Ahhhh, Whole 30…So I shall mention before you read this that I am a Whole 30 graduate. So I kind of have a love/hate with Whole 30. I first heard about it when I was pregnant, insert chuckle, obviously the timing was definitely off on that one. I had zero interest in it then and didn’t think I ever really would. Fast forward to my third trimester with Emerson(my second child), I found out I had gestational diabetes(save these details for a later date). I obviously decided it was time to start caring what I was putting into my body again. I was approximately 6 weeks post partum when I knew it was time to take charge. For those of you un familiar with Whole 30, in a nutshell you don’t eat anything processed and NO dairy! Try to do that in 2017, not exactly an easy task. We live in a world where everyone is in such a hurry and to eat well, it’s hard to be in a hurry. I have a great situation for eating better because I am home everyday and I knew this, which is another reason I knew it was time to take charge. I also need everyone to know I was a dairy junkie. I used half & half in my coffee every morning and afternoon, as well as added cheese to almost everything!!! Here is a meal plan for an average day while I was in my 30 days.
Lots of water, coffee with almond milk or nutpods(you can find them on amazon)
Breakfast: sauteed onions, potatoes, and red pepper, 2 eggs over easy, avocado(and or guacamole)
Lunch: Kale/Spinach mix, grilled chicken, avocado, EVOO & balsamic vinegar
Dinner: Steak, Brussel sprouts with EVOO and lemon
Every day was fairly similar except sub out different meats and vegetables.
+I did not miss dairy. I really thought I would but it turns out vegetables add so much flavor that I really didn’t care.
+I felt very satisfied when I was done eating because taking out the sugars helped me to not have cravings.
+I lost approx 12 lbs, and my huband lost 17lbs. Overall, we both felt a ton better, no headaches, not as tired.
+My clothes fit sooo much better
+I definitely felt like garbage the first few days as my body was ridding all of the nasty processed garbage inside of me.
+You can’t really eat out and I love to eat out. It is an event for me, especially now that I am a stay at home mom.
+I thought I was going to turn into a chicken because I ate so many eggs. lol
+No Alcohol-although, this is the part of Whole 30 where I made my own rules! Seriously though, this “lifestyle” is pretty strict and I couldn’t drink for 9 months while I was pregnant!
Overall, I am so glad I did this and it truly has been a lifestyle change for myself and my family.
If you are interested in a Health Coach, click here to check out my childhood friend, Natalie’s website: http://www.natalieschroder.com She is actually the one that got me started on feeling like a new person! She also posts weekly meal plans and has great ideas!
If you are about to start your journey, Good Luck! If you are on the fence, do it!!!