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?

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! 🙂

Have you done the Whole30 before? Tell me about your experience!

Would you ever do the Whole30? Why or why not?

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?

Did I Survive Day 1 on the Whole30?!

Hello, it’s me. I survived my first day on the Whole30! Lindsay reminded me that I actually had done the Whole30 several years ago, right around this same time, so if I can survive it once, I can survive it again!

I absolutely plan on documenting my journey with the Whole30 on the blog, and am really excited to document how it’s working for me, changes I begin to notice, and also document new meals! Hello inspiration!

On Friday I’ll document how days 2 & 3 went, but today let’s take a look at my first day on the Whole30 program!

It didn’t start off good at all. The night before I slept from 8-10:30 pm, and then from 3:15-5:45 am. What the heck! I have no idea why I was so wired for almost 5 hours during the middle of the night, but I was ripshit! I naturally began to play on my phone, then I tried sleeping on the couch. Moved back to my bed, and then finally at some point fell asleep. I woke up at 5, changed into my bikini for my “before-pictures,” and then decided that I could sleep a bit longer.

I packed my bag with my food, grabbed my water, and was out the door at 6 am. No BCAAs or pre-workout for me during the next 30 days, which actually works great as I can use this time period to cycle off of those supplements.

I used the next 50 minutes at the gym to walk and jog, but nothing strenuous since I was exhausted. I just wanted to move, especially since my body felt awful. A sure fire sign that this decision for the Whole30 was necessary!

The biggest struggle I found was not being able to chew gum. I prefer to chew gum while I workout because it keeps my mouth from getting dry. I had cotton mouth the entire workout, and by the time I made it to work, I chugged water ASAP. My water bottle I brought to the gym had a funky built-in taste from my mornings of BCAAs, and apparently washing it multiple times a week doesn’t get the lingering tastes out of it. Note, get a new workout bottle! Basically, this hiccup made me not want to drink my water during my workout because it simply made me want to gag.

Even though I felt like a fluffy bunny after my shower, I still dug into breakfast, which was 2 slices of bacon, chicken sausage, sweet potatoes and eggs (1 egg & 2 egg whites). This kept me full from 7:50 am until 12:30 pm. Goodness gracious! I am planning to track my macros during the Whole30, and the macros for this meal were: 27 grams carbs / 17 grams fat / 45 grams protein.

whole30-breakfastAt 12:30 pm, I was ready for a snack, because in all honestly, I wasn’t ready for my lunch. I’m hoping to have 3 big meals and then 1-2 mini snacks throughout the day. I had a medium sized banana, sliced, drizzled with almond butter. I forgot how good almond butter was! 34 grams carbs / 17 grams fat / 9 grams protein.

banana-almond-butter-whole30That snack left me absolutely stuffed, and I think it was the fact that up until this point, I was heavy on carbs and fat, which isn’t a bad thing. Maybe I felt extra full because I also felt extra fluffy? I knew that I still hadn’t had lunch and had dinner on the menu as well, so around 3:30 I had 2/3 of my lunch, which was turkey & roasted sweet potatoes. I decided not to have half an avocado that was originally planned simply because that would be overload. 24 grams carbs / 2 grams fat / 20 grams protein.

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6 pm chicken stir-fry for dinner! Made with chicken, broccoli, peppers, onions, marinara sauce and oregano! Super filling and good! 23 grams carbs / 3 grams fat / 44 grams protein.

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And ended my night with a mini Cherry Pie Larabar!  14 grams carbs / 4 grams fat / 2 grams protein.

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Overall Thoughts: I’m not sure if my day long headache was a result of the Whole30 or just from the few hours of sleep that I had, but I was happy that my meals kept me extremely full and I didn’t feel deprived. We’ll see how the feeling of deprivation changes throughout the 30 days!

Have you ever completed the Whole30?

Do you eat Paleo? What is your favorite Paleo meal or snack?

I really want to try banana slices, coconut milk, shredded coconut & almond butter all warmed up!

Addicted to Sugar = Whole30 Starts Today

Ahhh! I cannot believe that I am going to say this, but as of today, I am starting Day 1 of the Whole30, and I’m going to do it while sticking to my assigned macros.

imageI’m not sure if this decision happened over night, or if it accumulated and my ultimate decision was made Sunday night, but I can owe it to one girl; Brenda. Brenda is my homegirl Jen’s best friend. Jen is an NYC based blogger who I met several years ago through blogging, and from day 1, Jen has been so inspirational in my life. Several weeks ago I saw on my Facebook news feed that Brenda was starting the Whole 30, which got me excited. Excited for her, not for me. She posted pictures of her meals, and it made me miss really cooking. Now I’m not saying that I haven’t “cooked” while following macros, but when I ate Paleo, I always felt like I was extra dedicated when I cooked my meals, or that they were more elaborate and felt special.

meal-prepBrenda posted several times on her blog about how it was going, and then this past Sunday night, I stumbled upon her latest 2 & 3 week update. What truly inspired me and made me decide to do my own Whole 30, were the changes that she has seen in the 3 weeks. I found myself on Pinterest, reading all of the Whole 30 guides, and one in particular encouraged you to figure out WHY you are going to embark on the Whole 30. Decide on your why, write it down, and post it where you will see it the most or where you need to see it in times of temptation.

So what is my why? I’m not going to sugar-coat my reason. I’m tired of being a bitch about my eating habits. I am addicted to sugar like Justin Bieber was addicted to Selena Gomez. The past few months I have found that I’ve been adding sweeteners to things like my oatmeal, shakes, tea, etc. All I crave is sugar, sugar, sugar, and it’s making me feel incredibly out of control. My sugar cravings hit at night, and I find that I want to eat sugary snacks even when I’m stuffed to the brim.

Example 1. In the evening or in the middle of the night I will wake up and crave ice cream. A craving so bad that I have debated crawling out of bed, changing clothes and buying a tub of ice cream at the store. Who the hell have I turned into. Thankfully I never did that, but still. That’s friggen scary.

Since the Bahamas I just haven’t felt like I’ve had control of my body. I don’t hate my body at all, and while I do feel like I’m the happiest that I’ve ever been, I also know that I need to change. My health is of most importance to me, and if getting control of my cravings is the first step, then that’s the step that I will take.

30 days is scary. In a sense, 30 days, compared to 365 days isn’t long at all, and committing to 30 days really isn’t hard. Another category where the “easier said than done” line can be used. This is how much of a sugar bitch I am. I originally said, “Allie, do it for 21 days,” because I wasn’t sure that I could last 30 days. But I’m tired of being a sugar addicted food bitch, and so I am going to do my best to succeed with the whole Whole 30.

Am I concerned that I will be on the Whole 30 during Thanksgiving? Not at all. Several members of my extended family eat Paleo, and several years ago I actually had an entire Paleo Thanksgiving meal. I’m sure I won’t be Whole 30 on Thanksgiving, but I will do my best to stick to Paleo foods. And you know what, if I’m that concerned, then I can simply bring my own dish.

Paleo vs. macros. I’m still going to stick to my macros during this journey, and I know that it can be done. Every one is different, and I believe that tracking my macros is what works best for me. I know that I won’t eat Paleo once I complete the Whole 30, but I do know that at this moment in time, that the Whole 30 is something that I need to do.

I think what I’ll miss the most is my oatmeal with peanut butter in the morning, but I’m not incredibly sad, because back when I ate Paleo, my breakfast included sweet potato hash, avocado and chicken sausage, and well, that meal was the bomb as well.

Little tweaks like almond butter instead of peanut butter. Fresh fruit instead of english muffins. Wraps made with lettuce instead of a tortilla. Miss you already!

pb-english-muffinI know that I’ll have days where I want to murder anyone that comes into contact with me, but let’s just hope that those days are few and far between.

Have you ever done the Whole 30? Do you have tips for it?

I’ve never done the Whole 30, but I have done a 30 day Paleo challenge before.