I’ve managed to stick to Whole 30 for about 15 days now. Today actually marks day 15, but I don’t intend on falling off the wagon today, so we’ll go ahead and call it half-way. Basically, it’s about 14 days longer than I’ve managed to stay on any other diet. I’m kidding. But, not really. In honor of making it to the half-way point, I’m going to give you a quick run down of a few things I’ve learned so far.
image via whole 30 website
15 to be exact.
ONE- Every day this gets a little easier. Every day I feel a little better. Every day I have more energy. Seriously, I feel like this is the way my body should feel.
TWO- I’ve probably cooked more times in the past 15 days than I did in the past 3 months. Some days I’m cooking 3 meals, but I try to do have leftovers for lunch. We’ve eaten out once in 15 days. That’s huge for us, y’all.
THREE- Grocery budget? Well, that’s a whole other story. It’s increased a bit since we’ve started Whole 30, but we’re also not eating out much so I’m hoping that it all balances out.
FOUR- I won’t mention the number of attempts it took for me to make Paleo Mayo. It was all worth it in the end because I did make some fantastic chicken salad once the mayo came out right. Just shred some chicken, add mayo, a squeeze of lemon, salt, pepper, grapes, and toasted almonds.
FIVE- I’ve added a few new foods to my refrigerator and pantry. Ghee, Chia seeds, almond flour, and a ton of new spices have all become favorites of mine.
SIX- The number of days since Allen started Whole 30. That’s right, I think my results coaxed him onboard. And, I’m not cooking two meals at night, so he was already 1/3 of the way there when he started.
SEVEN- I won’t have an official pounds lost until Day 30, but it’s really not even about that at this point. I know I’m losing weight and I can see my body changing each day. The most important thing has been the change in my energy and the way I feel overall. Each piece of cake I’ve passed up is completely worth the way I’m feeling these days.
EIGHT- I haven’t always been a huge fan of vegetables, but I’m expanding my palate and finding out that I really love a wide variety of veggies. Artichokes, zucchini, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, are all recent favorites. And spaghetti squash with tomato and meat sauce? That’s where it’s at!
NINE- I’m finding that drinks are my biggest vice. Sugary Starbucks drinks, diet Cokes, real Cokes, coffee drenched in processed creamer. I may always miss these things.
TEN- I’m become a bit annoying on Instagram as I share my journey, you can take a peek at my daily eats by following along (@jenniferggreen) or with the hashtag #jenngdoeswhole30.
ELEVEN- I’ve learned to take it one day at a time. 30 days seemed pretty much impossible in the beginning. When I started I went to the grocery store twice that week and planned only a few days out. Now, I’m doing it a week at a time and it feels like I’ve really found my groove with this way of eating.
TWELVE- In the beginning I literally used this formula for breakfast, I’ve since branched out a bit, but it really helps me stay on track. Eggs + Compliant Protein + Fruit or Vegetable
THIRTEEN- I try to fill my plate up at dinner with veggies so the formula looks more like this: Compliant Protein + As many vegetables as possible
FOURTEEN- We aren’t tossing groceries at the end of the week. We’ve actually eaten every single thing we purchased at the grocery store for the past two weeks. No spoiled vegetables, no yucky spinach at the bottom of the bag that had to be tossed.
FIFTEEN- If you want to give it a try, go to their website and look over their steps for starting the program. You can find it by clicking here.