Alright y'all so I'm officially one week out of Whole 30 and wanted to share my experience with you in case any of y'all are thinking about trying it out! But first off, what is Whole 30? It's a program where you cut out all grains, alcohol, legumes, added sugar and dairy. Overall, it was definitely a positive experience looking back but that's not to say it wasn't hard.
I ordered the Whole 30 book so I could educate myself on all the do's and don'ts and what to expect. It mentioned that within the first week you'd feel like you had a hangover. While I wouldn't describe it as a "hangover" you definitely do feel like shit. I like to think of it as my body detoxing. I had horrible headaches and was all around just not in the best mood. But once you get through that hump it really isn't too bad!
The hardest part about Whole 30 is all the cooking/prepping you have to do. You can't just simply whip up some pasta or order pick up if you're in a hurry for dinner. I have a very busy schedule as I work a lot of events for my full time job in the evenings AFTER working from 9-5 and try to balance working out (aka going to yoga), blogging, and a personal life on top of all that. So spending 1-2+ hours on cooking dinner is just not for me.
Luckily I was able to discover a few quick favorite recipes, which I will share later on in this blog post. But it was still hard to constantly have to cook as I'd eat leftovers for lunch the next day and would have to cook again the following night and so on. Before Whole 30, I would really only cook 3-4 times a week and eat leftovers the other nights as I'd typically have a sandwich for lunch.
The upside of cooking a lot is that I did kind-of save money as we didn't eat out for a whole month! And I say kind-of save money because although we weren't eating out, our grocery bills were a little higher as I was buying more food and fresh fruit/veggies which seem to always add up.
Even though it was a lot of "work" doing Whole 30, I do definitely recommend trying it out. I did not have ONE SINGLE STOMACH ACHE the entire time! Which is truly a miracle for me as Warren can attest, I probably have daily stomach pains. It's sad as I had gotten so used to being in discomfort that it just became normal. But after a few weeks into Whole 30 I was like holy crap I've felt great! After introducing stuff back into my diet post Whole 30, I think I have some sort of sensitivity both towards gluten and dairy (insert super sad face here).
I kind of actually hate myself for saying "I have a sensitivity" as it just seems like such a fad to be #glutenfree but alas it looks like I'm joining that club. I'm in NO WAY actually becoming gluten free and/or dairy free (bc hello I love carbs and cheese) but I am going to try and adjust my diet to eat less carbs/dairy during the week and only indulge on the weekends. I just know that I could never cut that stuff out completely so I think this a good compromise for my stomach :)
Besides just feeling better and having more energy on Whole 30, I also lost 10 pounds. I told my colleague that the other day and she didnt even believe me! Haha. It might not look like I lost that much but my jeans are fitting more slim so I can definitely tell a difference. I would like to lose another 5-10 pounds because #WeddingDiet but I also am building muscle from working out again so who knows what will happen. But it does feel great to be 10 pounds lighter!
Ok, now onto my favorite recipes!
BREAKFAST: I wasn't very adventurous for breakfast. Mainly because I'm normally in such a hurry to get out the door and make my bus - haha. But I either had hard boiled eggs or scrambled eggs with avocado every morning. Still trying to keep that up!
LUNCH: Was typically always leftovers or a really sad salad. And I say sad salad because it was pretty much just lettuce and a few vegetables nothing exciting ha.
DINNER: Linking all my favorite recipes for you below! Definitely recommend checking out The Defined Dish, SkinnyTaste or Pinterest (follow me here!) to find Whole 30 compliant meals.
- Beef Enchilada Skillet
- Kung Pao Chicken
- Chicken Tenders with Sweet Potato Fries
- Egg Roll in a Bowl
- Chicken Lettuce Wraps
- Sweet Potato Hash with Sausage and Eggs
- Sloppy Joe Baked Sweet Potato