Whole30 Week 1 Recap



Last week we started Whole30. I’ve never heard of this diet until my friend Kate mentioned it during the 4th of July parade. I was immediately intrigued and decided to jump on the bandwagon. We were originally shooting for August, but last Sunday she texted me and said that we should start on Monday. So we did.

Sam and I have toyed with the idea of going paleo in the past, but something stopped us. Whole30 seemed less strict to me, and it allows potatoes!

My first step was to go to Whole30.com, print out the shopping list, throw all of our cheese in the freezer, and tell Sam what we were going to do for the next month. My next step was to go on Pinterest and look up the recipes. We started two boards that you can check out here and here. Pinterest can be an incredibly helpful tool, but make sure you read the recipe carefully, because it may not be whole30, even if it says it is.

I am off to Costco this morning to do some quick shopping before work, and I will share some shopping tips in the next week’s recap, but I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite recipes from last week.

Tuna Craisins Salad

1 can tuna in water

1/3 cup craisins

1 tbsp lemon juice

Mix well and enjoy!

Baked Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Radishes


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup brussels sprouts halved
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup radishes halved
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 8 ounces spinach
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pan.
  3. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  4. Add to pan and brown on both sides; about 5 minutes on each side.
  5. Remove from pan and set in the baking dish, leaving oil in pan.
  6. Add brussels sprouts, onions, carrots, radishes and garlic to the pan.
  7. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally,.
  8. Add chopped garlic and spinach; continue to cook for 1 minute.
  9. Remove from heat, set on top of chicken in the baking dish, add broth.
  10. Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.





  1. I think anyone who tries Whole 30 is amazing. I don’t know if I would have the discipline. Way to go so far!

  2. I’m with you – I could not give up potatoes. I am not sure I could give up cheese though. I loves me some cheese. Good luck – I do hope it works for you.

  3. Momma Told Me says:

    I am a big fan of any food with lots of color- color usually means healthy, in my book. This baked chicken dish looks so good I bet I can almost smell it off the screen, yum!

    • Zhenya H says:

      Haha thank you! I kind of threw everything on top 😉

  4. scentednights2002 says:

    I do Paleo which is similar in some ways. Definitely going to try a few of these!

    • Zhenya H says:

      Yes, Paleo is very similar! Do you know what the main differences are though?

  5. I also JUST heard of this – a lot of people at my new job are doing it! You have me interested 🙂

  6. Elizabeth Parker says:

    I’m not a tuna person but I took a look at your Pinterest boards, and there is some yummy stuff there. Can you tell me more about whole30 and what it entails?

    • Zhenya H says:

      Elizabeth, it’s basically no dairy, gluten, sugar and beans. You give it up for 30 days and then can reintroduce certain foods back into your diet. We’ll see what we end up doing!

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