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Whole 30 Week One

Hello and welcome to my Whole 30 Week One experience. I have done a Whole 30 before, but only made it to day 21. This time around my health is depending on it, so I am ready to do this!

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Here is some back story. I have been losing hair on and off for several years. The past 5 months have been the worst. I have lost at least 1/3 of my hair. I just had another round of blood work done and the only thing that stands out is that my iron is low. I have been suffering from low iron for as long as I can remember. Before going gluten free I was anemic.

I am taking an iron supplement, but it clearly isn’t enough. So, this time the Whole 30 is for me to hopefully jump start my health and get my iron under control.

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Day One

Breakfast: Fried Egg & Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Lunch: Steak Fajita Salad

Snack: Handful of pistachios

Dinner: Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Cauli Rice

Dessert: Apple and Almond Butter

Day One was easy except for all of the prep. I made Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Veggies, Chopped Veggies, Hard Boiled Eggs, Mayo, Ranch, Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Cauli Rice, and Sheet Pan Fajitas. I was exhausted!

Day Two

Breakfast: Fried Egg and I reheated the sweet potatoes and vegetables. I also added a handful of spinach and did it all in one pan.


Bowl of strawberries, blueberries, banana, coconut chips and a drizzle of almond butter.

A Spoonful of avocado and a few plantain chips.

Lunch: Leftover Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Cauli Rice

Dinner: Red Robin Simple burger wrapped in lettuce with steamed broccoli.

Note: Watching my family eat french fries was torture. I love french fries so freaking bad. FYI the broccoli was nasty.

Snack: Hardboiled egg and handful of pistachios.

Day 2 I was tired, but that was likely because I slept horribly the night before. I felt hungry and thirsty more than normal.

Day 3

Breakfast: Prepped sweet potatoes and veggies reheated with an egg and spinach.

Snack: Cashew Cookie Larabar.

Lunch: Whole 30 Salad from Chipotle.

Dinner: Herb Roasted Chicken, Potatoes, and Veggies.

Snack: Chocolate Chia Pudding with Strawberries

Day 3 I had a headache around 1 pm that progressed. I had a runny nose and felt like I was getting sick. By the evening I realized I was coming down with a cold. I barely slept because my head and sinuses began to throb and the pain kept me awake.

Day 4

Breakfast: The rest of the Chocolate Chia Pudding with strawberries, blueberries and organic coconut chips.

Snacks- 1/4 Cup pistachios and 2 TBSP. Avocado with a handful of plantain chips.

Lunch- Left over potatoes with a ranch drizzle.

Dinner- Healing Chicken Soup that my best friend made me

Snack- Apple and Almond Butter

Day 4 I woke up feeling like I got hit by a train. An excruciating headache along with the cold and no sleep the night before made me wake up feeling like S$&^.

I put on a SIVA patch for some relief and drank lots of water and warm tea.

Day 5

Breakfast- Egg and Chicken Sausage

Snack- TBSP. of Pistachios

Lunch- Left over soup

Dinner- Beef Stew – to make this Whole 30 you sub the rice flour for arrowroot starch, omit the corn and add another veggie in its place and I like to use bone broth.

Dessert- I made a Whole 30 Orange Julius and it was amazing!

1 Banana

1 Orange

1/4 Cup Almond Milk and a few ice cubes.

Blend and serve! It was amazing!

I was really sick with a cold on day 5 and spent most of the day laying and resting.

Day 6

Breakfast: Sautéed veggies with a sprinkle of pine nuts.

Lunch: Leftover Soup

Snack: Pistachios

Orange Julius

Dinner: Jambalaya (I will be making a recipe post for this in the near future)

Dessert: Sautéed a banana in coconut oil with a sprinkle of cinnamon and drizzled in almond butter.

I woke up with zero appetite and I had to make myself eat because I was getting grumpy. I am still sick and I know that is effecting my appetite and cravings.

Day 7

Breakfast: Cashew Cookie Larabar

Lunch: Sautéed Veggies with Pine Nuts

Snack: Smoothie and Pistachios

Dinner: Chicken Soup modified without the rice and I added half of a cabbage instead.

I was still sick without much of an appetite.

In conclusion week one was a bit brutal, but mostly because I was sick and not feeling well. I over prepped and that was a big mistake. I did not end up using much of the mayo I made, so I won’t make it again unless I know I need it. I also hardboiled way too many eggs for snacks.

I’m excited for week 2 in hopes of feeling better.

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  1. Your meals this week sound so interesting. The Whole30 challenge sounds like a good way to try out new foods. I hope you feel better soon.

    1. livingfreelygf says:

      Hi Bethany! Whole 30 definitely gets you out of your comfort zone. I have been feeling better now, thanks!