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.
- 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!Keep in touch with me:
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