Whole 30 Results

Whole 30 Results

I did it! Yesterday was Day 30 of my Whole 30 challenge and I’m SO SO SO happy ūüôā It was definitely a challenge, but I would say that the benefits are worth the sacrifices you make. You can refer to my week recaps to read more about what I ate, and how I felt about it (Week 1,¬†Week 2,¬†Week 3,¬†Week 4).

The Good: My whole 30 experience was actually pretty chill. I didn’t have the sugar detox, I didn’t have major cravings, and I didn’t have any aches or pains from the dietary switch up. I did sleep relatively well (this has never been a big problem for me). My skin was good most of the time (except during my period), and my workouts were great! I also ate a larger variety of meat. I’m a total carnivore, but I usually shy away from high calorie meat, so eating tons of beef was A-okay with me.

The Bad: 4 weekends sans alcohol takes a bit of a toll on your social life. Sad but true. I’m 23, so what do you think most of my friends like to do on the weekends? Another thing, I think it was about half way through that I just completed hated eating anything. No food sounded good, and I had to force myself to eat so I wouldn’t have to deal with my hunger pains. I got over this during week 4.

The Ugly: There were a lot of aspects of this diet I disagreed with, but I made a commitment to follow the rules, so that’s what I did. I HATE how the entire Whole 30 site sounds like it’s shaming any non-plan food. Legumes, low fat dairy, and whole grains are not bad for you, and it really pissed me off that the site makes it seem like they are.

Results: I lost 4 pounds, 1.5″ off my hips, 1″ off my waist, and 1″ off each leg. I’m happy with these results, and even though it might be hard to tell in the photos, I’m smaller than I’ve ever been. All of my shorts are big on me!

The Future: I like this diet. I like how it made me feel, and look. For these reasons I’m going to stick it out and use Whole 30 as a baseline to my diet 80% of the time. I’m going to reintroduce legumes (hummus, peanut butter, and beans), dairy (as a treat), and alcohol on Friday & Saturdays (because social life, ya know?).

Do you have any questions about Whole 30? I’d be happy to answer them!

P.S. I did not get a tan, the lighting is just a bit different!

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Whole 30: Week 4

Whole 30 Week 4

Well here we are, we’ve almost made it to the finish line! Too bad it’s not the Whole 28, ya know what I mean? But I’ve been feeling pretty good this week, definitely better than last week I’d say. I still cannot look at another scrambled egg or baked chicken breast (too much of a good thing).

Food 

Breakfasts:¬†So I’m 100% over the egg game. I managed to have scrambled eggs and a plain omelette two days of the week. But I also took to shakes this week. While shakes are discouraged, which I wholeheartedly disagree with by the way, it was necessary for me if I was going to try to eat breakfast. For these shakes I used banana, strawberry, and egg whites! It was filling and delicious.

Lunches:¬†CHICKEN, we need a break. You’ve gotten me through 28 days, but I literally can’t even with you anymore. I had baked chicken and veggies all week. I’ve also come to the conclusion that pistachios and raisins are soulmates.

Dinners:¬† This was a good week for dinners! Lots of beef (NOMZ). Lean ground beef, ground turkey, eggs, and bacon made an appearance this week. I’ve also realized I’m completely obsessed with potatoes and plantains! Of course lots of veggies were also on the menu. I find frozen veggies so disgusting, that I insist we buy fresh produce. Frozen vegetables are just way too mushy for my taste.

Feelings

Peaks:

  • My clothes are still fitting loosely.
  • My workouts continue to be strong, and I’m feeling lighter during my runs (placebo?)
  • I’ve been sleeping pretty well this past week, but I don’t feel like it’s an insane improvement to how I usually sleep.

Pits: 

  • This was my fourth weekend of sobriety, and I’m feeling a little like I’m a prisoner in my apartment. I need to go out!
  • I’m not really craving any off-plan food. I just want peanut butter and popcorn. But not together, that’d be kinda weird. But maybe, kinda delicious.
  • I’ve started stressing about the reintroduction phase, and slipping back into old habits. But I’m sure it’ll be fine!

Only 2 more days until I’ve completed my Whole 30 adventure!

Whole 30: Week 3

whole 30 week 3

Hello friends! I’m three weeks in to my Whole 30 challenge, and it feels kinda like this is never going to end. I’ve come to the point where I hate eating. It’s not fun, it’s literally just a means to an end AKA not being hungry. I kind of assume that’s what this diet is supposed to do to you, but come on.

Food 

Breakfasts:¬†I couldn’t get myself to meal prep another egg dish. So I decided to live the scrambled egg life and just ate before work. I’m getting REAL sick of eating eggs. For real guys. The struggle is very real.

Lunches:¬†Chicken was on the menu again. I didn’t make any sweet potatoes for the week because of my epic fails the week prior. I stuck to chicken, bell peppers, carrots, grape tomatoes, and unsalted nuts. Living the high life over here. BUT my dad did make a surprise trip into the city and we got brunch (pictured above).

Dinners:  I tried an amazing way of cooking chicken. The key is BRINING! Life changing advice really, it makes the chicky so moist and delicious. We also had crock pot steak tips, ground turkey with avocado, and eggs & bacon.

Feelings

Peaks:

  • ¬†Guys, I feel like my stomach is the flattest it’s ever been! I can kinda see my lil abs trying to peak through.
  • My workouts continue to be really good, especially my runs!
  • Clear skin is back, my sleeping is great (I woke up at 7:30am on Saturday all on my own), and my clothes are all fitting on the loose side.

Pits: 

  • I felt a bit bloated over the weekend, not sure why because my diet has remained super consistent.
  • I just want some popcorn and alcohol, is that too much to ask for.
  • 100% over food. Like even the idea of non-compliant food feels very “meh.” What’s even the point of eating? I’m over it, but I still get hungry so I guess I have to keep eating.

I only have 8 days left, LEGGO. 

Whole 30: Week 2

Whole 30 Week 2

Hello friends! I’m two weeks in to my Whole 30 challenge, and it feels kinda like two years…

Food 

Breakfasts:¬†I tried another egg bake this week. This time I omitted the asparagus, and added in some lean ground turkey. Let me tell you, it was great! But, I did make the mistake of using paper cups that basically became one with my little egg muffins (pictured above). Hard to peel, but easy to devour. For the weekend I’ve been living off paleo oatmeal (pictured above). Really don’t give two shits if this falls under the whole “sex with your pants on” category. It’s just banana + 2 eggs.

Lunches:¬†Chicken and sweet potatoes were on the menu this week. I made a huge batch of frozen chicken in the crock pot on Sunday night (chicken + tomatoes + onion), and it lasted me the entire week. I used lettuce as a faux tortilla. PS I failed at making sweet potato fries not once, but twice. Also, I tried to do the thing where you cook a sweet potato in the microwave and managed to eff that up as well…

Dinners:  Lots of variations in dinner this week. Except I HAD to repeat paleo nachos because it was so delicious, I also had breakfast for dinner one night (my fav)! Meats: pork, ground beef, chicken, and ground turkey all made appearances as well + lots of veggies (duh)!

Feelings

Peaks:

  • ¬†Guys, I feel like my stomach is the flattest it’s ever been!
  • I tried on all of my summer shorts that were a little tighter than I would have liked this summer, and guess what? They’re loosey goosey on me now #nonscalevictory!
  • My sister got a food processor and we made our own nut butter! It’s my new favorite, although I must admit that they’d taste better with just a touch of sweetness (agave, honey, anything).

Pits: 

  • I got a giant ass pimple
  • My period came 2 whole days early (TMI?),
  • and I really really really wanted alcohol.

Any snack suggestions?

Whole 30: Week 1

Whole 30 Week 1

Hello friends! I’m one week into my Whole 30 challenge and I’m feeling pretty great ūüôā

Food 

Breakfasts: I made a really nasty egg bake that I tried eating the first 2 days, but it was so disgusting I had apples with almond butter the rest of the work week. It was nice to have time during the weekend to make scrambled eggs, avocado, chicken sausage (whole foods) and honeydew

Lunches: I cooked up a giant batch of grilled chicken and sweet potatoes to bring to work. I also had some carrots, peppers, and cherry tomatoes. I’m pretty tired of that, so I’m going to switch it up this week.

Dinners:  For protein I had chicken with salsa, fried eggs, steak, shrimp, and ground beef. Veggies consisted of zucchini, potatoes (really more of a carb), broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, and mushrooms.

Feelings

Peaks: This week wasn’t too hard, maybe because it was the first week but the plan seems like it’ll be pretty manageable. I never went through the “detox” phase #blessed, and I always felt pretty full between meals. As a constant snacker, this was a big win for me. My workouts were also pretty solid, and I’ve been completing my usual 2.5-3 mile runs with ease, not sure if it’s related to whole 30, but I’ll just say that it is. Also my stomach is already looking flatter to me (placebo effect?).

Pits: Not gunna lie, I had some cravings, but I always have cravings that I’m pretty good at ignoring. I really missed bread and cheese sticks. This weekend sans drinking was a bit sad (I MISS YOU WINE!), but my sister and her boyfriend are doing it too, which definitely helps #StrengthInNumbers.

I’ve already gone grocery shopping for week 2, and I’m excited to try some new recipes. Can’t wait to see how I feel post week 2 (praying I avoid the “bloated” phase.

Hello 2016

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Hi Friends! We’re one (work) week into 2016, and I’m feeling pretty damn good. I’m on day 6 of ¬†Whole 30¬†and it’s going well. I thought I’d share a couple New Years resolutions. I know it sounds cliche, but even though it’s really just another month, there’s definitely a cleansing feeling that revolves around a ~new year~. Don’t you think? I also want to share some things I’m looking forward to in 2016!

Resolutions Goals:

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  1. Complete the Whole 30 challenge
  2. Grow up, and stop making vodka diets my drink of choice
  3. Read 1 book a month. Not Harry Potter…
  4. MAKE more things (food, crafts, memories)
  5. Take candid pictures/bring my Nikon places
  6. Eat more veggies
  7. Assert myself #sorrynotsorry

Looking Forward To

goalz

  1. GETTING MARRIED!!!
  2. Honeymoon
  3. Feeling comfortable at my job (no longer a super newbie!)
  4. Summertime Chi, there’s no place like it
  5. Holidays (it’s pathetic, but I’m still sad holiday season 2015 is over).