Well, I did it! A few minor bumps, but overall, I made it through the thirty days successfully! I’ve learned a lot about myself through the process of the past month, and I’ve lost 4 pounds in the process!
I’ve gotten to be really good at grocery shopping and some of my favorite places are Woodman’s, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Jewel. All of these stores have great selections of organic, Whole 30 approved foods, gluten free, dairy free, Non-Gmos, etc. I would highly recommend shopping here if you are interested in doing the Whole30. I’ve included a few pictures of some of my favorite items that I’ve purchased for you all to see.
I wish I could tell you that I made several new meals this week, but I really didn’t. I think the nice part of this whole program has been the consistency of what I’m eating. It’s been really easy to food prep because I’ve eaten the same things for breakfast and my snacks every day. Breakfast has been chia pudding with fruit. Sometimes I’ve added almond butter and shaved coconut slices, but mostly it’s been blueberries, bananas, and raspberries. For snacks, I have had cashews and an apple with almond butter. For lunches the past week, I’ve made it a priority to make extras from dinner, so I could take leftovers for lunch. Dinner I have tried to continue new recipes, but I can’t really say that I was successful with it. I have found things I really like so I’ve rotated those throughout the past thirty days.
This week my favorites were the dill little potatoes that I made in my Instapot with grilled flank steak and basil tomatoes with balsamic vinegar, and of course, my favorite go to meal, teriyaki flank steak with broccoli in the instapot. I also made fajitas for Cinco de Mayo with pico de gallo. We used gluten free tortillas, yes, I know, this isn’t part of the official Whole 30. Lastly, I made “breaded” chicken with the buffalo sauce I talked about last week by New Primal. I also put this with a salad. I used coconut and almond flour as the base. Thank you, Pinterest! This was a WINNER!
But here’s really what I’ve learned over the past month: Diet really can make a difference in your life. I’m the first one to admit I was skeptical of this, mostly because I didn’t want to admit that everything I ate was not the best option for me. I have felt SO good this whole time and when I’ve strayed off or had something I shouldn’t have, I can DEFINITELY feel it. For that reason alone, I’m a believer, and I will continue this program as a lifestyle choice. My energy level has significantly improved and I am just overall happier. I would like to think it’s because of this program. I have said it multiple times over the past month, if you are even slightly considering this, DO IT! I promise you, you will NOT be disappointed! I hope you find as much success that I’ve felt!
Here are some resources I found throughout the 30 days that I didn’t know prior. Mod Pizza has a gluten-free, dairy-free option for pizzas and it’s actually really really good! Ben and Jerry’s has a gluten-free, dairy-free ice cream that is also pretty good! Baked rotini can be as good as regular baked rotini with gluten-free pasta and dairy-free cheese with chicken sausage. Ghee butter is a GREAT option instead of butter and it does comply with the Whole 30! It’s pretty interesting how many places are starting to adhere to dietary needs like gluten-free and dairy- free options for people!