Whole 30 Week 1

A week ago I started the Whole 30 challenge. Here’s how it went…

Feeling: I’m feeling surprisingly satiated. I have not felt starved in any way. I mean sure, I’m missing some of the added sugar I’m used to, like chocolate! But, I don’t feel like I’m on a diet. I feel in control. I know exactly what I’m going to have for each meal, and I also don’t feel ashamed about my food choices. Life is good in this first week.

Thinking: Although I know I’m doing this for way more than losing weight, my mind still has not gotten used to eating fat so freely. I’ve caught myself being overly cautious about the amount of fat I’m eating. But, I keep telling myself to trust the program. New recipes are floating in my mind all the time, which is a great thing! What I love is that these recipes all include greens, not because they are low-calorie, but because they make my plate of food look pretty. My food thoughts are ‘how will this look on my plate, will it be colorful? will it be vibrant?’

Loving: Loving how I’ve taken quite well to bringing my breakfast and lunch to work. I love that I’m getting used to bringing food from home versus buying processed junk food! Mostly I’m loving how there is absolutely no calorie counting. It’s such a load off to not go tit for tat with the calories I consume.

Food Moments For my first week of Whole 30 I decided to following their 7-day meal plan just to get an idea of what an average meal looks like. It’s been a very flavorful week.

Going left to right: Beef Brisket / Salmon Salad with Avocado / Simple Salad with Leftovers / Baked Salmon with Sautéed Veggies and Red Pepper Sauce / Breakfast and Lunch On-the-go / Roasted Baby Potatoes / Garlicky Shrimp / Ratatouille / Greek Salad / Sweet Plantains with Seared Pork Chops / Eggs and Berries / Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

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