Fourteen days ago I decided to test my will power and start the Whole30 diet after hearing about a success story at work. It came at a time where we had just gotten back from vacation with my fiancé so I figured I could use a bit of a detox. In summary, Whole30 is a strict program that disallows sugar, gluten, dairy and alcohol. Easy, right? Wrong.
If you’re like me and you can’t say no when someone brings donuts into the office or buys a tub of sour keys for all to share, starting off on this program will pose to be a bit of a challenge. If you’re also like me and you love a good glass of wine to wind down in the evening, this will be a big adjustment.
I really underestimated what this was going to do to my eating habits but I sincerely love the awareness that it has brought to my/our eating habits.
First off, let’s talk about coffee. For as long as I have been drinking coffee I always dressed my morning cup of coffee with milk and honey. Well that had to change! I’m pretty sure I avoided coffee for the first few days because nothing about a black coffee was appealing to me. A few days into the program I caved and had my first ever black coffee. To be honest, it wasn’t so bad! The only thing that I really hate about it is that I have to wait until it cools…first world problems.
After I got over the coffee dilemma, I had to adjust to what I was eating for lunch. Usually I love a good salad with protein which is totally fine but who doesn’t love some goat or feta cheese on their salad?! Unfortunately, that is a no-go so your salads end up being extremely plain and consisting only of vegetables and protein. That’s the stuff that’s going to help the waistline though! So since I couldn’t have any of the store-bought dressings, I had to make my own. Usually, I just whip up a simple vinaigrette in our Vitamix consisting of olive oil, balsamic, lemon juice, salt, pepper and garlic. Mustard powder is compliant and adds a bit of flavour to the dressing too.
Dinner wasn’t a massive adjustment in our household because I typically cook following a protein and vegetable type of menu anyways. The only thing that was a bit shocking on this program was that you can’t even have brown rice or quinoa – Jordan didn’t love that! What you can have, though, are potatoes. If you jump on the Whole30 bandwagon, sweet potatoes are going to be your best friend!
A typical dinner at my house will consist of chicken, boiled broccoli and I absolutely love brussels sprouts. I would have to say that we always have broccoli and brussels in the fridge. I got a bit creative recently as it was nice enough to start barbecuing outside again, and made chicken and steak kebabs for dinner. Those were a hit! Marinate the chicken in balsamic vinegar olive oil and garlic for an hour before grilling and you’ll be wanting seconds almost instantly.
Another little hidden gem on this program is clarified butter. We bought a big tub of ghee at Whole Foods. It wasn’t cheap but it really saves certain meals. If potatoes aren’t your thing, I suggest you try cauliflower mash. It is TO DIE FOR. Here’s what I do:
- cut a head of cauliflower into florets and boil in a big pot for about 10-15 minutes or until somewhat soft
- drain the cauliflower and put the florets into the vitamix
- add a tablespoon of ghee, a bit of salt and pepper and blend to your desired consistency
Jordan is a big time foodie and he can’t wait until we make it for dinner again. You can even get creative with it and toss in some garlic for extra flavour. The world is your oyster!
I’ll leave it at this for now but if you have any questions for me, I’d be happy to answer them! Leave a comment or contact me. I also highly recommend buying one of the cookbooks that the program has. I’ve linked them here for you. I really enjoy ours.