I’ve finished my first week following Whole30! I’m feeling really excited about all of the potential positive changes in store at the end of the 30 days. My main reasons for trying Whole30 are to see how certain foods affect my anxiety levels and to see if some random health issues go away. With perfect lab and imaging tests I was offered no other explanation for my symptoms other than anxiety. After a short trial with anxiety medication that ended up causing me a stomach ulcer I needed to find a different way to combat this and see what role food may be playing. I know many people don’t believe that food could have such an affect but I’ll never know for myself unless I try this. So, here we go!
I have found my meals to be pretty enjoyable and easy to make. Of course, this is dependent on how fancy you want to get but I try to keep it simple on week nights. Food prep and having things pre-made in the fridge is key because I just don’t have time to be roasting veggies while trying to feed my toddlers lunch, cleaning the kitchen, and then getting them down for nap.
My first week was easier than I was expecting and I didn’t experience the Timeline as written.
How I felt:
Day 1 – No problems & felt really motivated.
Day 2 – Had the “hangover” feeling in the morning but otherwise pretty good the rest of the day.
Day 3 – Noticed better mood overall.
Day 4 – Feeling happy, motivated & less anxiety.
Day 5 – Still riding the happy wave.
Day 6 – Cravings were at their worst today. I wanted all the carb-y comfort foods!
Day 7 – No strong cravings today. Mood was high and stable, even with 2 sick kids I experienced less anxiety.
My strongest day of sugar and grain cravings was on Day 6. I really wanted to eat all the crunchy things and carrot sticks weren’t cutting it! But, I held strong and re-focused my thoughts on my reasons for trying this and long-standing curiosity of a Paleo diet and how it has been life changing for so many people. So on to Day 8 we go…
One of my favorite dinners from last week were these guacamole burgers served on a bed of greens and a side of sweet potatoes. This dish is simple to make and super satisfying. Enjoy!
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- 10oz organic, grass-fed beef
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 1 avocado
- ¼ red onion
- 1 jalapeno (added to taste)
- ½ lime (juiced)
- garlic powder
- extra virgin olive oil
- mixed greens
- Heat oven to 400. Slice the sweet potato to your desired shape. Coat with EVOO, salt & pepper. Add to a parchment paper lined pan and roast for about 20 minutes.
- Add salt, pepper, and garlic salt (to taste preference) to the ground beef. Mold the beef in to two patties. Heat a skillet with 1 tsp EVOO and fry up your burgers.
- Mash the avocado in a bowl then add as much of the red onion, jalapeno, salt, pepper, and garlic salt as you like. Add the juice of ½ a lime and a little drizzle of the EVOO to make it a little creamier.
- Fill your plate with a bed of greens and top with the burger and guacamole. Serve with the roasted sweet potatoes and enjoy!
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