Should You Whole 30 Vol. 2

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We finished the Whole 30 at the end of August. I know I promised to post back then, but I wasn’t quite ready to write about it. I wanted to see if we would stick with it afterwards. Also, with all the New Years resolutions floating around, it seemed like the perfect time.

So thank you for your patience!!

Was the Whole 30 life changing? Yes….and….no.

First I’d like to address how my life didn’t change: I didn’t lose ridiculous amounts of weight, or find out I’m highly allergic to gluten. I sometimes still eat pizza and definitely drink alcohol. Maybe I thought my mind would be blown and I’d walk away with zit free skin and boundless energy. If only our food could do all that. But see…life is still happening. We still have long days, hormones, allergies to dust, and are just sad sometimes. It didn’t fix me.

It reset me.

Doing the whole 30 created healthy habits. My lifestyle is changed in small but meaningful ways. I am more intentional about what goes in my body and how it might affect me.

In general, the food we eat now is not just better for us, but honestly, it is also delicious! I feel good about what I eat while thoroughly enjoying what I eat. I hope I never go back to my prior eating habits. It was sugar, carbs, stomach aches, and acid reflux.

Compare our before and after breakfast menu:

Before Whole30: fruity greek yogurt cup (9g of sugar), cup of coffee with cream and sugar.

After Whole30: sweet potatoes, chicken or turkey sausage, over medium egg. black coffee.

I have a healthier relationship with food now. I don’t mood eat and instead use my food to help promote a positive mood. I don’t wonder if I could eat better. I instead feel good about what goes into my body. And well, we cheat sometimes. I still crave and eat frozen pizza about once a week.  But these things are the exception, not the norm. Health is the norm, and it feels pretty dang good.

So….was it worth it? It was for us!

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Tips and Tricks:

1. Buy the cookbook. It will save your life.

2. Do a grocery pick up or delivery service like clicklist or Amazon Fresh. You will be cooking A LOT so if you can eliminate shopping time, do it. Also, it’s nice to not be tempted by all you can’t eat.

3. Do it with a buddy. Have someone to eat with, share cooking with…someone to whom you can complain.

4. Prep your breakfast and lunch food for the week. Make sweet potatoes, mayo, chicken salad, boiled eggs. Help yo’ self.

5. Follow the Whole30 Instagram for ideas and inspiration.

6. Know your fast food options: Chipotle, Five guys, some vegan places (check ingredients online)

7. Don’t start right before a major holiday or vacation. Plan it for a time you can follow through on it. Completely.

Our Favorite Recipes:

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs: make DIY Ranch for dipping. Yes please!

Basil Turkey Meatloaf

Thai Meatball and Egg Drop Soup

Steak and Sweet Potato Bowls: This was too good! The store was out of skirt steak so we purchased chimichurri marinated steak. (IT WAS PERFECTION)

Most of our other favorite recipes can be found in the Whole30 book!

 

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Should you Whole 30? Vol. 1

 

I just know this is a question that has plagued you for years.

Should I try the Whole 30 Program? Do I want to be miserable for 30 days straight? Do I hate myself so much that I will forego all the yummy food and beverages the world has garden 2to offer me? Well, if you’re crazy, love your body more than food, or have regular diarrhea, then yeah, you should try it.

My husband and I get into these ambitious moods about 1 time a year where we want to try something new and challenging. Well, this year, its the WHOLE 30. For all of you normal, sane human beings out there, you may not have heard of it, so recap: for 30 days you eat nothing but meat, veggies, and fruit. Sure there’s eggs and good fats you can eat…but no bread, dairy, alcohol, nuts, legumes, or SUGAR.

CHEESE….I WANT CHEESE.

Now hear is the thing, this isn’t a “I hope I lose weight diet”, but rather a “I hope I feel better and learn more about how my body reacts to food.” Because at the end of these 30 days, I will be adding things back in, one at a time, to see how my body responds. WINE AND CHEESE…come to momma!

Except…we are only on day 9. : ( Yeah, day 9. I have never been more sleepy or grouchy (sugar withdrawal much?) in my entire life. We went to buy a car over the weekend and I had a constant and strong desire to stab things, including my new car (which I love). I slept an average of 10 hours a night over the weekend, and I found myself staring at food commercials like a starved dog by a dumpster. They say the grouchiness and cravings go away as your body finds its “center” once again.

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What’s CRAZY though, I am eating awesomely. Shrimp omelettes, homemade lamb meatballs, carnitas bowls, sweet potatoes and homemade sausage, fresh salsa…you get the idea. I’m eating like a boss. And you know what? I haven’t had one upset stomach, bloating, etc. I have lost weight while eating a ton, my husband and I have gotten to cook together more since well…we have to, and everything going into my body is being used.

Side note: I have GERD. I don’t take meds for it, and I haven’t had one flare up since starting Whole 30. Its amazing considering I usually get 1-2 a week!!!

So, on Day 9, would I recommend it? Yes. But ask me again on day 20, I may be foaming at the mouth as we drive by fast food joints or ice cream parlors by then. : )

If you so choose to do the Whole 30, here are some tips to get you started.

  1. Plan, Plan, Plan- set a date in the future. Not tomorrow, you will fail.
  2. Buy the Book. It is worth it! When you have your day where you want to kill people, you will look up day 4 in the book and realize that’s entirely normal.
  3. Do it with someone. I know I need the motivation and help. Its hard being the only one eating natural, whole foods.
  4. Meal plan weekly and only buy what you need for that week.
  5. Do Online grocery ordering…it is torture walking through the grocery store seeing all the things you cannot eat.
  6. Use your Sunday or Monday night to cook a bunch of stuff for your week so you can rest later in the week. Especially prep for breakfast and lunch.
  7. Break it into 10 days at a time. Way more manageable than 30. Tomorrow will make my 10 day mark! That is success right there.

So should you whole 30? Eh, its not for the faint of heart…but yeah, maybe? Who knows?

I’ll be back with vol. 2 closer to the end of the 30 days. Check back to make sure I am still alive and haven’t stabbed anyone.

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