Today’s the day, the last day of my first ever Whole 30. I’m extremely excited about this and super proud of myself. It’s been a real eye opener and I am so glad that I did this.
I’ve learned so much about myself over the last 30 days, and have learned so many new things about the way I think about food. I can honestly say that my life has changed. I’ve come to realize that I have control over food and that all of the things I thought I was craving and really loved, which was pretty much all junk, I don’t really miss. Yes, it’ll be nice to indulge in a sweet treat every once in a while, but I don’t want it every day. I really haven’t craved any of it in quite some time.
I can’t even begin to tell you the way I feel. I mean I feel like a completely new person physically, mentally, and emotionally. This journey has been amazing. It was difficult at times when going out with friends and not being able to order the big plate of enchiladas or French fries or whatever it may have been, but I had made a choice and a commitment to myself to do this and nothing was going to stop me.
As every day went on I found it easier and easier to make healthier food choices, there were times I didn’t even need to consciously think about it, I just knew what the best options for me were. Every day that passed I thought about sweet treats less and less. Junk food not even something I think about anymore. Those aisles in the grocery store I don’t even look at anymore. It’s as if they don’t exist.
When I grocery shop now I stay along the outside of the store and go down 2 maybe 3 aisles. I go down the canned vegetable aisle to pick up tomatoes, tomato paste, and sauce. The baking aisle to pick up nut flours/meals and spices. Finally the aisle with water because I will get sparkling mineral water just so I can have a little something different besides plain water all of the time.
Grocery shopping is also a lot easier because I go in with a list of exactly what I need, I grab these items and I’m on my way. I have a plan and so there is no absently wandering the aisles looking for something that might taste good for dinner. I have my list and my menu for the upcoming week all planned out.
I make a menu for the upcoming week so that I can hit the grocery store once and be done with it. Plus I know what I’m eating all week and don’t have to think about what I’m going to eat at the last second. I already know it’s planned the ingredients are in the house. So there is no reason to pick a less healthy meal because I don’t know what to eat. No more just ordering takeout because I don’t have an ingredient to make something. Yes, this does require some prior planning, but really it’s maybe 30-45 minutes of my time. In the grand scheme of things that’s not that much time. And, in this time I’ve looked through the sale fliers for the grocery stores, decided what the menu for the week will be, and made my shopping list. So 45 minutes at most for that not really much time at all.
I’ve made the decision to do a Whole 30, and now I have. And, I can say this that I will continue to be staying pretty close to Whole 30. I won’t be as strict as Whole 30 is all of the time, because yes every once in a while I’d like a piece of cheese or some FroYo or maybe some other sweet treat, but I’m going to stay as close to Whole 30 as I can. There is a philosophy of 80/20 which is eat whole healthy food/Paleo 80% of the time and 20% of the time it’s okay to stray a bit. I definitely think that this is something I can live with. I also know that if I feel myself getting way off track, I’ll be starting another Whole 30 to get myself back in shape, and mindful of what I’m eating.
Like I said this experience has been a real eye opener and one that I am so glad I did. My life is definitely changing because of it.
Things that helped me with my Whole 30 was keeping a journal. Now, I blog here every day, which definitely kept me accountable, but I also created a whole binder that I will be continuing for quite a while. In this binder I have several sections. First section is a monthly calendar where all of my exercise was written down, or I should say all of my fitness classes that were scheduled.
This is what my fitness schedule for December looked liked. As you can see I made some notes about the month as well. I’ve already filled in my calendar for January.
The next part of the binder is my weekly progress/reward chart. I bought some metallic star stickers and created a key, where each colored star means something, and every day that those things were done earned stars. I also gave myself a sticker for the entire week based on how well I did on my daily goals. Daily goals included doing all scheduled exercise/fitness classes, following the meal plan, drinking enough water, writing in my journal, and getting 10,000 steps in a day or adding an extra workout.
This is one of my week’s daily goals met.
The next section in the binder contains my meal plan. I write out a menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the entire week. Also found in this section is a folder pocket with recipes that I’ve used from Pinterest, so this way I don’t have to try to find them on my board or keep turning my iPad or iPhone back on after it goes to sleep from not being touched. Plus, I won’t cry if something gets spilt on an index card my phone or iPad is a bit of a different story.
The next section is my shopping list. I write down all of the meals I plan on making and then go through their ingredients and compile my shopping list. After I’ve written it all down I then put it into my phone. I have the ShopList app, which is awesome. You put in the item you need how much of the item and it’s all broken up by produce, dairy, meat, canned items, baking, and etc. It makes it real easy to cruise through your shopping list when it’s all organized. When I write it down in my binder it’s all arranged by the meal that I’m making so stuff is scattered everywhere but once it’s in my phone it’s all organized plus I always have my phone with me and I have a huge tendency to forget the list at home when it’s on paper.
The last section of the binder is my journal. And, well it’s a lot of what you’ve been reading here if you’ve been following me over the last 30 days and some other random thoughts that may or may not make into the blog. But, I’ve found that writing that journal post throughout the day helps keep me focused and in the present.
I will be continuing with my binder and journaling because it really has helped keep me organized, accountable, and on track. Plus everything is in one place.
Now, let’s talk about kitchen things that helped with the Whole 30. First a food processor. I used mine constantly. A spiralizer, it cuts the veggies into noodles. Love this gadget. Veggie noodles are a new favorite of mine. A cast iron skillet. Great for making well pretty much anything. An immersion blender, for purée needs. A regular blender works well to I just am lazy and would rather not have to transfer things to the blender and than back if I don’t have too. I also am a fan of my air fryer but that’s not a must. A good set of knives and cutting board. I knew it was time for my husband to come home since all of my knives are getting pretty dull. He needs to sharpen them for me now that he’s home. These items were my go to tools these past 30 days and will continue to be with my new outlook on food.
So, if you have ever thought about doing a Whole 30, I will tell you do it you will be amazed at the changes you feel and see in yourself. If you have any questions, need advice, or encouragement please feel free to ask. I will gladly help you in anyway that I can. This has been an amazing experience for me.
And, here’s one last picture of food. Turkey meatloaf with mashed sweet potato.