Because Christmas might be the best time of the year, it also means lots of celebrations (yay!) that involves lots of food (yum!) including sugar cookies, chocolate pies, potatoes and mulled wine. So as part of my 2018 resolutions, I decided to go for a little post-holidays detox program and tried the famous Whole30! First time ever!
After watching many bloggers doing it in January, I thought it was the right time to try it too. I didn’t buy the book though, just looked up for some Whole30 easy recipes on Pinterest. I didn’t wanted to go in a full diet because it makes me quickly frustrated and I’m way more a food lover then a diet person so I allowed myself one cheat meal per week (without exageration) where I would enjoy a glass of wine or have some dessert (ok don’t blame me, please).
But if you’ve never heard about the Whole30 before, here are the main points:
What’s the Whole30?
Whole30 is a 30-day clean-eating program designed to clean up your eating habits by cutting out foods that might be having a negative impact on your health. This is mainly dairy-free, sugar-free, grains-free, gluten-free and alcohol-free. You might think “Then what’s left?” Well foods allowed during the program include lots of protein such as meat, eggs, lots of vegetables and fruits and nuts, seeds, or seafood,
The Whole30 is similar but more restrictive than the paleo diet, which I know well since my parents are doing it for years. I think it’s more a eating habit then just a diet. It is really healthy as long as you keep it on a long term. But let’s face it, no that easy when you have a strong social life :’)
What do you buy?
First groceries shopping weren’t more expensive then usual. Difference was that I planned out exactly what I needed to buy according to the recipes of the week. Nothing less, nothing more. I definitely wasted less!
Since I had to cut out major things in my kitchen I put everything in a closed cupboard (hidden from temptation!) to make room for my new ingredients.
Find here a Whole30 approved shopping list – really helpful to know what to buy and what to cook 🙂
Recipes I tried :
I got inspired by this Paleo Grilled spicy shrimp wraps but I actually made it non spicy because I don’t like it. Also, if you prefer a real wrap you can find some gluten-free ones and put the salad wrap inside (more crunchy). I also added pineapple instead of paprika for a better digestion. It felt fresh and tasty enough, I would do it again.
A little prep that longs for days and is really easy and simple to do is a Tuna salad. It goes easily with any kind of lunch and is full of energy. I have my own recipe that I got in California but here is a similar one. Put oiled tuna with paleo mayonnaise, chopped carrot, celery, salt, pepper and a red onion. Even better with gluten free crackers and a little soup (because it’s still January). Add a touch of lemon for extra vitamines.
One of my favorite of the month is this Paleo Mediterranean Chicken skillet! It tasted so good I’m still cooking it every week! I mainly used all the ingredients listed except artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes (used cherry ones instead) and olives. I’ve just put chicken with the onion, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes and fresh spinach. Add olive oil, balsamic cream, salt & pepper and here you go! I also added some pumpkin seeds (which I literally put in everything now) and served it with oven-baked sweet potates (recipe from the Goddess Song of Style here)
I admit having a big crush on sweet potatoes lately. I cooked them almost everyday in all its forms (mashed, baked, sauteed). It just tastes so good and is healthier then potatoes since its glycemic index is lower.
Other recipe I kept in mind was this Paleo Bacon-wrapped Shrimp, looks yummy for a little appetizer of a Friday treat! I think I got all my recipes from this PaleoNewbie website, which is great for easy ideas with a Whole30 dedicated area. But you can find many ideas on Pinterest too, take a look on my Foodie board or try “Whole30 recipes” and get ready to crave!!
What am I getting out of it?
I don’t give up easily but following this food program during 30 days hasn’t been that successful! The first two weeks were really good, I was highly motivated. Then arrived a friend’s birthday weekend where I wasn’t in charge of the menu and I wouldn’t ignore the birthday cake…so it went hard to resist. BUT for most of January and for a first time thing, I’m feeling proud enough for going out of my eating habits and trying new recipes. People around me were surprised of the meals I would prep and wouldn’t mind to try (victory!).
In terms of healthiness, I recognize feeling better. The first week cutting off sugar gave me bad headaches (-that’s how you realize how addicted your body is!) but I tried to drink more water then usual. These past days, I felt less tired during the day or after eating (less drowsiness), less bloated and felt a better digestion day-by-day. Thanks to the cheat meal/week allowed I haven’t been cranky and I still feel in good shape with a positive mood.
Would I do it again?
Totally! And maybe twice a year! It’s a good way to start it in January because Holidays will always be the same.. Why not a second time before summer (around April?). I would love to try summer recipes! I bet it will be easier because we eat less and more lightly, with more fruits and fresh meals. Let’s see in 3 months!
Have you tried it? What would you recommend? I’m eager to read your advises!
Have a beautiful week y’all