Post Whole 30

You can read all my Whole30 recaps here if you’re wondering what I ate for 30 days:

I wanted to wait to do a full, full recap until I had been about a week post Whole 30 so I could fully report back on the different foods I’d tested out and how they felt. Now a week later I’ve had the following: cheese, rice, ketchup, frozen yogurt, pizza, ice cream, sushi, peanut butter and beer.

So far so good and nothing seems to bother my stomach. Though, gluten, specifically in the form of pizza did make me feel a bit bloated and icky.

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I’m not going to lie – this sushi hit soooo many spots!

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Peanut butter on peanut butter on peanut butter with some oreo thrown in :)

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Ice cream and beer on the deck while reading my book!

So here’s the jist of my Whole30.

How did I feel?

Good! The first week was tough and I got the ‘carb flu’. In fact, I thought I may have actually gotten sick that week because I had quite the sore throat and just felt really stuffy and crappy. Day 1, which was a Sunday was completely fine and then Monday morning I woke up feeling like I got hit by a truck. That lasted for the first five days.

Then after that I felt really good. I felt like I was fueling my body with whole, clean foods. The stomach bloat I had been dealing with during all the busy moving and travel was mostly gone and at the just over halfway part I did start sleeping super well and slept through the night for the first time in a very long time. Sadly that only lasted about four days and I was back to getting up once a night or so.

My energy levels were also a lot more steady and I think I have the lack of sugar to thank for that. I didn’t have the energy crashes in the afternoons and it was easier to get out of bed in the mornings.

Was it hard?

Nope. This was the most surprising part for me. I really psyched myself up for Whole30 and thought it would be so so difficult but it really wasn’t at all. I think a few key things helped with this. 1. It was summer so there was plenty of fresh and delicious fruit and berries in season. 2. With Whole30 you are not counting calories or measuring your food intake. Basically you can eat as much as you want as long as it’s compliant and that was helpful. If I was starting to have cravings I would just have some nuts or fruit.

Would I do it again?

Absolutely! In fact I felt so good by the end I’d like to do this twice a year. I think maybe next time I would a modified Whole30 and allow legumes. It would have been nice to have lentils or chickpeas as a protein source occasionally as I ate A LOT of meat on Whole30.

Was it expensive?

Yes. It was. Ha ha. My groceries for the month were about 50% more. That being said, I only ate out three times in 30 days and I would have ate out less if I hadn’t been traveling the last weekend of the program. In the one week since going off Whole30 I’ve ate out twice. Ha! Sooo, I think it kind of evened itself out in terms of cost.

What now?

So ideally I would like to do Whole 30 from Sunday dinner – Friday lunch and then eat whatever I want from Friday dinner – Sunday lunch. That said, I am definitely more of an Abstainer and getting back on track with Whole30 yesterday was harder than I thought it would be and I did have a few slip-ups. We’ll see how today goes!

If you’ve done Whole30 how did you implement the habits from the program into your day-to-day eating after you were done? Would you do it again? 

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Get to Know Me Better!

I saw this Get to Know Me quiz on A Foodie Stays Fit and then on Peanut Butter Runner and thought it would be a fun addition to my blog that is all just Whole 30 recaps, weekend recaps and monthly recaps lately. Enough with the recaps already, I know!

So here we go :)

1. What brings you the greatest joy? Being at home with my little family – Eric and the pets. I love traveling and exploring but I truly do love just being home. The other night Eric was watching TV, I was reading a book, Webster was curled up on the couch beside me and Chloe was at our feet and I just felt so filled up. So much gratefulness. So much joy. Other things that bring me joy are exercise, spending time with my family, girls nights, sleep and travel.

2. What are your vices? Facebook scrolling. Oh the scroll. I’m so bad for getting trapped doing it when I’m really tired, it’s a terrible habit I would like to kick. I’ve tried taking Facebook off my phone completely but then I feel like I’m ‘missing out’ on certain things.. Maybe I just need to get over that. Any tips?

3. What is on your nightstand? I have a drawer in my nighstand that is filled with CRAP – ha ha! So on top of the nightstand is just books and my kindle and a cute bag filled with my daily supplements & medications. Here is a picture :)

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4. Do you have a secret talent? Hmmm, I think my secret talent might be planning travel. Nothing overly exciting, but I get asked a lot about how I manage to plan all of the travel we’ve done and also score great deals on trips. It takes A LOT of time. I would estimate I spent 30 – 50 hours planning our Ireland and Scotland trip. So much researching, price comparisons etc. We are going to Hawaii this Christmas and watching deals / doing price comparisons has been on my to do list since Fall 2015! You can’t just decide to go on a trip and book something and expect to get a good deal, you have to take the time to compare prices and plan it out. So I don’t know if that’s really a ‘secret talent’ or not but a lot of people do ask me for advice when planning trips so I guess I’ll call it that for now!

5. What is your greatest indulgence? Something I did a few times before going on Whole30 is eating frozen yogurt in the bathtub, while sipping on a glass of wine and watching Gilmore Girls on my laptop. That was SUCH a treat! And it still works without the froyo and wine as I’ve discovered during Whole30 :) Something about a hot bubble bath and your favourite TV show on Netflix just feels indulgent!

6. What should everyone try at least once in their life? I do think everyone should live alone at least once. I only did it for about 8 months but it was a real growing experience for me.

7. What makes you laugh? Eric. Every day. My husband is hilarious.

8. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I think people would be surprised to know I have quite the potty mouth and tend to drop more swear words than most people might expect!

9. What is on your bucket list?  So many things! Top of the list; having a family and hiking Machu Picchu in Peru.

10. What is on your feet right now? Tan flats! I actually couldn’t wear flats for the longest time because they gave me blisters but I’ve discovered I need a really soft/flexible pair of flats to work for me. I have three pairs I rotate through now and I love them!

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11. How did you make your first dollar? My parents used to own a small store so I think it was working for them in the store.

12. What superstition do you believe in? Karma! If you put out good you will get good back, if you put out bad you will get it back, eventually…

13. What items in your closet do you wear the most? It depends on the time of year. I basically live in my Fabletics gear on the weekends. I wear my Liverpool Denim Jean Jacket A LOT in the summer and fall.

14. What is the best gift you’ve ever received? Man, this is a tough one… I don’t know if using the words ‘best gift’ is the way to categorize these but two very memorable gifts are the afghan my grandma knitted for us last Christmas, I will treasure it forever. And then also the Birthday Picnic Eric took me on for my 26th birthday in 2014 was a pretty special and unique birthday ‘gift’.

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15. What is on your liquor shelf? I haven’t drank alcohol in 32 days so I’m not entirely sure. I know we have several bottles of wine and I think some whiskey Eric bought back from Ireland that he never plans on opening. lol

16. What is on your kitchen counter? Kitchenaid mixer, knives, coffee machine, microwave, clean dishes that are drying, candle… a bunch of crap. Here is a picture :)

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17. What would you never leave home without? The only thing I truly never really leave home without is my iPhone – but sometimes I even take the dog for a walk without that! Rarely though.

Questions to answer in the comments: What is your greatest indulgence and what items in your closet do you wear the most?

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Whole 30: Days 26 – 30

I am officially finished Whole30! So proud of myself for finishing it. I’m not going to lie, I had my doubts. Like I said once before – hand me a fitness challenge and I will complete it no problem but eating challenge is a completely different story for me and I wasn’t 100% sure I would be able to resist food cravings. But I managed to do it, and the best part was I barely had any food cravings anyways because Whole30 kept my blood sugar so much more stable than normal.

Anyways, I will do one more post after this sharing more of my thoughts / takeaways from Whole30. For now I want to recap the last five days.

Day 26

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Sweet potato bowl for breakfast. I’m honestly obsessed with these breakfasts and plan to continue eating them for quite awhile. 

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Snacked on these while making lunch (did not eat all of them!) 

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Lunch! Taco salad. 

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Blueberries! 

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More blueberries and cashews while preparing dinner. 

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Dinner, yum! Potato, acorn squash and salmon baked with dijon mustard. 

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Last of the acorn squash with a peach and almond butter for “dessert” 

Day 27

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Breakfast! 

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Ha ha this is not a mistake. It’s just I was getting ready to fly down south to spend the weekend with my mom and didn’t have very much Whole30 compliant food in the fridge sooo…. it was another sweet potato bowl and a hard boiled egg for lunch! 

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Snacks in the airport. 

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Only my 2nd meal out in 30 days! Steak, steamed veggies and potatoes. I just emphasize for them to please not cook anything in butter or add any seasoning or spice. 

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More blueberries! I ate this whole container in less than 12 hours! 

Day 28

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First day at my moms, started it off with the usual breaky. 

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A most excellent lunch! These Grimms smokies from Costco are Whole30 compliant. We don’t have a Costco in Fort St. John but Carmine had been telling me how amazing these smokies are and they definitely did not disappoint. My mom ate the exact same lunch, I totally introduced her to yummy Whole30 eating :) 

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A coffee blended with shaved ice and coconut milk and fresh cherries. 

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An AMAZING dinner. A perfectly cooked on the BBQ steak, shrimp seasoned with fresh basil, beets, a baked potato and a salad on the side. This meal was so. good.

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Blueberries! 

Day 29

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Ok, this edged out the pulled pork – avocado mayo meal as the best meal I had on Whole30! Sauteed vegetables with a Grimms smokie, potatoes, salt, pepper, garlic, fresh tomatoes on the side and a soft poached egg. This meal was SO GOOD. I loved every bite of it! 

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Afternoon snack

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I missed my sweet potato bowl for breakfast so clearly I had to fit one in somewhere! ha ha ha

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Pineapple with almond butter. The combo worked better than I thought it would! 

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Leftovers for dinner! 

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“Dessert” – fresh okanagan peach with almond butter

Day 30

I mean OF COURSE on Day 30 I would forget to photograph a meal! My mom and I had a really early start as I had an appointment in Kelowna so my sweet potato bowl was ate while driving and I forgot to take a photo of it. Just scroll up to get a gist of what it looked like :) 

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Snacks after my appointment. 

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Another snack while at the airport. 

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Super late lunch at the airport and my third meal out on Whole 30. Plain salad with plain grilled salmon with lemons instead of dressing and an unpictured side of steamed broccoli. 

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Came home to 20 lbs of blueberries! I ate a good amount but didn’t even make a dent in them. I froze over half of this box :) 

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Last Whole30 dinner! Compliant burger + potato + pickles. Not bad when the fridge was fairly empty. 

And that’s a wrap! Whole30 complete! I would definitely do this challenge again – but I will get into that more in the next post.

Oh and just for fun, here is my first non-compliant meal. I started with reintroducing dairy and ate lots of cheese yesterday :)

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What was the last challenge you surprised yourself by finishing? 

Read ALL my Whole30 food recaps below:

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