Friday, August 14, 2015

Whole30 Update: Week 2

I’m turning into a chicken. 

Not in a sense that I’m being a wimp, but more of my daily diet consists of chicken and eggs and I’m starting to sprout feathers. 

Kidding. Kind of. 

So, I’ve made it to week 2 of Whole30. Cue the champagne sparkling water.

{Read more about my Whole30 plan here

Overall, I've really enjoyed it so far. It has made me more conscious about the food (and lack of chemicals) I am putting in my body, forced me to plan ahead and I. feel. amazing. 

I'm sleeping better, I can tell my skin is getting clearer, and I'm having zero stomach issues. 

Granted, the first three days I was ready to chew someone's head off - and nap - all the time. But once you get past day 4, you feel great. 

I've tried a few new recipes as well {Note: Salmon cakes were my only fail} - which are all quick (30-50 minutes total prep and cook) - and haven't felt limited when going out to dinner. 

I even resisted wine, Tito's and free shots. #WILLPOWER. 

Below are a few shots of meals I've made / eaten out. 

The hardest part for me so far is to turn off my automation when going shopping or going out to eat. I have to look at EVERY SINGLE LABEL for added sugars and chemicals. 

I've learned that companies put sugar in EVERYTHING. 
Ways companies put sugar in foods: 
____ Sugar (brown sugar, cane sugar, raw sugar, beet sugar, etc)
____ Syrup (high fructose corn syrup, malt syrup, rice syrup)
Find the full list HERE

Things to avoid while on Whole30: 
  • Carrageenan: A thickening, gelling agent (FOUND IN ALMOND MILK). Go look in your fridge. I bet it's in your almond milk!
  • Corn Starch: Grain-based thickening agent. 
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): Flavor enhancer found in canned tuna or broth (also - I bet there is added sugar in your broth!)
  • Soy Lechtin: Soy-based emulsifier found. in. everything. (Check your almond milk again... or even your tea bags)
  • Sulfites (aka Sulfur Dioxide, Sodium Bisulfite, Potassium Metabisulfite) Found in a lot of things - but check for them in dried fruit or canned coconut milk. 
Just be conscious of these while you are looking to purchase things at the store.

Overall, I'm actually enjoying it. I'm going to make more of an effort to plan this week my meals (which may be hard since I'm traveling for work the second half of the week) and try new recipes! 

Here's a meal planner template for you to use as well!

Do you have any good Whole30 Recipes?

1 comment:

  1. 1) I'm against any diet that doesn't allow us to drink margs together. But this is probably why you're losing weight and I' not.
    2) I buy shelf-stable almond milk (i.e. the kind found not in the refrigerated section) that is carageenan-free. Been off of that since I read The Food Babe Way. Most shelf-stable brands are carageenan-free!