I explained my goals back here. Here’s the diary of my first week!
B – Courgette frittata and two smoked streaky rashers.
L – Two mustard-baked chicken thighs with roasted butternut squash.
D – Steak with sautéed bell pepper and scallion, and mashed carrots & butternut squash.
- Today has been fine so far, though I would have loved something sweet after dinner.
- I got the usual ‘what are you eating?!’ at lunch, but I’m used to that. Hopefully tomorrow will be better as leftover steak with red pepper & butternut squash will look a bit prettier and more colourful than today’s orange/brown gross looking lunch
- I got super hungry maybe an hour or two after lunch and I could just not shake it off. I shouldn’t have been as hungry as I was so soon after – still not sure of the exact cause although I suppose I may have needed more fats in my lunch? Tomorrow’s lunch is bigger so hopefully there won’t be a repeat!
B – A piece of courgette frittata and a leftover chicken thigh from yesterday.
L – Leftover steak with sautéed bell pepper and scallion with roasted butternut squash and spinach.
D – Two small pieces of cod baked with olive oil, chili and lemon with mashed carrots and butternut squash.
After dinner (eep) – Some roasted sweet potato and a little cold chicken.
- Today was like super tough. I felt so hungry between meals despite having loads of fats and protein. I couldn’t figure it out at all until I realised that my period is due in the next day or so. I was like, oh. So that’s why I had some sweet potato and chicken tonight after dinner – I just felt so hungry and I know I need the extra energy this time of the month.
- Also I found it incredibly hard to eat the chicken thigh this morning. I just found it so gross eating something so fatty at that hour of the morning?! Is this something I’ll adjust to? Time will tell.
- Totally moving away from the plan in Practical Paleo already! Her recipes are just so bland and unexciting to me. Like when I made the frittata I added way more herbs and seasoning than was suggested as I knew it would need it. Today I just added the chili to my cod, but tomorrow I think I’m supposed to be eating turkey with sage. I’m not going to last if I’m just eating plain meat with a bitta herbs! So it’s gonna be a turkey curry. Sorrynotsorry.
B – Roast sweet potato and a chicken thigh.
L – Leftover cod and puréed carrot & butternut squash and spinach.
D – Turkey curry with tomato on the side.
- Today I was much less hungry than on the previous days! I’m not sure if that’s partly because of nausea due to my period though. Lolz.
- Today was definitely the easiest day yet, totally getting into the swing of things
- Very excited that I managed to find fish sauce with no sugar/other additives in Tesco of all places! I had to get down on my knees and rummage down the back of a shelf to find it, but it’ll totally be worth the embarrassment to make Nom Nom Paleo’s sriracha to brighten up my meals!
- My curry was so satisfying this evening – definitely such a good call to ignore the recipes given as I need lots of spice in my life! I’m just going to follow the meal plan in terms of which protein to eat at each meal from here on out!
Onwards and upwards
B – Courgette frittata with two smoked rashers and a few cubes of sweet potato.
L – Leftover turkey curry with tomato & iceberg lettuce (dressed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil) and butternut squash.
D – Beef stir-fry with pepper, scallions and tomato, with mashed carrot & butternut squash on the side.
- Today was the first day where I felt a bit off – in the afternoon I found it hard to focus and I felt real light-headed. Not sure if this is a carb-flu type thing or period-related though, lol.
- Really excited – I made a low FODMAP version of Nom Nom Paleo’s Whole30 sriracha and it is SO GOOD! I threw it into the stir-fry and it was unreal. I’ll post the recipe on the blog at some stage.
- This week has flown by so quickly, and I’ve found it all really easy! I think the hardest challenges are yet to come – going back home for the weekend which will be a lot tougher! And I have to go out for dinner next Thursday. Not sure where we’ll be going, but I’ll be scrutinising the menu for sure beforehand…
- I think Ireland contains zero coconut aminos. I’ve been to so many shops but no sign. I was devastated but now that I have this sriracha in my life I think I’ll be just fine
B – Courgette frittata, two rashers and some butternut squash.
L – Leftover beef stir fry with my sriracha, spinach and tomato.
D – Leftover turkey curry with sweet potato.
Later – Chicken leg.
- Really proud of how I handled today. Went for lunch with friends at 12 but there was nothing compliant to order and I had my lunch in my bag, so I just ordered a jasmine tea and waited until later in the afternoon to have my lunch! Luckily I’d had a late breakfast at 9.30 so I wasn’t hungry anyway
- In the evening I had to get a bus at 6.40 and I wouldn’t be home until 9 – dilemma! So I packed up my dinner and ate it on the bus. It smelled but I waited until I had a seat by myself to eat it. Lol.
- I went to a friend’s house in the evening and got home after midnight. I was quite hungry when I came in so I ate a small chicken leg. I know it goes against the three meals a day thing, but I didn’t want to go to be with hunger pangs.
- At night I had a bit of digestive discomfort – not sure if it’s been caused by something I ate (maybe I shouldn’t have eaten the chicken so late?) or if I’m just getting the ‘tight jeans’ thing early. We’ll see!
B – 2 fried eggs, mixed greens & tomato, chicken, a slice of honeydew melon.
L – Bacon (not rashers, like roast bacon; we just call that bacon here), mixed greens & tomato, a medium sized potato.
D – Starters: Prawns. Main course: Roast lamb shank, potatoes, chips.
- I’m so full of mixed emotions right now – today I’ve had some FODMAP fails but I also successfully navigated dinner in a restaurant!
- I think I’ve gotten to the bottom of my digestive distress the last two days – the sweet potato I’ve been eating! I’ve been eating it in the same way as butternut squash as I thought that sweet potatoes were compliant. Turns out they are, but only a 1/2 cup serving. So I’m going to have to majorly watch my portions on them and when mine are gone I’m just going to replace them with normal potatoes. Sad.
- I totally didn’t think and forgot that the bacon I ate was roasted in honey (by my lovely well-meaning Dad)! I could have cried. As a result my digestive distress has only increased today – it’s so upsetting as I’d been doing so well!
- I know I should start over, but I just don’t have time as I have to go to a college ball in early February – it’s a last hurrah type thing so I’m definitely going to be drinking at it. My plan at the minute is to proceed as normal, and then do another low-FODMAP Whole30 in March. I can still reintroduce other foods in February, like dairy, grains, avocado, onions, etc. that I have managed to avoid! And at least the sweet potatoes were Whole30 compliant, and although the honey wasn’t compliant I was still eating in the spirit of Whole30 when I ate it (whole, home-cooked foods, three meals a day, no dessert, etc.) so I don’t think it’s such a big deal.
- BUT on the happy side of things, I went out for dinner this evening and it went so well! I handled it by letting the waitress know I couldn’t eat dairy, and they were so good. The prawns I had for a starter are usually cooked in butter, but they cooked them in oil for me. I ignored the side salad and salsa as I couldn’t be sure that the dressing and salsa didn’t have garlic in them – shame though as they looked lovely! Then for my main I had lamb shank (amazing), and the chef was again amazing – leaving off the mash and giving me side dishes without butter – my own sugar snap peas without butter (everyone else had a separate dish with buttered ones), baby potatoes with olive oil, and chips. Obviously the chips aren’t ideal for a Whole30 – but they’re just potatoes cooked in oil so I don’t feel bad. Unfortunately after a secret hasty ‘sugar snap peas fodmaps’ google search on my phone at the dinner table I found them to be high in FODMAPs so I couldn’t eat them at all! I didn’t even want dessert after such a great meal – my cravings are gone really – so I sipped my tea contentedly. So much love for that restaurant now!
B – Fried potato with mixed greens, tomatoes, olive oil & balsamic vinegar.
L – Courgette frittata with mashed butternut squash and carrots & tomato & two rashers.
D – Leftover beef stir fry with roasted carrots and turnip, and little tastes of everything I made below!
- Today was fine, though my tummy still hasn’t settled.
- I did lots of food prep in the evening which was great! I roasted a chicken (with lemon and rosemary), made Melissa Joulwain’s chocolate chili (OMG I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever eaten ever) and made her Czech meatballs (not a big fan, but I subbed cumin for carraway; maybe that’s why), and her Kickass Ketchup. So good.
- I also made her olive oil mayonnaise but I didn’t have light olive oil so I just used extra virgin. Big mistake – there’s such a weird after taste, although the texture is great! Do not recommend!
So all in all things are going pretty well!
See what others are eating here.
Have you ever done a Whole 30? Would you be tempted to?