Here’s how we finished off our Whole30 Challenge–it was technically longer than a week, so you’ll see a visual roundup of 9 daily meal plans in our Week 4, as well as our list of surprising results, including an overview of our Whole30 experience.
Here is a roundup of what we ate in our last 9 days of the Whole30 Challenge:
Breakfast: Egg baked in yellow pepper, avocado, bacon; coffee.
Lunch: Spicy caribbean chicken soup.
Dinner: Avocado salad and sashimi (sounded like a good idea, but don’t bother–worst meal yet!).
Breakfast: Prosciutto and hard-boiled egg, and strawberries; coffee and larabar.
Lunch: Whole30 Chili, a peach, and pistachios.
Dinner: Sausages and peppers with onions and spinach.
Breakfast: Sausage with peppers, onions, and mushrooms; coffee.
Lunch: Turkey meatloaf, roasted cauliflower, and crudités.
Dinner: Roast chicken with carrots and beans; peach and strawberries.
Breakfast: Herb scrambled eggs with a re-baked potato; coffee.
Lunch: Turkey meatloaf with cauliflower and a peach.
Dinner: Green Thai chicken with caulirice.
Breakfast: Ham, avocado, and grapes; coffee.
Lunch: Thai green curry chicken on caulirice; pistachios.
Dinner: Potato salad with Nova Scotia pastured wing steak.
Breakfast: Ham, tomatoes, alfalfa, and blueberries; coffee and almonds.
Lunch: Turkey meatloaf with veggies.
Dinner: Potato salad, Tuna, cucumbers,tomatoes.
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and broccoli with toasted sunflower seeds.
Lunch: Cucumber noodles with sesame dressing, herbs, and chicken.
Dinner: Zucchini and summer squash noodles bolognese.
Breakfast: Poached eggs on spinach with smoked salmon.
Lunch: Banana with almond butter, blueberries, and a plum; pistachios.
Dinner: Sausages with red cabbage slaw, alfalfa, potato salad, and garden greens.
Breakfast: Hard-boiled egg with sausage, sweet potato fries, and alfalfa; coffee.
Lunch: Thai green curry chicken.
Dinner: Roasted pork shoulder with sweet potato, applesauce, and green beans.
If you’re new to the game, please check out the other posts about our Whole30 adventure:
What an experience. We feel truly fantastic–euphoric–and want to continue to eat this way (for the most part) as much as we can. We’ll reintroduce as per the guidelines, starting with dairy, then legumes three days later, and then some grains (I can’t wait to try oats again–I dearly miss my morning oatmeal).
This week’s surprising offshoots:
- Noticeable decrease in cravings
- Overwhelming positivity
- I’m getting a lot of comments on my ‘glow’
- We’re getting better at meal planning
- I fit into all the clothes I foolishly bought a size too small
- I love drinking water again
- Way easier than I ever expected to just say “no, thanks!” to treats in social situations
- We substantially increased our fat intake, with nuts, avocado, olive oil, coconut and animal fats
- It’s really liberating to just go for a walk and not need a destination like a pub or bakery
- We experienced no feelings of deprivation, instead felt very privileged to be eating whole foods
- We’re excited to slowly reintroduce our favourite healthy foods, like grains, dairy, and legumes
- I donated blood this week–with a great hemoglobin score–and feel a little like a superhero
- Taking photos of every meal was tiresome, but demanded the accountability I needed to ensure I always had a well-thought nutritious meal
Our final results were pretty dramatic, and very visible. We did lose a substantial amount of weight, and a lot of inches, but the most dramatic results are in how we feel. We are just abuzz with positivity, energy, and feel stronger and healthier. And while there were a few days when it would have been more convenient to reach for fast-prep foods, one quick label-read was enough to reinforce our resolve to stick it out for the month, to really give our bodies the chance to show us what we can and can’t digest well.
It may be that as we add things back, we find that something as simple as dairy causes us breakouts, or something as virtuous as whole-grain toast makes our tummies sore. Or it could be that these things don’t bother us at all, and we’re all systems go. But a whole month without potato chips, alcohol, and chocolate has certainly not harmed us in any way; and we’re both quite proud of our discipline and accomplishment.
While the Whole30 is not for everyone (I can’t imagine trying this kind of thing in a food-scarce environment, or as a vegetarian) it is certainly a solid strategy to test your discipline and get down to business with your nutrition. And if the offshoots include euphoria, improved strength, and better health, it’s certainly something to consider!
Do you research and talk to your doctor–and leave a note in the comments if you have had an experience with Whole30 you’d like to share.