- Diet & Weight Loss
My Whole30 Experience
I have always been what I call "chunky". I have dieted, lost some, then gained it right back. This is due to my love of hot wings, chips and queso, and all things that can be dipped in ranch dressing. I must note, I am comfortable with myself. This Whole30 adventure is not about me hating my body, having low-self esteem, or anything of the like. One reason is that I don't want to buy more clothes because the ones I have get too small. I don't make enough money to keep buying. The other, more important reason, is that I was diagnosed with MS last year. I hate taking medicine, so I was researching and looking around for more natural ways to combat my symptoms and just feel better.
A friend was an avid Paleo dieter, and sent me articles about how it works, the reasoning behind it, etc. (I have added a link below to the diet for those who aren't familiar with it.) For a few weeks, I have been following about a 90/10 balance of the Paleo diet.
So far, I have lost 12 pounds in 6 weeks, and I feel better already! So, I decided to go all in and try a Whole30, which in simpler terms, is just a 100% strict version of Paleo, no cheating! To keep myself accountable, and maybe help those of you who are interesting in trying something like this, I will be posting what I eat each day, as well as my final results. Feel free to ask questions if you want!
Before and After data
Learn more here!
For my first day, I was at home, so I spent the whole day cooking and prepping food for the week. This is seriously the biggest tip I can give you. PLAN AHEAD! Also, be ready to try new things. The reason we are in the situation is because we eat the same junk over and over. You'd be surprised how many other foods are out there, are healthy, and are YUMMY!
Breakfast: Turnip greens and a hard boiled egg
Lunch: Ground beef, plantain chips (homemade), and roasted veggies*
Afternoon snack: a handful of almonds
Dinner: Kale, asparagus, and tomatoes, sautéed in ghee, half a grapefruit broiled with cinnamon
* the veggies I roasted today were rutabaga, parsnips, zucchini, squash, radishes, and sweet potatoes
I'm at work today, so I had to bring things that I don't have to actually cook (just microwave) and foods I can reach for when I need a snack instead of going to the breakroom for a candy bar. This is where the all day cooking party on the weekends comes in handy.
Breakfast: Smoothie (I make little Ziploc baggies of smoothie mixes, so I can just grab one and blend it in the morning to drink on my hour long drive to work) Today's smoothie was kale, blackberry, grapes, apple, and banana with coconut milk.
Mid morning munchies: hard boiled egg
Lunch: Cauliflower rice, shrimp and veggies in a lemongrass/curry type sauce. I'll add the recipes for you.
Mid afternoon munchies: baby carrots and celery sticks
Dinner: Leftover plantain chips, ground beef, avocado, and tomato (kind of a take on nachos)
Dinner during the week gets hard, because of my commute. I either heat up leftovers, or I throw some meat in the fridge before I leave for work so it's thawed and ready when I finally get home.
Shrimp and Veggies-Ingredients
- About 20 Shrimp, already peeled, tail off, deveined
- About 1 cup zucchini, sliced, then quartered
- About 1 cup carrots, sliced, then halved
- 4 mini sweet peppers, Any colors, cut into strips
- 2 big leaves leafy greens, turnip, beet, chard, any big leafed green
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 cup coconut milk, unsweetened, plain
- 1/4 cup vegetable broth, organic
- 1 tablespoon lemongrass, I use the kind in a tube
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
Shrimp and Veggies-Instructions
- Add chopped/sliced veggies to a large pan with garlic. Cook on med-low for about 5 minutes. (I add salt and pepper at this point)
- Add in about 1/2 the coconut milk, stir, and raise heat til it almost boils. Stir fairly often, so nothing sticks.
- Add the vegetable broth, stir to make sure it's mixed well. Add the lemongrass, ginger, and curry powder. Stir. Bring back to a boil.
- The sauce will start to thicken up as it boils. If you think it's getting too thick and you want more liquid, add the rest of the coconut milk.
- Once the consistency is close to what you want, reduce to a simmer or low. Tear the greens into smaller pieces and toss in (we just want these to wilt some)
- Add the shrimp (I salt and pepper them first, but it's not required)
- Keep an eye on it, stirring occasionally as the shrimp cook (about 7-8 minutes) I serve over cauliflower rice, but you can eat this on its own too. Enjoy!
Have you tried the Paleo diet yet?
Thanks to the beautiful weather here, I am working from home for the day. Which translates to hot meals I didn't reheat in a microwave! Woo! The only downside to days at home is with a whole fridge to choose from, I have a hard time picking what I want to eat. I stuck with my typical breakfast, because let's face it, 7 am is not a time to make decisions. :)
Breakfast: smoothie with kale, turnip greens, avocado, banana, pear, spirulina (green protein powder) and coconut milk, plus an egg
Lunch: stuffed bell peppers with sausage, onion, and celery
Snack: celery and carrot sticks
Dinner: leftover roasted veggies and chicken breast
I used my lunch hour to run to the grocery store, because a fellow Whole30-er let me know they found approved chicken sausages, bacon, and prosciutto. (YUM!) I also wanted some turkey breast sandwich meat, for making little wraps. This led to my utter disappointment that there were none that didn't have sugar of some sort. I went to the deli to try one last time, and the lady, who was very sweet, came around and looked at all the turkeys with me. I did have to let her know that just because the nutrition facts said 0g sugar, it didn't mean there was none. Another sneaky little ingredient that will hide on your ingredients list is carrageenan. It's even harder to find meats without that. So, my warning to you is, even if you find some meats that don't have sugar, double check for carrageenan!
First off: IT'S SNOWING! yes, I'm excited. We never get snow, just icky icy slush. I saw real snowflakes today. But on to the food:
Breakfast: Peach, blueberry, lavender smoothie. (Yes, lavender, like the plant. It's delicious.)
Lunch: Moroccan spiced chicken thighs, sweet potatoes, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, and tomatoes.
Snack: My same old celery and carrot sticks. (I'm pretty boring on snack. It's easy to prep, easy to grab, and I can keep working while I munch on them)
Dinner: I'm thinking sausage, peppers, and onions tonight. Think the old-school Italian sandwich with sausage and peppers, just without the bun. I promise, it's still delicious.
Yep, another poll
Have you ever used lavender to cook with?
Be adventurous, try lavender!!
For starters, it is ridiculously cold today. Like, 1 degree with the wind chill this morning. Not my type of weather. It makes me feel like doing absolutely nothing. Yet, off to work I go.
Breakfast: green smoothie with chard, cucumber, green apple, kiwi, and ginger
Lunch: Italian seasoned chicken with sundried tomatoes, onions, and spinach (I meant to add artichoke hearts too, but I forgot)
Snack: You guessed it, carrots and celery!
Dinner: I think the cold makes me even not want to cook, so I am planning on leftover Sonoma chicken salad tonight. Recipe to follow.
I did find myself a little hungrier yesterday, so I brought myself some raspberries and grapes for an emergency snack, and I keep pistachios at my desk. I WILL NOT GO TO THE VENDING MACHINE!!
Sonoma Chicken Salad
As promised, I ate leftovers last night, but I did go ahead and cook something to bring for lunch today, because I can't really go a day without cooking something! I have to thank my dad for today's lunch, because he caught it.
Breakfast: Green smoothie (like really green) with kale, chard, pear, blueberry, banana, and spirulina. Spirulina is a protein powder and it is very very green. Taste wise, it reminds me of the kind of odd taste raw broccoli has. Not bad though!
Lunch: Baked chili, garlic, lime halibut with mango salsa, asparagus, and cauliflower rice. The halibut is from my dad's fishing adventure in Alaska, so it was super yummy!
Snack: Ten points for whoever guesses correctly! :)
Dinner: Leftover steak and over-easy eggs. There's just something about dipping steak in egg yolk that makes me really happy.
As for the Whole30, when day 6 is over, I will be 20% done. It hasn't really been too bad, especially since I was trying to do better anyway. I would love some cheese, and I want sugar for my coffee, but that's about the only thing I am missing. Oh, and this whole don't weigh yourself business is for the birds..I wanna know how I'm doing!!
Weekends are usually hectic, between my five year old, grocery shopping, cleaning up my house, and occasionally going out with friends, so sometimes I don't get time to eat like I normally would. But I stayed on track!
Brunch: (I slept in) Steak and eggs. I love love love dipping steak in over-easy egg yolks. Best way to start the weekend in my book.
Dinner: Tuna mixed with avocado and leftover mango salsa from halibut day
Yes, this is literally all I ate on Saturday. Told you it was a busy day!
Ah, lazy Sundays..oh wait, I wasn't lazy, I spent the WHOLE day cooking I think! But I like cooking, so it was fun to me. I made food for the whole week (probably longer) and got it all in the fridge and freezer. I find that on cooking days, I sometimes forget that I'm supposed to make something to eat that day too....oops
Breakfast: Peach blueberry lavender smoothie (It really is one of my favorites
Lunch: Salmon salad (like tuna salad, just salmon instead) and some kale
Dinner: Pulled pork that I made in the crockpot with Asian spices and coconut aminos (it replaces soy sauce) and kale and asparagus
Snack/Dessert: Sometimes I get a sweet tooth. Dates are good for that, so I ate two of them :)
Back to work, starting week 2 (yes, it technically started yesterday, but Monday is the start of the week in my brain) and feeling good! I am currently wearing a size smaller pants than I wore last week, so I feel like this is already working, only a week in. Can't wait to see the results in 3 more weeks!
Breakfast: Blood orange, raspberry, lemon, kale smoothie.
This smoothie needs some tweaking. In my Monday morning haze, I didn't think about the fact that the whole thing was citrus/acid. It was really sour. Maybe less lemon or add a banana to counteract it.
Lunch: I have Italian chicken today, with sun dried tomato, spinach, onion, and artichoke hears, and some jicama "fries". For those who don't know, jicama is basically like a Mexican potato, but slightly sweet. I baked it in the oven with some paprika.
Snack: carrots and celery...and....wait for it....guacamole! I finally got tired of plain old carrots and celery and decided to amp it up a bit. :)
Dinner: I believe more of my yummy pulled pork is in order, and some leftover roasted veggies I stored in the freezer.
After today, I will be 1/3 of the way through this thing!! Still feeling good, still got plenty of food that sounds good. I CAN DO this! For today, the morning was a little off thanks to icy roads, so I got to cook hot breakfast this morning before driving in to work.
Breakfast: Half a red bell pepper, stuffed with onions, celery, other peppers, sausage, and an egg. Kind of like an omelet in a pepper. :)
Lunch: roasted cauliflower, zucchini, squash, sweet potato, parsnips, and brussels sprouts
Dinner: I haven't decided yet, but I will either be snacking on raw veggies dipped in guacamole, or I may go for the pulled pork that I love so much. Either way, it will be healthy!
It snowing, snowing, snowing. And I am happy, happy, happy. :) Snow means I worked from home today, and that I was able to cook instead of reheat. It's just a good day all around.
Breakfast: half a grapefruit broiled with cinnamon, approved bacon (it's even better than regular!) and an egg.
Lunch: Pulled pork, Asian slaw, a banana, and some almonds
Snack: kale, asparagus, and turnip greens
Dinner: Lamb, mashed sweet potatoes, broccoli and tomatoes
Yes, it sounds like a pigged out all day, but there's a couple of things you have to remember:
1. Portion size! I didn't eat gigantic heaping plates of anything (okay, maybe the kale and asparagus, but it's soooo goooood)
2. It was all healthy, and mostly veggies
3. If you read the Whole30 guidelines, or Paleo for that matter...you're SUPPOSED to eat! If you do it right, your body actually uses the food you eat. When you eat a fast food burger, at least half of that stays on your body as added weight, because your body CAN'T process it. So, if your stomach is growling, EAT. (something good and good for you)
The approved bacon I mentioned. It's sugar free. (Yes, bacon has added sugar. I know, right?) The brand I eat is Maverick, and you can get it at Publix. There are some other brands I've seen, but I haven't tasted them, so I can't vouch. But Maverick is GOOD. so. good.
Today was another day at home, though it wasn't as fun as yesterday, The snow stopped falling sometime last night, so today it was all melting and just slushy and cold outside. I didn't want to risk icy roads all the way to work (I have an hour or so to commute) so I worked from home.
Breakfast: I made a smoothie this morning with kale, blood orange, raspberries, pineapple, pear, and green apple. (I remembered how acidic blood orange is and adjusted!)
Lunch: Chicken salad with I swear every veggie I had mixed in. I did curry spice on the chicken, and then mixed it with my homemade mayo (YUM) and carrots, celery, cucumber, radish, red onion, green grapes, pecans..yeah, the whole kitchen. I ate it in some Romaine lettuce leaves.
Snack: banana, fig, blueberries and almonds in coconut milk. I was kinda missing cereal I guess.
Dinner: Pan seared scallops sautéed greens and tomatoes
Update on my progress
With Whole30, you can't measure or weight yourself for the whole 30 days, but...I did wear a pair of dress pants this week that were 2 sizes smaller than what I wore around Christmas. :) Something's working!
Sorry for the delay in posting, I was able to go into the office and things were a little crazy since I was home two days and half the office still wasn't able to come in. But I still managed to stay on track with my Whole30! (This is where the planning really comes in handy)
Breakfast: Peach, blueberry, lavender smoothie
Snack: hard boiled egg, carrots and celery with guacamole
Lunch: sausage, peppers and onions (I say sausage, but it was really ground turkey that I spiced to taste like sausage)
Afternoon snack: grapes and strawberries
Dinner: I got home late, so I didn't want to eat a heavy meal and then sleep. Opted for my "cereal" instead: blueberries, figs, almonds, and banana slices in almond milk.
If nothing else, I can say that this experiment has helped my energy! I woke up at 730 this morning, ready to go. I got online and got my digital coupons loaded, then headed to the store for a few groceries. It's really nice to shop that early because NO ONE ELSE is there.I can move freely, without fear of a rogue child running into me, or feeling like I'm in someone's way while I read all my labels. :)
Breakfast: Since I was on the go, I had a banana before I went to the store, when I got home, I made sweet potato and onion hash, bacon, and turnip greens sauteed in the bacon fat. YUM
Lunch: It is my firm belief that my refrigerator is too small. With all my food prep, my fridge is a sea of tupperware containers and I can't put anything else in there. So I'm eating to clean out the fridge today. Right now, I'm eating lettuce wraps packed with the last of the pulled pork and adding half a peach that I needed to use before it ruined. I am also eating the last of my chicken salad from the other day. Two containers cleaned out!
Dinner: the last of the lamb, mashed sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, and bok choy.
HALFWAY DAY! Today is day 15 and I am in the downhill slide after today. I worked out some yesterday, and I'm sore this morning. It's kind of a good feeling. :) Since it's Sunday, it's cooking day and prep day, so I will spend most of today in the kitchen. Still trying to eat some of the stuff I had already made, but I do need to cook a few things and prep for the work week, so there will be some tetris-style rearranging in my fridge.
Breakfast: bacon, egg, and sauteed greens
Lunch: I haven't been all that hungry today, I guess because I'm not moving around as much and burning it off. Just had some tuna salad for lunch,
Dinner: Made some zucchini noodles earlier, cooked them in olive oil, garlic, and ghee with shrimp and tomatoes.
Monday morning, back at work. (Insert sarcastic "yay" here). It's a rainy, dreary, gross kind of day, which made the commute fun. But I had my smoothie with me, so I made it.
Breakfast: Smoothie with watermelon, strawberry, mint, and spinach
Mid morning: hard boiled egg
Lunch: pulled pork with the BBQ sauce I made yesterday, mashed rutabaga, and a pickle (can't have bbq without a pickle!)
Afternoon: celery, carrots, and guacamole
Dinner: I haven't completely decided yet, but I'm thinking more of those zucchini noodles and shrimp, because it was delicious!
It's a rainy, dreary day here in GA. I know it's off topic, but rain does terrible things for my hair. Really terrible. It's days like this I would really love some warm soup and bread to dunk in it. But alas, no bread, and most soups I want have all sorts of bad things in them. Oh well.
Breakfast: Smoothie with banana, dates, blackberries, peach, and spinach. I didn't care too much for the dates in there, the flavor is good, but I didn't blend it enough or something, because they stayed chunky and it was a weird texture.
Lunch: lettuce wraps with Indian tandoori spiced chicken, cucumber, carrot, radish, onion, and red cabbage
Afternoon munchies: grapes and raspberries
Dinner: Meatballs I made over the weekend with some roasted veggies
Breakfast: Smoothie with ALL THE BERRIES! (raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, and blackberry) plus spinach. This really is the easiest way to sneak some extra greens in your day.
Lunch: meatballs and zucchini noodles, with tomatoes and olive oil, and my carrots and celery
Dinner: pulled bbq pork and mashed sweet potatoes with sautéed kale
It's a dreary, rainy, icky day today. Yesterday it was 75 degrees and felt amazing. Today, it's high 30's and gross. Stupid groundhog. But I digress...
Breakfast: blueberry, peach, lavender smoothie
Lunch: What I refer to as enchilada cabbage wraps. It amounts to some chicken I cooked in the crockpot with green sauce and spices, wrapped up in cabbage leaves with tomato, onion, green chiles, and red and green bell peppers. ( You could add cauliflower rice to this too if you want)
Mid-afternoon: carrots and celery
Dinner: bbq pork and kale
Link to How-To for cauliflower rice
If you want to try it, go here to see how to make it!
I want to start today off with a #noscale victory. I have never been a morning person. I mean, I can get up and get ready for work, but I hit the snooze button two or three times, and I'm usually dragging. I don't want to have a conversation with anyone. I've noticed over the past couple of weeks that I sleep better, and wake up at least feeling decent, but this morning, I woke up and wanted to dance. So as I got ready, I played music off my phone and had a mini dance party. :)
Breakfast: Smoothie with banana, raspberries, pomegranate, lemon juice, and spinach
Mid morning: either a banana or some dates (I haven't decided)
Lunch: Zoodles and meatballs with tomatoes and broccoli (I didn't have many zoodles left so I added more green) and some mashed sweet potatoes
Afternoon: carrots and celery
Dinner: I'm thawing out shrimp, but I haven't decided what to do with it yet. I will have some kale with it I know, and probably onions..Maybe a scampi-ish kind of thing?
Today is a busy day, so eating the way I have been for the past three weeks is going to be hard. I'm attending a work function this morning, which is an hour away from home. There are snacks here, but I can't have any of them. So, I brought things with me.
Breakfast: I was able to have my normal smoothie on the way to the event. Today's had a ton of stuff in it:
spinach, grapes, apple, celery, raspberries, coconut water, spirulina, and ginger.
Mid morning: lemon Larbabar
Lunch: I'm actually treating myself to lunch today, at a restaurant!! (Yes, you can still eat at a restaurant if you know the rules well enough) I will update you later on what I have.
*update* I took myself out and had chicken fajitas (Actually, I had chicken, peppers, onions, tomato, and guacamole) But it was still yummy. I did end up eating my banana and carrots around 4:30 because I worked up an appetite shopping :)
Dinner: I'm having dinner with friends tonight, that I am cooking, so that's already planned: Pork chops and green beans
I have carrots and a banana with me, so if I get hungry before dinner, I have a go to snack that won't break the rules!
I ended up staying up pretty late last night, which means I slept in this morning. Add to that the fact that we lost an hour :( and I didn't end up eating until about 11am. Brunch anyone?
Brunch: sweet potato, onion, and spinach hash with sausage and a fried egg on top
I spent most of the rest of the day being lazy, then decided around 3pm I needed to cook for the week. I didn't eat, but I tried kombucha for the first time as I cooked. (Kombucha is a probiotic drink, that sounds awful if you read about it and watch how it's made, but was actually not bad..)
Dinner: When I finally decided I should eat more food, I ended up eating some zoodles (zucchini and squash this time) which tomatoes, onions. lots of garlic, and shrimp.
After today, there's only a week left in this little experiment! Back at work today, and actually feeling a little blah. Maybe it's the fact that thanks to the time change, my entire commute was in the dark. I need sunshine in my life to help me wake up!
Breakfast: peach, blueberry, lavender smoothie
mid morning: Turkish figs (picked up on my shopping adventure at Whole Foods this weekend)
Lunch: chicken tenders made with almond meal as the breading and roasted green beans
afternoon: carrots and celery!
Dinner: I believe I will eat the last of the salmon salad before it goes bad and get that container out of my fridge. I'm literally at the point of balancing things on top of each other and risking an avalanche every time I open the door...
Roasted green beans
Here's where you can find the recipe for the green beans I made...I didn't use the dipping sauce, it wasn't necessary! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/120189883781838570/
The day started out good, until I got to work. There were some things that prevented me from getting much of anything done, because of a last minute change in meetings that left me scrambling to prep all day, then running the meeting in the afternoon. Needless to say, I'm glad I had plenty of good healthy food with me to keep me on track!
Breakfast: yep, another peach, blueberry, lavender smoothie. I added spinach this time too though, because you know, greens.
Mid morning: banana
Lunch: cabbage, ground beef, tomato, onion skillet (really yummy!) plus some roasted carrots and brussel sprouts
Dinner: bbq pulled pork, kale, tomatoes and green peppers
Today should go much more smoothly than yesterday. I have a ton of work to do, but I already knew about it, so it won't throw off my plans. :)
Breakfast: strawberry, banana, raspberry, spinach smoothie
Mid morning: hard boiled egg
Lunch: cabbage wraps with chicken salad and some carrots
Afternoon: figs and almonds
Dinner: The last of the meatballs and some zoodles
!! I'm almost through with it! I don't know if this would count as a victory, but I look at it that way, so I'm sharing. In the past 26 days, I have had 6 other people ask me about Whole 30 and wanting the info. 4 of them have committed to participating so far. Also, I post recipes on Facebook sometimes, and my grandmother sent me a message the other day that she was cooking things I posted. I hope my posts here have reached people as well, and that I'm not just talking to empty air. :)
Breakfast: I went a little green today: smoothie with spinach, cucumber, green apple, green grapes, celery, spirulina, ginger, and a handful of raspberries
Mid morning: changing it up today and eating my carrots and celery now instead of after lunch
Lunch: roasted brussel sprouts and carrots with a Cajun chicken mix I through together over some zoodles. The Cajun mix is chicken with blackening seasoning, tomatoes, onions, peppers, celery, and garlic
Mid afternoon: I made a little snack pack today with figs and almonds
Dinner: Probably kale and shrimp and scallops. I need more seafood in my life.
WHAT the $%#@ is spirulina??
Sorry it's been a couple of days since the last post. Friday was pretty hectic at work, and this weekend was my friend's birthday celebration, so I'm now catching up.
Breakfast: smoothie with spinach, strawberries, and banana
Mid-morning: hard boiled egg and some almonds
Lunch: Italian chicken mix
Snack: carrots and celery
Dinner: salmon salad
Woke up early today, and went ahead and got the grocery shopping done.
Pre-grocery trip: Banana
After groceries (around brunch time): sweet potato hash, egg, and bacon
Mid afternoon: I had to take my son to buy soccer cleats, so we were at the mall: Fruit cup from Chik-fil-a.
Dinner: Out at Chili's for the birthday celebration, I had steak, avocado, roasted tomatoes and garlic, and a small side salad, no cheese, no dressing. (We also ordered guacamole for the appetizer, but I knew we were going to because I requested it. I brought a bag of carrots to eat with it :)
Note to self: When you get yourself used to going to bed at 10-10:30 every night, it's not a good idea to stay up until 1 am. Ow. I didn't even drink, and I feel hungover! I actually wasn't very hungry, or at least not for a full meal for most of the day, so I just sort of grazed most of the morning..
First half of the day: a handful of grapes, some almonds, a hard boiled egg, a handful of raspberries
Lunch: tuna salad
Dinner: shrimp and zoodles with squash and tomatoes
IT'S DAY 30!! All I have to do is make it through today and I have completed my first Whole30!
Breakfast: Of course I'm finishing things off with my favorite smoothie, blueberry, peach, and lavender
Mid morning: a hard boiled egg and a tangerine
Lunch: Mexican crockpot chicken with peppers, tomatoes, and onions, served over cauliflower rice, with oven baked plantain chips
Afternoon: carrots and celery (gotta finish with my go to snack too!)
Dinner: meatballs, kale, and chard
I made it! 30 days of eating right, and I feel good. I will admit, I'm a little disappointed in the results for the inches, because I lost 2 pants sizes, and I feel like I look a lot smaller. Thankfully, the numbers aren't what matter, and how I feel does. Today, I am allowed to reintroduce foods that I cut back into my diet. I do plan to continue on with the Whole30/Paleo lifestyle, just letting myself have a treat day every now and then. But when I say a treat, I don't mean a whole cheesecake, or going to get fast food when I'm feeling lazy. My first "treat" will be cheese. Real cheese. Not "processed, pasteurized cheese-product". That will be the only "off-plan" thing I eat today. I still had a smoothie this morning, and still brought my lunch to work. I won't reintroduce the rest of the dairy, or added sugars, and I won't be eating regular pasta (zoodles are yummy!). So, over the next few weeks, I will come back and update you guys on how things are going, but I won't post every day. Thanks for reading my journey!
Sorry for the long delay in giving this update, things got a little crazy at work! :) Anyway, my Whole30 ended on March 17, and in the 6 weeks since, I have lost another 10-11 pounds. I have also discovered that my body is used to the food changes I made, so I have joined a gym (just last week). It took me a couple of weeks (3 I think) before I actually let myself cheat. For the most part, I have stuck with at least Paleo rules, and some days, even the strict Whole30 rules, but I've eaten some dark chocolate, lots of cheese, and even the corn tortillas at the Mexican restaurant. I did find that the rice I had when I ate sushi was not a great idea, and I still won't let myself eat a hamburger on the bun, but I've finally relaxed a little. It's hard to let yourself cheat once you go through all that hard work and see the results!