Whole 30: Days 1-5 with meal plan

We made it through 5 successful days. Yay us! It’s been a pretty bumpy week with tiredness, lethargy, some pretty severe headaches and some changes to digestion (!), which the fella lovingly refers to as ‘paleo tummy’! I really did feel pretty crap for a few days, and am hoping things are on the up now, although the tiredness is still lurking.

Most of the disruption has been around sleep and tiredness. We both had a couple of nights of extreme tiredness yet were unable to get a good night’s sleep. Thankfully the last two have been good, and this morning I jumped out of bed with quite a spring in my step, although it didn’t last all day.

I went back to see what I’d written in my journal about my first Whole 30 in October 2012, and not surprising, it was much the same in the first few days. Although last time I had cravings the entire time for hot, milky drinks like cappuccino and hot chocolate. Strangely this never left me and it was something I generally gave in to at least once a week. This time, so far so good. None of these cravings, but it is summer, so that could be the difference.

In ‘It Starts with Food’ they recommend trying as much as possible to take time over your meals. I’m finding this really hard. In the mornings it takes quite a while to make breakfast so by the time I sit down to eat it I’m rushing to get out the door. Then at lunchtimes I usually have some sort of ‘personal admin’ or blogging to do, so I tend to do it over food. I have made an effort to leave the office for a brief walk though before resuming work.

Monitoring levels of hunger and meal size is still ongoing. At the moment breakfast is turning out to be my biggest meal of the day. As someone who generally eats quite a lot, which I assume means I have a fast metabolism, my meals can appear gargantuan.

So if you’re interested in what we’ve been eating, take a look:

(You’ll see some meals without recipes just yet, they’re to follow!)

Day 1

Breakfast – 3 egg scramble made with mushrooms and spring onions, with half an avocado, sliced tomato, and strawberries.

Lunch – leftover simple grilled chicken with salad and home made mayo lunchbox, bowl of chicken, tarragon and vegetable soup and a peach and a few macademias.

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Dinner – Scotch eggs with salad, guacamole and strawberries.

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Day 2

Breakfast – Scotch eggs with half an avocado, sliced tomatoes, mayo, strawberries and raspberries.

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Lunch – Salmon frittata with salad, half an avocado, mayo, bowl of chicken, tarragon and vegetable soup, some macademias, brazils and a peach.

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Dinner – Moroccan meatballs with roasted butternut squash, fresh tomatoes and guacamole

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Day 3

Breakfast – Onion, mushroom and baked gammon omelette with avocado, raspberries and grapes

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Lunch – Salmon frittata with salad, half an avocado, mayo, bowl of chicken, tarragon and vegetable soup, some macademias, brazils and a peach.

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Dinner – Left over roast pork with butternut squash and a fried egg.

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Day 4

Breakfast – Sweet potato hash browns, baked gammon, avocado, tomatoes, 2 fried eggs and a peach.

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Lunch – Left over roast pork, salad, boiled egg, home made mayo, cashews and walnuts, a peach.

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Dinner – Bolognese, courgette noodles, avocado

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Day 5

Breakfast – Sweet potato hash with mushrooms, avocado, tomato, 2 fried eggs, baked gammon, a peach.

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Lunch – Left over roast pork, salad, boiled egg, home made mayo, cashews and walnuts, a peach.

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Dinner – Chilli, roasted butternut squash and avocado on spinach.

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So there you have it. The first five days. I look forward to sharing the next 5 days with you!

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