Happy Friday everyone! If you are following along with our day to day shenanigans on Instagram stories, you are most likely aware that Ev and I are attempting to do the Whole 30 program. For those of you that don’t know what the Whole 30 program is, it is essentially eating only whole foods for 30 days. You are not allowed to consume any processed foods, sugars, grains, alcohol, dairy and legumes. While I am very happy to report that we are on day 12, (and have yet to kill each other) sticking to it is a lot harder than it sounds. So for todays Five Things Friday I am going to share a few things I’ve learnt on our whole 30 journey so far.
1. You cannot do this alone. I mean you can, but I highly recommend having a partner do it with you. Having someone to help hold you accountable when those cravings hit is key. One of Ev’s biggest challenges during the program is work and ensuring he packs a lunch that is going to sustain him through out the day. The poor guy received a cake on day 3 to celebrate his 10 years at work but his will power was strong and it’s currently in our freezer waiting day 31. For me being at home, it’s a bit easier for me to make meals and snacks, however I do find it takes a little longer, mostly because everything is from scratch. Last weekend we even survived a birthday party without caving. While I wanted to stuff my face with yummy donuts, I stuck to the snap peas and left without licking a single one.
2. If you have kids at home they will be your biggest challenge. The kids are not doing this with us for obvious reasons.
- There is absolutely no way that I could get them to consume oodles of vegetables.
- You can not limit a childs nutritional intake, they need those grains.
- Eggs 10 ways doesn’t happen with toddlers, there is one way and one way only, scrambled.
- Have you ever seen a toddler eat a salad?
- You are giving up alcohol for 30 days, enough said.
This being said just preparing the kids meals on a daily basis has been on of my biggest challenges. There have been so many times where I have been tempted to just have a little nibble. Their grilled cheese sandwiches pretty much scream eat me on a regular bases and I swear the goldfish crackers are making eye contact. It actually reminds you how many times you would normally have a little nibble here and there, perhaps this is where those extra 10lbs come from?
3. You will be surprised by how many extra ingredients there are in things. We have been reading labels like crazy lately trying to figure out what we can and cannot have, aka virtually anything that comes in a bottle or can is questionable. I was really surprised at how many items included the word sugar, and how many different forms of sugar there is. Even trying to buy a jar of mixed nuts to snack was surprisingly out of the question, as there was so many “extra” ingredients. Which really has you questioning why does it have so many extras? Is it really that good for me if it needs all these extras? Which in theory is the whole point of the Whole 30 program, to clean your body of these extras and try to curb some of your food addictions.
4. You will learn just how much you can do with the whole foods you have on hand and the amazing combinations you can come up with. One thing we have really enjoyed is grinding up cauliflower to make rice and it has been amazing. Mashing up a banana and scrambling it with eggs, and then topping it with almond butter and fruit has been my go to for breakfast. To me it’s such an odd combination but it is sooo good. We’ve been making lots of different salad dressings, and next up is to try a cashew based “cesaer” dressing.
5. You will eat a lot of salads and eggs. Lots and lots of eggs. Lettuce (all types) and eggs are pretty much a staple in my opinion for whole 30. Ev’s already said he doesn’t want to see another salad again, ha! And I am pretty sure this is how I feel about eggs after. Seriously eggs will be your best friend and before you know it you will have mastered the perfect poached egg. While we are only 12 days in, this is probably one of my proudest accomplishments so far.
As we near the halfway mark, I am super excited for how well we are doing. It will be interesting to see as it goes further and what types of changes stick (if any) and what foods are going to be the first that we add back in. I will also share a few of my favourite recipes we’ve found so far.