Whole 30: Week 1

I made it, y'all! Despite major cravings for Trader Joe's pretzel bread, apple slices with chunky peanut butter, and chocolate, Whole 30 week 1 is down and done!

Though initially I tried to document each of my meals, I quickly lost track. In short, my meal prep game was only semi on-point. Halfway through the week I ran low on my pre-prepared baked chicken and vegetables, and started eating an amalgam of whatever was in front of me and Whole 30 approved. As a result, a lot of my meals consisted of Cashew Cookie Lara Bars, smoked salmon, bananas, plantain chips, and/or fruit. Not really the most healthy approach, but the experience highlighted how important it is for me to properly map out my meal prep for the upcoming week.

Below are a few general questions I've answered and if you're doing Whole 30, too, feel free to answer as well in the comments below!

How do you feel?
I feel pretty great! Despite not really having my meal-prepping 100% together, I feel as though the smaller meals that have excluded grains, dairy, etc., make my body feel a lot more energized. I also physically look a lot less bloated, which is a plus!

What did you eat?
This week I only semi meal prepped. For lunch/dinner, I made baked chicken, oven roasted red potatoes,  and green beans. For breakfast, I prepped banana coconut chia seed pudding (without the vanilla extract/maple syrup) or had a Whole 30 compliant LaraBar with fruit. Throughout the week I also ate smoked salmon, apple sauce, plantain chips, so much fruit, and had a few smoothies.

Something you plan on trying?
Exercise! I'm ready to incorporate some consistent workouts into my schedule.

What has been the most difficult part of Whole 30 so far?
The cravings! I work 6 days a week and so sometimes I just want to come home and have a glass of red wine, but alas...I also really want to weigh myself! The batteries in my scale conveniently died, otherwise I would have definitely cheated and done it already!

What has been the best part of Whole 30 so far?
Completing week 1 helped me to realize that I'm an all or nothing type of person -- either I'm sticking true to a number of restrictions or binge-eating pizza. And while I already knew that I was an emotional eater, having restrictions has made me so much more aware of it! Acknowledging these eating behaviors is really important and will help me think through my food choices in the future.  

Favorite meal/snack?
Smoked salmon, y'all. High in sodium, but absolutely delicious. ;-)

See you next week! x