My Whole 30 Experience & Tips

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

With the new year just kicking off, i'm sure many of you have set goals for how you can be healthier in the upcoming year. I mean new year, new me...am I right?? I think that Whole 30 is a great way to restart your eating habits and helps you become more aware of what you are and are not putting into your body. It's definitely hard and will take some major self control, but in the end I think it is worth doing at least once!

I did Whole 30 last summer and successfully made it through the full 30 days. I did however, tailor it to fit my body and what I had going on that month. Since the summer is all about having a good time, I would allow myself a glass of wine with friends or a cider (low sugar of course) at a Braves game. At social drinking events, I would make myself the DD so I couldn't drink more than one drink. It was great, because I was still able to have fun while sticking to my Whole 30. Whole 30 does strictly says no drinking, but I believe that any diet or meal guide that you follow needs to work for you or you won't be able to stick with it. So if you need to make some small changes, go for it!

Try out different things and tune into what your body is telling you to get the most out of your Whole 30. Since I am a runner and avid gym goer, my body wasn't getting quite enough carbs on Whole 30. After doing some research, I decided to add more Whole 30 approved carbs into my diet. I started eating more sweet potatoes, butternut squash, pumpkin, and bananas on my harder workout days. This helped give my body the extra nutrients that it needed to push through. 

What Whole 30 is...
- A great way to cut back on sugar
- Increases your energy levels
- Makes you feel way better overall
- A great way to improve your relationship with food
- Hard and takes a lot of planning and meal prepping

What Whole 30 is not...
- A huge weight loss plan- this is more of an eating habit change than a weight loss plan. It will make your body more lean, but you probably won't lose a bunch of weight (I only lost 5 lbs but my body looked and felt a lot healthier).
- Good to do during holiday seasons and vacations
- Going to work for everybody 
- Will not change you or your body overnight, it is more of a long term change.
- Cheap- you will have to splurge a little on certain things...BUT you can find good deals on Amazon for sauces, dips, powders, etc. and if you have a Kroger near you, they mark down meats, chicken, fish, veggies, fruits, and other healthy items all the time.

Since completing Whole 30, I try and stick to a Paleo diet as much as I can (about 80/20) but have added carbs like oatmeal and quinoa to help replenish my body before and after workouts. I also have the occasional sweet when i'm craving it, because you've got to treat yourself! I think if you have tried a bunch of different diets (once again this is not a diet but will help you have a better relationship with food and with that can come weight loss) and can't ever find one that works, this is a great option for you. It seriously will make you feel so much healthier, energetic, and happier with your body!

Since I have been eating this way for a while, I thought I would share some of my favorite recipes to help you get started on a Whole 30 of your own. I wish you all good luck in the New Year!

Breakfast
Paleo "Fauxmeal" - don't add vanilla extract
Pesto + Roasted Tomato Omelet - use homemade pesto w/o cheese
Acai Bowl - make sure your acai powder does not have any added sugar and do not add in the honey
Layered Chia & Almond Pudding Parfait - don't add vanilla extract
3-Ingredient Banana Pudding - don't add vanilla extract
Hemp Seed Breakfast - don't add vanilla extract or maple syrup

Lunch
*This is the best time to eat up any leftovers*
Asparagus Egg & Bacon Salad - make sure your dijon mustard and red wine are Whole 30 compliant
 BLT Avocado Lettuce Wraps - make sure your dijon mustard and red wine are Whole 30 compliant
Peanut Noodles - omit maple syrup and make sure Sriracha is Whole 30 compliant 
Creamy Tomato Soup - make sure coconut milk is Whole 30 compliant
Pumpkin Chorizo Soup - make sure chorizo is Whole 30 compliant

Dinner
Squash Soup + Lamb Meatballs - make sure coconut milk is Whole 30 compliant
Eye of Round Roast + Cauliflower Mash - make sure coconut milk is Whole 30 compliant
Sausage & Kale Spaghetti Squash Skillet - make sure coconut milk is Whole 30 compliant

2 comments:

  1. I took a very similar approach to my Whole(ish)30 last year. I'm thinking about going for it again --- love all of your recipe suggestions!

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    1. Thank you!! I'm thinking about doing it again as well...but we'll see haha

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