Whole30: Day One
Day One started
I woke up early to give myself ample time to fix breakfast, whereas before it took all of 30 seconds to pour a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios and a glass of OJ. Granted, it only took about ten minutes to fix breakfast Whole30 style. I was also anxious to try this Green Eggs recipe. The eggs were a vibrant green color and it easily incorporated healthy greens into our breakfast so I was hoping this could be a staple for the next month.
So they look pretty cool, but O.M.W. they were absolutely disgusting. The original recipe calls for one kale leaf per egg, stem and all, with nearly zero seasoning. I really tried to eat them, but they were just like eating grass.
I decided I would try it again but with the following modifications.
First, I would remove the leaves from the stem. Second, I would add more salt and pepper, a garlic glove, and maybe a sprinky dink of onion powder. I’m also going to have a back-up breakfast if it fails because this disaster threw off the rest of my day. Although my husband ate all his (he’s the family goat) he says he agreed with my modifications and asked me to not make it the original way ever again 😉
After our failure of a breakfast I felt a little defeated, and the pancakes in the freezer were tempting me with their seductive selves. So I grabbed a banana and ate it while I looked at the pancakes longingly. The banana was not filling enough so I ate a handful of dates. I’ve never had dates before, but they are absolutely delicious. I know the Whole30 calls for a limited amount of dried fruits, but after my green eggs failure it was all I could do to not just give up entirely…and it wasn’t even noon yet!
Now on with the all important part of a complete breakfast…COFFEE. Luckily we get our coffee from a local roaster, bike delivered to our front door in fact! I don’t think you could make their coffee bad. We, of course, made it black (no dairy or sweeteners on Whole30!) and it was not only palatable but super tasty! Like, I might even drink it black beyond the Whole30.
It was getting close to noon and I forgot we ate all our leftover chicken the night before, so I quickly thawed out a couple of chicken breasts in the microwave. Then seasoned them with plenty of S&P, garlic and onion powder and grilled them on my cast iron grill pan until they got a nice crust on each side then finished them in a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes, until my meat thermometer read 165 degrees.
I then took a big bowl and mixed up a heart of romaine with a kale greens mix and whipped up this delicious apple cider vinaigrette, sans honey. I also doubled the salad dressing recipe and kept it in a squeeze bottle for the rest of the week. It’s quite possibly the best salad dressing ever. I could eat spoonfuls of it just by itself. It’s a got a tang that makes you crave more…kind of like hot wings.
I sort of have this ‘Lunch Matrix’ I made up, and I’ll share it on another day, but lunch every day is some sort of salad with various toppings or dressings. After our breakfast flop, needless to say, we gobbled our salads down. Aren’t they pretty?
Prior to the Whole30, I got in a really bad habit that after lunch and dinner I wanted something sweet. So this first day was way harder than I expected to not just grab a handful of chocolate chips or granola bar or a small scoop of ice cream..or just something with sweets! Embarrassingly, the rest of the day all I could think about was carbs. A piece of toast with blackberry jelly, or some crackers and cheese, really the list goes on and on. It made me moody and I snacked on stuff a lot more than I probably needed to even count as Whole30. Whole30 wants you focus on big, nutrient-dense meals 3 times a day with minimal snacking in between. Let’s just say I failed that.
Between noon and dinner, I had a whole apple with a couple of tablespoons of almond butter, another handful of dates, and a few cashews. I also chugged a bunch of water.
Hubby, messaged me and even said how hungry he was. He also had to do his Crossfit (We call it his Capitan America Training) after work. We originally were going to have a pretty simple and light dinner, but seeing as we were both light-headed feeling and having grumbly tummies, I switched dinners to one more filling.
So Quick Skillet Steak with Onions and Mushrooms to the rescue! We had that with a side of roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes with ghee and cinnamon. It was so filling and great way to end our day. Even the kids loved it! The broccoli was so tasty, and reminded me of a good salty chip. I cooked them at 400 degrees for 20 minutes with S&P and garlic powder. Be sure to use fresh broccoli, it makes a huge difference! We also baked a bunch of sweet potatoes for the rest of the week for when we need a quick carb before workouts or when we get those late afternoon cravings. It takes just as long to roast 8 potatoes as it did 4. So we only have to heat up the kitchen once. We coated the sweet potatoes with melted coconut oil and it infused so much flavor into the potato that it really didn’t need anything else but we wanted it. The cinnamon and ghee added a dessert sort of feel ❤
So something I noticed yesterday was that I would used to eat little handfuls of carbs all day when getting my kids snacks or meals. For instance, Princess wanted some goldfish and as I was scooping some into a cup for her I grabbed a handful to eat myself and as I was about to put them in my mouth I stopped myself. It was like I was on autopilot. It definitely made me stop and wonder how many other times a day I was grabbing handfuls of stuff even though I wasn’t really hungry just because I already had the food out for someone else in my family.
But yes, I really missed carbs yesterday. I even dreamed about them last night! It sounds super pathetic, I know, but it’s the truth. So if someone else reading this feels like no one else in the world could possibly love carbs as much as they do…I’m hear to tell you, you’re wrong. You’re not nearly as pathetic as someone who dreamed about stuffing their face with cake and feeling guilty about it when they woke up 😉 Do dream foods count by the way? I hope not.
So that was basically it! On to day two!