Doing The Whole30 in January! Join Me. #januarywhole30 #whole30

I was browsing Facebook on January 1st (Monday) and came across another blogger's post about doing The Whole30 beginning January 2nd (Tuesday).   I thought, "Why Not!?!?!?"  I had no time to plan.  I was going to begin in less than 12 hours!  I checked out the Whole30 website and got the basic facts, ordered my book and decided that I would try.

I got my book today!
It was a whirlwind beginning to my Whole30 plan.  You can begin a Whole30 at any time I would think.  The whole concept is to eat whole foods for 30 days straight without faltering.  If you have the tiniest bit of processed sugar or alcohol or dairy or grains, the whole 30 days starts over.  You might as well get it right the first time, right?  I'm going to try really hard to make it the entire 30 days.  That means being intentional every time I eat.  There will be no more mindless eating or grabbing an easy snack just because I'm hungry. . . . not that Whole30 snacks can't be easy.  I'm just talking about the ease of grabbing a pre-packaged snack like a granola bar, or a handful of pretzels or crackers or popcorn.

The hardest part for me is going to be not having my glass (or two. . . or two and a half) of wine most nights.  And the popcorn that I eat on a lot of nights as we watch our favorite shows.  But really, the hardest part for me so far in these first three days has been not having grains.  I usually eat brown rice, whole wheat flour, oatmeal, quinoa, beans, etc., so at least I eat good-for-you grains.  There are absolutely no grains allowed on the Whole30 plan, though.  .  . not even seudo-grains or super grains.  It's only 30 days.  It's only 30 days.  It's only 30 days!

Not eating cheese has been surprisingly easy, although that's sometimes another easy snack that I grab when I get munchy sometimes.  I'm not a milk drinker so that doesn't bother me at all.

So, here are the basics and then you can find out all the info at the Whole30 website.
  • No sugar. No sugar substitutes.  That means no chewing gum of any kind!  (I guess that part is hard for me too!)
  • No alcohol.
  • No grains or beans. No beans means no soy, which counts out a lot of processed foods.
  • No dairy.
Here's what you CAN eat:
  •  Coffee!!! Yaaaaaayyyyyyyy!!!! I always drink mine black, so this will be normal for me. Remember no sugar or dairy creamer in the coffee.
  • All veggies except corn, sweet peas (green peas) and lima beans.  You CAN eat potatoes of all varieties.
  • All fruit, fruit juices (I won't because of the sugar) and dried fruits as long as there is no sugar or preservatives added.
  • Unprocessed meats.  So that means you can't have most lunch meats, sausages, bacon, etc.  Absolutely no nitrates, phosphates, sulfites, etc.  You can have chicken, pork, beef, fish.
  •  Tree nuts and seeds.  No peanuts because they're a legume, which means NO peanut butter.
  • Healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, olives, ghee, duck fat (???). You can find a fairly long list at the website.
You can find a shopping list for the Whole30 HERE.  

I received my book today, so I can begin reading it soon! If you'd like to get one to read, you can find it at amazon.  I did! 

Here's what I've personally been eating so far:
  • Eggs
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Ground turkey
  • Apples
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi
  • Almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Green Peppers
  • Avocado
I usually post my breakfast, lunch and dinner photos on Instagram.  I also do a daily recap on Instagram.  Here is what the last couple days has looked like:

Day 2
Day 1

Day 3 Breakfast ~~ Egg baked in Avocado, Mandarin Orange, Green Pepper Strips

Day 3 Lunch~ Roasted Kale, Tomatoes, Green Beans & Sardines with a Fried Egg and Spicy Mustard Vinaigrette

Have you ever tried doing The Whole30???  Or maybe another Paleo diet?

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