Ten Takeaways from Week One

So week one of Whole30 is in the books! And I have to say, I am loving it. While there have definitely been some challenges, overall I am feeling really good, am already waking up easier in the mornings, am feeling less bloated, and my skin is improving a lot. I’m also learning a lot about the food that I eat and am feeling like I’m getting that reset that I was looking for with Whole30.

Even just one week in, it’s really been eye-opening with the things that I classify as healthy and good for my body. I’ve struggled a little bit with realizing that I can in fact survive without a carb-based breakfast, and that I don’t have to skimp throughout the day so that I have more calories/points left for the evening. I know those things come naturally for a lot of people, but i’m not one of them and it’s been an interesting mental shift.

Here are 10 great things from this week that I would like to keep up, even after the Whole30:

  1. fruit infused water – it makes me feel fancy, and is less boring than plain water. I’ve done orange, kiwi, cucumber, lime, and some combinations of those so far, and it’s made me drink way more water and actually enjoy it. not sure why i didn’t start this sooner!
  2. reading the ingredient list – I have always been waaay more focused on the nutritional label than what is actually IN the food, so it’s been pretty different for me to flip a package over and go straight for the ingredient list rather than browsing how many calories and fat are in the item, and I kinda love it.
  3. less snacking – the goal is three meals a day, and no snacks unless you need them, which is way different than my normal practice. While i’m not sure I’ll ever be completely snack-free, I do like the emphasis on more satisfying meals and less grazing.
  4. meals at the table – I’m normally really, really bad about this and will eat my breakfast and lunch in front of my computer at work. Whole30 calls for you to sit at the table for each of your meals, and while I haven’t been perfect in this department, I have at least considered sitting at the table for every single meal, and have done so about 80% of the time, which is a huge jump from 0% pre-Whole30.
  5. no fake sugars – this was another bad habit I had slipped back into – diet soda. My office has a fully stocked fridge of soda, which includes diet coke, coke zero, and fresca – and I had gotten into the habit of having 1 or more a day when in the office (3 days/week). I’ve replaced this with fruit-y water (see #1) when I feel the need for something with flavor, and I don’t want to go back.
  6. prioritizing meat on my grocery bill – this was something I didn’t expect to have as much of an impact. I am normally such a bargain shopper, so I was always looking for the cheapest option of healthy proteins, and would very rarely hand over the money for meat at the farmer’s market. Whole30 very clearly instructs that your meat, seafood, and eggs should be your first priority with your grocery bill – ie. grass-fed / free range meat over organic produce. Reframing my thinking in my grocery budget and going straight to pick out the protein first has revamped the way I’m appreciating the meat, and I can definitely tell a difference in the taste, too. It’s really easy to turn a blind eye to where your food is coming from (and something I am particularly skilled at, especially when I’ve classified it as healthy), and I like that I’ve taken steps to change this for myself.
  7. focusing on veggies at each meal – i love eating so many veggies again. it just makes me feel good and healthy, and I get excited to discover different ways to prepare them in delicious (Whole30 compliant) ways. i missed being excited about veggies!
  8. not weighing myself as much – confession – i didn’t make it 30 days without stepping on the scale. But! I was more curious than anything to see if the scale was going to show the same thing i was feeling because I am eating in a different way than I’m used to. i really did go into it neutral – i wasn’t going to be upset if it was up. (Told you I’m good with excuses.) I really love that Whole30 is about how you FEEL for the main source of feedback, and not what the scale says. It’s very refreshing.
  9. sunday meal prepping – An old habit I’m glad has resurfaced. This weekend I hard-boiled a bunch of eggs, poached chicken, prepared several different veggies for grab-and-go options, and got ingredients for easy meals during the week (shout out to my slow cooker that is currently tackling an <organic> pork shoulder).
  10. cooking nice meals for myself – anytime people are coming over for dinner or I’m going to a potluck, my mind swirls with delicious ideas of what to make and I get excited about putting something together. but when i’m cooking for myself, it feels… unnatural? self-absorbed? to put that much effort into making a meal. But this past week, I’ve cooked a lot more than I had been, and while I did share some of the meals with others, a lot of them were for me and only me. I feel like I put the same amount on emphasis on prepping all the meals, and I would sit down at the table (hello #4) and be pretty happy to be eating something nice. again, not sure why this one took so long to figure out.

You’ll notice “not have a glass of wine with my girlfriends” did not make the list of habits I want to keep up after these 30 days. 😉 More to come!

13 Comments on Ten Takeaways from Week One

  1. YW
    September 8, 2014 at 10:22 am (6 years ago)

    Hi! Long time lurker, first time commenter here…love your blog 🙂 I was thrilled to read that you’d be going on the Whole30. Good luck on your second week! I’ve found that it’s toughest in the second week (after the novelty of the first week wears off), but stick with it – it’s so worth it! My Whole30 experiences have truly been life-changing (I have done two cycles in the past 6 months). For myself, I found it very useful to read the book (“It Starts with Food”) as a way to better understand what’s happening. It’s helped everything to “stick” better.

    • Beth
      September 8, 2014 at 10:37 am (6 years ago)

      Hi YW! Thanks for chiming in. I did actually buy “It Starts with Food” and read it, and also signed up for the Whole30 newsletter. I completely agree – its really nice to understand what is going on. And, thanks for the heads up on week two! So far, so good, but I know the other foot will drop at some point…

      • YW
        September 8, 2014 at 10:43 am (6 years ago)

        You can do it! By Week 3 it’s smooth sailing!! 🙂

  2. YW
    September 8, 2014 at 10:29 am (6 years ago)

    Oh! And as someone who also thought they could not stay off the scale for 30 days – stay off! If you follow the Whole30 successfully, you’ll be well-rewarded both in the way you feel and the results you see on the scale. This will actually help wean you off the scale (just as you’re being weaned off the WW’s calorie/point counting) in the long-term. A real gamechanger for your health.

    • Beth
      September 8, 2014 at 10:37 am (6 years ago)

      I knooooow. I know.

  3. Lindsay
    September 8, 2014 at 11:17 am (6 years ago)

    It always makes me so happy to see a new post from you in my BlogLovin’ feed! I’m so glad you’re loving Whole30. I’ve never tried it, but I’ve heard so many good things about it! I really want to try the fruit infused water, and I NEED to get better about not eating my meals in front of the computer or the TV – I am the worst at this! Good luck!

  4. thegrayfang
    September 9, 2014 at 2:27 am (6 years ago)

    Could you share some of the veggies you are eating and how you prepare them? I find this the most challenging, but I also know it is so important for success! Thanks for your help and good luck with week 2!!!! So glad to see your posts again!!!

    • Beth
      September 9, 2014 at 4:13 pm (6 years ago)

      I’m planning on it! I’ll share some specifics later on, but my favorite thing so far has been sweet potatoes roasted in coconut oil tied with shredded brussels sprouts that i cooked in the same pan after frying a few slices of (sugar free) bacon, and then adding the crumbled bacon back in. Yum!

  5. stellarfashionandfitness
    September 9, 2014 at 10:39 am (6 years ago)

    I haven’t tried Whole30, but I’ve heard good things as well. These tips are all great! Even when counting calories or whatever plan someone chooses, it sounds like these are good goals to have. Thanks for sharing!

    • Beth
      September 9, 2014 at 4:12 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks! A lot of them are things I could/should have been doing anyway!

  6. MJ
    September 9, 2014 at 3:22 pm (6 years ago)

    I just read your blog after a year of not checking it out, and while I’m happy to see you have reconnected with something (this Whole30 plan), I’m a bit disappointed you are not at WW anymore. I used to read your blog from Argentina, my home country, and now I’ve moved to DC for work, and joined WW. My food issues have followed me here, of course, and I decided to join mostly because I remembered you were a lifetime member. In fact, I saw your pic in the wall this morning (celebrity!). Anyway, I’m glad you are doing ok, and I’ll be reading your blog again from now on.

    • Beth
      September 9, 2014 at 4:11 pm (6 years ago)

      Famous! Haha. Thaaaaaat might be a stretch. 🙂

      But I just really needed something to help me refocus, and I think Whole30 is still doing the trick. I’ve got to say – i will probably go back to WW after this is done, and just take some of the habits I’m learning and/or reestablishing back there.

  7. Mitch
    February 26, 2015 at 8:49 am (6 years ago)

    When i go back on track to a good daily diet, what i sometimes find hard to overcome is fizzy drinks. Like you, its sometimes a big temptation : )


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