Whole 30, Day 6

I mentioned briefly last week that Evan and I are doing the Whole30 program for the month of January. I’m sure many of you have heard of it and already know what it is, but my mom didn’t and people’s mom’s somehow seem to be my blog’s target audience, so a brief explanation just in case.

Basically, the Whole30 is a strict version of the Paleo diet. For 30 days you can have meat, seafood, eggs, (lots of) vegetables, fruit, and healthy fats like oils, nuts and seeds. Nothing processed. Whole foods, and foods with minimal ingredients that you are able to pronounce. Which all sounds great, but just let me get to the bad news… You cannot have:

  • Dairy
  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Sugar (of any kind, artificial or real, and that includes honey)
  • Alcohol
  • MSG, carrageenan or sulphites

For 30 days. It is a nutritional reset designed to make you aware of how certain foods affect your body and make you feel. It will undoubtedly change the way you think about food, and maybe even change your life. I’m leaving out some rules, but you can find them all here.

Of course when I first heard about the Whole30 my immediate thought was fad diet, no thanks. You may be thinking that right now. So before you hear my thoughts on it so far, please know that I am not a dieter. I don’t think I have technically ever gone on a diet. There are so many ways to eat these days and I have turned up my nose at all of them: low carb, no carb, vegetarian, vegan, high-protein, keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, breakfast shakes, only shakes, juice cleansing, food delivery service, the same thing for breakfast and lunch but then you switch it up for dinner… Seriously, everyone will recommend something different, so how in the name of pizza are you supposed to know what and how to eat?!

My method of eating has always been…

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(Inspiration obviously from Allie Hyperbole and a Half for her original Clean All The Things)

But in moderation.

But here comes the problem with moderation. Who is the moderator? It’s me, and I am doing a crap job of it. If I’m at home and have healthy groceries, great, I’m a healthy eater. High fives all around, self-congratulatory pat on the back to me. Otherwise, if there is food in front of me I will eat it. I used to be 80/20 healthy/non-healthy ratio (ish), but that is dangerously slipping. I don’t know where I’m at anymore. Around the holidays? 100% gluttony. If I’m at a party, I’m stalking the food table and I’m eating all the cheese and all the dips.

So I am doing the Whole30 for several reasons:

1 I feel gross and b-word (rhymes with floated) after eating about 90% of the time. It is so often now that it has become normal.

2 I have never done any sort of experiment to see how certain foods are affecting me. I think that it is very good to be able to know how the food you are putting into your body is affecting your body, so that you can make informed decisions about what you are eating. Maybe cake is making me feel bad. Will I still eat the cake? Probably. But maybe I won’t. Maybe I will only choose to suffer from the cake if it is homemade vanilla cake with buttercream icing. At least I will know what it’s going to do to me and I can make that decision, rather than continue to EAT ALL THE THINGS and feel gross, but who knows why! It could have been any number of these delicious things!!!

3 I should probably simmer down on the wine drinking. I doubt anyone would call me an alcoholic (to my face…) but it would not be a bad idea to cut it out on the weeknights.

4 My go-to snack is some sort of cheese in or on some sort of bread-y carb. This needs to change.

5 It’s the best time to do it. Something like this is absolutely not sustainable for me (they don’t even recommend doing a Whole365 because it is too difficult to make it work), and I just don’t think I could pull it off in the summer. Or any other time when a lot of social things are going on. It is VERY hard to eat out and it requires a LOT of food planning and preparation (which, I am actually really enjoying). But after the holidays is the perfect time. I feel fully gross after stuffing my face for weeks that I don’t want to look at chocolate right now anyway. And also I was off last week so I had several days to get into it.

6 Lose some weight. Of course. It’s not a priority, honestly, but I am not skipping out on cheese and wine for 30 days and not losing some weight. It better happen.

Evan and I are now on day 6, and it’s going really well. I am so glad he’s doing it with me, it makes it so much easier! My holiday bloat (ughhh that word is so awful) was completely gone in three days, and I am already feeling more svelte. Our dinners are very similar to what they usually are (minus when the kitchen reno was going down, that was some dark eating times right there). But I felt better after eating almost immediately. There was no gross feeling. Though Evan and I are both pretty on par with the timeline of how most people feel while doing the Whole30.

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Kill all the things was Day 3 for me though, and feeling like I needed to nap all day was on Sunday (which worked out well). And I TOTALLY felt like I had a hangover on Day 2. I think from all the sugar detox, because we went nuts eating all our chocolate from Christmas until New Year’s Eve. The last two days though, I have felt amazing.

I will just go ahead and answer the obvious…I miss cheese and homemade chocolate chip cookies. But not as much as I thought I would, surprisingly, and I do feel very satisfied. Here are the kinds of things we’ve been eating so far:

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1. Steamed salmon with lemon slices, sweet potato with coconut manna (or coconut butter, and OMG SO GOOD!!!!), and Evan’s green bean salad (whole green beans cooked, tossed in garlic, oil + vinegar and salt and pepper and then cooled).

  1. Lots of giant salads with protein like hard boiled eggs, walnuts, avocado. This one tossed in a lemon garlic dressing I made.

  2. Stuffed peppers with ground beef, cauliflower rice (grated cauliflower), compliant marinara sauce (just no additives, no Prego, it has sugar!)

  3. Eggs, leftover half stuffed pepper, homemade guacamole.

  4. Big salad topped with compliant tuna salad (I made my own mayo using this recipe – it’s delicious and it took literally five minutes), and also sunflower seeds.

  5. Grilled pineapple with coconut oil, cinnamon and walnuts. At the time I thought it was one of the best things I have ever eaten, but it’s possible that’s because I hadn’t had sugar for three days.

  6. Egg frittata with seasoned ground beef and vegetables, guacamole on the side.

  7. Eggs, potatoes, veggies in olive oil, avocado on the side.

  8. Spaghetti squash with Evan’s grandma’s meat sauce (made by Evan and so good). The spaghetti squash was really, really good. I was so full but actually felt good after eating this, where normally with spaghetti I’d have to take a nap or something.

And not pictured, but coffee with coconut milk (I would usually use almond milk but it has carrageenan in it) and a bit of cinnamon.

Evan also received The Veggetti (affiliate link but I cannot recommend this product enough) for Christmas from my brother Eric and his girlfriend Kenya (THANK YOU GUYS AGAIN!!!) and it works WAY better than both of us expected, so we have been cranking out the zoodles.

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ie: the zucchini noodles. They are not too bad at all.

So we have been eating very well, as you can see. But we’re still in the new and exciting phase. I’m sure I’ll be back in a week to tell you about how I hate everything and I just want to eat an entire block of cheese like a banana. And I just need to complain that I cannot find bacon without sugar ANYWHERE! Why does all bacon need to have sugar?!

The biggest struggle I think for me for me is that I have always been the girl who eats everything. My friends used to (lovingly) refer to me as the garbage disposal because of this. Like if you don’t want your food toss ‘er over here ’cause I’ll take it for ya. So to go from someone who leaves no food uneaten to being that girl who makes all the special dietary requests, no dairy, no grains, no beans, no sugar, oh, are there sulphites in this? THEN NO. … That’s tough on my food ego. We’ll see how that goes. But I’m doing it. I’m in it now. Only 24 more days until this happens:

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And God help me if I feel anything but amazing after I introduce cheese back into my life in 24 days. I am not sure a life without cheese is a life I want to be a part of.

Have you done a Whole30? Considered doing a Whole30? Think the Whole30 is a cult? TELL ME!

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20 responses to “Whole 30, Day 6

  1. Long time reader, first time commenter. Do you have Silk Almond milk? No carrageenan in it. 🙂 Continued success to you and your lover.

    • Well if my Whole30 lured you into commenting then it is a success already!
      We had Silk almond milk in my fridge at work and it doesn’t have carrageenan in it! But it has some kind of bean gum which I am pretty sure isn’t allowed. WHYYYYY. Thank you for the tip though. I know there is a brand somewhere that is compliant so I haven’t given up my search!

  2. My wife and I started it together and are on Day 6 also! We were probably eating similar feasts over the holidays, many cocktails, and we both have a major sweet tooth and love desserts. The first few days were not so great, probably from the sugar withdrawal, but now we feel like we’ve made it through the storm. Cravings are minimal, no more fatigue, and we’re sleeping great. It’s pretty eye opening when you really pay attention to labels and ingredients in things, especially how much stuff has sugar! I think the biggest hurdle now is just the meal prep…it takes dedication, planning, and a good chunk out of our budget!

    I tried to watch food network to test myself last night, I was good for the first 30 seconds until they pulled that fresh pizza out of the coal fired brick oven!! Changed that channel right quick back over to basketball. Good luck to you and Evan, 24 days left….

    • Yes, that is how I feel! The second and third days were particularly rough here too, but now I feel like I am in the clear. Probably also from the sugar withdrawal. I read that timeline after I started and it said your experience the first few days were the direct result of how much you indulged leading up to your start date, so…WHOOPS. We ate so much crap!!! Like an insane amount. Oh well.

      And yes to everything else, it is so eye opening. I never realized how much sneaky sugar was in everything. And I could see the meal prep being annoying… and yes the expense. But when you cut out eating out and alcohol, it might actually save me money.

      There will be no watching the food network here 🙂

      Good luck to you and your wife!!! And if you have any recipe ideas send ’em over!

  3. As I understand, ancient people invented fermentation and passed it along to modern man- improving and perfecting the process along the way.
    What I’m getting at is you can probably make prison wine with ingredients from your list and you’d better start now if you want it done any time soon. To me that does not break the rules but some people were born to think differently I guess.

  4. I am doing my second whole30 and am on day 6 as well. Good Luck, it gets easier!

  5. I feel your pain. I too used to eat everything and anything. I was the least fussiest eater and the garbage disposal. And then i found out that grain was the reason for the acne on my face and back and now i’m one of “those” people who always has to ask the waitperson whether the dish contains grains or when we go to people’s houses, i bring my own snacks and bread just in case there’s nothing i can eat (most of our friends are pretty sweet and cater for my needs but large parties are the worst when there is SO MUCH DELICIOUS FOOD and i cannot eat it).

    I’m interested to see how you and Evan go and if you find out if there is a particular food or food group that causes the bloating. I hope for your sake it’s not dairy! Usually cheese is okay because it is kind of fermented in a sense so it is easier to digest than say, milk. I could not live without dairy.

    Anyway good luck! And you could always cure your own bacon 😉 It only takes a week!

    • Ah see, now that is a good motivator. I remember when you started going grain free. I really felt for you, and now here I am 🙂 But actually I have been a bit jealous of all your delicious looking grain-free dishes.
      Large parties are going to be the WORST. But I don’t feel like I am craving anything right now, and someone ate fries and then Skittles in front of me today and I was all good.

      I’m so hoping cheese will remain my BFF when this is over!

      And I am tempted about the bacon… I want it.

      • Yes, now here you are 🙂 Haha. Wow! You’re amazing. I would not cope if someone at fries in front of me! I wouldn’t care about Skittles though.

        You’ve probably already looked it up however here is a link to curing your own bacon sugar free:
        http://paleoleap.com/homemade-bacon/
        I can’t vouch for it personally however from looking at the ingredients and recipe it sounds pretty spot on.

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  8. I think a did Whole18, so didn’t make it to the 30 days. It was tough but also fun. I did have almond milk, you just have to find one without carageenan. Trader Joe’s brand and Whole Foods brands both don’t have carageenan

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  11. I’m on day 6 and I would have given my kidney today if it meant I could be horizontal. This is my 4th whole30 so I know it will get better, but man today was rough.

    Have you tried making your own almond milk? I promise you it is worth the extra work. Now that I read this, I’m going to the kitchen to make those sweet potatoes with coconut butter. Holy cow. I need that in my face immediately. Thanks for sharing your experience!

    • We did make our own almond milk, and it was delicious!!! Unfortunately this recap of mine was last January so this year I am eating normally, but I have already forgotten how good the Whole30 made me feel…I may need to give it another try. Fourth time, you’re a pro!

  12. Silk Cashew milk! Wonderful stuff 🙂 On day 6 with my husband and 16 year old daughter. Doesn’t help that I started training for my 1st 1/2 marathon on day 1 of this Whole30 program. I really miss my whey protein shakes. Tried hemp protein and chugged it down with water and a tsp of coconut oil. Pretty sure I don’t want to ever do that again. I think the best part is how creative you can be in preparing meals. I made ice cream from frozen bananas, coconut milk and chopped walnuts. It was really good coming out of my food processor, but it tasted pretty banana-y after i let it freeze for awhile. Not sure what to expect after 30 days, but today, my daughter is ready to throw in the towel and say F— it. I think she needs a nap:)

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