When doing Whole30, there aren’t really options for eating Chinese food from restaurants, even if you are careful. Soy sauce is in practically everything, a lot of foods are fried, and the sauces are sweetened. I missed not having Chinese food, and knew there had to be a way to make some of my favorite dishes Whole30 compliant. I made this Whole30 Kung Pao Chicken for a Whole30 Chinese New Year potluck, and this won best dish for the evening. It even won a bag of kale! What better award is there to win than a bag of kale? I made kale chips, and patted myself on the back while I ate them.
I’m officially done with Whole30! These are words I never thought I would say, both before I attempted Whole30 and while I was doing it. Of course, it’s not really over because I still have the re-introduction period, but I finished those 30 days of eating clean (and limited) foods. I plan on writing more in depth about it later, but here’s the skinny.
In my third week of Whole30, I:
- Realized my joints are not as inflamed
- Have significantly less pain in my neck (residual from a herniated disc)
- Successfully stopped myself from sticking my face into a cake and eating all of it (like I wanted)
- Realized that my acne has improved
Week 2 of Whole30 is when the cravings hit me. After not having many in the first week, I thought that I must be so strong-willed to not even have cravings in my second week of Whole30. Turns out, that was not the case at all. I had very, very strong cravings. Also, my bloating came back, which I think might be related to the sausage I ate most mornings. By the end of the week, I decided to change what I was eating for breakfast to see if that was the case, and I think it was.
Okay, I know I said that I wasn’t really having strong cravings in my first week of Whole30, and I really didn’t. But boy, on Day 10, the Whole30 cravings hit me HARD. All I could think about was rice, and rice noodles, and how much I wanted Pad Kee Mao. Rice is a weird thing for me to crave, because usually, I will crave bread. On Days 10 and 11, though, I mainly wanted rice and rice products. All I could think about was the texture of biting into those wide rice noodles.
I’ve tracked everything I could think of for my first week of Whole30, and I’ve broken out day by day how I felt, what I ate, and what exercise I did–and the dreams I had about food. If you’re considering doing a Whole30, this is what the first week was like for me, what I ate, and how many calories I consumed. I’m already feeling better!
I honestly don’t know if I’ll be able to complete Whole30, but I’m going to try, starting on January 2. I tried to do paleo last year, and I lasted three and a half days–not a great record. Every year, my best friends do a January cleanse of either paleo or Whole30, and every year I thought they were crazy and that there would be no way I would join. This year, however, I’m going to give it a shot. To do that, I have needed to prepare myself with strategies to overcome the challenges I know lay ahead. This is how I’m preparing for Whole30, from a complete beginner.