As a bread, cheese & peanut butter lover, this Whole30 challenge is pretty darn hard. If you haven’t heard of Whole30 you can read up about it on their website. They call it a short-term nutrition reset. It requires you to cut out all sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, carrageenan, MSG, sulfites, baked goods & junk foods for 30 days. So, pretty much everything I eat on a daily basis.
Let’s start off with the fact that I gained 40lbs with Maya, just like I did with her brother. However, unlike with her brother, the weight is not falling off. It’s lingering. In my arms, legs and belly. I’m going to the gym 3-4 days a week taking Body Pump, Barre, and Cycle classes but I knew I needed to change my diet if I really wanted to see results. I know a lot of people who have loved and had success with this Whole30 challenge, so I thought I’d try it too.
I’ve been feeling pretty good overall. Just missing my normal go-to foods. Also, you know how hard it is not to grab a handful of Goldfish for yourself after you’ve put some on your toddlers plate?! I’ve been spending a lot of time on Pinterest trying to find recipes for foods that I am used to eating but just needed a little tweaking to stick to the Whole30 compliant list. I’ve gotten a lot of great recipes from this blog, this one & this one. I’m a pretty picky eater so the first week I pretty much found a recipe I liked and stuck with it. A lot of what we made this week was interchangeable for all meals. What I’ve listed for lunch, I’ve also eaten for dinner and what I’ve listed for dinner, I’ve also eaten for lunch. I’ll explore more in week two ;)
Breakfast: I’ve eaten this Breakfast Hash every morning and I can’t get enough. It’s insanely delicious and my husband even loves it too. I make a big batch twice a week and split it up between him and I.
Lunch: I either eat whatever is left over from dinner the night before or I’ve been loving this Buffalo Ranch Chicken Salad. Eat it with some cucumbers or in a half an avocado and it’s delicious. I started eating this Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet meal before Whole30 but it still works for this program too and I love it. Just skip the mozzarella cheese at the end…. still tastes great! All types of chicken salads have been on the menu this week.
Dinner: Two of my favorite dinners was this bacon wrapped chicken. I made sure to use Whole30 approved bacon on my pieces of chicken and then my husband used standard bacon for his. Anything with bacon involved is a win in our house. This fajita burger is another one of my favorites. I made a bunch of patties and had some for left over, which is always great for a busy Mama. Such a simple and quick recipe, which is great for a week night meal. I made a small mason jar full of this fajita seasoning because I make tacos/fajitas a lot and it’s nice to have on hand ha! I mixed 2 tsps of this seasoning into the ground beef patties and cooked them on the grill (well my husband cooked them). My husband added cheese and ate his on a hamburger bun but I left of the cheese off and ate them in a lettuce wrap. A few other recipes we’ve had this week:
Snacks: Carrot and this homemade ranch sauce. Extra crispy sweet potato fries (dipped in the homemade ranch sauce too. Yum)! They are a great side for dinner as well. Larbars have definitely been my go too snack…. so good! Make sure you are eating the Whole30 approved bars though. I used this chart to help me. I might try to make my own soon because as good as they are, these babies can be expensive!
With all that being said, I’ve gotten through week one and two days of week two. It’s a very restrictive program and I miss carbs but I’m getting through it. I’m definitely feeling the results, which I am very happy about! :)
I’ll post more recipes I’ve found and loved during week two if you’re interested. Stay tuned!