whole 30 week 2 review

Last week I shared how I was feeling 10 days into Whole30, so today I’m sharing what’s changed 17 days in!  My overall attitude at this time is… bleh.  I’ve settled into the eating plan and when I’m home it’s no big deal… but I’m not necessarily excited about meal times.

Confession: I had a few glasses of wine at the People’s Choice Awards. And guess what happened next? I threw up. Twice. What the what? And it was a Malbec from Argentina and two glasses of Meiomi Pinot Noir – that’s the good stuff! A few glasses of wine used to be a Thursday night (I mean, it’s basically the weekend), and now it made me sick to my stomach? I don’t regret it, but I am glad it’s taken that wine craving away.  The book says if you cheat to start over, but I’m not because… I’m not. However, I felt I needed to be truthful with you guys!

PROS:

Eating so many vegetables has challenged me to branch out and try new veggie that I wouldn’t reach for beforehand.

I’m getting sick of chicken and red meat, so I’m challenging myself to cook more seafood and it’s a nice change.

CONS:

In the 30 days we are doing Whole30, so far I’ve had an overnight stay in LA for work, two separate work dinners in LA and guests in town for 8 of the 30 days… which has made eating a challenge.  If I had to pick 30 days where I wasn’t traveling, having visitors or attending food-centered work meetings… I would never be able to do Whole30 because so is life!  So I’ve worried that when trying to do my best eating out that I’ve cheated – who knows what oils they’re cooking with, etc.

The clear skin has left me unfortunately, I’ve got some blemishes on my chin and I’m usually ok in that area… not a huge deal but I just wanted to share because last week my skin was really clear! Of course this could be due to other factors as well.

I strongly dislike how much I think about food. I’m constantly cooking, washing dishes, reading labels, looking up new recipes, making grocery lists, meal prepping, chopping vegetables, thinking about what I can eat… I don’t like food to take up this much of my thoughts.  I like to just eat when I’m hungry and call it a day!

FAVES:

I know Whole30 discourages smoothies, but I needed something in the morning that wasn’t eggs or fruit… and this smoothie is so delish and really cures a sweet tooth!

Christian has been eating raisins to satisfy his sweet tooth – which works for him but makes me laugh because I’ve never really seen him snack on handfuls of raisins?

Have you done Whole30? What helped you survive the halfway slump? Thanks so much for reading and I hope you’re having a great weekend! XO –

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  1. I have done Whole30 twice and am starting my third one today. Some lifesavers: frozen grapes, frozen macadamia nuts, prosciutto and melon. Also, try Tessemae’s sauces. They have several that are Whole30 approved and are freaking delicious. This midway slump is totally normal, but hang in there!!!

    1. Frozen NUTS – I would never have thought about that! I’m going to look into those sauces, I could definitely use some help!

  2. I totally understand how you’re feeling with the “constantly thinking” about food. We did a program that is more strict than whole30 and it made us borderline eating disorder-ish for those 4 weeks! It almost makes you hangrier thinking about food so much!

    1. I totally agree! I don’t want to be someone who is always thinking about food, so that’s something I’m trying to be careful about.

  3. I am going to be starting whole30 on the 24th… you’ve inspired me so to speak. I am looking forward to the challenge but not looking forward to all the cons you’ve been listing. My husband is already a picky eater so I’m sure some “food fights” are in our near future! Keep going strong and don’t stop! I love your snaps and updates, I know they will be very helpful when we start our whole30 adventure.

    1. Well hopefully you can mix it up enough so he won’t get bored! I’m trying to keep at it – thank you so much for the kind words!! I can’t wait to hear what you think about Whole30!

  4. Love hearing your thoughts. I think you’ve done well and seem realistic about what you’ve learned. That’s crazy about the wine. One of these days I’ll do one. I’ve got the book but travel frequently for work — there will never be 30 days where I don’t travel, and have some idea how I’d do it on the road but … not ready yet. What I am doing right now is 30 days with no desert (cake, ice cream cookies, etc). I have moderation with sweets issues (like I can seriously put away some ice cream) and wanted to challenge myself — just see what I could see. I’m 14 weeks in. Today I went grocery shopping and picked up cookies. I thought, eh 2 weeks was enough. Then I said “nope, you are half way there” and I put the. cookies.back. I don’t know who I am?! Haha. Y’all are on the home stretch! Love your snapchat.

    1. Good for you!! I’m trying to be totally honest and realistic with my “reviews,” I do think there’s a great purpose in Whole30, and I have to keep reminding myself of the big picture so I’ll stick with it.

  5. Also, when you finish and do your 30 days in review, I think you should do it Matt Bellasssi/Wine About It — style 🙂

    1. LOLOLOL I think we both know I could never do him justice!! He’s my HERO (insert praise hands emoji).

  6. I really want to try Whole 30 but I’m scared that I will just think about food to much. Sometimes that makes it harder for me-it’s like being on a strict budget. Hope the rest goes well for you 🙂

  7. I’m on day 6 of my second round 🙂 and I just have to keep reminding myself that it’s only 30 days. Whenever I feel like cheating, or quiting since they don’t really let you cheat, I just tell myself “30 days”. I totally need to get my sugar addiction under control and if I quit because I really just want something sweet than I’ve obviously failed and still have a problem with sugar. 30 days. I don’t feel like I’m cooking as much or thinking about good as much with the second round, probably because I know the rules already. I do wash way more dishes! Mostly, I miss my morning Starbucks- but…30 days 🙂 after the 30 days I’ll take more care this time with reintroduction and keep myself in check, instead of just going crazy and eating all the things! Good luck as you finish up!

  8. My hubby and I did Whole30 two years ago and I definitely recall the feeling of “blah” about two weeks in. I believe that’s also about the time I told my husband who’d never so much as cooked an egg that it was time for him to learn because I was so, so, bored of cooking! I don’t know that I have any advice, per se – except that towards the end of week 3 and all of week 4 I felt freaking awesome and in my opinion, made it worth sticking it out. I literally felt like Superwoman – it was so bizarre to realize how good you can feel without wine 🙂 Hang in there!

    Oh, and I also yakked when I had two glasses of wine after I finished. Don’t worry, that goes away in no time at all 🙂

  9. I haven’t tried Whole30 yet, but am curious if you’re seeing any benefits with the scale or how your clothes fit! Not sure if that’s a benefit from this diet, I haven’t read much about it but was curious on your thoughts! Thanks for the blog update – I love your snaps!

  10. I’ve been maintaining a 70 lb weight loss for 11 years and currently work at a physician monitored Weight loss center…. Eating clean can be super boring lol, but worth the health benefits in the long run. Thank you for sharing your ups and downs!
    Please take a look at my video blogs on the Scottsdale Weight Loss Center’s Facebook page under videos.
    Fashion is my second passion, so your blog is super inspiring to me! Love your style!! Totally going shopping today! 🙂

  11. I don’t know whether or not you’ve checked out @whole30recipes on Instagram, but I’ve gotten a lot of recipe ideas from them. I posted my fave recipe from there on my blog – meatballs and cauliflower mash – SO good! Along with the recipe, I’ve posted some of my thoughts on Whole30 as well. I can totally relate! Good luck on the second half of your Whole30 journey!

    Stephanie
    theblondestyleblog.com

  12. Try scotch eggs and the recipes at paleoleap.com! Good on you (and don’t worry about the wine… chalk that down to experience and the Whole30 journey :). I’d love to hear whether there have been any changes in your body – size / strength etc?

  13. It’s only 30 days! That’s how I got through. At 30 days I felt so good and my clothes were so lose it did 42 days before I started reintroducing. I stopped thinking about food at week 3 because I got used to what I could have. I survived by cooking enough to have several days of leftovers so I didn’t have to cook daily. I made 3 dishes one day a week. When I finally got to drink wine, I could only taste sugar in red wine. I did find a nice dry chard that does the trick. I can now drink wine without gaining weight. Not eating carbs, dairy, or sugar very much and I honestly don’t miss then. Hang in there, your hormones will change and you won’t pack on the pounds when you start eating more freely. I took 20 days off and I mean off on the holidays and only gained 1 pound. AMAZING.

  14. I have a co-worker who did Whole30 before the holidays and Now she is lactose intolerant? She used to eat cheese all the time and now she can’t have anything with any sort of dairy in it!!

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