As you guys have known for the past weekish, I’ve been obsessed with the book It Starts With Food.
I honestly loved the entire idea and information that I gained from reading the book, and I went back and forth over whether or not I wanted to do the Whole 30. My biggest issues were whether or not I could actually last the full 30 days (I know, going in with a “failing” attitude isn’t good), and the other was that I’m following the “If It Fits Your Macros” ideology… and paying for at least 2 more months with my coach.
My verdict for now, is to incorporate as much as I can of the Whole 30, and to gradually remove certain foods from my meals and snacks.
The first 2 that I’m removing are honestly so so so depressing. Grains (oatmeal) and peanut butter. Gasp, I know!! Unfortunately I’ve been having issues eating this breakfast and get acid reflux every time. I seem to handle peanut butter okay on it’s own for the most part, however, I did have some Sunday night and woke up feeling sick Monday morning. No idea if it was a direct correlation or what, but for now, I’m going to see how I do without oatmeal and with cashew and almond butter instead.
Now that I have those extra carbs from the oats to play with, I’m incorporating more veggies into my meals! Whole 30 approved!
Here is what Monday’s eats look like.
Orange creamsicle protein shake post workout. Definitely not Whole 30 approved. (Yes, that is a sweet potato just chilling in my opened microwave. Multi-tasking at its finest).
Undocumented shredded chicken, sweet potatoes and green beans.
Was oddly starving around 11, so I grabbed an apple and 100 calorie pack of almonds. I have a few more of these packets to finish, and then I’m switching to plain almonds to get away from the added sweeteners on the almonds.
By 12:30 my stomach was eating itself, so I went home for a turkey taco bowl.
This did nothing to my hunger, and I shortly went for sweet potatoes topped with macadamia butter.
This was so amazing, even if it does look like some weird pile of gunk that would come out of your body. The macadamia butter didn’t settle well and actually made my stomach super tight! Such a let down since it was freakin’ delish!
Since I had planned to stay late at work to tackle my to-do list without emails coming in left and right, I snacked on the last Quest Bar I had to tide me over. I actually bought this for vacation, but I left it on the couch in my office at my parents. Yes, I’m spoiled and practically live at 2 residences. It’s quite the life.
White Chocolate Raspberry. Oh my you guys! I’m seriously addicted to this bar and I think I’d fail the Whole 30 because of this bad boy. The white chocolate chunks and raspberry seeds are 10 degrees higher than heavenly!
After working late and grabbing a few food items at Walmart, I started meal prepping for the week, and settled in on dinner around 7:30.
If I go Whole 30, I cannot eat this bowl of amazingness for at least 30 days. It’s like eating brownie batter.
As you can see, I really didn’t eat Whole 30 at all, but I’d like to see my meals become more clean. Most people would say, “why put it off, just get started now.”
Well, for starters, I am not a millionaire, and since I buy my own groceries and still have a few more yogurts, flavored almonds, etc in my stash, I will work my way through finishing those and not wasting them, and get more clean as the days go by.
My goal is to get away from processed foods full of sugar and unrecognizable ingredients all while sticking to my macro plan.
Some styles of eating are made for people, and sometimes they’re not right for others. I think for me, it’s necessary for me to clean up my eating one step at a time in order for me to succeed and stick to it. Going cold turkey doesn’t work for me, and easing into things and taking things out 1 at a time is a recipe for success.
Plus, I have several events and trips coming up and I know I’m going to want to eat treats left and right!
Have you ever completed the Whole 30? If so, how did you survive?
What is one food you could never do without?
Really not sure a life without peanut butter is possible. I mean, I can’t change the name of my blog!