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5 Things Saving My Whole 30 Right Now

May 9, 2017
5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

All right! Week 1 of Whole30 Round 2 is in the bag! I’m feeling pretty good. Still hungry all the time, but sleeping like a rock. I had my first super realistic food dream (Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups…), and we’ve handled our first party of Whole 30 Round 2. Let’s just say, I’ve never seen The Hubs feed red velvet cake to a toddler so intently. He was living vicariously.

Even though I’m feeling good about Whole 30 Round 2, The Hubs and I are having one of those phases where there is not enough time in the world. It’s moving too fast. Somebody slow the clock down, please. We’re feeling a little rushed. Since I’ve been scrambling to get it together, here is a list of 5 things saving my Whole 30 right now:

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

Snap Kitchen

Snap Kitchen saved my life on Day 1 of Whole 30 Round 2, when I realized that I did not plan an appropriate lunch. Luckily Snap Kitchen has a whole set of Whole 30 options to chose from. Imagine, Whole 30 compliant food that I didn’t have to cook! There are Snap Kitchen locations near both my office and my apartment. Score! It’s great to know that I can grab a quick, compliant lunch there. I can’t wait to try more of their options. Also, Their cauliflower is amazing!

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

Canned Olives

Ya’ll know that a major Whole 30 struggle for me is that I am always. hungry. Like, all the time. One of the suggestions of the Whole 30 Forums for the constant hunger was to incorporate more fat into your meals. Nut butters work well for me, but another suggestion was olives. Olives can be tough because of some of the additive that they use. Using the handy dandy Whole 30 Additives Cheat Sheet, I was able to determine that Trader Joe’s canned black olives were Whole 30 compliant. So I bought a ton. They make my life so much easier.

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

Kalua Pig

Okay. You have to try this slow cooker recipe. It’s so simple. The end result is both amazing and versatile. The recipe is by Nom Nom Paleo, and she has not steered me wrong during this Whole 30. We bought the pork shoulder on Friday night (we used 2 lbs instead of 5) and cooked it in the crock pot overnight. It called for Hawaiian red salt, but we just used Himalayan pink salt instead. It was in about 11 hours (the 5 lb one in the recipe cooks for 16 hours.). The next morning I shredded it and we’ve been using it all weekend. On potatoes. With tostones. In this delicious breakfast concoction. It’s a Whole 30 lifesaver recipe for sure!

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

Topo Chico / Kombucha

I’ve decided to delve into the realm of Kombucha on Whole 30 Round 2. Kombucha is tricky in that it can have sugar in it, but it is usually added as part of the fermentation process and is not present in the finished drink. As long as no sugar is added after the fermentation, Kombucha is fair game for Whole 30. The first time on Whole 30 I was afraid to try Kombucha because I was afraid of picking the wrong brand that might have added sugar. Since it’s my second time on Whole 30, I’m more willing to experiment. After perusing the Whole 30 forums online, I decided to start with GT’s Trilogy Kombucha. I’ve been mixing it with Topo Chico (mineral water) because I’ve heard that it can have an, umm, moving effect if you drink too much. It’s my little special treat drink and yes, I drink it out of a wine glass. Don’t judge.

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

Sweet Potato Hash

For breakfast. At HG Supply Co. Under bison burgers. With chorizo.  I am living for sweet potato hash. Whether it’s cubed, shredded or in hash browns, it’s the perfect vessel for just about anything I want to eat. Especially fried eggs. Mostly fried eggs… Last night, The Hubs and I experimented and came up with a recipe served on sweet potato hash that was seriously good. Like, it might need it’s own blog post. Because I love sweet potato hash.

Are you like The Hubs and I in feeling like life is moving way too fast? What do you do to slow things down? Is there anything saving your life right now? I’d love to hear about it!


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My Goals for Whole 30 Round 2

May 5, 2017
Whole 30 Round 2

You heard it right, I am doing Whole30for a second time this year. Whole 30 Round 2! Why, you ask?

For The Hubs. When we first decided to do Whole 30, we figured that it would be something that we would do more than once. Now that I’ve been post Whole 30 for a few months, I am both eager and afraid to get back on it again.

I am eager because I haven’t been eating well recently. Between out of town guests and my inability to tell The Hubs “no” when he pouts, we’ve been rather indulgent lately. I can feel a difference, too. I am sore all the time, and snap, crackle, pop like a rice krispie. My skin is nowhere near as good as it was on Whole 30. and an old shoulder injury of mine has been flaring up again. I can tell that it’s time to start eating better again.

That being said, I am still a little afraid to get back on Whole 30 because of some of the way it affected my body last time. Like, I was literally always hungry. It lowkey drove me crazy. Then there were the hormonal changes, which I’m really hoping don’t happen again…Plus, I’d been really digging my morning oatmeal (with a spoonful of almond butter, some honey and cocoa powder, yum!).

I’ve decided that I’m going to approach Whole 30 Round 2 a little differently this time, with some different goals.

Whole 30 Round 2 Goals

My Whole 30 Round 2 Goals

Drink More Water – The Hubs and I were really good about infused water towards the beginning of the year, but then we got tired and stopped making it. Since then, my water consumption has gone waaay done. I can feel it in my skin, because my legs are dry all.the.time. I’m hoping to increase my water intake, having at least 2-3 bottles of water at work (plus my lunchtime la croix) and hopefully remember to drink at home during the evenings too.

Incorporate Exercise – Last time I did Whole 30, I didn’t really exercise. The Hubs and I used to be a lot more active, but slacked off to to wedding planning and then married life. This time on Whole 30, I want to be more consistent with my efforts to get active while I revamp my eating habits. I’m not reaching for anything serious here, but The Hubs and I want to take more walks and do more yoga. I may try some sort of push up or plank challenge, just to try to get more toned. I’m really hoping to work out consistently for over 1 week here…

Eat Adventurously – Especially when it comes to breakfast, I had a hard time shaking out of some food ruts. Meaning that I had sweet potatoes for breakfast almost every day. Since I was hungry all the dang time, I am going to try to amp up my breakfasts for Whole 30 Round 2. I need to add some more protein, some fats and increase my portion sizes. This may mean that I have to wake up earlier to spend more time on breakfast (uuuugh….) but I will be worth it to not be so hungry all the time. I also want to try some more new recipes, since that was a lot of money fun for The Hubs and I.

Stop Snacking – This goes with the goal above it. I have a tendency to snack on the commute home. This is usually my Larabar time. This time around, I am going to amp up my portion sizes and try to cut out my extra snacks. When I do snack, I am going to go for healthier options, like olives or pickles rather than sugary dried fruit bars (I still love you, Larabars!)

I’m 4 days into Whole 30 right now and still feeling strong. The Hubs and I have gone for a long walk(and I earned 3 inch wide mosquito bite…) and did some yoga last night. I have mostly avoided snacking and am hydrating more at work. Oh, and I’m sleeping like a rock! #whole30perks

Anyone else on their second (or third, or fourth) round of Whole 30? Did your goals change when you went through the program for a second time?


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Whole 30 Week 4 – Sharing My Results

March 16, 2017
Whole 30 Week4: Sharing My Results

I’m going to wrap up my series about my first Whole 30 by talking about Whole 30 Week 4 and my results. Week 4 both the easiest and the hardest week of Whole 30. By week 4, you have a good idea of which recipes work and which are flops. You have a better rhythm and are used to the whole practice. It’s also the closest to the end, so there’s a sense of “almost there, almost there” throughout all of Whole 30 Week 4. Technically, you’re not really done after week 4, though. You still have to go through the reintroduction phase (which we sucked at).

Let’s go back and look at my goals for Whole 30 Week 1

The Goals:

-Better Sleep

-Better Skin

-Lose inches

Things did not always go as planned on Whole 30, but I think that we did quite well, given the circumstances. We did not overtly cheat at any time. There were a few times while eating out that The Hubs and I had to adopt a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy about whether the food had been cooked in the wrong oil or had any other mystery additives. I remember reading something by Melissa Hartwig saying that a completely perfect Whole 30 is pretty much impossible. I think we did the best that we could, which was pretty darn good.

Whole 30 Week 4: Sharing My Results

The Results:

-Better Sleep: Achieved. Both The Hubs and I were really able to dial in on our caffeine sensitivity during Whole 30. We learned that The Hubs performs best on decaf coffee. For me, it’s tea. We try to cut off the caffeine around 6:00 or 7:00 every night. I also think that removing sugar helped our sleep. I didn’t ever get the vivid food dreams that they talk about in the Whole 30 book, but I did sleep soundly.

-Better skin: check. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really notice this one until I came OFF Whole 30. Since then, I have since suffered from a string of breakouts. I tend to have pretty standard breakouts right before That Time of the Month, but my skin was definitely better on Whole 30. There was was one patch of dry scaly skin on my leg that I was hoping would disappear with Whole 30, but it still there, unfortunately. I’d still give this a pass.

-Lose Inches: Holy wow, yes! I didn’t think I had that much to lose, honestly. I knew I’d put on a little weight, but I stopped weighing myself in high school and never looked back so I didn’t have a gauge for how much. Before Whole 30, some belts were tighter and some of my high-waisted skirts weren’t so comfortable anymore. After Whole 30, they’re comfortable again. Are you guys ready for the hard numbers?

Whole 30 Week 4: Sharing My Results

Before Whole 30:

Waist: 28 inches

Chest: 34 inches

Butt: 38 inches

Thighs: 21.5 inches

Arms: 10 inches

After Whole 30:

Waist: 25 1/2 inches!

Chest: 33 inches

Butt: 36 1/2 inches

Thighs: 20 inches

Arms: 10 inches

Let me tell you, my waist had not been that small in a while. I’m pretty sure it’s back up to something around 26 inches now, which is fine by me. I didn’t think that my weight loss had been super evident, but The In Laws kept telling me to eat a cheeseburger by Whole 30 Week 4, so maybe it was more noticeable that I thought. That could just be The In Laws though… The Hubs also said that upon revisiting some earlier pictures of me that he could see the weight loss. I do feel better, but I honestly just didn’t want to have to buy new clothes.

Now that I’ve been off Whole 30 for a bit, I can see why people stay on it. Rules are easy. Navigating my own choices, sans Whole 30 guidelines is hard. There is a comfort to the black and white system of Whole 30 that makes it easy to make decisions. Off Whole 30, I have a greater tendency to go off track. For now, we are eating mostly Whole 30/Paleo,  having found that bread and milk generally don’t react well with us(Thank goodness Starbucks has started stocking Almond Milk!). We allow ourselves cheat meals on the weekends and when there’s a social function like an office party or a family birth day. We are planning to do another Whole 30 in May. I’m tempted to go back on it earlier just to clear my skin up, but it’s Easter season and the pink bunny peeps are out and I just can’t quit them yet.

Have you just finished a Whole 30? Tell me how you did! Thinking about trying it for yourself? Tell me what’s motivating you!

Whole 30 Week 4 Best Recipe:

Mel Joulwan’s Chocolate Chili. Serve over roasted sweet potatoes! Mmmm…

Whole 30 Week 4 Worst Recipe:

-Skirt Steak from the The Whole30 Cookbook. We are not adept at cooking beef!

Whole 30 Week 4 Tips:

-Trying to find your new favorite decaf coffee? Central Market lets you buy by weight, so you only have to get a tiny amount to taste. Don’t waste your money on a full half pound you won’t finish!

-Shop at Costco on a weeknight. You won’t face the temptation of all those samples, and it’s way less stressful. Our Costco staples on Whole 30 were: eggs, organic chicken, blueberries, chicken stock, Aidell’s chicken sausage, and Costco brand almond butter.

-Our favorite Whole 30 Breakfast is a baked sweet potato with cinnamon and nuts on top. We bake them the night before and just reheat in the morning.