At the beginning of this year I decided I was finally going to give Whole 30 a try. It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for a number of reasons, the biggest being to learn some self control. Today marks the 30th day, so I thought it would be fun to do a little Whole 30 Review. I do wish I would have kept a better record of everything. To be honest though, I wasn’t quite sure how I would manage and I didn’t want the extra pressure of trying to keep track of everything.
My motivation for doing the Whole 30 wasn’t necessarily about losing weight, but rather learning to eat healthier for the long term. I have a horrible sweet tooth and absolutely NO self control when it comes to eating anything sweet (unless it’s cake, I can do without that).
Now, let’s get real, was I perfect? Absolutely not. By the time the first Friday rolled around I was in need of a glass of wine so I treated myself. I’m not going to lie, I cheated a few times (mostly with alcohol). For the most part though I think I held my own pretty well.
Most people say Whole 30 is all about prepping and that part I sucked at. The only thing I ever really prepped was hard boiled eggs. I did however make sure I always made enough of whatever we were having for dinner so that I could have the leftovers for lunch.
One of the biggest things I took from Whole 30 is what I usually eat when I go out compared to what I ate when actually making smart choices. Brand and I eat out a lot, probably 2 times per week and at least 3 or 4 times during the weekend. However while doing the Whole 30 we majorly cut down on eating out (which was also a plus for our wallets). When we did go out I was very aware of what I was ordering. Normally I would just choose whatever fried food sounded good, but not being able to eat that type of food really made me think about what I was going eat. This is something I will definitely continue well past this Whole 30 challenge.
Mood wise, I didn’t really notice a huge difference. I’m sure that had to do with the fact that I wasn’t perfect, but I definitely learned to have self control when it comes to eating which is why I wanted to do the Whole 30. I would love to give it another go and absolutely stick with it the entire time and I fully plan on doing this at some point. For now though I am going to continue to just make smarter choices and keep the sweet tooth under control.
Below are some of my favorite recipes I made throughout the 30 days:
- Banana w/almond butter and cinnamon
- Hard Boiled eggs….or really any type of egg
- Sugar free/nitrate free bacon
- This 3 Ingredient Smoothie
- Breakfast Baked Sweet Potato – absolutely amazing!
Lunch: like I said above, I normally just ate leftovers for lunch. I had eggs quite a few times too, but for the most part I just wanted something quick.
Dinner: These were some of my favorites that I made. The chili was especially good!
- Easy Chili (made this multiple times throughout)
- Sloppy Joe
- Fish Taco Bowls (really good!)
- Backed Spaghetti Squash (minus the cheese)
- Spicy Sausage Stir Fry (one of my favorite meals even prior to Whole 30)
Have you tried the Whole 30? What was your experience? I would love to here any tips you have for completing it successfully.