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Whole 30 Week 4 Check In – Wrap Up

Hey everyone!

I’m a little behind on this final wrap up and I have to be honest with you it’s because I’ve kind of been dreading it. The reason being that I truly feel that the Whole30 didn’t really work for me. Although, in a way I can look at this as a win for science. Meaning, sometimes you can fix some things naturally (eating differently, acupuncture, exercising, etc.) and sometimes there’s a place for western medicine (medication, psychotherapy, etc.). My main concern coming into the Whole30 was my digestive issues, after doing the Whole30 nothing changed in that area. In fact, on occasion I felt worst. Turns out my diagnosis is Mastocytic Enterocolitis, a disease in which you have an increase in mast cells in the colonic mucosa (I know, more than you wanted to know, but honestly if sharing this story means someone else goes to an allergist and finds relief from the pain then I will share). Since my visit with the allergist (who had no idea what the Whole30 was) I’ve been on Cromolyn Sodium, and the effects have been instantaneous! I’m so incredibly happy that I sought out a gasteroentinologist, that I went through with diagnostic procedures and that I followed up with an allergist, WORTH IT! Now, the Whole30, I’m on the fence about whether it was worth it or not. Ultimately if you do it and it helps you eat more whole foods and less processed foods then all the power to you, but I’m a firm believer in the 80/20 rule, so I’m not sure if I’ll ever do something like this again.

Now, I’ll get into the food and then I’ll tell you my final thoughts…

BREAKFASTS

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Kale, sweet potato and egg scramble (I still eat this for breakfast/dinner all the time post whole30…so good)

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Homemade almond milk, walnuts, berries, almond butter.

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Chia pudding (almond milk, berries, chia seeds, ground flax seed, unsweetened coconut, almond butter).

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Broccoli and egg scramble with a side of blueberry-banana-coconut milk-chia pudding

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Fried eggs, avocado, and salsa.

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Another Pitaya bowl (not technically in the spirit of whole 30 but all the ingredients were compliant so fuck it)

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Scrambled eggs, potatoes, and blueberries (Whole foods hot bar is really good for Whole30 compliant outings, it was one of the two places dave and I ate out at during the month).

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Broccolini scramble, sweet potato wedges, and strawberries.

LUNCH/DINNERS (wasn’t as good at capturing these, sorry)

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Roasted red pepper soup with chilean sea bass. Dave was a huge fan of this dish!

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Grilled salmon on a bed of mixed greens with balsamic and olive oil.

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More salmon burgers, asparagus, and sweet potato wedges.

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This is what my ‘sweet potato wedge’ prep looks like almost every Monday. This is a habit I will maintain for sure!

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Avocado, homemade mayo, egg salad.

I figured the best way for me to analyze the Whole30 was to do a pro/con list.

PROS

  • Got me into some really good food prep habits.
  • Increased awareness of how much sugar is in almost ALL foods.
  • Decreased craving for sugary treats.
  • No break outs throughout the entire month.
  • Decreased eating out.
  • Observed a distinct negative reaction when introducing sugary treats (e.g., increased heart rate, anxiety, and a head ache).

CONS

  • Made my digestive system worst at times (I feel that this was in part due to the fact that I was trying to adhere to the no-snacking policy and in doing so increased the size of my meals and with my condition it’s better to eat small meals more frequently).
  • Social situations feel a bit awkward.
  • Almost unable to eat out at all.
  • Certain restrictions feel unhealthy for vegetarians (e.g., no beans of any kind, limit nuts, etc.).

I’m very happy for all the people that reached out to me and expressed their positive experiences with Whole30. In summary I feel as though my experience was neither good nor bad, but I can say I took away some positives from it, so I’m happy I did it.

Be well.

 

Whole30 Week 3 Check In

Checking in a day late because we’ve had a busy couple of days.  Thursday night was Pageant of the Masters.

It was absolutely amazing!  The first I’d heard of it was while watching this Gilmore Girls episode.  Then I was even more intrigued when seeing it in Arrested Development.  If you have any interest in seeing real people dress up and pretend to be paintings (extremely well, I might add), then you should go!

Last night we were checking out a friend’s live podcast, Doughboys. Although it’s difficult hearing about yummy foods  that I can’t partake in ATM, it was still extremely hilarious!  We didn’t get home until 2am, that’s late for this old lady!


Things have been pretty good in the Whole30 department.  As soon as I stopped feeling pain/bloating (roughly day 16/17) I got my second wind.   Dave and I have been discussing how at this point (day 20 for me, day 15 for Dave), it feels like second nature.  The planning/prepping are just a new way of operating, but it feels like something we could sustain, at least for the most part.  I definitely wouldn’t be as strict when going out to eat, that part just makes things socially awkward. I personally don’t like hearing about people’s food restrictions, so I sure as hell don’t want to explain mine to everyone sitting at a table.  Other than restaurants (which is it really so bad that we go out to those less?) I can’t think of another drawback.

On to the food…

BREAKFAST

Fingerling potatoes, kale (obsessed), smoked salmon, and poached eggs.

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Pitaya bowl from Nekter, they are very good about substitutions!!

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Potato hash, fried eggs, and kale (I swear I’m going to switch up my greens soon).

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Chia pudding – took a break from this a bit this week.

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Broccoli scrambled eggs, apple and almond butter, avocado with salsa, and blackberries.

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Fried eggs on a bed of kale, smoked salmon, and sweet/russet potatoes.

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Another Pitaya bowl, so yum.

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LUNCH/DINNER

Snack plate (avocado, cucumber, salmon jerky, olives, carrots, cashew cheese).

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Mashed potatoes and scallops (not pictured – salad).

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Spiralized zucchini with anchovies topped with fried eggs and potatoes.  I use this spiralizer and it’s pretty awesome!

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More Nori rolls this week (so yummy).

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Salmon burger on a bed of kale.  Dave made these burgers and they’re so easy; I’m going to make them again and share the recipe with you 🙂

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Breakfast for dinner – Fried eggs on a bed of spinach and a side of sweet potato wedges.

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It’s been a good week of eats, and I can’t say I’m sick of anything (even with all those repeats).

Prep for the week:

  • Homemade mayo
  • Pasta sauce
  • Sweet potato wedges
  • Almond milk
  • Zigzag butternut squash (Trader Joe’s product, so great for snacking)

Noticeable changes:

  • No more pain/bloat. YAY.
  • No strong cravings for the usual treats.
  • A few surges of energy during workouts, but ultimately increased fatigue during them.

The next time I’ll be checking in with you I’ll be so close to the end (or the slow steady re-introduction phase) that I’ll be able to taste it (pun intended). Until then 🙂

Be well.

 

 

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