Whole30 Has Opened My Eyes

Well guys, I’m on day 12 of the Whole30 and I’m doing GREAT!  I was really worried if I would be able to keep up with everything Whole30 but I joined a facebook group, did research, I’m currently listening to It Starts with Food when I work out, and made sure I had lots of meal ideas pinned.  Interestingly enough all that research and prep didn’t prepare me for how much I was going to LOVE Whole30!  Is it something I will do 100% after the 30 days, no but I plan (as of now) to stay paleo about 80/20% of the time.  I honestly have only missed one thing so far being on this diet and that’s wine…. lol

I feel so much better eating healthy.  The main part of Whole30 is to find out what foods your body reacts poorly too and to detox your body.  I knew grains made me feel gross but I always forget how gross they make me feel until I eliminate them from my diet.  I had no clue that sugar was literally in EVERYTHING!  I looked at my garlic salt the first day of the whole30 and found sugar…. eww!

The downfall of the Whole30 and any lifestyle that eliminates bad ingredients, preservatives and all that other crap is that you have to cook almost solely at home and almost 100% homemade.  It is a lot of work… is it too much work for changing my life? Absolutely not! I used to prep my food all the time each week back when I was healthier and in better shape so I know I can do it.  I’m preparing myself for Sundays again when I spend 3ish hours in the kitchen cooking and then cleaning.  School starts next Tuesday so this weekend is week 1 of prepping ALL my food and having meals already broken into each serving so I can grab and go.  Wish me luck!!

Hope everyone else is doing well with their fitness journey or whatever journey they are on 🙂

Don’t forget to follow my instagram to see my meals and keep up with my Whole30 journey @untraditionallife

How the Whole30 Has Been so Far…

Well guys it’s day 3 for me into my life change, starting with the whole30.  I was super prepared.  I made grocery lists, went to the stores I needed to, prepared my food, and prepped my fitness planner.

I used post its so that I had the flexibility of changing my meals if I wanted to throughout the week.  I gave myself only three goals for the week because I didn’t want to lose track of the main goals.  I have a weigh in meeting each Saturday so that’s why I have the scale sticker at the bottom of Saturday.  In order to stay on track I tried to make this as fun and colorful as I could.  I need color and fun stuff in my life if I’m going to stay on track with rough goals, such as losing weight and getting healthy.IMG_2815.JPG

I made basically all my meat and meals ahead of time except for shrimp, which I guess isn’t considered a meat.  I found a new best friend in the kitchen while I was cooking, my food processor.  I’ve had it for awhile and never knew what the metal part was, the part that has the shredder and slicer on it…. I decided to youtube a how to use it and used it the whole time I cooked…. It cut my cooking time in half at least!  Here’s pictures of what I made please excuse the photos I’m no photographer.

Here is the Kale, Chicken and Spaghetti Squash Bake.  This was the easiest meal to cook.  img_2801

These are supposed to be Chicken Zucchini Poppers but I didn’t have ground chicken so I used ground turkey.  These are delicious but next time I would use less cilantro.img_2802

These are super yummy too.  Oven Baked Chicken Thighs.  The marinade that I put on these was super green but after cooking it didn’t look nearly as scary LOLimg_2803

You can find all these recipes on my pinterest board here.  I want to make sure everyone gets their credit so I figured this would be the best way to link to where to find them.

So, it seems that I would be all ready right?  I mean I prefer fresh breakfast food and vegetables and since I’m not working or in school I didn’t prep either of those things.  When I head back to my busy schedule I will be prepping EVERYTHING!

Here’s my meals for Day 1.  If you follow me on instagram you may have seen them already, if not follow me at untraditionallife!

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My goal was to not snack but I was starving on day one so I ate another banana with almond butter.  I was still hungry the whole day but didn’t let that make me eat more or cheat.  I did research and found I may not be eating enough so I changed accordingly and day 2 was much better.  I thought I was golden.  I wasn’t having the side effects that everyone talks about and then… today/day 3 happened.  I slept in later than I ever do woke up and felt like I was in a daze, just not normal feeling.  I am part of a facebook group for the January whole30 challenge so I asked on there if what I was feeling was normal and they said it was.  I have so much I need to do today and I wanted to go to the gym but I think I’m going to just chill today and focus on drinking water (which is what a lot of people said helps).  I’m hoping tomorrow I feel better and can catch up on everything I need to do.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful new year so far!!!  Let me know what you all are up to 🙂