After a couple of years of being “too busy” for a Whole30, I’m finally back! I’ll be updating my older content which breaks down how I found Whole30 and what I eat in a day typically.
I think it’s great to document your Whole30 journey, and my posts might even help you figure out what you eat throughout your own.
My Whole30 journey started a number of years ago, inspired by a friend Leah. I asked her a few questions about her own journey, which you can read here, that also goes into what you can expect and reasons to do a Whole30.
Whole30 Preparation is Key
The number one thing I’ve learnt over the years is that preparation is key. You need to do some meal planning, get the shopping sorted and clear out your kitchen, fridge, cupboards of non compliant stuff.
I did that this time and it’s helped a lot.
I started by creating a whole weeks worth of meals, compiled a shopping list, ordered the shopping for delivery and ta-dah. I was ready to rock and roll…
What’s New For My 2022 Whole30
Previously, to keep my Whole30’s interesting and to help me find new things to eat, I’ve used different cook books – including Hemsley & Hemsley and the actual Whole30 book (which is a firm favourite).
At some point somewhere, I did also buy the Whole30 slow cooker book, because I love my slow cooker. There were a wide selection of Instant Pot recipes in the book too which got me intrigued and eventually, when my slow cooker stopped working, I got an Instant Pot (which also has a slow cooker function) to replace it.
So this time round, I’ll be mixing up simple classic meals (from pre Whole30 that are compliant), testing out some new IP recipes as well as using my favourites from the original Whole30 recipe and cook book.
Whole30 Days 1 – 5
The first few days haven’t been too bad. I don’t expect to feel great instantly, in-fact, I expect it to take quite a while this time around. Right away though, my hunger hasn’t been too bad but this could be down to using L-glutamine over the past week or so.
However, I did an indoor ride on day 3 from my training plan, and I kid you not, it was horrific. I’ve not had a ride feel so hard in as long as I can remember. I felt nauseous, exhausted and had to pause my workout a number of times to give myself some extra rest.
It wasn’t pretty but I got it done.
A typical day for me has looked like this –
7.45am – wake up
8.30am – 10am – Meal 1
1pm – 3pm – Meal 2
6pm – 9pm – Meal 3
10.30pm – Bed
Whole30 What I Eat In A Day
Here are a couple of days worth of what I ate. I’ve been trying to cook enough to have left overs for a meal the following day, to help reduce cooking:
Day 3 Meals
- Chia pudding with fruit
- Coconut chicken with cauliflower rice
- Steak with sweet potato wedges
Day 4 Meals
- Hemp protein smoothie
- Coconut chicken with sweet potato
- Turkey chilli with avocado and plantain chips
Day 5 Meals
- Chia pudding with blueberries (pre workout)
- Eggs, bacon and avocado (post workout)
- Turkey Chilli with avocado and plantain chips
- Beef Tacos
Whole30 Days 6 – 10
I made it through the first five days, and I’m pretty happy. I’ve been sleeping really heavily and not waking up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom so that’s definitely a positive so far.
I think my main focus needs to be on eating enough / fuelling right for my workouts.
It has however still been tough for me to wake up, but once I’m up and moving I feel great.
Day 9 Meals
- Pina Colada protein smoothie
- Bacon and mushroom chicken with sweet potato mash (pictured above)
- Jacket potato with tuna mayo (pictured above)
Day 10 Meals
- Chia pudding with pear and kiwi
- BBQ ribs with jacket potato
- Pork carnitas with fried eggs and avocado
When it comes to ingredients, every time it’s the same ones that I get stuck on. I’ve found Amazon to be pretty useful – here’s my running list of Whole30 compliant stuff. Also, Buy Wholefoods Online were a good shout for, well, wholefoods, especially in larger quantities and cheaper than the supermarket.
And stock, I got from Marks & Spencers. They do a vegetable, beef and chicken version which contain no added sugar.
I’m looking forward to the next 10 days. We’re rotating 2 versions of a weekly menu so there is less planning and we can simply re-order the shopping each week.
The only thing left to think about is how to fuel on my outdoor rides. Nakd bars for the win… but any other suggestions are appreciated!
Stay tuned to see how my next 10 days go!
p.s have been loving vitacoco for their coconut oil… they even have a CBD infused one along with their CBD infused drink which makes a nice change from still water!