I owe that ease to all of the planning I did. After working all day, it was nice to come home and know what was going on. No standing and staring into the fridge and cupboards. I just wanted to show the “vegetables” of my labor, plus you guys get to see parts of my vintage dish and glass collection!
And now you’re probably wondering what I felt like. I felt energized. I felt accomplished. I felt less anxious about what I was going to eat which enabled me to make better choices because I wasn’t overwhelmed. Again thanks planning! I also felt like I was really doing good for myself and Mr. G. (He left the house every day with an arsenal of healthy snacks and meals.) I did not have one single sugar craving. I didn’t think that I would though. Nor did I miss drinking alcohol. I had exactly three cravings and they were: sauerkraut, Brussels sprouts and a croissant. Now the first two I can have and on the third, honestly my thought process was if I can’t be eating a croissant in a cafe in Paris (meaning high quality) I don’t need it.
And so it was a good week. I went shopping today and stocked up, ready for week two. I really thought the first week was going to be more about my internal (physical and emotional) feelings but no. It was all about planning and prep.
I’m excited to see what next week brings.
In the meantime, if you need me I’ll be chopping vegetables…..