Hi, everyone! I have just completed the first week of the Whole 30 challenge! I am also hosting a free accountability Whole 30 Facebook group and we are all learning a lot about our bodies and how the food we eat affects them! Although we are already a week in, you’re still welcome to join us and truck through the next three weeks eating healthy! Check our the complete post about it and how to join here.
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Tip: Before starting your Whole 30 journey, I highly recommend buying the Whole 30 book and getting a real understanding of the guidelines and what you will learn about your body!
7 Things You Will Realize While Doing The Whole 30
1.) Snacking usually comes from boredom/entitlement, rather than true hunger.
Once I started asking myself, “Am I really hungry right now?” the answer was usually “no” and I was able to go longer stretches through snacking.
2.) Your usual pre- whole 30 “healthy snacks” probably weren’t so healthy.
You think a yogurt or breakfast bar is usually a pretty wholesome snack, but they can be just as bad as a dessert and a candy bar! Although I usually picked simple ingredient lists for both, they both had a good amount of sugar, grains and dairy. All three which cause negative reactions within your body.
3.) Food Prep Is The Key To Success
I tell all my fellow whole 30’ers, “fail to prepare, prepare to fail!” Food preparation is by far the most important element in eating right and keeping it right. You take all the temptation out of grabbing something quickly when all of your meals are ready and waiting for you. This is the way things are supposed to be. This is the way things were before we became obsessed with “fast food” as a nation.
Tip: Use specialized meal prep containers that are all the same portion size! You can check out the ones I like here!
4.) Real Food Makes You Feel Real Good!
It just feels so right not just feeding my body, but fueling it. I have been eating much more nutrient dense food, and I can feel it play out through my energy levels, mood and overall mindset.
5.) The Bloat Is BANISHED!
No. More. Bloat! My tummy is flat and I don’t feel like I’m 19 weeks pregnant after a colossal carb-induced meal anymore. I still have certain carbs (potatoes!), but in moderation and with a big salad and the right amount of protein. I have kicked my bread addiction, and I’m not missing it yet!
6.) Doing it With a Partner Really HELPS!
Along with everyone who is in my Facebook group, it’s great to be doing this challenge with my husband, too. We keep each other accountable. It’s extremely difficult to watch what you’re eating when other people in the house are stocking up on pizza and ice cream!
7.) It’s Not a Diet, It’s a Lifestyle.
This isn’t fad diet, or even a diet at all. It’s a lifestyle. It’s very simple. It’s just normal. It’s a chance to reset our bodies after eating garbage, yes. But it’s more importantly a way to re-wire our brains to get back to basics. To get back to the way everyone ate before everything was simplified in a “cutting corners” type of way.
Whole 30 Approved Recipes
Here are some of the dishes I made this week that are worth mentioning. Some of them I found and will link you to the blog in which they came, and others are my own cook-ups and I will post the recipes below the images.
Tip: To get the most out of this lifestyle and cooking real food, make sure you’re using high quality meats and organic produce. You’re taking the time to treat your body right, so make sure you’re using the right fuel. I get all of my high quality, grass-fed meat from Organic Lifestyle Foods. You can read all about it here.
Tuscan Chicken & Veggies
1 pound chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 large carrot, diced (I use the Vidalia Chop Wizard for quick and easy chopping!
1 large onion, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1-2 large potatoes, diced
1 (14½ oz) can crushed tomatoes with basil, oregano, and garlic
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 Tablespoon olive oil
In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, potatoes, zucchini and carrot and saute until they start to soften. Add chicken strips and cook until almost done.
Stir in crushed tomatoes and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low and let simmer.
Serve with a large salad on the side and enjoy!
Sweet Potato Casserole
This recipe is from “From This Kitchen Table” and can be found here!
Light ‘N Easy Balsamic Burger Salad
This recipe couldn’t be simple and it’s tasty, too!
1 grass-fed burger patty (I get all of my high quality, grass-fed meat from Organic Lifestyle Foods. You can read all about it here)
2-3 Handfuls Baby Spinach
2-3 TBS balsamic Vinegar
1 TBS olive oil
Peel and cut onion into thin, long strips. Add to pain on medium-low heat with a TBS of oil. Add in balsamic vinegar and just let simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until onions are transparent and soft. Grill the burger to desired temperature. Place handful of spinach into a bowl, place burger on top and pour onions and liquid mixture on to the salad (which can be used at the dressing also). Feel free to add any other cold veggies or nuts into your salad. Enjoy!
Hope you enjoy these quick and easy recipes as much as I did!
Thanks for letting me into your world awhile,
NATURALLY NICOLE XO