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!
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.
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?