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Whole 30 Part 2- Day 15

For those of you who have seen me post about it, but haven’t heard of the Whole 30, it is basically “a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.” All good things, right?

Whole 30 is basically super strict Paleo. We did our first Whole 30 about a year ago (though only had a 27 day window between Stephen being out of town and going to my brother’s wedding, so did a Whole 27), and it couldn’t have been that bad or we probably wouldn’t be doing it again.

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This time, my eating/drinking habits were a little worse just before we began (Starbucks 2x per week? Heck yes) and so the withdrawal symptoms (headache, fatigue) that are often associated with elimination style diets were a bit more pronounced this go round. I definitely felt the cravings this time, and missed my beloved Cinnamon Dolce Lattes that accompanied our story time trips. And then Starbucks had the audacity to drop the Toasted Graham Latte like two days after we started as a temptation of total non-compliance. Don’t worry TGL, I’m coming for you on October 21. Coffee is allowed on Whole 30, but I’m not man enough to drink it black. Adding coconut milk and cinnamon helps, but not enough that I actually have desire to drink it.

I’m going to come clean with you guys. We have one cheat in this Whole 30. I can not justify paying twice as much money for half as much bacon just because it was cured. With the large amount of bacon we consume on this diet, we would go broke, I’d have to get a job and 80% of my paychecks would go to day care for my kid and the other 20% just to bacon. We decided ahead of starting that this was one compromise that we both agreed to after careful consideration. However, if you are looking for compliant bacon, it is available at Whole Foods (I couldn’t find any at our normal grocery store).

Today is Day 15, which means we’re halfway there. Here are a few essentials that are helping to make this time successful:

  • eggs (get the huge 60 pack at Costco, it’s much cheaper than the grocery store and you’ll eat eggs pretty much daily)
  • La Croix water – because sometimes you want something other than normal water and with some fizz. Our current favorites are the La Croix Curate in Pineapple Strawberry, Cherry Lime and Apple Berry. These are at our local grocery store. Costco also has a 24 pack of the normal lemon, lime and grapefruit flavors for about $7.50.
  • Sweet potatoes: for breakfast, lunch, dinner, any time. The last time we did this, we didn’t eat many starches and Stephen felt a significant loss of strength in his Crossfit workouts. We upped our sweet potato intake and he PR’d his clean and jerk two days ago. Definitely a plus for us.

A few of our favorite meals:

  • burgers – wrapped in lettuce with tomato and pickles (check those labels, if you like the Claussen pickles {which are frankly, the best} only the spears and halves do not have high fructose corn syrup, yet for some reason the whole pickles and sandwich slices do) – served with sweet potato fries
  • zoodles & meat sauce – Costco sells a marinara sauce that has no added sugar (you’d be surprised how hard this is to find) and I just love my Vegetti for spiralizing zucchini.
  • this pork chile verde recipe – good with cauliflower rice and especially good smothering burgers and sweet potato fries or on eggs
  • stir fry with cauliflower rice – with no soy sauce, I season with salt, pepper, onion power and garlic powder, and squeeze fresh lemon juice on the chicken and veggies.
  • Not a meal, but I’m totally digging green tea steeped in coconut milk (I use our milk frother to heat/foam it)

There are lots of great resources online for recipes (watch out for Pinterest if you don’t want to be shown pages of tasty temptation on your way to healthy recipes), but often we just keep it simple with grilled or roasted chicken and veggies. If we catch a good sale, I’ll grab a steak and serve that with veggies. It doesn’t have to be hard, but absolutely does require forethought. There is no “I’ll just grab something on the way home” and no making Top Ramen because you don’t feel like cooking. You’ll cook all three meals most days (or more, smaller meals) and you’ll do all the dishes in your house multiple times a day.

Eating out is pretty hard. Our go-to place is Chipotle. Most of the time you’re going to feel like this:

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But at Chipotle, you can get a salad, with carnitas (the other meats are cooked in rice bean oil), salsas (not including the corn salsa as corn is considered a grain), guacamole (if you’re not allergic like I am). It’s definitely not as filling or delicious as my usual burrito bowl, but sometimes I just don’t feel like cooking. Plus Jonathan loves their quesadillas.

Jonathan is still eating like a 1 year-old, so his mac & cheese and quesadillas look like delicious, non-compliant heaven. I often catch myself almost taking a bite to check to see if it’s too hot for him, but have caught myself.

As an added bonus, this time I’m actually working out in conjunction with doing the Whole30. Because my son is the Energizer Baby, I’ve been getting up at 5am to get in a workout and Bible study before he wakes up (which generally occurs around 6:30am). My current routine is MWF- Fitness Blender video workout, TTh – run on the treadmill 30 minutes. Fitness Blender has been awesome and really fun yet challenging. A few of my favorites so far:

Total Body HIIT and Abs Workout- Cardio and Core Combination

Fitness Blender Total Body Barre Workout- 39 Minute Barre Workout

Better Posture Workout + Leg Slimming Pilates Butt and Thigh Workout

I have a few more saved to try, but if you’re a Fitness Blender member, I’d love suggestions! Run days are my least favorite, but in the past it has been pretty effective for me so I thought I could torture myself 1 hour a week. Maybe I’ll eventually start to like it again. Post-pregnancy, I feel like I’m having a harder time finding my groove with it, so hopefully I’ll hit my stride eventually.

The combination of Whole30 and these workouts seems to be effective as I have already lost as much weight in the first two weeks of Whole30 as I did the entire time last time.

I’m looking forward to the next 15 days as the down hill portion of the journey. I may try a few new recipes between now and the end, which is always fun.

If you’re interested in trying a Whole30, don’t be afraid to message me. I probably have a few recipes bookmarked somewhere, but I’d recommend checking out the following sites for ideas (some recipes may need to be altered slightly to make Whole 30 compliant):

Nom Nom Paleo – I use her cauliflower rice & zoodle methods regularly, in addition to other recipes (her kalua pig is great and makes enough to eat in salads, bowls, omelets, etc)

PaleOMG – I think she’s pretty funny, she’s local, and her recipes look very tasty

Whole 30 Recipes Instagram – they have guest posters who will share recipes and then if you like them, follow the poster for more recipes!

Follow #whole30 on Instagram or Twitter to find recipes that others are making that you may want to try. I love doing this on Instagram because sometimes it just LOOKS so good.

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