sweet potato and pulled pork sliders with mashed cauliflower
same mashed cauliflower and sweet potato buns as above. microwave some costco pulled pork and build your sliders and enjoy!
what is the hardest part about whole30?
the hardest part of whole30 for me is giving up the social aspect of food-related gatherings. it's hard to say no when we get invitations to go out. it sucks when i'm making cookies for my friend who just had a baby and i can't eat any. it sucks to make dinner for someone else and not be able to taste the food. it just is what it is. so much of our culture is centered around food and i get it. we eat when we're happy, we eat when we're sad, and we're feeling beings. so that is hard. but i just try to remind myself how much money i'm saving by not eating at restaurants, right?
it's also hard to hear criticism. "omg why are you doing that?!" which i understand and all, but I'M DOING THIS BECAUSE I NEVER LEARNED HOW TO EAT HEALTHY AND MY BODY IS A TEMPLE AND I'M TRYING TO LEARN HOW TO TREAT IT RIGHT SO MY DAUGHTER CAN LOVE HER BODY AND HAVE A GOOD SELF ESTEEM AND BE HAPPY AND HEALTHY, OKAY?! seriously though, that's why. it's much easier when people are like, "oh good for you!" or "that's awesome! clean eating yay!" so can you all just say that to me please?
the easiest part of whole30 is that it doesn't restrict your portions. i eat a ton of food and am never hungry. it's hard to fight sugar cravings sometimes, but fighting sugar cravings is nothing comparing to fighting hunger like other diets.
the last time i did whole30 (i did 17 days), i didn't have nearly enough variety in my meals and got bored super quickly. this time around i've tried to be as creative as possible and it's helped a ton. it's also helped to have the whole30 instagrams and other whole30-ers who i stalk regularly for recipe ideas. i've learned a lot about clean eating substitutions and where i can find compliant food. costco and trader joe's are the holy grail. i seriously drove 40 minutes to a certain costco just because they had my apple chicken sausages. i've got issues. i talk more about the tips and tricks that have helped me on my instagram post here.
how do you feel halfway through the whole30?
no lies, days 9-12 i was majorly bloated. they say that's normal and it's the bacteria in your gut adjusting to your new diet, which just sounds really gross. i feel like my legs and hips are smaller, my clothes generally fit better, my skin is clearer, i'm sleeping better, but i'm not like dropping a pant size or anything...yet. i try to remind myself that this isn't the whole15, it's the whole30 and if i want full results then i have to do the full program. it's reassuring to read other peoples' accounts of going through the same issues that i am and knowing that my body's reactions are normal. it also has made me more aware of my body's reactions in general, which makes me think about what i'm putting into it and helps me make smart, conscious food choices. i think that's why the program is so successful, it's not just a quick-fix or a blind diet, you are learning so much about yourself and your body. i just ordered a probiotic and i've tried increasing my water intake and that has helped with the bloating.
what's on your whole30 shopping list?
bacon (check the labels, get the one with no sugar. i know it has nitrates in it, but i eat a lot of bacon and this by far the best deal. don't be crazy.)
boneless skinless chicken breast
adel's apple chicken sausage
roasted red pepper and spinach chicken sausage
compliant marinara sauce (i got the victoria white linen collection brand and it is super good.)
grapes (i love them frozen!)
frozen green beans
larabars (but only if you like the cashew/apple ones. i am not into the apple ones, so it's probably not worth it to buy them here.)
guacamole (i get the little individual containers.)
sweet potatoes (my costco didn't have them)
coconut cream (i love it in soups!)
the grocery store:
carrots (i like to get the kind sliced like chips.)
larabars (i love the coconut cream and blueberry muffin kind!!)
you can also find la croix (compliant flavored sparkling water) and some compliant apple gate farms meat here too, but i am not into sparkling water and haven't tried any apple gate farms yet.
fwew! that was lengthy. i really like you if you're still reading. have i converted you to join me yet? despite all the sad feelings i had today when i gave ava some costco pizza and i just watched, i really love this program and think that it's taught me so much about my body and how to love it and treat it will. i can't wait to see what the next 15 days are like. and let me tell you, there is no person on earth who loves to eat more than i do. if i can do it, you can too. my favorite little snipped from the whole30 creator melissa hartwig is this:
"It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You’ve done harder things than this, and you have no excuse not to complete the program as written. It’s only thirty days, and it’s for the most important health cause on earth – the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime."