whole30 week four // completed!!

July 16, 2014

Previous updates: week one / week two / week three

I’m here with my last food diary update for the whole30! In this post I’m going to finish detailing what I ate and how I felt day to day, and then next week I’ve got a big recap for you about my thoughts on the entire experience. This is a bit longer than usual because it has nine days to it.

Day 22

Breakfast: three fried eggs, banana/blueberry/coconut flake mix, cold-brew coffee with coconut milk

Lunch: salad with shredded chicken and strawberries with an olive oil + raspberry balsamic dressing, and a fruit medley

Snack: Larabar

Dinner: baked chicken tenders dipped in mustard, a salad with tomato and olive oil + balsamic dressing, and a peach. Omg those chicken tenders were so good I ate six. SIX! But at this point I never overeat. I didn’t feel stuffed afterwards.

I felt: It was a really great day. I loved all my meals and felt awesome.

Day 23

Breakfast: four fried eggs, banana/blueberry/coconut flake mix, cold-brew coffee with coconut milk

Lunch: salad with shredded chicken and strawberries with an olive oil + raspberry balsamic dressing, and a fruit medley (I made a batch of shredded chicken so this is a really easy & yummy lunch right now.)

Snack: dried apricots

Dinner: leftover veggie & chicken stir fry with a scrambled egg added, fruit salad

I felt: I realized that I am just happy all the time right now. I feel great. I am excited about this ending soon, but I am not dissatisfied with the food I am eating currently.

Day 24

Breakfast: three fried eggs, banana/blueberry/coconut flake mix, cold-brew coffee with coconut milk

Lunch: salad with shredded chicken, tomato, and olive oil + balsamic dressing, strawberries, and a peach

Snack: Larabar

Dinner: my father-in-law made us strip steaks. I never liked steak all that much in the past but now I love it. Also had salad and fruit.

I felt: Another awesome day! My kids came to visit me at work and it made me so happy. One hard thing was that there was a birthday celebration at work and since our unit is under construction and we don’t currently have a break room, the food (barbecue and homemade cake) was served in our office and I got to look at it and smell it all afternoon.

Day 25

Breakfast: three fried eggs, banana/blueberry/coconut flake mix, cold-brew coffee with coconut milk

Lunch: salad with shredded chicken and strawberries, olive oil + raspberry balsamic dressing, a peach, and a few grapes

Snack: Larabar

Dinner: the same baked chicken tenders dipped in mustard I made earlier in the week because I am now obsessed with them. Would it be normal to make them every night until I get sick of them? Anyway I also had a salad with strawberries.

I felt: Really good again! These days I am pretty much happy, energized, and inspired all the time. I don’t get headaches like I used to, I don’t feel tired in the afternoon or even wiped out before bed.

Day 26

Breakfast: three fried eggs, banana/strawberry/coconut flake mix (we ran out of blueberries!), cold-brew coffee with coconut milk

Lunch: leftover chicken tenders dipped in mustard, salad with strawberries, banana

Snack: dried fruit

Dinner: my mom made us stuffed burgers (mine had peppers, onions, & pineapple inside) with a big salad on the side

I felt: I was a little bit tired by the end of the night (lately I have been energized all the way until I lie down in bed, but I still go to sleep easily) but otherwise still great!

Day 27

Breakfast: three fried eggs, banana/strawberry/coconut flake mix, cold-brew coffee with coconut milk

Lunch Second breakfast: a few hours later Meredith and I wanted more breakfast…so we repeated our entire meal (minus the coffee). So then I didn’t really eat a “lunch.”

Snack: dried fruit

Dinner: I met a friend at a restaurant and got a big veggie salad and had them add egg. I couldn’t even have grilled chicken on it because it was marinated in canola oil (so annoying) and I brought my own dressing from home. Later at home I made cinnamon apples for “dessert.”

I felt: I am still feeling amazing, but mentally I am kinda over this. :) I made out the next week’s grocery list and it was great to add regular bacon, cheese, and yogurt to the list!

Day 28

Breakfast:  four fried eggs, banana/strawberry/coconut flake mix, cold-brew coffee with coconut milk

Lunch: a few bites of leftover chicken apple sausage, but I wasn’t into it. So I made a salad with ground beef, paprika, tomato, and olive oil + balsamic dressing and had two clementines.

Snack: none

Dinner: we had our church life group and the meal was nachos, so I had a taco salad instead with a fruit salad for dessert.

I felt: awesome! The end is SO CLOSE and the last weekend is over.

Day 29

Breakfast: three fried eggs, banana/strawberry/coconut flake mix, cold-brew coffee with coconut milk

Lunch: baked chicken tenders dipped in mustard, salad with tomato & olive oil + balsamic vinegar, fruit salad

Snack: nuts

Dinner:

I felt:

Day 30

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Comments on whole30 week four // completed!!

  1. 1

    From Sarah:

    I cant do the low carb thing, but I love that awesome energetic feeling I get when Im eating really clean and sticking to only whole unprocessed grains. Ive been so tired/stressed lately though, Ive been making bad food choices which just leads to me feeling worse. When will I learn?

  2. 2

    From Karen:

    Thanks for these posts. Ive wanted to try this for a while now (i think I might have a dairy allergy) and you made it seem a lot easier than other people have easier to prepare meals that make it seem more accessible. Congrats!

  3. 3

    From Becca Hoelscher:

    Good job! I am proud of you. I am interested in hearing how you feel once you reintegrate other foods back into your diet. I would love to talk with you in more depth about this challenge sometime. Phone date soon?

  4. 4

    From Stephany:

    What an incredibly awesome accomplishment, Kathleen! I am really proud of you AND very inspired by you! This challenge still scares me a lot (and Im not very interested in going Paleo so Im not sure how beneficial it would be for me), but you made it seem very doable! Especially as a working mom of two! I can tell from your words what a change youve seen in your mental/emotional well-being, too!
    Stephany recently posted..Unapologetic

  5. 5

    From Kara:

    That would take so much dedication Im stoked for you for having completed the challenge! Id have to cut out so much of my favourite things, I dont even know where Id start if I did it. Way to go!!
    Kara recently posted..Currently

  6. 6

    From Melissa:

    Way to go! What an accomplishment. Did you buy the Whole 30 Cookbook to do this?
    Melissa recently posted..Colorful Bunting

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    From Kathleen:

    I didnt buy the cookbook, but in the book It Starts With Food they have a bunch of meal ideas and I used several of those! Other than that I found a few great paleo blogs to get recipes from.

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