I’m writing this after successfully completing 10 days of the Whole30, actually its the morning of the 12th day but who’s counting. I decided to give it try with a group of friends after eating and drinking freely from Thanksgiving through New Years Eve. Truly, I was eating an extra 3 cookies here and there while visiting my parents because I knew I was starting the Whole30. That may or may not be the best mindset to have the week prior but I let myself live and enjoyed every bit of my time over the holidays!
I decided to give it try with a group of friends after eating and drinking freely from Thanksgiving through New Years Eve. Truly, I was eating an extra 3 cookies here and there while visiting my parents because I knew I was starting the Whole30. That may or may not be the best mindset to have the week prior but I let myself live and enjoyed every bit of my time over the holidays!
About two days before I started, I prepped! I do NOT say that lightly. I made two soups each making about ten servings. One soup I froze entirely and the other I froze about two servings saving the remainder for week one. Next, I made about 30 Asian meatballs which all went straight into the freezer. While getting all my groceries, I also got the ingredients to make crab cakes but those weren’t prepped in time but they are sure to make an appearance before this is over. Last but not least I made Whole30 approved mayo using the same mayo recipe from our Curry Chicken Salad, just substituting mustard powder for the djion! Finally, on my first day of the Whole30 I made pad thai and sloppy joes which lasted for a few meals each.
Doing the Whole30 with friends makes the biggest impact because you have a team to support you. One thing that we have been doing weekly is either getting together for a potluck or hosting a meal at someones house. This has given me a chance to break out of my routine of eating similar foods with my typical seasonings because every person has a different cooking flare.
My mom got me a Spiralizer for Christmas and it has allowed me to be more creative during the Whole30, plus it’s fun! So far I’ve spiralized zucchini, beets, apples, butternut squash, onion, and sweet potatoes. Some sort of spiralized fruit or veggie makes an appearance about once a day.
While not all of my friends are on Whole30, so far no one has minded a healthy, homemade Whole30 approved meal. This has eliminated the need to go out to dinner but still allows for the social aspect many people feel is cut out during Whole30. This week I made burgers with bacon and a over easy egg and spiralized beet noodles and chicken with a butternut squash sauce. Both were a hit!
4. Food Prep
Growing up my dad constantly reiterated the 5 P’s – Proper Preparation Prevent Poor Performance. Being in my teens, I rolled my eyes but now that is definitely a motto I live by. Having an idea of what I am going to eat or a pre-made meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner has been a necessity. It doesn’t allow any temptation to sneak in when I’m starving and looking into the fridge. Many times my meals are boring and/or leftovers like eggs, chicken, or salads but I always try to add a little something to spice it up like the homemade chimichurri sauce I made last night or smoked paprika. Don’t be afraid to try something new!
5. Lara Bars
OKAY I admit I don’t necessarily use these correctly in the Whole30. Part of the Whole30 is to break the habits associated with dessert and kick the craving of sweets using Lara and RX bars for times when you’re in a bind but I eat one a day. Lara bars are either my post workout reward (which is allowed) or my after dinner dessert. If I workout I usually have a Lara bar and then some kind of fruit with nut butter or full fat coconut milk for dessert.
I plan to follow this way of eating and living after the 30 days with some moderation, basically paleo. It really hasn’t been too hard and I’m excited for the next ten days. I’ll be checking in again then. Cheers! (with La Croix)