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Whole30 (No, really!)

I'll be doing Whole30 (hopefully really-truly) again starting September 5. The whole Whole30 'family' will be doing it together, so much like NaNoWriMo, this is the perfect time to get tons of support, great feedback, and motivation. I've tried it twice again this year and failed both times, but I really hope to finish strong this time. I've always had such great health benefits when I do the program, and I know it's an easy & sure way for me to drop a bunch of weight, which I sorely need right now.

Does anyone want to be Whole30 buddies? It's a strict program, but I really can't sing its praises enough. I'm always iffy on the re-introduction phase, as I tend to have a big problem with binging when I'm not on such a strict plan, but I'm going to really try to get it right this time.

Yes, it's a strict plan – but worth it. On Whole30, for 30 days, you have to avoid:


  • Sugar of any kind, real or artificial

  • Alcohol

  • Grains

  • Dairy

  • Legumes (green beans, sugar snap peas, and snow peas are allowed)

  • MSG/carageenan/sulfites

  • Paleo versions of 'baked' goods/junk food, even if made with compliant ingredients

  • Scales



Now, some people go super-strict and turn into the Whole30 police, but Melissa (who started the program), has clarified some of that here:

The official “Can I Have” guide

and

Whole30 Rules vs. Recommendations

Silk unsweetened almond milk IS compliant! So is Kroger brand – Simply Truth/Simply Nature, or something like that? You don't actually have to make those kinds of things from scratch anymore.

Anyway, if you are interested, here is the Meal Template. I've already started pre-making some food, because there's definitely a lot more cooking involved than what I'm used to. I also want to make sure I have proper pre- and post-workout meals made up ahead of time, so I'm not just grabbing a boiled egg and really sucking at that part. I have been trying to workout more, so doing it right is imperative to me.

It does get pricey with some of the specialty items, especially for me since I have to drive 2 hrs to a good health food store. I have some of my pricier items set away already – compliant deli roast beef (which I can only find at Kroger – have to pick up some compliant dinner sausages too), compliant canned tuna, lots of frozen fish & shrimp, giant bag of compliant almonds (Blue Diamond, if you're interested. Finding nuts that AREN'T roasted in peanut or soy oil is surprisingly difficult), coconut oil (I do need more), cans/jars of olives. I just need to pick up ghee and a large jar of green olives and avocados. I can't do coconut or coconut milk, so having a good supply of healthy fats that I enjoy is really important. I'd really love to either take a road trip across the IL border to the nearest Pederson's store I could find or maybe order some stuff online, so I can get a larger supply of compliant meats that I usually have to do without, like BACON, kielbasas, etc.

I'm working on meal plans so I can freeze a lot of stuff, since I tend to 'fall off the wagon' when I'm hungry, in a hurry, & have no time for (or just don't feel like) cooking. I've got a big tupperware of veggie soup put away, which I think I'll keep for quick breakfasts. All I have to do is add a couple boiled eggs or a chunk of leftover meat. I bought a 2 ½ dozen pack of eggs, which I will make frittatas & boiled eggs with (and likely omelets, when I can force myself to cook in the mornings). And now that potatoes are compliant, I think I'll do up some shepherd's pie to freeze in individual servings. I'll look up some good Whole30 recipes once I do the stuff I already know how. I'll also buy a whole chicken, which I usually do in the crockpot to have easy pre-cooked meat, and then I'll make a bone broth from the carcass. And I need to find some rabbit again, as I always seem to crave it during Whole30. I get tired of the same ol', so I like switching it up. I also plan to attempt making salmon patties with maybe almond flour or flax seed or something. Wish me luck on that one.

I'm really looking forward to this! I've been feeling pretty bad about myself for a while, both health-wise and just with how I look these days. I'm eager to fix it, and I'm very eager to feel better.

I have none of the books – and this round starts on Sept. 5 to coincide with the release of Melissa's next book – but all of the necessary info is offered for free online! That's one reason why I love this program so much. I do hope to augment this by buying a few books when I get paid next month, mainly because I want to financially support the program that has given me so much, but also because it'd be great for me to have hard copies since I've been working so hard at staying mostly offline. But I will definitely be checking in for accountability and to help encourage anyone who joins me!

Comments

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thepheenixeyri
Sep. 10th, 2016 04:44 pm (UTC)
I wish we could, but the dairy thing turns me completely away.

I'm one of those who does really well on dairy, and while I like the almond milks, it's just not the same. Granted, it's not as bad as I thought it would be, and I could probably do without dairy for a month or so, but not long term.

Beside the fact the cost is prohibitive; if I lived with someone else doing it, it might be different, but my whole foods is too far, and with no job; and no insentive to get one while in school (because benefits and stupid restrictions) it's not going to be worth it for me.

I may read up on some of the stuff you posted here, though to see if it would be somewhat doable for me later.

-P
ahavah
Sep. 15th, 2016 01:06 pm (UTC)
I'm totally a huge dairy person (as well as carbs and alcohol), but that's part of what made me try it the first time. Surprisingly, I ended up switching to almond milk for good! And no sugar in my coffee, either. I do tend to miss cheese when I'm Whole30-ing it, but it's only 30 days, and my body thanks me for it.

The cost can get bad, but I've actually done really well after my first round! That first time, I had to buy a lot of more expensive specialty items that I didn't normally use (before -- totally do now!), like ghee, almond milk (edited because I do NOT do anything coconut flavored, unlike...), coconut aminos, almond flour, compliant canned tuna & almonds (always more expensive than the unhealthier, non-compliant versions), and I like to splurge on some different meats just to stave off the rut. I splurged on like $6 chicken sausages and roast beef at Kroger, just because I can't get that stuff anywhere else. But after that first time, which I didn't really have to splurge on TBH, it's not been so bad. I'll either mostly shop Aldi for cheap veggies or price-match at Walmart where I can get the best deals of all shops in my general vicinity. Price-matching, couponing, & buying seasonal/sale items is where's it's at -- during Whole30 or no! Besides way more veggies than I normally go through, it's not really pricier at all if you're not splurging on local-grassfed-organic meats, which you do NOT have to do despite what some people try to say. I actually stayed below my budget this month, though my one splurge is going to be ordering some compliant condiments online (ketchup & mayo, maybe BBQ sauce & a different flavor salad dressing) since I can't find any locally and have not liked my attempts at making them.

Edited at 2016-09-15 01:07 pm (UTC)
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