Happy May!

Well I apologize for being MIA these past couple of weeks.  Sometimes life just happens and you have to focus your attention on things that truly matter.  This whole blogging thing is a lot of fun, but I think it forces too much emphasis on the internet, Instagram and Facebook.  Sometimes it’s good to take a little break from these to really live in the moment and enjoy those around you.

That being said, I wanted to tell you all about my whole 30 experience!  I had done it once before, and now this will be my second time going “full out” and adhering to the rules as much as I could.  That being said, it is important to note that when I was 4 months out from having Marissa, I tried to do it.  I did just about 2 weeks, and let me tell you it was the best thing ever.  I had bad carpal tunnel in both wrists.  These symptoms started during pregnancy, and lingered until 4 months out.  After going to the Dr. and them telling me I needed surgery, and my carpal tunnel was moderate in both wrists, I decided to give it more time.  Enter the whole 30…within that two weeks my symptoms were GONE.  I no longer have to wear my really cute wrist braces, and I stopped waking up in pain.  This was probably my most important whole 14 yet ;).  But the whole 30 is hard.  Doing this plan when you are dealing with hard life issues, a newborn, etc. may not be realistic, and that’s ok.  Just think about doing it when you are motivated and in a good place.

What you may not know about me is that I am a certified nutritionist.  I don’t really practice anymore, but nutrition has always been interesting and important to me.  I have learned a lot over the years, and I think the whole 30 is a good place to start if you are new to nutrition.  I did the program because of gut issues and digestive issues.  Plus I think it really reduces pain and inflammation, exhibit A- my carpal tunnel problem.

The Whole 30 is a plan that eliminates all potential dietary destroyers, gut destroyers and inflammation causers.  You will eat a lot of meat, fish, eggs, veggies, fruits, and healthy fats in the form of nuts and oils.  You will not eat grains, legumes, dairy or sugar (among the big ones).  This plan is not considered a diet, rather a reset.  It is also essentially an elimination diet.  If you feel great on the plan, which I think you will, then you can slowly add items back into your diet to see what is causing you the most distress.  Overall, my results were good.  I felt slimmer, my pants fit looser, I lost 2-3 lbs (not a lot, but my body composition changed), and I felt happier and healthier.  There were trying moments, and a couple of cheats.  I think the only things I “cheated” on were having a glass of wine here or there.  I would say I probably had 4 drinks in the whole month, and this didn’t throw off my progress too much.  My other cheat that I allow myself is stevia.  The books (which I will link below) ask you to eliminate all sugar and sugar substitutes.  Personally, I just like having stevia in my coffee, and I didn’t think it would really deter me greatly, and it didn’t.  However, I have had an allergy test done, so I know what affects me more than others, and stevia is not one of those things…sugar is.

At the end of a whole 30, it can be difficult to know where to go next.  I just started reading the new book by Melissa Hartwig and it is great!  It is helping me discover a plan that I can live with for the rest of my life.  It recommends keeping with the good wholesome nutrition principles most of the time, allowing yourself those items you truly want, and going back to the whole 30 when you need a reset.  With summer basically 30 days away, today would be a great time to start with that whole 30 plan.  I hope you enjoy my food pics and book recommendations.  Food credit to my husband for making me delicious whole 30 dinners.  The lunches and breakfasts weren’t as pretty 🙂

A typical day looked like this:

Breakfast- eggs and banana cooked in coconut oil spray, coffee with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and stevia

Snack- breakfast sausages (TJ’s has an approved one with no sugar) or homemade trail mix with raisins, nuts, unsweetened coconut and plantain chips

Lunch- leftovers from dinner- usually a protein, veggie and maybe potatoes.  Loved the whole 30 chili on multiple occasions

Snack pm- RX bar (LOVE THESE)– not all are whole 30 approved, all BUT the Coffee Chocolate are delicious.

Dinner- see below

Post dinner snack- a half of banana with almond butter and cinnamon, chia pudding with almond milk and chia seeds, or raisins (probably ate too many of these but whatever, I needed something).

Also, I really debated posting this pic I snapped towards the end of the program, but I thought, it was my progress, and I was really just taking it to decide between a color on a swimsuit.  But really, trying on swimsuits is a lot more fun now.

Smoked tri-tip, asparagus, garlic and horseradish (plain)

Pulled pork, asparagus, yukon potatoes, guacamole

Cilantro carrots, turkey burger, avocado, jalapeño

Roasted chicken, green beans, white and orange sweet potatoes

Aidell’s sausage, fruit, asparagus, and roasted garlic

Broccoli Slaw with raisins, turkey burger, whole 30 bbq sauce (french fries are kind of a cheat, but not technically on the plan unless cooked at home with the right ingredients)

Head to http://www.whole30.com for more free information- the first time I did the program, this is all I used.  And don’t forget to follow up with me!  If you are at all interested in my nutritional counseling, I love to help all interested!

Books

If you love a LOT of explanation- It Starts with Food

If you want some good direction and recipes- The Whole 30 Day Guide

After the program- what I am reading now- Food Freedom Forever