Alright.I decided to follow the Whole30 plan after reading It Starts With Food.
Then, I went grocery shopping. Despite my struggles with the temptations and overwhelming emotions at the store, I ended up with some good, quality food.
So what am I actually eating?
Sunday night, I spent 3 (yes, three!) hours prepping and cooking meals:
Breakfast “scramble” – ground turkey, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpin pie spice.
Egg Bake – ground turkey, peppers and onions
Chopped Chicken with peppers, onions and leeks
Ground Beef with peppers, onions and tomatoes
So. Much. Food.
The challenge has been managing the food. Without a doubt. Making sure I’m eating enough, staying full, but letting my body run through its natural processes of managing blood sugar, then staying satiated, getting hungry, releasing glucose, and eating again. It’s been really difficult to change my habits – which were eating (munching, grazing) whenever I had the SLIGHTEST pang of hunger…. now I’m letting myself FEEL hungry and eating when my body gives me the true “time to eat” signal.
The foods I’m choosing to include during my Whole30 Challenge –
Meat – fish, chicken, beef
Eggs – cooked all different ways
Vegetables – more, more and more!
Fruit – 2-3 servings/day
Healthy Fats – olive oil, olives, avocados, real butter
Water – lots of water; lots of tea
So what does a typical “meal” look like? Well, I’ve been fortunate enough to have the variety and freedom to pick whatever I feel like eating (from the above-listed food items), and I usually have a protein, a few different veggies, some healthy fat, and maybe a serving of fruit.
Ground beef + veggies, green beans and cauliflower
Fruit, turkey/apple mix, hard-boiled egg
Salad (w/ oil/vinegar), Chili (w/ beef and veggies)
Peach, Salmon Salad w/ tomatoes, oil/vinegar
Salad, Salmon, Sweet-Potato (my favorite thus far!)
Steak and egg, green beans, cauliflower
I’ve really REALLY enjoyed most of the meals.
Although changing my eating habits has been a challenge, the actual food and meal-prep has been mostly good. Yes – it takes extra time to plan meals, plan for food, cook the meat and veggies. But YES – it also tastes good and makes my body feel really good. And… I know I’m making a positive change.
(As a reminder, I am not a medical professional and cannot recommend or advise for any changes to your diet or exercise plan!)
In the next few days, I’ll recap my first few days following the Whole30 plan and tell you all about this horrible “carb-detox” I’ve been going through!