You can find all my detailed Food Logs, including recipes, under the Whole30 tag.
Through out the 30 days I made a few choices intentional and not, that went against the rules of the plan:
- I ate a package of seaweed snacks that was made with vegetable oils.
- I used Better Than Bouillon a couple times even after realizing the ingredients lists sugar. It was about a teaspoon 2-3 times.
- I used my panang curry paste even after realizing the ingredients lists mung bean paste. About 3 tablespoons curry paste makes about 4 servings.
- The day we ate out I had seared tuna that was sitting on a sauce that probably contained sugar and/or soy. I didn’t intentionally eat the sauce, but I didn’t not eat the tuna.
- At the same meal out I ate my vegetables that were sautéed with butter, not ghee.
- I had Terra root vegetable chips twice which is a grey area. They are compliant in ingredients, but commercially fried.
I didn’t miss cheese or wine nearly as much as I thought I would.
I have a thing for crunchy foods. Inhaling 4 apples worth of apple chips in one sitting isn’t a good idea.
I still had low energy days, but overall I definitely felt more even and getting up in the mornings was a lot easier.
I wouldn’t have said inflammation was a thing for me going in to this, but after the first few weeks all of my rings became loose. I don’t think that’s because of a sudden weight drop, but more likely from inflammation, bloating, or some sort of retention.
I normally suffer from IBS-D symptoms pretty regularly. I haven’t really had those issues but I’m not sure that my digestion still works ideally. I’m not going to get in to details unless someone asks. Things are different, but overall better.
I stopped taking my OTC allergy medicine, but it’s hard to pin that down. I normally have seasonal issues with mold/mildew and it’s been pretty dry lately. So it could be seasonal or dietary, I’m not sure. I still had a mild allergic reaction when pulling up old carpet at the new house when I wasn’t wearing a dust mask.
I was cold a lot. Not entirely sure what that was about, but my hands were/are often cold and I was always bundled up on the couch even with the woodstove going and the thermometer saying it was 70 inside before the fire was started.
Stick blender homemade mayo is pretty awesome and fast. I love using it as a jump point for creamy salad dressings, herby vegie dips. All kinds of good stuff.
My grocery bill goes up when I’m only eating real food. Granted, we don’t eat like paupers, but we weren’t eating out either.
Geoff likes coconut aminos better than soy sauce.
Most days I enjoy cooking dinner and take pride in coming up with new things to make.
My kitchen is a fucking disaster when I cook every day.
I really will put that sh*t on anything (Frank’s Red Hot Sauce).
Cauliflower rice, spaghetti squash, and zoodles are here to stay. I really don’t mind the lack of starch and I feel better (mentally and physically) with the extra vegetable helpings.
And lastly, what a lot of folks will be curious about… I lost 9.2lbs during the 30 days. Weight loss was a goal, but I was pretty scared to step on the scale. I don’t know that I feel like my clothes are fitting that much differently, but belly fat is my real nemesis and I feel like that’s improved some. So overall I’m pretty happy with the results. That’s just over 2lbs a week which is considered both “healthy” and sustainable.
I’ll write another post about my “life after” Whole30 plans.