Ain’t no thang but a chicken wang… Week one was a breeze in the Hannah home and it was capped off by noshing on the best Buffalo wings I’ve ever made and ever had! Thinking about doing one yourself? Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Periscope (you log on via Twitter and can follow me @PopularPaleo!) to see how we’re taking things day by day. Lots of food, lots of ideas… and I’m happy to help you guys navigate any challenges you might be facing like recipe ruts, meal planning, and navigating real life while on an elimination diet. It ain’t easy, but it IS do-able with the right tools in your toolbox.
So almost two years ago (sheesh! It’s been that long!) I attempted my first Whole30, but wasn’t able to complete it. You can read about that fiasco here if you’re ever curious… I have wanted to get back at it again for a while now since I’m a huge fan of what the program stands for: there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to diet; use Whole30 to learn how your body works and then eat accordingly. Sounds pretty great, right?
The best part about this second round is that my super reluctant husband is joining me. That’s right… Three years of sitting on the side lines and he’s finally all in! See, I have one of those households where my fam eats my food no problem, but when they’re on their own, they really do as they wish (with the exception of my daughter who has Hashimoto’s as well and generally minds her P’s and Q’s in the food department). Having my husband on board is exciting for me, but it’s also doubling the work. I’m surviving though thanks to great food and some tough decisions that just had to be made. Sometimes we just gotta put our big girl panties on and get it done.
Here are the highlights (and lowlights) from our first week on Whole30:
Week One Non-Scale Victory
So I’m not exactly proud of this, but I’ve noticed lately that at the end of the day I really really just want a drink. A glass or three of wine, a bit of great tequila on the rocks with lime, whatever… it’s just perfect at the end of a long day. Problem is, and I really hate this, alcohol and me do not agree. I get inflamed almost immediately when drinking. It sucks.
Because alcohol in any form is not allowed on Whole30, surprisingly the hardest challenge for me isn’t avoiding sweets or skipping the half and half in my coffee, it’s not having a glass of wine at the end of the day. Instead, I’ve been relying on a friend of mine to almost physically drag my butt out of the house to go for a long walk pushing my 5-year-old up and down hills most nights. Which leads me to my non-scale victory for week one. On day three something weird happened and I actually started to crave the walk instead of the tequila. Instead of driving home from work, dreading that I was going to have immediately walk in the door, make dinner, clean the kitchen, change into work out clothes, and then huff my kid up a hill, I actually was looking forward to it!
While most people gauge the success of a diet by inches around the waist (and that’s cool too), I love that the Whole30 shows us just how much our whole life is benefitted by following the program rules. Cheers to non-scale victories!
Let’s celebrate together! Doing a Whole30 too? Tell everyone your non-scale victory in the comments below!
One success leads to another and cleaning up my diet along with forcing myself to move when I’d rather be sipping a glass of wine on the patio or laying on the couch watching The Mind of a Chef is a big win for me this week.
The high of the week
I feel incredible! Pants that I tried to wear last week and couldn’t are fitting great already this week! I feel like my blood sugar is more stable and I love that I’m forcing myself to eat more vegetables. I have been really lagging in preparing quality meals having just come off of a really crazy month of travel and work deadlines, which followed a nutty month of moving, kids getting out of school, and even more deadlines… I needed to refocus, get back in the kitchen, and press reset on my own Paleo practice.
You know how it’s said that there’s no perfect time to have a baby or take time off to travel, etc.? I’m pretty sure that the same could be said for Whole30. August is filled with life — everything that would get in the way with an ideal time to do one. I couldn’t envision fitting ONEMORETHING into our life and yet I’ve managed to carve out time for meal prep by getting up a half hour earlier in the morning and cutting back on social stuff in the evenings and weekends. It’s a sacrifice that is paying dividends and I’m looking forward to next week like… Like I’ll be looking forward to that tequila on the rocks come Day 31 😉
The low of the week
Dude. Dishes. Whole30 means no short cuts. Most everything is scratch made and my dishwasher is on overdrive as a result. It’s not awesome. I’m waking up earlier just to cook. I have to forego normal social stuff on evenings and weekends in order to reduce stress and ensure I can get enough sleep. We can’t go out to eat cause it’s just not worth it. And no booze. I could complain more, but I think you get it. Transition sucks. Sacrifice sucks. But if I had to pick just one, it’d be the damn dishes.
Thankfully Whole30 eating isn’t a new thing to me. In fact, The Frugal Paleo Cookbook inadvertently ended up being quite compliant with Whole30. Back when I wrote it, I was far more disciplined than I’ve been in the last six months, so our typical meals were much like how we’re eating now. It’s quite refreshing to be “back to normal.”
Oh man… this was such a low. My chicken hung out on the “keep warm” setting for way too long (e.g. I didn’t heed my own warning from my Crock Pot Chicken recipe). I was really crunched for time that morning and just threw some sliced beets and vinegar in a container, sliced some strawberries, grabbed a sparkling water and called it lunch.
I tried to gussy up the chicken by adding lemon wedges and fresh basil, but there was no saving how dry it was. Later that night I chopped up the chicken and mixed it with homemade mayo and extra seasoning for a quick chicken salad. Now that was definitely worth eating…
So that was our first week on Whole30. Now that we’re heading into our second week, I’m curious to see how the two compare. I’ll be writing another summary post about this time next week too, so stay close to hear how it goes!
Resources from this week:
- The Whole30 book
- Nourish cookbook
- The Frugal Paleo Cookbook
- A slow cooker
- LaCroix sparkling water
- Crock Pot Chicken recipe
- Taco Soup recipe
- Paleo Buffalo Wings recipe