Monday, April 8, 2013
Whole30 Day 1
I mentioned on facebook that I've convinced my hubby to give the Whole30 a try. He agreed to complete one full week, I might possibly aim to complete a full 30 days just to see how I really feel afterwards.
Without going into a lot of detail, the program is a strict Paleo meal plan. We're focusing on eating only meat, seafood, veggies, fruits and healthy fats like avocados and nuts. So that means no grains, legumes, dairy or sugar....not even natural sweeteners like honey. You can read more about the program here.
So why have I decided to do this? I'm not one to typically go on "diets", I really don't think I've ever been on one. Well it's not really a diet but rather a healthier way of eating and I'm really interested in the science behind it. If you think about it, the thoughts behind this make sense. I have a major sweet tooth, I love to bake and heck one of my jobs is as a cake decorator so I'm constantly around baked goods. I've got to break this, there is no reason I need to have a daily sweet treat even it's only a piece of chocolate. I want to break this.
I don't know that this plan is right for our family but I'm excited to see what we can learn from it. We've already been taking some major steps to improving our health. I've started purchasing farm fresh eggs from our local co-op and I don't think we'll ever go back, you can really taste the difference. Last week we signed up to receive a CSA produce box every week from June-October. It will contain mostly veggies, many we've never tried or don't eat regularly. This will force us to incorporate them more into our diets and I can't wait! I'm honestly not sure I could give up any of this forever, but maybe with moderation we can find a healthy balance. I've always thought that's key.
I won't be forcing our children to partake in our experiment this week but I also won't be making two separate meals when it comes to dinner. Tonight for example, I made up a chicken fajita mixture, I let them have theirs on a tortilla and we ate our portions on salad greens. They already love fruit but I'll be trying to get them to eat even more veggies than normal. I'm also trying to think of more healthy snacks for them that don't center on grains. They eat a lot of fresh fruit for snacks so we're doing a pretty good job there.
Each day I'm hoping to blog a little bit about my personal experience with this plan. I'll be posting my three meals for the day and any thoughts I have. Make sure you're following me on facebook as well for more updates.
Breakfast- 1 egg seasoned with black pepper and a small bowl of sliced strawberries, banana, coconut and almonds. I'm not usually one to have this big of a breakfast. I run an in-home daycare so my days can get hectic. After I got everyone off to school, the little ones fed and such I finally was able to make myself something to eat. I was honestly really full after this, it was satisfying and I could see myself eating something like this everyday.
Lunch- I think this was the largest salad I've ever had! While I didn't quite finish it all, it was very good. I combined some salad greens with spinach, topped it with green onion, sliced bell peppers, avocado and chicken. I did add a few dashes of Frank's Red Hot sauce for my chosen dressing. However it wasn't really satisfying me so I did grab a small handful of pistachios and that seemed to do the trick.
Dinner- We made chicken fajitas tonight so I served mine on top of salad greens. I also added some fresh salsa and diced avocado to go along. I knew I would be wanting something sweet so I also enjoyed an organic orange as well. It was delicious! We have dance class on Monday nights so we always need to eat earlier than normal. I'm feeling pretty good so far, I thought maybe I would be tempted to grab a snack when we got home.
Overall I feel really good about my first day. So much of this is a mind game, I keep thinking I'm hungry but I'm really not. I've been drinking lots of water and trying not to think about sweets. We just had our last Easter yesterday with my husband's family so these Easter baskets sitting around here aren't helping. The kids could care less about the candy so I think it's time to hide them. I'm hoping for a good night's sleep and ready to start again in the morning!