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04 Mar, 2018

Days 1-4: Whole 30 breakfasts and a bit about about coffee

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

So far, so good. The only bump in the road was my mother-in-law’s baking. Let the record show that I did not sample any of this freshly-baked temptation:

Freshly baked cookies. Sigh.

Going into this I thought one of the hardest things about doing a Whole 30 would be giving up my breakfast routine. I love my breakfast routine and have the same thing every day. I make a fancy coffee and enjoy a bowl of plain yogurt with fruit and homemade granola. It’s a healthy habit that I really look forward to but Whole 30 rules meant that my favourite routine had to undergo a dramatic change. No more dairy, no more grains. (You can see what I’ve been eating on this page. I’m jotting it down as I go.) This is a bit of a no-brainer, but bigger breakfasts with more protein fill me up in the morning (doh) and, surprisingly, almost eliminate cravings that tend to pop up later in the day.

Here are a couple of my breakfasts. They made me surprisingly happy.

This is a fried egg on leftover pulled pork with a bit of salsa:

Whole 30 breakfast idea

And this is avocado “toast”: Guacamole on sweet potato slices. It was, dare I say, absolutely delicious.

Avocado "toast"! Guacamole on sweet potato slices.

Simple stuff, but as I eat I find myself truly enjoying this food. We really are fortunate to be able to eat so well.

The other thing – and possibly the most important thing – about breakfast routine is COFFEE. Saying a temporary farewell to my usual brew hasn’t been exactly fun, but I’m surviving. Sometimes it’s more about the HABIT than the actual food though, isn’t it? One of my favourite things to do on a weekend is to brew a coffee and settle down with a pile of weekend reading. For a moment this morning, and yesterday morning, I thought longingly about how much I enjoy hunkering down on the couch with a hot beverage in hand. And then I immediately dismissed it. For this month, at least, food is fuel. So instead of my usual cappuccino, I have been making espresso and drinking it straight up in a pretty little cup that I don’t use very often.

Whole 30 coffee

Before I started this I thought I couldn’t possibly give up my morning brew for 30 days. But after thinking about it I realized that I CAN. There are many things in life I can’t do, or can’t control, but I certainly CAN do this. No question. I have been thinking about what I really meant when I said: “I CAN’T.” What I really meant was “I WON’T” give up my coffee or “I AM NOT WILLING TO DO THIS RIGHT NOW.” But I know now that I can.

2 Responses to "Days 1-4: Whole 30 breakfasts and a bit about about coffee"

1 | Claudette

March 5th, 2018 at 1:34 pm


I too missed coffee when I was on the anti-candida diet, but the roobois tea was fine for the duration. I wanted something hot, even if it didn’t have caffeine, and the earthy ‘African bush tea’ hit the spot.

In terms of protein for breakfast, I cannot tell you how much better I’ve felt when I made the switch. Eggs, mixed with chard or spinach, is a pretty standard here (organic eggs are best), and even my almost teen son gets into that daily as well. He says he’s not slumping like his friends halfway through the morning, and doesn’t seem to be craving sugary drinks or snacks either. The protein fills him up and keeps him satisfied until lunch. I think it works, and I know I’ll definitely keep it up.

Your breakfast pictures look delish! :)

2 | andrea tomkins

March 5th, 2018 at 2:37 pm


This is my biggest revelation here: bigger breakfasts (well, not *that* much bigger) are better for me. Usually I’m starving at 11:30! I was in a meeting that went late this morning and didn’t get home until 12:45 or so, at which point I made lunch. I wasn’t even that hungry as I was making it and now I feel pretty awesome and less snackish.

I wish I could convince my daughter to eat breakfast. She skips it most days altogether.

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