As promised, I wanted to share an update on my Whole30 journey. If you’ve never heard of Whole 30, I talked about it here. In one sentence, I can sum it up like this: for 30 days, you cut added sugar, legumes, grains, alcohol and dairy from your diet. It’s all about eating whole foods to reset your body and figure out if certain foods are causing inflammation and a host of other problems. I am no Whole30 expert and still very much a beginner at this, but after reading the Whole30 book below, I’ve got a much better handle on things (and mostly, what to cook!!)
Whole30 book available here.
Each day, I’ve been writing down a few quick, random thoughts- and looking over these, I’ve had great moments and then moments where I’ve seriously considered giving up, but I’m counting on you to hold me accountable 🙂 My sister in law and a few family members started their Whole30 yesterday and it has been fun sharing recipes, hearing about their days, etc.
Here we go!
Today has been an exciting day because I’m making a proactive decision to take charge of my heath! If you wanted to read about what lead to me to Whole30, catch up here. I spent TONS of time at Costco and the grocery store checking out labels, looking for things like canned coconut milk, avocado oil, wild caught tuna without soy, etc. I’m still not sure what I’ve gotten myself into, but here goes! I’m all in. I missed not having a glass of wine but other than that, so far, so good. I hard boiled a dozen eggs, prepped salads and made a balsamic dressing from a recipe my sister sent…
– 1 cup avocado oil
– 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
– tablespoon or two of dijon mustard
– salt and pepper to taste
Mix ingredients together and stick in fridge. That’s it!
I woke up with a dull headache, feel a little dizzy and really miss my creamer in my coffee. I like my coffee with creamer and Splenda (or sometimes honey instead of Splenda) and the switch to coffee with coconut milk is throwing me off. However, I actually don’t mind the coconut milk and I think I can get used to this! In the mornings, I make the girls breakfast and snacks for school and had to make a conscious decision to not finish off what they couldn’t eat or eat a goldfish or two. I didn’t even realize I was eating the goldfish as I poured their snacks before…
So far, so good.
The Merf’s sauces above are Whole30 approved and I use them on eggs, chicken, etc. So GOOD!! You can find them on Amazon here.
Another day, another morning headache. I have to say, I read enough to know that headaches are normal and expected, and knowing that toxic waste is breaking down makes the headaches much easier to handle. In other words, its the “hurt so good” feeling… if that makes sense! I have been extra thirsty lately too. I’m drinking tons of water and sparkling waters too. I made two scrambled eggs with avocado oil and veggies mixed in with a side of fruit for breakfast and felt full and satisfied after. Lunch was grilled chicken with steamed cauliflower with a side of fruit. I forgot to mention that I’ve been doing daily 30 min pilates/barre videos on Youtube and already noticed that I feel “lighter.” However, my mood is less than stellar. I’m really trying to be mindful to not lose my mind on the kids after school, but I’m definitely feeling irritated. Resisting snacking with them after school is a challenge! I had leftovers for dinner tonight.
Scrambled eggs with broccoli, tomato, onion, red pepper, avocado oil and potatos
School lunch!! Not the best picture… but salad, hard boiled egg with oil and vinegar dressing and pear. Every other Friday, I eat lunch with the girls, and today’s lunch was modified to Whole30 🙂
I woke up with another headache, but not as bad as days 1-2. I’m starting to crave cheese on everything!! I was used to cheese on salads, cheese on crackers, a slice of cheese as a snack, etc. I’m craving cheese more than sugars and carbs today. I knew I was feeling lighter and noticed less bloating around my stomach, but wasn’t expecting to see that I’ve lost three pounds. (You are not allowed to weigh yourself… so, I cheated there). I’m not specifically doing this to lose weight, but seeing the scale down has definitely motivated me to stay the course. I’m eating out tonight with my family and we chose a restaurant that was somewhat Whole 30 friendly.
It’s Saturday, and I’m feeling GREAT! I’m sooooo thirsty!!! Drinking alllllll the water, teas, sparkling beverages, coffee 🙂 No morning headache, no dizziness, less brain fog and a little weight loss. Life is good!! Last night, Jason and I shared chicken fajitas (no butter) at Chuy’s restaurant with guacamole and salsa, and I noticed that I was just as satisfied without indulging in all the other things… like the flour tortilla, sour cream, cheese, chips with the famous jalepeno ranch sauce, rice and beans, marg on the rocks with salt …
Resisting all of that took willpower but I felt proud after!! I also wanted to note that my relationship with food is complicated. I’ve always loved the phrase “moderation is the key to life,” and Whole30 is forcing me to take a real honest look at what moderation actually means. Today is the first day where I’ve thought about how food plays such a large role with my emotional state. I no longer reach for bread, wine, candy etc when I’ve had a “day,” and I’m starting to realize the freedom that comes with food no longer having that grasp over me. I feel like my thighs and belly are feeling slimmer- which is great motivation to keep it up.
Hard boiled egg and tuna salad over mixed greens. I am loving this combo.
I’m feeling soooooooo tired today. I’ve also realized that if I don’t eat within an hour of waking up I’m HANGRY. Same with lunch- if there isn’t a protein with lunch… I’m STARVIN by dinnertime. I’ve tried to keep snacking to a minimum, but that part is a challenge. Smoothies are frowned upon on because the idea is to eat and chew the foods you ingest, but I was out of ideas and turned to my ninja blender. I suppose I cheated a bit with a smoothie but it was all healthy and whole 30 foods in there… made with coconut milk, fruits and veggies (celery, beet, orange, banana, strawberry, blackberries)
… a little late night reading, because Jason and I are in Key West.
I’ll be honest, at this point, I’m nervous!! Traveling has thrown me off a bit, but so far, I feel good about things. Our hotel has a fridge and we plan to stop at a grocery and stock up on nuts and other items to keep on track. I had a one minute microwave egg with a banana and black coffee (we were up at 4am to catch our flight) for breakfast and stocked up on Lara Bars in case of emergency. Physically, I’m feeling tired but my headaches, dizziness, brain fog etc has lifted and I think I’m officially over the detox part of this journey.
Ok, that’s it for now! I’ll update again next week! Hoping you have a great day today! If you’ve ever done Whole30, please please please share your thoughts, recipes, etc!
Thanks for reading HB today! XO