Whole30, Week 1

Whole30 Diet Results, Week 1

Well, folks, I have completed week 1 of Whole30 and I would be lying if I said it was all sunshine and rainbows. First of all, I was out of town visiting my parents. They weren’t the problem. In fact, they were very supportive. The hard part was getting home and having to deal with my husband! He wasn’t having it at first and was upset because he wanted to take the family out to Olive Garden, as a welcome home dinner. I said no, of course. Instead, we ate at a delicious barbecue place and I had meat and guacamole 🙂 Perfect compromise if you ask me. Now, before you start thinking that my husband is a complete jerk for not supporting me, you have to know that he is in the same situation I am in terms of food addiction. And, I made a huge mistake in introducing Whole30 to him.

What mistake, you ask?  I started the conversation of Whole30 doing exactly what they tell us not to do in the book, which is why I recommend buying the book. I started my plea for him to join me by telling him about all the foods that we COULDN’T eat!

He was like, “What? You are crazy!”

I mean, really, who wouldn’t react that way when you tell them they can’t have bread, sugar, and most importantly three major staples in our Mexican-American household: RICE, BEANS, and TORTILLAS!

I decided I had to sit down and read the WHOLE30 book again and came across the page telling us not to do what I just did. Ugh! This is why I urge people to buy the book. You can do so by clicking the picture on the top of this post. It is well worth it.

The Switch

Anyhow, I switched my tone. I told him about everything we COULD eat. He saw the excitement in my eyes and that of our children, who, by now, were on my side, and I think he decided that while he may not be full-fledged 100% in; he would be 100% supportive.

He started cooking for us! He loves to cook anyway. It really is a win-win for him as he gets to do something he loves and he pleases his family in the process.  Below, you will find a few yummy, delicious meals/sides he has made for us this week. We are making it happen.

Whole30 Diet Plan & My Reality

Have I started meal prepping like I said I would? No! I am not the kind of person who really wants to keep track of all her meals and enjoys cooking and being organized about it. I would much rather wash dishes and clean up than cook and think about creating a dish. I just ordered the WHOLE30 Cookbook!  I am thinking this is a good idea for those of us starting this journey and aren’t too creative when it comes to food. You can do so by clicking the link below if you feel like this might be beneficial for you.

Along the journey in finding my true health, I’m taking baby steps, and learning along the way. For now, I suggest to others wanting to pursue Whole30 to purchase the WHOLE30 book. There is so much great information in that one book. Read it, take notes, and really prepare yourself by stalking up on the correct foods. That has been a big plus for me, having the necessary food on hand and getting rid of all the sugar filled cupboards. You can also look online for great tips from people along this journey with us!

Sincerely,

Your partner in kicking the sugar addiction and unhealthy habits. As always, please feel free to comment or leave ideas below.

                        Grass Fed Goodness!
         Asparagus & Carrot Mix  
Chicken on a bed of Butternut Squash spirals; Zucchini & Squash
                 Sweet Potato Fries

16 thoughts on “Whole30, Week 1

    1. I am here to help if you need anything. I am feeling really good right now, even with the temptations 🙂 Before I started, I was feeling horrible and having pain everywhere, and I can’t really do things I used to do. It just got to the point to where I had enough. I want to be healthy and see my kids graduate, get married, etc… So, here I am trying to build my support system because that is hugely important; having people join you. When you are ready, I am here. Contact me whenever you want just for support and so we can support each other. The book really has been a big help for me and preparing before you start. Anyhow, I look forward to hearing from you.

  1. Wow, those pictures look great! They probably tasted as good as they looked. I too have trouble avoiding bad carbs, but at least I’m very active and have no trouble with my weight yet. But, I am quickly aging and need to really get on the ball with my diet. Thanks for this useful information!

    1. Thank you. I, too, am starting to age and certainly have been feeling the brunt of my bad eating habits. Glad that you are active. It is so important to keep that up! I’m slowly working my way back up to exercise after a hip injuring that totally messed with my mind. Anyhow, they say diet is a huge part of one’s health, so once you are ready to jump in and curb those bad carbs, I totally recommend Whole30. It really isn’t a weight loss program as it is more of a way to know exactly what foods may not be great for your own body. Anyhow, nice hearing from you and awesome job for being active!

  2. Hi Melanie, great post and an important topic. We all eat too much sugar (carbs). I keep all sugar out of my diet and it’s easy for me, because I’m not into sugar. However carbs is a different story. I now keep my carbs at 50g and under. It hasn’t been hard either. For a few days I was tired until my body made the transition. I use almond flour and almond meal for breads and coating fish, etc.

    My favorite salad is tuna with mashed up avocado, in place of mayo, tuna light, red onions, unsweeten pickle relish, ( use stevia in relish to make your own sweet relish). Put this on a bed of lettuce. My favorite salad! I could go about this topic. But just wanted to say thanks for this post. By the way have lost 15lbs and feeling great. Be blest.

    Don

    1. You are so lucky not to have that sugar addiction. There has been research that shows that it is worse than being addicted to drugs. It is definitely a hard habit to kick and the American food industry certainly doesn’t make it any easier for us. Anyhow, great job on the weight loss. That is great. Keep up the good work. I am going to try your salad idea. I love that you tried avocado instead of mayo. I have to try that.

      1. Melanie, I ordered from you three books about Whole30 Diet Plan. This includes the cookbooks. Bad carbs (which is sugar) are my down fall. Your post got my attention. I just spent 60 bucks.

        Don

        1. Thank you. I am excited to know that you were motivated to take the step in the right direction for your health and happiness. I know these books will be beneficial to you. Make sure you prepare mentally and arm yourself with the knowledge from The Whole30 book. Think ahead and plan. You will do great and it will be so worth it. Please come here if you need help or support, especially when you think you want to cave. If you find a good recipe that is tasty and compliant, please share with me. I struggle with being creative 🙂

  3. Hi Melanie,
    Very nice article!
    I love cooking , but don’t know how to do it the right way in healthy manner.
    The “Whole30 Diet Plan” sound very interest since my family member are struggling with weight problem.
    Does the Whole30 Diet Plan offer the step by step walkthrough? Please suggest.
    I definitely try it out!
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much. Honestly, I truly recommend purchasing the WHOLE30 book. It really has everything laid out for you and helps you understand just why it is so important for us to eat healthier and be more cognizant of what we are doing to our bodies. Whole30 is trying to get us to rethink our relationship with food. It helps us to change our cravings, our habits, and even our taste buds. The book lays out approved foods, Q&As, a sample weekly menu, it has a shopping list, recipes, and more. A very good resource. I have attached the Amazon link on my post. You really have to read up on it and prepare ahead of time. You do not want to start without being prepared with the appropriate mindset and food. If you can get people in your family to do this with you, that would be the best because I believe the chances of you succeeding with that support and encouragement are so much higher. Believe me, I did this last summer after moving from out of state and starting a new job. No one in my family was on board. I lost 20 pounds! I felt so good! My tennis elbow disappeared, my stomach issues went away too. I felt great. Then, I started my job and the stress got the best of me, and I gave up. Recently, I had enough of the aches and the pain and here I am starting again. This time around, my family is helping me and I am feeling great. I plan to keep going past the 30 days and beyond. I wish you the best. Feel free to use my site for support, advice, or simply a listening ear. Best of luck! You have the hardest part down, the love of cooking. I wish I had that 🙂

  4. Your article has me thinking … I may need to check out this weight loss program. It sounds interesting, but this thing about, “no bread, no rice, no beans” has got me a bit on edge. I’d much rather know what I CAN eat! I know how to keep my carbohydrate intake down, but I don’t know about abandoning them altogether! I’ll look into it more. Thanks for the info!

    1. Hi, Susie. I totally hear you about the foods we “can’t” eat. It sounds crazy. I thought that too at first, but there is so much that we can eat! I mean all kinds of meats, all fruits, and most vegetables. There really is a lot. While they don’t say that the foods which are off the WHOLE30 list are “bad” foods, they simply want us to avoid them for 30 days to see how good you feel without them. After 30 days, it takes you step by step in reintroducing the foods. If you can plan ahead and prepare mentally and find the support system, you will feel great after. It has even been known to reverse type 2 diabetes and many other ailments including inflammation, acne, etc…I went from drinking coffee with creamer and sugar to coffee with coconut milk. I never thought I’d do that. I loved my lattes! I even sat in a Taco Bell the other day while my husband ate, and didn’t even get tempted! It is crazy. This really rewires your reward mechanism and relationship with food. Anyhow, I wish you the best and I am always here for support. Feel free to visit me again 🙂

  5. Hi
    They look really tasty ? I had ulcerated colitis for 19yrs and now have ileo anal pouch, so have to be very careful what I eat. these look and sound about right for me. And having a Thai wife who loves cooking, I think i’m on to a winner ? like the idea of coconut milk in coffee, I will give that a try.
    Paul

    1. It sure is nice to have someone in your corner who loves to cook. My husband has really helped me because while he is not fully on board with WHOLE30 yet, he has been helping my kids and I by cooking for us. That truly is a huge help for me because I am just not someone who loves to cook. I am now reaching the end of week two and I am feeling so much better. I am feeling stronger in my will to live a healthy and pain-free life. It is insane who our diets really do affect our livelihood and how we feel. Anyhow, I wish you the best and look forward to seeing you back here.

  6. This is awesome! I’ve been trying to get myself to go completely whole30 recently and when I don’t feel like making anything I end up eating out and ruin my good track, but I just found some recipes online that help. If you have a crockpot I recommend them! It’s a 30 day whole30 meal plan that you can make ahead of time and put each recipe into a freezer bag and stick in the freezer until you’re ready for it and then you just defrost it and stick it in the crockpot, so easy!! And you’re burger makes me want to make one, I’ve also tried making burgers with sweet potato buns and they were delicious! Keep it up because you are my motivation!

    1. Thank you, Daniela. I really love your crockpot idea. I am definitely going to do this once the school year starts. You can’t fail when you prep that way. I would suggest always having some sort of snack with you if you feel like you are going to fall off the wagon. Plan ahead when you are going to eat out. Find places that offer menu items that you can eat. Prepare mentally too. If you know you are going out. Decide before hand what you will eat so you know going in. Chipolte is a good place to eat at when on Whole30 as long as you leave out the unapproved items. You can have a salad at Subway, although I hear no meat there are allowed. You can even have a Five Guys Burger, minus the bun 🙂 Anyhow, good luck and hope to see you back here. We can keep each other motivated. 🙂

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