A Little Whole30 Update

Today marks Day 15 of our Whole30 cleanse! We are half-way there!

For those of you unfamiliar with the Whole30 cleanse, you can read more about it here. Basically, we have only been eating “whole foods”. No dairy, wheat, sugar, alcohol, legumes, or anything with preservatives. This means we have been eating… fruits, vegetables and meat. And coffee! Whole30 is supposedly a miracle-worker of sorts; it restarts your metabolism, increases your energy, helps you sleep better, and heals a myriad of ailments. We decided to attempt it because, well, we normally eat… junk. Pizza, french fries, and grilled cheese. And I kind of just wanted to see if I could do it: 30 days without sugar? Is that even possible?

We all know that this isn’t a nutrition blog (ha!), but this has had a big impact on our life for the last 14 days, so I’m going to give you a little recap. For your reading pleasure.

The first week sucked. Everyone warns you of this, and it’s true. I was absolutely exhausted and often had a headache at the end of the day. But everyone also tells you that it gets better after four or five days, and it did.

We eat a lot of Pace salsa and Dijon mustard. As far as I can tell, these are Whole30 friendly! No added sugar, no soy, no preservatives. And let me tell you, everything else in the whole world has either added sugar, some type of soy product, or preservatives.

We eat sweet potato fries for breakfast and broccoli fries for dinner. Discovering these two items might have changed our lives. It certainly saved our Whole30.

We sleep better. I fall asleep faster and sleep through the night better. I am still pretty groggy when I wake up, though– I had been hoping to wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed every day. Maybe that will still come.

We go to the grocery store every single day. Or it feels like it. But suprisingly, we aren’t spending that much more per week than we normally do. Probably because that whole “eating out is more expensive than eating in” thing is actually true.

We are set up well now going into our third week– although I already need to go back to the grocery store for more chicken. I attended two parties this past weekend and managed to stay true to the cleanse (ok, ok, I had one mimosa… but that’s basically just fizzy orange juice, right?). Our biggest challenge will come this weekend: Shawn is going away on a retreat, where he will have no say in what is served. We want to slowly introduce things back into our diet, to see if there is anything we should eliminate long term, but this weekend might throw a wrench in that. We’ll see.

Anyone else done the Whole30 cleanse? Are you doing it now? Tell me your story!

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