Phew. Here we go! Day 1.
Today is my first day. I’m a little apprehensive to see what happens over the course of the next 30 days but know that, a.) it can’t hurt and b.) what do I have to lose (other than 4-years of unwanted baby and “other things” weight) and c.) at this point in my life I will try anything (healthy) to feel good again. See About section for more details.
I figure, I will use myself as a guinea pig to see what this whole thing is about. With my chronic arthritis, sluggishness and poor sleeping habits, things can only improve, right?
Admittedly, going into this, I’m not as prepared as I had hoped. We just got home late last night from our trip to the beach and I did not have time to do the Sunday prep day like suggested in the book. I am in luck however, because I sort of “decided I was doing this at some point soon” and did a Costco run last week, so I had a lot of ingredients on hand to get me started today.
I couldn’t sleep last night, not an unusual occurrence for me, but I found myself thinking about the Whole 30 plan. I felt anxious. How and I going to do this an be successful at it? I have certainly had my fair share of trial and error with various other meal plans, diets, etc., but this felt different. Not “diet-like”. It’s truly a different way of eating.
So, I got on my phone in the middle of the night (I know, shame on me) and found shopping ideas on Pineterst, recipe ideas, various Whole 30 Facebook support groups and other #Whole30Success places of motivation. I was PUMPED UP! At 4:30am or so I thought, “Maybe I’ll get up and start prepping.” Then, after a little more web-surfing…I fell back to sleep until around 8am. Whoops.
Hopped on the scale this morning…yikes, but not as bad as I thought it would be. It’s a number and we all have one. Note, I would have weighed myself yesterday but we were not home so I did have to do it this morning.
Did a Trader Joe’s run this afternoon to stock up on things I didn’t have. Followed this Pinterest post for great Whole 30 compliant items available there.
Each day I am going to break down my mood and how my body feels throughout the day in hopes that it will give me a little bit of a reference point along my journey.
AM Mood/Body: Bloated, sluggish and achy.
Midday Mood/Body: Less bloated, more energy and hungry (felt real hunger pains)
Evening Mood/Body: Late afternoon I was really tired, took a little nap. Once I woke up I felt much better, focused and energized. I felt really good after dinner. Pleasantly satiated and not stuffed.
Meal 1: (oops, the picture I took didn’t save) Sweet Potato Hash (roasted yams and red onion) with two fried eggs over top. Water. Black Coffee
Snack: Handful of Roasted Cashews
Meal 2: Sauteed Oyster Mushroom, Onion and Kale Hash with Sauteed Aidell’s Chicken Apple Sausage. Orange La Croix
Snack: A couple of pieces of Aidell’s Chicken and Apple Sausage
Meal 3: OMG! I’m not going to lie, this dinner was really, really delicious. Hamburger (Costco organic ground beef), Shredded Kale, Watermelon Basil Salad, Greek Salad, Avocado and Roasted Yellow Potatoes with a little Home-Style Mild Salsa from Trader Joe’s and the BEST part? Basil Mayonnaise. I used the basic recipe in the book. I didn’t have lemon juice so I used champagne vinegar and added some fresh basil. Delish, if I do say so myself. 🙂
Sitting the the patio on a warm sunny Seattle summer evening didn’t hurt either.
The drink in the background was this great raspberry seltzer that I found at TJ’s. No added sugar, just seltzer water and a splash of raspberry juice.
All in all I feel like Day 1 was a success. The bonus to the day? When I found my husband reading my Whole 30 book. He came to me and said, “Ok, so when are we starting this deal?”. I said, “Today!”
So now we are a party of 2 trying this and fingers crossed can get my 4 year old son on board too.
Let’s see what tomorrow brings!
Sweet Potato Hash with Two Fried Eggs
6 small or 3 large garnet yams- peeled, cut into 4 quarters lengthwise and large diced (You’ll have extra, great for sides and other dishes later in the week.)
1 small red onion – large dice
1 T olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 T olive oil or ghee
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Toss the yams and onions with olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 20-30 minutes, tossing halfway through. Roast until tender and golden.
- Heat non-stick pan over med. heat. Add olive oil or ghee, crack two eggs into pan, leaving yolk intact. When whites set, reduce heat to med. low, cover with a lid or foil for 1 minute. Remove lid and serve eggs over hash.