If you creep far enough back on my personal instagram page, you would have seen various pictures of food starting on September 6th, 2016.
That was the fateful day I started Whole 30 for the first time. After the 30 days, I lost about 15lbs and several inches.
But first, let’s back up – let’s review the basics: What is Whole 30?
Whole 30 is not a diet – it’s a lifestyle change. I know many of you who have tried all the fad diets probably have heard that line before but for me, it changed the way I ate and more importantly, it changed the way I thought about food.
Whole 30 is a clean eating lifestyle very similar in nature to the paleo diet. Essentially, you are cutting out the “psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days.”
Listed below are the foods you can and can’t have while following the Whole 30 rules:
Shown below was the Whole 30 Bible, if you will. The book goes into full detail about the reasoning behind each of the “no” items on the list. It also has recipes which are relatively easy to make.
Here are a list of some of the things I made during Whole 30:
- Zucchini noodles – lots of these! So easy to make and tasted really good! A great pasta substitute.
- Coconut chia seed pudding with strawberries and slivered almonds
- Coffee – I started drinking it black!
- Coconut cauliflower rice
- Chicken Chowder (recipe in the Whole 30 book)
- Garlic shrimp
- Baked lemon pepper chicken wings
- Homemade guacamole
- lemon pepper catfish
- Beef and butternut squash stew (one of my faves!)
- Sausage and sweet potato soup with kale
- Shepherds pie
- Chicken avocado lime soup
- Coconut lime chicken
- Chicken cacciatore
- Chilli – My Absolute Fave from the Whole 30 book.
Some of the Things I Learned While Doing Whole 30
- It was hard, but I had a support group of coworkers who did it with me. There are plenty of Whole 30 Support Groups online too, if you’re thinking about doing it on your own. I found a few on Facebook.
- I learned to not turn to food when I was feeling stressed or emotional. I stopped stress eating and snacking at late hours of the night.
- I learned to read ingredients and labels on food because there were so many little things that were also restricted.
- I learned to drink my coffee black – and like it! Mind you, cinnamon made all the difference but I don’t miss putting sugar in my coffee.
- I learned to cook a whole repertoire of new things!
This book: Whole 30 Fast and Easy just came out last week. Naturally, I pre-ordered it and I have slowly started reading through it but I can’t wait to try some of the recipes.
Every now and then I do a refresher because it makes my whole body feel better, including possibly in the new year! Stay tuned for a day-by-day experience of Whole 30 then!