We made it! We completed a Whole30.
When we decided to do Whole30 we were using it as a motivator. We know how to eat well, but sometimes and recently more often than not choose not to. But on Whole30 you are forced to make pretty much everything you consume at home. So we found ourselves out at restaurants very few times. It was a great way for us to get back on track, but I enjoy going out to eat with friends and just having a night off from cooking every once in a while. We did venture out about 3 times and always ended up with lettuce wrapped burgers. Red Robin isn’t a place we go to often, but when you are doing a Whole30 it’s actually a pretty easy way to enjoy a meal out. Although I was distracted with a baby while ordering and forgot to ask for my burger without cheese. Ah, well, so my Whole30 wasn’t perfect. I peeled off as much as I could and didn’t worry about the rest.
What did I miss
Wine and ice cream. I didn’t break my sweets habit, probably because I was eating so much fruit (that’s why they tell you 2 servings of fruit) but I don’t mind. If I turn to fruit over junk I’m perfectly happy with that and as long as these sweet peaches are in season that is my plan. In full disclosure we have plans to go get fro yo tonight. But I think moving forward we will try to avoid keeping ice cream in the house. We are too cheap to go out often for ice cream, so this should help cut down on ice cream consumption. Now wine on the other hand. I fully plan to enjoy a few glasses a week. Everything in moderation, am I right?
Well, I didn’t weigh myself right before starting so I don’t have completely accurate data. Since Hadley was born I had quickly lost all my baby weight, but I had a few pre-baby pounds I had wanted to lose. Before I found out I was pregnant I was eating well and exercising daily, then the first trimester came. I attempted to stay healthy and fit my whole pregnancy and ended up gaining about 27lbs. So shedding that wasn’t too hard, it was the stubborn weight from before that I wanted to lose. After stepping on the scale this morning I was happy to see a number I haven’t seen since getting married! I was down at least 10-15lbs in a month. The last two weeks of our Whole30 we started running, practicing yoga, and doing some ab workouts. Hopefully that weight loss is something I will be able to maintain with the addition of the exercise.
I felt very restricted and antisocial on Whole30. It wasn’t a way I would want to live my life for a long period of time, but I’m proud of us for sticking it out to the end, the last few days were the hardest. We would go back and forth on whether we should just pour ourselves a drink and float around in the pool. It sounded lovely and I can assure you it will be happening this weekend.
We did find a few great recipes we loved. I made THIS egg, sweet potato, and vegetable casserole for breakfast and we both really like it, especially when I use a spicy sausage. It reminded me that I have been falling back on carb heavy breakfasts and that needs to change. I enjoy eggs more than I ever have before. And I’ve gotten quite good at cooking them.
Going forward we are going to try to stick to the protein, (healthy) fat, (nutrient-dense) carbohydrate method of eating. You can read more about that HERE. Of course there will be days we won’t follow the plan perfectly, but I think Whole30 did help open our eyes to just what is necessary for our bodies to function.