Last week I gave y’all a little insight on my usual eating habits. Well since then, I’ve had a little come to Jesus moment with myself. I NEED TO BE HEALTHIER. In other words, are pizza and tacos really worth bad skin, low energy, and a body I’m only Okay with? No. So, I’ve officially jumped on the Whole 30 train to None Scale Victories.
As I write this post, I’m already well into my week 2 but I want to give y’all an idea of what I’m going through and how I’m trying to adapt! That being said, everyone needs to know that I love love love love trying new restaurants and eating out. I love these things because I hate to cook/find it hard to cook for a one person household. I’m also extremely busy throughout the week with a full time job, 3 fundraising committees, a social life, a blog and a dog. So finding time to make sure I eat the right things to conquer this Whole 30 kinda stressed me out to think about it.
What’s the Whole 30, you ask? In my own words, it’s gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, soy free, and vegan. Basically for 30 days (or longer, your choice), you are ridding your body of anything that could potentially cause skin allergies, bloating, inflammation, headaches, cravings, etc. The goal isn’t weight loss and actually you can’t step on the scale until your 31st day, the goal is for you to feel better from the inside out.
You’ve taken all that out of your diet now what is left to eat? Plenty. With every meal, you must have any palm sized protein, 2/3 of your plate veggies with the exception of
corn and beans, a healthy fat (better learn to love avocado if you don’t already), and optional fruits. There’s only 3 meals a day and no snacking, but trust me, you feel FULL!
My first week, I was honestly in a huge hurry and unfortunately did not make time to meal prep the Sunday before. So here are some grab & go hacks that saved me.
Snap Kitchen – There is a whole list of compliant meals you can find on their site right now! Check it out here. I found that I loved their Crispy Almond Crusted Salmon the best! I bought different compliant meals for lunch and dinner.
Whole Foods – I grabbed lunch from their salad bar area one day, they have an entire Paleo section that lists all of the ingredients for the dish.
Pok – Have y’all tried the new raw bar in West Village?! It is amazing and everything is gluten free. I opted for Cauliflower rice, ahi tuna, and pilled it with veggies. Not sure how compliant the
sauces are so I left that off.
Side note: I wasn’t a huge soda drinker before this but La Croix will save your life! It fills you up and has the sweetness to fix your sweet tooth. And if you’re really in need of a treat, some Larabars are welcome!
Check back each week for more Whole 30 Hacks I find!
Now, most importantly, how I felt this week. My first day (Monday) was a drag, longest day of my life. I had no energy. After that day, my energy has been crazy high! I’ve slept better at night, I’ve had a better mood, and my days at work seem to fly by. Towards the end of the first week, I did experience a little bit of bloating and cramping but according to Whole 30 that is very common due to the enzymes in your digestive system changing! Overall, I feel GREAT! Next week, I’m breaking out the pinterest recipes and can’t wait to share with y’all my experience!