I cannot believe I ACTUALLY completed a Whole 30. I am pretty fricken proud of myself. 30 days. No grains, sugar, dairy, legumes, alcohol. Anytime I make a goal for myself, I just have to attack it. It took myself a loooong time to convince myself to actually go through with it, and with the constant resistant and negative thoughts telling myself “I can’t” it really just fueled me to begin ASAP. I have been a paleo advocate since 2010, but am far from actually eating “perfect paleo” however I don’t think anyone should eat “perfect paleo”…
This is where that whole moderation is key rule takes effect. I don’t believe in restricting foods from your diet. Unless you absolutely have to, then yes I believe elimination diets can be therapeutic when targeting symptoms related to possible food sensitivities. But honestly, I hated having to miss out on things simply because I was eating a certain way. Yes there are tons of ways around it and these days it’s easy to go to a restaurant with Whole 30 approved options. But when I go to a restaurant, I like to drool over the menu that these talented chefs have worked so hard to create, and not sub a bunch of different things. Personally, a little bit of dairy or sugar is not going to throw my body out of balance. I think I consume enough of probiotics to kill those bad sugars on the spot!
However, Whole 30 kept me on track. This month has been extremely productive. Not only have I completed a bunch of school work and house work I’ve been meaning to get around to, but I worked a ton of more hours at work, feel more energized and alert, and lost 8 pounds! I didn’t count of track a single macro or step on the scale (something I used to do around my body building days), and have a better relationship with food. There is a time and place for sugar, yes I consumed fruit daily, but all those sweetened nutbutters and protein bars, processed chocolate bars etc. they did nothing for me nutritionally that real whole foods can’t give me, except added more fire to my sweet tooth throughout the day. By eliminating these processed sources I no longer longed for them day after day.
I’m not going to lie, I had a smoothie bowl yesterday morning post Whole 30, and yes it was good, but not great. I kinda missed some eggs and veggies! I also had some vino and some Summerhill Brut (the best of the best) with tilapia, veggies, and guac for dinner. Which was nice. Really nice.
No, just because I’m finished doesn’t mean I’m going to run to the nearest Froyo dispensary and chase those cookie dough bites down with some champs (doesn’t sound like a bad idea tho.. 😉 ) but I do know how to better fuel my body, and understand that if I want a treat, I can have a treat. Restricting ANYTHING is not good for your brain. You want what you can’t have, so leave everything open on the table, and instead make your own choices of what you put on your plate, ensuring you are fueling your body and mind with nutrient dense foods to function optimally.
Anyways, theres my two cents. Here are some lovely meals I enjoyed during the last portion of my Whole 30! My last dinner was a delicious curried cauliflower dish that I will post with the recipe shortly, but didn’t upload a pic on this post!
Here is my usual but so delicious salad containing beets, apples, spinach, cabbage, chicken, pumpkin seeds…. I think thats it! I probably had one of these per day… and am actually going to make one right now before class!
Chopped Leaf is one of my favourite restaurants and definitely Whole 30 approved! This salad had salmon, peppers, onions, banana peppers…. and just some olive oil and balsamic. Delicious.
I couldn’t wait to try this recipe out! First of all, I treated myself to a beautiful Tiffany’s Blue KitchenAid chopper, cause why not. I soaked some cashews for a few hours, added garlic, dill, lemon, onion, and unsweetened almond milk, and put it over raw spiralized zucchinis! Topped with fresh cherry tomatoes.
Sometimes I didn’t feel like a huge gourmet meal. This was just a few fresh veggies, nuts, and an apple 🙂
One of my other go-tos! Sauteed veggies in coconut oil and garlic, with chicken and pumpkin seeds.
Well there goes my Whole 30 journey. I will definitely be doing this in the future, but for now I am excited to enjoy the amazing summer ahead in Kelowna!