dear avocado toast, i miss you.

Hi all!

It’s Day 14 of the Whole30 so I thought I’d check in since we are officially half-way through! This is kind of odd because I am essentially interviewing myself, but these are some common questions I get when I am doing a round of Whole30. Enjoy!

Are you loving this round of Whole30?Honestly, not really LOVING it, but tolerating it. It’s the sad truth. This is my fourth round and I’m in the boredom phase of the program. That means there’s a lot less ‘new to me’ things going on and way more ‘I’ve done this before, yeah yeah yeah’ going on.

What do you hope to get out of this round?
Honestly, the main reason I did this round of Whole30 was to do just do a mini reset after the holidays. Many of you know I eat pretty clean-to-me about 80% of the time, so I just wanted to push my comfort zone for a solid 30 days… and for a couple reasons

  1. I needed a break from alcohol. I love me some wine, but I also love to give the liver a rest. So many things revolve around alcohol, work-socializing included, so I wanted to remind myself that you don’t need to have a glass of wine to ‘fit in’. This all goes back to my ‘what is a special occasion’ self-discovery mission.
  2. My carb intake was getting a little high, and I was starting to move into the gluten-zone. Which admittedly won’t kill me, but if I do it enough over a long period of time, I get the puffy face, abdomen, and delayed digestive distress. It’s been good to find some other foods for my carb intake like all forms of potatoes and yams.
  3. I wanted to eat more greens. Whole30 basically forces you to eat greens, which can be quite the shock to the system if you haven’t been doing so for quite some time! I have been upping my kale intake to the point that I’m not sure I can live without it.
  4. Debloating. A combination of eating more veggies, no processed carbs, no alcohol leads to a debloating party. Week 2 is when I usually see the bloating significantly subside. Once you truly debloat, it’s easy to identify what foods cause severe bloating. Plus, bonus is that your clothes fit so much better.

Will you do a ROUND 5?!
Honestly, I am not even thinking about another round right now. The goal is to NOT have to do many more rounds because we don’t want to get into the yo-yo zone. I’m feeling pretty confident that I can move forward with all of the knowledge I have to make a perfect-for-me game plan about my eating habits and meal planning (and yes, this does include a balance of mindfully indulging during special occasions!)

What are you go-to’s in your fridge and pantry?

  1. Potatoes and squash – in both original and spiral form.
  2. Fruits like berries, bananas, apples
  3. Cashew butter
  4. Larabars
  5. Venison and fish – anything that Nate brings home from hunting and fishing really
  6. Kale
  7. Canned tuna
  8. Avocado
  9. Olive oil and coconut oil
  10. Chicken Apple Sausage (to pair with eggs)

 

What do you miss?
I miss my avocado toast and my apple cinnamon oatmeal in the mornings – breakfast is so hard to switch up on Whole30 as everything is so egg-based. You can count on me introducing those two things back into my life immediately after! I also missed having a drink during that INTENSE Minnesota Vikings game tonight. #SKOL

Do you like the Whole30 Day by Day book so far?
Yes – the Day by Day book is certainly motivating and is very helpful (and probably even more helpful for people who haven’t done this before). I have skipped a few days because I forgot, but essentially it reminds you to think about why you’re doing a Whole30. It gives you snippets into how you’re likely feeling and why that is, and it also forces you to reflect on your energy, sleep, meals, and non-scale victories. It does feel a bit like homework but generally, low maintenance.

Are you going to do anything differently in your last 2 weeks?
Yes – I will be switching up my supplements a bit in the morning. I’m adding in a digestive enzymes and some Vitamin D (thanks, winter). It’s important to me to keep my immune system (and therefore digestive system) strong, so I think this will help me get to the next level of feeling good. I’m still experiencing some unexpected digestive discomfort so I’m crossing my fingers this helps.

 

How do I find out more information about this program?
Easy – just go to the Whole30 website. It has everything you need to get started, including support groups and forums. There are a few different cookbooks (plus Day by Day) that will assist you with new recipes too! While eating Whole30 (essentially Paleo) isn’t for everyone; it’s definitely worth a shot if you’re looking to eliminate troublesome (to you) foods from your diet.

Xo Karen

PS: Check out my Instagram for some food posts! Tonight we had mustard pork chops with potatoes, kale, and sliced apple. Super easy and yummy! To be funny but cruel, here’s a picture of a delicious cranberry almond muffin and a dirty chai tea latte. But hey, only 16 more days… 😉

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