Whole 30:: Ten Days After

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It’s been ten days since the end of the Whole30 adventure.  If you remember, I was feeling amazing.  Great sleep, no head congestion, more energy, all systems working properly…you get the idea.  Amazing!

Am I still?

I’m happy to report that I am.  I have taken this phase slowly.  I guess because I’m feeling so great, I don’t want to change anything that might make me feel not so terrific.  But at the same time, I don’t want to live Whole30 as WholeLife.  To date I’ve added back non-gluten grains and gluten grains.  I may not be going in the Whole30 suggested order, but I’m going in the sanity order.  Things I miss most, are coming back earlier on.  Plus, I really don’t think I have any sensitivities or issues to grains & so far I would be correct.  Love it when I’m right! 🙂

Next I’m taking on legumes and last will be the dairy.  In talking with my dad {shout out to my fabulous father.  Hi Dad!} turns out I was allergic to cows milk as a baby.   hmmmm.  One of those facts that never seems important until it is.  Could I still have sensitivities to dairy today?  Highly likely.  So I’ll see what happens when I put a little dairy in the digestive track.  Might be messy.

This phase has really been eye-opening.  More so than I figured it would be.  I have realized how very much I mindlessly eat.  When sticking to the rules of the program {oh, how I love rules} every bite seemed intentional.  I had to think so much about what I was consuming.  While I’m still not at a 100% free-for-all at Roy’s Chuckwagon buffet, it’s so much more relaxed.  I find myself wandering into the pantry for a little something-something a bit more often.  And while most of my choices are still better-than choices, I can see that it’s the habit of needing a little something when I don’t really need a little something that will need to be broken if I’m to feel great on an ongoing basis.

That said, I’m not ruling out all fun eating.  I know better than that.  That’s how disaster strikes!  So I’ll enjoy a treat and some food fun from time to time, but I want to be intentional about that too.  Rather than downing a box of crackers in one sitting, I’d rather pick some quality crackers I love & enjoy them with some cheese {oh, please dairy be ok for the sake of good cheese} and salami slices.  Savoring each tasty bite.

If you’re looking to jump into Whole30, I would completely recommend it.  If for no other reason than to see how great your body can feel.  You might think you feel great…you probably don’t.  No really, you don’t.  But you can.  Give it a try.  And here’s a fun little recipe to get you started.  The whole family loved these Chicken Avocado Burgers.  The others put them on hamburger buns, I ate it without.  They were quick, easy and full of flavor.  Thanks to the Laughing Spatula for a great Whole30 recipe!

Print Recipe

Chicken Avocado Burgers

Source: laughingspatula.com

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 large ripe avocado – cut into chunks
  • 1 chopped clove of garlic
  • 13 cup Almond Meal {panko if not Whole30}
  • 1 minced Poblano or Jalapeño pepper, (optional but recommended)
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 14 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss gently.
  2. Shape into desired size patties and grill inside or out!

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