2012 Whole Living Challenge: Week 1 Wrap-Up

I’m happy to report that Week 1 of the Whole Living Challenge was much easier for me this year! Last year, when I first tried doing it I had awful headaches for the first couple of days while the toxins left my body and I adjusted to my new diet. I also remember feeling very fatigued. This year, thankfully, I felt great pretty much from the start!

To recap, the following are off-limits throughout this three week (and bonus 4th week) detox plan:  processed foods and beverages, added sugar, dairy, caffeine, and alcohol.  In addition, food options for Week 1 are limited to only the following:  fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, plant-based fats/oils, and spices.

My goals for Week 1 were to start off each morning with a cup of hot water with a squeeze of lemon, stick to liquids in the morning, and try to go raw until dinner.  I did great with this for the most part, but had leftover cooked food for lunch on Saturday and Sunday (not raw).

One of my overall goals for doing this Challenge was to push myself to try new foods and recipes.  The following is a list of new foods I tried for the first time this week:

  • Alfalfa Sprouts
  • Chia Seeds
  • Mango
  • Coconut Water
  • Cranberries (dried)

And these are the new recipes I tried this week:

I was very relieved to discover that Week 1 wasn’t as hard for me this time around as it was last year, but I still faced some challenges.  I found it easier to stay on track throughout the work week, but by Saturday and Sunday I was really fighting food temptations and cravings.  Seeing G bust into a bag full of chips, Kate enjoying her Sunday morning waffles with creamy butter and delicious maple syrup, spending an afternoon making chocolate-covered marshmallow pops for Kate’s Valentine’s Day exchange at daycare–it was all nearly too much!  Lucky for me I have a stellar support system on my All Things G&D Facebook page, and knew I could turn to the girls who are doing this right along with me whenever I needed support, inspiration, or to just vent!

The greatest benefit I experienced from Week 1 is an improvement in my energy levels from the very beginning.  I had good, even energy all day long and didn’t feel like I needed to take an afternoon nap (I’d been so sluggish in the afternoons leading up to this Challenge).  I remember feeling really fatigued last year during Week 1, but this time around I even had enough energy to stick with my usual workouts.  I had to tone it down slightly for my BodyPump (strength-training) class on Tuesday night (Day 2) because I got a little dizzy between tracks, but for the rest of the week I managed to get a couple of 3 mile runs in and do another BodyPump class on Saturday morning with no adjustments to my usual routine needed.

One crazy random thing I noticed this week is that my sense of smell has been off the charts!  (That’s got to be an evolutionary thing, right?  You’re hungry, so suddenly your nose can smell the slightest hint of food a mile away?)  I went to the gym on Tuesday night (Day 2) and when I got out of my car I nearly passed out over the deliciously overwhelming smell of food that hit me like a 2×4 across my face.  It smelled like the most amazing thing in the whole wide universe.  I soon realized what it was:


I was seething mad as I scanned the parking lot looking for the culprit, and had a hunger hissy fit when I found it.


Here’s the deal:  I’m pretty sure that BW3’s was there before my gym was even built.  It’s been there all along.  I see it every single time I go to the gym, twice a week for the last two years…but Tuesday was the first time I smelled it.

It smelled like how I want my birthday to smell if birthdays got scents.

And I don’t even like BW3’s french fries.

See what I’m saying here?  Super random, crazy, Spidey-sense smell.  Evolution might have given it to me to keep me alive, but really it almost caused a parking lot massacre.*

To wrap it up, here’s a log of what I did eat throughout the week (please note the absence of french fries on Day 2):

7am: Hot water with lemon
8am: Green Smoothie (kale, parsley, banana, green apple)
9am: Cup of detox tea
12:30pm: Lettuce salad loaded with shredded red cabbage, carrots, alfalfa sprouts, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, and homemade avocado/lemon dressing.
2:30pm: A handful of almonds, cashews, and pumpkin seeds, and a cup of tea.
5:30pm: The rest of my Green Smoothie from this morning.
7:30pm: Garlicky Butternut Squash

7am: Hot water with lemon
8am: Cup of detox tea
8:30am: Green Smoothie (kale, parsley, banana & green apple) and a clementine.
11:30am: Sweet Potato, Celery, Apple Salad
12:30pm: Handful of nuts
4pm: Another bowl of Sweet Potato, Celery, Apple Salad and another handful of nuts.
8:15pm: Carrot Ginger Soup, and roasted broccoli and cauliflower

7am: Hot tea with lemon
9am: Green Smoothie and a cup of detox tea
10am: Clementine
1pm: Lettuce salad topped with sprouts, carrots, red cabbage, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, and avocado dressing on the side
5:45pm: Roasted broccoli and cauliflower
7:45pm: Bowl of Carrot Ginger Soup

7am: Hot water with lemon
8:45am: Green Machine Smoothie (kale, lettuce, parsley, pineapple, mango, and ginger)
9:30am: Clementine
12pm: A handful of nuts and the rest of my Sweet Potato, Celery, Apple Salad.
5:30pm: Roasted broccoli and cauliflower
7:45pm: Carrot Ginger Soup

7am: Cup of hot water with lemon
8am: Cup of detox tea
9am: The rest of my Green Machine Smoothie from yesterday (kale, lettuce, parsley, mango, pineapple, and ginger)
12pm: Lettuce salad with carrots, red cabbage, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and avocado dressing, and a clementine.
2:30pm: Apple slices and a handful of nuts
7:30pm: Garlicky Butternut Squash

8am: Cup of hot water with lemon
9:30am: Mango Coconut Water Smoothie
12:30pm: Leftover Garlicky Butternut Squash
4:30pm: Carrot Ginger Soup and a cup of detox tea
7:30pm: Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Herbs, and a trail mix of almonds, cashews, and dried cranberries

7:00am: Cup of hot water with lemon
8:00am: Mango Coconut Water Smoothie
11am: Leftover Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Herbs
12:30pm: An apple and a trail mix of almonds, cashews, and dried cranberries
2:30pm: A clementine
7:45pm: A heaping plate of roasted veggies

For those of you still considering trying the Whole Living Challenge, I’m happy to answer any questions you may have!

*I would’ve plead not guilty by reason of temporary insanity.  Every woman on the jury would’ve nodded in understanding, I bet. 

Join myself, Jenna, Frances, Karyn, Jennifer, Sara, Marlena, Andrea, Christy, Melissa, Katie, Kerri, and others on All Things G&D on Facebook as we discuss our ups and downs of the Challenge and share our favorite recipes!  I’m also posting each of my meals and snacks for reference.  We’d love to hear from you, too!

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  1. 1

    I was curious how you handle making meals for your husband & Kate. Do they eat the same meals as you or do they have something different while you’re doing this challenge?

  2. 2

    Congrats on week 1! I have a question for you. When do you think baby #2 will happen? Do you ever think baby #2 will happen? I have had babies on the brain for myself and just wanted to know :0)

  3. 3

    All that food sounds incredibly healthy and yummy. May I ask if you lost weight? You had to have!!

    I might try that apple sweet potato salad and the ginger carrot soup. Yum!

    Thanks for sharing. I just liked your page on FB too.

  4. 4

    Pretty Awesome D! I admire you for trying this – I’m not sure I’d have the willpower to do it! I’m curious if you lost any weight in the first week? Compared to what I eat in a week, you hardly ate anything!!

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    @Susan–They eat something different, although I do encourage them both to try new things I’ve been making this week. I made a huge pot of pepperoni chili on Sunday that they both enjoyed throughout the week, and a roast later in the week. I pack Kate’s lunches for daycare, so I also have a freezer full of meal already prepared for her, which comes in handy. G does a great job of fending for himself when he needs to, too.

    @Anonymous–Our family of three feels just right to me, so there’s no talk of Baby #2 right now. Who knows what the future will bring, though!

    Thanks Heather! I lost 5 pounds in Week 1, although truthfully 3 of those of those pounds were binge pounds put on just before I started the Challenge, so I wasn’t surprised when those fell off right away. I think that was mostly related to salt and booze, haha. So really, I’m down 2 pounds after Week 1.

    Thanks Kadi! I know what you mean–I think I typically eat more in a DAY than I did in all of last week, lol!


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