Let me begin by saying that before I started this program I was miserable. I felt horrible after meals, especially dinner. I was a gross, irritable, bloated mess. I was also tired a lot– taking 1-3 afternoon naps a week. Basically, I was a toddler.
In May, I purchased the book . The is $13.84 on Amazon. The version is $9.99.
If you’re wanting to transition to a clean eating lifestyle this is the book you need to get. It has everything you need. Don’t waste your time trying to track down information on websites because it’s free. Pony up the .84 and just buy it.
The book covers The Whole30 Challenge, which is basically 30 days of clean eating. But you don’t have to do only 30 days. You can do 60, 90, etc. I’m not going to go into detail about the book, I’ll let you read it yourself.
Whole30 is a stricter form of the paleolithic diet. You can eat certain meats, vegetables, fruits, and fats. Here’s the if you’d like to check out all the foods. BUT don’t print off the shopping list, get the food, and try the diet without reading the book. It doesn’t work like that. You need to read the book first.
The creators of Whole30 also came out with a, complete with the science behind the program, step-by-step guide, and recipes. You can purchase the guide .
I do a horrible job of photographing my food so I only have three photos to share with you– and they just so happen to be breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
My breakfasts usually consists of 2-3 whole eggs (they discuss how egg yolks aren’t the devil in the book) with roasted peppers, 1/2 avocado, and fruit (strawberry, mango, pineapple, or apple). If I’m feeling lazy or running late, I’ll have an apple and almond butter. But I can tell that I lose more weight on the days I ate eggs.
For lunch, I typically make a salad and throw on some leftover meat from dinner the night before. I put all kinds of stuff on my salads to make them more interesting– strawberries, cashews, onions, avocado, kalamata olives, tomatoes, blueberries, etc. The book has dressing recipes in it but I’m lazy so I just use a balsamic vinaigrette.
We typically have chicken or beef for dinner. (I’m not a huge fish person.) For the sides, I make either sweet potatoes with cinnamon, homemade sweet potato fries (with pumpkin pie spice and a little bit of lite virgin olive oil), roasted asparagus, mixed vegetables, roasted peppers, mushrooms, or broccoli. And 95% of the time we have leafy green salads (butter lettuce, leafy romaine, or spinach) with our dinners.
This specific meal is a hamburger topped with homemade guacamole, homemade sweet potato fries, and a spinach salad with onion, strawberries, and cashews.
I cook and bake all of our food (that requires cooking and baking) in coconut oil. Trader Joe’s has an awesome coconut oil spray that I use all the time.
The thing I love about the Whole30 program is that there’s no calorie, carb, etc, etc. counting. There’s no points to track. There’s no shakes, drink mixes, etc. They tell you what foods you should eat and how big your portions should be. That’s it.