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After the 2018 holiday season, I felt like crap.
I follow a Paleo-ish diet 90% of the time, but in December 2018 I fell way off the wagon, eating/drinking allllll of the things. I was experiencing bloat, poor digestion, restless sleep, and breakouts.
It was time for a diet overhaul!
So, on December 31, 2018, I thought, “This Whole30 thing…how tough can it be?”
Since I was used to eating healthy, I figured it wouldn’t be that tough and decided to dive right in…on January 2! (‘Cause who wants to start Whole30 on New Year’s Day, the one day of the year dedicated to hangover-centric menu items + cocktails!)
I dove into Whole30 with little (no?) preparation at all…a huge mistake, which I explain in “The Ultimate Guide to Whole30: My Results, Invaluable Tips, And (Surprising!) Takeaways” (linked at the bottom of this post). Pleeeeeease learn from my mistakes!
Another thing you should know is that I’m a self-proclaimed “un-chef.” I hate cooking, don’t like spending more than 10 minutes in the kitchen, and can’t stand researching meal ideas. Thus, I spent a month making Whole30 recipes that could not have been less time-intensive.
Figuring there may be others out there like me (maybe you?) who feel this same disdain towards everything Betty Crocker, I actually kept a note in my phone detailing every single easy-peasy meal/snack I consumed throughout the entire 30 days. The health nerd in me then transferred that note to a PDF, which you’ll also find linked in this post.
Basically, I’m about to give you a WHOLE(30!) LOT OF INFORMATION! Buckle your seatbelt…
First of all, what is Whole30, and why do people it?
Here’s the lowdown on Whole30:
Founded by Melissa Hartwig (and Dallas Hartwig) in April 2009, the Whole30® is designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as a short-term nutrition reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.
Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat—even the “healthy” stuff.
So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you? Strip them from your diet completely. Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health.
Each person’s reason for doing Whole30 differs, but my ultimate goal was to give my body a healthy reset after the holidays. It takes several weeks to heal the gut, so I was excited to cut out the most inflammatory foods (namely sugar, grains, and dairy) in hopes of feeling healthier than ever before.
Was I successful? Again, you can read all about my results, tips, and takeaways by downloading the guide linked at the bottom of this post!
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Easy-Peasy Whole30 Recipes + Calendar
First and foremost, here’s a link to that summary-of-everything-I-ate-and-drank-throughout-the-entire-30-days PDF:
In the PDF, you’ll find links to the following “recipes,” which were my go-tos. (Note: “Recipes” is in quotes because these can hardly be considered true recipes…they’re too easy!)
Each one was developed by yours truly, which means they’re Simple (that was an intentional capital “S”)!
The Whole30 recipes you’ll want to make, repeat, and repeat again are:
- “Healthy + Easy + CRISPY Sweet Potato Fries”
- “Simple, Flavorful Cold Brew Coffee”
- To read why cold brew is perfect for Whole30, also check out my prior post “Cold Brew Coffee Benefits: 6 Reasons It’s BETTER Than Hot”
- “The Best Canned Tuna/Chicken/Salmon Salad”
- “The Absolute BEST Soup For A Cold” (actually, it’s just the MOST INCREDIBLE/EASIEST soup in general, even if you don’t have a cold!)
- “I (Finally!) Made Perfect, Easy-Peel Hard Boiled Eggs”
- “Make This Cheap Green Smoothie With Any Blender” (for Whole30, use any of the recommended ingredients except honey)
- “The Easiest, Most Flavorful Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork”
- “Simple, Creamy Cashew/Almond Milk”
As you can see in the PDF, I made many of the above items over and over and over…
In between those recipes, I mostly ate roasted + raw veggies, nuts, spoonfuls of nut butter, green salads, bone broth, guacamole, Whole30-approved jerky + meat, and fried/scrambled eggs.
I had enough variety throughout the month without overcomplicating things, which is one of my Whole30 tips: Don’t. Overcomplicate. Things!
Speaking of Whole30 tips…after taking detailed notes in my phone throughout the month, I created the most comprehensive guide of my results, tips, and takeaways! Read it here 🙂
Bottom line: Whole30 can be easy-peasy and amaaaaazing when you make the above recipes, use my Whole30 calendar for inspiration, and learn tips + takeaways from my comprehensive guide!
Thoughts? Questions? Share ’em in the comments! I love hearing from you 😉
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