Thursday, July 20, 2017

Whole 30- Week 1 Recap

I survived week 1 of the Whole 30.  7 days down...23 to go!  Actually, I started week 2 this past Monday, but I am just now getting to the blog to tell you about it.  So really, I'm about 1.5 weeks into it!

I have to say, I'm doing pretty well.  I am proud of myself. The hardest part for me in week 1 was not having an accidental slip with food.  Meaning, I never realized how many times I wiped a buttery spoon with my finger while cooking and then licked my finger.  Or how often I eat the last few bites off the kids plates when I'm clearing the table. Or that whenever I put the straw in my son's juice pouch, I take a small sip.  It happens.  Often.  So I had to be conscience of those choices.

All in all, I  have been eating really good food.  I am loving the taste of the food I am eating.  I am satisfied after my meals.  I am choosing vegetables or fruit when I need "a little something".

Things I learned during Week 1 of The Whole 30:
1.  I am a creature of habit...and my habit was carelessly putting nutritionally poor foods in my mouth. 

2.  I absolutely love the taste of sauteed beets.
3.  All natural, hormone free chicken and grass fed beef taste better.  They taste the way meat should taste. They even look better.  
Grain Fed vs. Grass Fed

4.  Eggs can be your best friend.  They are a cheap and easy form of protein.  Lucky for me, I love eggs.  Hard boiled, fried, poached...doesn't matter.  Over veggies, on their own...still doesn't matter.

5.  Whole Foods, Amazon and Trader Joe's have a great selection of Whole 30 compliant food.  I was able to get wild caught fish, grass fed beef and Whole 30 approved oils, dressings and mayo at reasonable prices.  

6.  Sweet potatoes are delicious grilled.  And can be a great base for a taco style dish.  

7.  Doing research and being prepared is the best way to begin this process.  I felt confident and had an idea of what foods to prepare based off of the Whole 30 approved ingredients I had already purchased. 

A few weeks before I started, I created a Whole 30 Pinterest Board. I pinned recipes, cheat sheets, and pointers from people that completed it.  Here's a few of my favorite recipes.

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