Showing posts with label Whole30. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Whole30. Show all posts

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Whole 30 Week 1 Recap

Top Left: Proscuitto Egg Cups, Diced Potatoes and Strawberries. Top Right: Turkey Burger, Diced Potatoes, and Proscuitto Wrapped Asparagus. Bottom Left: Turkey Burger topped with Avocado Spread and Red Chili Flakes, Mushrooms and Sweet Potatoes. Bottom Right: Shredded Chicken, Spinach, and Onions stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Diced Tomatoes.
As of today I'm officially on Day 11 of Whole 30! I feel like this is huge because its literally felt like it's been weeks since I've been able to eat a piece of chocolate or drink my coffee with cream and loads of sugar butt it's only been 11 days. The struggle is too real for this sugar junkie. The only thing that has me holding on is how good/proud I'll feel after I've completed the entire 30 days. If you haven't heard of Whole 30 or aren't familiar with what it's essentially committing to going 30 days without any of the below:

No Alcohol
No Legumes
No Diary
No Grains
No Added Sugar or Honey
No Baked Goods
No MSG, sulfites, carrageenan

You are, however allowed to have all of the meats, fruits and vegetables that your little heart desires. I did lots of research on this program before committing. I heard lots about it and thought anyone would be crazy to go that long without having all of those things- AND that includes quinoa?!! CRAY. The foods that you are supposed to stay away from for the 30 days have been said to be linked to inflammatory issues (stomach problems), digestion, and skin issues. Going through the program is also supposed to reset your metabolism and change your mentality toward food and eating. I'm mainly doing it for the sole reason of resetting my metabolism and being more cognizant of what I put in my body on a day to day basis. 

I'm already pretty petite, but don't think I remember ever having a flat tummy. Not since that one time I comfortably wore a bikini at ummm 7 years old LOL. So, I'm interested to see if any of the above foods are connected to bloating in my tummy area. Before starting the program,I already had a pretty healthy diet on the week days. I usually would try to make healthy meals for lunch and dinner but have never been good about eating breakfast. I usually would have a cup of coffee loaded with cream and sugar and call that breakfast on a good day which isn't good for your body at all. Even though I would mostly be good on the weekdays, the weekends were always my time to indulge  in "cheat meals" which normally included anything on the menu I like (because I was good all week, duh) with lots and lots of wine! 

On Whole 30, there is absolutely no cheating! *insert heavy sigh*

So far, I've been feeling pretty good! Last weekend was my first weekend on the program and I'll admit it was SUPER hard. I don't think it was hard so much in not being able to eat the foods that I want, but more of feeling like I'm missing out. I went to dinner with a friend on Friday night to a local Mexican restaurant here in Charlotte and ordered a yummy salad. 

I am now even more so aware of how much of a social aspect eating is, and how everything social we do with friends is centered around getting dinner and drinks. If you are doing the Whole 30 program, I would highly suggest looking at the menu before going out to determine what you will order, and while your other friends are drinking glasses of wine...order some sparkling water with a lime slice to make you feel like you're have a treat. It worked for me :) If you aren't that strong then just avoid those situations at all cost until you have completed your 30 days.

I'm slowly getting used to drinking my coffee with a splash of  unsweetened  almond milk, and no sugar. I read the labels on everything now. Just because a package reads 0 grams of sugar doesn't mean there isn't sugar added. There are a plethora of items that brands sneak sugar into so be careful! I've been trying a lot of different recipes so that I don't get tired of eating the same things and that I don't wear myself out on foods that I love. Whole 30 does require a lot of meal prep so be ready to put in the work! Has anyone else done the Whole 30? Please share some recipes with me down in the comments section below!