Meals from My Whole 30 (2015)


I did a Whole 30 back in 2013. It was good, but hard. I’m going to try it again to get rid of my sugar cravings and get back some energy. My memory from my first Whole 30 is that I never felt better (except for the hip pain that food couldn’t cure).

I’ll be documenting my meals here as a way to keep myself accountable and encourage others contemplating a Whole 30. It’s always helpful to read other people’s experiences.

Here are some posts that may help you:

Curried Chicken and Apple Salad

Day 1

Breakfast: scrambled eggs with sautéed peppers, leeks, mushrooms, and asparagus; coffee with coconut milk; 3/4 orange

Lunch: Curried Chicken and Apple Salad (recipe coming later this week!)

Dinner: Grilled Salmon, Jessika’s Roast Vegetables, Avocado

Night cap: Coconut Latte

I was so busy today that I didn’t really notice being hungry. My husband and son felt some pangs. One realizes how nice snacks are; the other realizes how convenient bread is. Regardless, we ate really well. We even resisted the Chocolate Cake that FishChick8 baked.

I’m going to be in airports tomorrow for a day-long business trip. I’ve packed some meals. I even froze the chicken and guacamole (I bought individual tubs at Costco) so that they can serve as ice packs on the plane. The liquid rule is quite annoying when you’re trying to pack a meal and avoid airport junk. I also have not one, but three Larabars in my purse.

airport lunch

Day 2

I spent the day — and two meals — in airports, planes, and cars yesterday. So, my food was on the go and photographed by an iPhone 4 which is on its last legs.

But I ate well! I froze the chicken and guacamole packs overnight so they could act as my icepacks and pass TSA liquid rule.

Breakfast: hard cooked egg, crudite vegetables, coconut chips, cashews, black coffee

Lunch: Chicken with Jamie’s Spice Mix, Jessika’s Roast Vegetables, guacamole, olives, and 3/4 a Larabar

Dinner: leftover Salmon, steamed Cauliflower, Greens with Caesar Dressing, Larabar

I’m feeling tired of chicken….

Tuna Salad Wraps

Day 3

Breakfast: Skillet Eggs, Coconut Latte

Lunch: Tuna Salad Wraps

Dinner: Date night at a local organic restaurant. I called ahead to make sure the dressings were okay. I got my usual Chef’s Salad without the cheese. It was good. Usually with the cheese I have a glass of red wine. Without the cheese the craving wasn’t so strong.

Day 4

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs with Sautéed Mushrooms, Avocado, and Leeks

Post-Workout Snack: guacamole and carrots

Lunch: Chicken Salad Wraps – I didn’t have grapes so I used raisins and topped it with avocado. Really yummy!

Dinner: Grilled Burger Patties, Salad, Jessika’s Roast Vegetables

Taco Salad

Day 5

Breakfast: Monkey Salad, Coconut Latte, Scrambled Eggs, Guacamole

Lunch: Taco Salad with Taco Meat, Shredded Cabbage, Olives, Tomatoes, Almonds, and Avocado

Dinner: Sautéed Chicken Sausage with Roast Vegetables and Kale

Day 6

Breakfast: Skillet Eggs, Coconut Latte

Lunch: Sauteed Chicken Sausage and Vegetables, Guacamole and Carrots

Dinner: Grilled Salmon, Mashed Potatoes, Caesar Salad (no croutons or cheese)

Day 7

Breakfast: Skillet Eggs, Coconut Latte

Lunch: Sautéed Chicken and Vegetables, Guacamole and Carrots

Dinner: Meatballs and Red Sauce over Spaghetti Squash, Caesar Salad (no croutons or cheese)

Taco Wraps

Day 8

Breakfast: Home Fries and Scrambled Eggs, Coconut Latte

Lunch: Taco Wraps

Dinner: Sautéed Chicken, Steamed Veg with Ghee, Caesar Salad (no croutons or cheese)

Chicken Caesar Salad

Day 9

Breakfast: Skillet Eggs, Coconut Latte

Lunch: Chicken Caesar Salad (no croutons or cheese), Guacamole and Carrots

Dinner: Spicy Southwest Chicken (no soy sauce), Potatoes, Grilled Vegetables

Day 10

Breakfast: Skillet Eggs, Coconut Latte

Lunch: I don’t remember.

Dinner: Date night Salad

Chicken Proscuitto Salad Zizzi

Day 11

Breakfast: Skillet Eggs, Coconut Latte

Lunch: Chicken and Prosciutto Salad

Dinner: Grilled Fish, Hashbrowns, Cauliflower and Asparagus

Day 12

Breakfast: Fried Egg, Monkey Salad, Coconut Latte

Lunch: Chicken Sausage and Hashbrowns

Dinner: Meat Sauce over Spaghetti Squash, Green Beans


Day 13

Breakfast: Skillet Eggs, Coconut Latte

Lunch: Nicoise Salad

Dinner: Grilled Shrimp, Salad, and Potatoes

I am really not feeling alertness, good sleep, or a burst of energy. I really want to quit. Instead I cheated (but not really) with an aperitif of sparkling apple cider and a few all-natural potato chips. All the ingredients were legal and I just watched my portions. 🙂

Day 14

Breakfast: Home Fries and Scrambled Eggs, Coconut Latte

Lunch: Taco Salad

Dinner: Sauerkraut and Pork

Cooking is no longer fun. I know that I started this challenge in order to support my parents and help beat my cravings. At this moment, there’s no particular food that I’m just dying to have, but I’m failing to see the point of continuing.

I don’t have the energy that I should be feeling by now. Cooking a slightly different meal for myself is impeding my motivation to serve my family and feed my kids great meals. I don’t have pain or a particular problem to solve, and I don’t plan to eliminate anything longterm. I’ll see how I feel in the morning, but right now, I don’t really see the point of doing all 30 days.


  1. Good for you for planning so well while traveling!
    LaraBars are great convenience items, aren’t they??
    I have found that once I realize how good I feel without certain foods, it’s not terribly difficult to avoid them. I even passed on my sister’s birthday ice cream sundae this weekend. 🙂

  2. Kate says

    Hi Jessica,
    Day 10 for whole30. I am doing fine, so far, don’t seem to have any particular craving so that is excellent! I didn’t weigh myself before I started, had a general idea and I know this plan isn’t about weight loss but, I just don’t understand when a person has cut out sugar, grains, wine, dairy that there is no weight loss??? I weighed this morning justifying it by saying since I hadn’t at the beginning I would now and surely I would have lost a couple of pounds. It looks like I have lost nothing. Can you give me a pep talk around this. I am overweight by 50 pounds and if eating well doesn’t do it what will? I guess this is why they say don’t weigh.

    • Your comment didn’t disappear; it was just on a different post. You’re not losing it. Promise. 🙂

  3. Rachel says

    Did you stop or just haven’t updated in awhile?

    • For a number of reasons, we stopped. My parents have kept at it and are doing very well.

      • Rachel says

        Bummer. Sorry it didn’t work out better for you this time.

  4. Darla says

    What is monkey salad? (listed for breakfast)

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