The Whole30 Review

In May I finished my first full round of the Whole30! My first attempt last October was rudely interrupted by the stomach flu at day 21, so I jumped at the chance to join a friend that I knew would keep me accountable. Self-discipline isn’t exactly my strong point so I knew it would help me to be in this with someone that wouldn’t give up the first time she was forced to pass on the bread basket at dinner.

An honest Whole30 review: read about my experience with the popular elimination program. I share some challenges and why thirty days isn't enough for me.

Why the Whole30?

Did your mom ever use the phrase “garbage in, garbage out” when you were growing up? Turns out, she was right. When you fill your belly with junk that has little to no nutritive value, your body doesn’t look or feel the way it could/should/used to. Note: this effect seems to increase exponentially if you’re over 30. read more

4 Simple Whole30 Meals

On Tuesday, I shared about my first two weeks doing the Whole30. You can read about it here. Today I thought I’d throw out a few of the simple but delicious meals that I’ve been eating these past 17 DAYS!!

Four simple Whole30-compliant meals that you can whip up in no time.My goal was to keep it simple and to make sure I could quickly prepare foods that I would actually enjoy. There are a ton of great blogs with Whole30 approved recipes, but sometimes it’s nice to just have some go-to meals that you can count on in a pinch.

An easy & delicious Whole30 compliant meal.

GRILLED HAMBURGERS WHOLE30 STYLE

Thank heavens that sweet potatoes are allowed during the Whole30! I’m just sayin’. A quick lettuce-wrapped burger makes life easy, especially because the rest of my family can eat the same meal with buns instead of lettuce and it’s not a ton of extra work. I topped my burger with avocado and pickled red onion and it was delish! read more

The Whole30 – My First 15 Days

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had some pretty annoying digestive problems. My issues started to really ramp up in college where I would sometimes be afraid to eat in certain circumstances because I was afraid of having a digestive meltdown. I learned certain coping mechanisms, but never made an effort to pinpoint the source of all these problems.

the-whole-30-first2wksAlthough my issues seemed to have calmed down over time, recently, I started noticing that as much as I was trying to eat healthy, I was having more and more digestive problems again. A couple friends had posted on Facebook about the Whole30 and I started looking into it out of curiosity. After reading The Whole30 by Melissa & Dallas Hartwig, it felt like the right way to determine if a particular food group was the root of all these issues I’ve been struggling with, and at the very least it could help me kick some bad habits. So I jumped in headfirst and prayed the negative effects of dropping sugar and caffeine wouldn’t kill me! read more