Whole30 :: Day 30! Last day!

doing-the-w30-IGWell, well, well.  Day 30.  Last day of Whole30!  Hooray!

There were moments I didn’t think I would make it through without a little cheat.  But then the rule-follower in me would kick in & talk my rebel-self back into compliance.  And I’m very thankful that it did.  I can now say, “I did it!” and I know I did it completely.  I never have to wonder what would have happened if I’d not cheated.  Because I didn’t cheat.  {rule-following, a blessing & a curse!}

Whole30, as I’ve mentioned before, is not “hard”, like running-a-marathon-hard or being-a-mama-hard.  It’s all about discipline.   It’s committing to doing something different and following through.  Even when you’re sick to the brim of eating dried apples instead of BBQ Lays.  But through this discipline, results are achieved.  Big results!

I will spare you the before & after pictures {partly because the last thing the internet needs is pictures of me in front of my bathroom mirror in just a sports bar & running shorts!  thank me later}  But let me tell you that there is a difference.  My jeans fit more comfortably around the middle & the thighs.  And if that weren’t enough, my abs have reappeared.  They disappeared after my 40th and have been MIA since.  I chalked it up to “getting older” but really it was all the crappy foods I was using to fuel this body.  Even the best workouts can’t overcome the worst diets.  Speaking of workouts – since Whole30, they are incredible too.  Excellent fuel equals excellent workouts.  I have more energy, I’m sleeping better, my insides feel nice…life is good.

I have found some new food friends throughout the last 30 days. These are 9 things that have been “better choices” and I will carry them forward into days 31 and beyond.

Whole30 Must Haves

  • Bubbies Sauerkraut – I put this in & on just about everything!  It is amazingly delicious!
  • Coconut Milk – coffee creamer got the boot and this moved in.  I look forward to my coffee with this every.single.morning.
  • Chamomile Tea – great gas relief {what? TMI?} for when I’ve enjoyed too much fruit or gassy veggies
  • Avocados – avocados are from heaven.  i need not say more.
  • Raw Almonds – a little something-something to get me through homework time & carry me to dinner
  • Dates – seriously!  you can make the most wonderful sweetness out of dates & water to add to sauces that need a little sweetness.  amazing!
  • Dried Apricots – for those moments when I just need a snack.
  • La Croix Water – I’ve loved bubbly water {water with gas} since my Europe days.  I love this!
  • Coconut Aminos – A staple for Paleo-style cooking

Each of these 9 things were things I could not live without. And I have come to love them so much.  They filled a gap that was left open when non-compliant foods were taken out.  {more like pulled out of my tight grip}  I’m not saying I’m giving up my old way of eating completely.  I will enjoy some of my old favorites again.  But not on a constant basis, rather a “treat” basis.  I feel too good to go back!

Today I plan to indulge in all my very favorite things of Whole30.  Think eggs, avocados, sauerkraut, coconut milk, and dried fruits.  Not all at once, though, that would be disgusting.  But I’m pretty near certain that I will continue these into the future.

I’ll recap more Whole30 this week, with menus, recipes, shopping lists and more tips.   Come back.


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