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Day 31: End of Whole 30

whole 30 day 31

Day 31

I am officially done-skees with the Whole 30 my friends! The Whole 30 tribe warned me that I wouldn’t know how to start eating again on Day 31, but guess what?! I remembered! Wonders NEVER cease! I celebrated early last night with a Hershey candy from my trip, that I never got to enjoy and was waiting for me in the freezer.  Thank you little “Nugget” for being so patient and waiting until I could eat you…it was worth the wait, thanks very much!

chocolate

I have to say, I am hesitant to go crazy eating chocolate and drinking wine though, since I worked so hard to get off sugar and lots of other extra foods that weren’t really helping me nutritionally very much.  I think the best thing that I came away with was doing 30 full days of breaking my habits and keeping a food journal. I had to really see and be accountable for what I was eating and plus it was going to be online for all of you to see!

Meal Planning was key for success too, as you have to plan 3 meals a day in a Whole 30 way…not just grab and go as usual:

Whole 30, Week 1
Whole 30, Week 2
Whole 30, Week 3
Whole 30, Week 4
Whole 30, Week 5

My Whole 30 takeaways in bullets are as follows:

  • Sugar is in most processed foods.
  • Soy is in tons of processed foods.
  • Corn is in lots of these too.
  • I still don’t know why beans are not allowed on this diet.
  • I actually like smoothies in the morning.
  • There are actually a lot of things that surprised me about this 30 days that I didn’t expect.
  • I didn’t miss dairy really at all.  Like- at all.
  • I missed ezekial bread but not other bread or grains really other than the convenience of making my recipes that I was used to making…now harder on Whole 30, to figure out.
  • 30 days is a super long time.
  • Not eating or drinking traditional food stuff, makes other people really uncomfortable if they don’t eat that way- or if they are having drinks and I don’t…Since I am an admitted people-pleaser by nature, this was hard for me and I felt bad making them feel weird.  I know…I am crazy.
  • My digestion really got changed- in a less than ideal way- something I didn’t expect and didn’t improve until day 25.

This is the end of it…or is it the beginning? I am sitting at my table, in my shorts, which I usually can’t button that little inside button, and I usually just do the farthest outside one, so I can at the very least wear them…and usually my belly sort of pooches over the sides this way and I almost get a stomach ache, but I still wear them, because they are my favorites and I need to wear shorts because it is finally hot out….whew!

But today is different.  I could button that inside button.  Not loose, but not so tight that I have a cliff hanging over the top- I can wear these shorts.  To think I almost donated them this year!  That alone sort of reaffirmed part of the Whole 30 for me.  While I didn’t do any before and after pictures for you (#1 too embarrassing, and #2 not good for the psyche), I do like the way my arms seem more toned, my belly and hips seem trimmed down, and the way my pants fit.

I didn’t like my energy levels at all though and if I could tweak this plan to  include some beans, and some whole grains, I think I would do better energy-wise.  [Basically eating the way I normally do except less dairy, and less eating the leftovers off my kids plates and indulging in dessert or a glass of wine every night]- This made me so aware that I just need to reign it in! The Whole 30 was a really good re-set in that way.

Today I  started my day with my protein smoothie- nothing crazy, but I am sick of eggs. Whole 30 has pretty much taken the love of eggs right away for a little bit (not too long, since I love them usually).  I made some homemade granola and I think I may have a salad with chicken for lunch…still sounds a bit like the Whole 30, and a bit like me.  Day 31.  I am loving the possibilities after feeling restricted for so long.

What would be the first thing you’d eat after 30 days of restricting your eating?

Would you ever do a Whole 30?

Lemme know in the comments! Have a great Thursday~ I am linked up with Running with SD MomSharp Endurance & Carlee McDot  as well as Running with Spoons~so check them out too!

Clean Eating Thai Coleslaw

thai coleslaw

You know that dressing that you can put on noodles to make them sort of a creamy, salty, savory, flavor that you just can’t place? It’s the one that is sort of a version of homemade pad-thai? Oh lawd, how I love pad thai.  With lots of veggies and lots of sauce…mmmm.  Okay. This is that guy, only done without peanuts, and without soy, and not on noodles. So there you are:

 

Clean Eating Thai Coleslaw

Clean Eating Thai Coleslaw

Ingredients

    For the Sauce:
  • 2 Tbsp. almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut aminos
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar (or juice from one small lime)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • dash cayenne
  • For the Salad:
  • 1/2 bag pre-made coleslaw or kale, chopped
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • handful of chopped parsely

Instructions

Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl until combined. Pour over the coleslaw (or kale), scallions, and parsley in a large bowl, and combine until all of the vegetables are covered in sauce. Refrigerate until serving.

http://hardlyagoddess.com/clean-eating-thai-coleslaw/

Now, for Whole 30, I use this for coleslaw or kale- which the recipe is easily doubled. You can of course just serve it as a dip for veggies, or over rice noodles, and make a pad-thai version of your own…just add cilantro maybe at the end.

It may not be a container of the  real deal Pad Thai of the kind I dream about, but this will do for a picnic or a n easy make ahead lunch- Right?

This is easy, and it is good.  You’re welcome.  Happy Tuesday!

Menu Plan Monday: Final Week, Whole 30

final week whole 30 meal plan

So only HALF of this week is Whole 30, because guess what, my friends?!

You guessed it! Whole 30 ends this week! I am back to enjoying a protein smoothie starting on Wednesday, and if I can be completely honest (and I never thought that I’d say this…) I can’t wait! Who knew, that I would miss my protein shakes in the morning?

I guess when you eliminate a food group, and focus on another, you are bound to miss it, and I am done with eggs every day.  Yes.  For a while atleast, I would like to cut down on this one particular food. I am craving my protein shake right at this moment and cannot wait for that one re-introduction to my meals. That and maybe some toast. I will see how that does for me, because I am enjoying the fruits of the 30 day labor of Whole 30: a flatter stomach.  Not totally flat, as the uninflated tire of a twin-mom, will never go away without surgery (gross, I know)! But the little pooch is much improved for the time-being.

I don’t know if it is because of the decrease in sugar alone, or of no bread and bread products with gluten, no soy, or a combination of all of this- so I might just try to reintroduce a few types of food at a time.  Smoothies are the start- non-soy vegan protein and fruit with cashew milk.  If I start to bloat up- this may get cycled out and unfortunately I will have to change this up too.

For now, I have planned a Whole 30 week, up to three days, and then after that it is a regular meal plan for me, just fleshed out for three meals a day.

1 Hardboiled egg, kale salad, berries Veggie scramble, berries Fruit with almond butter on it Smoothie Smoothie Smoothie Eggs, roasted potatoes, nitrate free bacon
2 Red pepper, cauli soup, apple with almond butter Salmon cakes on salad, grapefruit Salmon cakes on a salad, apple with almond butter Salad with hardboiled egg, avocado, beets, chicken Leftover meatballs, salad Tuna with veggie sticks, avocado, nuts Chicken on salad
3 Greek chicken, crock pot, salad, Double Peppered Pork Chops, baked sweet potato, broccoli Hamburger, Dogs on the grill, roasted potatoes, salad Meatballs with sauce, ratatouie and salad Tacos, fruit salad, veggie sticks Chicken legs, veggie sticks, salad, fruit salad Grilled steak with chimichurri sauce, roasted veggies

I hope you have a great week ahead, and if you want lot of other great menu planning ideas I am linked up with Mommy Run Fast and Fitness, Health and Happiness and OrgJunkie.