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By Eric on March 5, 2015 4

Kelsey asked me if I’d ever do another Whole30 again, I paused and thought… maybe once every couple of years or so? I’m not really sure at this point. I think our first mission is figuring out how to work as much whole food eating into our budget as we can.

That’s a real challenge for me to be “half in.” But, we’ll do the best we can with what we know, and keep looking to make changes to our eating habits.

That being said, after the first few days of cravings, I really didn’t miss many junky foods I used to eat. And we found some really tasty new meals that we’re adding to our home kitchen menu going forward.

Favorite Whole30 Breakfast

One day during the Whoel30 we had steak for breakfast! That was a really fun treat. But, obviously we can’t do that everyday.

Most days I ate eggs over-easy, sweet potato hash browns, and for about half the days, I made some sausage to go with that. It’s so good!

Despite having it almost everyday, I absolutely love it! It’s so filling and keeps me fueled throughout the morning all the way to lunch.

Let’s get on with the recipes… three of them below for you to try.

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By Eric on March 3, 2015 6

Smashburger

Today after lunch, will officially conclude 30 days of Whole food for Kelsey and I. I’ve kicked the sugar cravings, we spent 50% more than our budget called for, but we did it! I have a decent bit more of sustained energy throughout the day, and my mental clarity and focus has been improving over the last few weeks.

I lost more weight than I care to admit, and have been seeking ways to gain this back (Anyone know of a good ice cream diet for weight gain?). Just kidding… kind of… it is my birthday on Thursday, so I will indulge!

Aside from the feelings and physical attributes of the Whole30, I really have learned a lot about food over these past few months. Preparing for the Whole30 was almost as much work as doing it.

In case anyone out there has been wondering about the program, or thinking of taking this on yourselves, I thought I would compile a list of things I’ve learned both from the book “It Starts With Food,” and from doing our own Whole30.

1. Premise: The food we eat either makes us more healthy or less healthy.

At the basic level and without getting into all the scientific proof offered in the book, this makes sense, right? I think the issue with this is that having not been educated properly I’ve not really known what was healthy before reading the book.

Low fat, no fat, no sugar, all natural, organic, free range, grass fed, etc… what does it all mean? Basically… most of the terms are simple marketing tactics to get you to buy. It has nothing to do with how healthy the food is for your body.

Over the past few years, we’ve made vast improvements in our diet, but continued to eat pretty much what we wanted. I wanted to do this experiment to see how what I ate affected me physically, mentally, and emotionally.

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By Eric on February 27, 2015 6

Plateau, boredom, stagnant, comfort… just a few of the words that are coming to mind as we enter the home stretch of our Whole30. I’ll talk about where we’re at with our budget in a minute, but for now, let’s talk feelings.

Favorite Whole30 BreakfastFavorite Whole30 Breakfast

There has been a looming event that has caused a lot of discussion between Kelsey and I over the past week. We knew about it before we started our Whole30, but talked ourselves into starting anyway because… if not now, when? That event is tomorrow… Rooney’s 3rd birthday party (Orange & Pink theme).

Our Whole30 will be complete after lunch on March 3(her birthday is March 2), but the party has been daunting to think about. Not only are we preparing a bunch of snacks, and food that we’re not able to eat ourselves, it’s just so close to the end that it seems it might be easier just to throw in the towel on day 28 rather than sticking it out for the Whole30 days (see what I did there?).

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By Eric on February 17, 2015 5

Well… we’ve done it… We’re half way through our Whole30 and we’ve officially gone over-budget. We’re “OK” with this based on a few reasons.

  1. It’s an investment in our health.
  2. It’s only 30 days. (We don’t have to ever do this again)
  3. We may have overspent on buying meat in bulk.

Whole30 half way

Investment in our health

The education we’re getting in cooking at home, not eating out, grocery shopping, reading labels, etc. is priceless. We’re armed with more information about food, how our bodies react to food, and why we should stay away from ingredients we can’t pronounce.

Until a few years ago, I hadn’t given two thoughts about the food I was eating. Never. I just ate what I wanted, when I wanted. While I know now that getting started eating healthy can pretty much be a second job, it’s worth it.

I’m starting to feel the benefits of feeding my body nutritionally. Yesterday afternoon (day 11) I realized that I actually had energy at 2:30 in the afternoon. Previously, this would be where I hit a wall and wanted nothing more than to take a nap.

I can start to feel myself becoming more productive during the day as well as have mental focus and clarity. All things I hoped to gain from going through this 30 days of no ice cream Whole30.

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By Eric on February 6, 2015 15

On Sunday evening we started our Whole30 that I talked briefly about here. In summary, it’s a 30 day program of no sugar or processed food. Which means three meals a day consisting of a palm sized portion of protein, filling the rest of my plate with vegetables, adding in some healthy fats (avocados, nuts, coconut oil, etc.), and if I’m still hungry, a small portion of fruit to top it all off.

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Kelsey has agreed to join this adventure with me, and I’m happy to have the company. We’re already battling the sugar cravings and headaches as we attempt to slay the sugar dragon. Mine started on day 2 but have subsided since, and Kelsey’s are kicking in as of days 3 and 4 in the form of cookie dough fantasies, and longing for a bag of conversation hearts.

My hope in terms of results is far beyond outward visible changes. I’m not looking to lose weight, but my goals in completing the Whole30 are as follows:

  • Better, more restful sleep
  • More natural energy throughout the day
  • Clear mental focus
  • Increased productivity
  • Establish “better than before” eating habits
  • More family time in the kitchen and at the dinner table

I started this journey in a weird way. Kelsey bought the book “It Starts With Food“, and one evening I happened to pick it up, and couldn’t put it down. Most of the book is filled with the science behind the program, how our bodies react to certain foods, why we crave sugar, and what it does to our  minds and bodies.

On the one hand, I wanted to skip over most of the book and get to the Whole30 program (the rules, guidelines, and recipes), but on the other hand, the why behind it all was fascinating. I wore out my highlighter reading the book!

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