Whole30: Week 1 Roundup

How it went down

Incase the ‘meal 1’ boggles a few people – the Whole 30 method recommends renaming Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner to Meals 1, 2 and 3 respectively. It’s to help break the mental connection between typical meals and foods – so if you always associate your breakfast with a sugar cereal or porridge, renaming it to Meal One can help break that association.

Day One

  • Meal 1: Leftover roasted root vegetables, 2 poached eggs, spinach, tomato + a kiwi
  • Meal 2: Tuna Avocado Salad with a chopped salad, Celery & Carrot Sticks, Nori Sheets + a pear
  • Snacks: A few strawberries and a couple of cherry tomatoes
  • Meal 3: Leftover pulled pork over spinach with chopped crispy bacon. Served with crispy cabbage, roasted mixed potatoes and a quick salad of celery, cherry tomatoes & cucumber.

Day Two

  • Meal 1: 2 eggs, Strawberries, Pear, Cherries, Nuts (2-3 each of almonds, cashews, pistachios + 1 macadamia)
  • Meal 2: Tuna Avocado Salad with a chopped salad and olives + an apple with 1/2 tsp almond butter
  • Meal 3: 1 cod fillet ‘breaded’ with coconut flour & spices, 1/2 jacket potato, lots of vegetables (a mixture of carrots, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower)
  • Snack: 2 dried apricots, 1 dried fig

Day Three

  • Meal 1: 2 eggs, 3 strawberries, mixed veg (Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower) sautéed with tomato paste and coconut aminos, Nuts (2-3 each of almonds, cashews, pistachios + 2 macadamias)
  • Meal 2: Tuna Avocado Salad + Lettuce & chopped veggies + 1 slice parma ham + Olives. 1 pear.
  • Snack: 1 extremely juicy plum
  • Meal 3: Dined out at Pizza Express! No pizza for me though. Going gluten- dairy- soy- grain- and all sweetener free sort of limited my choices….
    • Starter: green olives & garlic cloves
    • Main: Superfood Leggera Salad with Salmon. How did I make it Whole 30? By being uber polite and self-depreciating:
      • No dressing
      • Subbed out lentils and mozzarella for extra broccoli & avocado
      • Checked with the company before hand to see if the salmon was sugar/sweetener free

Day Four

  • Meal 1: 2 eggs, 1 egg white scrambled with peppers, onion and butternut squash. Sautéed Button mushrooms. 1 rasher of bacon, 1 grilled tomato, Sauerkraut.
  • Meal 2: Dined out at Nandos! A bit easier here than at Pizza Express at least. Sauce seemed compliant when I looked, so I had Mixed Salad with Hot Grilled Chicken & Avocado + 1 snack pack Itsu Noris sheets, about 150g blueberries
  • Meal 3: Dined out at Flat Iron!  Between the menu and the amazing staff it was easy to be Whole30 here. 1 medium-rare steak, spring greens & side salad. Made Whole 30 with just a few alterations/behaviours:
    • Resisted the free popcorn and made sure it stayed squarely with the OH
    • Checked with the waiter about the ‘Market Greens’ of the day: Spring Greens & Garden Peas finished with butter. Told him I couldn’t eat the peas or the butter – no problem at all. He even confirmed that they usually brush the steaks with brown butter before serving, but they’d skip this step for mine.

Day Five

  • Meal 1: Dined out at Caffe Forum! 2 fried eggs, 1 slice tomato. 1 bowl of fruit salad.
  • Snacks: Grazed for many hours Allergy/Free From show in London. I checked the labels first though!
  • Meal 2: Dined out at Whole Foods! Oh. Em. Gee. These guys were as accomodatinh as the folk at Flat Iron and super helpful. They even hooked me up with a cheeky ‘discount’ since in order to get a decent meal, I had to customise… but I had Pork Carnitas, Pulled Chicken, Pico de Gallo salsa, guacamole, lettuce + 1 pot of watermelon
  • Meal 3: Really wasn’t that hungry after my Whole Foods feast, so I munched on about 5 dried apricots and some sauerkraut

Day Six

  • Meal 1: 2 scrambled eggs with broccoli, cauliflower & carrot and one tomato, sliced + strawberries & blueberries
  • Meal 2: 1/2 tin tuna, 1/2 boiled egg, sauerkraut, chopped salad
  • Snacks: 1 apple
  • Meal 3: Orange & rosemary roasted chicken, boiled green cabbage, roasted carrots, potatoes & onions with compliant balsamic vinegar drizzled all over.
  • Snacks: Some compliant Nakd nibbles.

Day Seven

  • Meal 1: 2 egg red onion omelette with one cherry tomato, broccoli, cauliflower and carrot + 1/3 cup of strawberries, blueberries & cherries
  • Meal 2: 1/2 tin tuna, sauerkraut, 1/2 boiled egg, chopped salad
  • Snacks: 2 dried apricots, sauerkraut, 1 cherry tomato, 1 large strawberry, 1 small handful blueberries
  • Meal 3: Turkish-Style Lamb Mince stuffed into a roasted aubergine, with lime-onion cauliflower rice, salad and roasted cauliflower leaves

Initial Thoughts and Learnings

I thought not having my usual ‘Dessert for Breakfast’ or greek yogurt and fruit combo’s would be a massive pain, but actually I’ve found that I love savoury breakfasts too! I look forward to them just as much, although I’m not that creative with them yet. I’m definitely in a ‘safe zone’ with my breakfast selection at the moment.

Having less fruit in the morning has affected my day – in a positive way. I also no longer snack on a piece of fruit mid-morning. The lack of sugar means I’m not crashing or riding a rollercoaster of fruit-sugar through to my afternoon crash!

I’m usually pretty nervous about eating out on the best of days, but having a ‘framework’ to work to was actually kind of.. nice. Sometimes Most of the time, I get overwhelmed by the choices. Am I picking the right flavour? Will this be good? How much oil will they use? What’s in the sauce? Will it be a good quality? But with my ‘eliminating food allergens to fix my stomach’ reasoning (which is 1 – very much true; and 2 – seems to be widely accepted as an good reason to be fussy) I have a way to look at menu items and assess them. Contains gluten? Not an option. Sauce made with butter and flour? Not an option. Pan-seared fish? What’s it seared in, could be great. Grilled proteins and veggies? Sounds good to me. Some people might find it too restrictive, but I actually find it (so far) to be liberating. Granted, I have only eaten in a couple of big chains and London, so I might change my tune later down the line!

Coming in the next round up: Fruit-a-geddon (day 9) and my decision to give up fruit entirely after the weekend (day 13 onwards).

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