Well, I want to be transparent and offer up the most honest version of my Whole30 journey, and that includes the good, the bad… and the ugly. I haven’t loved every moment of this but I’ve learned soooo much about the profound psychological hold food has on me.
In a nutshell, during the first week, I didn’t cheat once. Whole30 peoples say cheating is strictly forbidden and even one tiny bite of any restricted food requires you to start over. That motivated me to stay the course and I was surprised at the amount of willpower I had. In all honesty I didn’t eat too terribly bad prior to but definitely indulged in many whole30 no nos… (cheese, sugar, alcohol to name a few…) but it wasn’t “hard” to stick to the rules. There’s a lot tougher things out there and I had all the tools I needed (Whole30 book, recipes, grocery supplies, etc…) to succeed.
Soo…. on to week two.
Ummmm. Sooooo, Jason and I spontaneously booked a last minute trip to Key West on Sunday and then landed in Miami on Monday.
And my second week of Whole30 was spent on an island in the sun. Yes.. I know, great timing, right!!… #not.
I told Jason that “IF” I was going to cheat on vacation, I was not going to regret it because I would give much thought prior to any weak/lack of willpower moment. I realize that life is short and vacations are meant to be enjoyed and I also knew that worst case scenario, I could re start Whole 30 when I returned home. However, I also didn’t want to lose sight of the commitment I made to my health. I didn’t want to go buck wild and have a free for all (I’ve put way too much work in to blow it all up!!) but I also didn’t want to deprive myself. I was on vacation… and I knew this whole thing was going to take some serious thought.
That being said, we arrived in Miami and then rented a car and drove to Key West. On our way, we saw that our hotel had a refrigerator so we stopped at a grocery store and I picked up some nuts, sparkling waters, fruits, Lara bars, etc.
Physically speaking, I was feeling less bloated, had lost several pounds (and that right there.. IS good timing ;)) my headaches were all but gone, the dizziness I was feeling was gone and other than feeling tired (we were up at 3:30 for the airport), I was feeling great.
Now, the good news is… I was able to eat and enjoy lots of whole30 friendly foods!
Quite the acquired taste!!!
Who knows if the chili base is whole30, but on this night, it was the best I could do. And it was all kinds of delicious.
Our hotel had espresso… while I would have enjoyed some cream and Splenda, I’m getting used to this…
One morning, it was a Whole30 compliant LaraBar, apple and coffee…
This is a mahi sandwich seasoned with salt, pepper and lime without the bread below…
RIP break and aioli sauce.. 🙁
Now… this is deceiving. There were crackers involved here. And hot sauce.
Here’s a cheat. Coffee with Starbucks version of coconut milk.
See a trend here!? I’m glad I packed these. I really don’t think they taste all that great but they are Whole 30 approved and keep me from feeling gross.
Whole30 encourages eating your foods instead of drinking them.. but when you’re on vacation and you’re hungry for breakfast… fruit smoothie with a multivitamin and almost milk it is.
Salad with oil and vinegar and shrimp with lemon (no butter)
… and another smoothie lunch.
I learned that Whole30 on vacation is not so hard… but please don’t let these pics fool you. Key West’s famous Duval street was a source of lots of fun and food and drink and while I didn’t drink any beer (will power at its FINEST!!!!) I did indulge in a vodka + soda and on the last night, celebrated with fish and chips and a cosmo. #ortwo
I know I know… by Whole 30 standards… I cheated and I should restart my journey, but I’m halfway through and that just ain’t happenin!!! I’m happy with where I am and if I may be completely honest, if it weren’t for doing Whole30 and being mindful of everything I put in my body, I would have consumed so.much.more. Please… take my advice… schedule your beach vacations outside of whole30!! HA!
When I returned home, I cleaned my diet up and made the following from the Whole 30 book..
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I added Merf’s hot sauce to these Mexican tuna things..
Thai coconut soup with bone broth. Before Whole 30, I never knew bone broth was a thing..
These juices are not Whole 30. However, I have beef over this because fruit juices are Whole friendly… and this is way healthier than a fruit juice, IMO 🙂 So, I made the executive decision to drink the green juice…
I made vegetable soup on Sunday night- and used a frozen veggie mix that unfortunately included corn. I did my best to pick around the corn..
… and that’s where I am, Whole 30 wise. If you’re on Whole 30 or have ever done it… I would love to hear your favorite recipes. I love allllll the food 🙂
Ok… now on to the next topic of this post.
I’m linking up with several bloggers for a new monthly “Workin It” Wednesday Series and I’m excited about this! The topics include the following…
… and today’s topic is about keeping your marriage strong.
“Hey Jason, I’m writing a blog post about keeping our marriage strong. What’s your favorite thing to do together to keep our marriage strong!?”
…. and the answer that came next isn’t blog appropriate.
Jason and I have a somewhat “unique” approach to our marriage because of our blended family schedule. Its difficult to “share” the girls on our week on/week off schedule and so we do our best to not commit to activities when we have them. Our friends and family know this and understand 🙂 After the kiddos are in bed, we love those few extra moments to sit on the couch and chat about each others day. On off kid weeks, we love to get out, have date nights, spend nights in, just enjoy the time we have together. One of our very favorite things to do, when time allows, is travel. We’re really busy with work over the Spring/Summer/Fall months- and so we really value the extra time we have during winter.
Here we are in Key West last week… more pics to come 🙂
One of the single most important things to keep our marriage strong is communication. We communicate and then communicate some more… and this is probably one of the single best pieces of advice I can give. I don’t think there is such a thing as over communication 🙂
We are on the same page, same team, and put each other first. We know each others love languages, we have fun together, we drive each other crazy… like any relationship, marriage takes work. I’m lucky to be married to my best friend, soul mate, partner in crime… and that makes for one strong marriage 🙂
Thanks for reading here, friends! Cheers to be another day closer to the weekend…. XO
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I’m not sure if this exactly qualifies for a favorite, as I have yet to actually read the book, but I read a raving review on the book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love) and then ordered it yesterday. I’ve talked before about the grip that fear can have over my life and I’m just excited to dive right in.
Please excuse the actual paint job… but a color that I forgot I had – kind of a soft purpley/light grey neutral color. Love the name of this one.. OPI’s “Don’t Bossa Me Around”
Nail color here
On Tuesday, I jumped on the Whole30 bandwagon and so far, so good! If you missed that post, you can catch up here.
On the Whole 30, you cut out added sugar, grains, legumes, dairy, processed foods and alcohol. So Whole 30 is basically eating clean. I’m learning that its really do able (if I can do this anyone can) but does require careful meal planning. I purchased Luna Bars for emergency situations and I’m still craving things like chips and goldfish and whatever the girls eat as snacks after school, but I really haven’t felt hungry. I’m already feeling less bloated and “lighter.” I feel more tired than usual and I’ve woken up with headaches but I think its normal and from the detox. Whole30 strongly discourages weighing yourself but that ain’ttttt happenin. I did take a “before” picture and if there’s significant results, I may get brave and post the pics. I know its only Day 4 but I’m feeling really good about things!
I’ll update more next week, but here’s a few pics of what I’ve been eating on the Whole30…
Scrambled eggs and veggies made with avocado oil and spices and….
… these sauces below are Whole 30 approved! My cousin is the creator and are available on Amazon here. They are soooooooooo yummy.
I was nervous about using coconut milk in place of creamer in my coffee but it actually tastes good!
La Croix sparkling waters are Whole30 approved. So good…
Grilled chicken with dijon mustard, steamed cauliflower with salt and pepper and fruit for lunch…
I’ve been drinking tons of water too. This is infused with fruit.
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Generally speaking, I consider myself to be a “healthy” person. According to our “industry standards,” My BMI falls into the normal weight range for my gender and height, recent blood work results showed no real red flags or signs of danger, I try to watch what I consume, I strive to eat whole and healthy foods and I clock a decent amount of exercise daily. My goal for this year is to become the best version of myself in all areas of life- and perhaps the reason behind today’s post too.
Anywho, several months ago I was cozied up on the couch reading a book to my niece and simultaneously running my fingers through my hair when I felt several spots on my scalp that should have hair!! Umm. I took several photos of these spots and became increasingly alarmed at what I seeing. (I’ll spare you the photos) I want to say that I brushed this discovery off and reduced it to stress, not a big deal, etc but after googling every possible scenario of all the reasons why one might start losing hair… I promptly shut all those web MD experts down and called my primary care physician (who ordered said blood work). Apparently, losing hair as “reason for visit” was not the usual around there and I was advised to cut my hair to a shorter style, use a special shampoo and avoid using hair dryers and hot tools for the next few months or so and to see a dermatologist if it worsens.
I requested a second opinion on the matter- as I needed to know WHY this was happening and if it was somewhat of a normal occurrence that people don’t typically discuss!?
Eventually, I was prescribed to a month of antibiotics and after that month came and went, my hair started to show signs of re growth.
Sooooo… what’s the point here, you ask!? I mean, you’re prob all “Jill… GIT. You had an issue, it was solved with antibiotics, the doctor called it a fancy name (alopecia areata) and all was well…”
(BTW, if you’re wondering, by definition, Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks healthy hair follicles)
Well, because this is not just about hair falling out. In the midst of all this, I began to feel sort of jet lagged. In other words- just an all around feeling of “blah.” Brain fog, fatigue, irritable at times, headaches, just… something felt a little off. (Off enough for me to notice that something felt off!!) For a while, I blamed travel and side effects from month long antibiotics.
So, do tell me- have you done the Whole 30? Any tips!? Am I the last to embark on this!? Is it really life changing!? So many questions…
I ordered this book below…
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I’ll post and share weekly updates and mayyyybe a pretty pic of a meal every now and then. If you have questions, need help- or just want to chat- please let me know! There are so many things that are simply out of our control, but I realize I’m not getting younger and being proactive about my health and diet is one thing that I can change today to help become a better version than I was yesterday.