Whole30 recipes

Whole30 Recipes {Favorites List}

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Now that I've done the Whole30 I want to tell everyone about it and all the foods they can eat during it! I know when people hear they'd have to cut out sugar, grains, and dairy, they automatically panic wondering what will be left to eat, but I'm here to tell you: plenty!

This list of tried and true recipes is proof! It's delicious food that will leave you satisfied and feeling good. This list includes my favorite snacks, condiments, and recipes, as well as the favorite recipes of the girls who did the Whole30 with me -- thanks ladies!

Snacks:

  • Carrots
  • Wholly guacamole packs
  • Apple + almond/cashew/or sunbutter
  • Black Kalamata olives (my fav!!!)
  • Pickles
  • Trail mix of pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, coconut shreds, and raisins
  • Larabars
  • That's it bars
  • Ants on a log (almond butter and raisins on celery)
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Sliced red or orange or yellow bell peppers
  • Sliced cucumber 'crackers' and tuna/chicken/egg salad
  • Deviled eggs
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Guacamole & cut veggies
  • Plantain chips (homemade or store bought)
  • Homemade apple chips

Condiments:

  • Organic spicy brown mustard (I love this on salmon!)
  • French's regular mustard
  • Fresh salsa

Breakfast: 

Lunch/Dinner: 

Crockpot:

Dessert: 

  • "Fried" bananas -- cook slices of banana in coconut oil sprinkled with cinnamon (optional: top with coconut flakes or pour over almond butter; or both!)
  • Banana chia pudding
  • Organic cinnamon applesauce
  • Pomegranate seeds

"Fast" Restaurants:

  • Chipotle - Carnitas salad bowl with pico de gallo (tomatoes), and guacamole (Carnitas is the only meat that is compliant at Chipotle)
  • Cava Mezze - Salad with chicken toppings: pickled onions, olives, cucumbers and evoo, topped with evvo and lemon
  • True Food Kitchen - Bison burger "protein style" with no mayo side of sweet potato hash and kale salad (hold the parmesan)

Also, a head's up: I'm planning to do another Whole30 in January!! Yay!!

I'd actually love to do it sooner but it's not recommended you attempt a Whole30 over the holidays, which makes total sense to me. However, I am very much looking forward to round two in January and I'd love for you to join me! Let me know if you're interested and I'll make sure to include you in any discussions leading up to it!

What's your favorite Whole30 recipes? 

Would you say this list is too restrictive? 


Final Recap of the Whole30

This is it guys - I made it! I finished the Whole30!

Yay!!!

How did I celebrate? Well, I haven't yet. I had plans to go out tonight but it's rainy and cold, and all I really want to do is curl up on the couch! I did splurge this morning with a rainbow sparkle donut and coffee from Dunkin... and it was so, so good! I also had a mini snickers last night. It's funny the very first thought I had was: I want another one. The sugar monster doesn't wait long to rear its ugly head, does it?

I wanted to do a quick recap of the last two days of eats even though I didn't take a lot of pictures. Read more below.

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Day 29: B: Monkey salad of course and black coffee (I'm loving the donut shop blend). L: Whipped butternut squash with chunks of apple and apple-chicken sausage topped with nutmeg, cinnamon and pecans.* Throughout the afternoon I snacked on an apple, applesauce, and plantains.

D: Kale salad with cumin-flavored dressing (1/ c apple cider vinegar, 1/4 c evoo, cumin, paprika, and sea salt to taste), topped with rotisserie chicken and oranges; the oranges were awesome! I'm addicted to those little guys!

Day 30: B: Eggs scrambled with bell pepper and onion and a chicken sausage link; so good! Second breakfast: Monkey salad -- also so good! L: Butternut squash mix take two; applesauce, an apple and plantains. D: I had an event immediately after work so dinner was a random mix of things: a bell pepper, plantain chips, olives, and a few halos.

Dessert - MY FIRST TASTE OF CHOCOLATE: a miniature snickers!

THE END! :)

I talked about how great I felt during the Whole30 - not just physically but mentally as well. It was such a confidence boost to take this challenge and stick with it till the end.

Physically I'm not sure I've ever looked better -- ! I'm down to my wedding weight (not that the number matters, jus' sayin') and I've dropped a whole pant size, which makes shopping such a joy right now! (Oh, hello size six! It's been awhile!)

I also want to point out that I've had some pretty incredible gains in CrossFit since starting the Whole30, too. I can't say whether one has anything to do with the other but I've PR'd my thruster and power clean, and Rx'd workouts I never thought possible.

Even though I know this week there'll be some splurges I do plan to continue to try to incorporate Whole30 principles in my diet, keeping in mind the four food principles, and recommending this "reset" to others as well.

Special thanks to my CFFC (CrossFit) friends for inspiring me to do this!

What's your favorite k-cup flavor?

Are you shopping for black Friday?

Any questions about Whole30?

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'll be back Monday, Dec. 1st.

If you’re just joining me, catch up by reading my recap of Weeks One + Two + Three + Four.


Whole 30 {Week 4 Recap}

Hey, hey! Happy Monday! My Whole30 challenge ends tomorrow! Can you believe it's been 30 days already? It feels like I was just gearing up to start and now, it's over!

This has been an incredible journey for me. I feel really proud of the fact that I made it to the end -- I didn't quit! And, I only had one small cheat!

I'm more confidence having realized that when I put my mind to something, I can achieve it! I am also thankful for all the revelations (allofthem!). I was really able to differentiate an emotional appetite and real hunger. My sense of taste and smell improved. I've also inspired others around me, like my mom, which I think is pretty cool.

This last week was unique because I did the juice cleanse, but once that was over, I went back to the Whole30 way-- monkey salads, lunch club salads, and applesauce for dessert!

There's a full breakdown of my final week of Whole30 eats below!

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Day 22: B: Monkey salad and black coffee L: Leftover PaleOMG roasted red pepper soup with a side of raw green beans; small salad club salad. D: Two chicken lime burger patties with spicy brown mustard, a pickle, and some olives.

Throughout the day I snacked on an apple, almond butter, and plantain chips.

Days 23, 24, and 25: Nothing but juice!

Day 26:  B: Roasted butternut squash, sliced apples, and apple chicken sausage with black coffee. Second breakfast: monkey salad. L: A few slices of turkey breast and some brussel sprouts during a holiday potluck at work. A salad club salad later in the day. CrossFit! D: Date night! We went to Cava Grill at the Mosaic District. I got a salad of "powergreens" and topped it with chicken, the cucumber and olive oil salad, pickled onions, salsa, and olives. I also topped the whole thing with the house-made olive oil and lemon juice and treated myself to a pellegrino. It was really, really good!

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I almost walked out of Cava because it looked like there wasn't much I could have there: the pita, the rice, the hummus or tzatziki (things I usually love!), but I decided to stay and try to make it work and I did! It just goes to show, if you want it to work, you can make it work (and the result may surprise you! This turned out to be very tasty)!  

Day 27:CrossFit! B: Lox omelette and double fruit with black coffee. L: Snacked on a Larabar and some plantain chips while we ran errands. In the afternoon I ate a random bowl of guacamole, chunks of rotisserie chicken and these new sweet potato chips I snagged from Costco.

*I realized later they are made with canola oil (the label says and/or saffron oil and/or sunflower oil). The Whole30 program doesn't strictly prohibit canola oil, but they do suggest omitting vegetable oils from food consumed at home (it's impossible to avoid it when you're eating out). Plus, they're chips... so they're processed. Probably not the best snack! 

D: Salmon cooked with spicy brown mustard and ghee (a new favorite combo!) with a side of broccoli and a half a sweet potato.

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Whole30 Food Diary

Day 28: B: An apple with almond butter. Eggs and bacon. Black coffee. D: Chipotle bowl of carnitas, guacamole, lots of lettuce and salsa.

I snacked on a Larabar and black olives that evening.

Alright, so, I know you're wondering...

What's the first non-Whole30 food I want to have? 

A donut and iced latte! I've been craving a donut for about 2 weeks! I'm going for a maple glazed, chocolate glazed, or maybe both! :)

Other questions you might be wondering... 

What about Thanksgiving, what's your plan? 

I'm going to eat what I want on Thanksgiving (guilt free!) (and actually, we have two Thanksgiving dinners to attend; a second on Saturday) but outside of those dinners, my goal is to stick to Whole30 food principles.

I'm also planning to make a banana chia pudding for Thanksgiving. Aaron and I both fell in love with the chia pudding we had at True Food Kitchen a few weeks ago and I think it'll surprise our family to find out this delicious dessert is healthy, too!

What Whole30 foods will you continue to eat? 

  • Lots! I'm definitely going to have more monkey salads; I love them!
  • Of course my salad club salads aren't going anywhere either.
  • I'll still make all my favorite paleo recipes from PaleOMG, and my chicken sausage egg casserole is a staple always in my rotation.

What are your favorite Whole30 recipes and/or snacks?

  • I'm a big fan of Wholly guacamole now; it's so convenient and so good!
  • I loved this acorn squash recipe. I'd like to make it again.
  • I love snacking on black olives now... weird cause I used to not like olives!
  • Oh and, chia pudding! I'm a huge fan of that now!

Anything you're worried about? 

  • Coffee creamer: I don't want to go back! I was such an addict before! I've gotten really used to black coffee, but I could see myself slipping back into this old habit...
  • Also, sugar. The number one food rule for Whole30 is to eat foods that "promote a healthy psychological response," and obviously sugar is not one of those foods. In fact, it does the opposite! I'd like to think I could eat it in moderation but if there's a psychological response, that seems like a fine line to walk.

Did you lose any weight?

  • I didn't weigh myself before the challenge but I'm pretty sure I was around 155-156 lbs and when I weighed myself for the first time Saturday, I was 150 lbs. So, yes, I lost about 6 lbs. I knew I was smaller because all of my clothes are loose. Shopping recently, I noticed I dropped a pant size, too.

What other noticeable differences are there?

Final take-aways?

I started watching GMO OMG (the documentary) last night and realized I still have a lot to learn about food. Technically, if I ate anything with GMOs during the Whole30, which I likely did since GMOs are so prevalent, then that means it was soy or corn fed and therefore, notWhole30 compliant. It's hard to understand these kinds of complexities in the modern American diet, but I hope to continue to educate myself and eat mostly whole (non-processed) foods.

Would you do it again? 

Absolutely!!

What about you; would you do a Whole30? 

Have you ever read It Starts with Food? 

Any questions for me about the experience? 

If you’re just joining me, catch up by reading my recap of Weeks One + Two + Three.


Whole30 {Week 2 Recap}

Hey guys! Happy Monday! It's been an incredible week since I last updated you. I'm midway through the Whole30 program and I've had some amazing meals and some pretty incredible revelations, too. I'm really quite proud of myself for making it this far without a single cheat and especially for sticking with it during a week I had two events to attend that were flowing with free food and alcohol.

Someone commented last week and said the first week is the easiest and on about Day 9, when this suddenly felt really hard, I agreed! However, I'm pleased to report that I made it through the week (including both events) without a single cheat! Not even a sip of wine! Powering through these occasions gave me a lot of confidence and will power and it turns out, after it gets harder, it gets easier again. Here's a peak into my food log:

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Day 8:  B: Green bell pepper and onion egg scramble from the cafeteria at work; second breakfast of monkey salad and black coffee. L: Salad club salad with extra virgin olive oil, balsamic and red wine vinegar with an afternoon snack of wholly guacamole and carrots and a few black olives. I also went shopping at lunch and stopped in Starbucks for a grande iced green tea and That's it mango-apple bar. D: Romaine lettuce boats with salsa, banana peppers, Applegate roasted turkey breast, and spicy brown mustard. I also had a few grapes.

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I know the Applegate turkey is conversational and not 100% Whole30 compliant but I think we're all entitled to eat what works for us, with regard to the parameters and purpose of the program. If I was eating cookies because that's "what works for me" that would obviously be different. Eating the only sliced turkey or bacon I could find after reading every labels of every option available at the grocery store? A-OK in my book. 

Day 9:  B: Same as yesterday: green bell pepper and onion egg scramble with a second breakfast of monkey salad and black coffee. L: Salad club salad with slices of Casual Gourmet roasted red pepper and spinach chicken sausage with an afternoon snack of Wholly guacamole and carrots (again) and an apple. D: I had another salad with chicken sausage because I was in a pinch for time and didn't have anything premade at home (tisk, tisk). I tried switching it up by adding spicy mustard as dressing (after I'd already topped it with evoo and red wine vinegar) but I didn't like it at all! In fact, I thought it was gross! Mustard as dressing is a no-go for this girl! Eck!

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I went to CrossFit and then picked up Aaron from class... he went to McDonalds (!!!!!!), which, I don't even like McDonalds, but I have to say smelled SO good. When we got home I was feeling frustrated about my off-dinner and decided to treat myself. I cooked bananas in coconut oil, topped them with cinnamon, and put them on a dollop of almond butter. Then I topped the whole thing with coconut shreds! It was DEEEEE-LICIOUS! My tastebuds went nuts. So sweet and so, so good!

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Day 10: B: Eggs and leftover bacon from last week with a side of grapes; second breakfast... you guessed it -- monkey salad! L: Romaine lettuce topped with ground turkey, avocado and salsa. I also snacked on a sliced apple and almonds. D: Then, finally, I made a casserole -- the Paleomg 5-ingredient pizza, one of my faves!

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This was the night of the gala! I packed cashews, apple slices and carrots in a Ziploc and went with the motto "keep calm and eat cashews," in mind. Lol! I wasn't hungry at all so I wasn't tempted by the food but at one point I did get a whiff of some chocolate (my sense of smell is on point right now!) and man, it smelled good!!!!! I stuck to my guns, though and THAT felt even better! I left unscathed and you are not going to believe this, but I picked up Aaron from class and what did he do? Go to McDonalds again! (Shame on you babe!)

This time, with my will power strengthened by sticking to my guns at the gala, I didn't feel the slightest bit of temptation.

Day 11:  B: Monkey breakfast with a second breakfast of Paleomg pizza. L: Salad club salad with chicken sausage and same snacks: Wholly guacamole, carrots and an apple. The chicken sausage really helped me feel a lot fuller from my Salad club salad than usual. D: For dinner I cooked salmon in ghee and smeared with spicy brown mustard. On the side I had cabbage, sweet potato hash, and applesauce. (I'm in love with applesauce. That is all!)

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Day 12: B: Larabar after early morning yoga. Then Paleomg pizza and eggs with my mom (she loved it)! L: Incredible double-decker chicken lime burger with lettuce, avocado, sweet potato, and spicy brown mustard topped with banana peppers! The pictures are awful but it was so, so good! I felt like a mad scientist as I was making it! You'll find a way out of no way when you're hungry! :) D: Small plate of veggies, prosciutto and fruit at a holiday party. (Yay me for not giving into the wine, champagne and cake)!

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Day 13: B: CrossFit then breakfast at City Dinner. I tried the lox, onion and egg omelette and added a side of fruit. I've never had a lox omelette but I loved it! It's so good! Now I'm on the hunt for a recipe to make it at home. L: Snacked on almonds and apple slices at Ikea... gotta be prepared! D: I ate a Larabar and more Paleomg pizza for dinner. We went to the mall (long day!) and when we got home I treated myself to a few pickles and applesauce (weird combination, I know)!

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Day 14: B: I was in a rush and only got to eat about half of my usual monkey salad. I had a photoshoot and afterward, met up with Aaron at Cheesecake Factory. I thought for sure they'd have a few options for me but everything on the menu seemed to include tortillas or cheese or both! I ended up ordering the chirizo and avocado egg omelette with no cheese or sour cream. The chef came out and asked me if I was lactose intolerant! When I told him I was just on a special diet -- no dairy -- he informed me the eggs are made with cream (what?) so he used egg whites instead.

I've found that when you ask for specifications at restaurants the waiters are usually pretty accommodating! My old trainer used to tell me to be a "food snob," and I've definitely embraced that during this challenge.

L: I didn't really eat lunch because we ate a very late breakfast but I snacked on bits of this recipe while I prepared it. D: I made a kale, broccoli slaw, and cabbage salad (similar recipe here) that we topped with chicken seasoned with cumin and paprika. The salad dressing was surprisingly delish -- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper and evoo. So simple yet so good! I had applesauce for dessert!

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This week I think my snacks saved me, especially because I only cooked one dish (the Paleomg pizza). I like to call these snacks my convenience food. On this program, it really is a luxury to open something and eat it, versus cooking it!

New snacks this week:

  • Wholly guacamole
  • Pickles (great for a quick bite of something)
  • Applesauce (this has been my dessert all week!)
  • That's it bar from Starbucks.
  • Raisins... they taste like candy, seriously!

New discoveries:

This week I discovered some incredible recipes: THIS is amazing. Seriously amazing! I made it Sunday night and ate it for lunch today. Who knew acorns were so good? It also made our house smell amazing.

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I also discovered I love lox and eggs! I've always been a little leery of trying this when I see it at restaurants but it was so good but it was so good! I've been craving it ever since.

What I'm loving about this program: 

I'm really beginning to understand what it means to 'eat to live, not live to eat.' I snack throughout the day to keep my energy up and the foods I chose to eat aren't foods I'm craving or have a taste for, or really love; it's simply fuel to keep me going!

Intention. At the end of yoga last week the instructor said to take a moment to praise yourself for seeing through your intention to get to class. There's something special and rewarding about living intently. About making decisions on purpose. Not being rash, emotional, or mindless.

My clothes are more comfortable. It's one thing to look great in your clothes it's another when they're more comfortable to wear! Leggings, panty hose, blouses are all fitting a lot better and I'm just more comfortable throughout the day - there's something to be said about!

Zero stomach issues. No stomach aches or feeling bloated or really full. In fact, my stomach is flatter than I think it's EVER been.

I feel good inside AND out. Feeling thinner is great but feeling convicted and following through on your intentions, not giving into temptation, and learning a whole heck of a lot is way better. I love what I'm learning about food and all the cool recipes I'm

The newness keeps coming. Week two brought challenges but I found new ways to overcome them. I got bored with carrots so I added guacamole! I love when limitations spark creativity! It's fun!! That double decker chicken lime burger was such an 'ah ha' moment for me! What did I just create??? I didn't know but it was good and satisfying and that's all that mattered.

Have you ever tried the Whole30 program? If not, what's holding you back?   

If you have done it, which week was the hardest for you? 

What are your favorite Whole30 snacks? 

PS: Sorry my pictures aren't better! It's exhausting to take a photo of everything I eat, but I'm trying to stick with it! 

Whole30 Recipes {Week 1 Recap}

Cue the confetti -- I made it a full seven days on the Whole30 program without a single cheat. NOT A SINGLE CHEAT! Hooray! Here's a full recap of what I've been eating. whole30-week-1

Day 1: B: Chicken sausage egg casserole topped with fresh salsa, a few plantain chips, and green tea L: Salad club salad (shown below) with a hardboiled egg, black kalamata olives, banana peppers, red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. I also snacked on carrots and cashews throughout the day. D: Organic fuji apple and almond butter / guacamole and plantain chips

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Day 2: B: Chicken sausage egg casserole topped with fresh salsa and avocado (same as the day before) with an unsweetened chai tea L: Salad club salad with rotisserie chicken, a hard boiled egg, red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil (shown below). I snacked on hard boiled eggs, almonds and carrots throughout the day; also had a few strawberries and my first cup of black coffee! D:  PaleOMG Chicken Bacon Alfredo

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My first sip of black coffee was awful! (It's so bitter!) But, after I let it cool awhile and then sipped it again, it wasn't as bad. At some point I read that Melissa Hartwig, the Whole30 founder, said something along the lines of ...

BlackCoffee I've been telling myself that and it's helping! 

Day 3: B: "Monkey salad" (bananas, cashews, and coconut flakes -- I LOVE this salad!; I added a handful of raisins, too) / Second breakfast:Chicken sausage egg casserole topped with fresh salsa and avocado with a side of red bell pepper (shown below). L:  Salad club salad D: Leftover PaleOMG alfredo / After dinner - small bowl of strawberries and grapes

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I'm so glad I discovered the Monkey salad - it's creamy and sweet, and great paired with black coffee. It doesn't hold me over for the entire morning but it's perfect in a pinch when you need something quick!

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Day 4: B:  Monkey salad and two hardboiled eggs; black coffee / Second breakfast Chicken sausage egg casserole and the other half of my red bell pepper (are you noticing a trend??) L:  Leftover PaleOMG alfredo with  a side of carrots; snacked on almonds and a green apple. D: Trader Joes chile lime chicken burger topped with spicy mustard over top a bed of fresh spinach, bell pepper, banana pepper, and sweet potato chunks (doesn't look pretty but it was so, so good!)

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PS: The PaleOMG alfredo doesn't look pretty either! In fact, it looks totally gross, but it doesn't taste bad. I will say that I like a lot of her other recipes better. I mentioned the others I've tried here

CrossFit and a new hang squat clean PR of 125! Woo hoo! 

Day 5:   B: An apple /  Three eggs scrambled, bacon, a half a Larabar and diced sweet potato (shown below). L: Finished off the PaleOMG alfredo; also ate the other half of my Larabar. D: Chipolte bowl: Just carnitas, salsa, lettuce and guacamole (I had to tell the man to give me more lettuce... no more lettuce... no more... more please. He definitely hated me!)

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I had packed Trader Joes plantain chips in my purse earlier that day when I went to run errands, but they came in handy when we were at Chipolte for dinner! They were the perfect side "chips" to go with my meal. I left feeling full and satisfied!

Day 6: Moving day!  B: Mini Monkey salad first thing in the morning / Second breakfast: Omelette with leftover salsa and a half a Larabar. L: No lunch (we were moving) but I did treat myself to a Venti unsweetened iced green tea and the other half of my Larabar. D: Ruby Tuesday's: Petite sirloin (no butter, oil, or seasoning) and a plain baked potato with the salad bar (I used extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dressing)

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Day 7: B: Silver Dinner: Western omelette (ham, green peppers and onions) with a side of roasted potatoes and strawberries. L: No lunch and I was starving by 6! I went grocery shopping and shelled a thing of Wholly Guacamole and carrots (and a pickle) in my mouth when I got home. D: Boston market: A chicken breast and a wing with green beans and a side of mixed vegetables (the veggies were bleh but the chicken was good!)

And, phew!!!!!! I made it!!!! Only 23 more days to go!

Here's what I'm liking about this program: 

+ I feel good! I feel happier, actually. More energetic and positive. I think sugary foods have an affect on my mood. However, there is a flip side to this. I feel happier when I'm eating throughout the day. On the weekends, when I go long stretches without eating or snacking, I am the opposite of happy. I am irritable. Watch out!

+No more mindless eating. I've had to stop myself from so much mindless eating!  I never even realized how much I grab food for food when I'm bored or tired, out of habit, and during transitional times of day like when I come home from work. I'm glad I noticed this and got it in check!

+I don't feel as groggy in the morning or in the afternoons. I have a very consistent energy level, which is nice! We moved over the weekend, which takes a lot of energy, but I felt good! I also have had an easier time waking up in the mornings and powering through the afternoon without feeling sleepy.

+Will power. It's a beautiful thing. There's something really affirming about being able to exhibit will power! I like being in control and making decisions based on my intentions, not out of habit, laziness, or apathy. (This mug says it all!)

Here's what I don't like about the program...

+My social life is awkward. I'm supposed to host Girl's Night this month but I'm dreading it! I'd been looking forward to having some friends over to my new place and checking out the nearby salsa bar for weeks -- but now that I'm doing this, I don't want to... (salsa sober??) Uggggh! It's definitely a downer and it has me asking myself WHY I'm doing this and just how important it is! I'm pretty sure I can manage 30 days without a social gathering (maybe postpone the get together?) but it's a bit annoying nonetheless.

+My acne hasn't cleared up. I was really hoping to see my skin improve and it hasn't. I don't have bad acne but I do tend to breakout around my chin and neck, and that doesn't seem to be getting better at all; worse, maybe? Is that even possible? I guess it's still too early to say!

+It's expensive. I spent $60 at the grocery store last week and another $60 last night. Cashews are high as the sky - $8 a pop, but essential to my monkey salad!! Spending so much money on the food (compliant bacon and deli meat is pricey too) again has me questioning why I'm doing this!

Here's what I couldn't live without on this program... 

+The help of my friends! I have a Whole30 support group on Facebook and they've been great! Hey ladies!!!!

+Fresh salsa. Thank God grocery stores prepare fresh salsa! I don't think I could survive this without it. I put it on my eggs, in my salad, mixed with guacamole or just spooned out with plantain chips and it's so flavorful. I also love the convenience of it.

I also couldn't live without Greek kalamata olives, coconut chips and coconut milk; extra virgin olive oil, balsamic and red wine vinegars, banana peppers, and salad club!!! Not having to worry about lunch it's such a life saver!

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 On the menu for this week! 

This was a mega post!! Thanks for reading if you got through all that! :-)

Have you ever done the Whole30 Program?

What was your first week like?