Hello, it’s me. I survived my first day on the Whole30! Lindsay reminded me that I actually had done the Whole30 several years ago, right around this same time, so if I can survive it once, I can survive it again!
I absolutely plan on documenting my journey with the Whole30 on the blog, and am really excited to document how it’s working for me, changes I begin to notice, and also document new meals! Hello inspiration!
On Friday I’ll document how days 2 & 3 went, but today let’s take a look at my first day on the Whole30 program!
It didn’t start off good at all. The night before I slept from 8-10:30 pm, and then from 3:15-5:45 am. What the heck! I have no idea why I was so wired for almost 5 hours during the middle of the night, but I was ripshit! I naturally began to play on my phone, then I tried sleeping on the couch. Moved back to my bed, and then finally at some point fell asleep. I woke up at 5, changed into my bikini for my “before-pictures,” and then decided that I could sleep a bit longer.
I packed my bag with my food, grabbed my water, and was out the door at 6 am. No BCAAs or pre-workout for me during the next 30 days, which actually works great as I can use this time period to cycle off of those supplements.
I used the next 50 minutes at the gym to walk and jog, but nothing strenuous since I was exhausted. I just wanted to move, especially since my body felt awful. A sure fire sign that this decision for the Whole30 was necessary!
The biggest struggle I found was not being able to chew gum. I prefer to chew gum while I workout because it keeps my mouth from getting dry. I had cotton mouth the entire workout, and by the time I made it to work, I chugged water ASAP. My water bottle I brought to the gym had a funky built-in taste from my mornings of BCAAs, and apparently washing it multiple times a week doesn’t get the lingering tastes out of it. Note, get a new workout bottle! Basically, this hiccup made me not want to drink my water during my workout because it simply made me want to gag.
Even though I felt like a fluffy bunny after my shower, I still dug into breakfast, which was 2 slices of bacon, chicken sausage, sweet potatoes and eggs (1 egg & 2 egg whites). This kept me full from 7:50 am until 12:30 pm. Goodness gracious! I am planning to track my macros during the Whole30, and the macros for this meal were: 27 grams carbs / 17 grams fat / 45 grams protein.
At 12:30 pm, I was ready for a snack, because in all honestly, I wasn’t ready for my lunch. I’m hoping to have 3 big meals and then 1-2 mini snacks throughout the day. I had a medium sized banana, sliced, drizzled with almond butter. I forgot how good almond butter was! 34 grams carbs / 17 grams fat / 9 grams protein.
That snack left me absolutely stuffed, and I think it was the fact that up until this point, I was heavy on carbs and fat, which isn’t a bad thing. Maybe I felt extra full because I also felt extra fluffy? I knew that I still hadn’t had lunch and had dinner on the menu as well, so around 3:30 I had 2/3 of my lunch, which was turkey & roasted sweet potatoes. I decided not to have half an avocado that was originally planned simply because that would be overload. 24 grams carbs / 2 grams fat / 20 grams protein.
6 pm chicken stir-fry for dinner! Made with chicken, broccoli, peppers, onions, marinara sauce and oregano! Super filling and good! 23 grams carbs / 3 grams fat / 44 grams protein.
And ended my night with a mini Cherry Pie Larabar! 14 grams carbs / 4 grams fat / 2 grams protein.
Overall Thoughts: I’m not sure if my day long headache was a result of the Whole30 or just from the few hours of sleep that I had, but I was happy that my meals kept me extremely full and I didn’t feel deprived. We’ll see how the feeling of deprivation changes throughout the 30 days!
Have you ever completed the Whole30?
Do you eat Paleo? What is your favorite Paleo meal or snack?
I really want to try banana slices, coconut milk, shredded coconut & almond butter all warmed up!