Losing baby weight is hard. Losing 5, 10, 15 pounds of baby weight is hard. Cooking each meal when you’d rather play with your beautiful baby girl is hard. Keeping healthy food in your body and your husband’s body and your baby’s body is hard. Basically, life is hard. And while I am starting back at work, and Kensington’s is starting on baby food, and Dave is frustrated about his “sympathy” weight, we decided to do the Whole 30 (book can be purchased here).
The concept is this: processed foods with added sugar, preservatives, coloring, and soy are bad. Grains (since they are all processed now) are bad. Dairy (due to hormones) is bad. Soy (which messes with hormones) is bad. If you cut out all these “bad” foods for 30 days – your digestive system resets itself, you lose weight, feel better, have more energy, and can then reintroduce those foods one at a time (paying special attention to the foods that upset your balance and then taking them back out). You end up with a specialized diet just for you after ~40 days and can lead a healthier more productive life.
So we’re one week in (almost 10 days now) and I thought I would share how its going and some of my favorite recipes.
- Days 0-3 SUCK. Withdrawals from processed food and caffeine and sugars is not fun
- If you’re smart – and plan ahead – sticking to the diet is not that bad. You can get creative and make some pretty AMAZING foods that are filling and delicious.
- If you DON’T plan ahead – this is impossible. You would end up living off chicken breasts and broccoli which would be unfun. The way we did it? Not nearly as bad.
- GET SNACKS!!!! The hardest part for us is we love to snack. I ended up getting pressed KIND bars which have no additives, special Whole30 approved jerky, prosciutto, LOTS of fruit & veggies, and homemade almond butter. You’ll want to have plenty on hand to beat cravings and to keep from craving chips or something equally bad.
- Find a good grocery store (we LOVE sprouts) and plan on visiting every 3-5 days. You won’t need everything every time but you’ll run out of something and wish you had more. We ended up buying 6 things of bacon every time.
- Spaghetti Squash Casserole (I add 2 shredded chicken breasts to the recipe)
- Frittata – I make mine with Bacon, Red pepper, onion, garlic, broccoli slaw, spinach, and tomatoes.
- Sweet Potato Breakfast bowl (awesome if you’re craving something sweet. Tastes like pumpkin pie)
- Siracha – I put it on EVERYTHING and I eat a LOT of sushi with this and coconut aminos
Another tip is to just get good at substitutes and have them on hand. I have a substitute for mayo, dairy, soy sauce, hoisin, siracha, BBQ, Ketchup, cocktail sauce, the list goes on. When I have them on hand I can make pretty much anything and just sub out. Also GOOGLE is your best friend. Not sure if you can have it? Google it. Not sure what the substitute is? Google it. Honestly I might keep up with this past the 30 days. I might reintroduce sweets, alcohol, and grains on occasion but if I stuck to this 90% I’d be WAY healthier. and I feel GREAT!!! Much more regular (ahem) and really enjoying cooking and eating these various noms.
Fave sweet? Cotton Candy Grapes. Freeze them. Enjoy. You’re welcome.