Whole 30: Week 3!


From March 15th to April 13th, I will be doing the Whole 30 and recapping my experience every Monday with a post outlining how I'm feeling, what I'm eating, and how it is going overall. 


It wasn't until I came to write this post did I realize that I am three weeks into  the Whole 30. Not just is time flying, but at this point, it just feels so natural. While I will, I don't even feel like counting the days anymore. This is my new normal...again. 

This week I had my first dining out experience since starting the Whole 30. I haven't seen my friend Lauren (who is also Paleo), since last September, so we decided we would get together and catch up over brunch. There was a part of me that wanted to postpone it until after I was done with the Whole 30, but doing so would have meant not getting together until the end of April/May. While the Whole 30 has it's restrictions, the reality is this: Life goes on. There will be brunches, and lunches, and various other get-togethers that will involve food. And if there's one thing in life that I cannot live without, it's good food and good company. The most I can do is research beforehand if possible and make the best choices I can while out. 

After said research, we decided on Nice Matin on the UWS. Since I had already reviewed the menu, I decided on the spicy lamb sausage and egg scramble (sans cream), with a side of bacon. While I would have loved a cappuccino, my pomegranate-rose tea was just perfect, and so was the day. 

Here is my journal for week three:
Sleep 8 hours
Activity Spin workout, weighted leg exercises

Post Workout Slice of turkey breast, Ella's Kitchen pouch
Breakfast Two eggs scrambled, 1/2 an avocado
Lunch Zucchini noodles with ground turkey and pesto
Dinner Oven fried chicken (with almond meal), coleslaw made with olive oil mayo
Sleep 7.5 hours
Activity Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred (Level 2), 10 minutes on the stationary bike, squats, plank

Post Workout Slice of turkey breast
Breakfast Lox, 1/4 of an avocado, sauteed spinach, coconut milk latte
Lunch Egg salad, vegetable soup
Dinner Salmon, broccoli and carrots with truffle oil, 1/4 of an avocado, papaya with shredded coconut
Sleep 7.5 hours
Activity PT

Breakfast Sauteed asparagus topped with a fried egg, lox, coconut milk + pumpkin spice "latte"

Post Workout Tuna (I grabbed it out of the fridge thinking it was chicken...)
Lunch Baby spinach leaves topped with the most amazing burger I've ever made, avocado and tomato
Dinner Chicken piccata, broccoli rabe, mashed rutabaga (never again!)

Sleep 7.5 hours
Activity Walking around Midtown count?

Breakfast 2 eggs scrambled and topped with a kale, beef and tomato paste scramble
Lunch Zucchini noodles with tuna and tomato sauce, fried plantains
Dinner Baked fish and collard greens, papaya with coconut butter

Sleep 7 ish hours
Activity More walking around Midtown

Breakfast Scrambled eggs and collard greens
Lunch Zucchini noodles with chicken, mushrooms, and a hot sauce/mayo "sauce"
Dinner Pumpkin soup with sweet potato, carrots, and chicken, papaya and mango with coconut butter

Sleep 7.5 hours
Activity Ballet

Breakfast 2 prosciutto and egg cups, half an avocado
Post Ballet Sliced turkey breast
Lunch Salad with chicken, strawberries, evoo and balsamic vinegar dressing

Dinner Burger with avocado, sauteed mushrooms, tomatoes and lettuce mix
Sleep 8 hours
Activity Walking around the city, Central Park

Morning Coconut milk + pumpkin spice latte
Brunch Spicy lamb sausage and egg scramble w/a side of bacon at Nice Matin
Snack 1/4 of an avocado, prosciutto
Dinner Herb roasted chicken, sweet potato, kale, mango and papaya w/coconut butter, strawberries


  1. Ok i have questions. 1. what book did you buy to start off? 2. did you already workout/eat pretty healthy before you did this?

    Ive been living by the standards of the 17 day diet since september and its been pretty easy but i already ate pretty healthy.

    Also 3, is this diet expensive? sounds like a whole bunch of ingredients. I'm happy to eat the same healthy things everyday for easy planning if i have to.


    1. Hey Jill!

      To start off, I read It Starts With Food, by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. They are the creators of the program and the Whole 9 site. The book goes through the plan, as well as through the basics of nutrition, and why the plan works based on what the body needs etc. It's truly eye opening.

      Before starting Whole 30, I already did workout (5-6x/week) and eat pretty health. I actually already ate pretty Paleo, but some bad habits of stress eating crept up again, making my sugar cravings insane. That's why I found the Whole 30 essential.

      Unless you are going for top shelf grade beef/other meats, fish etc. I don't think it is or has to be expensive.(The Hartwigs go over this in the book as well). If you already eat pretty healthy, once it does not contain soy, grains, sugar, corn, etc. most of what you eat already will probably be ok for your Whole 30. Checking labels is key though for those hidden ingredients. So you may spend "more" initially to replace some products to be Whole 30 compliant, but it's worth it in the long run.

      Here's a link to the book:

      And also check out the Whole 9 website:

      Feel free to message me with any other questions or comments you may have!!


  2. Hey thanks,
    I think the 17 day diet is pretty close but i love trying out new things! I guess Ill be buying a new book! to read by the pool in vegas next week:)

    1. Oooh Vegas!!! Definitely give it a read-even if you don't do the Whole 30, you will still learn a whole lot.