Whole30 Vegan: Week 1
Hi hi hi! This is my official Whole30 Vegan week 1 check-in post! If you missed my last blog post: Whole30 Vegan: What, Why & How be sure to go check that out now before reading this one so you can get up to speed on the what, why and how! As promised below is a little overview of week 1 and my Whole30 vegan shopping list which you can use a reference point when grocery shopping and meal planning! Also for day to day updates and Whole30 vegan recipes be sure to follow me on instagram @shaylaquinn ! 🙂
Whole30 Vegan Week 1 Overview
Alright, since I was completely honest in my initial Whole30 vegan blog post I am going to continue that trend here: week 1 was hard AF. I literally was dreaming about bread, craving bowls of white rice and salivating at the thought of pizza and snacks. The first day or two was seemingly easy and I was excited to get going but it seemed like days 3-7 were super rough. Also I really love avo toast in the mornings so that has been a bummer, but it has forced me to come up with alternative breakfast ideas which has turned out to be fun and inspiring! I felt pretty low energy towards the end of week 1 but I think that is most likely because my body is detoxing from the lack of sugar.. hoping week 2 will be a little easier!
Whole30 Vegan Week 1 Stats
Please note: I am only sharing my starting stats as a point of reference as I will be checking in again at the end of the 30 day reset!
Weight: 125 lbs.
Body Fat: 11.3%
Body Water: 64.7%
Body Mass Index: 20.8
Whole30 Vegan Week 1 Meal Plan
Here was my Whole30 vegan week 1 meal plan! I swapped a few things out here and there, but this is what I used as a rough guide. I have to say sitting down and taking the time to do this was EXTREMELY helpful. I had actually planned to start Whole30 a week prior but didn’t have meals planned out and failed due to lack of planning… meal planning is everything! It’s a bit time consuming but totally worth it. Also, I should note: the higher calorie days are for the days I am working out more (doing Rise Nation, BBG, lifting or HIIT cardio) and the lower calorie days are the days I am only doing yoga or LISS (low intensity steady speed cardio like hiking Runyon Canyon) I generally do not count calories but I am during this 30 day challenge as I want to make sure I am getting enough of everything and eating a well balanced diet as far as proteins/fats/carbs go.
Whole30 Vegan Shopping List
VEGGIES: acorn squash, arugula, asparagus, beets, bell peppers, bak choy, broccoli, broccolini, brussels sprouts, buttercup squash, butternut squash, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collard, delicata squash, garlic, kale, leeks, butter lettuce, red lettuce, bibb lettuce, onion, rutabaga, spinach, summer squash, sweet potato/yam, swiss chard, tomato, turnip, watercress, zucchini, fennel, artichoke, broccoli rabe, celery, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, jicama, mushrooms, okra, parsnips, pumpkin, radish, spaghetti squash, sprouts.
FRUIT: apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, grapefruit, kiwi, melon, plums, raspberries, strawberries, apples, dates, figs, grapes, lemon, lime, mango, nectarines, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, pineapple, pomegranate, tangerines, watermelon.
**LIMIT: dired fruit
PROTEIN: organic tempeh, natto, edamame, organic tofu, lentils, various beans, hemp or pea protein
FATS: coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocado, cashews, coconut butter, coconut flakes, coconut milk (canned), macadamia nuts, macadamia butter, hazelnuts, olives
**OCCASIONAL: almonds, almond butter, brazil nuts, pecans, pistachios
**LIMIT: flax seeds, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sesame oil, sunflower seeds, sunbutter, walnuts
Some additional grocery items that are both Whole30 compliant and vegan that I have been loving while doing this: New Barn organic unsweetened almond milk, Spread The Love organic unsalted almond butter, Philosophie “Green Dream” superfood powder for smoothies, FourSigmatic Superfood Blends mushroom powder, organic chia seeds, organic hemp seeds, and Power Up Snacks trail mixes (just make sure to NOT get the trail mix blends with peanuts in them, peanuts are a no no on Whole30!) I also went to my local farmer’s market and picked up some raw vegan cashew “cheese” as well as some fermented veggies and tempah!
After much debate I also decided to include chickpeas for added protein as of week 2…there is a post on Whole30.com regarding chickpeas + Whole30 Vegan which you can read by clicking here! I haven’t attempted to make my own hummus yet but I do love Majestic Garlic sprouted raw hummus in the “Cayenne” blend, as well as Cava hummus (both brands have super clean and minimal ingredients) I am also planning to make a chickpea pasta salad next week with Banza chickpea pasta! I usually love the POW lentil pasta but because it is made with quinoa flour as well I decided I will hold off on that while I am avoiding grains, and go for the Banza pasta as it is purely made from chickpeas.
Ok, that’s all for nowwwww 😉 I will be checking in with ya next week! Don’t forget to follow me on instagram for day to day updates and recipes!
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional! PLEASE consult a medical professional prior to adhering to this diet and this meal plan. You may have to make adjustments, or take the time to write out your own meal plan based on your health and personal needs- find what works for you, this meal plan may not work for you!I am not suggesting anyone try this I am simply sharing my experience on a Whole30 Vegan diet!