Whole 30- Week One Recap

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Motivation

This will be my third round of Whole 30. I have pretty much done one a year for the last three years. With the exception of last year when I tried to start a new round and gave up within a week. It happens to everyone!

This is why motivation is so so important to your success on the program. I have found that I learn something new every time I do a new round of Whole 30. That in large part has to do with my intention that I set. For the first round of Whole 30 I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. My husband wasn’t on board for the first couple of weeks which honestly made it really difficult. Fortunately, I didn’t have to cook multiple kinds of dinners or anything, but man oh man watching him drink an ice cold beer while I’m drinking yet another La Croix sure did remind me what I am made of. 

I’ll be honest though this time around I’m just not that into it. Something about the timing has my heart in other places. I think that is because I am in a difficult place in life right now and my comfort has always been food. I eat when I’m happy/sad/stressed/anxious you name it! Food is a celebration of life to me and the Whole30 really truly challenges that notion for me. They say it’s not hard and in truth it isn’t hard. It’s inconvenient, time-consuming, and sometimes not really fun (when you have eaten your 40th egg for breakfast you will know these feels). 

This is why motivation and intention are so critical. I didn’t really set one for this round of Whole30. Very loosely, this round I wanted to focus on the reintroduction period. In the past, I haven’t done this as prescribed in the Whole30 book so my goal is to truly identify food sensitivities. 

Start date, does it matter?

In my past rounds of Whole30 I have always tried to start on a Monday. I don’t know why there’s just something about making a life change that makes you feel like it should start on a Monday. It also allows you to have the weekend to prep your fridge and food items along the way. More on that in a minute though. This time my husband and I decided we would start on the first day of March which just so happened to fall on Thursday. Not super convenient for meal prep, but oh did I learn something wonderful about starting the Whole30 on a Thursday! There is a phase in the first couple of days that I can only describe as a hangover. It’s when your body is literally crying out for the sweet mercy of some sugar and bread and wine and chocolate. To which your brain says, “Uh huh honey” and your body throws it’s toddler tantrum. 

It’s terrible and can honestly it can keep you from getting work done, but when you start on a Thursday this phase won’t really hit you until the weekend! The sweet wonderful glorious weekend and this means (at least for me) taking it slow and doing some self-care to get through the treacherous “hangover” phase. It was awesome and if you have a traditional work schedule with free time on Saturday and Sunday I would highly recommend starting on Thursday. The only downfall really is the PREP ALL THE THINGS pre-whole30 cookathon.

PREP ALL THE THINGS

This for me is generally the most daunting and most important part of Whole30. If I don’t really have food on hand I am more likely to fail and more likely to lash out at loved ones in my hanger induced rage. It’s a frightening thing to witness and I wish it on no one. 

The best and easiest way to have a successful Whole30 is to meal prep. BUT that doesn’t mean you have to do it all at once! Especially, if you have a non-traditional work schedule or work from home. Personally, I prefer a hybrid of the two. I like prepping a couple of things I know I will need on the weekend for quick hanger-ending snacks and quick grab and go breakfasts/lunches. I don’t often want to do this all at once so I will prep a little bit and then work in pockets of time I get throughout the rest of the week. This to me takes the burden off cooking and OMG the dishes on the weekend to make it a little more manageable.

Wrapping up Week 1 of the Whole30 overall I feel good. I’m past the hangover phase, the angry phase and I’m into the I don’t see any results yet and I just want to eat a cheeseburger right now phase. If I didn’t know any better I know that I would probably give up right here and now. The sweet victory of the “Tiger Blood” phase is coming and I’m ready for it! 

Check out my thoughts on Week Two here!

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