Whole 30 Challenge – 2016

I’m going to be starting my Whole 30 Challenge on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. This is where I’ll be recording my meals and progress.

(I did one Whole 30 successfully, back in 2013. Here’s my Whole 30 food log from that time.)

whole 30 day 1

Day 1

Today was the first day of my Whole 30. We returned from a 3-day trip late last night so I wasn’t completely prepared mentally, but I dove in. Sooner started, sooner finished. Right?

I headed to Sprouts to grab some fresh fruits and vegetables and a few key Whole 30 ingredients, like coconut chips, cashews, Safe Eggs, and Pellegrino. You can watch my periscope of my shopping haul here.

We spent the afternoon with my brother and sister-in-law, first at their hotel’s pool and later at our house for dinner. It was hard not to eat the same as everyone else, but I managed. Sooner started, sooner finished, right?

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs with Spinach, Onion, Bell Pepper, and Mushrooms

Lunch: Spinach Salad with Chicken, Avocado, Strawberries, Grapefruit, and Almonds; Pellegrino and Lime

Dinner: Chicken with Jamie’s Spice Mix, Cauliflower Rice, Roasted Green Beans, Avocado; Pellegrino and Lime; Strawberries; Decaf Coconut Latte

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Day 2

I’m hanging on. Woke up with a headache. Drank a lot of water. Ate too much food probably. I didn’t lose weight the last time I did this, so I’m trying not to eat too big of portions. I’m afraid of being hungry later, honestly.

We spent the afternoon hanging with my brother and his family. FishPapa took our eldest out for Dinner with Dad, so I let the other kids just make plates from leftovers and whatever they could rummage in the fridge for dinner. That’s what I did, too.

Breakfast (pictured): Aidell’s Chicken and Apple Sausage, Zucchini and Sweet Potato Hash, Avocado, Koops Mustard, Decaf Coconut Latte

Lunch: Chipotle salad of chicken, veggies, lettuce, guacamole, and salsa. Pellegrino and Lime.

Technically I broke the rules by ordering the chicken at Chipotle. I forgot to check about the oil, and yes, it’s rice bran oil. I’m not going to sweat it.

Dinner: Leftover Chicken with Jamie’s Spice Mix, Cauliflower Rice, Roasted Green Beans, Sauteed Peppers, Onions, and Mushrooms, Avocado; Pellegrino and Lime; handful of almonds.

Whole 30 Day 3

Day 3

I took the littles to Chuck E. Cheese’s today. It was a rainy day and the girls had never been there. It was also a good excuse not to make pizza on a Friday night. We cruised through the grocery store on our way back to the house, so I was starving by the time I got home.

The day went fine, but I really missed my Friday night rituals: wine, pizza, popcorn. Only three more Fridays to go! 😉

Breakfast: Fried Egg, Aidell’s Chicken and Apple Sausage, Zucchini and Sweet Potato Hash, Avocado, Green Tea

Lunch: Turkey Patty, Sweet Potato Fries, Lettuce, Tomato, Homemade Mayo, Koops Mustard

Dinner: Hearty Gluten-free Meatballs, Spaghetti Squash, Green Beans, Monkey Salad

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Day 4

Food is not very fun this weekend. I’m so bored….

Breakfast: Fried Eggs, Zucchini and Sweet Potato Hash, Avocado, Decaf Coconut Latte

Lunch: Turkey Patty, Sweet Potato Fries (recipe coming next week), Salad with Paleo Ranch Dressing. I made my regular ranch dressing but used coconut milk instead of the buttermilk. There was a slight coconut flavor, but it wasn’t bad. Felt like a triumph!

Dinner: Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker (recipe coming next week), Green Beans

After dinner I went to Sprouts for more sparkling water and Larabars. I also found amazingly large strawberries on sale. Forgot to get eggs, though. Ugh.

avocado rose

Day 5

Food continues to be not so fun. I’m eating for survival and it seems really hard to get excited about another meal. Did I mention that my FRENCH friend Jenny suggested I do this. I can’t even believe it. Of all people, she should have warned me not to, but no. She raved about it. Sigh. I think I’m the one who told her about it in the first place…. Sigh again.

Regardless, I tried to liven things up with an avocado rose this morning. That was kinda fun.

Breakfast: Last of the Zucchini and Sweet Potato Hash, an Aidell Sausage, Avocado, and very large strawberry. I saved three berries for myself from the kids but only ended up eating one. I’m trying not to overdo.

Lunch: Chicken Salad with Celery and Raisins on a bed of butter lettuce. It wasn’t very exciting, unfortunately. Eating to live at this point.

Dinner: Typical weird looking Whole 30 meal – Shrimp Scampi (made with ghee), Leftover sweet potato fries, leftover spaghetti squash, steamed broccoli, a bit of avocado.

I’m not hungry, but I want to end the day with something sweet. Will probably just have fake Pellegrino and lime…

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Day 6

Today was a busy school day. Nice distraction from food. I decided it was better to just focus on nutrients and not overeating.

Breakfast: Aidell Sausage, Spinach with Mushrooms and Peppers, Avocado, Coconut Latte

Lunch: Leftover Chicken Salad, half a Larabar

Dinner: Leftover Spaghetti Squash and Turkey Bolognese, Green Beans

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Day 7

End of week 1. Yay! I’m feeling better about my meals. Trying to be creative and find some fun things.

Breakfast: Egg Scramble with Prosciutto, Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms, and Spinach, Full Caf Coconut Latte

Lunch: Italian Salad with Prosciutto, Peppers, Onions, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Artichoke Hearts, and Black Olives

Dinner: Taco Bowl with Potatoes, Turkey Taco Meat, Lettuce, Pico de Gallo, Olives, Guacamole

nicoise salad wraps GCE

Day 8

I’m hanging on! I had another fun experience in the recipe development department. Finding clever ways to eat this way that wouldn’t seem weird to someone not eating this way is one of my small pleasures this month.

Date night was hard. Usually we go out for beer (for him), wine (for me), wings, and pizza. Not this month. Chipotle was cheap, easy, and doable, without having to plague a waiter about ingredients.

Hanging on, hanging on.

Breakfast: Aidell’s Chicken and Apple Sausage, Roast Veggies (from the freezer; note: they soften a lot upon freezing. cook al dente next time)

Lunch: Nicoise Salad Wraps! So good!

Dinner: Chipotle Salad with lettuce, carnitas, mild salsa, and guacamole.

Fajita Burger GCE

Day 9

Only 21 days to go! Yay. I’m not particularly enjoying this, but I’m not dying either, so that’s good. Again, when I make something creative and yummy, it’s easier. Like those Fajita Burgers. Recipe coming soon!

Breakfast: Two fried eggs, hash made of sweet potato, mushrooms, leeks, and peppers

Lunch: Fajita Burger (no bun), carrots, guacamole

Dinner: Surf and Turf – an burger patty, sauteed shrimp, leftover hash from this morning, and a green salad with vinaigrette

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Day 10

School kept us busy today. I ate. I’m fine. Trying to limit my potatoes, but those oven fries were amazing.

Breakfast: Aidell’s Chicken Sausage, Home fries, green beans, fajita veg

Lunch: Lemon Chicken, Cauliflower Rice, Fajita Veg, Green Beans

Dinner: Dijon Pork Tenderloin, Broccoli, Oven Fries

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Day 11

It was a busy work day, so I didn’t fret about making food. Just grabbed what I could eat that was quick. I’m getting tired of protein, but I’m making myself eat some.

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Leftover Broccoli and Fajita Veg

Lunch: Leftover Pork Tenderloin, Vegetable Soup

Dinner: Spinach Salad with Chicken, Grapefruit, Strawberries, Red Onion, and Almonds

Day 12

Breakfast: Skillet Eggs

Lunch: INO Double patty with lettuce and tomato, brought it home and added an avocado.

Veggie Chips for a snack. Total cheat, but I don’t care.

Dinner: Chicken with Caesar Salad

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Day 13

Breakfast: (pre-yoga) Monkey Salad; (post-yoga) Aidell’s Chicken Sausage and Veggie Chips

Lunch: Spinach Salad with Chicken, Avocado, Apples, Almonds, and Scallions with Homemade Vinaigrette

Dinner: Grilled Fish, Oven Fries, Steamed Carrots and Green Beans

Day 14

Breakfast: Fried Egg, Aidell’s Chicken Sausage, Leftover Oven Fries made into hash with onions, mushrooms, and spinach

Lunch: Leftover Grilled Fish and Steamed Vegetables, 1/4 avocado. 1/2 Larabar

Dinner: Taco Salad Wraps: lettuce, turkey taco meat, homemade pico de gallo, avocado, plantain chips

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Day 15

Breakfast: Chicken Sausage, Uncured Bacon, Leftover Oven Fries made into hash with onion, pepper, and spinach. Coconut Latte

Lunch: Shrimp and Vegetable Stir-fry

Dinner: Chipotle Salad with Carnitas, salsa, and guacamole (date night!)

Day 16

Breakfast: Zucchini and Sweet Potato Hash with a fried egg and a chicken sausage

Lunch: Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Avocado, Tomato, and Italian Vinaigrette

Dinner: Hearty GF Meatballs with Red Sauce, Cauliflower Rice, and Green Beans

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Day 17

Breakfast: Aidell’s Chicken Sausage and Leftover Zucchini-Sweet Potato Hash

Lunch: LO Meatballs, Cauliflower Rice, and Green Beans

Dinner: Grilled Tri-tip, Brussels Sprouts with Mushrooms and Bacon, Oven Fries, Avocado and Plantain Chips

Day 18

Breakfast: Aidell’s Chicken Sausage and Leftover Zucchini-Sweet Potato Hash, Avocado

Lunch: Spinach Salad with Leftover Brussels Sprouts and Oven Fries

Dinner: Grilled Turkey Patty with Bacon, Tomato, and Pickle; Cantaloupe; Homemade Cole slaw

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Day 19

Breakfast: Aidell’s Chicken Sausage and Leftover Zucchini-Sweet Potato Hash

Lunch: Shrimp and Vegetable Stirfry (recipe coming soon); Avocado and Plantain Chips

Dinner: Chipotle salad of carnitas, lettuce, salsa, and guac

Day 20

Breakfast: Fried eggs, leftover vegetables and power greens, green tea.

Lunch: Avocado and Plantain Chips, Cajun Chicken, LO Coleslaw

Dinner: Grilled Tri-Tip Steak with Herbed Seasoning Mix, Hashbrowns, Broccoli

Day 21

Breakfast: Aidell’s Chicken Sausage, Soggy Roasted Veggies from the freezer, avocado, green tea

Lunch: Spinach Salad with LO Steak

Dinner: Grilled Fish, Oven Fries, Cole slaw, Melon

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Day 22

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs with Peppers, Mushrooms, and Scallions

Lunch: Spinach Salad with LO Fish, Avocado, Tomato

Dinner: Taco Salad with Ground Beef, Avocado, Tomato, Scallion, and Hot Sauce

Day 23

Can you tell that I’m losing steam? I had my physical yesterday and had a great talk with my new GP. She’s going to run some tests, but thinks that my muscle twitching and hand pain is still my thyroid not yet calmed down. And since this diet is helping NONE OF THE ABOVE, it’s a little hard to keep going.

But, I’m going to keep up through next Thursday, out of principal, but I won’t be doing the traditional reentry phase and string things out for another two weeks. I’ve got parties to enjoy and the FishMama Trifecta: Mother’s Day, my anniversary, and my birthday. So, it will be done next Thursday night.

Today I went to Legoland with the kids for a press event. None of the free food they provided fit Whole 30 or appealed to the kids, so we spent a small fortune at a restaurant that had very slim pickings for Whole 30. Tonight’s date night, where I will also have slim picking. Whine. whine. grumble. grumble.

Breakfast: Hashbrowns, Fried Egg, Power Greens

Lunch: Chicken Breast, Fries, Larabar

Dinner: Chipotle Salad with Carnitas, Lettuce, Salsa, and Guacamole

Day 24

Stomach bug?

Breakfast: skipped

Lunch: LO Taco Meat in a salad with lettuce, avocado, tomato, and hot sauce

Dinner: Grilled Dijon Pork Tenderloin, Salad, Potatoes, Carrots

Day 25

Had a stomach bug for the last two days. Was totally bummed not to lean on my regular yogurt, rice, and homemade electrolyte drink. Instead, skipped a meal.

No Breakfast

Lunch: LO Taco meat, Cauliflower Rice, LO Carrots

Dinner: Turkey Patty with Bacon on a Salad of Baby Greens and Tomato

Day 26

Stomach is still bothering me.

Breakfast: Hash of Potatoes, Sausage, and Spinach, Fried Egg

Lunch: nothing much: roast beef, carrots, guacamole

Dinner: Grilled Fish, Vegetables

Day 27

Breakfast: Monkey Salad

Lunch: Salad with Chicken

Dinner: Hash with Sausage and Egg

Day 28

Breakfast: Sweet Potato and Zucchini Hash, Sausage, Bacon

Lunch: Salad with Turkey, Melon

Dinner: Sweet Potato and Zucchini Hash with Taco Meat, Salsa, and Guac

Day 29

Breakfast: Sweet Potato and Zucchini Hash, 2 fried eggs

Lunch: Salad with Turkey and Avocado; Larabar

Dinner: Vegetable StirFry with Best Ever Pulled Pork

Day 30

Breakfast: Sweet Potato and Zucchini Hash, Chicken and Apple Sausage

Lunch: Salad with Turkey and Avocado

Dinner: Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Bowl from Bushfire Kitchen