A Whole 30 Journey, A Whole Lotta Challenges – Week 2

Come one, come all, and see the most underwhelming week of Whole 30 meals the world has ever known!

But seriously, this week was utter crap. True, I managed to stay compliant, but that’s not saying much. As I mentioned at the end of the week 1 recap, my husband fell extremely ill on Sunday night / aka Prep Night / aka the single most important time of the week for anyone doing a Whole 30. Obviously his health takes precedence over anything else, so I got absolutely nothing done that night for the week ahead, as I was taking care of him throughout the evening.

The rest of the week saw more of the same, coupled with doctor appointments, hospital visits, and general husband-nursing. To make a relatively uninteresting story short, my meals fell by the wayside for the most part, and I felt the restrictions of the program more than ever. I’m not sure how much I gained out of this particular week in terms of trying new recipes or mindful eating, but I did gain proof of my iron-clad determination to finish what I started, as well as a reminder that my mom’s chicken soup recipe truly is the one true savior / cure-all. Really, we should patent that sh*t.

Day 8

Breakfast: We were at the doctor and then the hospital this morning, so I didn’t get to eat breakfast till around 11am while at the hospital. The only thing I could find that was compliant from the Sainsbury’s Local next door was a salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and radish (no dressing), and a mango pot

Lunch: Arugula / Rocket salad with [compliant!] smoked salmon, 2 poached eggs, pumpkin seeds, extra virgin olive oil

Dinner: Baked chicken breast seasoned with smoked paprika and garlic powder, nuked sweet potato with ghee and cinnamon, and sauteed spinach with garlic

After Dinner Snack: Bowl of homemade chicken soup. Ok, I know after dinner snacking is not really ‘allowed’ but when you make a fresh pot of your favorite soup in the world and it isn’t done till after dinner, I don’t care what program you are on, you eat a damn bowl then and there (unless it’s life or death, of course)

Notes: Very long and tough day today. No prepped food, and eating at weird, sporadic times due to the schedule. Feeling stressed out, and not sleeping well. Whole 30 is getting hard now. Also, noted in my book: SO sick of eggs. Never eating them again after W30 is over

Day 9

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with avocado, spinach and strawberries from the deli next to my office (sidenote: they scramble the eggs in a pot with the milk steamer on the coffee machine! So cool! No oil needed, fluffy and perfect, and they’re cooked in seconds. It’s magical!)

Lunch: Leftover baked chicken over salad with cherry tomatoes, olives. Side of carrot sticks and cashews

Snack: Paleo Pantry – Brazil Nut + Cherry Raw Paleo Bar (obsessed!)

Dinner: Lots of chicken soup (no noodles, duh)

Notes: Finding it quite hard to eat well and properly thought out meals when sh*t hits the fan as it has. What are you to do when you can’t prep ahead? Nevertheless, I’m proud of myself for staying compliant, boring as my meals are. I made a decision and I’m sticking to it. I could choose to stay up late tonight and prep for the rest of the week, but I’m feeling so drained and fatigued from the past couple days / having to think about what I am eating so much, so I am choosing sleep instead

Day 10

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon

Lunch: Pret a Manger to the rescue! Wild Crayfish and Avocado Salad (hold the dressing), with a Mango/Lime Pot, and bag of mixed nuts

Dinner: Baked salmon filet, baked sweet potato, frozen/boiled broccoli

Notes: So surprised to see how many smoked salmon brands have added sugar to them. I managed to find one from Sainsbury’s that is sugar free and totally compliant, but was shocked the I couldn’t find anything at Waitrose. Goes to show you really don’t know what you’re eating unless you look, even when you think you know

Day 11

Breakfast: Scramble eggs with smoked salmon

Lunch: Salad from deli – Lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, sun-dried tomatoes, spicy roast chicken (compliant)

Snack: Diced watermelon

Dinner: Sweet Potato, Chorizo and Onion dish I made last week, and side of roasted garlic broccoli

Notes: Loads of cakes around me at work, but I am finding that I genuinely don’t even want them. Miracles do happen! They even had a ‘Cream Tea’ event today to celebrate the Queen’s 90th, and I just brought my own compliant herbal tea, and skipped the scones. Despite this major win, I am feeling utterly disenchanted with Whole 30 today. It’s been a hard week, and I can’t wait till I don’t have to think so much about what I’m eating every.single.meal of every.single.day

Day 12

Breakfast: Leftover sweet potato / chorizo / onion from last night (sidenote: this was waaay too heavy for me in the morning. I stayed full, but felt weighed down)

Lunch: Kale salad with a lemon and oil dressing, topped with roasted mixed vegetables, roasted broccoli (leftovers), tuna/avocado salad. Side of cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, and sauerkraut

Snack: Sliced banana with sea salt, cinnamon, and almond butter

Dinner: Roasted baby Charlotte potatoes, topped with fried eggs and parsley. Compliant comfort food that was desperately needed!

Notes: Wait, why am I still doing this???

Day 13

Breakfast: Skipped today! Naughty, I know, but I just needed to chill and not think about food when I woke up

Lunch: Salad topped with leftover tuna, mixed roast vegetables, and sauerkraut

Snack: Sliced banana, sea salt, cinnamon, cashew butter

Dinner: We went out! Best night of the week BY FAR! Turns out Nando’s is feasible while on Whole 30! Got half a chicken with two side salads. Was even able to dip it into some of their sauces (Medium, Hot, Garlic and Herb are all compliant). Peace and order are restored in my brain

I built a sauce-fort to sheild my eyes from french fry temptation across the table

Notes: No bloating, no back pain, skin maybe slightly better, sleeping a lot – all noticeable at this point. Conversely, my energy seems to struggle at times still, but maybe that’s because I’ve already changed my diet in a big way a year ago and felt the energy (‘Tiger Blood’) rush then. Really struggling with eating as much meat as I have been. Definitely not sustainable once this is over

Day 14

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, 1/2 avocado, cherry tomatoes, sauerkraut

Lunch: Kale salad topped with sliced gala apples, yellow bell peppers, radish, cucumber, walnuts, and my favorite lemon / tahini / evoo dressing

Dinner: Shrimp scampi over zoodles / courgetti (marinated the shrimp in lemon juice / zest, parsley, evoo, garlic, salt / pepper / chili flakes). Side of mashed sweet potato with ghee and cinnamon

Notes: I really don’t like the flavor of ghee (maybe it’s just the one I am using?). Trying to not use as much oil, but I think I have to stick to it for now, as husband won’t even touch something if it has ghee in it


That’s two weeks of compliant Whole 30 eating done! This was an incredibly challenging week, and although my kitchen creativity may have waned, I made do with what I had, and for that I am satisfied. My digestion is absolutely awful, which is not fun at all (anyone else have this problem while doing W30?). My energy – despite what I said on Day 13 – is generally steady, and I am definitely focusing more easily on important things I want to get done. But is that a result of what I am eating, or somewhat of a placebo effect from the program as a whole? At this rate, am I more likely to turn into an egg, avocado, or a sweet potato by the end of this? We shall see in the weeks ahead!

Till next week..

xox A



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