To be honest, this tough food journey was a bright spot in our lives–we had just had our second miscarriage. I needed a distraction, so I dived into Whole 30 prep and planning. Cleaning out cupboards, finding new recipes on Pinterest, and making sure we were set for success was high on my priority list. Why now? Well, I realized that three years ago I was told to go on an elimination diet, and that was (like I said) three years ago. Life happens, right? First I was traveling for work, then we had our first miscarriage, got pregnant with Brooke, was nursing, had our second miscarriage, and I still didn’t have my diet under control. I still hadn’t eliminated anything.
I was feeling farther away from my body then ever.
We did 39 days and it was worth it. We saw serious results. Together, my husband and I lost 25 pounds and 13 inches. We went shopping for new clothes because we had to! We were getting compliments on our “glow” and bodies which were so welcoming after so many ups and downs with pregnancies. Because we had been to the gym maybe three times total during the 30 days, we know our success was mainly diet based. We also experienced numerous “NSVs” (non-scale victories): less acne, less bloating, more energy, better sleep, and it was much easier to pass up unhealthy options. We were very proud we followed a super strict reset longer than the program stated and we now know what it takes to do it again when we need another reset.
- Tortilla Española (the only eggs I can eat re-heated and a favorite recipe from when I studied abroad in Spain)
- Egg scramble with Trader Joes “Everything but the bagel” seasoning, shredded pork (pre-packaged from Costco), salsa, on top of sweet potato
- Last night’s leftovers
- Rosemary potatoes + a meat (steak, grilled chicken, pork chop, whatever)
- Sloppy Joe bowls
- Zuppa Toscana
- Dairy (any form) is really bad for us.
- We have a super hard time eating at Mexican restaurants now.
- Weekly grocery shopping is ideal. Produce goes bad quickly, so we only buy what we need for a week Literally, our cupboards/fridge are empty besides condiments.
- Actually incorporate Pinterest recipes into the rotation. We’ve tried so many new things, but we haven’t liked or kept them all.
Our daughter tried and ate everything we did, and she LOVED it. It has really made us realize how much our food preferences have heavily leaned towards an excess of sugar and processed foods. We are learning to accept that eating less of certain foods makes our food taste different than our expectations. Even now, we are making many substitutes in ingredients.
coconut aminos > soy sauce
arrowroot > flour
almond meal > flour
honey > sugar
dates > sugar
coconut milk > dairy
zoodles > pasta
spaghetti squash > pasta
Our Whole 30 journey was great–we learned a lot, cooked a lot, and eliminated a lot of things. While still not 100% compliant, we are now enjoying food freedom and exploring new recipes weekly. Now if I can just learn to massively meal prep to systemize this even more…