How To Snack The Right Way On Your Whole30 & A Giveaway

We are almost a week into the new year, which also might mean that you are almost a week into your Whole30, if you’re doing one. Ever since completing my latest Whole30 in December, I have found that my body responds better to 3 large meals and 1-2 small snacks.

In the beginning, it seems that a lot of folks focus on the foods that you can’t eat instead of focusing on all of the delicious foods that you are allowed to eat. I never found myself struggling to find a healthy snack, and today I’m here to show you some of my favorite Whole30 compliant snacks, along with a fun giveaway at the end of the post.

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In the beginning, my typical snack would be a sliced banana with almond butter. Whenever I eat fruit, I almost always try to pair it with a healthy fat, such as nuts. I’m not an expert, but I once read that it’s important to pair a sugary fruit with a fat to balance out the sugar, and ever since then, I’ve stuck with it. Plus, I find the pairing of carbs and fat help keep me full longer than just a banana would!

whole30-snack-almond-butter-bananaWhen it comes to almond butter, make sure that it’s just made with almonds and salt. I love the Barney Butter, but sadly it has a non-compliant oil in it, so I stuck to the MaraNatha or Trader Joe’s almond butter.

whole30-snack-almond-butterThe one and only time on my Whole30 that I ate an apple. I warmed a sliced apple and topped it with almond butter and cinnamon. It was delicious, but my stomach hates raw apples, so this was a once and done snack for me. I also found that almond butter didn’t sit well with my stomach, so I cut almond butter out about halfway through my Whole30.

whole30-snack-apple-almond-butterApplesauce and almonds. This was a really random snack or pre-breakfast that I had one morning before a run. It worked.

whole30-snack-applesauce-almondsTHESE guys are the best! I typically had a trail mix packet around 4 pm during the weekdays to tide me over between lunch and dinner. I get these in bulk at BJ’s Wholesale, and they are 100% Whole30 compliant!

Whole30-Trail-Mix-SnackI’m one of those individuals who are oddly obsessed with slivered almonds, so I often would sprinkle some on top of a sliced banana. I like getting a bit of crunch with each bite!whole30-snack-banana-slivered-almondsMy favorite snack ever. I could eat roasted plantain chips all day long! I always pair these with a packet of almonds because I like a healthy fat to balance sugary fruit.whole30-snack-roasted-plantain-chipsLarabars, a delicious life saver of mine! These full-sized bars are amazing and good for when you’re in a time crunch.whole30-snack-larabarBut when you just need a little bit of food to tide you over for maybe an hour or less, the Larabar minis are your best friend. Even better, as a Larabar ambassador, I’m going to giveaway 2 prize packs of mini Larabars.

One winner will receive a package of Whole30 compliant Larabars, and that winner will be chosen from the comments, so in order to win that, just tell me in your comment that you’re currently on your Whole30, and a current struggle or anything about how it’s going so far.

whole30-snack-larabarThe second winner will win a package of non-Whole30 Larabars, in my two favorite flavors, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip & Peanut Butter Cookie. In your comment, tell me which you’d rather try more, the PB Cookie or the PB Chocolate Chip!

peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-larabarThe giveaway will end Friday, January 8th at 11:59 pm, and I will announce the winner next week!

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What is your favorite Whole30 snack?

Top Quick and Awesome Whole30 Breakfast Ideas You’ll Love

Hey guys! I want to focus today on the Whole30, as a lot of people will be starting their own in several days, Sarah and myself included! Sarah picked January 1st to start, so that’s the day we will begin our 30 day adventure together. I’ll be linking to some of her awesome Whole30 compliant recipes throughout the 30 days, so make sure to tune in for those!

A lot of you commented throughout my most recent Whole30 about how you either had a growing interest in completing one yourself, that you have plans to do one, or that you could never possibly do one, ha! A lot of hesitation stems from the fact that you might not be able to make it 30 days on strict food guidelines, but I’m going to highlight in respective posts, the great meals that I was able to enjoy. Today we’ll start off with my Whole30 breakfasts, and then we’ll move on to my Whole30 lunches/dinners, and end it with my Whole30 snacks, which will also have a giveaway associated with it!

So let’s dive in to what I ate for breakfast during my Whole30. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, so this one I kept fairly consistent throughout the month. When I find a breakfast that I love and that keeps me full for hours, I usually keep it on repeat, especially because it makes meal prep easier!

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I aim to have every breakfast fall around 450 calories, with a healthy mix of fat, carbs and protein. My body responded best to this, and since I always ate this following my workout, it was what I found to be ideal for my needs. Remember though, we are all different, so what works for me, food wise and amount wise, might be different for you!

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Chicken Sausage, Scrambled Eggs & Sauteed Butternut Squash and Broccoli (in coconut oil) – This was my weekend breakfast since I had time to saute my veggies. Okay, THIS was my favorite breakfast, because as you’ll see with my dinners, I’m obsessed with large plates of sauteed veggies!Whole30-breakfast

Eggs over easy, sauteed brussels sprouts, broccoli, butternut squash, and chicken sausage

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Eggs, Bacon, Chicken Sausage & Roasted Sweet Potato Slices

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Eggs, Chicken Sausage & Roasted Sweet Potato Slices

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Egg Whites, Avocado, Chicken Sausage & Sauteed Butternut Squash

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Chicken Sausage, Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Hard-Boiled Eggs mashed with Avocado – This was one of my favorite and extremely filling breakfast picks!

breakfast-Whole30-eggs-chix-sweetsAs you can see, most of my breakfasts revolved several key foods, and while this might vary for you, I found that it was more beneficial for me to stick to this type of plan.

For other breakfast ideas: Whole30 Recipes {Pinterest}

For past Whole30 blog posts:

Why I Did The Whole30

Day 1 Recap

Day 2 & 3 Recap

First 11 Days on the Whole30

3 Week Update

Whole30 Results

What scares you the most about the Whole30?

What would be your go-to breakfast on the Whole30?

Top 4 Awesome Tips For Crushing The Scary Whole30

The holidays are a magical time of the year. We get to spend time with our loved ones that we might not see often, we attend holiday parties, take part in Christmas cookie swaps, and get to enjoy a spread of amazing holiday dishes. The not so wonderful part of the holiday season is how all of those decadent meals and treats make us feel. It’s almost that time of the year for some of us to make resolutions, to try a new fitness routine, or make healthier food choices, one of them being embarking on the Whole30 challenge.

If that’s you, I have some wonderful tips, links and meal ideas to help make your Whole30 easier and aid in your success, because guess what… you ARE going to succeed at the Whole30. It’s hard, but you will realize just how strong you truly are.

If you’re 100% on board or highly considering a Whole30 in January, then it’s time to start brainstorming now! I wrapped up my Whole30 at the beginning of December, and if I can succeed going into it with no planning or preparation, then you can do it with a little bit of pre-planning. I don’t recommend waking up in the middle of the night and deciding that you’re going to start the following day. That’s what I did, but it was necessary.

So let’s talk planning!

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Planning for a Successful Whole30

Buy It Starts With Food

This book is life changing and simply amazing. I’ve read it several times now, and each time I learn something new. The first time I read it, I probably didn’t take it all in, but this time around, I feel as if I have a more mature approach to the program and truly realize now just how important food is in fueling us to live a healthy life, and to be able to push ourselves in physical activities. This book will lay the entire program out for you and really dig deep into why the Whole30 rules are what they are.

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Tell Your Friends, Family and Co-Workers

Support is going to be HUGE in your success. Tell the people that have a big impact in your life why you are doing the Whole30. It’s so easy for family or co-workers to give you crap for wanting to eat a certain way or to give you a hard time when you turn down the Friday morning office donuts, but if you tell them ahead of time, it will save you in the long run. Maybe you’re doing it to control your sugar cravings, or you have really bad migraines.

Plain and simple tell them that you’re doing this to better your health, and if they give you crap, you just tell them that the opinion box is currently closed and not open for opinions for another 30 days! Remember, YOU DO YOU. This is your life, not theirs. I started the Whole30 while visiting my brother and SIL, and they were more than happy to cater to my Whole30 needs. If your family is not supportive of your Whole30, well then I will just adopt you and call you mine! 🙂

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Do Your Research

When I started my Whole30, I spent endless hours on Pinterest looking for reader’s stories and for meal ideas. Here is my Whole30 board, and Michele @ Paleo Running Momma is FULL of awesomeness & my Paleo go-to queen. The Whole30 blog is highly recommended as well. Do your research and you’ll find endless ideas and inspiration on the internet.

Meal Prep

Holy goodness this is one of the BIGGEST things that you can do to succeed. Prep prep your food! I cook a bulk of my food on Saturday and/or Sunday for the work week, making my life a lot easier during the busy week. I generally eat the same breakfast and lunch throughout the week because not only is it easier to cook 1 meal in bulk, but because I found meals that keep me full for 4-5 hours, and this is what works for me.

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My meals are beyond delicious, and I personally do not get sick of the same breakfast or lunch simply because I look forward to my meals. Dinner is the one thing that typically varies, and it’s usually the one meal that I don’t have completely prepped. I love fresh sauteed veggies with my dinner, so this is the meal I enjoy cooking each night. My chicken is usually already baked and cut up in the fridge, so all I have to do is saute my veggies, add in my cooked chicken, and my dinner is ready in less than 15 minutes!

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I have my safety snacks in my pantry and office, stocked up. I rotate between nuts, bananas, Larabars, and plantains.

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By the time the work week starts, I already have breakfast and lunches packed up in Tupperware for the work week, so every morning I just have to grab a stack and be on my way.

For my Whole30 results, click here.

Now there are obviously more tips and ways to succeed with your Whole30, but if you do your research beforehand, prep your meals so you always have “approved meals” on hand, and along with the support of your friends and family, you really have no other option than to succeed!

Do you have any Whole30 tips of your own?

What scares you the most about doing a Whole30?

Do you have plans for a Whole30 this coming year?

Whole30: My Life Changing Results! Let This Motivate You

You. Guys.!!! Today is Day 30 of the Whole30! I honestly feel like those were the quickest 30 days of my life. I’m not positive if I will make it a Whole32 or a Whole35 or a WholeWhatever, but I hit day 30 and I’m incredibly happy with my ability to succeed! So let’s get into some of the changes that I’ve noticed! For why I decided to do the Whole30, read here.

Body Composition

My clothes absolutely fit better, and I feel like my body has leaned out a little bit as well! Actually, leaning out was one of the biggest physical changes that I noticed which makes me incredibly happy! I weighed myself maybe 4 times throughout the course of the 30 days, but I didn’t let the number on the scale bother me. In total, I lost about 2.5 lbs, but my body changed, which is better than a number!

Macros

I also loosely tracked my macros. Well, I tracked them, but if I went over for the day, it was because my body needed it. I knew that I was making great food choices, so as long as I was close to my macro goals, I was happy. I AM glad that I tracked because it allowed me to see how much I was taking in. One day I didn’t track because the battery in my food scale died, and I didn’t like it. In the late afternoon I had such a bad headache, and I didn’t know if it was because I hadn’t eaten enough carbs or fat. Had I been able to track, I would have known what my body was craving!

Sleep

I finally began to sleep through the night. Before starting the Whole30, I would wake up a handful of times, but now, I might only wake up once to use the bathroom, which shows that my cortisol levels are in a great spot!

Energy

Unless I have a one-off night where I don’t sleep well, I almost always am full of energy for the work day. In the first few weeks, I found it very hard to have the energy for workouts, especially without relying on a pre-workout supplement, but now I’m finding that I don’t even need pre-workout. My goal going forward is to continue to use my body’s own natural sources for energy and to not go back to pre-workout. Not only will these be better for my body, but it will save me so much money every month with not spending $30+ on pre-workout!

Eating

Before the Whole30 I was eating 3 meals and 3 snacks, and I shifted to the Whole30’s preference of 3 big meals and as few snacks as possible. I’ve actually grown to love and prefer this as well! I make my 3 meals between 400-450 calories, and then have 1-2 snacks. I might have a banana  in the afternoon, and that’s it, or it might be an afternoon banana and a mini Larabar as my evening treat for my sweet tooth.

Sweet Tooth

It is gone for the most part! Yes! No more waking up in the middle of the night craving a pint of ice cream, nor do I have any desire for sweets. Between Thanksgiving, my Mom’s birthday, and office treats, I managed to make it through all of those events without a single craving… although my Mom’s birthday cake did look really good. Sometimes in the evening I want just a little something sweet, so I will enjoy a mini Cherry Pie Larabar, and that’s all I need.

Now What?

I want to keep going for a few more days because I want to test out how my body reacts to not eating nuts, and in order to notice a change, I want to keep things the same as they have been. I think on Saturday I’ll choose a food to reintroduce, making it a Whole32. The truth is that I don’t feel the need or want to bring back foods that have been off-limits, simply because I’m not craving them. Like peanut butter. Not once did I crave pb. That’s huge! As much as I’d like to see how my body handles it, I figure I won’t try it until I really want it, but for now, that probably won’t be the first food that I reintroduce!

I want to stick to Paleo as best as I can going forward, but I know that there will be a meal or a snack that is far from Paleo, and that’s 200% okay! I like nourishing my body with healthy fats, tons of veggies, and lean protein, and I want to do that as best as I can going forward, because I truly love how I am feeling!

If you completed a Whole30, what food did you reintroduce first?

If you eat Paleo, what do you like the most about the lifestyle?

What are the key foods that keep you from going Paleo?

Whole30 Update – 3 Weeks In

Hello my friends! I hope that you all enjoyed your long holiday weekend. Having a 5 day weekend was such a wonderful treat, but now it’s back to reality and the work world. Since I spent most of my weekend shopping, eating and watching Christmas movies, I’ll spare you a boring recap, and instead talk about how the Whole30 is going!

One of the biggest remarks I received when I told people that I was doing the Whole30, was “why would you do it during Thanksgiving?” Easy, I literally had to do it to get back on a healthy track. The truth is, Thanksgiving was such an easy Whole30 day.  I didn’t have any cravings for stuffing, cranberry sauce, or desserts. My dinner plate was full of turkey and roasted root veggies, which in my opinion, were so decadent and delicious that I didn’t miss not being able to enjoy the typical sides. As for dessert, I did get hungry later in the evening, so I munched on grapes and cashews, which are 2 of my favorite foods, so again, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on pies and cakes.

It’s Monday, which means I’m on day 21 of the Whole30, which just seems so wild to me! Not only have most of the 21 days been easier than I thought, but I continue to feel better and better.

For those unfamiliar with the Whole30 (official website).

A few things of note:

I’ve grown to love eating 3 big meals, with one tiny snack each day

I typically can go 4-5 hours in between meals because my meals are full of protein, fat and carbs. Having 3 large meals and a tiny snack means that I don’t have to split my macros into 6 meals. Over the weekend my brother even made a comment about how large my breakfast was. Eat like a queen!

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I’m addicted to cooking with olive oil and coconut oil

Before the Whole30, I refused, literally REFUSED to cook with oils because I wanted to eat my precious fat macros. Now, I’m addicted to cooking my veggies in coconut oil. They not only make the veggies taste wonderful, but the healthy fats are truly keeping me satisfied

I don’t miss eating my fats, such as nut butters or nuts

The fats I do eat are typically eggs, avocado, and sometimes ground beef. The craziest thing is that I don’t miss eating peanut butter or any nut butter at that. What the what?! I try not to make a habit out of eating nuts because that is one food that I can just eat and eat, but if I do have them, I try to pair them with a banana or plantain chips, and I always buy the single serving packets because nuts I do need to portion control

Body definition is coming back!

My back is becoming more chiseled again, which is the body part that is the first to notice both slacking off and progress – score!

More energy & happiness

I can be sitting at the kitchen table and just be bouncing around and dancing because I have happy, natural energy.

I don’t have the need to workout

As a result of my food choices and new eating habits, I can go a day without working out and not feel awful, in fact, I wake up feeling great the next day. My workouts haven’t even been hard since starting the Whole30, yet I feel and look better. On Saturday I went for a 3 mile walk and that was it. I felt great that day and the following morning. I can do a quick 20 minute run and 20 minutes of weights and I’m content. I’ve broken free of this idea that I need to lift hard and long in order to see results.

imageSo friends, that is the current update on my Whole30 so far!

Would you ever do a Whole30 during a holiday?

What were some of the biggest differences you noticed on your Whole30?

Would you do a Whole30?

Day in the Life: Gym, Whole30 Eating & Christmas Decor!

In work terms, today is technically Thursday, and I’m loving this ultra-short week. Fingers crossed that we get out of work early on Wednesday, but if not, I will still soak in having Thursday-Sunday off!

I haven’t written a day in the life post in a bit, so I figured this would be a good day to do so. Don’t get too excited, nothing thrilling happened, just a typical Monday in the life of me.

My workouts have finally begun to get better, and I’m finding that my motivation to lift weights has returned! Yesterday I started with a 10 minute warm-up walk and a 20 minute run, before getting a back workout in. I’m spending more time warming up because it takes me forever and a day to actually wake up and find the energy I need for my workouts. Overall throughout the day I never feel tired or sluggish, but it certainly takes my body getting used to not relying on pre-workout. Is it weird that the first thing I want to reintroduce after the Whole30 is pre-workout? Yup, not peanut butter. I’m sure over the next 15 days my energy will only get better in the morning, but it’s still a bit of a struggle!

imageThat being said, I hit the point in the Whole30 where I no longer have headaches, feel like I need a nap, or hate things/people! Woo! Today marks day 15; I’m halfway there!! I dug into my breakfast, which was Nature’s Place chicken sausage, roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, and un-pictured eggs. I then continued to plug away at work, doing work things.

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Around 1:30 I dug into my lunch, which was baked chicken, mashed sweet potatoes, and avocado. It might sound boring, but I enjoy it, it works for me, and I feel healthy eating it, so there ya go! Sometimes you just have to be low-key, and I’d like to think that my breakfast and dinners are more fun and pack the flavors, like my meat sauce and roasted veggies!

whole30-dinnerOver the weekend I prepped A LOT of food, so it’s nice having all of my work meals already in Tupperware for the week. This makes life so much easier, and I went into the week feeling minimal stress. Mashed sweet potatoes for lunch, broccoli for dinner, cubed butternut squash (in the fridge) for dinners, beef for dinner, hard-boiled eggs and avocados for breakfast, bananas for possible snacks, and my breakfast and lunches. The top meal container is chicken sausage and sweet potatoes, and once at work, I mash hard-boiled egg whites with 1/2 of an avocado. The 2nd dish is 2/3 complete, but I add the avocado to the plate at lunch time.

whole30-prepNow that the only cooking I need to do after work is to just saute veggies for dinner and reheat meat, I’m back to having my nights practically free to relax. I decided to get a jump on setting up my Christmas tree. Several years ago I bought a 6 1/2 foot fake tree for about $25 at Target thanks to my team member discount, my debit card discount and the after-Christmas sale prices, so I’m finally putting it to use! Ahhhh, this makes me so happy! Now I just need to buy some more ornaments, a skirt and a topper!

Christmas-TreeI had Christmas music on full blast while setting up my tree, and once complete, I nestled up with Elf and the smell of Christmas. Buddy is my spirit animal <3333 Elf is currently on sale at Target for $6! I bought it over the weekend since we have a family copy of the movie. Christmas movies every night, yeah!!

elfI ended my evening with my current read, It Starts with Food.

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What book are you currently reading?

When do you put your Christmas tree up?

Have you started watching Christmas movies yet? Is there a movie that you always have to watch first to kick off the season?

Usually for me it’s The Family Stone, but that didn’t happen!

Weekend Recap: Tis’ the Season!

Happy week of Thanksgiving! While I was in the grocery store Saturday evening, a young girl asked her boyfriend when Thanksgiving was and he said, “listen, I don’t know.” What!! How do you not know when Thanksgiving is?! I will forever worry about those two.

Anyways, Thanksgiving is a few days away but I’m in full on Christmas mode. It started Friday night when Jaime and I went to the movies to see Love the Coopers. It was good, but it wasn’t awesome. We both are obsessed with The Family Stone, and sadly it didn’t even come close to comparing. It was still fun to go out and catch up with Jaime!

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I never mentioned it on the blog, but about 1-2ish weeks ago I signed up for our city’s Santa Shuffle 5k! This is my first race since March, which shows that 2015 was all about racing in cold temperatures. In an attempt to get my legs and lungs ready for the race in 2 weeks, I planned for an outdoor run. I woke up and ate a baby food pouch and a packet of almonds, before heading over to the trails.

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I could have chosen to just run in my neighborhood area, but I figured trails would be more fun and difficult, plus, I had never gone for a run here, mostly because the constant rolling hills grossed me out.

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I’m so glad that I got over myself and finally ran here because it was awesome and thankfully not crowded at all. Each lap around the pond is 1 mile, so it really goes by quite fast. I kept it short at 2 miles, and after the first mile I wanted to see if I could beat my prior mile time. I did by 40 seconds! Granted I took a 2 minute breather and water break after the first mile because my lungs were burning, but slow and steady!livingston-parkAfter my run, I enjoyed my real breakfast, which was a plate of eggs, sweet potatoes and chicken sausage. Finally finished the Trader Joe’s chicken sausage that I hate!

whole30-breakfastI met up with my Mom for a trip to the spa. Manicure for Mom & pedicure for me. I chose a sparkly Christmas red, because, well, tis’ the season!

imageThe rest of my Saturday was spent grocery shopping at 3 different stores (help) and visiting the mall for Christmas ideas for myself and others! Gahhhh the decor just makes me so giddy!!!

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I whipped up the biggest dinner, baked chicken with butternut squash and broccoli sauteed in coconut oil. I enjoyed this while watching a Christmas movie on Netflix.whole30-dinner

Both weekend days I slept in until 8:15-9, and boy did it feel good! Sunday I woke up at 8:15 and spent the good part of the morning meal prepping and cleaning my apartment while my Christmas Pandora station played in the background.

I dug into a mini breakfast around 9, before getting in a shoulder workout and a 2.9 mile run in my neighborhood (finally did it!). whole30-breakfastLate afternoon I visited my parents, aka I visited Mom so that we could watch a Christmas movie together. After that, I headed home for dinner, a little more meal prep, and then relaxed on the couch for the evening. All in all, a wonderful weekend!

Have you started watching Christmas movies yet?

Tell me about your weekend!

First 11 Days of the Whole30

Today, Friday, November 20th, is day 11 of my Whole30. Day 11. How is that even possible? As of yesterday, I was a third of the way complete, and while I still have 19 days to go, it baffles me how quickly this is going. It hasn’t been as hard as I was expecting it to be, but then again, I’m only 11 days in, and I’m sure boredom will creep into my meals and mind.

I am feeling fantastic. My confidence levels have boosted, both in my personal life and in the gym. For awhile there they kind of dipped a bit (thank you sugar), but I’ve found that I’m more motivated at work, which is also a result of my energy levels… side note: this morning (Friday) my body is so tired and just wants sweatpants and my couch all day.

No longer am I needing to go to bed at 7:30, and I’m finding that I’m not even yawning at that hour!

Some days I get a headache, but sometimes all it takes to cure it is food and water.

On Wednesday, day 9, my pants were feeling a bit tight, but that is actually to be expected on days 9 & 10. This awesome Whole30 timeline has been crucial to me, as it gives me a general idea of what to expect on certain days. On day 9, I also had RFB (resting b. face) all afternoon long, and let me just say that it’s a good thing that I live alone and am single. I would have felt so bad if I had to take my annoyance out on anyone else. I had hours of meetings, and I can 100% say that I sat there with the look of disgust on my face haha.

Food wise, my meals have kept me full and content. I’m looking forward to having this weekend to prep a good amount of meals for the upcoming week, because I have spent every single night cooking for 1-2 hours, and honestly, it’s annoying. That’s probably my biggest complaint so far, but I know that I started this on a whim and then went away for 4 days, so the beginning of my Whole30 so far definitely feels a bit winged.

My most exciting result so far is that I haven’t had any urges to quit or eat something that is not Whole30 compliant. I’m not even having separation anxiety from peanut butter! Speaking of nut butters, I’ve been eating almond butter instead, and ya know what, it’s just not the same. It doesn’t do it for me. I hate the grainy texture of it. It gets stuck in my teeth and then I can’t speak because my mouth is stuck shut. I’ve also noticed that it makes me feel worse than peanut butter does, so yay to that! As a result, I’ve decided to stop eating almond butter and nut butters in general to see how my body responds. Instead, I’ll continue to get my fat intake from avocados, almonds & walnuts, oil, bacon and meat. I do think taking nut butter out will do wonders for my body. Almond butter is not worth the $8-10 price tag.

imageMy favorite meal of every day is always my breakfast. It consists of chicken sausage, eggs, avocado and sweet potatoes. It just does not get old. I also realized that I don’t like the Trader Joe’s chicken sausage that I bought, so buying 2 packages didn’t turn out to be a win.

whole30-breakfastThe 2 biggest foods that I’ve been addicted to are sweet potatoes and plantains. I bought 6 lbs of sweet potatoes from the farmer’s market in PA, and I just finished them up. I probably eat about 15 oz of sweet potatoes a day. 5 oz at each meal usually. Do not judge me, especially if I turn orange.

imagePlantains. OHMYGOSH! I slice 2 plantains thinly, line on a baking sheet, spray with coconut oil spray and sprinkle salt on top. Roast for 30-35 minutes at 400 degrees, and kaboom, heaven is in front of you. I could demolish the entire batch in one sitting; they are THAT good! I make my own trail mix with the plantains, and will add a single-serving packet of mixed almonds and walnuts to the plantains, and that is usually either my day or evening snack.

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I felt super adult last night when I bought a glass baking dish. In PA, Ryan baked us chicken in the oven with a glass dish and water and it was so good, so I had to recreate the meal. I just seasoned the chicken, placed the chicken breasts in water in the dish and baked it for 40 minutes at 350. It was extremely juicy, and while it’s basic, it was still so good. My side dish of roasted butternut squash and onions stole the show. whole30-dinnerAnyways, that’s a bit of a catch up on it so far. This weekend I’m really looking forward to prepping a large amount of meat for next week, and just relaxing and letting my body gain energy back!

If you did the Whole30, what kind of results did you have? Anything I should expect in the coming days or weeks?

What are your weekend plans?

 

Why I’m Tracking My Macros While On The Whole30

I feel like a common question that I’ve received is why I’m still tracking my macros while on the Whole30. I completely understand that the Whole30 is a means to provide your body with healthier food options to kick the built up crap out of your system, and to more so eat intuitively. It is just my belief that those that eat a more Paleo-aligned lifestyle eat intuitively. I respect that.

I also feel that a lot of people who have not followed the macro/IIFYM lifestyle might believe that we only feed our body donuts and cookies. That’s not why I needed a detox. I needed a detox because I treated my body like crap, and not like a temple. Your body fuels you to succeed in making it through each and every day. I’ve failed at fueling my body properly. Maybe it was one too many protein bars, or sugar-packed peanut butters, or lots of chocolate. Over time, my body got hooked, and it needed a time-out.

I’ve done Paleo before, and while I felt awesome on it, my body didn’t look awesome. I went from IIFYM to Paleo, where I didn’t track my macros at all. I got fluffy. I got fluffy because I was eating endless amounts of fat. I would demolish a container of cashews or almonds simply because they were Paleo.

When I got serious about IIFYM last December, I dropped 20 lbs and looked my best ever. I didn’t feel deprived one bit. Somewhere along the summer and fall, I became extremely lax, and to be quite honest, I couldn’t tell you when the last day was that I actually hit my macros.

My positive and negative experiences in eating Paleo and tracking macros have been the key factor in why I plan to continue with tracking my macros while on the Whole30. Through experience eating Paleo, I do know that my body felt amazing, and while tracking my macros, I know that my body is capable of dropping weight. If I combine the two, I have a really great inkling that I’ll look and feel better than both of those time periods.

I’m not doing the Whole30 to lose weight, although that would be an added benefit. My main focus is to kick my sugar-addiction, gain a healthier relationship with food, and then, in the end, I hope to experiment with non-Whole30/Paleo foods to see how my body reacts.image

The night before starting the Whole30, when I was planning out my meals for Day 1, the first thing that I noticed was that it was A LOT of food! Funny how you can eat more when you’re choosing from real foods instead of processed foods. In regards to tracking my macros, I will do my best to hit my numbers, but if I’m too full to reach them, then I will stay under for the day, but will do my best as always to not go over them. Sometimes life happens and we have days where we are ravenous, but at least I know that if I do need to eat more, then at least I have healthy options in my fridge to choose from, like sweet potato slices that taste like candy! {Sweet potatoes simply roasted with coconut oil}.

In Week 3 I might make the decision to stop tracking my macros, but for now, this system is actually working wonderful for me, and I am feeling simply amazing! Today is day 8, by the way, and I haven’t once felt the need to quit or have a food that is off limits! Woo! 🙂

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Day 2 & Day 3 Recap of the Whole30

Here it is, beautiful Friday, and I am on day 4 of my Whole30! As you’re reading this, I’m probably either on the road or just about to get on the road to head down to PA for a long weekend to visit my brother and sister-in-law! They eat healthy and love to cook, so I know I will have no problem sticking to the Whole30 while I’m with them. Plus, I can bring with me food for my main meals, except for dinner and be good!

Enough of that, let’s jump into my day 2 and day 3 recap of the Whole30!

Day 2

Woke up feeling extremely rested and really good, but I also woke up hungry, which doesn’t happen too often. I had a few bites of a mini Larabar, grabbed my water and headed out to the gym. While my body adjusts to this incredibly new change, I’m taking it easy at the gym and not looking to push myself too hard. I did about 15-20 minutes of back/legs, and then did an assortment of cardio. My only current fitness goal is to be active and move around. I’m not worried about anything else while at the gym. Not taking pre-workout is certainly an adjustment! I felt sluggish lifting weights, but once I did cardio, I actually had energy. Maybe my body just needed to wake up a bit.

By the time I left the gym, my stomach was talking to me and a headache started to develop. Yup, the cold-turkey headache is here! To be expected though, so really, it is what it is and I’m going to ride it out!

My breakfast was the same as day 1, minus the eggs. Looking back, I almost wish I had included the eggs! 25 grams carbs / 12 grams fat / 30 grams protein

whole30-breakfastI dug into my lunch around 11:30, instead of my mid-morning snack. Lunch was turkey, avocado and roasted sweet potatoes.

whole30-lunchBanana with almond butter around 2:30, and by 4:40 I was STARVING. I went into “give me all the food” mode, and rushed home right when work ended to eat dinner.

almond-butter-banana-whole30-snackI couldn’t eat this fast enough… and then my brother called halfway through and I must love him more than food because I picked up.whole30-dinnerBefore bed, I enjoyed a warmed-up sliced apple, sprinkled with cinnamon and drizzled with warm almond butter!apple-almond-butter-whole30I noticed that I’m sleeping better throughout the night, and instead of waking up literally 4-5 times, I believe I only woke up once! When I woke up I was starving, so I ate bacon. Whatever, at least I’m being honest haha.

Day 3

When I wake up I feel extremely rested, but on the drive to the gym, I feel tired. How the heck do people workout without taking a pre-workout? I’m still taking it easy with my workouts at the gym. I ran for 20 minutes, did a few weights, and left. Even though my workout was maybe 45 minutes, I still felt really accomplished, and I also feel that because I’m eating really well, that my workouts don’t have to be so intense since I don’t need to work off sugar or crap food. I can’t wait for more intense workouts, but just saying!

Breakfast on day 3 was an omelette (1 egg & 2 egg whites), 2 chicken sausages and sweet potato slices! I did set the fire alarm off making those chicken sausages. That’s one way to really get your heart racing!whole30-breakfastBy the time 3 pm hit, I started getting an extremely bad headache, and by the time I left work at 5, I was in a total mood. I wanted to play bumper cars with traffic, and would have hit a pedestrian if they tried to cross the street. I believe this is what they call having “Kill All The Things” syndrome, which is typical around day 4 or 5. Thankfully I also read that it only lasts 1-2 days, so lets hope it doesn’t return today or this weekend! I’m a little bit relieved that my anger has a name and I’m not just crazy mean!

Once I ate dinner, which was meatloaf muffins with Steve’s PaleoGoods ketchup, with a side of sweet potatoes, I was in a better mood. I had visited my parents, and I was actually able to laugh about my attitude, so I think that alone made it disappear for a bit!

whole30-meatloaf-muffinsAll in all, it’s been a great first 3 days, and I’m just hoping that each day continues to be good!

Have you done the Whole30?

How bad has your anger gotten while doing a detox or a cleanse?