Whole 30, Day 1

 

Hubby and I are officially trying this Whole 30 thing - mainly because there needs to be less of us before the holidays start. We typically eat pretty well but we had our fun this summer and now our guts are starting to show it! (Shout out to all the viewers who like to point that out for me) And, I’ve also been told to start writing! So, I thought this would be the perfect thing to start writing about - hopefully it’ll help you too - or at the very least, make you laugh. In the interest of full disclosure, I’m allowing us morning coffee with sugar and milk, because we work some seriously wonky hours and coffee is necessary. 

 

 I'm allowing coffee because no one's day should start at 3 am and not involve caffeine and I can't drink the stuff without some milk & sugar.

I'm allowing coffee because no one's day should start at 3 am and not involve caffeine and I can't drink the stuff without some milk & sugar.

 

For anyone who is unfamiliar with the Whole 30 program, it’s essentially an anti-inflammatory style diet. You eliminate ALL the foods that people potentially have an issue with. That means, no sugar (not even honey!), alcohol, grains of any kinds (bye corn & quinoa!), legumes (which includes peanuts), and dairy (except eggs). For people who generally base meals off of "things that can be added to pasta or rice" - we’re in trouble! 

 Pasta and rice are mainstays in my home - not sure how I'm going to g a whole month without! 

Pasta and rice are mainstays in my home - not sure how I'm going to g a whole month without! 

 

I did however, declare myself a culinary genius last night when it occurred to me that it would be well within the rules to sweeten my butternut squash mash with unsweetened apple sauce. That was delicious and we will definitely be eating that again! 

 Unsweetened applesauce - my new favorite sweetener!

Unsweetened applesauce - my new favorite sweetener!

 

Today was a little tough as a colleague treated me to lunch. I got a salad and as SOON as I put the first bite in my mouth, it occurred to me that the dressing was FULL of sugar. My initial thought was that I had failed already - but then it occurred to me that this awareness of WHAT is in my food, is just as much what this program is about as anything else. I learned something - and that’s important too.  

 

 I have a networking event tonight too - that should also make it good and difficult to find something I’m allowed to eat. But life goes on - you can’t be a shut-in because you’re watching what you eat! I’ll keep you posted.

 

Whole 30, Day 1, 0 lbs. lost.

Breakfast: Seasoned potatoes and eggs, coffee (w/ milk & sugar)

Lunch: Panera Chicken Apple salad, no cheese, but dressing, an apple

Snack: leftover butternut squash mash, toasted almonds

Dinner: 3 Roast chicken wings, grilled vegetables