Apparently there was a “thing” to do Whole30 for the month of September, but your girl missed that memo so we’re comin’ in hot for October! I’ve been contemplating and considering doing Whole30 for months, after I was gifted It Starts with Food for Christmas. Basically, I was totally convinced and excited by the theory behind it, but afraid I wouldn’t be able to give up dairy milk in my coffee or being able to curb my carb-y cravings (this is the ish part of me being Paleo-ish). Those were the only things holding me back (!).
Over the past few months, I noticed a pattern emerging in my lifestyle where I was snacking quite often (when I wasn’t/shouldn’t have been hungry), feeling bloated, getting intense cravings late at night, and overall not feeling very good in my skin. I was eating clean, working out, and trying to be “mindful” about my health, but something wasn’t working. Some feelings and thoughts from my ED days in college were sneaking in again, too (YIKES). I was even feeling some guilt/shame about trying to promote myself as a “healthy and balanced” food blogger while I was most definitely not feeling very balanced. I kept thinking about that quote that goes something like “You can’t keep doing the same thing and expect a different result” – and I decided to give Whole30 a try. I’ve been in need of a full-body reset!
In you’re unfamiliar, Whole30 is “a short-term nutrition reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.” It’s discouraged to think of this as a “diet” – because it’s not (even though Wikipedia describes it as a fad diet!). By eliminating sugar and artificial sweeteners, grains, legumes, dairy, and processed foods, and consuming lots of veggies, fruit, meat, eggs, and natural fats, the idea is that you “push the reset button with your health, habits, and relationship with food, and the downstream physical and psychological effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day-to-day life, long term health, body composition, and feelings around food.”
Say no more. I’m sold.
As luck would have it, the Whole30 program is pretty similar to the Paleo diet, and I’ve been creating Paleo recipes for years! After digging through the archives, I found some Whole30-approved recipes to resurrect this month:
- Paleo Chicken Tikka Masala with Spiced Cauliflower Rice
- Garlic Roasted Veggies
- Easy Paleo Salsa Chicken Skillet
- Avocado Deviled Eggs
- Empadão Sweet Potato Boats
- Paleo Broccoli Tots
- Curried Butternut Squash Soup
What I’ve Stocked Up On:
Veggies: Bagged lettuces, carrots, mushrooms, cauliflower, zucchini, butternut squash, sweet potatoes
Fruits: Nectarines, plums, apples
Fats: Olive oil, avocado oil, dry roasted mixed nuts, avocados
TONS OF EGGS
So what am I hoping to get out of doing Whole30?
If I can quit mindless snacking, constant bloat, and late-night eating, I’ll consider that a big w-i-n.
I’ll circle back at the end of the program to share how it went. If you want to follow along with me on Instagram, I’ll most likely be sharing lots there, too.
Have you done Whole30 before? Are there any recipes or brands I should try? Let me know!