I have heard from several friends in the last week that seeing what we have been eating on our Whole 30 is actually very helpful, so here is a Whole 30 Week #1 recap! I’ve also been asked if we are all eating like this….as in are the kids Whole 30ing, too? And the short answer is no, our three kids, ages 10, 7 and 3, are not “officially” doing a Whole 30. But we have been eating Paleo for over a year, and even before that I had “cleaned up” how we had been eating quite a bit, so they eat most of what we eat. Then there is our 3 year-old, who, about three months ago, declared he “doesn’t like dinner” and mostly refuses to eat anything I make for dinner. But trust me, he makes up for it the rest of the day.
The Whole 30 has a timeline of how you may feel day by day during the month. When we first switched to Paleo, I didn’t even know what a Whole 30 was, let alone about this Whole 30 timeline, but I have to say, it was scary accurate the first time I did a Whole 30 in January. I have included the timeline day by day below.
I have just a few thoughts in general for you. All salad dressing we use is homemade with olive oil. Everything is cooked in either avocado oil, coconut oil or ghee. I have one cup of coffee every morning to which I add 1 tablespoon (yes, you read that right, tablespoon) of coconut oil, a little coconut milk, and about a tablespoon of gelatin. I will add a little maple syrup when these 30 days are over. Other than that, I drink water, some iced tea or a La Croix once in a while…unless it is GNO. Then there is wine.
Day 1 “So What’s the Big Deal?”: Breakfast-2 hard boiled eggs, 1/4 avocado and a banana. Lunch-leftover burger in lettuce, carrots, potato salad made with Paleo mayo (aka homemade). Dinner-roasted chicken, roasted sweet potato, and zucchini noodles with balsamic marinated tomatoes and fruit.
Day 2 “The Hangover”: Breakfast-2 hard boiled eggs before a morning meeting and then fruit/veggies at the meeting. Lunch-a big salad with roasted root veggies and leftover roast chicken. Dinner-salmon cakes and veggies. I didn’t feel the hangover…not yet.
Day 3 “The Hangover”: Breakfast-green pina colada smoothie (banana, pineapple, coconut milk (from a can), avocado, kale and water) and 2 scrambled eggs. Lunch-salad, strawberries, salmon cake. Dinner-spaghetti squash with oven roasted sauce (has ground meat in it), green beans and a salad I didn’t photo. Does grouchiness count as a hangover? Then yes, I was in the hangover stage.
Day 4 “Kill All The Things”: Breakfast-2 hard boiled eggs, banana, 1/4 avocado. Lunch-spaghetti squash with meat sauce and green beans. Dinner-onion and mushroom smothered pork chops, pureed cauliflower and roasted brussels sprouts.
Day 5 “Kill All The Things”: Breakfast-egg and veggie scramble (onion, mushrooms, green peppers) and berries. Lunch-Out to Lunch! It IS possible! Steak and veggie skewers and roasted potatoes. Dinner-chicken fajitas over salad with guacamole. I got hungry after the kids went to bed, so I ate a Tanka Bar, which are kept around for emergencies….like a potato chip craving on a Whole 30 at 9:00pm. I haven’t wanted to kill all the things, but more like eat all the things, so I just ate more.
Day 6 “I Just Want A Nap”: Breakfast-2 fried eggs, berries and leftover brussels sprouts (YES, veggies for breakfast!). Lunch-nitrate free ham, veggies. I did NOT eat enough lunch and got really hungry mid-afternoon, so I had an apple and some tuna with a little mayo mixed in. Dinner-turkey burgers with kale and sweet potatoes, kale salad and roasted root veggies. No naps! We played outside all day.
Day 7 “I Just Want A Nap”: Breakfast-2 fried eggs, sauteed kale, nectarine. Lunch-leftover turkey burger, salad, baked sweet potato chips. Dinner-braised pork chop with cabbage and apples, salad with pecans and dried cherries. No naps! I actually feel pretty darn good!
School Lunches: Since Monday was Labor Day, I only packed lunch 4 days last week, although, our girls are allowed to buy lunch one day a week if they choose. The first day I pulled salmon cakes out of the freezer and added fruit and veggies. Day two they had leftover tomatoes/zucchini and fruit from dinner the night before and Applegate hot dogs. The third day I packed leftover spaghetti squash, meatballs and sauce, salad/veggies and an apple. And finally, rolled up nitrate free ham with carrots, zucchini, cherries and dark chocolate. They also each take snacks to school, and last week they chose fruit or homemade popcorn (one of the non-Paleo items they eat a lot of). They are both in nut-free classrooms this year, so I am revamping some of our go-to snacks to be nut-free.