Well, here I am half way through my first round of the Whole30. Proud of the fact that I have followed through, shopped and meal prepped and hung in there, even when my in-laws stopped by with donuts.
If you are new to the term “Whole30” or have seen it posted on social media, but aren’t really sure what it’s all about, I’ll give you a quick recap.
- no cheats
- no alcohol
- no grains
- no sugar
- no processed foods or artificial ingredients
- no dairy
Why would you ask would I torture myself for 30 days…well the answer is simple. I needed a way to heal my body from the inside out. I can work out everyday, do cardio until the cows come home, lift, run and so on, but if my body is not functioning properly on the inside, then my chronic illness still wins.
The Whole30 is not a diet, it is a program designed to change the way you think about food, your body and your life. The program often does lead to weight loss and better health but the most amazing improvements can be felt. Your energy levels, quality of sleep, increased self-esteem, clear skin, clarity and focus, no bloat and freedom from cravings.
I was looking forward to week 2 and switching up my meals, week 1 focused a lot on red meats and chicken, so seafood was very much appreciated this week to lighten things up. I’ve been sticking to a basic and simple meal plan for the most part and try to keep my calories in the 1200-1400 range depending on my workout for the day. I also found some amazing Whole30 compliant dressings and marinades from Tessemae’s that have helped me spice things up a bit. Be sure to check them out and you can sign up to receive FREE Whole30 meal plans each week featuring Tessemae’s products and sauces and save 20% off with my referral link.
Week 2 was also welcomed increased energy, more restful sleep and clarity. I’m still awaiting the so-called “Tiger Blood” phase that is supposed to peak around week 3, so we shall see. The cold, rainy weather sure isn’t helping, but at least it’s 3 feet of snow, so there’s always that.
Physically I have noticed my skin and eyes appear clearer, and a lot less bloating and inflammation. My jeans are a lot loser which is always a win-win in my book. My energy has not been as high as I would like, but like I said I feel like the weather and time of year play a big part in that for me. All cravings have subsided, although I do miss regular peanut butter. Fruit and my shakes taste a lot sweater than they did just a couple of weeks ago too. I can say my love or lack there of, for cooking and doing dishes has not increased, but my family, especially the hubby is enjoying the impact the Whole30 program is having as far as tasty food and ready to go meals. So stay tuned for what week 3 has to bring when I report back next week.
Below are some of my meals from this last week. Raging from swordfish with fresh mango salsa, scallops and roasted root veggies, Portobello mushrooms, Buffalo shredded chicken salad and more.