Welcome back to my little series on my Whole30 experience! If you missed my last post about Days 1-10, go read that one, too. Those who know me know that I’m a huge detail person and hate cutting stories short or leaving out information, which is exactly why I had to make 3 separate posts about my Whole30! I just want to share everything I can with you. Plus, I love reading posts like this, so I hope you enjoy it!
General Overview: I think I landed in the glory days of Whole30 during this time frame. Once I hit halfway, it was smooth sailing for a while! According to Whole30, these are the days when Tiger Blood hits—you have so much extra energy, better sleep quality, confidence, and overall good vibes. It was worth those hard days in the beginning to get to this point. If you’re starting Whole30 and reading this, let me repeat: IT WAS WORTH IT. Keep pushing!
This was also the time frame when unfortunately, I realized Whole30 wasn’t really helping my digestion like it does for so many people. Certain healthy foods make me really bloated and just all-around miserable (avocado, raw veggies, raspberries, almonds, occasionally eggs…I know, it’s weird). I was hopeful that processed foods were indirectly causing these problems, but I still haven’t figured out the cause. For several days, I had serious stomach pain and couldn’t drink La Croix without it getting worse (random but so sad!). Although I’ve definitely seen other benefits of Whole30, so far improved digestion hasn’t been on the list for me. It’s possible that I just need to continue a paleo lifestyle to figure it out. This is not meant to discourage you from doing the Whole30, because the digestion issues were totally worth all the other benefits, but I want to be honest about my experience! I’m also taking suggestions if you have any, because I haven’t been able to find a solution to these digestion problems!
“Oops!” Moment: This moment wasn’t as bad as the one on my last post because I didn’t actually digest anything non-compliant. I ordered some almond butter from Thrive Market (I learned to love Thrive Market on Whole30, and I plan to do a post in the future with all my favorite TM products!). I had been so careful to look at ingredients before ordering anything, but somehow I just assumed this almond butter was Whole30-compliant. I wasn’t a huge fan of Justin’s almond butter so I was really excited to try this new kind! As soon as I opened the box, I immediately put a huge spoonful in my mouth. Then I noticed the almond butter hadn’t separated like the Justin’s kind, and it also tasted way better. Before swallowing it, I checked the ingredients and saw CANE SUGAR. I panicked, spit it all out, and repeatedly rinsed my mouth with water. Remember when I said I was a rule follower? Yeah, that’s why I sound like a crazy person. The Barney’s almond butter (which I totally recommend when you’re not on Whole30) has been sitting at the back of my fridge ever since. After this incident I wondered, “was it cheating since I tasted something with sugar in it but didn’t swallow it?” Who knows, but like I said in my last post, no one is perfect! Mistakes happen.
- I actually like my coffee with plain, sugar-free almond milk and NutPods creamer. It was hard at first, but now I don’t think I’ll ever go back!
- I can go to a social gathering and not eat anything.
- I am capable of doing hard things.
Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Spaghetti Squash: This was by far my favorite dinner on Whole30! I had this recipe pinned, but when my friend Elizabeth at Speak Social Agency shared it on her Whole30 blog post, I knew I had to try it. My husband even loved it, and he wasn’t crazy about most of my Whole30 meals. My grocery store only had huge spaghetti squash, so we ended up using half the squash the first time and saving the rest for the next night. I made the chicken and veggies again, mixed it with the extra spaghetti squash, and cooked it in a baking dish (instead of stuffing it in the squash) for Round 2! I ended up buying a big spaghetti squash on purpose the next time to guarantee leftovers again. With the leftovers, we ate this 4 times and I never got tired of it.
Fried Plantains: I never would have tried plantains if it wasn’t for that same post by Elizabeth! She shared a Plantain Apple Bacon Hash that I made almost everyday after I tried it. Plantains became one of my favorite snacks or breakfast sides, and I’ll definitely keep making them in the future. Just slice a plantain, throw the slices in a pan with coconut oil, and cook them until they’re brown on both sides. I loved sprinkling them with cinnamon.
Hawaiian Chicken Burgers: My girl Physical Kitchness does it again! This is another really easy recipe that can give you lunch or dinner almost all week. They even taste great microwaved, and you have to try them with some bacon bits on top! Check out the ones I mentioned in my last post.
Sweet Potato Fries: I have to be honest, I think I mastered sweet potato fries on Whole30. Toss them in some olive oil, salt, pepper, minced garlic, and rosemary, then put them in the oven for 20 minutes at 450 degrees. So good!
Chicken Bacon Ranch Poppers: I’m back with more chicken poppers! These are pretty much just a different variation of the ones I shared in my last post, but they were equally as good! Dip them in Tessemae’s ranch and they make a great protein for your lunch or dinner.
- Tessemae’s Sauces—I ordered these for the buffalo chicken spaghetti squash, but you can order boxes of 4, so I got to try some different ones! I love their ranch, BBQ, ketchup, and buffalo sauce.
- Epic Bars—Unfortunately I couldn’t re-stock on my Chomps Sticks because I don’t have a Trader Joe’s, but I ordered these from Thrive and loved them, too! They make a great snack when you need some extra protein.