Whole30 Week 1 » What To Expect
Whole30 Week 1, Day 1 Energy Level:
- My energy was actually quite okay today. If I were to put it on a scale, I would say maybe around a 7 or 8 on a 10 point scale.
Whole30 Week 1, Day 1 Willpower Strength:
- My willpower today was great. I followed the plan, and I didn’t let myself have thoughts about deviating. I read from the book, however, that this is very common on the first day, but gets much more difficult in the coming days… Lord help me.
Whole30 Week 1, Day 1 Emotional State:
- I feel normal today. I don’t notice any added agitation nor do I feel like I’m on a food high. Just an average day.
Whole30 Week 1, Day 1 Biggest Challenge:
- going to bed feeling “hungry”. My brain isn’t used to not snacking before bed.
Whole30 Week 1 – DAY 1 JOURNAL
Morning: Today was the first day of the Whole30 Challenge. It actually went surprisingly well. I woke up and brewed a cup of coffee, like always, except today I added coconut milk instead of creamer — (I recommend this Whole30 compliant brand). If you normally drink creamy coffee, coconut milk is definitely the way to go! I put mine in the fridge to create coconut cream, instead of paying extra for a creamier version.
I started the day off the the Whole30 Spinach Breakfast Frittata — an AMAZING breakfast casserole (recipe, page 206). It made two servings and after eating my half, I was stuffed. I ate the frittata around 8:30AM and didn’t even think about food until after 12:30.
Shortly after breakfast, I went to the gym for my 30 minutes of cardio (a routine of mine, even prior to the Whole30 challenge) and I did notice a little less energy. It may have been a fluke, or it may be the fact that I hadn’t eaten my usual toast with jelly, and coffee loaded with honey this morning. Regardless, I finished my workout fine — it wasn’t debilitating.
Lunch: I ate lunch today around 1:30 because my schedule was hectic and I wasn’t able to get home to start preparing it until around noon. I learned a lesson — prepare ahead of time! My lunch today was a Greek Salad with homemade dressing, and a chicken breast seared and baked. It was simple and delicious.
When I finished lunch, I felt like I hit a brick wall so I was able to lay down with my kids… for a whole 2 hours — (if you knew me before this challenge, you’d know that I am not a napper). After the nap (and a small cup of coffee with coconut milk) I felt like I regained some of my energy so took a walk with my kiddos.
The craziest thing about today, Whole 30 week 1 — day 1, is that I have always been a huge snacker. I normally have a snack at 10AM, 3PM, and 8PM. Today, however, I eliminated all snacking/”grazing-the-kitchen” and the first two snack times were very easy to do without.
Dinner: I didn’t even think about food until around 7PM (when I have ALWAYS eaten at 5PM..always). We had Whole30 Spaghetti, made with spaghetti squash and a homemade spaghetti sauce (found on page 324), with leftover Greek Salad from lunch (minus the chicken). After dinner, I wasn’t fully satisfied and had a TREMENDOUS sweet tooth, so I indulged in an apple. I know, I know — It wasn’t my preferred Blue Bell ice cream, but it helped some with the sugar craving.
The biggest challenge today was not snacking before bed. I have a terrible go-to-bed-totally-stuffed habit, or else I have a hard time sleeping. I know my stomach had to have been physically full, but my mind thought it was hungry so I tossed and turned a bit before finally falling asleep. I always woke up a few times at night feeling hungry, but I fought the feeling and made myself turn over and go back to sleep!