Almost exactly one year ago I decided to try Whole 30 for the first time. I did not enjoy it! I never reached the point of a revolutionized life, care free, full of joy living on nothing but veggies and meat. Nope. I quickly went back to my old eating habits. I did learn a lot though. It highlighted for me the times that I comfort eat, beliefs I had about fat that aren’t really true, and my need for more smaller meals throughout the day. Most days I found I just didn’t eat often enough.
So fast forward one year and I found myself experiencing some of the same stomach issues that caused me to start Whole 30 before. Despite my not so awesome experience, I decided to try it again. This time around I can honestly say it has been much better and even, dare I say, easier. The learning curve wasn’t quite as bad. I prepped more food in advance, ate lots of good fat early in the day, ate more often, and generally have felt better. Meal planning and prepping 2 meals for dinner is still hard but I’m making it.
I have had a few cheat meals (glass of wine, bite of ice cream, or handful of chocolate chips) here and there but for the most part have been whole 30 for soon to be 2 months. I haven’t lost any weight so if that’s your motivator it might not be for you. I wasn’t going to blog about Whole 30 this time around since I already did once but I did want to share some of my favorite recipes. I basically eat eggs, meat, and oven roasted veggies for my meals. Apples, bananas, or celery with almond butter and nuts or banana chips for snacks.
- Mayonnaise! Seriously, not a mayo fan until I started this but without cheese or carbs its nice to have something to add to lettuce wraps. In the recipe it says make sure everything is room temperature- that is for real! I added lemon that had been in the fridge and it didn’t set. I couldn’t save it.
- Cilantro Mayo– love this stuff. I eat it on everything- eggs, meat, fish, avocados, veggies, chicken salad.
- Chicken Salad– I make this stuff every week just to have in the fridge for an easy lunch or snack on banana chips. I don’t usually have grapes and I add apple.
- Pesto– I love pesto so this really helps add some flavor to yesterdays leftover oven roasted veggies or zucchini noodles. I’ve also added a little coconut milk and an avocado to make it creamier when I wanted a different texture.
- Chocolate Date Balls– While technically whole 30 compliant, it doesn’t really follow the spirit of the diet and breaking from all treats. But I like ’em. I’ve added almond butter and sometimes make without the coconut if I don’t have any.