Let’s Do Another Whole30!

I’m doing it again. Another Whole30. I’m already on day four,  but I figured if I wanted to keep with it that I needed some kind of accountability. I’ve still only completed the one Whole30 I blogged about here two years ago. I tried another at the beginning of this year but failed miserably after less than two weeks due to a lack of accountability, a lack of prep, too many SWYPO foods, and basically a plan to slip up from the beginning (my husband and I went into it saying we would “see how we felt” when the Superbowl parties hit. Turns out, if you’re not super committed, you feel like cookies and brownies and ice cream during Superbowl parties). This time is going to be different, though. This time, I’m telling the Internet. You’ll keep me accountable, right?

I want to go over a few differences between the last time I (successfully) did Whole30 and now. Differences I see in the program and also changes I’d like to make going into this one.

1. Information availability – It is amazing how much more there is out there on Whole30 now. When I did it two years ago, I had a page from the Whole9 website saying what you can and can’t eat. That’s it. Other than that, I had two websites I referenced and a bunch of paleo recipes that I altered to make Whole30 approved. Now, there are recipes galore, blogs, e-mails from the program, two books, Pinterest boards, Instagram accounts, etc.! I’m excited to try it again with this many resources!

2. Less fruit, more veggies – I’ll admit I probably ate too much fruit during my first Whole30 (but again, I had no guidelines telling me how much of anything I should or should not be eating), and I hope to stick to three servings of fruit a day this time, while eating a vegetable with every big meal.

3. Breastfeeding – Last year, I had a beautiful baby boy who is now eleven months old and still nursing. I was fine with fewer calories back then because I wasn’t too active and had a smaller frame anyway. Now,  I need to make sure I’m still eating enough calories to keep up an adequate milk supply. If I notice a drop, though, I will have to seriously reconsider the timing of this one. If anyone has experience with breastfeeding on Whole30, please share some advice!

4. Migraine focus – I’ve been getting migraines much more often than usual lately. For me, that means multiple per week. I’ve been starting to think that it’s something in my diet so I’m kicking caffeine for this Whole30 and keeping a food log/migraine log. Last time I did the program, I didn’t have any migraines after week one. That’s unheard of for me! The problem was, I added in too many foods at a time when I was finished that I couldn’t pin point which one was giving me trouble. This time, I’m hoping to figure that out (and because it’s day four and all I can think about are chocolate chip cookies at the moment, I’m crossing my fingers it’s not sugar).


Follow along with me while I hopefully show you that Whole30’s are incredible and not that hard!



Post-Whole30: Hello Paleo, Denver Adventures and a Hook Ass

So far I have introduced gluten, sugar and dairy back into my diet in small amounts. The only time I had an issue was when I ate a brownie for breakfast and had a crazy bad sugar rush that had me unable to stand up for about an hour. Stupid me.

I’ve decided I’ll follow a paleo diet from now on, but on an 80/20 sort of scale. I’ll eat strictly paleo during the week and whenever I cook, but when we go out on the weekends I’m going to get what I want. That’s how I worked it this weekend and it was nice to be able to go out and treat myself and not feel guilty about it.

Husband and I had a pretty great weekend. Friday found us watching season four of Sons of Anarchy and eating these paleo brownies. They are completely flour-less and completely delicious. The almond butter flavor was a wee bit strong for me and I think next time I’ll use a flavored one (I used a plain, unsalted this time). Fun fact: every time I say “almond butter” I end up feeling like I was really trying to say “Allman Brothers,” but suddenly developed a speech impediment.

Husband likes to eat his with peanut butter and a tall glass of milk. I like to eat mine with breakfast followed by an intense sugar rush.

On Saturday we started off our adventure day at Ikea where I ate meatballs and mashed potatoes (yay return of potatoes!). I couldn’t resist getting a princess cake because they are in my top five favorite desserts of all time. And at $1.50 a piece, it doesn’t get much better. I was kind of upset to see that they’d changed the color from green to pink. I guess Americans don’t like eating green desserts? Green princess cakes > pink princess cakes. End of story.

I only ate two bites of the princess cake for fear of having to fight the masses to find a bathroom. Have you ever been to Ikea on a Saturday? Is there a worse place for someone who hates crowds and people who don’t know what arrows mean?

Surprisingly, we left Ikea having only purchased one thing. I picked it up and thought it was great, but it was missing a tag. When we got to the check-out and the cashier looked up the item number, the name of the product popped up – “Hook Ass.” I love your simplicity, Ikea. Way to tell it like it is.

We will use our “Hook Ass” to hang our dogs’ leashes.

For dinner we found an AMAZING place called Steuben’s. They had several allergy-friendly menus. I ordered off their gluten-free menu and got the shrimp and grits. Possibly the best shrimp and grits I’ve ever eaten. And I’m from the south. Is that sacrilegious? Husband had what he claims was the best BLT of his life. If you live in or are visiting Denver, definitely check this place out. I don’t think you could go wrong with anything on their menu.

After dinner we headed off to Red Rocks Amphitheater to see The Avett Brothers for the third time (in our third state!). It was an incredible show. Not only the best Avett Brothers concert, but the best concert in general I have ever been to. The energy was unbelievable and they even raised more than $20,000 for those affected by the Waldo Canyon wildfire. Just when I thought I couldn’t love them any more…

I leave you with one of my favorite Avett Brothers songs and encourage you to check them out. They are so good live. You can’t help but dance around like an idiot.