If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you might have seen some posts about Whole30.
So what’s Whole30?
From the Whole30 website:
Established by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig (of Whole9) in April 2009, the Whole30® is our original nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as 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.
The program is a 30-day nutritional reset that imposes very strict guidelines including NO grains, legumes, dairy, added sugar, and alcohol. Pretty much many of the things that I love to eat. What, no brown rice? No ice cream or cheese? You must be thinking it’s crazy talk!
For more, check out the website and a guide that covers there official rules here.
Why am I doing a Whole30?
Here’s a list of some reasons and symptoms contributing to my Whole30 journey:
-Lately, my body has felt incredibly sluggish and my energy zapped which I don’t attribute to marathon training.
-I’ve felt a lot of nagging aches and pains, not only from my calf tendinitis injury.
-My skin has been breaking out – never before last fall have I ever had bad skin.
-I have generally felt like I’ve been eating like crap (tasty, no regrets!) since last October once I finished the Chicago Marathon. Hey, what’s a girl to do with all the sweets and good food around? Plus my work has a neverending supply of food.
-Needless to say, I’ve also gained those unwanted holiday lbs which is foreign and unwelcome to me as I’m training for Vancouver.
-I want to feel my best!!
I’ve had the book It Starts with Food for over a year and have always glanced through it yearning to try the program. Now’s the time to.
How do I feel so far?
Truthfully, I’m feeling pretty fantastic!! My energy levels are noticeably better, I’m eating and fueling my body with only nutritious foods. I haven’t slipped up even with such strict rules. I’m proving to myself that I can stick with it – it’s only for 30 days with potential for really hitting reset and helping me relieve so many ailments.
And – I’ve been cooking so many healthy homemade meals and trying new recipes.
What have I been eating?
Eating lots of different proteins from chicken, organic sausages, to LOTS of fresh veggies, fruits, and healthy fats! No grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol, and sugar.
Here’s a sampling of the meals I’ve made.
Sample Recipe Links
Here’s some recipes that gave me inspiration during the week:
Nom Nom Paleo’s Crispy Smashed Chicken available on her iPad cookbook app. Here’s a link to her recipe index for lots of great ideas!
Cauliflower Fried “Rice” – holy wow!! Cauli rice will be a staple in my household from now on. I’ve grown up eating rice, so I know my rice. This is nearly just as good as the real thing. I loosely threw together my dish using this recipe from the author do the Well Fed cookbooks. Fantastic!!
This is it for now. I look forward to sharing this journey with you.
Let me know if you have any questions about my experience starting the Whole30 program!
I’ve done the Whole30 twice now and they were both amazing experiences! I think I would like to aim to do one once each year. Your meals have looked amazing so far 🙂
Wow! Good to know, Hyedi! I’ll come to you if I have any questions. 🙂
Man I really need to try this, but do you feel satisfied without carbs?? I feel like I’m just super hungry if my meals don’t include a grain or bread of some sort. Oh and the breaking out thing…welcome to a very unwanted symptom of turning 30, evidently you can go through breakouts like a teenager again…awesome right? 😉
It’s really fascinating and surprising to me that I truly don’t feel hungry! If anything, I feel like I’m eating more in volume but definitely foods that are way more nutritious.
For example, I got into the habit of having PB&J toast or pita chips as snacks. Demolishing them. All the time, not in moderation. I also developed a habit of drinking and craving OJ. So much sugar.
I haven’t felt hungry; pretty satisfied. And I’m experimenting and cooking so much more. Being more intentional with guidelines helps me a lot. So far, the 9 days has taught me a lot about eating the right kinds of foods.
I still need to have you over for dinner! This week hasn’t been good since Joe’s been laid out with his herniated disc. But soon, promise. 🙂
P.S. If turning 30 welcomes the unwanted acne breakouts, that is not good. I’m banishing it from the rest of my 30!