Calley's Whole30 Journey

Hi folks! Calley here to shed some light on my journey through the Whole30. For those of you who don't know about the Whole30 process, just as an overview concept is that you remove certain food groups (essentially eating whole and non-processed foods) in order to see how your body is affected by each food group. To find out more information about the program and process check it out here: https://whole30.com/

Now for my journey... I started earlier than my other gal pals because I'm currently on the road to Montana! Wanted to start early so I could have this week to relax with my family. But as I write this, I can't help but think how crazy 30 days has changed my eating habits. Here's some key things that have changed and happened this month for me:

I no longer crave sugar

Sayyyy whaaaaat?! Yeah, I'm a female. I like chocolate. And I never pass up on a cupcake. -- these are all old statements. Currently, I don't have the desire to have a sweet after a meal. Pre-Whole30, having just a bit of chocolate daily would be totally acceptable. Now however, I am content - content with having my meals and nothing "extra". Yes.. I must say that the week before my period was TOUGH - my roommate was eating chocolate chips because I think we were in the same boat.. I ended up eating a whole cantaloupe. Not probably recommended by Whole30, but also this is light-years away from where I was last month.

Whole30 means no cookies.. even for WBA's -- aka World's Best Auntie

Grains.. where have you gone?!

Ok so the one thing that I truly missed (for only two weeks tho) was grains. I used to eat oat meal for breakfast / quinoa in my lunch / maybe noodles for dinner.. AKA lots and lots of grains in my day. Which I didn't realize before doing this. So when I had to cut out that food group my body was crying.. but my mind was going wild. I literally would get done eating a large (fulfilling meal mind you) and then when I was done, thinking "you're not completely FULL". What?! How can I still be hungry after eating some spaghetti-inspired meal? Well, for me it took nearly 2 weeks to get past the mental hurdle of being "full". Now - I can confidently say that I don't miss grains and that I do in fact get full from my meals. I might even say that I can listen to my body more. 

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Yep. I'm going there.. Number 2, poo, Mr. Hankey, whatever code-word you want to reference - I noticed a change in my "movements". Maybe pre-Whole30 I would say once a day, happy camper. Now... ummm 3 times a day? I've just noticed that my body was pushing thru the food a lot faster than previously. I'm not sure if anyone wants to read about that sooooo let's move on ;)

Sooooo I cheated

Not the best thing to do on the Whole30, but I did have 2 times that i cheated.. One day was a planned trip to the cities for my sister's husband's Birthday. A suite at the Minnesota Wild Hockey game, unlimited food/drink provided, etc. BUT I must say that although this was unlimited - did I go overboard? No. I actually had a bunch of fruits and veggies while I was there. Yes, I did have a hot dog with a bun and it was delicious. 

Meal prep, planning, strategy, etc.

For 30 days I realized what it takes to plan and prep for a meal, the week, etc. There was a definite learning curve to this. Week 1, I was all gung-ho and ready to take it on and thinking that my grocery list that I picked up would last me two weeks (roughly) because that's what my previous routine was.. Yeah I was a little off. When you buy fresh produce, it only lasts so long before you have to cook it/freeze it. But it definitely consumed a lot of my thoughts because it takes so much planning. 

Welp, this month was expensive.

To segway off of my meal planning and prepping, buying groceries once a week (for a single lady) got to be a lot more costly than my previous month in spending. Granted my pals, Leez & Ginger, both have men that they have to cook for too -- sooo I shouldn't be complaining. But just want to note that yes meal prepping is involved, but so is the cost. Manageable because I could still get a lot of stuff at Aldi, but required more trips in my month.

I made new things that I NEVER would have EVER tried

This month, there was a lot of experimenting and trying new things that I honestly have never made before but now crave and look forward to. And beyond recipes - talk about condiments! Never would I have thought that I would say that Ginger and I would make our own mayo. I would just assume that's something that aspiring chefs do - not me! But you know what? It's not that hard. Just an outside notion that it's hard / why not just buy it - is what's ingrained in our American lifestyle until we make the decision to CHANGE. 

My favorite meal thus far is my "Fake-Spaghetti" -- as I like to call it. Here's the ingredients and steps - Hey, even Gordon approves it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of ground beef or turkey (roughly 1 pound)
  • Peppers
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Garlic Clovess
  • Tomato Paste (small can)
  • Chicken Broth (or any other broth)
  • Zucchini (for zoodles)
  • Spices: cayenne, onion powder, paprika, chili powder, and any other spices

Steps:

  • Brown the ground beef in a pan that you can add more veggies and such in it.
  • Once brown or just a bit pink (drain any fat if needed), add in your chopped up veggies.
    • Add a splash of broth to help veggies steam/cook - cover with a lid.
  • Once veggies are tender, add in can of tomato paste and more broth to form a "spaghetti" consistency. 
  • Once mixed in thoroughly, add in your spices.
  • Add in zucchini noodles aka zoodles and cook covered for 2-3 min.
  • BAM! you've got a great meal!

Please make it and let me know if you love it as much as I do!

My skin is GLOWING guys!!

I'm not bragging.. but I've had my fair share of adult acne - fun stuff, I know - but by the end of this month, I truly am seeing a difference in my skin. I no longer am blaming my monthly lady-friend or any other factor - I have clear skin and no bad breakouts! I haven't changed my skin regimine either. 

Cardio only this month

I really did not workout like I've previously worked out before.. I actually only did cardio + volleyball. Nothing too out of the ordinary but also did not push myself like I have in previous months. Actually the first week, I didn't even make it to the gym beyond my volleyball games. I really just wanted to focus on the food portion and then begin to think about getting back to my morning cardio routine. 

End results....

Da-da-da-daaaa! End stats of this: I survived (check!). I also lost 12 pounds from when I started (or the last time I weighed myself). I feel good (check!). And now that I am "done" with my Whole30, I want to continue my clean eating Monday-Friday and avoid any sugar dragon still. But I also know that my weekends are always busy and I'm on the go a lot. So for meals, I'll be more conscious of what I'm fueling my body. Overall, I am a happy camper and have become a true believer of the process. 

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