Whole 30 day 1

I began the Whole30 yesterday. It was a bit of a sudden and unplanned start as I had been thinking I would so it in a few months, but suddenly got the urge to start now. So I did.

I got through the day no problems at all. There was a bit of a craving for chocolate around 3pm, but I drank a pint of water instead and forgot about it quite quickly. I wasn't particularly creative or inventive food wise though - nothing I would want to take photos of and show you. I had eggs for breakfast, with some green beans (I know -that's odd, I really wanted asparagus but we hadn't got the shopping yet and there were loads of beans in the fridge). It didn't break the rules but it was hardly a meal to inspire the next generation of Whole30 goers!

For lunch I had a lovely salad, of spinach, rocket, watercress, avocado, grated carrot, tomatoes, spring onion, celery, some cooked bacon bits (again clearing out the fridge) and a few seeds. With a balsamic mustard and olive oil dressing - maybe that would have been worth a photo.

My son (BB) was/is ill - I think he has chicken pox. So yesterday afternoon was hard going. He was really clingy and I couldn't get much done. I ended up doing one of those mum meals that I do often out of necessity - something that you can just put in the oven and leave. So we had chicken breast cooked in a sauce of coconut milk and mustard, and some roast vegetables (sweet potato, courgette, carrot, onion and parsnip) and a couple of sprigs of steamed broccoli. It tasted good and was satisfying, but I went to bed thinking I really need to get better at this. More planning would help I think.

The lack of planning has also lead to an odd breakfast - the left over chicken breast and some fruit that my son left from his breakfast. So - some meal planning today!

On the whole I am pleased though. I stuck to the rules at least and it wasn't so bad. I was very tired and went to bed at 7.30pm when my son did. I am guessing the tiredness was partly from from the carb withdrawal, but also from being up since before 5am and having a demanding sick toddler to deal with all day.  

I feel good so far today. Now for some meal planning. I think I am going to make a version of this, minus the parmesan of course (though BB can have that added at the end), and I have organic pork mince this time not sausage meat. I have now bought a Julienne Peeler so I can try out some zucchini pasta for me, but will cook wheat pasta for BB.

I have also found a couple of brilliant blogs with great ideas nomnompaleo and change of pace. Fingers crossed I get a chance to look at them today.

I am going to try and publish and photograph at least one meal a day, just because I think it will give me more incentive to make it really nice. There will also be a record of my progress. Perhaps by the time I do my second I will be getting good at it!

Hello, and thanks for stopping by. My name is Emma and I am a lifestyle entrepreneur, writer, teacher, coach and mentor. I am passionate about eating real food, learning, travel and health. I get to spend my days with my amazing son who has chosen to learn from the world rather than at school. We write to share the life we love and to help others create a life they love too.

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