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Whole30 - Week 1 Recap

Whole30 - Week 1 Recap

If you follow me here, here or here, you may have heard that I'm participating in the Whole30 this January. Again, as always, if you're not familiar with the program you can take a look at their website and find out all the details.

The best thing about the Whole30 is that there are so many resources available to you and people are actively discussing their challenges and wins throughout the process. I thought it might help if I talked about each week as a whole to maybe give you perspective into your own journey. You know, so you know you're not alone in some of the things you're feeling.

So, here we go.


Whole30: Week 1 Recap

The first week of the program is always the hardest - especially coming right off of the holidays. I don't know about you but, for me, I didn't hold back at all these holidays. I had All The Food and All The Drinks. It was lovely. And while my sole purpose of doing a Whole30 right now is to once and for all heal my Candida from the inside out, I knew that it was going to feel like a drastic change come January 2nd. And a drastic change it was.

I struggled a lot last week. Complete with hangriness, irritation, headaches, feelings of hunger, fatigue & anger that I even signed up for this.

I think people believe that if this is your 2nd, 3rd, 30th round that it should be easy for you. Because you've done this before, you shouldn't be struggling. But that's not true. At least, not in my case. Actually, I've heard the more rounds you do, the harder it becomes because the excitement of doing something new has worn off. I've heard the easiest Whole30 to do is your 1st one because it's shiny and fun and seems like a new challenge. I find that to be true.

This past week there were many times that I said I might just stop doing it altogether. I told myself I didn't need a Whole30 to heal my gut, this was stupid and too much to think about and I just didn't want to put this much effort into this right now. I knew I had told friends & family that I'd do it with them and I've talked about it on social media but, they'd understand, right?

I started researching other people quitting their Whole30's early in hopes that it would give me the validation and green light to quit my own. Spoiler alert: I haven't quit. I've stayed 100% compliant this entire time. Even through my parents having pepperoni & sausage stuffed crust pizza & wine right in front of me. #dedication

But, then I realized that since the moment I started this program on January 2nd, I haven't once had a pinch of bloat or a stomach flare up. Not once, and it's only been 7 days. That alone kept me going one meal at a time.

Week 1 Takeaways:

  • Try 1 new recipe a week to keep the program fresh & new
  • Meal prep to feel prepared and equipped with what you need
  • Eat more! Even if that means 2-3 snacks per day
  • Take all of this one meal at a time

Recipes I had this week:

On to Week 2!

How's your Whole30 going so far? Wins? Challenges? Shout it out so we can celebrate you!

With gratitude,


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Whole30 Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice

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