Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Food, Food, and More Food... Whole 30 Style

Let's talk food... Yesterday I explained why I started the Whole 30 approach to eating. If you missed it, you can catch up {HERE}. When I switched over to this eating style, I lost 12 pounds in five days. Wow, right?!? I was stunned too.

Today, I wanted to lay out everything so you can see exactly what I'm doing. I am still figuring this out and learning along the way but I am all for sharing what's working so far. I am not counting calories. I am eating real foods to heal my body. The weight loss is happening as a side effect (but I am still thrilled). I may be doing it a little wrong according to some Whole 30 gurus. This is what's working for me and I will learn as I go.


Breakfast - Scrambled Eggs and Watermelon
Lunch - Salad with shredded baked Chicken, olive oil and vinegar, salt, and veggie mixture (bell peppers, carrots, whatever else sounds awesome)
Dinner - Sausage and Peppers (Basically I threw smoked sausage, bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes in the crockpot and cooked it on low all day... It was fabulous! One of my Zumba® Divas gave me the idea.)


Breakfast - Scrambled Eggs and Cantaloupe
Lunch - Salad with Smoked Salmon just like the salad from Friday. I added sunflower seeds too. It was pretty good!
Dinner - Grilled burgers (no bun), grilled turkey sausage, and veggies (squash, zucchini, onions)


Breakfast - Fruit Plate (apples, banana, whatever sounded good)
Lunch - Leftovers from the dinner before and a side salad.
Dinner - Baked Ham, steamed broccoli, and sauteed mushrooms


Breakfast - More Fruit.... I've been on a serious fruit kick. Smoked Salmon.
Lunch - Leftovers from the night before.
Dinner - Baked Chicken with Peppers and Onions, Steamed Cauliflower and Squash.


Breakfast - Scrambled Eggs with Bell Peppers, Sliced Tomatoes, and Avocado
Lunch - My family went to our favorite Mexican restaurant. I ordered Chicken and Shrimp Fajitas with no seasonings and no sides. Basically they grilled me up chicken, shrimp, mushrooms, peppers, and tomatoes. It was excellent!
Dinner - The other half of my family got together for dinner. We grabbed a rotisserie chicken and I ate the white meat without skin and fatty parts on top of a big salad.

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This is a very simplistic, basic menu. I know that I will branch out now, but I wanted to get the hang of this first. I admit that I was very satisfied with the amount of food I was eating. I didn't feel sluggish during my workouts. I did snack on a hand full of nuts or fruit before classes and there were no energy issues at all. 

I can definitely see some changes in my body. Around the fourth day, I noticed I was not as stiff in the mornings. I have three bulging discs in my lower back. Each morning my back is tight and as I move around throughout the day it loosens up. For the past two mornings, I have been able to cross my legs and bend to put my socks on. That's actually pretty awesome!

I noticed that my forehead has broken out in the past 24 hours. I read somewhere that when your body is detoxing, it will show there. Supposedly I will see clearer skin after we get through this phase.

The only tough time I've had is when my family ate potato salad with the rotisserie chicken. I love potato salad and it was tough saying no. I do miss my amped up coffee. I would drink 6 cups of coffee per day with milk and Splenda. Now, I'm pretty much drinking 1 to 2 cups with nothing. That is just plain sad. At the end of the 30 days, that's probably what I am going back to first. I know it's awful, but it makes my life happier. Seriously.

My grocery bill for the week has reduced drastically too! We have spent about $110 at ALDI to eat better. Crazy, right?! Fresh fruits, lots of veggies, and lean meat. Throw in some good fats (like avocado) and you've got it. It doesn't have to be complicated, expensive, and time consuming.

I am drinking my water like crazy! I carry around a bottle with sliced apples and a cinnamon stick and chug that stuff all day long. It does make a difference and you will see results.

For the free advice... Here's the Whole 30 Shopping List. Everything on here is okay to get started. Mix and match whatever, but stick to the list!

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You can find this HERE! 
What questions can I tackle next? Anyone want to jump in and try this with me? 


  1. I may print this off and give it a try!
    And I can relate with back pain since I have scoliosis. I thought I was the only one struggling to put my socks on. LOL

    1. I think that was one of the perks of doing this that surprised me the most. I have a lot more flexibility in the mornings. I just really didn't notice how stiff I was until it was gone.

  2. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis as well as degenerative disc disease lower back and neck as well as suffering from migraines really think I am going to give this 30 days to see if this makes a difference. Plus I truly have a good bit of weight that needs go as well. Kait in Birmingham, AL

    1. Katie, from what I've read so far I really think this could help you a lot. I didn't realize just how much gluten could affect our health. I know people have a real allergy to it, but our bodies can benefit without it even if we don't.

    2. Thank you for responding ! I completely agree the more I learn the more I want to cut gluten out. I will be starting whole30 the Monday following Easter. Just pray for me. Thank you for what you do Wendy ! Blessings, Kait

    3. I will definitely be praying for you on Monday morning. Please do let me know how it goes for you!!!

    4. Thank you!! I will let you know how it goes.

  3. You can research this (there is plenty of research data)...but fats are not taboo anymore, as long as they aren't trans fat. Whole milk and cheese, organic half and half in your coffee, eat that chicken skin! And the fat on the side of steaks. All good, all healthy. Things do change, huh?

    1. You're going to laugh, but I can't get past the consistency/texture of fat on meat. Oh my goodness! I gag. I am not eating any dairy for these 30 days, but fat does not scare me!

    2. It's where the best flavor is, though. ;)

  4. Love, love, love this! I have changed my eating in the past 2 weeks to something very similar to this. I do eat oatmeal every morning with a piece of toast, but the rest of the day I eat tons of fruits/veggies and protein and no breads/white flour or processed things. In a week I've lost 2 pounds, and things just feel better! I'll be following you with this, thanks for the added motivation!

    1. Awesome, Cara!!! I am so happy for you too! Please check back in next week and let me know how it's going for you too. It's so motivational to see everyone else making progress too.

    2. I will! it's crazy how just changing up your eating habits can make such a difference!

    3. That's so true! I always thought it was ridiculous until I tried it myself.

  5. Hi Wendy! I just came across your blog while looking for ideas on the FMD... how do you think the Whole 30 compares? Which do you like better? I struggle through Phase 2 (protein/veggies) but feel great the rest of the time.

    1. Hi, Kristi! Whole 30 all the way! I feel much better on this plan than anything else I have tried. I have tried so many.... Don't just do it for the weight loss. Do it for the energy, the improved flexibility, and just an overall sense of well being. I have lost more with Whole 30 than any other approach.

  6. You are doing great! I love lean meat, veggies & fruit, but would miss some nuts and legumes... I have to investigate this 30 diet for myself.
    Please, don't use Splenda in your coffee. Stevia is much healthier choice and no calorie too. Just make sure it is pure Stevia. There are also many herbal coffee alternatives. Check out Teeccino Caramel Nut



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