Whole30 Round Two: Half Way Point

Dont-Quit-Half-Way-Through-560x374Today is Day 15 of my Whole30 Round Two and I feel great; second time around has been much easier although this past Thursday (Day 12) was challenging. I came home from a productive day at work, an awesome workout with my fabulous trainer, was prepping my dinner per usual when I suddenly started thinking a little too much about a few social events coming up; BBQ on Saturday night, Cards vs Cubs game on Sunday, possible road trip for a surprise party, upcoming reception for Jehan traveling all the way to St. Louis from Sri Lanka, another party here, a party there.

mindWhile chopping some vegetables, the voice in my head was justifying how much easier it would be to simply go buy a bag of tortilla chips and make my own version of loaded nachos (my biggest vice). As I shook that thought out of my head, my mind quickly shifted to mentally cataloging what non-Whole30 compliant things are residing in my pantry or fridge (peanuts, chocolate chips, vodka, wine). What can I cram in my mouth so this whole thing can just be over? It was the strangest mental game that my mind was challenging me to; I eventually realized I was simply tired and cranky. Once I ate my dinner and had my tea, I was fine and very, very, very glad that I did not sabotage this journey.

chompsSo, plugging along very well and decided to splurge on a couple of items to make things easier. For example, the recently purchased Whole30 approved 100% grass-fed beef snack sticks from Chomps save me in a pinch as a pre-workout meal and are so good. I always have liked jerky but most products are filled with  premadepaleoprocessed crap and sugar. The arrival of some Whole30 approved salad dressings and sauces from Tessemae should come any day now.  Can I make my own salad dressing? Of course. Am I occasionally short on time or lazy? YES. I am looking most forward to having some BBQ sauce that isn’t filled with sugar, sugar, sugar. Oh yeah, and the BIG SPLURGE? Ordered ten pre-made paleo meals from PremadePaleo, all Whole30 approved, for when I am tired, crabby, cranky, lazy, or whatever.

sheppieBy the way, I still make a lot of my own food and here are a few of my top favorites from Whole30 Round Two! From the cookbook Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan, Shepard’s Pie is to die for and down-right delicious (the picture is what I made and what I quickly ate!). Instead of mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower is used.  Seriously, I can’t tell the difference. I make my own sweet potato chips and use the chips instead of a fork to eat some ground meat that has been topped off with home-made guacamole. Jicama “Potato” Salad is unbelievable. I skip the slow-cooking step and simply fry up the chopped jicama in coconut oil mainly because I am impatient and I prefer the crunch. Delicious!

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Get Healthier Today! How To Start Your Own Whole30

doing-the-whole30Intrigued by my second round of The Whole30 Adventure, a few of my followers wanted to know if the program was spelled out online or if you had to buy the book It Starts With Food. The Whole30 program has always been made available for free online since 2009 at the Whole9 website.  During my first Whole30 Adventure (Feb 10 – March 12), I simply downloaded the following PDFs from the website as follows:

1. The Whole30 Program: what is Whole30 and an outline of how to follow the program. Scroll down toward the bottom to print off PDF version of Whole30 Program. Very nice!

2. Quick Start Guide

3. Grocery Guide

4. Shopping List (this was so key for me, love it, love it, love it)

5. Sneaky Sugars (totally used this in the beginning to help read labels to ensure that the ingredients used to cook are void of real and/or artificial sugar; very eye-opening.  You will be amazed how much sugar is in ingredients).

your_30_day_challengeBy using the five PDFs, I followed the program for 30 days (see Mission Accomplished). A huge help was the daily e-newsletter I paid for; this is not required (less than $20) but was a huge help to me, particularly during those days I just needed go-for-it-saidaonlinea little “You Go Girl!” pep talk and/or some tips, recipes or additional resource links. After my first round, per the recommendations of my two cousins (who  successfully completed their own Whole30 programs), I bought and read It Starts With Food and was re-inspired to repeat the program.  Another great resource that is not required for you to get healthier today by starting your very own Whole30 adventure!