Omg you guys, it’s Day 15 of Whole 30 and I can hardly believe it! Never in my life did I think I would give up sugar (with the exception of fruits) for a whole freakin’ month. I mean, my daily Starbucks?! Lol. Any way, I received some questions regarding my Whole 30 experience so I thought it would be fun to do a whole blog post on it 🙂
What is Whole 30?
Eat this for 30 days: meat, seafood, and eggs; vegetables and fruit; natural fats; and herbs, spices, and seasonings… foods with a simple or recognizable list of ingredients, or no ingredients at all because they’re whole and unprocessed.
Avoid: added sugar (real or artificial), alcohol, grains, legumes (ie. beans, soy), carrageenan, MSG, sulfites, baked goods, and junk foods.
Sounds simple enough right? *insert emoji with sweat dripping from forehead* lol.
Why did you decide to do it?
2020 was super stressful and eventful. We moved from Temecula to San Diego in a moment’s notice and the holidays were even crazier this year during a pandemic. Let’s be honest, stress eating was involved or should I say stress drinking lol (my weakness are sugary coffees and boba). Even though I still worked out, it didn’t outweigh all the food I was eating during the holidays and tbh, I was sick of it and needed a change. I wasn’t seeing much results with my workouts because of the junk I was allowing into my body SO it was time. Thankfully, my family is doing it too which is super helpful because we keep each other accountable and motivated. Not to mention, we share food too which is a major plus. I knew it would be tough cause I never go on diet or cleanses. The last time I went on a “diet” was after I gave birth to Scarlett (I did the 21 Day Fix, read about it here).
Is it expensive?
Hmm.. it can be, yes, but health is super important so I don’t mind spending on food that’s good for me. I would say that the initial grocery trip for Whole 30 would cost the most cause you’re buying everything you need for the month plus the foods you’ll be eating for the week. Be prepared to go to the grocery store like every 3 days to replenish your produce though. I don’t think I’ve ever been to the grocery store so many times in my life in such a short amount of time lol.
How was the first week transition?
Honestly, eating healthy isn’t a problem for me. I normally eat “healthy-ish” so the transition was seamless when it came to food. For me, it was giving up the sugary coffee, boba as a dessert and cooking every meal lol. It’s also tough when your kids eat yummy treats in front of you haha. Going into Week 3, I can’t be phased.
How do you feel going into Week 3?
I feel great! I’m used to my black coffee with coconut milk and I’m in a good schedule when it comes to cooking. I feel like I look the same as far as physical appearance BUT I feel so much better in the the inside and less bloated which is a major plus. I am looking forward to seeing how I look and feel at the end of the 30 days.
What are your favorite meals?
So if you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I like what I like. I’m the type of person that can eat the same thing for a whole month (literally until I get sick of it haha).
For breakfast, I love the traditional eggs, bacon and potatoes. I add some Whole 30 approved salsa and unsweetened ketchup
For lunch, I go for a salad which different types of lettuce, green peppers, onions, pan friend crushed almonds, avocado and chicken with a homemade dressing (olive oil, red wine vinegar, spicy brown mustard and ground pepper)
For dinner, I have some type of protein, cauliflower rice (pan fried with minced garlic), veggies and sweet potatoes.
Other fave meals are:
- a turkey burger (protein style) with lettuce, grilled onions, mustard and unsweetened ketchup. I make some homemade fries too
- spaghetti squash with unsweetened marinara, onions, garlic, green pepper, ground turkey and mushrooms
- Chipotle’s burrito bowl with cauliflower rice, carne asada, veggies, guac and pico (SO GOOD, pricey but nice to get if you’re out and in a rush)
Snacks (obsessed, I would still snack on these AFTER whole 30):
- Banana Chia Pudding
- Terra Veggie Chips (original with sea salt)
- Larabars (FYI not all are Whole 30 approved. My 2 faves that are Whole 30 approved are the lemon bar and cinnamon roll)
- No bake chocolate coconut cookies
- Fruits (grapes have been my go-to)
- Nekter’s Toxin Flush juice (my go-t0)
Would you do it again?
Yes, I actually would! I’d be down to this twice a year, once in Jan. and maybe once in June. We’ll see how I feel after 30 days but why not. I think this is a great cleanse and so so good for you body!
Advice for those who want to try Whole 30:
Do it with family and friends, 100%!!! Having that accountability and support makes all the difference. Plan your meals and cook before you get hungry and always bring Whole 30 approved snacks with you when you run errands. You got this!!