Whole30 Days 1-5. Photos and recipes!

20 Aug

Happy Sunday!! I bet you are all just DYING to know how my Whole30 is going, I hope nobody lost any sleep…

Days 1-5 were rocky and there were several sneaky ingredients in some of the foods I ate. Particularly in Day 1…

The cashew butter I purchased from Wal Mart had Safflower oil in it…Safflower oil is not an approved oil…Go figure…Thanks WALMART…

I suggest anyone thinking of going Paleo or doing a Whole30 to read the book BEFORE doing a Whole30, not during, but that is probably common sense…Whoops. Ya live and learn…

Also hemp seed is not approved and I love love Shelled Hemp Seeds on my salads…So that was another mistake…Along with the hot sauce I put on my eggs but I may or may not have known that was not okay…

Also! I’m pretty damn disappointed about this BACON theory. I’m technically allowed to eat bacon, minimally, BUT there is a catch. Sugar FREE bacon is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find. Unless I have my own oinker in the backyard I plan on butchering myself, or if I wanna fork up $15 a pound and order it online I most likely will not be consuming any bacon during these 30 days. So that’s lame and this diet probably doesn’t sound as cool anymore. Sorry.

Lets do a little photo montage of my past few days shall we? I know everyone loves photos. Please don’t make fun of my pretend photography skills either.


My typical breakfast. Eggwhites. I am not hardcore enough to eat beef or chicken for breakfast. Sorry. I gave up my protein pancakes but you won’t catch me with me with a buffalo patty at 6:00 AM. So I’m sticking with spinach egg whites and usually some sweet potato and avocado.


I eat RAW macadamia nuts and cashews mostly.  They are the encouraged nuts. I eat almonds as well but less often. Read the book or google it if you wanna know exactly why. Different omegas blah blah.


THESE are heaven. And could be dangerous. But they are Raw and simply amazing. I stick to one serving of nut butter a day, or less. Peanut likes them too! Mmmmm


So maybe I have a coconut obsession! I mostly use coconut oil for cooking my meats and veggies, but coconut aminos are an amazing whole30 approved soy sauce replacement. Here is a link to a basic article on coconut oil and it’s benefits, we all love Dr. Oz! Benefits of Coconut Oil

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One things I truly miss about my old diet is my whey/casein protein shakes. This does the trick.

PrettyInProtein Coconut Banana Protein Shake

3/4 Cup Liquid Egg Whites

1/4 Cup full fat coconut milk

1 Cup spinach

1 Banana or 1/3 Cup berries (I suggest banana!)

Blend with a handful of ice and VUOLA!


I usually drink things out of plastic and eat out of plastic with plastic utensils, but let me pretend to be this classy, okay.

I usually prep my meals in advance, every 4 days or so I make a ton of food and it lasts me a few days and saves me a ton of time.

I prepped some AMAZING Kabocha Squash thanks to this post by PowerCakes.

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Roasted it at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes in coconut oil. OHHH its good.

And this shrimp was my dinner twice of the last couple days…


I know…Another coconut recipe

PrettyInProtein Coconut Shrimp and Avocado Sauce

1 Lb shrimp cooked in 1 TBS coconut oil and fresh minced garlic (or dry).

1 bunch of asparagus and 1/2 yellow onion sautéed in coconut oil, water and garlic. Cover pan and let asparagus soften. Separately from shrimp.


SAUCE; 1-2 avocados in food processor or blender with 3 tablespoons of canned coconut milk.



Peanut approves!


Basically I’m eating lots of these foods


  • Avocados
  • Eggs
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Fish (tilapia right now)
  • Coconut in every form!!!
  • Nuts
  • Squash
  • Greens (I try and keep the “Dirty Dozen” in mind when doing my produce shopping
  • Organic Chicken ($$!! ugh)
  • Grass-fed beef and bison

Bison is amazing. Go try it.

So is SUSHI!!

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I feel great. I truly love this whole experience. My cravings are minimal honestly. The only things I’ve craved are carob chips and oatmeal. But keep in mind my diet was pretty strict to begin with. No not perfect, but good.

I suggest to anyone considering this or anyone interested to start SLOW and not to jump into a Whole30 or strict Paleo diet.

The concept of this WHole30 is to minimize cravings and clean my palate. Appreciating food in it’s natural state. So far I’ve felt more energetic and less bloated and am really enjoying finding new recipes and being even more conscious about what I am putting in my body. Fueling my body rather than satisfying my hunger or cravings with what It Starts With Food refers to as “Frankenfood”. FAKE FOOD, which is 90% of a typical American diet… maybe even more.


Anyways this is getting WAY too long. I’ll continue my challenge and my updates.




12 Responses to “Whole30 Days 1-5. Photos and recipes!”

  1. PowerCakes™ (@PowerCakes) August 20, 2012 at 11:49 PM #


  2. Sara @ Nourish and Flourish August 21, 2012 at 10:42 PM #

    You’re doing great, girl! I’m cheering for you! Avocado coconut sauce sounds like a dream. I’ll definitely be making some this week! I bet it would be wonderful with chicken and salmon too. 🙂

    Coconut aminos and coconut oil and my best buds–so so good! I can’t get enough!

    I’m glad to hear you’re feeling less bloated. I’ve been following a modified Paleo diet (very modified, actually…I’ve only eliminated grains), and feel so much better. I’m almost tempted to try Whole 30 to see if it would improve my digestion even more!

    • Brooke August 22, 2012 at 9:09 AM #

      You should give it a try! I’m loving the results, and that it is making me experiment with different meats and veggies that I normally wouldn’t!

  3. Kammie August 23, 2012 at 2:02 PM #

    I NEED To try coconut butter already! ahhhhh

    • Brooke August 29, 2012 at 11:06 PM #

      Yes, it will change your LIFE 🙂

  4. ~jenniferlynn August 27, 2012 at 8:18 AM #

    I’m starting the Whole30 on Saturday.. super excited, scared, nervous, how-will-I-live-without-cheese?! 😉 It’ll be nice to read about someone else’s journey through this process!

    Just found your blog via SavvySassy (yay shoelace winners!).

    • Brooke August 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM #

      Yay! Awesome! I’m excited for you! You’ll love it and you’ll do great! Let me know how your first few days go!

      • ~jenniferlynn August 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM #

        I will definitely be blogging about my experience! I need somewhere to vent 😉

        http://www.winetoweightlifting.com if you’d like to subscribe and follow!

      • Brooke August 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM #

        That’s great! I will definitely be keeping up and reading! Good luck! :))

  5. Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile August 29, 2012 at 3:21 PM #

    I have a coconut obsession, too! It’s seriously the best thing ever.

  6. Corrie Anne August 31, 2012 at 6:12 PM #

    I’m always dying to know how someone’s Whole30 is going! Lol.

    • Brooke September 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM #

      Thanks! It’s going pretty well!! Almost over:)

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