I’m Kelly and I work at Paleo On The Go. I decided to try a Whole30 because I’ve never done it and I felt like I should be practicing what I preach with all we are doing over here at POTG! Thank goodness for Kasia doing it with me…I need all the moral support I can get. I love to eat. And I love my candy drawer.
Before you scan over my days 1-7, let me break down what you are reading and why. I normally eat a fairly decent diet and fall off the wagon with gummies or Reese’s regularly. I spend five days a week at the gym and I am trying to keep myself from developing the many health issues that run in my family. I’m a restless sleeper and I’m frequently tired, but I’ve been like that all my life.
I’ve broken down a brief summary of how each day has been so far, my favorite foods, my failures, my lessons, and changes I’m seeing.
DAY 1 – What On Earth Am I Doing?
I started with a great attitude until lunch. Then I wanted every possible delivery service I knew I couldn’t have. Great. My attitude went from positive to Oscar the Grouch in less than 30 seconds. The smell of everyone else’s lunches filled my nose. POTG Hearty Beef Stew it is! Thank goodness my favorite POTG dish is Whole30 Approved.
- Favorite Food: POTG Hearty Beef Stew
- Cravings: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and eating crunchy peanut butter out of the jar in bed watching Netflix. (Don’t be jealous and don’t judge me.)
- Sleep: 6 hours 1 minute of restlessness
- Epic Failure: None…yet
Lesson #1: The thought of cooking for a month isn’t as bad when you have a crockpot. Find 3-6 ingredient recipes on Pinterest and throw them together when you go to bed. I woke up to Enchilada Chicken in the morning!
DAY 3 – This Isn’t That Bad
OK hangover, where are you? I’m either a 21 year old in college who can handle a night of partying, or I wasn’t as bad off as I thought I would be with my regular diet. No hangover for me! I got up feeling great, went to the gym and had a great workout, ran errands, worked on one of the 500 projects I have going on at my house, watched some Netflix, and cooked another meal.
- Favorite Foods: Pistachios. Another entire bag is now gone. This is a problem. AND POTG Golden Turmeric Bone Broth. If I drink 8 oz in between meals it helps keep cravings away.
- Cravings: Tortilla chips with cheese
- Sleep: 7 hours and 46 minutes and woke up feeling great
- Epic Failure: The overeating of pistachios and other raw nuts is getting out of hand.
- Lesson #3: I really CAN cook! Tonight I made homemade Whole30 Pesto Chicken with Zoodles. Not a fan of zoodles I’ve learned.
DAY 5 – Oh Lord It’s Monday and I Have to Eat Leftovers Again
Still not feeling at all like I need to “kill all the things,” but my face is still bumpy and my tongue is starting to get raw from all the fruit I’m eating. I’m now addicted to blueberries in bed watching Netflix because at church on Sunday, our Pastor challenged everyone to a 21 day fast. The gist is that this fast is to be from a food item you love and each time you crave/think about that item, you pray. Of course I’d already given up most of my indulgences so I looked at my kitchen and there they were…the most beautiful almonds, pecans, pistachios, and cashews I’d ever seen in my life. I could have sworn they were shiny and gold and had halos around them. My conscience told me that I had to choose them to give up.
“NO!!! Noooooooooooooo!” That was all that went through my mind. Please no. But alas, I have put them as far away as possible. Sigh.
- Favorite Foods: Fruit, fruit, fruit. Give me all the fruit!
- Cravings: Nuts
- Sleep: 8 hours and 20 minutes of beauty sleep
- Epic Failure: I didn’t get home from work until 8:30PM so I had to look for something that wasn’t going to be heavy on my stomach. I saw a protein bar that had very little sugar in it and literally had nothing else Whole30 left in the house so I ate it. I know, I know, fail. I work at a company that literally sells food to keep in the freezer so this doesn’t happen. Problem is, I left my order at work.
- Lesson #5: Plan ahead!
DAY 2 – Negative Nancy
Everything I read said that days two and three were like a hangover…I was dreading these days. On day two I woke up feeling great after sleeping like a log and ended the day the same way. I ate my crockpot masterpiece with some lettuce and guac for lunch and was completely satisfied. For dinner I really wasn’t hungry so I ate the last of my Collard Greens that I had left over with Bacon. Then I overdosed on sweet cherries and pistachios.
- Favorite Foods: Sweet Cherries and Bacon
- Cravings: None!
- Sleep: 8 hours 10 minutes of bliss
- Epic Failure: I am officially addicted to raw nuts. I sat in bed and ate over 760 calories worth at 10PM. 760!
- Lesson #2: Sweet Cherries are one of the best things God invented.
DAY 4 – I Have So Much to Do…Don’t Mess Up!
OK, days four and five are the “kill all the things” days. I didn’t think about or attempt to kill any of the things and surprisingly still felt really, really great. However, my skin started its own detox. When I’m sick, I tend to break out on my face at the end of my sickness. It’s almost like that is how my body gets rid of toxins. I am very lucky that I almost never break out. But on day four, I woke up to five ripe zits and a lot of bumps on my face. Sweet.
- Favorite Foods: Pistachios and sweet cherries.
- Cravings: I want gummies!
- Sleep: 8 hours and 41 minutes of absolute slumber
- Epic Failure: None!
- Lesson #4: Seriously plan meals ahead of time so you aren’t freaking out. Thank goodness for POTG meals. I grabbed some Chicken Breakfast Sausage and Roast Brussels Sprouts for lunch and had my pesto chicken for dinner.
DAY 6 – OMG When Do I Get To Go Home?
Oh yes. The “I just want a nap” day is real. Very real. Seriously. I felt like I would basically lie, cheat, and steal for a glorious 10+ hours in my cozy bed. I’m even dozing off writing this. Send help.
Food for the day revolved around my daily morning banana, more of my pesto chicken dish, and one of the juiciest pears I’ve ever had. I also switched out the Turmeric Bone Broth for the Beef Bone Broth. So good!! For dinner I had the German Brats with Sauerkraut and Home Fried Potatoes. It has officially tied the Hearty Beef Stew for my go-to meals from POTG.
- Favorite Foods: POTG German Brats with Sauerkraut and Home Fried Potatoes. So satisfying!
- Cravings: Bubble Gum
- Sleep: 7 hours and 10 minutes of pretty great sleep, but I had to get up 90 minutes earlier than normal.
- Epic Failure: Skipped the gym because I was so tired.
- Lesson #6: I have Chronic Active Epstein Barr. It’s rare and it sucks. My first sign of a flare-up is a sore throat and exhaustion. I already know what triggers it and it’s typically when I have too much sugar in my diet. Well, with all the fruit and that little bit of bad sugar in that protein bar, I woke up with a sore throat. My new snack is going to be celery. I love celery.
DAY 7 – Yep. Still tired. Where’s the Napping Pod?
Is it Saturday yet? No? OK fine.
Started off day seven with my usual banana, but then lunch hit and yum! I had the Tom Kha Gai Soup and it was amazing! So satisfying and filling. I had a day of meetings and even though I was really exhausted, I got back to the gym. I’m committed to getting back into my five days a week. I always feel better when I get my physical activity on mentally draining days. It’s hard when I have no energy, but I always feel so much better when I’m done.
- Favorite Foods: Tom Kha Gai Soup
- Cravings: Coke from McDonald’s – even though I have like five in an entire year, this was my craving. Go figure.
- Sleep: 8 hours and 10 minutes – I can’t believe how much better my sleep quality has been!
- Epic Failure: May or may not have fallen asleep at my desk for a minute or five. Shhhh don’t tell my boss.
- Lesson #7: Paleo On The Go Whole30 items are a saving grace. I will never take them for granted again! Whole30 Approved meals in my freezer have already saved me multiple times.
Seven days down, 23 to go.
GROCERY BILL THUS FAR
$103.53 for 8 meals, fruit to snack on and nuts that I can’t eat. Insert the most extreme sad face ever. At this point, I’ve had to throw away one tub of raspberries for mold, one serving of my Enchilada Chicken because it had been in the refrigerator too long, and a banana that turned brown and soft. The rest of it is gone and I have to shop again on Day 8.
PALEO ON THE GO MEALS THAT HAVE SAVED ME THUS FAR
Hello, it’s Kasia! I am the Customer Service Rep here at Paleo on the Go and I joined the Whole30 bandwagon for the month of January with Kelly. It definitely helps to have someone join in with you, making it way more legitimate with an accountability partner. I also would say I somewhat take this as a competition between me and Kelly to see who can stay away from sugar the longest. We both are sugar junkies!! May the strongest willed person win (pretty much me!
Here’s a little background of my diet going into this Whole30 Challenge. I am a pretty clean eater (I try) and started watching what I ate about a year and a half ago when a natural doctor noted for the first time all my food sensitivities. I essentially started to just eat protein, green vegetables, almonds, and low sugar fruits. I for sure had major sugar cravings for the first four months of this and moving on to more recent times, started to be more lenient about the foods I ate…sometimes eating a chocolate (or multiple delicious treats) to satiate my deepest most inner needs. Good news is that I believe my screwing up taught me how valuable it is to sustain a clean diet and to take care of myself because when I slipped an illegal item down my throat, I sure felt terrible. My face would break out. I would get dizzy and just get really grumpy. My mind would not feel focused and alert. Just all the things you want to stay clear of!
Knowing how critical a clean diet is, I am just super glad to be back on track and eating all the Whole30 foods. I am also a Crossfit athlete, so seeing how it will improve my performance and recovery time will be a plus.
Here are my comments for the first 7 days of upholding the Whole30 Challenge:
DAY 1-2 WOO HOO
My thoughts instantly…THANK GOODNESS I AM GETTING BACK ON TRACK. I just ate way too many sugary delicacies over the Christmas holiday and I just absolutely regretted eating every single treat. I blame especially the office environment at Paleo on the Go for encouraging me to eat all the chocolate covered popcorn people dropped off at our office, a very, very bad idea. I swear never again.
I was super headstrong going into Day 1. I had my usual broccoli and chicken lunch, loving every second of it. I just love simple food. I know what I’m eating and I know how it will make me feel. There is nothing to react to which is fantastic. I know with a simple meal I can make it through my work day with the energy I need and not feel lethargic.
Second day had the same vibes. I was happy to be on a clean slate and starting a fresh diet. The most exciting part is that I saw my face clearing up finally. I felt healthy again!
DAY 5 LET’S GET COOKING
At this point, I just wanted to taste something different than usual. I went to the coffee shop and saw a Guava filled waffle on the menu and just couldn’t stop staring at it. I knew I had to grab my coffee and run home to make something funky.
I ended up making this sweet potato soup concoction. I dumped our Golden Turmeric Bone Broth along with sweet potato puree, onion, carrots and dates into a pot and waited for amazingness to happen. It actually was not too bad at all. I loved the sweet flavor and it was something different than than the usual greens and protein dish. I was very impressed with myself.
Oh and also I must add I had a heavy Crossfit session the day prior. I power cleaned #110 pounds about 30 times. The good news is that I did not feel any kind of soreness the next day and even went for a quick run. I felt pretty strong and light on my feet!
DAY 3-4 I NEED FOOD
Friday and Saturday are just the worst for me. It means that it’s time to get loose and chill out after a long work week. This laid back mentality can turn into some lackadaisical decisions when it comes to food choices. It also means I’m craving something and it’s only been two days. Dang it.
I remember coming straight from Crossfit on Friday just ready to eat everything and anything I saw. Luckily, I knew exactly what to do when I got into this type of state. I just needed to eat…eat a lot. Knowing I could not eat honey and rice cakes to fill me up, I went for the blueberries. I ate a carton of that…then found a banana…then some spoons of almond butter. Ok, I was set at that point and was glad I could stifle my cravings without eating anything illegal. I was safe and sound. Still in the game!!
It is pretty hard if you have not been on a diet before to know what stops your appetite. I just know fruit and large portions of it will do the job for me. Carbs always do the trick. Of course if you do not want to feel so heavy, carrots are another great option, baby carrots especially. They are easy to throw in a pot and heat up in seconds. You can eat a whole lot and not worry about the calories! I love juices too, with more greens of course to keep the sugar down!
DAY 6-7 SURVIVOR
I am in the zone with this diet. I do not feel tempted to cheat at this point. Even for my dad’s birthday, I blankly stared at a coconut pie for a full 30 minutes not eating one piece of it I tell you. Heck yeah!
My mind feels very focused at this point. I worked a whole lot Monday and Tuesday but could work through orders and customer messages seamlessly. I noticed my memory is a whole lot more effective and lucid. All plusses.
The thing that I did not notice until Kelly brought it up was my tiredness. The last 2 mornings I found it very hard to get up and felt extremely wiped out by the end of the day. I do like that though because I usually have sleeping issues. I am a pretty hyper person and cannot shut off my mind at night. The natural feeling of tiredness is good for me in that case.
Love the way I am feeling and I am glad to be back on track! Let’s hope the next 3 weeks will be as easy as the first! We will be back in a couple weeks (Janurary 29) to fill you in on the end of our jouneys and give you tips and tricks for yours!