Whole30 :: Tip #2

Day 8 ::  Feeling great!

I dreamt the other night about shredded cheddar cheese.  What’s that about?  Other than that, I think Whole30 is treating me pretty well.  Enjoying good proteins, excellent fats & more veggies than I have ever eaten before.  I’ve survived going out to dinner & the SuperBowl.  I think I deserve a trophy for not cheating.

I won’t lie, it’s not super easy.  When the battered chicken wings and cheese-cheesey dip & crackers and cupcakes are all laid out for the world to eat, it’s not the easiest to just head for the Whole30 approved snack section.  But, friends, it is doable.  You can do it!

One thing that definitely increases your odds of not being a Whole30 failure, brings me to today’s tip.

Tip 2 :: BE PREPAREDhow not to be a whole30 failure 2

GET IT READY :: If you’re anything like me, grab foods are a life line.  Chips, crackers, pretzels, kettle corn…mmmmmm…I’m making me hungry now.  When I get a hankering for a little something-something I go for whatever is easy.  Something already prepared, something already to pop into my mouth, something fast with little work to get it ready.

Enter Whole30.  Yeah, grabbing a little something on the fly? That can be a bit tougher.  Unless you’ve prepped.  Don’t just purchased the veggies & the friuts and throw them into the produce drawers of your fridge.  Actually wash them, chop them, dice ’em & slice ’em!  Throw them into tupperware and zippy bags.

The other day I stood in the pantry staring down a bag of BBQ Lay’s.  We had a little debate in that pantry.  Me & the Lay’s bag.  We fought!  It was rough & tumble.  I picked up the bag.  I put it down.  I picked it up.  I put it down.  really.  But then I remembered I wanted to not be a Whole30 failure.  I remembered all the delicious fruits and veggies in the refrigerator.  I also remembered the huge pyrex of soup from Tuesday & found my way back on the Whole30 path.  But only because it as all ready to go.  The Lay’s went down & something wonderful took it’s filthy place.

Since I mentioned it, let’s talk about THE IMPORTANCE OF SOUP!  It is times like this that I am thankful that it is still a bit cool outdoors.  {Heck it’s February in the upper-midwest!  We are under a blizzard warning today.  It’s just plain cold!}   Anyway.  Cold weather=soup.  Soups are a Whole30 must for me.  I can make up a big huge pot & have it ready to go in the refrigerator for whenever I need it.  I have found several delicious, filling, wonderful soups.  These recipes will likely take me right out of Whole30 & into life.  They are that good.  Here’s a list of my favorites thus far:

“But what about those times when you’re hungry but don’t want soup?  What about when you need something crunchy, like a chip or sweet like a big ol’ piece of cake?”  I’m glad you asked.  Crunchy has been a rough thing for me this past week.  I enjoy chips & crackers.  A lot!  Nothing about a piece of celery comes close to making me think I’m eating a chip.  Nothing.  I’ve not found the PERFECT SUBSTITUTION, but I can admit that these little gems are doing a good job of settling down that craving:

FullSizeRender 68Both from Costco, their ingredients are the important part {because not all dried fruits are equal}  The ingredients are simply the fruit.  No sulfites, no preservative & NO ADDED SUGAR!  Those companies are so, so sneaky.  But these are clean.  And the apples are crunchy enough to trick me, sort of.  Now I have thought how delicious they’d be drenched in caramel sauce, not gonna lie, but that will have to wait.



How Not to be a Whole30 Failure

Failure is a big word.  So perhaps I should have titled this “How To Be a Whole30 Success”.  But really…same coin, different sides.  And there are no participation trophies here.  So how not to be a Whole30 failure it is.

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I can see already, as I sip my delicious morning coffee with coconut milk & cinnamon, that Whole30 is not easy.  Change is always hard.  Breaking old habits is tough.  And Whole30, like Nothing New Month before it, is about making conscience changes & breaking bad habits.  Sometimes enthusiasm runs low & giving up seems better.  Easier.  And it would be easier.  Easier to just grab a cracker, a slice of cheese and a glass of wine & call it a day.   But I’m committed to this thing.  So how exactly can the transition be made less awful?  Announcing Tips to Not Be a Whole30 Failure:

Tip #1 – Drop The Gourmet Chef Act

Once I read the book, It Starts With Food {you must read this!} and decided to go for it, I immediately turned to Pinterest.  Because, hello, Pinterest.  She literally knows everything about anything. {Pinterest is a girl.  99% certain of that fact}  She did not disappoint!  Recipes galore!  Glorious, glorious recipes.  With pictures that were delicious.  No, really, I could’ve eaten the pictures!  Delish!  I pinned, & pinned & pinned. I added to my Plan-to-Eat recipe collection.  Such divine, delightful dishes.

Such complicated, strange, time-consuming, expensive ingredient recipes.  Ugh!  I have never in all my life seen recipes with such long lists of unusual ingredients and so many complicated steps. For all you out there with a personal chef, have at it!  However, I do have other things to do besides prepare meals all day.  I figured out quick that this could get way out of hand, time-sucking & discouraging in quick order.  And failure is just one “I don’t feel like doing this anymore” away.

I decided to Drop The Gourmet Chef Act.  I love to cook.  I love to try new recipes & ingredients.  But I could see burnout around the corner if I started out this way.  Time to rethink the Whole30 meals.  You know what I discovered?  Many of my regular rotation recipes will work just fine.  For example, last night we had salmon with an avocado salsa.  This is something that we eat regularly because everyone likes it.  And you know what?  It’s Whole30 compliant.  I made rice for the kids & the hubs.  I also made a vegetable medley with all kinds of goodness.  I had a little roasted sweet potatoes for me {since no rice was on my plate}  We all enjoyed it, left feeling very full & satisfied.  It was easy.  And easy is good when change is so hard.

Don’t reinvent the wheel.  Yes, many things you normally eat will not work even with tweeks {like lasagna} but there are many things that will work.  It just takes a little looking.  And if you’re a prepackaged, drive-thru, open-a-can kind of dinner chef, look for easy Whole30 recipes on Pinterest.  She won’t let you down.  Promise, she’s that good. Happy eating!

Print Recipe

grilled salmon with avocado salsa

Source: www.thecookierookie.com


  • 2 lbs salmon cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tbs olive oil (I used light extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 12 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • for the Avocado salsa:
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 12 small red onion sliced
  • 2 limes Juice from
  • 2 tbs finely chopped cilantro (depending on how big of a cilantro lover you are)
  • Salt to taste


  1. Mix the salt, chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion and black pepper together, rub the salmon fillets with olive oil and this seasoning mix
  2. refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Pre-heat the grill.
  4. Combine the avocado, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt in a bowl and mix well, chill until ready to use.
  5. Grill the salmon to desired doneness. (I grilled for about 5 minutes)
  6. Top with avocado salsa and enjoy!

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New Month :: New Challenge

January was Nothing New Month.

February is Whole30 Month.doing-the-w30-IG

I know.  I know.  I have said I will NEVER do Whole30.  I have said that.  Many, many times.  I may have even been a little bit hostile about the whole thing.  But here’s the deal.   Anyone who’s ever dealt with or dabbled in any eating disorder & come out on the other side {the healthy side} will generally be adamant about their desire to never play games with food rules.  Food rules can be dangerous.

So, why the change in heart?  Well, it all started last year when I ran my first full marathon.  I had always been hesitant against doing a full marathon for a similar reason.  As dangerous as food rules can be, exercise requirements can be just as slippery of a slope.    But I really wanted to complete a full & with a lot of intentionality, I was able to do the training & didn’t slip into any unhealthy habits.  And then I got to thinking…if I can do this, maybe I can try Whole30.  So here goes nothing.

What is Whole30?  I’d first recommend this book & this one too.  All questions answered.  And if anything remains unanswered, the website is very informative.  But in a nutshell :: No Sugar, No Grains, No Legumes, No Dairy, No Alcohol, No Carrageenan, MSG or Sulfites.  But everything else is totally ok *sarcastic smile* Fruit, Veggies, Meat, Coffee, Tea, Sparkling Water.  It’s all good!

For me, I’m doing Whole30 as a reset. The holidays were whimsical. They were frivolous.  They were very…filling.  I have never in all my life indulged in so much food & drink.  Some were good choices, some were not so much.  And all that has left me feeling bloated, uncomfortable, tired with itchy skin & blemishes.  Really.  And I’m certain much is related to the food & drink that has been thrown in my mouth.  Time to reset the system!

What is most difficult about Whole30?  Well, I’m at day 1, so I don’t have a lot of experience, but I can say that I was terrified about coffee creamer.  Yes.  Coffee Creamer.  It’s a no.no.  And cream is also off limits.  And sugar too.  How is one to enjoy a cup of Joe without anything that can make it taste less like coffee & more like yum?  I almost decided against the whole program on account of this conundrum.   Truth be told though, my alternative plan was the Daniel Fast and that has zero coffee…so never mind that.  I spent yesterday reading up on coffee on Whole30.  This morning…black coffee and a smidgen of full on fat coconut milk.  Different than my chemical laden coffee creamers of old, but still good.  Delicious.  Really.  I speak truth here.  After my first cup this morning…I can totally do this.  Whole30 – you’re mine!

So, here it goes.  Day #1 down.  I will not take pictures of everything we’re eating.  Promise.  But I’ll share how it’s going, how I’m feeling, what’s hard, what’s not so awful.  And if a recipe makes me smile, I’ll share it.  If you’re interested, check out my Pinterest Board “Get In My Belly! – Whole30”.  There’s a lot there.  Good luck!  happy eating.