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I did it! I made it through my second round of Whole30! Before you’re too impressed, these round are almost a year apart, and believe me, they shouldn’t have been. Truth is, I love the way I feel when I’m being really dedicated to my health. I kind of feel like a bad ass when I’m going to the gym regularly, making whole, healthy foods, and treating myself like a fitness model. Truth also is, I love a glass of wine, or two, carbs and sweets. Oh those carbs and sweets. So, I do what wine loving, non-fitness models do, try to balance it out. Sometimes though, the scales get a little tipped in the wrong way. Especially, after the holidays, the intake of chocolate and one more glass of champagne skyrockets and the mornings of power green smoothies plummet.
Which, is why I love Whole 30. It’s a hard reset that gets me completely back on track. And, as a bonus, I lose the pounds I put on with those extra slices of Christmas cake. And, when my eating is in line, I also can get myself back on the workout train as well. Which is needed. If you’re like, what is this Whole30 you speak of? Buy the book, give it a go, and we can chat all about it in 30 days!
So, how do you get through a round of Whole30?
I have a pretty solid routine down in the mornings that includes time to cook up a healthy breakfast. Lunch, is usually leftovers from the night before. Snacks are easy, either a piece of fruit, some veggies or nuts. For me, when I fall down is dinner. I may have worked late, if it’s a gym day I am getting home in the dark, cold, tired, worn out, and hungry. That is a recipe for 1-800-BRING-ME-PIZZA. And, this is why I have to be prepared. What that means for me, is on the weekends, I meal plan, grocery shop, and do any prep for the week to make my life easier. I might still be tempted to order delivery, but when I know I have veggies prepped, meat defrosted, and a marinade already made, it’s much easier to stay on track.
Have a Friend
When I did my first Whole30, I did it alone, but, the handsome hunk was very supportive and ate a lot of Whole30 meals with me. This time around, he’s did it with me! And, met his weight goal! It’s key to have a support system. Tell people you’re committing to this and let them support you. That way your friend can understand why when they invite you out for drinks you’re ordering an unsweetened ice tea. Or, you’re able to text your mom from the bathroom at work when a cake is brought in. And, it’s nice to have a supportive partner at home who will try out new, exciting, and sometimes strange recipes with you. Which brings me to…
Make it Fun
Life is too short not to have fun, so make it fun! Enjoy the challenge, try totally new things outside of your taste comfort zone and try new cooking techniques. You might say, nope jackfruit lettuce wrap tacos are not for me, but you might also find great meals to throw into your regular rotation! These Sloppy Joe Baked Potatoes are seriously out of this world good! This is the perfect time to make these discoveries! If you want this to help start your new way of healthy living, it’s got to be fun. People avoid things that are hard and unpleasant, so make it a good experience! I highly recommend the new Whole30 cookbook that just came out! It has lots of really great recipes from tons of different bloggers.
Don’t Stress Too Much
You’re already having no sugar, no grains, no alcohol, no dairy and no legumes for 30 days, don’t go overboard making yourself miserable. When I did my last Whole 30 for the first couple weeks on top of all those no’s, I also was trying to eat very little fat, eggs, potatoes, and only super lean meat. It made things difficult and I was a little cranky. I was still stuck in the mindset that all fat is bad, and I was a little freaked out at my macros. When I let up, allowed myself to enjoy healthy fats, like nuts and avocado, and ate something other than boneless skinless chicken breast, I was a lot happier enjoyed the second half of the month much more. Plus, I still lost the weight, I felt energized and was just an all around better person to be around.
It’s Only 30 Days
When all else fails, just remember, it’s only 30 days. You can do anything for 30 days. Well, maybe not, not breathing, that would last more like 3 minutes. But really, this is eating healthy for 30 days. When you look at it like that, it’s silly not to be able to do it! You’ve got this!
Have you tried Whole30? What were your thoughts?
Great tips and good job on doing another successful one! Maybe it could be a yearly thing for you. Sometimes you really do just need a re-set. That being said, I am not signing up to do another any time soon!!
I really have considered trying this out, it’s hard right now because Kyle’s schedule is so unpredictable and I would love for him to do it with me. Maybe once we move and get settled we can make it happen.
I think I may try and do breakfast and lunch Whole30 bc the whole cooking 2 dinners ain’t happening. :p
I agree that you can do anything for 30 days. That being said…it was suggested that I follow a similar plan to this and I couldn’t do it. I mean, I tried and I still think “Maybe I should go back to eating the same 3 things every day” but I can’t. It makes me hate life. I get why people use it as a reset, but long-term it’s not a solution (in my opinion). If you can’t function in the world, you need to do something other than control your diet down to the macronutrient (not directed at you..just toward people who insist this is the only way to eat :)…unless there’s a legit medical reason.
I have a lot of thoughts on this apparently!
Also, lunch is what kills me. I can’t cook lunch at home…I relied on scrambled eggs, back over the summer, and I can’t do that now.
chelsea jacobs says
I really want to do one of these! I’ve heard such good things! And those potatoes look delicious!
Erica @ Whimsical September says
I know two of my girlfriends who did it throughout the month of January with their husbands, and they both really struggled! They liked learning new ways to cook food and definitely lost a little weight, but they said it was so hard mentally. It was interesting to hear them talk about it!
I would love to try this out. I’m not sure that I could get hubby on board but it is so much easier to do it with someone else.
Truth. It is good to be prepared, if I do not have my nuts or other snacks then I buy sweets 🙁
Btw, I just found information that this is a popular American diet. It looks very healthy and reasonably. Congratulations.
Sarah @ The Blonde Giraffe says
I have been wanting to try Whole30 and just haven’t yet!!! Inspiring me to give it a try!
Sarah // http://www.theblondegiraffe.com
emily @ a little bit of emily says
Carbs (and sweets) are my downfall so I feel like this would be SO HARD! Even just for 30 days. I do find it so interesting to read about though!
I am on Day 2 of my second Whole 30! You inspired me to go at it again! I find that I want to eat sweet potatoes with every single meal so I really have to cut back on those and get more creative. One of my best tricks is to keep breakfast and lunch almost the same every day, if you can stand it. That way you don’t have to think too much or many any more decisions besides dinner. I just got the second Whole 30 cookbook and I am completely obsessed! What I love about their cookbooks is that they help you make delicious food – like BBQ sauce and ketchup – so that you don’t feel like you’re missing out. Well, I would like a glass of wine…