Much To My Delight

Much To My Delight

Whole 30, Week One

As all good post-holiday cliches go, Vin and I decided to do the Whole30 at the turn of the year. We waited until the Monday after New Year’s, and let me tell you, I hit the cheese spreads hard in the days leading up to our descent into clean eating. Sometimes I can still hear the goat cheese crying.

If you haven’t heard of the Whole30, here’s a quick summary: It’s not a diet or a cleanse, it’s considered a “nutritional reset” where you eliminate inflammatory foods from your diet for 30 days, then reintroduce them slowly to see what might be problematic for you. You basically eat whole foods only — organic sources of protein like beef, eggs, chicken and fish, all vegetables, avocados, nuts, and fruits. On the no-can-do list are all processed foods, any type of sugar or sweetener, alcohol, all grains, all dairy, all soy, all unrefined oils. It takes a lot of planning, mindfulness and determination. We’ve done them before– Vin has actually completed two without me– and it was time for another. Here’s why.

DSC_2569Hey! Look at me all dressed up for Christmas dinner at Dad’s house. I swear we weren’t super-imposed.

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Somewhere in Central Texas…

We spent nine days in Texas over the holidays, basically eating ourselves silly as we drove from town to town. Something happens to me when I go back to Texas; it’s almost like I forget what a vegetable is or that there’s virtue and purpose in eating one. Allow me to reminisce and give you some samples of the meals we ate there. You’ll notice one recurring color. That color is brown.

catfish and okra

breakfast burrito


texas pecan pie

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We did go bike riding one evening in Austin, but even that was part of a food tour. And the bikes were electric so if you were too full from tacos and mini-donuts all you had to do was push a little button and the bike would yank you on up the hill.

Now do you see why we’re doing this?

At this writing, it’s day six and if I saw you walking down the street with a cup of coffee with cream and sugar I’d probably yank it right out of your hand and never look back. Vin would wrestle a bear to to the ground if the reward was a box of donuts. We dream about sugar the way some people aspire for fame or large amounts of money. I would also really like to jump inside a bag of sour cream and onion chips and eat my way out of it. But other than that–we’re doing great!

Here’s a breakdown of what the past few days have been like:


Results so far: Noticeably flatter stomach, reduced sugar spikes and crashes, great energy during workouts, reduced bloating, solid sleep

Complaints: Pretty nasty withdrawal headache on day two, cravings, difficulty managing social activities (I find eating out to be less pleasurable eating this way), constantly planning and prepping for the next meal

Favorite Meals:

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Ginger-garlic broth with shredded chicken and spiralized zucchini noodles

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A typical Whole30 lunch for us: organic chicken breast cooked in coconut oil, roasted sweet potatoes or butternut squash, 1/2 avocado and a quick sauce of cilantro, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper


I’ll check in with a weekly update until we complete this sucker. I was a Whole30 dropout the only other time I did it, and only last 20 days. This time I intend to complete all 30. I love all those posts people write with their results at the end and I would like to be one of those people.

Have you ever done a Whole 30? What were your results like? Did you change any of your eating habits as a result?

Jenn P.

30-something psychotherapist. Loves cooking, hosting parties, exploring new places. Texan by birth. New Yorker by choice. Likes to tell little stories. Pull up a chair; I'll tell you one.

  • Jillian
    I remember the last time you did this! I’d like to do it again sometime because I felt so energetic once I got into it. However, it did get a little expensive for me, especially with all the free-range/grass-fed/organic meat. Do you find that you spend more on groceries now?
    • Jenn from much to my delight
      Hi Jillian! Yes, I remember you did this too. I wish I had kept receipts from last month’s grocery shopping to this month’s. Overall, it might actually be less spending because we’re really not eating out at all and that includes daytime lunches, coffees (for me) and hot chocolates (for Vin). I usually buy one big organic chicken, cut off the skin, and boil it, which makes it stretch much further– I have the broth for soups, then I use the shredded chicken for lunches for the next few days. Did it make you change any of your eating habits long-term?
      • Jillian
        Yes, I guess that makes sense when you factor in the not eating out part of it. And doing this absolutely changed the way I eat. I try to incorporate more fresh fruits and veggies, as opposed to breads, pastas, etc. into my daily diet. I don’t drink coffee every day anymore. And I definitely consume less sugar, which was a big accomplishment for me!
  • Meg
    I’ve heard much about Whole 30 — go you! This is definitely a challenge, but I see the value in it for sure. When the time comes for me to get my act together post-baby, I’ll be going right back to Weight Watchers . . . but many of the tenets of both — cleaner eating; mindful eating; eliminating/limiting certain food groups that contribute to weight gain and/or inflammation — are the same. Three cheers to good health!
  • erica
    I’ve never done a Whole 30, but it sounds interesting. I’m reading a book (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) that is causing me to think about what I put into my body more. I’m interested to follow along with you!
    • Jenn from much to my delight
      Omnivore’s Dilemma is a great book and definitely enlightening.