Happy New Year 2018! Time to start another round of Whole30. This is the third year of doing January Whole30 and I feel it is the perfect way to start the year!
It’s been over two years since I first discovered Whole30. I started seeing it pop up on Instagram and saw the Whole30 book for the first time at a friends house. I downloaded all of the free material available online and didn’t have any of the books until after I started my first round of Whole30 on September 1, 2015.
After years of digestive issues, I was sick and tired of always feeling like crap. I was really hoping for some relief and answers with Whole30. I was pretty determined to get through the 30 days, even with so much taken out of my diet. Every time I told someone about Whole30 and what was on the “No” list, they looked at me like I was crazy. No grain, no dairy, no legumes, no sugar, no alcohol, and no soy, no carrageenan, no MSG, no sulfites, and no “junk food”.
Right away, I went though serious sugar withdrawal which I didn’t expect. I can definitely say that the sugar cravings and dreams of brownies and cookies were rough, but I noticed a difference in my digestive issues within the first five days. I knew I had to get through the 30 days to really understand what my issues were.
With the re-introduction process, I was able to find what was triggering my digestive issues which was such an amazing feeling. I was able to determine that soy is my main issue, however, dairy also causes me issues. Beyond that though, I was surprised by the deep sleep I was getting, my energy level was way up and I wasn’t crashing every afternoon, my foggy brain was gone, my adult acne was going away, and I lost 10 pounds. It is truly astonishing to think that all of this was happening because I was changing what I was eating.
I am so grateful to have stumbled across the Whole30 program and I think it is such a powerful tool for so many people. My husband and I have completed 3 full rounds of Whole30 and many “mini” resets. I’m starting my 4th round January 1st, 2017. I am even more excited about this round because I will be teaching Whole30 cooking classes at my local Whole Foods every Thursday in January. Sharing recipes, experiences and tips is going to be so fun!
This is my meal prep for my Whole30 Week 1 for anyone that is interested.
Chicken Burgers https://foodfamilywine.com/2017/12/29/whole30-chicken-burgers/
Whole30 Waldorf Chicken Salad https://foodfamilywine.com/2018/01/01/waldorf-chicken-salad/
1 dozen Boiled Eggs
2 packages of Pederson’s Bacon
Non Nom Paleo Pulled Pig-instapot http://nomnompaleo.com/post/111934821818/pressure-cooker-kalua-pig
Mango Slaw https://foodfamilywine.com/2017/09/30/mango-slaw/
Enchilada Soup https://foodfamilywine.com/2017/11/06/chicken-enchilada-soup/
Grilled Lamb chops-seasoned with EVOO and one of my spice mixes
Roasted Cauliflower and Romanesco
I also have some veggies ready to go so I can add to scrambles.
This week, I have kale, mushrooms, leftover roasted cauliflower and romanesco, and avocados.