I heard about Whole30, maybe two years ago but just had a baby and dieting wasn't really on my radar. Plus, I read what you had to give up and thought "there's no way!" ha. I decided to get the book It Starts With Food to see what it was all about. After reading the first few chapters, I knew it was time to make a change regarding my relationship with food - mostly carbs and sugar.
Yea, all the things that taste amazing, call my name at 9pm after dinner, and all those wonderful looking desserts all.over.Pinterest.
So enter Whole30...here are a few things I've learned so far.
-Everything. Everything has sugar in it.
-Finding sugar-free bacon is near to impossible.
-Reading labels is a must and honestly kind of scary to think about all the "things" we consume without even realizing it.
-Soy is in everything. Again, everything.
-Farmers markets and local co-op are lifesavers.
-Breakfast is my favorite meal and I am not a morning person!
-I really miss having coffee. I've been tempted to try it black, but just haven't.
-Not all salts are created equally.
Here's a run down of what I've been eating:
Dinner: I had bunco that night and ended up going to eat with a friend...at Chili's. I ordered a bacon burger without the bun and all veggies. Squeezed mustard on top of it. For my family, I baked a whole cut-up chicken in oil olive, onions, carrots, celery, with spices (garlic, onion powder, salt & pepper)
Day 2: (I guess I didn't photograph this day & now I don't remember what I ate)
Breakfast: was probably the same as day 1.
Dinner: Slow cooked a chuck roast in the oven with onions & carrots.
Lunch: Compliant hotdogs topped with yellow mustard & pickles (with no sugar), cucumbers/tomatoes, slice of cantaloupe.
Wednesday is grocery day so after the farmers market, we went out to eat before I took off to the grocery store, alone! They had half price oysters on the half shell so we got a dozen & ate them WITHOUT a cracker! I know...actually I didn't even miss the cracker! I had the fish of the day (drum), grilled with a side of asparagus. AB had surf & turf.
Breakfast: egg scramble with mushrooms, yellow bell peppers, fresh pico, and spinach leaves. Pasture pork, and cucumbers and tomatoes.
Lunch: For our beach lunch, I packed Applegate salami, green olives, cherry tomatoes, and sugar-free pepperoni (sliced thick) and salt & pepper pistachios to snack on w/ La Croix to drink!
Breakfast (on to go!): 2 hard boiled eggs with S&P, an apple
Lunch: don't remember...???
Spaghetti sauce with creamy roasted garlic sauce from Planks, Love, and Guacamole. It was sooo yummy! Like we really eating pasta, will definitely make this recipe again!
Lunch: sausage links with yellow mustard (later I googled the ingredients of sausage & it wasn't compliant, oops!)
Dinner: sliced brisket, bbq'ed chicken (without sauce), balsamic green beans, salad with ranch dressing using whole30 mayo, and watermelon.
Breakfast: apple- since I didn't have time to cook before church
After dinner snack: watermelon with pink salt!
Whew, there's week 1! I will say that days 2-5 were probably the toughest and randomly yesterday I was craving a Dr Pepper and sausage cheese balls like something fierce. Totally random!! I try not to snack but if I do I try to have an apple or watermelon, a few unsalted cashews, or half a Lara Bar. I mostly drink water with lemon in it. B loves "lemon-add!" and even B eats better because it. He always eats whatever we eat so this is forcing us to feed him good stuff, instead of "junk!"
Overall, I am feeling pretty good. I can tell a difference in mental clarity (thank goodness), and for the most part have more energy. My body is still adjusting to the whole "shock" of it all, but I am excited to see where I am at the end of this. I am already planning on doing another Whole30, right after this one!