Everyone is doing Whole30
. I honestly did not know this until I decided to do it. I had heard about Whole30 a few years ago and thought it sounded crazy. But, after suffering from almost daily headaches for 3 years, I decided I had had enough a few months ago and started researching the cause behind them. I began to wonder if something in my diet was contributing to my chronic headaches. So, I went on to Amazon to see if there was a Whole30 book and realized that their new book was being released that day. I then started seeing Whole30 EVERYWHERE. I didn’t realize it was such a craze, I honestly decided to do it solve my headache issues. I also have had some pretty bad seasonal allergies and hoped to solve those issues as well. After about a month of planning, shopping and mentally gearing up, I started Whole30 about 2 weeks ago. Just in case you have no idea what I’m talking about, Whole30
is a 30 day elimination diet where you only eat certain foods. After 30 days, you slowly add foods back in and see if any symptoms reappear. A lot of people do it to lose weight and have much success. It’s not necessarily meant to be a diet that you do forever, I think it would be pretty hard to sustain. The foods you can’t eat are:Sugar (this includes honey, agave or any other “healthy” sugars)
Legumes (no beans, peanuts, soy)
Grains (no wheat, rice, quinoa, corn etc)
I decided that I would log my meals each day and how I felt. This is my honest experience so far with everything I have eat each day. Hopefully you gain some knowledge and inspiration if you are considering Whole30. (Most of these recipes are from the Whole30 book, so I don’t really have any links to share with you!)
Breakfast: 1 cup sauteed spinach with 2 fried eggs. ½ avocado. Black coffee
Lunch: Carnitas burrito bowl from Chipotle (just carnitas, lettuce, guac and salsa…that is the only WHOLE30 friendly thing you can order there)
Dinner: Chimicurri steak kabobs, roasted red potatoes and cabbage slaw
I don’t have much of an appetite because I have a cold. I didn’t feel deprived at all and the kabobs were SOOO yummy. I was expecting the first day to be really hard, but it didn’t feel like I was eating any differently except for a bigger breakfast than usual.
Breakfast: 1 Fried egg, ½ avocado, ½ banana with almond butter. Black coffee
Lunch: Tuna salad with homemade mayo on a bed of lettuce
Dinner: Classic chili
Snack: homemade larabar and some raw veggies (party that night)
Again, I was expecting today to be super hard. It really didn’t feel like I was doing anything different…but tonight was hard. I was at a clothing swap with tons of sweet treats..not to mention I had to make a dessert and couldn’t eat any of it. I resisted temptation and had a homemade larabar in my bag. I did have a pretty bad headache before bed. I also still have my cold and don’t have a huge appetite.
Breakfast: 1 hard boiled egg, ½ banana with almond butter, ½ avocado
Snack: Coconut latte (black coffee blended with coconut milk)
Lunch: tuna salad on lettuce, other half of banana with more almond butter
Snack: almonds and dried apricots
Dinner: Chicken Apple sausage, roasted potatoes and brussel sprouts, and some pineapple
I still don’t have a big appetite. I’m not sure if it’s because of my cold or just the new diet, but regardless I think it’s why this is easier than I thought it would be. I realized that I need to be eating more, so I decided to have a larger dinner. I had a HUGE amount of potatoes and brussel sprouts and ate all of them. I am feeling great. I haven’t had any headaches and my allergies seem to be a little better. I’m also trying to drink more water.
Breakfast: 3 slices of Whole 30 approved bacon, ½ avocado and banana with almond butter
Lunch: A bowl of leftover chili and a green salad with Tessemae’s dressing and a small can of Grapefruit Perrier
Dinner: Applegate chicken apple sausage in a lettuce “bun”, sweet potato fries and cabbage slaw
Felt good again today. No headaches whatsoever, still have some mild seasonal allergies but they seem to be getting better. Again, I keep waiting for a really hard day, but so far this has been easy. I am starting to think I’m doing something wrong because it shouldn’t be this easy.
Breakfast: Homemade Larabar
Lunch: Leftover chili with chicken sausage in a lettuce bun (whole 30 chili dog). banana with almond butter
Dinner: Chicken stir fry with lots of veggies and sunshine sauce, cauliflower fried rice
Once again, I’m feeling great. My breakfast was small because I had to rush to a Dr’s appointment and didn’t plan well. I was very hungry later in the day because of this. I’m feeling less and less of a need to snack at night and I really haven’t had terrible sugar cravings. I’m just still so shocked that I have been feeling this well and have had minimal cravings. Still no headaches, but some itchy eyes today.
Breakfast: Whole30 bacon, 1 hard boiled egg and sweet potato hash
Snack: Banana with almond butter
Lunch: Tuna salad on lettuce
Dinner: Taco salad (ground beef, lettuce, guac, veggies salsa) fruit
Snack: Pickles and olives
Today was harder. I had a headache this morning and pretty bad seasonal allergies.
Breakfast: 1 hard boiled egg, sweet potato hash
Lunch: Tuna on lettuce
Dinner: Grilled steak, roasted potatoes and balsamic roasted brussel sprouts and zucchini
I was at some graduation parties with amazing food that I couldn’t eat and I felt hungry all day. I had a different dinner plan, but I felt like I wanted to “treat” myself so we grilled steaks and veggies. They were amazing.
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with guacamole and fruit
Lunch: Grilled Chicken salad with spinach, lettuce, veggies and balsamic dressing
Dinner: Whole30 chili dog (sausage in a lettuce bun with chili and mustard), Fruit
Snack: Veggies and guacamole
Another hard day. I was once again around lots of yummy food that I couldn’t eat. I also had to make brownies for a get together which made me crave some! I feel like I’m always hungry and It’s difficult just to grab something to eat since most options aren’t Whole30 friendly.
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with guacamole, tomato slices
Lunch: Grilled chicken salad (same as previous day)
Dinner: Spaghetti squash with meat marinara sauce and a strawberry spinach salad
Today seemed easier since I was home and wasn’t around food temptations. I find that as long as I’m home, it really hasn’t been that hard. I also feel great with no headaches and no allergies. The spaghetti squash with meat sauce was super yummy. I ate a ton of it and didn’t feel overstuffed since it was squash instead of pasta.
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, ½ banana with almond butter
Lunch: BLT (bacon, Tomato, mayo in a lettuce leaf) ½ banana with almond butter
Dinner: Walnut crusted pork loin, roasted potatoes & sauteed spinach
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, ½ banana with almond butter
Lunch: Spaghetti squash with marinara and sausage
Dinner: Homemade salmon patty on lettuce with tomato, mustard and mayo, fruit
Lunch: Salmon patty on romaine lettuce
Dinner: Leftover pork loin with roasted potatoes and zucchini
I was in a rush and only had a larabar for breakfast. Still feeling great with no headaches and minimal seasonal allergies. I also have to confess something. I ate a non-Whole30 compliant bratswurst. I was out somewhere at a get together and it was the only thing I could eat along with some fruit. I figured there was probably only trace amounts of sugar in it. I then was still starving and had my second dinner (the one logged) at 9:00 that night. Not the best food day!
Lunch: Salmon patty on romaine lettuce, ½ banana with almond butter
Dinner: Cauliflower crust pizza with bacon, onions and peppers, fruit salad
In a rush again and had a larabar, I can tell a difference when I eat a smaller breakfast. This diet is becoming more normal to me and I instinctively know what to eat and don’t have to think about it all the time. I am cooking a lot, but I always cook every meal so it’s not that difficult for me. I can see how this would be really challenging for someone working full time or who isn’t used to cooking a lot. The cauliflower pizza was weird, but I liked it. I love not ever regretting what I eat.
Breakfast: Banana with almond butter
Lunch: Leftover cauliflower crust pizza
Dinner: Steak salad with creamy cilantro dressing, roasted potatoes
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with leftover steak
Lunch: Salmon patty, banana with almond butter
Dinner: Grilled pork chops, salad, fruit
The pork chops were from a barbecue i was at. I’m not sure if they were Whole30 friendly, but I felt like it would be super rude to ask, so I just went with it. I felt fine afterwards with no headaches, so hopefully there was nothing too terrible in them!
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, banana with almond butter
Lunch: Salmon patty, nectarine
Dinner: Pulled pork and salad
I had a bit of a headache today but I think it was due to stress and hormones. Other than that, still feeling great. Again, I was around lots of desserts and yummy food at a Memorial Day gathering. (Why did I think May would be an easy month to do this??). But it’s getting easier just to walk past that food and not think about it. I was hungry after dinner because there were only 2 things (the 2 things I brought) to the Memorial day gathering that I could eat. I ate some pistachios later and I’m kind of addicted to them.
So, that is my experience so far. I’m excited to see how I feel at the end of 30 days and hopefully narrow down what was causing my headaches when I start reintroducing foods. I am still in shock that this actually worked and I’ve been virtually headache free for 2 weeks. I will be sure to return at the end of my Whole30 journey with my final thoughts, meals and results!
Are you doing Whole30 or have you done it in the past? I would love to hear how you liked it!