In November when I hosted my Party for Her, Kayla Fruchtman of Healing Waters and The Her Initiative was staying with me and telling me about her experiences with Whole30 – a program challenging 30 days of extremely clean eating (no cheating!), followed by a 10-day reintroduction process to see which food groups may or may not irritate your stomach (quick rundown here).
I was fascinated. I’m not one for a rigid eating program, but the purpose of this is to learn more about your body, how it tolerates foods and how you feel when you eat the way we are intended to eat… I feel like it’s a mostly vegan diet with meat and eggs.
SO, after sharing some of my Whole30 journey on Snapchat (CBLied), you guys were asking questions and screenshotting all my meals. After asking earlier this week if y’all would be interested in hearing weekly updates – the majority of you said yes so here we are! Every Saturday I plan to share some pros and cons of the week and my favorite recipes.
I am 10 days in, so far:
I must cook healthier than I thought because the meals taste good and not much different than what we normally eat.
Christian has gotten so into it, which really surprises me!
My skin is totally clear and dewy.
Seeing a refrigerator full of fruits and veggies, organic produce – it makes me feel confident and happy with my purchases. As I learned watching Food Inc. years ago, every time a food item runs across the scanner, you’re voting. As an animal lover, free-range and grass fed is a non-negotiable.
I feel completely debloated and I never feel swollen or overly full after meals.
I miss wine. It might be my only real craving.
I don’t like that it makes me avoid social scenarios that involve restaurants or alcohol because I’m concerned I’ll cheat.
Traveling is really, really hard. Even if it’s just a staycation or two nights in LA – it’s hard. Thankfully in California we can eat vegan without the soy and get away with it, but if I didn’t live somewhere so accommodating, it would be even harder.
I feel like I spend all my time at the kitchen sink washing dishes, pots and pans… no one likes that!
I’m starting to feel so tired and sluggish all day. They say mid-way through the program you have tons of energy… ready for that to kick in!
Egg scramble with lots of veggies and avocado tastes so indulgent and delicious.
Clementines and apples are some of my favorite snacks.
Egg salad for lunch never gets old for me.
A banana and almond butter is my go-to if I’m hangry.
Lemon juice. On everything!
This taco salad is so good!
Let me know if there if there is anything specific you guys are wondering and if you’ve done Whole30 before – I’d love to hear about any favorites you might have! Thanks so much for reading – XO –