I am almost halfway through my second whole 30, which is not something I ever thought I would say! I tried it last may, and while I rigidly stuck to the diet, I completely hated it. Seriously, there was a point during that month where I was googling 'whole 30 depression'. It was not fun.
Buuuut... here we are again, so what changed my mind? For starters, I saw some good results after the first attempt. I lost about eight pounds, and more importantly I saw some pretty good changes in my body shape. My energy levels were a lot more consistent - no sugar highs - and I was proud of myself for sticking with something that was really difficult for me.
After over-indulging over the holidays - hello chocolate dipped skor cookies - I wanted to get back on track, health wise. I know I eat too much sugar, and for me, the easiest way to cut something out is to remove it entirely. I don't do well with 'cutting back'. Those little treats and sneaky office chocolates always find a way into my mouth.
The main reason for trying the whole 30 again was to cut my sugar consumption, feel healthier, and lose a few pounds. On the official whole 30 you are not allowed dairy, grains of any sort, sugar, legumes, alcohol, and the list goes on. You can eat fruits, veggies, and meats and fish.
My whole 30 looks kind of like this:
- no sugar
- limited dairy (only allowing myself milk in coffee - no cheese, no yogurt, no creams)
- no gluten / limited other grains - for me, I really only overindulge in gluten. Bread, crackers, baking... I'm sure I normally eat some form of gluten with every meal. I had a small side of rice with a veggie/turkey stirfry tonight, but I think that may be the only other grain I've eaten so far. (I say so far, because I am eagerly planning to bake these tomorrow. Is almond flour a grain? Maybe not - but I know it's not in the true spirit of the whole 30.)
- legumes are ok
- the occasional glass of wine is allowed
Does it sound like I'm 'cheating' a lot? It sort of feels like it when I write it all out, but for me, this diet is not easy. Yes - it's great to eat tons of fruits and veggies - but saying no to a croissant with my coffee on saturday morning is tough! But it is possible, and I think that's why this round is going so much better. I don't feel miserable, and while looking forward to the end, I feel like I could make some of these changes a more permanent part of diet.
At the risk of this becoming a very long (boring) blog post, I'm going to jot down a few of my meal choices. Feel free to quit if I'm boring you to death!
breakfasts: - scrambled eggs with sweet potatoes, onions, and avocado
- big berry & banana bowl, topped with chia seeds
- grapefruit and a hard boiled egg
- cucumber chicken 'bruschettas'. I topped slices of cucumber with leftover chicken and an olive tapenade
- chopped salad with lots of veggies, hardboiled egg, and oil and vinegar dressing
- Southwest sweet potato soup (no croutons or sour cream)
dinners: - roasted chicken, squash, and green beans (Tyler picked all of this up at the grocery store the other day, and we had a full meal on the table by 5:30. Easy is sometimes EXACTLY what you need after a long day.)
- turkey chili - omit the beans if you want, and I always add whatever vegetables are on hand
- steak and sweet potato fries
snacks: - fruit, raw veggies, trail mix, nuts, dried mangos (no added sugar), dates, apple slices with cinnamon, smoothies with unsweetened almond milk and hemp hearts, guacamole with anything and everything - sometimes I slice a hard boiled egg in half and slather it with gauc, then top with hot sauce. Yum, yum, yum.
I've been enjoying looking through some new cookbooks, and getting lots of inspiration from pinterest, but I'm always looking for new recipes. If you've got any that fit my "modified" plan - send em my way!