In week 3 I had a great week preparing for Thanksgiving and finding new Whole30 favorites at Trader Joe’s!
Highlights of Whole30 Week3
In week 3 I perfected the Whole30 Thanksgiving stuffing recipe I used for Thanksgiving this year. It really was awesome to create my first Whole30 recipe instead of just following all the awesome ones I found online. The best thing about Whole30 is that I’ve been inspired to cook more and be creative in the kitchen. That was something I stopped doing during pregnancy due to a host of food aversions (especially handling raw foods) and didn’t pick up after Penny was born due to time and exhaustion of being a new parent. It feels great to be in the kitchen again so much!
Another fun thing was my grocery trip to Trader Joe’s for some Whole30 items. I picked up:
- riced cauliflower
- butternut squash
- raw pecans
- shaved brussel sprouts
- broccoli slaw
- rainbow carrots
- rainbow potatoes
- almond flour
- ground turkey
- coconut aminos
- tomato sauce
- tomato paste
- coconut milk
Those ingredients combined with what we had made the Thanksgiving veggie filled stuffing, Whole30 meatloaf with rainbow carrots ad potatoes, turkey filled lettuce wraps, and shrimp curry! Delicious meals from super basic ingredients. That’s the best part of eating this way: food still tastes good and is good for you!
Why I’m Doing Whole30
I decided to do Whole30 for a reset on my eating habits before the holidays and to find out if eliminating certain foods would make me feel better. This is week 2 of Whole30, which is an elimination diet designed to help you get back to basics and reset your eating. After the restrictive 30 days you add back in foods one at a time to see how they affect your body. This helps you create the perfect diet for you.
Here’s the intro to Whole30 from the rules page:
“Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition, like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies, or chronic pain, that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms are often directly related to the foods you eat—even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?
Strip them from your diet completely. Eliminate the most common craving-inducing, blood sugar disrupting, gut-damaging, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the reset button with your health, habits, and relationship with food, and the downstream physical and psychological effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day-to-day life, long term health, body composition, and feelings around food. The most important reason to keep reading?
This will change your life.”
The words this will change your life sold me. I’m not sure I’m completely changed yet but my eyes are being opened to a lot of things I had not previously considered or put much thought into! This reset on my eating is definitely what I needed personally after a rough pregnancy and postpartum period where I felt worse than ever before.
If you are considering doing Whole30, here are a few resources I’ve found that are pretty useful!
- It Starts With Food
- Whole30 Official Website
- Whole30 Can I Have It Page
- Whole30 Book
- Whole30 Slow Cooker Recipes
- The Real Food RDs (my favorite recipe source!)
Here are some of the condiments and foods I’ve found that are useful for making food better while also staying compliant.
- Primal Kitchen Whole30 Mayo
- Primal Kitchen dressings and condiments
- Tessamae’s Ranch Dressing
- Coconut Aminos (soy sauce substitute)
Hopefully these resources help you on your Whole30 journey! It’s hard but worth doing!