We are 5 days into Whole30 and it hasn’t been bad at all. We generally eat grain-free anyways so the transition wasn’t too bad. Marc does miss dairy and I do want butter, but overall the only other thing I’ve wanted is junk food and that’s not good for me anyways. Actually I’ve missed chewing gum, which isn’t allowed on the food challenge because it can still cause insulin spikes.
Why are we doing the Whole30? My husband has been having some abdominal pain that has been diagnosed first as gas, then as reflux but nothing has helped and 2 years later he wants it gone. An elimination and no-cheating diet to jump start good eating habits seemed like a good idea. Whole30 (correct me if I am wrong) is a strict paleo diet – no grains, no legumes (which includes peanuts!), no sweeteners, and no dairy.
After the Whole30 we are going back to more primal-style of eating; we are fans of butter, raw milk, whole and cultured yogurt, and unprocessed cheeses in moderation.
You aren’t supposed to weigh yourself during this diet, but we have been. Marc has lost about 5 or 6 pounds, I think I’ve lost maybe 2 (I’m a woman with less to lose). I think this diet has me craving exercise though! We’ve gone walking and I do weights and exercises at home (I’ve been craving lap swimming though).
Problems or issues with the diet? None, except Marc developed a small rash middle-way on his left side of his back. Some kind of die-off maybe?
Here’s what we ate this week:
Breakfast – coconut almond butter smoothie / 3 eggs with spinach and 1/2 avocado
Lunch – guacamole with 1/2 avocado and 2 tsp salsa, handful of snap peas
Marc had galinha guisada without the root vegetables
Dinner – Crock pot roast beef with lemon-pepper green beans
Breakfast – Coconut almond butter smoothie / 3 eggs with beef neck from beef broth preparation
Lunch – 1/2 can low-sodium tuna with 1/4 cup blended roasted red pepper with 1/2 avocado
Marc had leftover roast and vegetables
Dinner – Ahi Tuna with garlic broccoli and spinach salad and paleo hummus
Breakfast – Coconut almond butter smoothies – made with 1 more tbsp of almond butter, less banana, and some cocoa
Lunch – guacamole and snap peas and 1 cup grapes
Marc had leftovers from dinner and some extra salmon
Dinner – Crock pot chicken, kale, mashed sweet potatoes and tomato
Breakfast – coconut almond butter smoothie / 3 eggs with beef neck and tallow
Lunch – Salad with Tuna, red peppers, and hummus
Dinner - Chicken taco salad
Breakfast – More eggs and more smoothies
Lunch – Leftover chicken taco salad
Dinner – Out to eat – Chipotle (we ordered meat, veggies, salsa, lettuce, and guacamole. The guacamole could have sugar in it, but we decided to risk it)
Grapes, cantaloup and other fruit, raw nuts, carrots and snap peas dipped in hummus and guacamole, kombucha, and tuna and avocado.
- We need to find bacon and beef jerky without sugar!
- I should be eating more vegetables – I’ve been relying too much on fruit and nuts