Well, my whole30 ended 2 days ago and I’m now in the reintroduction phase. I had a piece of chocolate last night and I am enjoying a glass of red wine tonight. I’m a happy girl.
I have been feeling great and have lots of energy. I think the most noticeable change for me during my whole30 is how great I sleep. The past week and a half I have slept like a rock! It is so wonderful.
So now it’s time to be honest. Doing the whole30 was a bit challenging. There were days when I wasn’t sure I could do it. I had nightmares that I accidently ate something off plan and had to start over. Some days I was completely over it and I just wanted to quit, but I didn’t.
If you are interested in trying but can’t find a good time, let me tell you, no time is going to be “good” it’s not fun to skip dessert and wine and eating out, but you will learn so much about yourself and you will feel amazing if you try.
If you think it might be hard for your schedule, listen to my crazy 30 days! I probably chose one of the absolute worst months to do whole30. I really set myself up for failure, but somehow I pulled through.
The first weekend was Mother’s Day….we normally go get pedicures and lunch with my mom and sisters to celebrate, and I was so stressed out about eating, but I found a local restaurant that had compliant items and we went there and all was good. I had lettuce wrapped chicken tacos with fresh pico de gallo and a plain iced tea.
The next weekend was really hard because if you know me at all, you know that I love red wine. We signed up months ago as volunteers to pour wine at Zinfest in Lodi. Can you imagine loving wine and pouring it for 3 hours and not having any???? That sucked. But I stayed strong and made it through the day.
The following weekend we went to my nieces graduation in Morro Bay. It was a beautiful weekend. Normally I would relax and eat yummy food and drink yummy wine, but I packed a whole30 emergency bag and survived the weekend. I even hung out in a bar and drank hot tea all night! Lol!
My last whole30 weekend we had tickets to a concert at a WINERY. What was I thinking?!?! I packed a delicious compliant picnic and had a great time. I cooked chicken apple sausages with carmelized onions and lots of other goodies. Wholly guacamole makes a yummy compliant guac that I often are with baby carrots. The next day it was Memorial Day. Oh my goodness.. My parents had us over for a BBQ and I brought my own burger just in case. Trader Joes has grassfed burgers in the freezer section that are quite tasty. I always have them in case of emergency.
So every single weekend I had some serious challenges. I guess if I ever do whole30 again it will be a walk in the park compared to this!
I believe that the key to being successful is planning, shopping, and smart snacking. Just decide you want to do it, then do it. Don’t let anyone or anything hold you back if it’s something you want to accomplish.
I meal planned and shopped on Sunday’s (when possible) I cooked dinner every night, or made double recipes so that I could have a break. I got the Whole30 book that has some yummy and simple recipes in it. Whole30recipes on Instagram and Facebook was awesome help too.
I ordered Epic jerky and (no sugar added) larabars for emergency situations. Dry fruit was helpful also. I think I ate my weight in eggs and avacados too. lacroix water was fully stocked at all times in my house.
My first week I google searched “whole30 recipes” and got a few really delicious recipes. My favorite one was probably crockpot Mexican picadillo. My husband and son loved it too, so we ate it 3 times in the past 30 days and I’m actually eating it right now because it is so good!!
The recipe is simple and easy and I’ll cut right to it and share it with you now 🙂
Crockpot Mexican Picadillo
1lb ground beef
2 russet potatoes peeled and cubed
1 green bell pepper diced
1/2 onion diced
1 jalepeno seeded and diced
1/2 cup diced carrots
4 garlic cloves diced
1/2 cup salsa (whole30 compliant)
1/2 cup water
1tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dry oregano
Brown the meat then pour meat and juice into crockpot. Add remaining ingredients to crockpot. Stir and cook ok low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-6 hours.
Mmm! So good!