Day 1 of my first Whole30

January 7, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Like I said in my last post, I’m not trying to have the most perfect Whole30 ever. I’m just focusing on the RULES, which are:

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The Whole9Life folks expand on this a little in this excerpt from their blog post entitled The Whole30 Program:


There are also all these “suggestions” like no smoothies (don’t drink your food), eat breakfast within one hour of waking, do not eat a few hours before bed, go easy on the bacon (if you can even find any with NO added sugar, which I haven’t been able to yet), etc. But I’m not worrying too much about the “suggestions” right now. I’m just trying to follow the basic rules to the letter.

After I got home from walking Mack to school this morning, I put together my breakfast (this was about two hours after I had woken up…I really don’t see how I can eat breakfast within an hour of waking up on school mornings…I’m not worrying about that right now…stop rambling about this).

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(1 piece of homemade breakfast sausage, 2 eggs fried in the pan after the sausage, 1 small tomato, 1/2 avocado, homemade paleo mayonnaise, blueberries, coffee with coconut milk)

Love the homemade breakfast sausage (recipe from Paleo Comfort Foods), but the mayo needs some work. I made it with 100% olive oil (and all I had was EVOO) instead of the half olive oil, half avocado oil that the recipe called for. Also, it’s too lemony. I did manage to find avocado oil today (they had it at both Rollin’ Oats and Fresh Market), so next time I’ll do the half and half thing, or use a lighter (in color) olive oil. I was pleasantly surprised that coffee with coconut milk was totally drinkable. I was really worried about coffee with no sweetener and no dairy, but I thought it was fine.

After breakfast and doing some things around the house (so much laundry to do after vacation…also most of our Christmas decorations are still up, ugh), I went on a ten mile bike ride.

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I am seriously out of shape after having been a slug for over a month. It felt good to shake off the cobwebs. After I got home and showered I made lunch.

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(salad of romaine lettuce, fresh spinach, bell pepper, roasted butternut squash, avocado, smoked salmon, 1 egg, celery, and Garlic Gold Balsamic vinaigrette)

I had to read the labels on every type of smoked salmon at Whole Foods, and the only one without any added sugar was this one, one of the Whole Foods brands:

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It was quite tasty also. I also double-checked to make sure that the salad dressing is Whole30 compliant, and it is.

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I actually have a question in to the Garlic Gold people asking exactly what is in their “Organic Italian Seasoning blend”, but in my extensive reading of the Whole9Life website and forums, I found that they generally say “spice blends” and the like are fine unless they specifically include one of the forbidden foods. I know that it is vegan and gluten free, so I think it’s fine. Plus, with only 2g of sugar per serving, it actually has less sugar than the compliant Balsamic vinegar that I have in my cabinet. The Whole30 makes you examine everything.

Like the Timeline post on the Whole9 blog led me to believe would be the case, day one went pretty smoothly. The only thing that I found myself wanting but couldn’t have was soda. My caffeine free Diet Coke consumption has been totally out of control lately. It just goes so well with carbs! Or with any food, for that matter. Several times today I thought, “I really want a Coke!” But instead, I kept this refilled and by my side all day.

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For dinner I made another Paleo Comfort Foods recipe, chicken breasts with mushroom sauce.

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The only thing non-Whole30 compliant in the recipe was some dry sherry. I left that out and instead subbed about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to give the sauce some acid. It turned out great! The chicken was amazing.

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I also made some roasted broccoli and warmed up some of the roasted butternut squash to go on the side.

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Everything was delicious and right now I feel stuffed. I think my portion was too large. But still compliant!

Now the kitchen is closed. Day one is complete if I can manage to make it to bed without eating anything, and based on the way I feel right now, that won’t be hard.

Besides eating paleo food, today consisted of laundry, chauffeuring the boys home from school and to karate, running by a couple of grocery stores looking for avocado oil, and who knows what else. I didn’t take pictures.