As you probably already know, I am currently completing The Whole30. Are you coming here for encouragement and support! GREAT! Keep going; YOU CAN DO IT! I want to provide my update from the last 5 days as to how The Whole30 is going for me!
Or, maybe you are just curious. Want to know more about what The Whole30 is? Read about it here.
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For more about The Whole30, read here, or check out the book The Whole30 by Melissa Hartwig Urban and Dallas Hartwig.
The Whole30 Required Some ADJUSTMENT!
I started out this program with very meat-heavy meals. My husband has loved every second of it. However, I have found that it has been very hard on my stomach. So, I have seriously reduced the amount of meat that I am eating and am mixing it with more fruits, veggies, and eggs for this Whole30 update!
For some, another Whole30 egg recipe is exhausting. For me, I am considering getting chickens! We have gone through so many eggs, and I am not sad about it. We made omelets, frittatas, sandwiches, “pizza” crust; the list goes on.
And, I am trying new and different things with fruits and veggies. Yum! Watch for my next post about our experience with cauliflower “pizza”!
HOW HAS THE WHOLE30 AFFECTED MY HEALTH?
After 20 days of this sugar fast, I have finally overcome the constant feeling of sluggishness. I will not claim to have a sudden spike in energy, but I do not feel like I am in a grumpy haze due to lack of sugar anymore.
For me, and probably for you, sugar is such a huge part of the daily routine. Sugar for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Bread, pasta, cookies, candy, and diary products are just some of my major food groups and all contain SUGAR.
Looking at my kids’ candy dish or dessert was not quite as painful this week. I think that I will be able to reduce my sugar intake after completely resetting my system and cravings.
Don’t take my experience as the only reason why you should or should not try The Whole30 reset.
My husband has been a huge support in this whole journey, but he has loved every minute of it. The only thing he misses is pizza.
He has exercised more, slept better, and reduced a large portion of his asthma and allergy medication. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, he would whole-heartedly recommend trying the Whole30 to see whether your food might be aggravating your symptoms.
HAVE I LOST ANY WEIGHT?
Nope. Still no more lost weight from the first 2 pounds! However, that might have something to do with all of the fantastic food we ate this week!
WHAT ARE SOME NEW FOODS FOR THIS WHOLE30 UPDATE?
The kids had several days off of school this week. So, our routine was a little scattered. We were still able to try some awesome recipes this week!
WHOLE30 UPDATE: BREAKFASTS
We are still eating eggs, eggs, and more eggs with sausage and avocado for breakfast. We don’t mind at all.
My husband has started to lightly fry avocado slices with salt, pepper, and paprika. They make a nice warm and spicy topping to the eggs.
We also used these silicon egg rings to make the perfect eggs for topping our avocados or sweet potato waffles! You can even use these to make perfect waffles without them running together or sticking to an egg mold!
At last update, I told you about this excellent pumpkin apple breakfast bake. This time, I added the pecans, and it was even better. I recommend this as a simple breakfast on the go.
WHOLE30 UPDATE: LUNCHES
Don’t knock it ‘til you try it! Baked Potato and Meat Sauce.
This looks and sounds kind of strange. But, a simple baked potato topped with a meaty, tomatoey, pasta sauce was excellent. Filling, satisfying, warm, and delicious!
I love adding a can of fire roasted tomatoes from Aldi to my marinara sauce. It adds more flavor, veggies, and spice to the sauce. I made an entire batch of sauce to serve quickly over baked potatoes for a simple lunch while the kids and I are working from home!
Don’t forget about these hearty salads topped with any veggies I have on hand and a hard-boiled egg. Finally, I finish it with some Tessemae’s dressing on some grilled chicken breast!
BEST WHOLE30 DINNER FOR THIS WHOLE30 UPDATE:
We repeated some of our favorite meals over the last few days. However, we will use this Cilantro Coconut Lime Chicken recipe again in the future!
I used my fresh limes from Aldi along with full fat coconut milk to make this creamy sauce filled with cilantro. Instead of chicken, we used shrimp, and it turned out perfect. We served it over a big bed of riced cauliflower.
After we all finished, there was just enough left for one more serving, so I was even able to have it for lunch the next day. The cauliflower sat in the sauce overnight, and it was EVEN BETTER! Check out the recipe here!
WHOLE30 UPDATE: EATING OUT
I ended up having a few times this week when I was out to eat for work and as a family. So, my husband and I tried a few Whole30 Eating Out tips.
First, instead of sandwiches, we ordered salads. When we removed the cheese and croutons, we found that most of the salad menus worked fine for The Whole30.
At Chick-Fil-A, I was able to order a salad with no cheese or corn blend. We also carried our own dressing with us. Again, I can’t recommend the Tessemae’s dressing enough!
We also spent one lunch at McAllister’s. In addition to salads, McAllister’s has an extensive potato menu. And, they are happy to serve them without any dairy products. I had a potato topped with just meat and veggies, while my husband had a chicken and jalapeno potato. We loved being able to order something warm and fresh from a menu without feeling the need to remove everything.
If you find yourself on the Whole30 and needing to go out for a meal, ask your server to make your sandwich on lettuce, order a salad and top it with fruit, or stick to baked potatoes and meat. I didn’t find a single restaurant, even our local diner, that wasn’t happy to oblige as long as I kept my requests simple and reasonable.
Only a little over a week left until reentry! Thanks for all of your support!
In case you missed it, read days 1-5 here!
Find my Whole30 Update days 11-15 here!
Read more about The Whole30 here.
Read more about my fitness goals here.