Today is Day 13 of my Whole30 program. In many ways, I’m amazed that I’ve done the program for almost 2 weeks. Yet, I feel like a different person than 13 days ago.
- fewer sugar cravings
- lost about 7 lbs. so far
- more energy and more strength
- my body heals faster from exercise and working in the garden
- better sleep
- my mood is more upbeat and homework time is less stressful
- my stomach doesn’t bother me as much as it did, though that wasn’t a big issue for me
- I halved the amount of caffeine I was drinking without any withdrawal symptoms – biggy for me!
Whole30 Program and Why You Can Do It
Whole 30 is hard and it’s easy. Some like me will find it fairly easy to follow the program for 30 days. Others, used to the Standard American Diet, will have a harder time, and they will see greater results than me.
One of the things I learned in the past 2 weeks is that my caffeine addiction may be about the whole milk I put in my coffee and not the caffeine. Once I stopped adding milk, I stopped craving coffee, and I had no withdrawal symptoms. I have a feeling my body doesn’t like milk and probably yogurt, too. I’m not sure about cheese, though that could be iffy for me. I never would have figured out this hidden issue if I hadn’t tried the Whole30.
- You will need to cooking, even if it’s just basic cooking. You will be making your meals, not having them delivered to your door.
- You will need to prioritize your time to make time for cooking food. Yes, you can eat raw veggies and salads. You will want some variety and back up foods.
- We all have a sweet tooth. If you are used to eating a lot of processed, low fat foods, you will go through stronger sugar withdrawals than I did. Except I had one horrible day dealing with sugar withdrawal. I’m not immune.
- Speaking of sweet tooths, if you have vegetable dislikes, you’ll find yourself limited in your meal options. Try roasting the disliked vegetable to see if the sweeter flavor from roasting is a better taste. Maybe you prefer the texture of a cooked vegetable, or raw is your preferred way. Don’t not eat the vegetable because you haven’t liked it in the past. It’s probably the preparation method.
- Because you are not eating the same way as 99.9% of the people in your life, you will get push back from them. Keep a food diary. Make a basic plan for each day. Take responsibility for your own meals.
- You will need to like meat and vegetables. You will need to get comfortable with eating healthy fats at every.single.meal.
- Using the meal planning template from Whole30 and the meal ideas in It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways, you can easily make meals. Meals are broken down into mix and match components in It Starts with Food, perfect for anyone not comfortable with cooking more advanced recipes.
- Maximize your time in the kitchen with bulk cooking of ground beef and pork and roasting vegetables. Spending 30 minutes prepping veggies for the week Sunday afternoon is another way to help you whip up meals quickly. If you don’t have lots of time, use frozen veggies and the salad bar at your favorite grocery store.
- You will have fun trying new vegetables and rediscovering flavors.
- Your family may decide to join you once they see the results. My husband told me as I was finishing this post last night that he wants to try a modified version of what I’m doing. He’s not ready to give up his ice cream, though he’s ready to ditch all the other sugars and grains. He’s not sure about dairy yet though he doesn’t use much.
Whole30 Lunch Ideas
Today, I’m sharing with you lunch ideas which will also work for breakfast. Especially if you’re not a fan of eggs. I love eggs, and I love that I can eat 3 every single morning. Though I miss my Eggs en Cocotte.
None of these lunches took very long to make. When I saute the veggies, I always fill up the pan to ensure I have leftovers to use in other meals. I do the same with roasting the vegetables and cooking the ground beef.
Check out my recipe section for recipes. I will be noting which ones are Whole30 compliant. Many can be adapted for the Whole30 program.
Ground Pork and roasted Butternut Squash in Thai Coconut Curry based on a meal idea from It Starts With Food
Baked Salmon Burger with Dukkah seasoning (Trader Joe’s) on a bed of roasted Broccoli Rabe
Tunafish (I ended up putting this in a lettuce wrap)
Homemade Baked Pork Meatballs (I’m working on the recipe for the seasonings)
Roasted Broccoli Rabe and Roasted Broccoli (I put my vegetables in a Pyrex pan and drizzle a little avocado oil over them. I roast at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes depending on the density of the vegetable.)