Whole30 – Nearing the End

An Important Whole30 Tip:

ENJOY THE OUTDOORS!

WHOLE3o HOME STRETCH – NOW WHAT?

 

I’m 24 days in and feeling great. But, I’d be lying if I told you that I wasn’t tempted to bite into a cheesy pizza,  devour a slice of yummy chocolate cake, or guzzle down a refreshing alcoholic beverage on these hot summer days. However, for some reason, I have found the will to say, “NO!”  People can have bad foods all around me, and I am perfectly fine.  I don’t want to be in pain and out of shape anymore and Whole30 has helped me find the will, I had lost long ago, to keep going strong and continue my lifelong journey to a better me.


What about Cravings?

 

I do get cravings from time to time. When you have been consuming sugar and fat laden foods for so long it seems virtually impossible not to have times where you just want to indulge. After all, this is an addiction. I am owning that. I am addicted to food. There is no shame in that. And, now my mind is ready to do something about this addiction.  I have had some difficult moments, but not as often as I would have anticipated. Each time I get a desire to eat something that I know would make me feel horrible, I refer back to the WHOLE30 book where it says that cravings last around 3 minutes. Knowing this about cravings, we have to find ways to distract ourselves. Go for a walk, write, read a book, drink water, or whatever pleases you and keeps you away from digging into a Whole30 approved treat because giving in, even to an approved treat, keeps your brain wired the same way and you are still looking for a reward from food.

 

Food Boredom is Setting in! Now What?!

 

Eating breakfast is totally throwing me for a loop. I simply want to barf at the thought of it, not sure why. Eggs are a no go at this point, most of the time at least. I will have bacon and eggs with pico de gallo from time to time, and I will also make potatoes with eggs. I stop there though. I think I was too eggcited with eggs and now I am done 😉 Get it?  EGGcited? 🙂  Anyhow, all joking aside, when you start Whole30, find Whole30 recipes for breakfast that don’t necessarily contain eggs. Eat left overs too. You don’t have to eat eggs for breakfast. Whatever it takes to make breakfast work for you is what you should do. Don’t burn out with eggs like I have done. 

 

 

If breakfast isn’t your only issue and you have grown bored with Whole30 approved foods in general, and tired of eating the same foods, break your routine NOW. Don’t let yourself go back to your old ways. Get online and find some recipes for healthy eating. Pull out your WHOLE30 Cookbook and find a recipe that you haven’t tried. Heck, invite friends over for a potluck and make sure they each bring over a Whole30 approved dish so you can each try different foods. Whatever you choose to do, be sure to change things up. 



For me, it was my husband who helped me get out of my bored phase. My sweet husband, who really isn’t on board, has been cooking for us. He loves to cook! I do the dishes 🙂 And, if you see below, since I do the dishes, we eat on paper plates sometimes. Yes, even on our anniversary. Oh well, it was either take time washing a lot of dishes or go see the sunset. Yep, I chose the sunset.

 

 

For our anniversary, he made us such a delicious meal. His actions have truly helped make this better for me and our children too. They are doing their part of eating so much more healthier than they were before. It has been a win-win for all of us. If you are going the Whole30 route, I recommend getting your family members on board. It will be a blessing to all of you.

Anniversary Meal! #ILOVEMYMAN

Boiling the veggies for Julian’s yummy soup.
Soup by Julian: He Boiled Squash, Potatoes, Onion, Carrots, Garlic, Salt & Pepper. Then, he blended the veggies in our Ninja.Julian’s delicious soup after being blended.
Grilling the Vegetables
Fajitas seasoned with lime, salt & pepper, Yukon Gold Potato, and amazing veggies (asparagus, green beans, mushrooms, onions, sweet chili peppers)!

 

 

If you are on the Whole30 Diet Plan, stay strong, and don’t give up! You can do this! You are stronger than you know.

Remember what the Hartwig’s, creators of Whole30, say, “Fighting Cancer is hard; Drinking your coffee black is not“. When you want to give up, think of those who are struggling with unimaginable circumstances and keep your head up knowing you can do this.

I’ll be back in a few days to post my final (1st round) Whole30 Update 🙂

*As always, I welcome any comments or questions below! 


4 thoughts on “Whole30 – Nearing the End

  1. Thanks Melanie for your endearing words and motivation! I have fallen off the wagon a bit from my weight watchers and I really needed to hear these things; especially to be reminded that cravings only last 3 minutes and I need to keep myself busy with something else instead of giving in! So glad to hear your whole family is on board that is so encouraging, now I just need to get my sister on board with my no exceptions! Thank you again love reading your posts!

    1. Thank you. No worries about falling off the wagon. It happens to a lot of us. I recommend taking the time to think about how you feel and how far you want to go. Ok, you have had some off days. But, is it worth it in hindsight? It most always isn’t. You can get back on quickly. Whether you choose Whole30 or Weight watchers or whatever else works for you. Try getting your mind to refocus again so you don’t end up with unnecessary aches and pains like I am currently dealing with. It is so much harder to lose weight when you are in pain. I wish you the best on your journey. Start today by making one good choice and move forward. You can do this. Hope to see you back here where we will continue to support you. Have a blessed day.

  2. Hi Melanie,
    Looks the like the botanical gardens is a relaxing place to center yourself and ensure your focus is on point.

    Glad to hear that you are making success on the plan and its great your family gets involved as well.
    I found this can be a tough one especially when you have kids who always asking for treats. But family support can make or break it.

    Keep going and look forward to more updates.

    1. Thank you, Vince, for your kind words. It really can be tough with the little ones for sure. I’m fortunate that my youngest is 11. So, my older ones are trying to be better because of course, they want to look good 🙂 My 11-year-old is my sweet tooth freak and he has had a hard time getting on board. He sees me being healthy and wants to do as I do so he will then start for a day and do great but break it the next day. I always tell him that he can restart and not follow it precisely because he is so young. I just want him mindful of his sweet cravings because once he gets starts eating sweets, he wants to keep on eating. That is exactly what these bad foods do to us! I’m trying to make their treats about fruits and veggies and they are good most days, but they get tired of snacking on fruits too. I have found that keeping them active keeps their mind off of food. Family support really is key. It makes the journey easier. Anyhow, thanks again. Look forward to seeing you back here.

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