Whole 30: Day 30

Y’see that up there?? DAY 30. Mama is DONE. Woohoo! More about that in a sec, first here’s my day, food and otherwise.

I am so unprepared for the week- no groceries, no meal plan. Of course it is Birthday Week o’ Heather so I really only have to cook one night. Yea for that. I couldn’t stomach making eggs for breakfast so I just cooked a chicken apple sausage and had that with fruit and avocado:

For lunch I used some leftover coconut “rice” to make a whole 30 fried rice. I scrambled an egg in some coconut oil, then removed that and set aside. Then I tossed in a handful of broccoli slaw and some chopped celery and sauteed for a few minutes. After that I dumped in the leftover cauli rice, covered with a lid and let cook/steam for about 5 minutes (?). Finally I added some frozen peas and frozen shrimp and let them heat through, then stirred in the scrambled egg. Seasoned with coconut aminos, garlic powder, onion powder and salt:

So easy! And it tasted awesome too, though as I said on instagram, I’ll be really happy to add sriracha back into my life (added sugar… why???).

Tonight I met my sweet book club friends for a birthday dinner at HG Sply. I love these girls so much! Over the years we’ve celebrated so many birthdays… weddings… babies… They’re pretty much the best:

I keep getting the same thing there: build your own bowl with sweet potatoes, mushrooms, brussels sprouts, shredded pork and romesco sauce. I’m a creature of habit (and it’s awesome).

Aaaaand I may have concluded my whole 30 a couple hours early- first with a Kentucky mule (ahhhh bourbon, I’ve missed you), and then a few bites of dessert that we all passed around. Some kind of flourless chocolate cake and this chocolate chip-bacon cookie creation:

OK. So. The whole 30 was a pretty amazing experience. Not only did I shed a few inches and pounds (-2 waist, -2 hips, -9lbs total), but I feel about a million times better than I did a month ago. I have wayyyyy more energy, despite still not getting my butt in bed before midnight ever. I definitely sleep better.

The whole cooking thing was a giant pain in the ass at first, but once I got into the swing of things and had a few fallback easy meal options, it was no sweat. I don’t really crave anything, other than a glass of wine to unwind at the end of the night every now and then. I’m not going to tell you that the pizza I ordered for the kids’ dinner tonight didn’t look and smell amazing (it totally did), but I’m no longer feeling deprived that I can’t have it.

I feel like this has definitely changed my relationship with food. I’m much more conscientious about what goes into my body because I now know how much better I feel when I choose to eat healthy, unprocessed foods (and how crappy I can feel when I don’t). Also, I never realized how often I was just mindlessly eating- grabbing a handful of pretzels, “tasting” the kids’ mac & cheese, samples at Central Market, a piece of chocolate after dinner. I don’t think it’s realistic to think that I can stick to the whole 30 guidelines forever, but I do plan to eat this way as much as possible. There are just too many benefits not to- not only do we feel better, but we’ve saved money by cooking at home more (and cutting out the Sonic happy hour runs, yikes).

I feel like I’m rambling, but I hope some of that helps anyone who is thinking of trying this whole 30 thing. I’m obviously really (annoyingly) excited to talk about it, so if you have any questions, feel free to either leave a comment or email me! I’m also planning to put together a list of my Whole 30 Must Buys from Trader Joe’s, Costco and WF. Reading allllll the labels can be such a pain so hopefully that will be a helpful resource.

Ok off to bed! Thanks for sticking with me these past 30 days!

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4 Responses to Whole 30: Day 30

  1. Gina Niesman says:

    You look amazing, Heather….and I am so glad you feel better, too. People don’t always realize how pounds taken off can totally change how one feels. Congratulations!

  2. Christina says:

    I’m interested, but intimidated! I feel like I’d have to have my family (or at least husband) on board because I’m not gonna cook that much just for me.

  3. Joanna Brock says:

    Yay! Nine pounds in a month? Amazing. Also, so excited to read your grocery lists! Are they by chance going up tonight? ‘Cause whole30 shopping tomorrow. No pressure.

  4. Kelly Cornelius says:

    Heather! My sister-in-law and I want to try this so I am definitely going to need your shopping lists!!!

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