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Whole30 Week 1

It’s day 8 and I think I’m over the emotional hump of all of these changes. I still want a glass of wine at night or a bowl of rice, but I’m feeling beyond the absolute lamentation that they’re “off limits”.

Perhaps one of the best parts of this experiment is that it really forces a thoughtfulness about what I’m eating and putting into my food and as a result, I’ve broken out of some of the lunch or dinner ruts I had been in.  Or, conversely found myself happily entrenched in some others (like breakfast – if you follow my Instagram you’ll know the egg and avocado habit is real).

Rather than day by day, I’ll give you a meal by meal of what I’ve been eating this week:


  • Poach eggs with avocado (seriously. every. single. day.)image3

Lunch and Dinner:

  • Salmon (sous vide with ghee) with pan fried kale
  • Roasted Carrots and Onions
  • Pulled Chicken in coconut milk with tomatillo, chiles, cilantro, and lime
  • Steaks with roasted red potatoes
  • Roasted Chicken Thighs with Frank’s Red Hot
  • Whole Foods Italian Chicken Sausages with Peppers, Onions, and poached eggs
  • Tom Kha soup (recipe to follow)image4


  • Eggs: Boiled, Poached, Fried
  • LOTS of fruit: Berries, mango, bananas, apples
  • Plantain Chips
  • Pistachios in shell (take longer to eat)


  • Perrier and other sparkling water
  • Coffee, black and with cashew milk
  • Tea of all types
  • Lemon Water

I survived a baby shower for ShareABitOfLove without any food cheats (and man was it a fun day!). I did stray on the alcohol rule for one super salted champagne flute of ruby red margarita and I can’t say I’m a bit sorry.  I also felt satisfied after one and moved back to my Perrier and coffee. We made all kinds of treats – deviled eggs (with my homemade mayo! I’ll post that later this week), bread free turkey meatball sliders, berry salads; it was delightful. IMG_1957 image1

I’m headed back to Boston tomorrow, so I have one more day of farm fresh eggs and I plan to eat as many as possible.  It’s Super Bowl Sunday. I have no doubt food will be a challenge but I’m determined. image2

If I have a sip or two of tequila, I apologize in advance.

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Hi, I'm The Ginger! Or Whitney, whichever you prefer. I'm in finance to pay the rent, but someday I'm hoping to find a way to make it through life as a self-taught chef, sundress designer and helicopter dog mom. I love to cook but don't do it enough. I hate to run but keep signing up for races. I'm a foodie with a shameful obsession with McDonald's. My sewing machine and piano are collecting too much dust. I'm trying to fix it one day at a time. Come on in, let's hang out.

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