So I’ve finished up my Whole30 week 4 and now there are just two more days left (today and tomorrow) before my first Whole30 experience is over. Did you check out the guest post last week about how to rock your Whole30 experience and things to consider before starting the Whole30? If not, you should totally check it out, especially if this is something you have been thinking about trying.
I’m already trying to think about how I am going to reintroduce some of the foods I’ve taken away these last 30 days. Not gonna lie, I’m ready for some black beans in my life again!! I think the anticipation of week 4 coming to a close made the last few days drag out. I wanted to try some new recipes to keep it interesting and to not get into the habit of always doing the same meals. I always seem to do that, even when I shop on Sunday’s for the week and meal prep as best as possible. After a long day, it’s always easier to do your go-to meal. You don’t really have to think to make it, rather than prepare something new and interesting.
Here are my favorite Whole30 meals that I’ve made these last 4 weeks:
– Sweet potato “bun” with avocado and an over easy egg
– Scrambled eggs with whatever veggies I have in the fridge
– Tuna salad wrap – trowing in some raisins for a little sweetness!
– Salmon burger on sweet potato “buns”
– Cauliflower fried rice with steamed veggies and salmon
– Baked salmon and veggies
– Spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles with shrimp and tomato sauce
– Seared ahi tuna
– Eggplant rolls with almond ricotta cheese, tomato sauce and grilled onion
Yes I know they say to not use dairy alternatives as a direct substitute since you’re supposed to change your habit or need for dairy but I was really craving it and needing that extra substance. PS on a total side note if you haven’t tried Kite Hill products you definitely NEED to! I have been eating them since going dairy free for Mason and everyone in my family enjoys the taste.
I did snack on the Whole30 and that’s because I am still breastfeeding and really needed the extra food. I always tried to see if drinking water was going to suffice but often times I really needed something extra. Thankfully because of that, my milk supply was not effected at all.
There were a few days where I still felt exhausted when I woke up but I’m blaming Mason’s lake of sleep for that one and not the Whole30. Overall, I’ve been much more awake, I feel like my brain power lasts longer into the day and night (hope that makes sense), and I have the energy to put into working out during Mason’s naps or after he’s gone to bed. I still haven’t been able to get myself into the routine of doing them in the morning after his early morning feeding. That’s still a goal of mine for 2018 and thankfully I have plenty of time to figure that one out!
I can’t wait to show you a side by side comparison next week of me before starting the Whole30 and me after the Whole30, 30 days is over! And as a reminder it’s not just the eating that I’ve changed but I’ve been making a conscious effort to move more throughout the day (on the days I’m working on the blog since you know the days I’m with Mason all day there’s no stopping for mama) and fit in my workouts even if they’re just a half set of my BBG workouts. Something is always better than nothing!
In true transparency, I feel like the Whole30 has done what I set out for it to do. Changing the way I think about food and removing the craving for bad foods. I know that I still have a ways to go to get my body back in the shape I feel most comfortable in. It’s a work in progress but I am happy that I am taking the right steps to get myself there. One thing I really have had to come to grips with is the idea of bouncing back and the pressure I felt to do so. I definitely haven’t bounced back they way I had hoped and I have been learning to be understanding and patient with myself. I know that I will get there if I stick with my workouts and eating an 80 – 20 diet. I want to allow myself the foods I want to eat but keep an 80% whole foods diet.
This was a long post so I am going to cut it off for now but next week I’ll have my comparison post and I’ll dive a little deeper into the topic of body positivity soon.
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Disclaimer: All information on this website is a reflection of my own personal opinion and experience. The information is not intended as a substitute for consultation, evaluation or treatment by a medical professional and/or registered dietitian or nutritionist. When considering the Whole30 program you should consult with your doctor if you have any concerns especially if you are breastfeeding before starting to make sure it is right for you.