If you are following along with me on Instagram then you would know I started Whole 30 in January. I wanted to post a recap on my experience from the first week because I got several requests to do so!
If I could use one word to describe my first week of Whole 30 it would be hard. Starting this challenge after the holidays was tough. Eating the most delicious food without restriction pretty much sums up my November and December. January was a rude awakening to say the least! I don’t want this post to be negative or deter anyone from trying Whole 30 because I have already seen amazing changes in my overall lifestyle and body in just one week. I am just being honest and telling you that cutting out sugar, grains, dairy, legumes (all the good stuff) is really hard! But I am here to tell you that when you plan ahead, you will be successful. If you find delicious recipes and try new things, you will really start to enjoy the process!
I learned a lesson in the first few days that is worth mentioning. I kept saying “ugh, I can’t eat that”, and then I quickly realized I needed to change my mindset. Instead of being unhappy that I couldn’t eat something, I decided to look forward to trying new foods and recipes because of Whole 30. I have tried lots of new things that I never would have tried before, and I have ended up loving them! I will share my favorite Whole 30 approved recipes and snacks that I have discovered so far later in this post.
For those who need a little motivation to get through Whole 30, I wanted to share a few helpful tips with you.
1. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. I 100% stand by this statement! If you do not plan ahead and know what you will be eating and making, there is a very good chance you will fail. It is so tempting to cheat when you are HANGRY (it’s a real thing). If you don’t have the right foods around the house then you will probably resort to your pantry for a snack where nothing is Whole 30 approved. Sidenote: can someone invent Whole 30 compliant Oreos?? That would be super helpful. Anyway, you need to make a grocery list of everything you will need and have a fully stocked fridge and pantry full of the right foods.
2. Try new things. It is very tempting to make the same thing over and over again if you like it and if it’s Whole 30 approved. My husband and I were eating chicken breasts, our version of sweet potato fries, and broccoli every night. For the first two nights it was fine and I really enjoyed it, and then the thought of eating it again made me sick. If you don’t switch up your menu you will get tired of it very quickly, and pizza will sound a little too good (I know from personal experience). Use Pinterest to your advantage! There are so many Whole 30 recipes that are easy to make and that taste delicious.
3. Don’t be afraid to snack. I feel like the word snack has a negative connotation. I guess it does if your snacks involve Goldfish and cookies. When you are on Whole 30, it’s important to eat enough throughout the day so you never feel hungry. For the first couple days I seriously felt like I was starving myself (NOT on purpose!!) I wasn’t used to just eating protein and veggies, and I didn’t quite understand how much I needed to eat to feel full. I quickly realized that I needed to utilize snacks! I made homemade kale chips (recipe below) and found some yummy protein bars that are W30 compliant. When I started eating little snacks in between meals when I felt hungry, it helped me feel so much better! *The Whole 30 books don’t suggest snacking in excess, but I have found that eating snacks has kept me sane throughout this process.*
These are the meals and snacks that I have been loving:
–RXBAR Protein Bars
–Spaghetti squash and meatballs (my favorite meal so far!)
–Sweet potato fries
–Egg Breakfast Muffins
–Crockpot chicken tacos
I will update this section once I try more recipes that I love! I hope this has been helpful to you if you are currently doing Whole 30 or if you are thinking about doing it. Please let me know if you would like to see anymore updates on my process, I would love to share my experience with you if it is helpful.
Thanks for stopping by! If you have any Whole 30 recipes that you love, please share them with me!! 🙂
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