Alright you guys, here it is. My honest update on how this Whole30 thing has been going. (If you missed this post, read it first). It takes 30 days to push the reset button on your health and change your relationship with food, which is the concept behind the Whole30. I’m on day 20 of 30 and to be completely honest, it’s been so hard for me. I wouldn’t consider myself an extremely healthy eater, I’m just good with portion control and sticking to a regular eating schedule. It’s been a pretty big adjustment for me to eat some form of meat/veggies/eggs/fruit for all of my meals when I LOVE cereal, bread, chips, cheese, fries, rice, etc…
But, I’m the type of person that once I’m in, I’m all in. If I’m going to commit to something, I’ll give it 110% because #1 I’m an overachiever, #2 I’m competitive, and #3 I really wanted to see if this lived up to all the hype. I love being challenged and doing things people think are “hard”. It’s always good to challenge yourself and to put yourself in uncomfortable situations, that’s how you learn, grow, and evolve. “Commitment is staying true to what you said you were going to do long after the mood that you had set it in has left.” – Inky Johnson
Benefits so far:
I do “feel” skinny.
I haven’t felt bloated and my clothes fit very comfortably (even jeans! and I hate wearing jeans). When you’re cutting foods out that make you retain excess water (dairy, carbonated drinks and refined grains, etc) you naturally feel skinnier.
If you read my first post about this, one of the main reasons I wanted to start this challenge was to see what effect food had on my migraine-like headaches. So far, so good and hardly any headaches at all which is HUGE for me because I’ve been dealing with these for years.
When sugar is out and protein/fat is in, you sleep like a baby. For those of you who know me personally, you know I’ve struggled with some pretty serious insomnia issues in the past so this is groundbreaking.
More Energy.. less mood swings
Waking up is easier and I’m noticing that I have more consistent energy throughout the day. You’ll feel more optimistic and alert. And there’s nothing better than waking up in a good mood.
Good hair + skin month
Sleep + water + vegetables + fat + protein + no sugar = clear skin & glossy hair.
There’s a huge community of Whole30 participants, so it’s a fun conversation to have with strangers. It’s been so nice to have ‘family’ dinners with my roomies almost every night in our new kitchen. And I love when I’m in New York with Conner or when we’re traveling together and can cook together.
The hardest part so far:
Don’t try this alone, kids:
There is NO WAY I would’ve made it past the first few days if I wasn’t doing it with other people. So, before you even consider trying this, my number one piece of advice is to do it with someone else. Thankfully, my roommates and boyfriend are also doing the Whole30 program and keeping me accountable. Plus, we can cook & complain together!
It’s Time Consuming:
One thing we underestimated was the amount of time and preparation that goes into eating all “real” food. Since you’re eating-in almost exclusively, we’ve really had to plan ahead with recipes and stock up at the grocery store every few days. Preparation and cooking at home is the key to success with this program
The candy/sweets cravings after meals:
Sensitive subject right now..
Not going out to eat.
Or if you do, having to be the annoying person with the complicated order, who can’t eat the bread at the table, and can’t have wine with dinner. However, there are a few places in Chicago that I’ve found to be very Whole30-friendly [SweetGreen, Little Beet, True Food Kitchen]. You don’t realize how much your life revolves around eating and drinking until you do something like this!
People making unnecessary and uninformed comments when you explain why you’re ordering a burger with no bun. “Why are YOU on a diet”..”Sounds like a fun life“…. I’m NOT DIETING but if you say anything else when I’m this hangry I’m gonna throw this chicken breast at your face. Sorry – sugar cravings talking.
What I’ve Been Eating
Here are some of the meals we’ve been making this month. Andrew is a saint and has helped so much in this process because he’s such a great cook and loves to do it! His recipes are all easy to make and we found a lot of them on the Whole30 website.
Harvest Soup: https://whole30.com/2015/11/soup-sundays-two/
(Added one sweet potato cut into chunks. Used stock not water)
Roasted Butternut Squash
- Peel and cut squash into pieces, scoop out the seeds. Place the squash on your prepared baking sheet. Whisk together your coconut aminos (instead of soy sauce), olive oil, and sesame oil and toss the squash in it. Place the squash in the oven and roast for 30-35 minutes, until it’s tender. Sprinkle with crushed sesame seeds and sliced scallions, then serve warm.
- Roast at 375. Arrange washed and drained seeds on a sheet and roast to dry, remove, toss in olive oil with salt, pepper, garlic powder and put back in oven 15-20 min.
- Cut sweet potatoes into ¼ to ½ inch wedges. Toss in olive oil. Add salt, pepper, fresh chopped rosemary and fresh diced garlic. Bake 45 min at 400 degrees.
Sausage diced with onion, garlic, asparagus, and mushrooms
- Use Aidell’s chicken apple sausage
- Eggs, sweet potato, onion, red bell pepper, crushed red pepper.
Garlic Bacon Mushrooms, recipe: https://instagram.com/p/BbNynvSgFvp/
Diced Onion/Bacon/Mushroom + Mushrooms over Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Banana Dessert – found this recipe here.
Or, just roast a banana in the over for a little bit with almond butter & cinnamon.
Apples with Cinnamon and Coconut Oil
So what do you think? Is this something you could see yourself doing? Have you ever tried the Whole30? If so, would you do it again? If you have any questions about the recipes send me and email! Thanks for reading you guys 🙂
Photography of Roomies by Aesthetiica