I TRIED WHOLE30 FOR THE FIRST TIME

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!

whole30

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 🙂

whole30 shopping list

Whole30.com

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.

 

Paleo shrimp wraps

© Paleo Newbie

 

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.

Tuna Salad

© Paleo Newbie

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)

Mediterranean Chicken Skillet

© Paleo Newbie

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

Take care,

Allie

 

 

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16 Comments

  1. January 31, 2018 / 10:37 pm

    I have never been able to do all 30 days but this post is giving me hope to try again!

    • takecarebyallie
      February 1, 2018 / 11:11 am

      Thank you Lauren! I wish you good luck for your next try!
      Maybe add one cheat day per week for the first time =)
      It was really helpful!
      Have a good day and take care xx

  2. Mel
    February 1, 2018 / 1:33 am

    I love how you were honest about your experience. You admitted it was hard but still had a positive attitude. You don’t come by that often. Awesome article and keep up the good work.

    • takecarebyallie
      February 1, 2018 / 11:10 am

      Thank you Mel !
      I appreciate your feedback 🙂 I wish you a good day

  3. February 1, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    That’s great, you were able to stay disciplined most of the month! I usually fall off by the second week too!

  4. February 1, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try this! Definitely feels a bit overwhelming but this breakdown and recipes makes it seem a little more approachable 🙂

    http://www.areweadultsyet.com

  5. February 2, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I read this and got hungry!! The lettuce shrimp looks amazing, thanks for sharing your experience! I also dabbled in some whole 30 eating over January. There are definitely some great recipes and cutting down on certain things made me feel a lot healthier.

  6. February 2, 2018 / 5:36 pm

    Oh my God you have just inspired me. Just today I have gone to check my pressure n weight n I was like. I need to start eating clean

  7. February 2, 2018 / 5:36 pm

    Your Picks were delicious looking, I went to get the recipes. This article has made it easier on this venture to eating a little better, thank you.

  8. February 2, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    Sounds interesting, nice post 🙂

  9. February 2, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    Wow! That sounds like a good diet to be on. Can’t commit on full 30 days but can surely try 10. The sugar will
    Be the biggest challenge.

  10. February 2, 2018 / 10:55 pm

    Great start to your year! I always have a tough time sticking to diets since I love my pasta and bread but this one doesn’t seem too challenging if I add in a cheat meal once a week I could probably make it through! Those shrimp wraps look delicious too!

  11. February 3, 2018 / 2:08 am

    Hey, I’m proud of you for going as long as you did!! Whole 30 is very difficult when you have celebrations and holidays throughout the year! I’m glad to hear that you felt really good on it, those shrimp wraps are making my mouth water right now!! And I really like your philosophy on doing the Whole 30 a few times a year. I think it’s probably a really good reset for your body–I think we may try it before spring break gets here! Great post!

  12. February 3, 2018 / 4:31 pm

    Hi Allie,

    I love your suggested recipes. Healthy, filling and looks flavorful. I’m not into a 30-day challenge but definitely in a healthy lifestyle challenge little by little (I still have some cheat days 🙂 ) Thank you for adding up the healthy shopping list, great help for meal plans!

  13. February 8, 2018 / 10:07 pm

    these are all amazing tips! Gotta start eating healthy again.

  14. Honestly, I haven’t even tried it, but I know several people who have down this successfully over years and lost a lot of weight. Good for you for hanging on as long as you did. 🙂 I am going to pin this because I want to try the recipes.

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