Whole30: Week One

Alright guys! It’s already been a week on the Whole30 nutrition plan!

Notice I didn’t say Whole30 “diet” – this is far from a diet in the common meaning of the term in my opinion. Rather, it is a change in nutritional choices. I’m not eating less by ANY means, just changing, improving, and being intentional in my food choices.

If you’re wondering What in the world is Whole30? go here

If you’re wondering Why in the world is she doing Whole30? go here

This is something I’m doing completely on my own free will, and was in no way sponsored or persuaded to do this. I want to work as hard on my nutrition as I do on my running because, let’s face it – nutrition is (a huge) part of running, performance, and life.

So, how is it going? Let’s dig in to my journal:

Day 1

Eating with Intention. 

I put the time and effort into my running and daily life, why not with food? I eat whatever I want, when I want and that has to change in order for me to feel my best. I will eat with intention. I will eat whole foods. REAL foods.

I did my research and grocery shopping and it starts today. Whole30. I am a little scared, but if it weren’t a little scary, what would be the point?

I can do this.

Breakfast!


Day 2

Woke up wanting a sweet breakfast as usual. I want to change that. Starting the day with a smoothie may be (pretty) healthy, but it just sets me up for craving sugar. all. day. long. I really wanted fruit. I paused. I made some coffee and wrote in my journal.

I had eggs, sweet potatoes, veggies, and spinach with salsa and avocado and some paleo turkey bacon instead of my usual smoothie. It was delicious!

I’ve discovered I can still eat A LOT! There are so many options!

Go-to for sweet tooth cravings: banana, walnuts, cinnamon.

Snack!


Day 3

Today I had Easter dinner with families and there was cake and ice cream galore! I would’ve normally had my fair share (and more) if it were 4 days ago! Proud of myself for instead eating more meat, veggies, and potatoes. I even brought my own food along in case there wasn’t anything available for me – but there was! Whole30 is less restricting than I thought.

I did eat more fruit than the Whole30 plan would’ve liked, but it was Easter!

Whole30-approved Easter dinner!


Day 4

I really want to adopt this way of eating as a lifestyle! It forces me to actually cook and prepare food. Read labels. Select food carefully. I LOVE the food. Real food is good food.

It’s hard looking at donuts and cupcakes, but worth it to feel good about my food choices.

I still think I’m eating too much fruit and having fruit before bed in lieu of my usual sugary snack binges… less fruit tomorrow…

Shopping!


Day 5

I have been cooking and eating really delicious food! And plenty of it! Still eating tons of fruit…

My new favorite non-sugary snack is sweet potato fries! Something I would’ve never discovered otherwise because I would’ve just grabbed some cookies or poured a bowl of cereal.

Had low energy today. I’m dealing with low iron but also attribute this in my decrease in sugar. Sugar hangover?

Sweet potato fries!


Day 6

I know I’ve said it already, but I am eating LOTS of delicious foods! I thought I would be eating less and hungry all the time, but that’s not the case at all! Today I made delicious tacos!

Still having low energy today.

My own Whole30 spin on Taco Tuesday!


Day 7

It’s getting better! Not that it’s been bad, but I’m getting used to chopping and cooking more, prepping and buying food, and, most importantly, EATING the food! I’ve been eating loads of food all along, but I’m starting to have the right mindset when eating all the food. 

I want to eat a little slower. I want to eat food with intention. I feel like I really succeeded in this today. I told myself – no bananas until after dinner – then I did it (they trigger my sugar cravings)! I felt good today.

My go-to snack!


So, I’ve had my ups and downs, but for the most part am not having a difficult time eating enjoyable meals and eating plenty of food. I am fortunate to work close to home (I walk to work!) so I do eat all my meals at home, which makes things way more convenient. Of course, there are currently a stack of Peeps and candy bars for sale 2 feet away from my work cube, so there’s that, but still (I never realized how much SUGAR everyone consumes as the ‘norm’ since starting this!)

I’ve never meal-prepped before, and thought the idea of it sounded really intimidating – preparing each meal for every day of the week!? But my version of meal-prepping is not creating entire meals, but simply prepping certain foods.

For example, I spent a few hours at the beginning of the week chopping. Chopping, chopping, and more chipping! CI chopped veggies and potatoes and meat (rotisserie chickens are my go-to). I also hard boiled about a dozen eggs and cooked some potatoes and meats for when I’m in a hurry. This helped TREMENDOUSLY. So, don’t let the word “meal-prepping” intimidate you… you don’t have to plan out every meal. Just chop some things up and quite literally “prep” for when you’re making meals! This is something I can’t believe I didn’t do before Whole30.

So, I’m still hanging in there and, yes, I do feel sudden urges to go buy a box of Girl Scout Cookies and immediately scarf down the entire box, but I just remember that I’ve committed to this 100% and it’s not impossible. There are people out there doing much more difficult things. I can commit to eating real food for 30 days (and beyond!).

Have you tried Whole30 or trying it now? How did it help you?


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15 thoughts on “Whole30: Week One

  1. ~M says:

    I’m so glad you started following me, because I start the Whole30 plan on May 1st, and it’d be great to be a support to each other. I plan to also blog my experiences. I’ll be doing this with my family (4 of us here). Everyone is actually super excited to get started. So this week and next, I am focusing on planning and eliminating the unhealthy food which is still in our house. My husband has severe food allergies, so we are trying to figure out the exact causes of those. I believe the Whole30 plan is just what we need! Have a good rest of your week. Looking forward to your posts! 😉

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    • jennaruns says:

      Oh that’s great! I have made lots of changes. For the better! It’s forcing me to actually cook rather than just eat what’s convenient. It will be really nice to have someone in it with me! I decided to do it one night and started the next day! Once you’ve grocery shopped and prepped food, it’ll be a breeze from there! Not that I’m an expert on day 9 🙂 but I think that’s the hard part – making the decision to go 100% all in and prepping mentally. 🙂 Looking forward to your updates!

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      • ~M says:

        Yeah, I wanted to start last month, but seeing as how I’m out of town all next week, I knew it wouldn’t be possible. There’d be nobody here to cook for my family. So May 1st was the date chosen. I plan to do some of the meal planning during part of my week away. I think we’re going to be in this for the long haul, with hubby’s allergies. So we are trying to do a lot of prep work beforehand, to make sure the adjustment goes smoothly.

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      • jennaruns says:

        That’s great! Awesome that you’re being so careful in your planning and are really committing to it. I haven’t really done meal planning per-se but have a good mix of meats, potatoes, veggies, fruits, nuts, etc. on hand ready to go at all times! I’ve been getting creative with it. I think that’s the fun part. Sometimes. 🙂 I bet you will learn about lots of new favorite foods/food combos! I would’ve never put bananas, walnuts, and cinnamon together before Whole30 and now it’s my favorite! I’m sure you guys will adjust great. 🙂

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      • ~M says:

        Thanks Jenna… I’ll have to try that banana mixture. Sounds good…. I started following Whole30 on Instagram and I’m excited to try some of the recipes they’re posting on there. I also got one of the Whole30 books. It’s got a lot of great recipes in it. If I find any in particular that I end up liking, I’ll make sure to share them with you. 😉

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  2. Joey says:

    Hey Ms Jenna
    Just checking in to say hello. I did not read the Blog, but it seems like you revamped the menu! Looks pretty good to me. Happy to see your still rocking and rolling since the Rock and Roll Marathon 🙂 . School sucks, not running sucks LOL. Not riding yet- No time with classes. However, I do get to the gym 5 days a week to do the ARC machine for an hour – No back pain, and easy on the joints. I was expecting a big weight gain since I no longer run. However, eating smaller portions, and keeping it organic has kept be at 137 pounds. I’m actually trying to eat like the Peeps of Sardinia Italy.They seem to have a long with few health problems. Stay well!

    Dr. Joey

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    • jennaruns says:

      Hey, Joey! Good to hear from you! Thanks for checking in! Glad to hear you are getting to the gym and aren’t having back pain. You just want to be in school forever, huh? Hope classes are going well… and you weigh less than I do!! Make sure you’re getting plenty of organic ice cream… I hear it’s especially healthy! 🙂 I try to eat like the cavemen did… they didn’t live long but they were strong! 🙂

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      • Joey says:

        Ha Ha still a wise guy are you :). I have been pretty much the same weight since high school. I figured if this running and LEO thing didn’t work, being a jockey would be an option :).. And you’re making that up about about eating like a Cavemen – I happen to know that Sweet potato fries were not there go to snack – it was french fries LOL.
        Stay cool Ms Texas !

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