So when I first drafted this post I started it with, “Well, we survived week one of the Whole 30,” but after a 5 hour visit to the Emergency Room, I think that statement is debatable. About 4:30 today Carl called me at work to tell him he was dying and I needed to come take him to the ER. Now, that’s not the first time he’s told me he’s dying, but he was definitely not ok so I came and got him. The result of our visit is he has a 4mm kidney stone. They’ve given him some medicine and said it’ll take 1-7 days to pass. Fingers crossed it’s very soon.
Interesting fact, the nurses said the Whole 30 probably contributed to his kidney stone. They said the stone was already there and the dramatic increase in his water intake probably knocked it loose. I’m not sure how he feels about that just yet, but he’s very happy for his pain medicine.
Despite the surprising turn of events, I still wanted to share what we ate the first week of the Whole 30 and how we’re feeling right now.
How Carl handled the first week
(Note: He gave me this information yesterday, pre-kidney stone drama.) The first day was easy. I drank a gallon of water and peed a lot. Day two was harder and I felt the need to snack a lot more. Temptation was definitely worse on day two and three. The rest of the week I was off work. The meals I ate the rest of the week felt monotonous even though they weren’t, I just felt like I needed a change. Like I needed bread or dairy or something super sugary and sweet. So far I don’t regret it. I feel like I’ve lost a lot of water weight.
- More energetic
- All around lighter, not heavy after eating
- Skin has been clearer this past week
- Not a lot of change except a little clearer in the head
- Felt a little bit of temptation
How I handled the first week
Not gonna lie, I 100% regret committing to the Whole 30. I really enjoy that I’m cooking more, and I’m glad it’s making our eating habits much better, but I absolutely hate the fact that if I cheat once the whole thing is considered a failure. Considering we’re doing this to clean up our diet and not to have a dramatic weight loss or health realization, I hate that we can’t have one “cheat” meal a week.
I know we needed this “all or nothing” commitment to force us to truly focus on changing our habits, but the mental challenge of it is far harder than I expected. I wish we had switched to non-processed food at home a certain number of days a week before quitting a million things cold turkey. Also, the meal prep is very hard. Mostly because I have to feed Carl and I and he has an unusual eating schedule because of work. Plus, going from eating out often to having to prepare literally everything is more work than I’m used to. I do enjoy that I’m learning a lot of new recipes, and I’ve enjoyed eating most of them, but figuring out portion sizes and preparing it all is taxing.
I expected to have a lot of physical withdrawal from soda and sugar, but surprisingly I haven’t dealt with many issues. I haven’t seen a lot of results that are incredibly positive like Carl has, but I’m just relieved to not have had to deal with terrible caffeine headaches. Here’s a quick overview of how I’m feeling.
- Tired. Like, really really tired. I want to sleep all the hours. I think this is because I started the Whole 30 right after a stomach bug and then started my period. The loss of soda and sugar just added to it.
- My skin is actually worse than it’s been in the past year or two. I don’t know if that’s from that time of the month or something fancy like toxins leaving my skin, but I don’t like it.
- I do feel satisfied but not heavy after meals.
- My pants are starting to fit better. I put on a pair of pants that have been snug the past few months and didn’t feel like a sausage.
- I hate everything. I’d punch a baby and steal its candy with no remorse. Not really, but you get my point.
- I’d do terrible things for a soda.
- Like I said, the preparation is rough. I had a bit of a meltdown on Friday and Carl is going to start helping me cook. Though he made that promise prior to his kidney drama, so we’ll see.
Now that I’ve complained way more than I probably should, here’s what we ate the past week. Also, all these pictures were taken with my phone to send to Kristin, so they aren’t that pretty. Oops.
I ate a banana with almond butter for breakfast on the mornings I worked. It was something I could grab and go easily. I felt very satisfied after eating it and wasn’t starving at lunch time like I use to be. If I wasn’t feeling a banana I would just eat a Larabar. It didn’t make me feel as full, but it worked and was easy.
On the weekend we ate chicken apple sausage, sweet peppers and eggs. I heated the peppers and sausage in a pan with coconut oil and then either made them into an omelette or with a sunny side up egg. The sunny side egg tasted best in our opinion, the runniness of the egg blended everything together well. I liked this meal because it could be done a variety of ways and not really feel like the same meal.
I made a cucumber and pineapple salsa that was delicious. I added it on top of the chicken I prepped at the beginning of the week and used a romaine leaf as a makeshift taco shell. It wasn’t the same, but it was good. Sadly, I wish I had greek yogurt to use as sour cream. I still ate it again for lunch another day and I’ll keep making it.
I found a Trader Joe’s salad dressing that is Whole 30 and used it in a chicken, strawberry and egg salad. It was way more satisfying that I expected it to be. I would totally eat it again, but it’s something I need to be in the mood for.
The chicken, lemon asparagus and fruit is the best meal I’ve made so far according to Carl. It was the chicken I prepped the first day, lemon zest asparagus and fruit I cut up and combined into snack sizes. Prepping the whole chicken on the first day was definitely the best thing I did our first week.
The cauliflower I made as disgusting. Carl liked it and I just apparently don’t like cauliflower. It was tossed in some spices and roasted. Not a fan. I’ll try cauliflower again as a mashed potato recipe eventually though.
Saturday I made ground turkey, zucchini and onion stuffed bell peppers. It was good, but could have definitely used some cheese and sour cream. Though many things in life are better with cheese and sour cream. Either way it was still edible. I made more filling than bell peppers, so I just ate the leftover filling for lunch today.
Not pictured & lessons learned
I made mustard glazed pork chops that were good. I also bought dried (no sugar added) fruit and combined it into portioned sized servings for snacks. I also made portioned sized servings of fruit that are grab and go. Carl really likes the super sweet small peppers Trader Joe’s has, so I bought a lot and put them into snack sized portions.
Overall, preparation is the key to success. As is having someone you can talk to about the experience and understands. If I didn’t have Kristin doing this with me and willing to listen to all of my rage texts, I wouldn’t have survived week one. Having Carl in this with me too has been helpful. Knowing someone is depending on me to cook Whole 30 food was very motivating.
Could you do the Whole 30?