first week of whole30 review

So I finally started and made sure I stick to the Whole30 Program for the entire month of October.  I know I was supposed to start last September, but everything just went crazy.  So what happened on my first week of pure healthy, good and organic food.

I was very happy that I got a good group of lovely bloggers who supports the program and currently doing it.  It is something that I really need.  The first week was tough, especially the first four days, I was very restless, tired and weak, probably it was the NO sugar ingredient on the program.  And yes in order for me to keep awake for the entire week, I have to prepare and cook my own food.  No dine outs and visit to my favorite bubble tea shops.  So what was the main ingredient of my grocery list for a week.  Here it goes:

1.  Sweet Potatoes

2.  Thai Brand 100% Coconut Milk, unsweetened and make sure it has no Carrageenan.

3.  Veggies loads of veggies (cauliflower, broccoli, jalapeno peppers, green peppers, red peppers, kale, spinach, eggplant, carrots, morning glory, lime, tomatoes and squash)

4.  Fruits (coconut juice and meat, mangoes, grapes, apples, oranges, bananas and strawberries) this is not for snacks or a main meal, this will be helpful to put as an ingredient.

5.  Loads of EGG

6.  Decaf Coffee

7.  Water

8.  Organic Meat (lean beef, chicken wings, breasts and tendons, pork shoulder and spare ribs)

9.  Organic Bacon (read the label make sure it has no sugar or any fructose syrup.)

10.  Spices (oregano, rosemary, bay leaves, peppercorns, cumins, parsley, thyme, paprika, sea salt, ground lemon grass, ground star anis and turmeric powder)

11.  Olive Oil

12.  Rice Vinegar and Tomato Paste

13.  Chili Flakes

14.  Butter turned into Ghee

15.  Basic onions and garlic.

The most important thing is to read the label.  Its quite tough here in Bangkok because they are all written in Thai, that is why it takes me two hours to look for a brand and peel off the thai label to make sure the ingredients and nutritional facts are just right for the program.

So what happened?  Literally I have found a new love in mixing my unsweetened coconut milk with my coffee, it tastes good, bitter but great.  I didn’t know that I can have a can of coconut milk perfect for my daily coffee.  It makes me alert minus the cravings after.  Next is eating the right breakfast, had egg whites for breakfast and I boil my sweet potatoes and bring it at work with me.  Thank goodness I did not have much cravings but every time I am stress out, I always think of a bite of that snickers or dark chocolate.

No fruit juice as well, I just eat fruits in servings for my natural sweetener.  Of course apples became my new found ingredient in making Apple Sage Porkchops.  And I have mastered the cooking with spices, no ready to use Ginisa Mix or Aroy Mix since I discovered it is full of processed sugar.  Even my old time healthy food hotdogs is full of soybean and sugar.  Day 1 to Day 4 is so tough, because I felt that I was so weak, it was I think the time my body is adjusting and trying to shift and get use to not having any kind of sugar.

I did consume healthy fat and great source of protein and on top of that I started to run again.  I woke up early this morning energize and finished my first 30 minute run on the treadmill.  Honestly, I am not doing this to loose the water weight but to feel clean and to try something that will make a change in my life.  I am not prohibited to eat but I must choose the right kind of food for me.

It can be hard if you will be out on a party but trust me, it feels good to say no to sugar for the past 7 days.  Can I keep this up for my second week?  YES!  And hopefully I will get use to this for the remaining third and fourth week of  October.  Healthy living means healthy lifestyle and a happy me.

Here’s my daily food intake for the first week of the program:

Pasta cravings, ditch the pasta and use cauliflower as a substitute for your pasta or you can use a spaghetti squash with this meal.

my new favorite, Apple Sage Porkchops

Kale, my new favorite veggie…yes it taste like cabbage but it has the nutritional value of Spinach and more…

A smoothie treat after running, blended strawberries, bananas and coconut milk with water.  I do not like Bananas that is why I tried this, it still tastes like bananas but nicer.

And the thick, creaminess of Coconut milk in coffee.

So I am now freakin’ ready for week 2.  Wish me luck!!!!

12 responses to “first week of whole30 review”

  1. Wow, all of these recipes look delish and they are soooo healthy too! 🙂

  2. omg…good luck sweet! i can’t control my chocolate cravings..i can control pasta and rice but not chocolate. so i wish you all the best! mwah!

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  6. I found it easier to cut up all of the fruit at once, and to place it all in a large tupperware container. There is approximately 1 container of strawberries, 1 container raspberries, 3 kiwi, 8 small bananas, and 5 mangos in the picture above. I was able to fill 8 sandwich size Ziploc bags for future smoothies. Each one contains approximately 2 cups of fruit. Now that you have the base ready to go for your smoothie’s, you can get creative when processing it in the blender. I am loving adding spinach to my smoothies. Sounds gross, I know, but it truly doesn’t add any flavor AND you can’t beat the nutrients. Countless times I have tried to tempt B and K into trying one of the smoothies with spinach. Absolutely will not budge, in fact they leave the room when they see me preparing it on the weekends. LOL! It’s a good thing I work out of what used to be a bathroom….tucked away so that my co-workers don’t have to cringe. All I have to say is…..they don’t know what they are missing. When I make the kids smoothies, I add in a container of vanilla yogurt. For mine I use unsweetened Coconut Milk. At this point you have yourself a smoothie……2 cups of fruit and your choice of liquid. I will use the entire container of yogurt (6 oz) for the boys, or 1/4-3/4 cup of coconut milk for mine…..depending on how thick I want it. You will need to play around with this to find your comfort zone and what you prefer. In addition to the spinach I am loving the 4 above items…..especially the Matcha Powder! I will be writing more on this ingredient soon, I promise. If I need a little more protein, I add in the protein powder. If I need more fiber and Omega 3, I will swap off between the chia seeds and the flax seeds. No preference, it’s whatever I grab first out of the refrigerator. Not a morning goes by that I don’t have a smoothie, and these Homemade {Freezer} Smoothie Packets are a huge timesaver for me.

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