So Justin and I started our January Whole 30 on the 2nd and I had every intention to post about it weekly and share my favorite recipes and how it was going and what not. Well that obviously did not happen because here we are going into week three and I’m just now getting around to it. Oh well, such is life, am I right?!
So, if you’re not familiar with the Whole 30 challenge let me just give you a run down of the basics. It’s not a diet. It’s a reset. Or I like to think of it as a cleanse. For 30 days you are eating nothing but really good clean, whole foods.
These are the “no” foods:
No sugar. (Not even honey or maple syrup)
No “paleo-ified” desserts or breads.
These are the “yes” foods:
Tree nuts, Seeds
It seemed pretty daunting at first, but there are so many things still on the “yes” list, I knew it was possible.
One of the great things about it is that you aren’t counting calories or anything like that. Calorie counting is just not something that I could ever get into. Plus, with PCOS, calorie counting isn’t super effective. It’s the types of foods I put into my body that make a difference.
Anyways, half-way through and so far, so good! I like how I’m feeling. I have more energy throughout the day, I’m sleeping better (now that my girls are feeling better and sleeping through the night again), my skin has cleared up, my daily heartburn is gone, I’m able to focus better and get more done throughout the day, among many other things! I guess those things are what you would call my “non-scale victories!”
That’s one of the other rules, no weighing yourself during these 30 days. Now, if I’m being honest, I did weigh myself before this started, but that’s because I’m a part of a different weight loss group/challenge with other moms of multiples. (I’ll let you know how that’s going later on).
Since we are halfway through, I figured I’d share some of our favorite things that we have had so far on our Whole 30 journey!
Most of our recipes we’ve used have come from the new Whole 30 Cookbook! We’ve also found great recipes on pinterest and other blogs as well! I’ll link to those if they’re pictured below.
*Disclaimer: I am by no means a food photographer nor was I trying too hard with these photos! They are all taken with my iPhone! 🙂
Now I know this first one doesn’t look pretty but I promise it was really good! And most of the ingredients were from leftovers from a different meal we made the night before! Bonus! This is from the Whole 30 Cookbook and it has sweet potato patties with shredded beef (cooked in the crockpot) topped with poached eggs and homemade salsa verde! It seemed like an odd combination to me at first but I actually really like it! I doubled the recipe for the salsa verde and we’ve eaten that on lots of other stuff too!
Again, not the prettiest of pictures! I’ve never made homemade meatballs before but these made me want to always have some on hand in the freezer or something! We used ground turkey and they turned out so so good! We ate them over zoodles and Whole30 compliant tomato sauce!
This chicken dish is actually the cover photo on the cookbook! I wasn’t sure Justin would like it because it has dates and kalamata olives in it but he really enjoyed it!
I’ve made chicken in a skillet like this twice now and I’m kinda diggin’ it! It has been really fun for me to learn how to cook with more seasonings and more flavors! I’ve never really liked cooking much, but this has been rewarding and satisfying!
So there you have it. Hopefully I haven’t scared you off from the idea of doing a Whole30 Challenge yourself! I’m excited to see how I’m feeling after the full 30 days and to be able to have a good knowledge of how my body feels when I eat certain things!
Have you done the Whole30 Challenge yourself?! What were some of your favorite things you ate while during your 30 days? I’d love to know!