My Whole 30 Journey {Days 1-3}

I set my clock for 6am. This is a very well-intentioned decision but there is only probably one morning in every twenty I manage to get up at this time. My long term goal is to be able to manage this more often than I don’t. Any improvement here is welcome!

I do this for a number of reasons. First of all, no one else in my household ever gets up this early. It means I can sneak away to the study with a fresh brew of coffee and have some quiet time all to myself. The days I achieve this, I feel more accomplished and I enjoy the feeling of productivity.

So – goal number 1 – get up when the alarm goes off, do not hit snooze 18 times, do not go back to sleep.

In ‘It Starts with Food’, Melissa Hartwig says that as a result of the Whole 30 she was able to get up without an alarm…well I can aready do this if getting up without an alarm means getting up at 10 in the morning. So, here’s hoping…

And here is my three day round-up…what I ate, how I felt, what I changed and how many times I have twitched when I look at the snack drawer 😉


Day 1


You’re not supposed to weigh yourself during the Whole 30, and I am not pursuing this for weight loss purposes, but just for interest, I weighed myself this morning and I am 132.2lb.


I struggle to eat breakfast first thing, and I have for years. I’m not ready to eat when I first wake up, so I drank my coffee (black as ever) while the kids and other half ate breakfast. When everyone left the building I had 2 boiled eggs.

On the day before day 1, I had 2 crumpets for breakfast. By eleven o’clock that morning, I was shaky and I have noticed that when I eat carbohydrates for breakfast this often happens. I suddenly get sweaty and shaky and need to eat immediately. This is not a good thing.

Day 1 – no shaky sweaty and I didn’t need anything to eat until lunch time.


Made myself some chicken soup (with onion, carrots and butternut squash) – recipe in the back of the book ‘It Starts with Food’. I was surprised at the quantity it made for 1 person…I had a healthy bowl full and saved the rest for either Day 2’s lunch or later on if I felt peckish in the afternoon.

Chicken Soup…mmm, what’s not to love?!



5 olives and a sundried tomato.


I made a beef curry – recipe below – for dinner. I have tried to make courgette noodles before, and had I got my act together I should have bought some and made them to accompany this. As it turned out, I just had a hearty bowl of the curry and it was delicious 🙂

How I felt after Day 1

Well, I felt tired as ever by 7.30…although possibly a little less sluggish in the afternoon. I had cramps in my stomach before tea, very normal for me, I will look forward to them disappearing if they are food related. 


Beef Curry


2tbsp coconut oil

1 onion, chopped

1/2 tsp curry powder

500g lean steak mince

1 large carrot, chopped

1 can tomatoes (check the labels – make sure there’s no sneaky sugar in them)

1/2 cup coconut milk

4 cubes frozen spinach


Heat the oil in a pan and cook the onion for 3-5 minutes until softened. Add the curry powder until the onion is coated.

Add the mince and break up as it cooks.

When mince is completely browned, add the carrot and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and coconut milk.

Bring to simmer and add the spinach.

I let this pan simmer away for about an hour.


This was a delicious meal – it made enough for me, my husband and a healthy tub of leftovers for tomorrow 🙂


Day 2


Managed to get up at 6.30 – only hit snooze a handful of times this time 😉

Woke up with a headache and a sore throat. This is very common for me. By 10.30, they had both gone.


All four of us had poached eggs and bacon. I had 2 eggs and 4 rashers of streaky bacon. Followed by a Satsuma. Oh, and 2 cups of black coffee.

Snack: Throughout the morning I had a banana and about 6 olives. Not at the same time.

Lunch: Leftover soup from yesterday – that’s all gone now 🙂

Snack: I had two satsumas in the afternoon.

Dinner: Made a Beef Chilli from the back of ‘It Starts with Food’. You serve it with spinach, avocado, black olives and homemade ranch dressing. It was a delicious dinner.

Chilli Beef, spinach, avocado, black olives and homemade ranch dressing - what's not to like?!

Chilli Beef, spinach, avocado, black olives and homemade ranch dressing – what’s not to like?!

How I felt after Day 2

I made cakes today; there is a house group at my house every Wednesday and I like to bake, so I managed to make 28 cupcakes without even licking the spoon – no mean feat because they were pumpkin spice, one of my favourite flavours.

I have felt a bit hungry on and off today. Might need to eat lunch earlier and a small meal in the afternoon, because I certainly felt satisfied after my meals.

Felt very tired about 3pm…again, very usual for me.


Day 3


Woke up with a stinking headache again and it didn’t disappear quickly, eventually I relented and had paracetamol in the afternoon, but it never completely went.

Interestingly, I have woken up hungry for the past two days, which has meant I have managed to eat breakfast with my family first thing rather than mid-morning.

I have decided I need to drink more water, too.

Breakfast: I made a 2 egg omelette with 2 rashers of smoked streaky bacon and a sprinkle of chives…very tasty.

Lunch:Ate leftover beef curry from Monday’s dinner, with an avocado and a tablespoon of yesterday’s ranch dressing.

Snack: Ate a banana in the afternoon, then later on an apple with some cashew butter. Chomped my way through some olives here and there too.

Dinner: Made a pork mince and apple dish tonight; v simple, and the recipe is in ‘It Starts with Food; served it with a small portion of boiled potatoes, spinach and sugar snap peas. Great dinner. Again.

How I felt after Day 3

I felt really tired again around 4.30 – even had a sneaky cat nap. However, I think getting to bed earlier is on the agenda too.

I love the food, it’s so up my street. The only thing is, it’s quite time consuming, so next week I’m going to be batch cooking so that I have some basic things made ahead. I love cooking, but there’s only so much of my life I can dedicate to humming around the kitchen watching Netflix!

Grace and Love

Helen x




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