And just like that, I’ve completed my third Whole 30! I’ve learned something new about myself each time I’ve done one…but I’ll get to that in the next post.
First, a reminder of the rules that Craig, a couple of friends, and I have been following for the last 30 days: No added sugar of any kind. No dairy. No grains of ANY kind (not just wheat, but also corn, rice, oats, and including all the things added to food in the form of starches, bran, germ, etc.) No legumes (beans, lentils, peanuts, soy, etc.) No alcohol. No additives in food such as MSG or carrageenan. And finally, you are not supposed to step on the scale for the entire month…this is about health NOT weight. The point is to eliminate potentially problematic foods to see how you FEEL.
So, what did we eat? Lots of yummy unprocessed food! Meat, fish, eggs, nuts, healthy fasts, veggies and fruit. I cooked everything in either coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, ghee (clarified butter) or pastured animal fat. I made all our salad dressings and mayo from scratch with healthy oils.
One final awesome thing about the Whole 30. There is NO calorie counting, weighing or measuring of your food. So, how do you know how much to eat? You eat until you are full….and if you get hungry you eat some more, as long as it follows the rules. The program suggests that you eat three meals a day, and that each meal should contain a palm sized portion of protein, a thumb sized portion of healthy fat, all the veggies you can eat, and a little fruit. I have posted most of my meals for all my visual friends, but what I haven’t photographed are the seconds I got at dinner, the post workout snacks, or the hard-boiled eggs, apples and almond butter, or other snacks I had at 3:00pm because chasing a three-year-old requires a lot of energy!
So, here’s how we ended the month…
Day 22: Breakfast-scrambled eggs, sauteed veggies (onions, peppers, mushrooms, garlic) and a banana. Lunch-leftover beef/veggie kabob and an apple. Dinner-roasted chicken, roasted root veggies (beets, turnip, potato, carrot and parsnip) and salad with peaches and pecans.
Day 23: Breakfast-“Anytime” cookies and a banana. Lunch-homemade Paleo chicken nuggets and roasted veggies. Dinner-roasted chicken soup (chicken, bone broth, spinach, carrot, butternut squash, sweet potato) and salad with peach and pistachios.
Day 24: Breakfast-scrambled eggs, sauteed veggies (onion, peppers, mushrooms, garlic) and peach. Lunch-Applegate hotdog, sauerkraut, spicy mustard, apple and salad. Dinner-hamburger soup (beef bone broth, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, onions) and grilled asparagus not pictured.
Day 25: Breakfast-banana nut porridge. Lunch-salmon cake and veggies. Dinner-ground beef and cabbage skillet dinner and salad.
Day 26Breakfast-scrambled eggs, pastured pork sausage and peach. Lunch-leftover ground beef cabbage skillet meal and apple. Dinner-pastured pork steak, green beans, baked potato with ghee and salad.
Day 27: Breakfast-scrambled eggs, sauteed spinach and baked prociutto (fancy schmancy breakfast!). Lunch-burger patty, green beans and salad. Dinner-this was one of those calls to Craig…I’m wiped out. YOU take care of dinner…so we ended up with Chipotle salads:) Chicken, fajita veggies, tomato salsa and guacamole.
Day 28: Breakfast-scrambled eggs, sugar-free bacon and a banana (not pictured). Lunch-leftover soup and bunch of veggies grazed out of the fridge (not pictured). Dinner-broiled salmon and Napa cabbage salad (spinach, red pepper, carrot, green onion, homemade Asian dressing).
Day 29: Breakfast-scrambled eggs, sauteed veggies (onion, peppers, mushrooms, garlic) and peach. Lunch-more hamburger soup! Dinner-homemade Paleo chicken nuggets, leftover cabbage salad and a pear.
Day 30: Breakfast-scrambled eggs, sauteed veggies and a peach. Lunch-picnic at the park with my Lil’ Man….we threw apples, cut up veggies, an avocado to split and Tanka bars into our lunch bag and away we went to play! Dinner-I forgot the very last photo! But I think by now you get the picture!
So, now what? And why would anyone choose to do this long-term…..voluntarily? Stick around and find out 🙂