That’s right, folks. I’m doing Whole30. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a 30-day elimination diet, where you cut out all sugar that doesn’t come from fruit (including honey, maple, agave, etc.), grains, legumes and dairy. So basically, you eat a load of veggies, fruit, eggs, potatoes, nuts (except peanuts) and meat.
Honestly, the food isn’t bad at all. I like to cook and try new things, so it’s been fun experimenting with recipes and eating things I wouldn’t normally. I will say, eating out is HARD! Breakfast is probably the easiest, since you can stick with eggs, potato and fruit. According to the “rules” you’re supposed to make sure they aren’t cooking in a prohibited oil or butter, but I refuse to be “that girl.”
“Could you tell me the name of the chicken who produced these eggs? What did she have for breakfast the day she laid them? And could you only cook them in hazelnut oil pressed by a man named Ricardo living on the coast of California? Thanks, you’re a peach.”
I know what you’re asking. Brandy, why such an extreme diet? Why are you torturing yourself? Shouldn’t you just eat a cookie and get over yourself?
Honestly, over the last several months, I’ve seen some old bad habits creeping back in. I’m ALL for treats. But eating treats every day means it is no longer, by definition, a treat. It’s just a third course. I want to get back to a place where I’m eating healthy the majority of the time, with occasional goodies thrown in. I’ve noticed my appetite increasing and my sugar cravings getting worse. So, I felt like something a little drastic was in order.
I kind of hesitated to even post about it. Because, look, to each their own. I’m not saying YOU should do Whole30. I’m also not saying you shouldn’t do Whole30. I’m just sharing another little part of my journey to encourage you on yours.
And now, what you’ve all been waiting on. The food!
Like I said before, I like cooking. Which is pretty essential for Whole30. Lots of prep and lots of cooking. It’s really hard to just grab something on the go. So below, I’ve just posted my meals for the first two weeks, with links to recipes/products I’ve used. Hope you enjoy!
- Potato Hash (I did half sweet potato and half white potato, with Garlic Herb Chicken Sausage from Trader Joe’s)
- Avocado “Toasts” with Poached Eggs (the toast is a potato cake…yes please)
- Chorizo Frittata (used this method to caramelize the onions the night before)
- Coffee with Coconut Milk and Cinnamon
Lunches (mostly did leftovers):
- Trader Joe’s frozen burgers (chicken and turkey) in lettuce wraps with cute little prepackaged cups of guacamole from Costco (seriously, you have to find a few shortcuts!)
- Modern Market Steak and Sweet Potato Mash (one of the few eating out places I found)
- Leftover Salmon on a Salad with Rosemary Dressing
- Salmon with Avocado Salsa (here’s a link to how I cooked it…I did the “searing and roasting” method in a cast iron skillet)
- Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto
- Grilled Chicken with Southern Style Green Beans (I cook a bunch of chicken using this method…and I added sugar free Pederson’s bacon to the green beans…because, bacon)
- Turkey Chili (I used ground chicken because I thought it was turkey in my freezer 😉 )
- Zesty Lime Shrimp with Avocado Salad
- Burgers in lettuce wraps on the grill with oven fries
- Unsweetened Ice Tea with Frozen Berries
- So. Much. Fruit.
- Dried Apricots and Plums
- Plantain Chips
- Cashew Cookie Lara Bars