So last week Tanner and I finished our first round of Whole 30. For those who aren’t familiar, Whole 30 is a 30 day clean eating plan aiming to cleanse your body and reprogram your relationship with food. This means cutting out sugars, grains, dairy, and legumes, and focusing on eating meats, vegetables, and fruits. (You can find out more about it on their website here) While we normally try to eat healthy, after the holidays we felt that we needed a reset. I had heard of others following the plan and loving how they felt as a result so we decided to give it a shot.
One of the biggest adjustments right off the bat was planning. To remove temptations We had to clean out the fridge and the cabinets, so we couldn’t just grab something easy to fix for a meal. I tried to plan the first week but I think I ended up running to the store after work for one thing or another like four times that week. Week 2 was a bit easier, and by week 3 I had a better idea of how much food we would eat and how many meals to prepare so it didn’t take as much time or energy.
The second biggest adjustment was the amount of time I had to spend in the kitchen. Everything had to be prepared in the evening because of work during the day, so my evening usually consisted of cooking dinner, washing dishes, fixing lunches, washing dishes, and preparing something for breakfast (oh, and then washing dishes again 😵 did I mention we don’t have a dishwasher?). Most of the time we could eat leftovers from dinner for lunch the next day, though that just meant we wouldn’t have them for dinner and I would have to fix another meal. Breakfast was harder though, since my usual breakfast plan was to grab instant oatmeal to eat once I got to school and Tanner always ate cereal.
Eggs, eggs, eggs. That is what we ate for breakfast, plain or accompanied by chicken sausage and wilted kale. Until I stumbled upon grainless “oatmeal” over at Something Swanky (recipe here). This was a lifesaver. Sweet and filling and easy to make? Done. I omitted the dates, sliced a banana on top, and used coconut milk instead of cashew, but I am indebted to this blog for providing a yummy eggless option for whole 30.
Our favorite dinner option was buffalo ranch stuffed peppers (recipe from Primarily Inspired here). Normally I am not a spicy food person at all, but something about the combination of the hot sauce and butter on the chicken, topped with cool guacamole, was just so good.
Results? Honestly I didn’t feel that different. Tanner lost a few pounds but other than that neither of us saw drastic differences in the way we looked or felt. Probably because we weren’t eating that badly to begin with. However, it was nice knowing that everything we were putting into our bodies was good for us and that we didn’t need all of that other stuff to eat well. Would we recommend it? Absolutely! At times it was tough to be disciplined but it was worth it to reset the way we think about the food that we are putting into our bodies. Actually, we are unofficially continuing to eat this way even though the 30 days are up. We decided that the meals we eat at home will be whole 30, and then if we decide to go out to eat or are with other people we will eat “normally”. Why not?