Quote of the Day: “Every time you eat is an opportunity to nourish your body.”
So for the New Year, my goal is to get back into healthy eating. In 2020… and 2019, I kind of let myself go a little and ate a lot of ice cream and chocolate and although it was amazing, my clothes didn’t like it too much and my scale didn’t like it either.
I decided that in 2021 I was going to attempt the Whole30 diet. The Whole30 diet is an elimination diet where you cut out dairy, grains, alcohol, legumes, and sugar for 30 days and then slowly reincorporate them back into your diet. Sounds extremely restrictive and tortuous right?
I’m here to say that I’ve completed week 1 of the Whole30 diet and just wanted to share my experience with it (obviously still have a long way to go).
So far, it hasn’t been too horrible and I haven’t had that many cravings. I thought for sure I’d be craving sweets and sweet drinks such as matcha and Starbucks. I have small cravings, but then I just eat a date and BAM craving gone. Dates are a great way to curb your sugar craving. It’s natural sugar and it’s nature’s laxative lol. Dates + mixed nut butter from Trader Joe’s is heaven. As far as cravings go, that’s pretty much it.
I’m really surprised I don’t crave dairy as much. I love cheese, but I don’t miss it too much… except on a burger or something. I’m also surprised that I don’t crave pasta either. My favorite meal (ever since I was a kid) is buttered pasta with parmesan cheese… such a classic and so freaking delicious. Mmmm as I type this I am craving it, but it’s fine… I’ll be fine.
I’ve read a lot that people either feel a lot better after the first week due cutting out all the “bad” stuff or feel worse from shocking the body abruptly. I don’t feel either. I feel pretty normal. My energy levels are the same and I don’t have any headaches or anything. I am very thankful that I don’t feel the negative effects of the diet.
I think the most important thing I’ve learned thus far is that you have to plan for what you’re going to eat. I’ve created a whole list of recipes that are Whole30 compliant and I plan one or two of them for the week. For breakfast I usually just have eggs and sausage or some sort of fruit bowl. I haven’t found many lunch recipes, so I typically have a smoothie or skip lunch lol. Thank gosh fruit is allowed on this thing or I don’t know if I’d make it. The other night for dinner I made beef and broccoli. It was delicious! I have also made sausage and kale soup and plan on making a lot of chicken dishes.
I would be lying if I said I’ve been 100% perfect so far because I haven’t. I think I’ve slipped a few times, but honestly, I’m proud that I haven’t completely given up. I do feel like my body has changed a little bit… but I also might be making that up. I don’t know, but I hope so.
The best part about this diet is that there’s so much information and resources on it, so there’s pretty much no confusion about what is okay to eat and what is not. There are also 1000s of recipes out there, so it’s very easy to find one’s I would like. I personally check Pinterest.
I can’t wait for another week on this diet. I am determined to do the whole 30… days!