Let’s Chat: Whole30 take two!

Y’all I did it! I completed my whole30 and my reintroduction and I’m officially in my food freedom. And needless to say, it feels GOOD! I feel like I finally have an understanding of what foods make me feel my best and which don’t. I feel like I have a relationship with food that I always read about but didn’t really understand. Like “food freedom”, yea okay, pass the Pizza! But it’s REAL!

This was my second take at Whole30 and if you were following along last year, I attempted Whole30 and peace’d out on day 15. Mostly because I was feeling SO hungry! One thing I realized this go around was that last year, it was simple, I was always hungry because I wasn’t eating enough. And I wasn’t eating enough because I was prepping enough food which made me feel restricted and HANGRY!

This time things were different. I had already been eating paleo/whole30ish  most days of the week. I had go-to meals, I knew how to make. Also, SNACKS! Although snacking isn’t encouraged on whole30, as long as your snacks are whole30 compliant then you’re good. In my case snacking was a must. My work schedule is basically 40 in 4. I work 9.5 hours a day, 4 days a week. So having snacks on hand was a no brainer. I developed a very close relationship with CHOMPS meat sticks and RX Bars. Oh and let’s not forget Nutpods Creamer! These 3 products are still staples in my weekly grocery run. Also I’m really excited to say I have a discount code with CHOMPS that I can share with y’all! You can shop online at CHOMPS.COM and receive 15 % off your order plus free shipping with code ‘VEE15’. It seriously makes me so happy to partner with a brand that I love and who creates a clean ingredient product.

I shared the results of my reintro on my instagram, but heres the short version.

Gluten Free Grains: we cool

Dairy: nope, not friends, not even a little bit.

Gluten: I can tolerate small quantities of gluten but too much makes me bloated and lethargic

Legumes: This was the last thing introduced because I honestly don’t eat legumes like that and I didn’t miss them. I did have some this weekend and they made me bloated. Which is 100% okay with me since I never really eat them, not even hummus!

So these were my findings and like I said in my instagram post, this doesn’t mean I’m never having dairy. I mean it was Penny’s birthday this past weekend and I had cake AND pizza LOL. Did it feel great afterwards? Not even a little! my face was puffy and I felt like like I could sleep 18 hours straight, HA! But that’s okay with me because I know that’s not a frequent occurrence. So sometimes yea, I’m going to have pizza and cheese and some flan from my favorite bakery. For me that’s my food freedom. Knowing what makes me feel good, what doesn’t and having it anyway with no guilt or even second guessing it because it tastes so DAMN GOOD!

Oh and I finally stepped on the scale last week and I lost a whole 4 pounds, LOL! Even though weight loss was not the point of my whole30, I honestly thought I lost more weight. I felt SO MUCH lighter during and after my whole30. Since I removed all the foods that were making me feel bloated and sluggish, I’m sure that’s why me feeling “light” was more internally than actual body weight. I’m planning on putting together a post with all the recipes I found and loved during my whole30 and other meals I had on repeat. Also some of my favorite food bloggers!

I did want to include the following tips that I found helpful during my whole30 —

• Don’t do a whole30 when you have a lot going on that month. If you are going on vacation or going to a wedding or maybe you have a girl’s night planned. For me, I made sure I had nothing going on and it made it 1000% easier to be able to commit to my whole30.

• Don’t force anyone or guilt someone who doesn’t truly want to do a whole30, do it with you. I did that with Ben last year and when he ducked out it really threw me off.

• Have whole30 compliant versions of your favorite staples. I’m talking ketchup, mayo, hot sauce, mustard, coconut aminos instead of soy sauce was a must for me.

• Get excited about trying a new recipe. Especially a whole30 version of your favorite dish!

Hope this was helpful for anyone curious about whole30. Thanks for reading and if you are looking for more info on Whole30 I wrote this post last year when I did it for the first time and there are also tons of resources over at whole.com!



Let’s Chat: My Whole30-ish Experience!


Hey there!

Last month I decided to finally do it! I was curious, I was excited and felt like I’ve been basically eating Whole30-ish anyway, so why not make it, “Instagram official” and commit to it for 30 days! So I decided that May would be the month for me to try Whole30 and reap all the benefits I’ve heard so much about. Better sleep and glowy skin here I come! 

If you are not familiar with Whole30, here is a quick break down. For 30 days you remove the following foods from your diet:

  • Dairy
  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Sugar – real and artificial 
  • Alcohol

Basically, whole30 is about eating REAL FOOD! No processed junk, YES, even if it says ALL NATURAL on it, LOL! Checking ingredients and sticking to whole foods. Check out the whole30 website here, for more details!

The idea is to remove these foods for 30 days and slowly reintroduce them into your diet one by one and see how your body reacts! Hense, you figure out which foods make your body thrive and which make you want to take a 10 hr nap!

What caught my interest about Whole30, was it wasn’t a weight loss diet. I loved that the goal of Whole30 wasn’t to lose weight or get “summa ready”, It’s about finding the foods that make you feel like your best-self. And let me tell you, even though my Whole30 only lasted 15 days, due to not planning properly on my end, I was able to see which foods don’t agree with me after slowly reintroducing them back into my diet. 

I know some people may look at Whole30 as extremely restrictive, and they are 100% right, Ha! But the truth is, if you plan ahead and take advantage of the unlimited resources over at Whole30, you can do this without feeling like you’re punishing yourself!

The issue that I had was not planning my meals and not stretching out the food I had. I ended up eating through my food way too fast which caused me to go to the grocery store 3 times a week for more food. Other things like my damn oven being broken, Ben being out of town for work and riding solo on the parenting bus, contributed to my poor meal planning but I wont make excuses! Truth is, I am not a good planner in general and I am much better in a team than solo for this kind of stuff. Ben was supposed to start his Whole30 with me when he came back from his trip but ended up abandoning me. I guess the whole “for better or worse” in our wedding vows didn’t include Whole30, LOL!

So after my Whole15, I was eager to reintroduce the foods I missed! I started with oats and then moved on to my other favorites like pasta and rice. And you know what I realized?! All 3 of those foods made me feel bloated! Also, I felt full after only a few bites. As much as I craved them, once I ate them I felt like I kind of put, “the pasta on a pedestal”, if you know what I mean! Same with dairy. It just wasn’t all that. This process has really helped me realize which foods make me feel my best and which don’t. yay! 

Now I’m not saying I am going to stay away from these foods foreva eva, But now I know what to expect if I decide to eat them. Whole30’s goal is to give you food freedom and learn more about what your body thrives on. And this is different for everyone!

The question I’ve been asked the most is:

Would you try Whole30 again?

My answer: Hell yeah! And the next time I do it I will make sure I am fully prepared and I guilt trip my husband to doing it with me. Maybe even encourage other friends to do it with me. It’s just more fun that way! 

Another question I’ve been asked is how am I eating now? 

If I had to pick a way of eating, I’d say paleo with a side of ish (paleo-ish) with a side of vegetarian and sometimes even pescatarian, LOL! Okay, honestly I don’t label my diet. I don’t find any benefit personally to do so. Sometimes I eat meat and sometimes I can go weeks without it. Same with dairy and sugar. I love the idea of buying organic and minimally processed foods but spending $8 on an organic head of broccoli is just not happening people! I do my best and am realistic when I grocery shop. Whole30 helped me realize which foods make me feel my best, which has helped me in so many ways! Better sleep and more energy were the ones I noticed the most. And if you have kids you know how important those two are!

I will be working on a post about meals I had during my Whole30 and new foods I discovered from places like Thrive Market and Trader Joes. So stay tuned!

I hope this blog post was helpful for anyone doing Whole30 or thinking about it! Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions. I would be happy to answer them!