Whole30: The First Three Days

If you’re looking for fashion-y stuff, well, here: I’m currently obsessed with the Stella McCartney Three Chain Falabella Faux Nappa Bag. Say that three times fast!

Such a beauty. Might even make me consider spending more than a grand on fake leather. Nah. But it is so luxe.

Now on to the (un)pleasantries…

Whole30. Three days in.

I know it’s early, but I want to give you updates while they are fresh. Plus, since Erika and I decided to do this, some other ladies have joined in: Christina of Love Brown Sugar (the same sassy lady whose post inspired me to write my most popular post ever), and these ladies on Twitter: @josalingoboom, @cjane87, @shreyakhanna. We’ve formed our own little support group! So putting this out there might help them connect and share.

Has it been easy? No. Has it been outrageously difficult? No. It’s been just enough of a change to wake me up. And make me think.

Day 1

I technically started after my last delicious cup of coffee with Splenda and sugar-free vanilla creamer, because I didn’t see Erika’s mention of the program until after. The rest of the day was fine. I normally eat very little in the way of grains, and had already cut way back on dairy at the insistence of my trainer.

Breakfast was my usual egg white and veggie omelette; lunch was a salad with crab and veggies, dressed in oil and vinegar. Dinner, baked chicken with another salad. Easy peasy. That’s kind of how I usually eat. But remember, I had already had my coffee for the day.

I also subscribed to The Whole30 Daily email series, which, so far, is awesome…more about that in a future post.

What I learned: The first day is probably the easiest. And it feels good to commit to something you know is good for you, even if it scares you.

Day 2

Considering I had lame-o green ginger herbal tea plain, I was surprised that I felt quite sharp on my drive into work, but I did. Breakfast was not that much of a challenge. As noted above, it’s totally paleo food. Lunch was a salad again, and though I stared longingly at the ranch dressing, I opted for oil and vin.

I was ravenous between work and hitting the gym, so I had a slice of freshly boiled ham. I walked to the gym with Hubby, and between the heat and lack of coffee, I felt pretty sluggish. I forced myself to eek out a 45-minute circuit. The worst part was leaving the gym and bypassing Smoothie King in the lobby without ordering my favorite: the chocolate Lean-1, which I have at least three times a week. Boo. Suddenly the “no dairy, no sugar” is very REAL.

I had a bit of a craving for sweets after dinner, but nothing crazy. At the end of the day, I had some herbal tea and downloaded It Starts with Food, by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, the creators of Whole30. This excerpt resonated greatly with me:

“The food you eat either makes you more healthy or less healthy.
Those are your options.”

What I learned: Food cravings go hand-in-hand with habits/schedules. I’m so used to getting a smoothie post-workout that now I have to re-program myself to not look forward to that as a reward for hitting it hard in the gym.

Day 3

I’m still on the end of day three as I write this. Today SUCKED, for the record. It started OK. I woke up feeling leaner than I have lately.

But by mid-morning, I had sweet cravings, I was hungry, and by the afternoon, I had a splitting headache. After sharing this photo, I learned that Erika was suffering from a headache too, and she surmised that it was sugar withdrawals. I drank a liter of seltzer with lime to cope. Kind of worked!

It just so happened that I had a tremendously stressful day at work, perhaps my most stressful ever, so all I could think about was a coffee to get me through or a martini as soon as I finished. I find it quite interesting that life threw me that little curveball today. Extra stressful to really test my commitment. As I told my husband, I might have a headache and I might pass out, but dang it, I am NOT going to crack!

After work, I did not imbibe. Normally, I would have been breaking into the cocktails at 5:05pm. Instead, I took myself to the organic grocery store and bought a probiotic, and some coconut milk for my coffee (the latter on the advice of my fellow #Whole30 crew). Tomorrow: coffee! Unsweetened, but with some kind of milk-like addition, perhaps tolerable.

I also bought GT’s Raw Kombucha for cocktail hour at home. As I type, Hubby is on his second glass of white wine. I’m about to get crazy on fermented tea! Don’t kid yourself. You get a little tingle.

What I learned: Many of us, me included, console ourselves with beverages. The wine, beer, or cocktail—pretty obvious. But it’s kind of amazing to me how much I wanted a sugary, milky coffee to get through the day. And how uninspiring my day felt starting with the news and…green ginger herbal tea.


  1. I can take or leave alcohol pretty easily. 90% of the time when I go out even I won’t drink alcohol. I do have a sweet tooth though which I find a bit difficult to manage at times. But nature gave us fruit, ok it’s not a slice of cheese cake but it’s still sweet. Over time your pallet changes as well so sweet things you may have been fine with previously will become way too sweet. So fruit should satisfy those urges.

    You are allowed fruit right?a

    1. Definitely allowed fruit, but dried fruit only in limited amounts. Makes sense. I love fruit, but I find myself almost never eating it. Whenever I’ve craved sweet, I’d have a couple sizable tablespoons of natural peanut butter with a little sugar added…but I could finish a big jar of peanut butter in a week’s time, under the guise that it’s a healthy sweet with protein! Sounds OK in theory, but peanuts are known irritants, they’re considered to be a “dirty” nut. Although I am not technically allergic, I truly believe eating so much of it over the last few years is one of the reasons I developed inconsistently occurring eczema.

      So far I have eaten some fruit to satisfy sweet cravings, and it works. I’m hoping going without PB for 30 days will not only detox my system, but kill my craving for it.

      1. Yeah I used to rely on peanut butter, but I can take it or leave it. On the paleo diet they also advise you can eat a couple of squares of dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa content.

        But being a detox I’m guessing chocolate in any form would be banned?a

  2. Oh V – you’re doing so well! It’s always a little tricky starting something… especially when the headaches and cravings kick in – I’d have lost it if I was on one coffee a day! Hmm, maybe I should consider cutting my teaspoon of sugar…

    Is the Green/ginger tea thing compulsory or can you drink alternative herbal teas or do you just not like other flavoured teas? Pukka is a great brand, I think you can buy via amazon, but my fave is Yogi tea: http://www.yogiproducts.com/

    I wish there were more options/alternatives out here, and since everything is seasonal there is only so much fruit and veg you can get… but that is a good thing at least!

    The hubster should give you a good head massage to relieve the tension! (only if you like head massages though!) 🙂

    1. Hi Sweets, yeah, i can have any tea I want! Will check out the Yogi tea next ime I’m at the organic grocery store.

      Thankfully, now the headaches have passed. Feeling really great! An update coming soon…


  3. This is so inspiring! It was just yesterday that I had a nervous breakdown followed by a cheese+wine binge, after a week of trying to be gluten and dairy free. The fact is that I need to follow a strict diet for health issues but it’s just so darn hard to stay motivated!
    Also in my country it’s quite hard to find specific products, I have to cook it all myself a lot, and that just makes everything harder.
    But it is truly inspiring to read about someone going through some of the same challenges and how they deal with them.

    So please keep us posted!

    1. I know the feeling, Silvia. I have been sooooo weak, for years! I’ve found drinking alcohol really sabotages healthy eating in more ways than the calories and bloating the next day. It gives you the MUNCHIES! So not good. I’ve never ordered a pizza at 11:30pm after seeing a commercial when I’m stone cold sober. I’ve never gone from chips to popcorn to cheese AFTER dinner when I haven’t been drinking.

      One thing you should be grateful for is actually cooking your own food. The great thing about Whole30 is that it’s just eating pure, natural, simple food. Nothing fancy, no special ingredients. It’s something you can easily do.

      Will definitely be keeping you all posted, right here on G&G. Be sure to check back in a few days for an update!

  4. Wow, firstly yes, that bag is some kind of beauty! I think it’s great that you’re doing this, eating healthy is very important. Not going to lie, I do love my caffeine though, but go without when I do a fast/cleanse every month. This is inspiring, I may signup for the email series, it sounds great to have that in my inbox. I eat pretty healthy, just simply because I have many food allergies. And coconut milk is really good, are you allowed agave in this challenge? Well, good luck on going for the gold V! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Madison, thanks for the encouragement. Agave is a no-no. If I haven’t cracked the sugar habit by the time this is done, I may look to it as an alternative, though any added sugar/sweetener, whether created by nature or a laboratory, is bad for you, according to what I’m reading. So we’ll see.

      I just tried coconut milk for the first time the other day…great suggestion. It’s fabulous and lower in calories and fat than non-fat milk!

    1. Aw, thanks! I really do think the worst is behind me. In fact, I know it is. I feel so good, and I’m doing a lot of reading and watching of documentaries on food to keep me in the right frame of mind!

  5. Oh I know it’s so hard! I don’t know how you went without coffee. I quit with both pregnancies. Not easy at all. Tea is good in the afternoon, but in the morning I want my joe! The routine is a big part of life. You’ll make new ones, and it’ll get easier.

    1. You’re right, Heather…it’s the routine more than the food or drink. I’m making new ones, most definitely! I’m responding on the morning of Day 6, drinking Kombucha instead of coffee. I feel perfectly awake!

    1. Thanks, Alexis. Will do. Dates have been great when I get the craving for something sweet. I have a few and they really do hit the spot.

  6. Day #6 of the W30, Today waking up and doing hot yoga at 7:30 was brutal. I hate eating earlier than 7am, and during the class I was seeing stars, not sure if it was the lack of carbs or water, but it was awful. For me giving up on coffee is not an option, I am enough of a bitch without it. I can’t imagine what kind of monster I would become with it gone. (ps, for me this plan includes giving up smoking, could explain the bitchiness)

  7. I just started my Whole30. First full 30 days in a long time!! Let me know if you need any support and I’d be happy to oblige!! You can do it!

    1. Thanks, Meghan! I’m doing great! It’s really not that hard…you can see my progress in my latest posts. Good luck to you too…you can do it!

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