Whole30 is here! While I’m not completely unprepared for this challenge, I’m still incredibly intimidated. It’s no secret that I’m addicted to candy and soda, and I go to McDonald’s so often than the employees start making my Sausage Egg McMuffin as soon as I walk in the door. Obviously I have more than one bad habit that’s going to be hard to curtail, but I’m willing to give it a try. And I know I’m not going to be perfect. That part doesn’t bother me so much. There are definitely going to be days where I don’t strictly adhere to the rules of Whole30, and there are also going to be days where I completely throw those rules out the window. I’ll explain more when the time comes. But for now I figured I’d start this diet and blogging journey by talking about my purpose for taking on Whole30. For me, I’m planning to use this program not so much as a pure elimination diet, but as an incentive to fill my plate with whole foods rather than my usual fare of Subway sandwiches, Cheez-Its, and Coca-Cola. I’ve been eating out a lot this year and I want to finally change things. My three major goals for the next 30 days are, 1) cook most of my meals (although this is daunting!), 2) figure out how to fit food prep into my schedule (I’ve been using “busy” as an excuse to grab nutritionally-deficient meals for too long), and 3) eat more protein and veggies (refined carbs have got to go). You might be surprised to discover that weight loss is not on that list. Not that I wouldn’t like to see the number on the scale go down a bit, but I don’t want that to be my main focus. At least not yet. First I’m going to clean up my diet and then tackle other health issues afterwards. On that note, here are my meals for day 1 of Whole30:
Breakfast – Banana (before running the Aloha 5K), scrambled eggs with diced vegetables (after the 5K)
Snack – Mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, and pistachios)
Lunch – Apple slices with almond butter (my second breakfast was so late that I skimped on lunch)
Dinner – Pre-packaged salad* with added homemade shredded garlic chicken, cashew cookie Larabar
*Note that the pre-packaged salad broke the Whole30 rules right out of the gate because it had cheese, dried cranberries, and some dressing that was sweeter than could possible be allowable. I’m not too worried about that, though, because in the end it was still a salad. It’s not like I went out and got a burger and fries or anything. I still call it a win! And I wasn’t about to let it go to waste just because I’d established October 1st as an arbitrary deadline. No salad left behind, I always say.