Hi friends, happy Monday :)
Let’s talk Whole 30 because week numero uno was a success and I am excited to fill you in on all that I have learned. The short version is that I am feeling great. It is amazing how different I feel after eating eggs or yes even eating meat for breakfast/post-workout rather than oatmeal. And having big meals full of awesome fat. I feel super energized and my workouts are sooo much stronger and better. Oh the power of nutrient rich foods… why did this take me so long to figure out? Better late than never right?
For WIAW, you saw what a typical day looks like. Basically it is a learning process (duh) so I’m going to make adjustments as I go but this is what I learned from week 1:
1. I’m still a snacker.
I tried to focus on making my meals large enough but snacking still occurred. I’m not getting my panties in a bunch over this because my goal is to nourish my body – not count how many times I eat. But I still want to work on this. The days when I really focussed on adding an extra item (like an extra portion of chicken or avocado etc) I did not snack. Rest day hunger confuses me – working on how to nourish my body for different types of days (CrossFit vs. yoga vs. rest etc).
2. Too much fruit = no bueno. Too much cauliflower = no bueno too.
As much as I love fruit, my tummy doesn’t and I really saw that clearly this weekend. My dad got a bunch of get well fruit baskets (thank you for your kind words – he is home and doing great) and I had a few too many pears, nectarines and apples this weekend – they are just so delicious to pass up. I definitely felt the effects of the fructose overload (it also gave me sugar cravings) and am getting back on track this week. And cauliflower weirdly started bugging me too. Interesting.
3. My skin is awesome.
Yup. Never thought I’d say that. More on this soon.
4. Plan, plan and plan some more.
This endeavor has definitely required a bit of planning and prep – a bit more than I am used to because you can’t wing it as easily as a lot of food is “off limits.” So I plan ahead. Before I go grocery shopping I always figure out what I have on hand first. For week #1, I had 6 eggs, 4 chicken breasts, canned salmon, nuts, nut butter and a few avocados already in the kitchen. Next I made a “flexible” meal plan (I posted this week’s plan yesterday). Then I shopped.
5. My grocery bill is expensive.
So the grocery shopping. It’s expensive. My weekly grocery goal is $100 – or less! Food is an obvious priority for me and I explained last week how I budget for it. If you missed my post on real food on a budget, read more here. I don’t think anything is more important than what goes into my body. After I bought the groceries and crunched my numbers, I got to work in the kitchen. I went to two stores to buy groceries: Sobey’s (for produce) and Rowe Farms (for meat/chicken/fish) – I need to find a new store for meat as their grass fed supply is only seasonal.
Here’s what I bought for week #1:
- 8 sweet potatoes – $11.94
- 6 bananas – $2.01
- 5 organic golden delicious apples – $5.60
- 2 avocados – $3.98
- 2 organic broccoli – $3.99 each
- 1 cauliflower – $2.99
- 1 box organic baby spinach – $3.99
- 1.75 lbs brussels sprouts – $5.70
- 12 free range eggs – $5.00
- 4 organic, free range chicken breasts – $23.00
- 0.5 lb wild caught white fish – $9.84
- 0.5 lb grass fed beef – $6.43
Total = $90.00 (approx)
6. Food prep is a must.
I always think food prep is essential, but for the Whole 30 it is really a must. As I talked about when packing lunches, I keep everything in separate containers and then assemble my meals the night before. I find it stays fresher this way. For week #1 I prepped: sweet potatoes (obvs), cauliflower “rice”, roasted brussels sprouts and broccoli, hard boiled eggs and chicken
7. Tupperware and meal habits.
Tupperware, tupperware and more tupperware. Tupperware overload in the fridge, in my purse, at my desk… everywhere! Obviously eating out isn’t an option so I bring my food everything when I am on the go. Sometimes it was hard to practice good meal habits (eating without distractions) as I was at my desk, at the hospital or running around. This was a day of food (minus my pre-workout snack and dinner).
K so I kinda learned a lot but that’s where I am at – if you have any questions, just ask :) Hope you have a great start to your week!
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