Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Whole 30 Results

Top Left: Grilled Chicken Tenders drizzle with Franks Hot Sauce, Homemade cut fries, and a vinaigrette slaw. Top Right: Capicola slices, Terra Sweet Potato Chips and Snap Peas. Bottom Left: Steak, Eggs over easy, avocado, and diced potatoes. Bottom Right: Prosciutto and turkey lettuce wraps with tomato and purple onion with Terra Sweet Potato chips.
Top Left: Spaghetti Squash topped with Turkey Italian Sausage, Shrimp, Tomato and fresh Basil sprinkled with red pepper chili flakes. Top Right: Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps (Cooked Chicken, green peppers and purple onions. I shredded the chicken and added Franks Hot Sauce and viola!  Super easy! with a side of Terra Sweet Potato chips ( I love crunchy snacks, so these chips were perfect in moderation. Bottom Left: Pulled pork, a baked potato and snap peas. Bottom Right: Build your Own Salad from Hickory Tavern with Romaine Lettuce, Kalamata Olives, avocado, almond slithers, purple onion and a medium well burger. 


If you're reading this- I think it's safe to say I'm somewhere eating a chocolate chip cookie, a doughnut, or all the above because I've completed the Whole 30 program as of yesterday!! Starting out, I quite honestly never thought this day would get here! Although the program was a bit of a challenge on the weekends, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the journey. I lost a total of 7 lbs, and feel more energized than ever! I thought it would be easiest to do a Q & A of all of the questions I've been asked while on the program. I'll also provide the links to the Whole 30 grocery list I used, as well as a day by day tracker of how you're body is supposed to be feeling as you go. If you're interested in doing the program then these resources and having support from your family and friends will be extremely helpful and will set you up for success!


Q: "Have you had sugar cravings while doing Whole 30?"

A: "Yes and no! The biggest reason for me doing the program was to see how my body responds to certain foods, and to reset my metabolism. I realized very early on how much sugar I intake on a day to day basis and it really made me more aware. If I did crave sugar, I would treat myself to Larabar (make sure that they are Whole 30 complaint, I thought all Larabars were Whole 3o compliant and accidentally made the mistake of eating one that wasn't but I didn't know until after-technically you're supposed to start over but it was like Day 9 and there was no way I was starting over plus I only had 1 bar, and it wasn't like I purposefully ate something I wasn't supposed to. Whoops! I just made sure that I paid very close attention to the labels going forward.)"

Q: "How do you feel? Have you noticed a difference?"

A: "I've definitely noticed a difference in the overall way my body and stomach felt. I didn't feel lethargic after eating meals. I felt light and full but not too full. It was like I was giving my body exactly what it needed to satisfy the hunger. I noticed during the first week and a half that my tummy was flatter than normal! I did slack on my workouts the first couple of weeks from being a tad bit tired than normal. I think the idea of working out after work, and then having to think about what to eat was tiring in itself. I would definitely suggest to plan out your meals as much as possible."

Q: "What's been the hardest part of the program?"

A: "I mentioned in my first post that I was already eating pretty healthy on the weekdays before I started Whole 30 so cutting out more things wasn't too too hard. I was able to find other ways to give my body what it needed minus all the bad stuff. I definitely would say that the hardest part was the weekends. I felt like I couldn't be social without feeling like I was missing out! That doesn't mean I wasn't social, but I just had to have ten times the self-control when going out with friends. It sucks, but you feel so good when you stick to what you say you're going to do and you pick the healthier option."

Q: "What are you going to change going forward?"

A: "I decided that I'm going to limit my sugar intake, by not putting 3 spoonfuls of sugar in my coffee every morning and just doing one spoonful. I'm going to keep using the unsweetened Califia Farms Almond Creamer I've been using because it taste great and using sweetened creamer just isn't necessary. I'm going to try and limit how much grains I eat during the week days. With my healthy meals, I was doing a lot of brown rice but I'm going to limit that intake to once a week, and substituting with quinoa as much as possible. Overall, I'm really going to try to stick to the Whole 30 or Paleo diet during the week and let myself have a cheat meal...or 2 :) on the weekends. Also, I'm going to makes sure that I eat breakfast every day now! I've always been told it's the most important meal of the deal but didn't really care to give my body the fuel it needs in the morning. I am definitely not skipping a breakfast ever again!"

Q: "Would you do the Whole 30 program again?"

A: "I would 100% do the program again! I enjoyed the foods that I ate, and I never was really hungry. I think a lot of times we mistake our hunger for being bored or thirsty. I was lucky enough to do the program with a couple of coworkers from work, who joined me when I was one week in. It helped being able to talk to them when I was frustrated, or just to have conversations about what foods they were eating and loving. I would suggest to have as much support as possible because it's hard going it alone!"

Please don't hesitate to email me if you guys should have any additional questions!!

Whole 30 Grocery List: Found here.
Whole 30 Day by Day: Found here.

xoxo,

Shauntel

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