I have almost made it, you guys! It is day 28 and I have just got two more days to go! I am so glad that I decided to try the Whole30. I fee better, I look better, and I’ve lost some weight. I’ve also been surprised that it really hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be.
I’ve been using my Sunday evenings for meal prep. Tonight, I boiled a big batch of chicken seasoned with salt, pepper, and minced garlic. I went ahead and shredded it and it should be easy to toss into recipes for the rest of the week. I also steamed some broccoli and cooked some green beans and packed lunches for the next two days.
The thing that is the most time consuming to me is prepping my fruit and veggies, but I definitely have found that this is crucial for me. If I come home from the store and go ahead and wash, chop, and separate everything into individual serving sizes I am way more likely to eat these healthy foods. I used to always buy produce and then forget it was in the crisper drawer and toss it a few weeks later after it spoiled. Since starting the Whole30, I have definitely done better about eating what I purchase and I have had so much less food waste.
Here are some examples of the meals I’ve been able to enjoy on this plan:
Hamburger steak with “skinny” mashed potatoes (made with potatoes and chicken broth) and green beans.
Baked chicken, oven roasted potatoes, roasted okra, and green beans.
Slow cooker chicken and potatoes with steamed broccoli.
After day 30 (Tuesday), I’m planning to continue to follow the program rules for the most part, but allow myself a few meals a week to slowly introduce certain items back into my diet and evaluate how I feel about those foods. Jeff and I have both missed our weekly sushi date, so we’re going out for sushi on day 31. Other than that, I’m just going to reintroduce foods as I come across something I just don’t think I can pass up.
Surprisingly, I haven’t been craving candy as much as I thought I would. I’ve had to change a lot of things about the way I cook, especially since I’m so used to relying on casseroles during the week when Jeff and I are both busy, but I definitely have not had to sacrifice flavor on this plan. I was afraid I get stuck eating chicken for every meal, but we’ve had a nice mixture of chicken, pork, beef, and even seafood, so I haven’t gotten bored.
One thing I would recommend before starting this program is to buy the book. When I started, I was using the website as my primary resource for the rules. On about day 19, Jeff bought me the book and I read it cover to cover. I realized that I have made some mistakes that I didn’t even realize I was making. For example, the pickles I had contained an ingredient that wasn’t approved and I was eating Larabars way more than I should be (they are too close to candy, so they’re only recommended as emergency snacks – not an everyday replacement for granaola or candy bars). Oops! I decided to continue my challenge because I had done the best I could and had accidentally made these mistakes; however, technically I guess I have really completed a true Whole30. I am planning to do another round of Whole30 in January and will make sure to be more careful about reading labels and making sure I’m following the rules exactly.
Even with my little mistakes, this program has been the most successful program I have ever tried. The thing I like most about it is that it isn’t a diet. The Whole30 is a jumpstart to a completely different outlook on your relationship with food. Thirty days ago, I honestly wasn’t sure if I could give up soda and chocolate and bread. Now, I know that I can give up those things and that I’m not really missing anything by keeping them out of my diet. I feel healthier, I look healthier, and I’m excited to continue on this journey and figure out how this 30 day challenge translates into a long term lifestyle change.