Whole30 Day 1

Woo hoo!  I finally made it past day 1!  I seriously cannot believe it took me 3 attempts to get there.  Day 1 – Take 1 was thwarted by NYE leftovers at breakfast – corn chips and beetroot hummus (made with white beans as Mum was out of tahini).  Day 1 – Take 2 was on track until my little sis, who is intolerant to almost everything and never eats out, said she really wanted to eat a meal that wasn’t made at home for once. I couldn’t bring myself to say ‘sorry lets eat at home as I need to pretend to be like you for 30 days’ so I picked the most paleo meals on the menu.  My ‘cheat’ wasnt major – the grilled scallops for entrée had tiny globs of avocado mousse (dairy) on them and my main was a 250g Angus rump steak atop a few divine slivers of buttery shiitake mushroom.  Yep, I could have not eaten both but .. I did.  And a cheat is a cheat, which brings us to Day 1 – Take 3 … AND YESTERDAY I FINALLY STARTED THE JANUARY WHOLE30!



Corned Beef with Cabbage and Broccoli Slaw, and Beetroot Hummus

Corned Beef with Cabbage and Broccoli Slaw, and Beetroot Hummus a.k.a ‘lunch’

Afternoon snack

  • 1/2-1 cup chopped cantelope


  • 1/2 cup sweet potato
  • ~100g sliced corned beef
  • 1 large handful  (~12) snowpeas
  • ~3 cups/2 large handfuls mixed lettuce/bitter greens with macadamia oil and hemp seeds


  • walk the cog after dinner – 4km

After dinner snack

  • 1 small-medium sized banana, sliced
  • 1/2 chilled grapefruit, sliced

9 cups of veg

  • 3 cups of leafy greens – CHECK
  • 3 cups of sulphur rich – CHECK
  • 3 cups of brightly coloureds – hmmm… do I count snowpeas as brightly coloured ?  I think it’s supposed to be non-greens.  Grapefruit? Banana ?  There was tomato in the breakfast ‘bolognaise’, carrot in the ‘slaw and a fair bit of beetroot (2 tbsp pureed is about half a beetroot), thought the beetroot is a starchy veg and you’re not supposed to count those.  Purple/red cabage is ‘coloured’ so that counts (one cup would be required for each attribute).

Lesson of the day

I need to buy more indisputable brightly coloured non-starchy veg so I don’t have to question whether something is countable or not: tomatoes (gazpacho!), berries (me thinks frozen … will last longer and it’s HOT outside- the chilled grapefruit was excellent simply because it was COLD), capsicum.  Oh, and of course Mark Sisson has an excellent list of brightly coloured fruit and veg … his blog always seems to come to my rescue. 🙂

  • Way to keep yourself honest! I was two days in when I had a restaurant meal that was a) totally worth it and b) not entirely Whole30, so I restarted. What has really helped me stay accountable so far (day 11) is reminding myself that no one else cares what I’m eating- it’s completely on me whether or not I complete the Whole30. Last time all my friends and coworkers knew I was doing it, I was posting daily food log photos on my blog, and it actually added more stress and increased the amount of time I was thinking about food. This time it’s much more low key and has been going better for me. Keep it up! 🙂

    • Thanks Alicia! Other than the hiccup at the start I’ve found it fairly easy to avoid contraband (mind you it’s only day 10). I need to try and cut back on Pinterest as there are just too many gorgeous looking meals on there and it’s probably been my main source of temptation this week (thankfully there’s a screen between me and the yumminess). Good luck! 🙂

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