I started a Whole30 journey to lose weight but had no idea that I would experience an entire new physical (not only weight loss) and mental state. I read about the benefits to the Whole30 but thought it wouldn't be that big of a deal. Wrong!
How it started - I got too comfortable and ate comfortable food...mostly fatty, greasy, sugary food, and a salad every once in awhile. And I celebrated that salad! Ha! Btw, I am a short girl and my body does not handle an extra 15-20lbs very well! After being too comfortable for a few years or 10, I finally got determined.
I always thought I was overweight because I didn't exercise. So, I exercised, lost a little weight, toned a little, but never dropped and kept off the extra pounds. Here arrives the Whole30! I had been following them on Instagram for a while reading others results and looking at the recipes. Could I actually do this?
I bought the book, read it in 3 days, and started my journey in October 2015.
Week One/Day One. I had to eat what I already had in the house because I didn't grocery shop. What the heck was I thinking? I made it through the day eating complaint but headed to the grocery the next morning. The rest of the week...well I can't really remember because I erased it out of my memory Ha! It was rough. My hardest part of the day is 3pm-9pm. All I want to do is snack and eat lasagna. But, I made it through.
Around Day Seven the fog lifted, the clouds parted and I saw the light! Dramatic, I know but it's true. I didn't realize the affect bad food had been for me. My energy level was up a notch. My wedding ring was feeling not as tight on my finger. How much week had I lost in the first week? I don't know, and I didn't care (and you're not allowed to weigh yourself during the 30 days).
Long story short, 30 days came and went. Besides losing 10lbs (whaaa!?, yay!), I slept better at night, my skin cleared up, and my sugar level (I'm hypoglycemic) was stable. And my energy was crazy...no more crashing at 3:00pm and eating sugar to keep me going.
So now for what I ate (and the pictures). Oh and I completed another round of Whole30 in January and lost another 10lbs. I am now continuing eating the same foods with cheats here and there. I have also started exercising because I don't want my body to get weak and frail. And I also bought new clothes! Ha! Thanks Herringstones, Lucky, and K-Sera for my new outfits! :)
Every meal I incorporated - healthy fat, protein, and at least 2 veges. So here we go....
Breakfast| Eggs. Eggs. Eggs. With veges, avacado, and berries.
Lunch | Leftover supper or usually Salad. I found that Walmart carries these great pre-packaged vege ka-bobs which are very useful for every meal. I used the ka-bobs with my omelets, salads, and saute with meat for supper.
Supper | Shrimp, Pot Roast, Chicken, Fish, Burgers, Chili
Side Dishes | My favorite: Cauliflower Mash. Also, saute veges, baked potatoes (whole or cubed), steamables
Snacks | You'll see my favorites below. Although snacking is kinda a no-no, I broke the rules.
The Whole30 has been the best decision when it comes to my health. I had no idea how bad I felt while eating unhealthy until I started following this plan. The hubby and few other people came aboard with me during my second round and they all say the same - life changing!
If you have any questions, please let me know! If you plan to join us, I recommend getting the Whole30 book. Reading the why behind it and cooking their recipes is what kept me going.