FREEDOM. This word takes on quite a few meanings post-Whole30. I’m free again to eat cheese and pizza and cookies and candy and all of the
Did you miss my first post about Whole30? Check it out below!
I can’t say I was 100% perfect with this. I made a few missteps, got caught by secret ingredients, but grace upon GRACE. While I pull this phrase from church, I believe that it relates heavily to Whole30. Scrolling through a post online about Whole30 will always have comments saying, “you’ve got to start over!” Come on, people of the internet, I’m not starting again on day one if I did Communion at church or accidentally ate something with a non-compliant oil. If you do, you’ve got a lot more self-discipline than I do.
Here are a few things I learned this month:
- You can make most things good by cooking them in the oven with olive oil and spiced grabbed at random.
- Some cuisines are easier than others to order on Whole30.
- You don’t (always) miss the cheese or tortilla strips in the chicken tortilla soup.
- I’ve taken a second look at what I actually want to eat. On Friday someone brought donuts that smelled so dang
goodthat I (obviously) couldn’t eat. When speaking with my friend Alex who is doing Whole30 alongside me, we discussed how donuts rarely taste as good as I think they do.
- The fridge looks better when it is full of colorful fruits and veggies.
- It’s hard to be a (mostly) vegetarian and do Whole30. As much as I tried, I had to incorporate meats and fish into my diet because I just couldn’t feel full without them. I learned more about how to cook them in new and interesting
ways,but will cut back again now that I’m done.
- Some swaps are better than others. Moving forward, I’m hoping to switch (at least in my own home) to condiments that are as sugar-free as possible, like this ketchup. I, however, am not going to switch 100% to zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash. They ain’t the same, folks.
- Whole30 is better with a community (or at least community support). I have two friends at work who are doing Whole30 alongside me and we’re consistently swapping recipes, struggles, and wins.
- Chopping veggies is therapeutic.