I am now 26 days into Whole30 and I can’t lie. I’ve had a few infractions.
1. French fries
Last week I ordered french fries and chicken at a local BBQ place. I knew they were a no-no but I was hungry and the only other option on the menu for a side was green beans, which at this particular establishment is pretty much a canned mush-fest. Plus, I know if all I ate was chicken and green beans I’d be hungry in an hour and I was on my way to the gym for work.
So I ordered the french fries, consciously deciding deep fried potatoes, although not technically Whole30, still contained only Whole30 ingredients. I did, however, skip the ketchup, which is pretty huge for me. Out of all the things Whole30 taught me is my dependance on condiments and how much unnecessary sugar they add to my diet.
2. Prepared pesto
This one was a complete oversight. A pretty funny one, actually. It was during the snowstorm and I was hungry. I purposely defrosted chicken breasts to pair with spaghetti squash I had in the fridge. I contemplated how I would prepare the two together and then I remembered the prepared pesto I bought for this recipe.
I heated a skillet, sprinkled the chicken with spices, pan fried it and tossed the spaghetti squash with a bit of the pesto. It was a delicious, simple meal! While eating I started to read the label of the pesto.
Oil, basil, pine nuts, CHEESE!
I totally forgot pesto has cheese in it.
Oh, well, I used about a tablespoon. Not the end of the world.
3. Worcestershire sauce
An addition I added to my crock pot out of habit when I made beef stew today. I didn’t even think about it, I just started shaking it in and then… whoa nelly… let me look at the ingredients.
Again, only a a couple of dashes in a large crockpot with a pound of beef but still, I should have known better.
4. Plantain chips
Much like the fry incident, I was desperate. Shopping with a growling stomach. Saw plantain chips. Decided to give them a try when I noticed the only 3 ingredients were plantains, oil and salt.
I loved them so much I’ve since made my own! But buying prepared snacks like that is an official no-no.
Does it all really matter?
I’m sure the Whole30 gestapo will tell me I need to start over. I failed. I’m not really following Whole30. Yada yada yada.
Screw that! I’m proud of myself!
The past 26 days did exactly what I wanted them to do. They re-inspired me. They motivated me to push past my comfort zone. They helped me reduce my sugar intake, cook more at home and all of it has trickled down to the family.
I shared this on IG this morning…
I've recently pulled the bandaid off for the family and stopped buying the junk they like to eat (chips, cereals, candy, etc.) So the pantry is no longer a source of argument. What I've observed over the last few weeks is there willingness to eat more nutritious snacks when there really aren't any other options in the house. I'm now having a hard time keeping fruit in stock, carrots sticks are asked for, and they like making smoothies with me — even adding greens! It's a little more work in the prep department but so worth it. I just need to stay strong when we grocery shop! #raisinghealthykids
In addition to all that I discovered ButcherBox (LOVE!! — My next order just shipped today, I can’t wait!) tried and started buying coconut water (also love!) started the fruit salad tradition with the family, increased my veggie, nut and avocado consumption, discovered plantains (why did I wait so long??) and rediscovered my love of smoothies, which has increased my green consumption again.
Last week I used an Amazon credit I had from Christmas to buy a NutriBullet and I LOVE it! It’s my go-to now when I want a snack. Instead of rummaging through the pantry at night, I pop a few fruits, veggies and nuts into it and blend.
I’ve put sunflower seeds, cocoa nibs, even whole almonds in this thing and it’s blended them all really well. I just let it go for about a minute and it works wonders.
I’ve used it daily since I got it!
Pictured above was a Whole30 version of my “Green Julius” I made tonight — banana, clementine, coconut water, vanilla and spinach. This morning I made a double chocolate raspberry smoothie with a pint of raspberries, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, egg white, and half a banana. Yesterday I made my Grapefruit Breakfast in a Glass and the day before, my absolute favorite: banana, cocoa powder, almonds, egg white and spinach.
The kids have even been getting in on the action, too. It’s wonderful.
So there you have it. A Whole30 confession of sorts. Much like making Weight Watchers my own 10 years ago, if I’m going to follow a program I have to take a #wycwyc approach, and make it my own. At the end of the day my goal is positive change that gets me healthier, not just blind adherence to rules for the sake of them.
I only have four official days left and a happy hour scheduled Saturday with some friends from the gym. I’ll be celebrating with a drink for sure but I must say, I have no desire to go crazy or “binge” on non-Whole30 foods. This month hasn’t felt like deprivation. It’s been more of an eye-opening experience on how much better I can feel on a slightly cleaner diet.