My Take on Whole30

by jessica on December 19, 2016

Back in November I tried out Whole30. Full disclosure – I didn’t finish it. I came close to finishing, but then the Cubs won the World Series which led to a day in Chicago with tacos and elote. I wasn’t even upset about not finishing because I cheated with amazing tacos. Seriously, I love tacos and this is why the Taco Cleanse will be my favorite diet ever. Another reason I didn’t feel guilty? I had spent 20+ days eating healthier than I had for most of my life. I was allowed tacos!

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Sister and I right after the parade and right before taco consumption

Ok so back to Whole30. It is NOT easy. I did NOT love it. However, I did LIKE it. It’s doable. It’s a big change that requires some serious willpower and planning, but I felt great. My skin looked better, I lost a couple pounds, and realized I had some pretty bad food habits.

The hardest part was been the planning. I had to plan every meal and even my snacks so I stay on track. I hate meal planning. It’s something I really should be doing all the time, not just when I’m trying to get my nutrition act together.

The biggest question I get when people talk to me about Whole30 is  what can you eat? What are you eating? Do you feel satisfied? I actually did.

Here is a typical week for me on Whole30:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Monday Celery Root & Sweet Potato Hash + Egg Skinnytaste Beef & Sweet Potato Stew (modified from cookbook) Beef burgers topped with avocado, steamed peas, mashed potatoes
Tuesday Celery Root & Sweet Potato Hash + Egg Skinnytaste Beef & Sweet Potato Stew (modified from cookbook) Lime & garlic salmon, steamed broccoli, roasted squash
Wednesday Mixed Nut “Porridge” with fresh fruit Beef Burger, raw carrots, dried fruit Skinnytaste Spaghetti Squash Bolganese (modified)
Thursday Celery Root & Sweet Potato Hash + Egg Skinnytaste Beef & Sweet Potato Stew (modified from cookbook) Skinnytaste Spaghetti Squash Bolganese (modified)
Friday Mixed Nut “Porridge” with fresh fruit Avocado tuna salad on lettuce, berries, sliced cucumber, mini larabar Roasted Italian chicken & veggies
Saturday Mixed Nut “Porridge” with fresh fruit Roasted Italian chicken & veggies Grilled steaks, sweet potato, broccoli
Sunday Bacon & eggs with fresh fruit Snack plate – fresh fruit & veggies, nuts, dried fruit, almond butter, guacamole Skinnytaste Korean beef bowls with cauliflower rice (modified from  cookbook)

What I didn’t include on the list is my snacks. I’m a snacker, so prepping lots off snack options was crucial for me. My snacks centered around raw nuts, fresh fruit, dried fruit (no sugar added), fresh veggies, almond butter, avocado, and mini larabars.

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Snack Plate of Champions

My Tips for a Successful Whole30:

  • Plan. Plan the heck out of your meals, snacks, beverages, everything. The more you plan and prep, the easier it will be to stay on track.
  • Look at what you like that IS Whole30 approved and exploit it. I love eggs so I had scrambled eggs and nitrite/nitrate free bacon a couple times. It felt indulgent and satisfying but was 100% acceptable.
  • If you feel hungry often while on the plan, eat more healthy fats. Once I added almond butter or guac to my snacks, I felt fuller much longer. Almond butter was my everything.
  • Avoid going out to eat. It’s frustrating and it’s so hard to not cheat. On the upside, you’ll save some money.
  • Skinnytaste is your new best friend. I’m serious. She has some great recipes that can work for Whole30 and a lot of her recipes are easily made Whole 30. Her cookbook was perfect for us. We modified several recipes replacing rice with cauliflower rice, removing dairy, etc.

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Skinnytaste Korean Beef Bowls modified with cauliflower rice. This was so flavorful and filling.

Overall, I like Whole30. I plan on doing it again and I won’t be surprised if I don’t make it to day 30 the second time around either. Oh, and I totally don’t care!

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