Simplified Whole30, Day 1

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Simplified Whole30 Daily Photo Journal

Before Whole30 Photo

So, perhaps against better judgment, I am posting my before photo. It looks way worse than I feel like I look. I’ll blame the yoga pants. I should have worn jeans for the photo. But, there it is. There I am, and hopefully in 30 days there will be less of me.

I started on Monday, even though it was December 30th instead of January 1st or 2nd. I just wanted to get it over with and it made more sense to begin on a Monday anyway. So, here’s what I ate.


I hadn’t gone grocery shopping since before Christmas, so my vegetable choices at breakfast were slim. I had my three fried eggs (fried in tallow I made a few weeks before) on top of a bed of baby greens (spinach, kale, and chard mix from Costco). It actually wasn’t that bad. I might have that when I want to change things up from the vegetable saute I have planned for most of the month.

Simplified Whole30 Breakfast

The kids had pancakes from the day before, toasted with butter.


Simplified Whole30 Lunch

By the time lunch rolled around, I’d been to WinCo and Costco and there was more produce available than could fit in my fridge. So, I had a salad with pork leftover from the night before.


Simplified Whole30 Dinner

I had purchased an eight-pound beef roast for $3/pound at WinCo, so I went ahead and made that for dinner rather than put it in the freezer. I braised it with onions, salt, pepper, garlic, and a splash of balsamic vinegar. We also had frozen green beans, roasted, and a salad with mashed frozen berries (that we’d picked and frozen earlier in the year, raspberries and blueberries) as the dressing.

When two of the children requested a third serving of beef, I gave them half a thick slice of sandwich bread with butter instead.

Day 1 Status Update

Simplified Whole30

Whole30 Daily Photo Journal

All day I have felt like I need to snack, although I have eaten plenty of food. I think it’s the switch from being pretty carb-heavy over the holidays, because today was a very low-carb day. I’ve done low-carb before and I know I’ll adjust after a day or two. I have been able to refrain from snacking, but willpower is always the highest the first day.

Tomorrow will be the real test.

Simple, Family-Friendly Whole30 Plan

Keep reading: Day 2

  1. Clare
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    I think you look great :) But, Good Luck anyway! I’m still BFing my 13 month old, plus have a huge cheese board from Christmas left to get through, but would definitely like to try something like this at some point, so will be bookmarking.

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