Whole30 reviews. (Here's a list of what you can / can't eat). Feel free to email me if you have questions or just need encouragement. I will do my best to talk you off the ledge when all you want is creamer in your coffee and evening bowl of Blue Bell ice cream with Magic Shell.
Day 1: Sausage, Egg & Spinach Casserole, Fresh Fruit, Apple Pie LÄRABAR, Mango, Avo, Bacon Bison Burger, Sweet Potato Casserole, Apricot & Grapefruit Toffee.
Day 2: Sausage, Egg & Spinach Casserole, Fresh Fruit, Chili Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Mango, Justin's Almond Butter, Bacon Bison Burger, Mango with Raw Coconut.
Overview: So far, I'm much more aware of when I'm hungry. I've also had headaches all. day. long. (dern sugar detox), and yesterday evening I was ready for bed at 8:30pm. Here's to hoping I have more energy today! I'll also be sharing some of my favorite Whole30 recipes on the blog over the next few weeks. Feel free to email me your favorites as well!
Day 3: Sausage, Egg & Spinach Casserole, Fruit Smoothie, Roasted Chicken & Pickles (office lunch at Spring Creek BBQ), 2 Mangoes, Roasted Almonds, Cinnamon Steak & Veggies, Grapes.
Day 4: Fruit Smoothie, Roasted Almonds, Banana Bread LÄRABAR, Kale Chips, Justin's Almond Butter, Bacon Bison Burger, Fresh Fruit, Burrito Bowl at Chipotle, Banana Ice Cream.
Overview: Days 3 & 4 were headache free! I also had lots more energy (even felt up for a run last night w Tim Tam). I'm learning that sticking to Whole30 approved foods is already testing my discipline and integrity. I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to eat a handful of jelly beans or roll around in a piece of chocolate cake with butter cream icing. This "no sugar" thing is A LOT harder than I thought it would be. Thankfully I have a husband who's willing to eat the Whole30 foods I prepare. He also encourages me to eat frozen blueberries instead of banging my head against the wall while I watch him eat gelato. Much respect to anyone who has completed this craziness!
Day 5: Sausage, Egg & Spinach Casserole, Fresh Fruit, Jazz Apple, Mango, Spicy Kale Chips, Roasted Almonds, Salad, Banana Ice Cream.
Day 6: Fruit Smoothie, Banana Bread LÄRABAR, Strawberries, Chili Lime Cashews, Jazz Apple, Justin's Almond Butter, Spaghetti Squash Carbonara.
Day 7: Fruit Smoothie, Chili Lime Cashews, Justin's Almond Butter, Apple Pie LÄRABAR, Pulled Pork Lettuce Wrap with Purple Cabbage Slaw, Banana Ice Cream.
Day 8: Strawberries & Pineapple, Banana Bread LÄRABAR, Good Earth Original Sweet & Spicy Tea, Jazz Apple, Justin's Almond Butter, leftover Spaghetti Squash Carbonara, leftover Pulled Pork, Banana Ice Cream.
Overview: After day 6 my body started to curb cravings for all things sweet. Seriously. What the heck was I thinking starting the Whole30 in April? (Insert deep & fond affection for Cadbury Eggs rrrigh hurrr). Tim said he started noticing a difference in my skin around Day 5. His words: "Your face is starting to glow like a Christmas tree!" AWESOME. I'm also sleeping much better. Having crazy dreams, but sleeping. Btw, the Spaghetti Squash Carbonara has by far been the best Whole30 dinner we've had yet. Here's to week 2 and taking this shiz one day at a time.
Day 9: Strawberries & Pineapple, Mexican Omelet (no cheese) & Sweet Potatoes from Cafe Brazil, Strawberries, Cherry Pie LÄRABAR, Banana, BLT Salad, Banana Ice Cream.
Day 10: Fruit Smoothie, Chili Lime Cashews, Cherry Pie LÄRABAR, Spicy Kale Chips, leftover Spaghetti Squash Carbonara, Jazz Apple, Justin's Almond Butter, Cowboy Breakfast Skillet, Banana Ice Cream.
Overview: This week I've learned that a second trip to the store is worth the exchange of having fresh produce and meat. I've also learned that diced mushrooms are a great substitute for bread crumbs, a can of coconut milk solidifies in the fridge, and if I'm not around a bathroom at 10:30 each morning I'm in trouble. Five dollhairs says I'll sheet my pants before this thing is over.
Day 11: Fruit Smoothie, Chili Lime Cashews, Cherry Pie LÄRABAR, Strawberries & Pineapple, leftover Pulled Pork with lettuce, tomato, lime, salsa and plantain chips.
Day 12: Fruit Smoothie, House Salad (no cheese) from Brother's Pizza, Jazz Apple, Justin's Almond Butter, Banana Ice Cream, Chili Lime Cashews, Salad, Good Earth Original Sweet & Spicy Tea.
Day 13: Fruit Smoothie, Jazz Apple, Justin's Almond Butter, Green Beans Wrapped in Bacon Woobies (sans brown sugar and butter), Grilled Chicken, Shittake Mushroom Chips.
Overview: Before starting the Whole30 I had grown accustomed to expecting certain meals without even thinking about it or evaluating it. Now, I'm much more mindful about what I eat and how much I eat. I've also noticed that I've become hungry less often, and that my desire for sweet things is no longer holding me captive. But maybe that's because of all the Banana Ice Cream I've been eating? I guess it's better than eating a gallon of Blue Bell bedazzled with magic shell and toffee bits.
Day 14: Fruit Smoothie, Chili Lime Cashews, Banana Bread LÄRABAR, Spicy Kale Chips, Dehydrated Mango, Smoked Turkey, Brisket, Green Beans, Guacamole.
Day 15: Banana Bread LÄRABAR, Jazz Apple, Justin's Almond Butter, Dehydrated Mango, Grilled Chicken with Green Beans Wrapped in Bacon Woobies, Banana Ice Cream.
Day 16: Strawberries & Pineapple, Roasted Almonds, Grilled Chicken, Justin's Almond Butter, mas Pineapple, Salad, Baked Coconut Carrot Fries.
Overview: Lately I've been having crazy dreams. I don't know if it's because I'm finally sleeping better or what, but last night I dreamt that Macy's was selling peach pies for $1.25. I remember circling the dessert table four times before finally walking away. I woke up thinking, "Victory! I have slayed the pie dragon!" And last week I dreamt that I crashed a car full of my co-workers into White Rock Lake. Oddly enough, I came out of the water wearing a name tag with a picture of beef stew on it. What the what? Someone get this girl some freaking cheese and a hot buttered roll!
Day 17: Banana Bread LÄRABAR, Jazz Apple, Justin's Almond Butter, Dehydrated Mango, Grilled Chicken with Green Beans Wrapped in Bacon Woobies, Banana Ice Cream.
Day 18: Strawberries & Pineapple, Roasted Almonds, Grilled Chicken, Justin's Almond Butter, mas Pineapple, Salad.
Overview: A few things I've learned 1) If you're going to do the Whole30 you have to have access to a blender. I've used my Magic Bullet at least twice a day since I started this gig 2) Get your knives sharpened (your avos will thank you) 3) You'll spend more money on groceries but save money on eating out ... it all balances out in the end 4) Saturday afternoons will be spent prepping food for the week. Listening to a James Taylor LP can make this time much more enjoyable 5) Try not to trade one addiction (Blue Bell) for a another addiction (Banana Ice Cream) even if it's healthier! (I'm totally guilty of this) 6) Eat to live, not live to eat 7) Buy spinach for your Breakfast Smoothies in the bulk lettuce bins. It will stay fresh longer and only cost 50¢ instead of $3 for a bag 8) Carry a toothbrush and toothpaste in your satchel. Gum is no bueno and your co-workers will thank you 9) Try new recipes (often) and 10) The Whole30 is not about weight loss. In fact, I've been intentional not to mention my weight out of a heart to honor our readers who may struggle with body image and / or eating issues. My prayer while documenting my Whole30 journey is that it wouldn't trigger any sort of unhealthy eating habits for my readers. Often I've had to remind myself that this cleanse is more about growing in discipline and establishing a healthier relationship with food than it is about physical transformation. A helpful book I've been reading is Every Body Matters by Gary Thomas. Be sure and check it out!
Day 19: Fruit Smoothie, Almonds, Jazz Apple, Justin's Almond Butter, Cherry Pie LÄRABAR, Pork Chops & Peaches (we used pears), Bacon Brussels Sprouts, fruit from Yummilicious.
Day 20: Strawberries, Pineapple, Blueberries, Chili Lime Cashews, Banana, Odwalla Smoothie, In-n-Out Burger animal style (no sauce), protein style (no cheese), 2 scrambled eggs.
Overview: I made my first Whole30 friendly muffins today. I wanted to cry they tasted so good! Learned that you can buy Almond Flour / Meal in the bulk section of our grocery store. Only cost $2.20 for 1 1/2 cups instead of paying $14 for a 1 lb bag!
Day 21: Three Banana Muffins, Strawberries, Banana, Roasted Almonds, Sweet Potato & Leek Soup, Jazz Apple, Justin's Almond Butter, Spaghetti Squash.
Day 22: Fruit Smoothie, Cherry Pie LÄRABAR, Roasted Almonds, Jazz Apple, Apricots, Banana Muffin, Snappy Salad's Sweet & Smokey Salad (no cheese).
Overview: Week 3 definitely flew by the quickest. This week I hope to finish strong even though I know I'll be tested like crazy as Tim and I road trip it to the Hill Country. No alcohol, no chocolate, no donuts from Gordough's in Austin and no ice cream from the Gruene General Store. Wah. On a more encouraging note, several of you have emailed saying you're starting Whole30 this week. I'm so proud of you! Trust me, if I can do this shiz, anyone can. You're gonna do great!
Day 23: Strawberries, Bananas, Salad w Salsa, Turkey, Apricots, Justin's Almond Butter, Salad, Naked Burrito from Chipotle (barbacoa, grilled onions, pico, guac, lettuce), Banana Ice Cream.
Day 24: 2 Eggs, Juice, Chili Lime Cashews, Noble Pig's Smoked Chicken Salad, Dehydrated Mangoes, Gristmill's Blackened Salmon with Steamed Squash & Zuchi.
Overview: Yesterday I felt pretty crummy. Not sure if it was the acidity from the tomato paste I introduced 3 weeks into my diet, but this girl could barely stand up straight. I've started to realize that it's not going to be easy to re-introduce grain, dairy, and sugar into my diet once I'm done with Whole30. I honestly don't have much of a desire to return entirely to the way I was eating before anyway which I'm thankful for. I think for the first time in my life I have no desire to eat an entire bag of Sour Patch Kids. What is wrong with me??
Day 25: Egg & Bacon Omelet, Cherry Pie LÄRABAR, Chili Lime Cashews, Gristmill's Bacon Wrapped Fillet with a Side Salad and Steamed Squash & Zuchi.
Day 26: 2 Eggs, Bacon, Pineapple, Cantaloupe, Honeydew Mellon, Cherry Pie LÄRABAR, Spaghetti Squash Carbonara, Banana Ice Cream.
Day 27: Justin's Almond Butter, Banana, Cafe Brazil's Vegetarian Omelet (no cheese) with Sweet Potatoes, Jazz Apple, Dehydrated Mango, leftover Spaghetti Squash Carbonara, Banana Ice Cream.
Overview: Sticking to the Whole30 while on vacation is definitely harder, but NOT impossible! Be prepared and pack lots of snacks that you enjoy (dehydrated mangoes, nuts, apples, etc).
Day 28: Strawberries, Blackberries, Apple Pie LÄRABAR, Chili Lime Cashews, 3 scrambled eggs, Fruit Smoothie, Banana, Pork wrapped in Bacon Woobies, Baked Carrot Fries.
Day 29: Two Banana Muffins, Strawberries & Blackberries, Justin's Almond Butter, Cherry Pie LÄRABAR, Grilled Chicken, Salad.
Day 30: Fruit Smoothie, Three Scrambled Eggs, Jazz Apple, Justin's Almond Butter, two Banana Muffins, Avo, Chili Lime Cashews, Baked Sweet Potatoes and Bacon.
Conclusion: Would I do this again or recommend that others do it? DEFINITELY! The Whole30 completely changed my view of food, how much I eat, what I should eat, and how to be more comfortable with hunger. Like I said before, moving forward you won't see me straying very far from this primal way of eating. The benefits far outweigh the restructuring of a newly learned discipline!
Favorite Whole30 Recipe Websites: Health-Bent | Foodee | Pinterest
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