Whole30 Round 2: Week 1 Recap

First of all, thank you all so much for all the love yesterday! I am so so excited for so many reasons. Even though I am already feeling a little wedding planning stress (I already had a conversation with my dad where he started announcing all of the people I “have to” invite…), being engaged is so fun and I can’t wait to be a wife!

And now, back to the issue at hand: Whole30!

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Today is Day 9 of Whole30 and I have to say that this has been much easier the 2nd time around. I did have a little bit of a cheat meal on Sunday night, but let me tell you that I paid dearly for those few bites of ice cream yesterday. I also managed to stick to Whole30 on Saturday night at a friend’s wedding. Luckily they had a buffet and I was able to load my plate up with salad and grilled chicken, and I opted for soda water with lime instead of beer or wine. As this friend has a reputation for being quite a partier, I thought I would be getting a lot of crap for not drinking, but honestly nobody even noticed!

But the first week was not all puppies and rainbows. Day 1 and 2 weren’t so bad, but I felt miserable on Day 3 (last Wednesday) and on Day 5 (Friday), my face and upper back broke out big time (TMI?). On Friday night we had friends over after 13.5 and someone walked in with a bag of tortilla chips and a bowl of guacamole. As you all know, tortilla chips are my Achilles heel, and having them sitting out on my dining room table with a bowl of delicious guac next to them was just almost too much to handle! Luckily I had a back-up plan, and made Nom Nom Paleo’s Prosciutto chips, which were a big hit and absolutely delicious, plus definitely satisfied my chip craving.

As the Whole30 team notes, Week 2 is when you really start to notice the benefits of the program. I have to say that this has been pretty true for me this week. The past few nights I have fallen asleep immediately, and I find myself waking up around 7 without an alarm clock. But I am still ironing out a few kinks. First of all, I have been working from home for the past few days, and when I do that I tend to literally just forget to eat. For example, right now it’s the middle of the afternoon and I just realized all I’ve eaten today is a few eggs with sweet potato. When I’m not going into work, I tend to pay less attention to the time, and I also don’t typically take time out for a lunch break.

Roasted chicken with sweet potatoes... doesn't get any easier (or less photogenic) than this

Roasted chicken with sweet potatoes… doesn’t get any easier (or less photogenic) than this

It also is definitely harder than I thought it would be to do Zone while on Whole30. Not that the ingredients are much different, but it just feels like a lot to think about. Breakfast, as always, has been the easiest to zone, and lunch isn’t too hard as I’ve been sticking to my roasted chicken kale stand-by meal, but I have mostly given up on worrying about zoning dinner every night. If it works out and we have something like lettuce wraps that are easy to zone, then great. But if stew or stir fry is on the menu, then I’m not going to worry too much about it.

How is your Whole30 going? You can check in with a few of my favorite bloggers who also wrote about their Week 1 experience!

Courtney at Journey of a Dreamer

Kristen at Change of Pace

Evan at Salt, Dogs, and Duct Tape

Jess at Paleo Jess

  • http://twitter.com/winetoweights Jennifer

    Is it weird that I kind of miss Whole30? I struggled so badly with it and hated it and cursed it.. but I’m somewhat envious of all of you doing it.. lol.

  • Kelsi

    I have never tried Whole30, but after reading about your journey and experience with it, I have to say I’m intrigued! I am going to read up about it and possibly start a journey of my own. I love all of the foods you’ve been eating so far. Too bad peanut butter cups aren’t allowed. Just kidding! (Not really… ILOVETHEMSOMUCHWHYDOTHEYEXIST)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kristen.miller.338 Kristen Miller

    Willpower, why do I lack it now???? When I was in my early to mid 20′s, I had willpower. Now, that I am 30, I seem to fail…………I am able to eat healthy for breakfast, lunch and dinner. After dinner, when the kids are whining, the stress of the day has hit and I realize what I need to do for tomorrow, I start eating junk. I have turned into a chocoholic and need help :( I have tried writing in a journal and competitions with friends, but I end up cheating. I applaud you and everyone else on the Whole30 journey.

    • http://twitter.com/SnowfoxBandit Simone

      Are you a dark chocolate or a milk chocolate fan? (Or both??) I like both but prefer dark, and I find dark chocolate far more satisfying. I definitely have a hard time staying on track at night too (willpower is a finite resource and by the end of the day it’s usually gone!). What I started doing when I switched to more paleo-style eating was buying a bag of individually-wrapped Dove dark chocolate bites and keeping them out of sight in the cupboard. I only take two out (one for me, one for my boyfriend) after dinner when we’re settling down in front of Netflix and I try to make it last more than one bite. Surprisingly, one is usually enough — and I don’t think I’ve ever had more than two a night. Also, if you invest in higher quality chocolate, it will be both more satisfying/delicious/rewarding, and too expensive to go through too quickly. Just a thought! :D

  • http://twitter.com/SnowfoxBandit Simone

    Go you!! I’m trying to find what’s right for me — I doubt Whole30 is something I could sustain, and I never succeed when I claim “I’m avoiding X for Y amount of time.” I don’t have too hard of a time eating mostly paleo, but when I’m at a friend’s house or we stop at a custard place — oh boy. I’m starting to have far more days of “hey, I look pretty great” when I see myself in the mirror, but I’d love to be just a little bit leaner. I do great at home 95% of the time (though with my college schedule, I sometimes forget to eat, too), but I gotta figure out how to say “no” at friend’s houses when cookies are on the table!

  • Jamie

    What is your go-to breakfast? Or any breakfast ideas for that matter? I am fine in the afternoon and evening but in the morning I don’t have enough time… And am not super fond of eggs. I feel like those are the carbs I miss most when I try to stick with paleo. Cereal, bagels, toast with peanut butter! Oh my! Suggestions?

  • Jess @ PaleoJess.com

    Wow survived a wedding during a Whole30, that’s willpower! Great day Claire :-)

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed

    You are a champion for avoiding those tortilla chips. I had a cheat meal last night and my stomach felt terrible. I just felt so bloated and gross! Otherwise, going strong :D
    Congrats on your engagement!

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