That’s right, my husband and I are doing the January Whole30! We’ve decided that doing it twice a year really will be good to help us keep our eating habits in line.
Holy guacamole, did we have some fun this Christmas! The pictures above are from the few weeks leading up to Christmas and on Christmas day. I hosted my parents for a week then hosted 8 of my in-laws at our house for Christmas Eve. I started my food prepping for Christmas Eve when my parents were in town and then food prepped for multiple days in a row. I was SO proud of myself for hosting a Christmas Eve for 8 people, 9 including our daughter, on a 100% paleo menu! I got RAVING reviews from the family on how good it was! I made a Paleo taco bar… Yes, you can have tacos on Christmas Eve! I did pulled chicken and pork carnitas in two slow-cookers. I made the chicken with a salsa, chicken stock and taco rub and then the pork carnitas were pork tenderloins with cumin, oregano, orange and onions. I then made homemade salsa, homemade guacamole and served with tortillas, blue corn chips and fresh cilantro on top. It was amazing! I made my Roasted Acorn Squash & Apple Soup for everyone for lunch and we munched on veggies, meats and cheese while the tacos cooked. I also made my Paleo Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almond Butter Bites for everyone along with some paleo chocolate sea salt cookies. *I’m salivating over this again!*
Needless to say, after Christmas Eve, I was a little spent so I didn’t do much cooking after that. Luckily that’s where my in-laws took over. 🙂 We spent some time enjoying our Christmas together, I continued my half-marathon training and got my father-in-law, Bryan to sign up to do it with me, we ate, we laughed, we enjoyed each other’s company. Unfortunately, I didn’t eat well. Some of my meals this last week have consisted of BBQ Chicken Pizza (not GF), Mac & Cheese, Cheeseburgers (McDonald’s included), breads, fries… ugh. All so bad yet sooooo delicious. Why do the crappy foods taste so good?? I know why they taste so good… but no need to go there! The picture for this post is of my husband and I having a fun date night out while grandma and grandpa watched Hannah. Super fun!
So here we go… Whole30 round two! And here’s the most exciting part… I have multiple people joining me! Shout out to those who have committed to doing the Whole30 this January with us! You might have some questions about Whole30… such as, what is it??
What is Whole30?
Whole30 is a program where you spend 30 days cutting out the following items:
- Alcohol – yep, bummer.
- Legumes – beans, chickpeas, green peas, green beans, snap peas
- Grains – oats, quinoa, barley, rye, wheat
- Sugar – honey, maple syrup, artificial sugars, added sugars
- Dairy – milk, cheese, yogurt
That’s the basics, the reader’s digest version. It’s important to do a little more research before you get started on exactly what is and is not considered “Whole30.”
What can I expect?
Well… I guess I’ll start this section by saying, it depends. How do you eat now? Are you in shape? Do you exercise regularly? Do you have no idea how to eat healthy?
The hardest part of the whole process is riding your body of foods you might be used to eating. This means… withdrawals. They are not fun, and unfortunately, the more reliant you are on your grains, dairy, etc. the stronger the withdrawals will be.
After your body gets over the withdrawal period, you’ll start to experience better sleep, better energy, easier exercise, etc. It’s tough to get over the withdrawals but HOLD OUT for this time! It’s great!
Again, this is the reader’s digest version. Everyone experiences different issues, set backs, victories. Don’t compare yourself to others. Just because someone experiences a victory earlier than you doesn’t mean the program isn’t working. Stick to it.
What happens when the 30 days is over?
This period, the day 31 and after, is the reintroduction phase. You’ll begin the process of adding back in the food categories that you gave up. You’ll see how your body reacts to the reintroduction and determine if there are any foods in your diet you want to stay away from.
After I was finished with my first Whole30, I learned that I don’t do well with dairy and legumes anymore. Who would have guessed I don’t do well with legumes? Not me…
What were my results on my first Whole30?
I ended up losing about 7.5 lb. and over 3% body fat. I think the biggest thing that I took away from the entire process was how much I learned about food in general. I learned how to cook fresh and combine ingredients together to make healthy food taste AMAZING! I learned how to eat healthy and actually love it! Will this happen for you? Maybe? Why not give it a try and find out?
So there you have it… the ultimate reader’s digest version of Whole30. 🙂
If you are interested in doing a Whole30 and you need a coach during the process, head over to my Contact page and let me know how I can help! Do you want to do Whole30 but have no idea how to put together a grocery list? Do you need help putting together ideas for recipes? I’m here to help! Let me know how I can help you! You aren’t meant to do the Whole30 alone, gather your support system.