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Whole 30 Week 1: What I learned in the First Week of Whole 30

January 31, 2017
Whole 30, Week 1: What I Learned

Whole 30 Week 1 was exhausing, educational and completely different from how I imagined it. The Hubs and I had been talking about trying Whole 30 for a while, but we didn’t want to start until after we were married and settled in our new place. We both felt a little blah after the holidays, so we were looking for an alternative to all the junk food we had been eating. The Hubs was hoping that Whole 30 would help with his migraines and chronic chest pain. I was looking for my sleep to improve and my belt to fit a little looser

Due to some straggling holiday parties, we started Whole 30 on the second Monday of January. We planned our meals for the week and cooked ahead and were ready to start on this exciting new adventure.

I spent my first night of Whole 30 puking my brains out.

I blame the soup. We had made a soup recipe given to us by The Hub’s boss, Sparkle. Sparkle’s soup was a vegan take on a zuppa toscana that involved potatoes, kale and coconut milk. Something about it did not agree with me. Also, throwing up kale sucks.

Now, I am not a great puker. A holdover from my old college anxiety days is that I tend to faint any time I puke or dry heave hard enough. It makes for a fun time. That first night, I spent the night alternating between hugging the toilet and lying unconscious on the floor. While all of this was going on The Hubs was ABSOLUTELY NO HELP AT ALL. He didn’t even hear me. At one point, I heard him get up and thought, “finally, he is coming to help me!” Then he just came in and asked me to move over so that he could pee. I taught him the error of his ways after I had recovered. He has made amends since then (It was nice. There were flowers.).

Day 2 I was dead to the world. It doesn’t even count. To my credit, I did  not break Whole 30. All I ate that day was apples. I use the term “ate” loosely here.  I held them in my stomach for a while. Not sure that I ate them.

The Struggle:

The struggle with Whole 30 is that when you get sick, you can’t have any of your usual remedies. Under Whole 30, 50% of the BRAT diet is not compliant, and bananas are disgusting, so I was down to apples. All I really wanted was some parmesan goldfish crackers. The Hubs, as part of his penance, found me some Whole 30 complaint applesauce at Trader Joe’s and that was mostly my diet for the first 3 days of Whole 30.

Whole 30 Week 1 Tip: "Precook your food wisely. Just because you want cinnamon on your sweet potatoes today, doesn't mean that you want cinnamon on your sweet potatoes tomorrow. Do yourself a favor and save seasoning for the day of."

I learned several important lessons in my first week of Whole 30. First, I learned that I am so done with coconut. Coconut milk, coconut oil, I’m over it. This may have been due to the fact that coconut milk was in the soup, but I just can’t handle it. Second, I learned to precook your food wisely. Just because you want cinnamon on your sweet potatoes today, doesn’t mean that you want cinnamon on your sweet potatoes tomorrow. Do yourself a favor and save seasoning for the day of.

Whole 30 Week 1Best Recipe:

“Cheesy” Vegan Roasted Cauliflower

Whole 30 Week 1 Worst Recipe:

Sparkle’s Soup

Whole 30 Week 1 Tips and Tricks:

-The best time to go to Central Market it 9:00 PM on a Friday Night

– Trader Joes makes a Whole 30 compliant applesauce

-Coconut milk makes fat float of the top of your tea (ew!)

-Central Market Traditional flavored Rotisserie Chicken is compliant if you need a quick meal

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