February 18, 2015

Whole30 Thoughts and Resources

I am a little over half of the way through the Whole30 program and I thought I would share how I’ve been feeling and some helpful resources I’ve been using along the way. My main concern going into the Whole30 wasn’t the fact that I couldn’t eat dairy, grains or legumes but the fact that I couldn’t touch sugar- in any way, shape or form. No honey, no maple syrup no nothing. My other concern (and a big one) was no alcohol–which meant no craft beer on the weekends and no nightly glass of red wine. I have to admit, I HAVE slipped a few times on this one…but I’ll get to that once the challenge is completely over. For now, here are my thoughts:

How I Feel After 15 Days on the Whole30

  • I have more energy. Honestly, this didn’t kick in until about day six or seven for me. I feel like I am someone who has an ample amount of energy throughout the day (thanks to adequate sleep and working out) but now instead of wanting to dive-bomb into the couch around 8pm, I feel like I want to clean the entire house or run up and down the stairs…none of which actually really happen.
  • I feel full. Not all the time, but a lot. It took me almost a week to slowly incorporate more healthy fats into my meals. I was terrified to eat a whole avocado AND some bacon AND fried eggs but now it’s a normal thing. I also eat three strict meals a day, rarely with snacks in between with the exception of a half a LARABAR or handful of cashews if I know I need a bit more energy for an intense workout. I used to be starving by 10am too, now I can last until 12:30 or 1:00 for lunch.
  • I’m stronger. Now, I am not quite sure if this is linked to my eating habits or the fact that I am really getting the hang of CrossFit, but I’ll take it either way!
  • No chocolate (or other sweet) cravings! I am not really a huge dessert fan to start with, but I always could use “just a bite” of chocolate or a scoop of ice-cream to round out the night but lately I haven’t had an urge. Now that we have Girl Scout Cookies in the house, it might be a different story…
  • I have less stomach issues. I used to wake up with terrible stomach pains almost daily. Once I got up and started moving they would subside, but now they are completely gone! I am anxious to start incorporating certain foods back into my diet once the Whole30 is over to see if I can pinpoint exactly what has been causing the issue.


I am a big fan of Liz Wolfe (author of Eat the Yolks) and I love this “Nutrition in 100 Words” poster she designed for Steve’s Paleo Goods because it sums up how I’ve been trying to eat lately. Some other awesome resources I’ve been a fan of include:

  • Nom Nom Paleo
  • Here you will find an entire page dedicated to some pretty delicious Whole30 recipes. Plus, I just think the name is super cute 😉
  • Stupid Easy Paleo
  • Great stop for other Paleo resources, recipes and articles including a quick start to understanding Paleo and frequently asked questions.
  • PaleOMG
  • Julie is probably one of the funniest bloggers out there. Her bio states, “I’m a food hoarder. And really bad dancer.” Love it. She’s an avid CrossFitter and shares weekly recipes including this 5 Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Squash Pie that I will be making next week!
  • The Clothes Make the Girl
  • Melissa shares an abundance of recipes offering different variations for each.  Her Sunshine Sauce is out of this world!
  • The Iron You
  • Mike is a triathlete, yogi, health enthusiast and food lover and the only male  blogger I follow! I can’t wait to try some of his chilis and curries.
  • My Healthy Happy Home
  • I’ve loved reading Giselle’s Whole30 recaps. She has so many yummy recipes and provides awesome tips and encouragement if you are thinking about trying the Whole30!
  • The Little Honey Bee
  • Along with Giselle, Amy has been my other favorite Whole30 blogger. I love all of her advice on meal prepping and sticking with the Whole30. Plus, she is a CrossFitter so it’s fun to follow along with her workouts!

Here’s to the second half of the Whole30!

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  1. Awe thanks for including me! Sounds like you are doing great and are halfway there! Yay!

  2. While I’m not doing W30 the concept is similar to how I eat daily, however I do include some sugar and a glass of wine once a week. What I gather is that whole foods is where it’s at! When I started filling my plate with healthy fats I stayed full linger and less sugar definitely helps with energy. Great job!

    • I agree with everything you said! Sugar and wine are my weakness- not a lot of sugar but some, since it’s in almost everything!

  3. I love Giselle’s blog! I’ll have to check out some of the others on your list too 🙂

  4. So many great resources. I love how you have more energy and your stomach hasn’t been hurting! That’s huge! I’m not sure I could live without sugar though 😉 I am just too picky to give up everything that it is! ha

  5. Did it take you a long time to put meals together? I’m interested in doing the Whole 30, but I’m afraid I’ll end up quitting because it’s not convenient (as horrible as that sounds.)

    • Honestly, not too bad. I use Sundays to do all of my shopping, prepping and cooking and it makes the week so much easier. If I dont have a recipe or dont feel like making anything huge, I always have chicken breast on hand to grill up!

  6. YES!! You have echoed a lot of what I am feeling. Honestly, it isn’t that hard, right? You just have to commit and plan! Can’t wait to hear all your thoughts at the end!

    • Truly it isn’t! As long as you have those Sundays (or whatever day) to meal plan and prep it isnt bad!

  7. I try to follow a pretty whole foods diet when I am preparing my meals. However, it’s when I eat out that I don’t have the same luxury.

    • I agree! Eating out is super difficult I have been finding- its definitely doable but kind of boring options for the most part!

  8. The paleo diet is becoming so crazy popular and I think there are a lot of great aspects to it but overall I have mixed feelings. If people are truly sourcing their meat locally and humanely then I think it’s great but I’m not sure that’s possible for everyone. Then again it might start a new trend that will make it easier for the average person to access which would be awesome.
    At the end of the day, everyone thrives on different things so I like that the Whole 30 allows you to experiment a little to see what works best for your body. But I think it’s ludicrous to ask people to give up drinking wine. No way, Jose! 😉

    • I totally agree! I don’ think I could stick to a 100% Paleo diet for life– mainly because I believe in moderation with all things,especially things you enjoy that might not be deemed “healthy”. As far as wine? So with you on that too!!!

  9. Hi Katie! So awesome that you’re feeling good. I’d imagine it’s tough without wine, but good to know that you are feeling so many other benefits! I want to see some more pictures of your foods!!

    • Thanks, Ashley! I am so bad at remembering to take photos- but I will plan on showing some for next week! 🙂

  10. I’ve heard really good things about Whole30. My friend and I did Paleo over the summer and I noticed a huge difference in how my body felt and my stomach issues were nearly gone too! Dairy has as huge effect on me and I didn’t realize that until I eliminated it from my diet. Glad to hear it’s working well for you! Do you think you will continue with it?

    • Hi Emily- that’s awesome!I agree that my body does not get along with dairy. I think I will carry some things over after the Whole30 is over (like no dairy, or a significant decrease in dairy) but sugar and grains I will probably add back in!

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