My Whole30 Meals Photo Diary: Week 1

If you’ve been following along or new to the scene…

I started a round of the Whole30 lifestyle on March 6, 2017. Today marks my 2 weeks completed or 14 day mark (Hip-Hip-Hooray!!). In previous posts, I’ve already shared 15 Whole30 Dinner Ideas and 15 Whole30 Breakfast Ideas, but I wanted to share what my REAL-DEAL MEALS looked like.

What I noticed as I got further and further into my first week of Whole30 is that I became more aware of what components should be on my plate: Veggies, Protein, Fat, and minimal Fruits. For example, I started out making my breakfast with too much fruit and not enough veggies. So with time, I’m adjusting my meals to fit more into what Whole30 plates should look like. As you scroll through, you may also notice that some days I was spot on with my meal components, but others I may have been missing a plated fat or not enough veggies. It’s a learning process, folks! I worked more diligently in my 2nd week and into my 3rd week (today) to be more mindful.

So, it is a lot of work?

Hmmm……I will say this (to the tune of DJ Khaled “All I Do Is Win”):

All I do is Cook, Cook, Cook no matter what!

Whole30 on my mind, I can never get enough

And every time I step into the kitchen

Every veggie gets cut up…

And it’s health-aye, and it’s health-aye, and it’s health-aye!!

—okay, that’s it for my lyrical skills, hahaha

But for real though, I haven’t spent this much time in the kitchen since, well, NEVER! I admit, I complain about it sometimes, but I am reaping some of the best Non-Scale Victories (NSVs), so that makes me feel better about how much time I spend whipping up fresh meals throughout the day. It makes it easier that I am a Stay-At-Home-Mom, but moving forward, I will seek out ways to prep that will make my meals stretch a bit more or my just shorten my time a little. One thing that has helped is shopping some convenience items like pre-chopped onions or pre-cleaned veggies. Those few minutes (or tears with the onions) saved, are totally worth it!

Back to those NSVs…

I’m feeling tons more energy throughout the day, sleeping better (with the exception of when my daughter wakes in the middle of the night), my skin is clearing up AND I’ve noticed my face is slimming down (Hey, Hey Now!). As far as weight loss goes, I’ll have to report to you after my Whole30 is complete, since one of  the guidelines of Whole30 is to NOT weigh yourself until the end of your full round. If you do, technically, you are supposed to restart and I’m not down for that…so…we ALL have to wait for those results, mmmkay!

Well, without further adieu, here’s what I actually ate in my first week…

—MONDAY—

Breakfast:

Sliced Strawberries

Sliced Bananas

Coconut Cream

Cashew Butter


Comments: Clearly, not enough (or any, for that matter) Veggies…whoops!

Lunch:

Turkey Burger patty

Sweet Potato Ribbons

Riced Cauliflower

Avocado

Those Sweet Potato Ribbons were soooo tasty and quick to sauté in my cast iron.

Dinner:

Spaghetti Squash topped w/ Roasted Garlic Marinara

Ground Turkey

Roasted Broccoli

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Okay, not quite like actual spaghetti, but the squashed tasted great with that sauce, so it was good in my book.

—TUESDAY—

Breakfast (Same as Monday):

Sliced Strawberries

Sliced Bananas

Coconut Cream

Cashew Butter

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I also, later read to lay off the nuts (Cashew Butter) since it can cause inflammation. Lesson Learned.

Lunch:

Turkey Burger

Fried Egg

Sweet Potato Strips

Grapes

Strawberries

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Dinner:

Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

Sautéed Veggie Mix

Roasted Baby Potatoes

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Like here, I didn’t have a plated fat with this meal. Sometimes it’s hard to fit it in, but I gotta keep striving for it!

—WEDNESDAY—

Breakfast:

Spicy Jalapeño Sausage

Scrambled Eggs w/Sautéed Onions

Avocado

Cara Cara Oranges

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I got the sausage from Trader Joe’s and it’s just enough heat and juicy!

Lunch:

Sockeye Salmon Salad (mixed w/ mustard & diced Pickles)

Steamed Broccoli

Riced Cauliflower

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Truth moment: This meal was as flavor-less as it looks AND I’m not a big fan of the cauliflower rice, but I’m glad that I was getting some good nutrients for my body and switching up a bit.

Dinner:

Bacon-wrapped Mini Meatloafs

Roasted Mushrooms

Potatoes (two ways)

Brussel Sprouts

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This was a cool meal to make. My family enjoyed these fun-sized meat loafs…and of course, the BACON!

—THURSDAY—

Breakfast:

Spicy Jalapeño Sausage

Gold & Sweet Potato Hash w/ Brussel Sprouts, Onions & Red Bell Pepper

One Hard-Boiled Egg

1/2 an Avocado

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There goes that spicy sausage again!! Also, the hash is from the previous night’s dinner (scroll up again). So good and saved me time!

Lunch: 

Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

Spaghetti Squash w/ Roasted Garlic Marinara

Garden Salad w/ Tessamae’s Ranch

More left overs…Still tasty!

Dinner: 

Lemon Butter Chicken w/ Rosemary

Extra Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes w/ Ghee

Garden Salad w/ Tessamae’s Ranch

1/2 an Avocado

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This Chicken was finger-lickin’ good! Like, for real. The recipe is included in my 15 Whole30 Dinners roundup. I did, however, over pour the coconut milk in my ‘taters so they were, what I like to call: Extra Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

—FRIDAY—

Breakfast:

Spicy Jalapeño Sausage

Gold & Sweet Potato Hash w/ Brussel Sprouts, & Onions

1/2 an Avocado

Roma Tomato Slices

Spicy Jalapeño Sausage Gold & Sweet Potato Hash w/ Brussel Sprouts, Onions & Red Bell Pepper

Same meal. Different day. I could probably eat this a couple times a week! In fact, I did, so yeah…

Lunch (On-The-Go):

Apple Slices

Cashew Butter

Grapes

Coconut Cream Pie Lara Bar

Spicy Jalapeño Sausage Gold & Sweet Potato Hash w/ Brussel Sprouts, Onions & Red Bell Pepper

I had a busy day which kept me away from the house and on the road a lot, so this was what I could scrounge together for my Whole30 compliant lunch. It’s missing veggies, but hey, at least I stayed within the guidelines for approved food! Pat on the back as I drove past many drive-thrus while munching on my apples with cashew butter! I think that could be another NSV!

Dinner: 

Lemon Butter Chicken w/ Rosemary

Extra Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes w/ Ghee

Garden Salad w/ Tessamae’s Ranch

—SATURDAY—

Breakfast:

Spicy Jalapeño Sausage

Gold & Sweet Potato Hash w/ Brussel Sprouts, Onions & Red Bell Pepper

Spaghetti Squash

1/2 a Hard-Boiled Egg

1/2 an Avocado

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Lunch (On-The-Go…again):

Lemon Bar Lara Bar

Bacon Slice

Grapes

1/2 a Hard-Boiled Egg

Raw Bell Peppers & Carrots

Tessamae’s Ranch

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I did a little better this time for an on-the-go lunch. Got my bacon and eggs for protein, carrots and red bell peppers for veggies, ranch for fat and my Lara Bar, for, well…filling me up! I ate the grapes last and could finish most of them.

Dinner:

Flat Iron Steak

Sweet Potato Fries

Roasted Broccoli

Tessa Mae’s Ranch

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Hands down. One of my favorite meals. I cooked something like this up almost weekly prior to Whole30. I just love a simple steak, veggie, potato meal.

—SUNDAY—

Breakfast:

Bacon Slices

Sunny Side Egg

Sautéed Spinach

Sautéed Mushrooms

1/2 an Avocado

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Yes, this was as good as it looks! A nice switch-up from the sausage and hash.

Lunch:

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Broccoli Slaw

Sweet Potato Fries

Roasted Broccoli

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My son loved this lettuce wraps. He keeps asking me to make them. I liked them too. Broccoli slaw…not so much.

Dinner:

Chicken Cacciatore

Mashed Potatoes w/ Ghee

Sautéed Zucchini

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Final dinner of week one was one for the record books! Well, what I’m saying is, it was flavorful, comforting, and reminded me of something my mom would make. I enjoyed it A LOT. This recipe it also in my Whole30 Dinners roundup.

Well….*big sigh*

This was a lot of meals to prepare AND capture pics of. I am proud that I stayed so consistent by taking a picture of every meal I consumed. Looking back, it feels great to see all the healthy food I allowed myself to eat. Go Nova! Go Nova!

Stay tuned (or subscribe) for Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4, as I will continue to photo diary all my meals!

Happy Eats!

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28 Comments

  1. Natasha

    Fabulous! Once I get up and about with this baby blues gone. I’ll make some healthy meals. Is so hard with him shopping. I can’t wait. He wasted a whole container of kiwi! So….when mommy is back…its back to the real deal!!!

  2. Wow! Usually I’m so intimidated by meal plans. But THIS looks DELICIOUS and POSSIBLE! 😀 Thanks so much for taking the time to post all these!

  3. Ok this is amazing. Im new here and Ive thought about doing whole 30 but it seems so hard! I maybe making everything you do the next 30 days just saying. 😝

    • happilyeverhauser@gmail.com

      I’m glad it’s inspiring you! Whole30 is new to me and I’m learning a lot as I go…let’s just say, clothes are fitting better and my energy has been through the roof!

    • happilyeverhauser@gmail.com

      Yes, it is a lot of cooking. I was just telling my friend someone should add that to one of the options for those home delivery businesses. Or open a chain of Whole30 restaurants…I’d be a customer!

    • happilyeverhauser@gmail.com

      Thanks Sue! There were some moments, very few when I had a snack in between a meal. Those would be a handful of pistachios or half a banana.

    • happilyeverhauser@gmail.com

      Thanks for checking it out! It’s been easier than I expected to do this…always having my phone around helps. Lol

    • happilyeverhauser@gmail.com

      Thanks Leanne! I am enjoying the process! I was so nervous about starting something like this, but it’s been pretty smooth. I guess I was just ready for this.

  4. Katy H.

    Your extensive research, creativity, beautiful meals, and dedication are inspiring. I’m on Day 3 of the Whole30, for the 1st time. Your blog is wonderful encouragement. Thank you Nova!

    • Katy! I’m so glad you found this helpful! That’s my goal 😁 My advice: take each day one at a time and remember it is YOUR journey!

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