It’s time for a Whole30 update! Last time, we talked about the reasons I chose the Whole30 for my Fit by 50 journey and now I’d like to tell you how it’s going.
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The thing about the Whole30 is that there are a lot of no’s. No dairy, no sweetener, no beans or legumes, no wheat or grain, no alcohol, no tobacco and so on. So it took me a couple of weeks to figure out just what I was going to eat and what to have on hand for Big Jon to snack on.
I read thru It Starts With Food by Melisa and Dallas Hartwig very carefully and I also scoured The Whole30 Guide for suggestions, recipes, and information. I created a Whole30 Pinterest page and began adding lots and lots of ideas.
At some point, it became clear that I just needed to take the leap! I figured the hardest part was going to be giving up Diet Coke and red wine. I figured that the first week was going to be brutal and painful. I figured I was going to be hungry and crave cookies. I figured wrong.
To help with the fizzy Diet Coke craving that hits me every morning I have substituted Kombucha mixed with sparkling water. It’s tasty and does the trick.
I also start the day with a banana. The plan suggests protein, such as eggs etc. and sometimes I do cook some eggs with or without veggies but I’ve never been much of a breakfast person.
Fortunately, I haven’t suffered from headaches like I have in the past when quitting Diet Coke. I often have some brewed iced tea, which does have caffeine, so I’m sure that is part of the reason. However, usually, I struggle with withdrawal from the chemicals in the soda. This time, I did not!
I carefully planned out dinners for the entire week from the Whole30 Guidebook and Pinterest. And then I cooked a lot of each one, starting with the sweet potato chili – yummmm! This carried me through many a lunch, let me tell you.
What I really liked about the cookbook is that each recipe is designed for 2 people plus leftovers. After cooking for the warriors for so many years, I do not know how to cook for any less than 5 men and me. There are usually so many leftovers that we cannot possibly eat them all.
With this system, there is enough for dinner and a few lunches. Perfect!
Thus we made the following meals over the past few days:
- Buffalo Chicken Wings – Franks ( We put that sh*# on everything) is Whole30 approved 🙂
- Steak and veggies
- Shepherds Pie – (pg 350 in the Whole30 Guide)
- Sweet Potato Chili
The Results thus far:
- For the first couple of days, there was a bit of cramping as my digestive system adjusted to the healthier food. But now things are settled.
- While amidst the Whole30, you are asked not to step on the scale, which is difficult and Big Jon said he was not going to comply with that rule. Being the legalist that I am, I will not get on the scale for another 17 days!
- That being said, I feel a bit thinner. My bra doesn’t feel so tight that I can’t wait to take it off every night – now c’mon girls! I know you know what I’m talking about!
- I am sleeping great! I don’t really know how to explain it, but I sleep well and wake up rested. Amazing.
- I’m liking the food just fine. I am satisfied. Not hungry. And I don’t feel deprived…. Much.
- The thing is, I still really want a Diet Coke. I just really do. And at night after dinner, I really want something sweet – like a piece of chocolate or a brownie. Instead, I’ve started having a glass of sparkling water with Orange Juice. Surprisingly enough, it takes care of the problem. Who knew?
- After a little bit of research, I was able to figure out what to eat when I’m out and get hungry. Hello – Chipotle and even a McDonald’s hamburger patty in a pinch.
I guess the point is I’m very much pro Whole30 right now. For the first time in a long time, I feel in control of my food. The things I miss aren’t overwhelming me and I am satisfied. I’m not planning things like, “when I’m done with this Whole30 thing…..” I’m thinking about what’s next and what do I need to do to continue this.
If you are looking for a way to jump-start your body in the direction of health, I highly recommend the Whole30. Grab It Starts With Food and make a plan.