If you started Whole30 on January 1st, congratulations, you did it! It feels a little surreal to have this 30 days behind us. You’ve worked so hard, planned strategically, and put your emotional eating aside for 30 days. It almost feels as if you are misbehaving when you go to eat something non-compliant on day 31. In my final weekly post, I want to give a Whole30 Week 4 recap and also discuss life after Whole30. That’s right, it isn’t over!
How My Grocery Shopping and Meal Plan Went for Whole30 Week 4
This past week was just a weird week at our house. My kids and I all got pink eye. There were a lot of sleepless nights, off schedules, and abnormal events all the way around. This was not a great combination for finishing Whole30 with a bang. My high hopes of trying some new, delicious meals, failed terribly and I simply stuck with what I knew.
We honestly stayed true to easy meals that I could whip up pretty quickly. We were however fully stocked in the food department. I knew we had to load up on all of our favorites to finish out the full 30 days strong. This week, I found compliant chorizo (finally) and I made a couple delicious chorizo recipes from the week by week meal plan. If you have the meal plan, I highly recommend the chorizo dishes, they are so good!
How I Felt Physically During Whole30 Week 4
Day 1-3: Felt great but food boredom started kicking in
Day 4: A bit tired but otherwise, it was a normal day
Day 5: Food boredom was pretty strong today
Day 6: Felt so clean, healthy, and had a lot of energy
Day 7: Craving pizza again (probably because my kids were eating it in front of me). But felt so great!
Day 8: Normal day, feeling a bit surreal that it is almost over
Day 9: We made it!!! Round 2 Whole30 in the books!
Staple Items that I Used for Whole30 Week 4
- Pomegranates: I love pomegranates so much. I don’t love peeling them, but it’s worth it and we included them in a lot of things this week. I hadn’t bought them since week 1 and it was definitely time to add them back in. (side note – pomegranates in guacamole are delicious)
- Guacamole: I literally would make a big batch of guacamole and just eat it plain. Trader Joe’s was completely out of plantain chips when I did my grocery trip. These would have been a perfect pairing with the guac, but when you’re desperate, just grab a spoon and eat it plain!
- Chomp Bars: I loaded up on these again for this last week.
- Acai: I made a lot of Acai bowls this week. They are delicious and a good change up from a normal smoothie bowl.
- Chorizo: Yes, I FINALLY found compliant chorizo at a small local store this week and I couldn’t be happier.
Life After Whole30
I could write an entire blog post about life after Whole30, given my first Whole30 experience and now completing round 2. If you want to dive deep into the topic, I suggest purchasing the book, “It Starts with Food.” This would be a great read as Dallas Hartwig & Melissa Hartwig cover the topic of Life After Whole30 in great detail.
In the meantime, let me give you just a few tips to keep you on track with life after Whole30.
Try to maintain a Whole30ish diet on a consistent basis
If you have found that cooking with coconut oil and ghee worked just fine for you, don’t go back to regular butter. If you discovered that cream in your coffee is a trigger for you, stick to the nutpods or bulletproof coffee. You get the drift? You probably learned so much during the past 30 days about healthier substitutes. This is so great. Try to maintain this new way of buying, cooking, and consuming your food.
It is okay to indulge ever so often
Yes, I find it important to still celebrate the finer things in life, like birthday cake at your kid’s birthday party, or spinach and artichoke dip at the super bowl party. The key is to indulge in these things ever so often AND in moderation, but then get right back on track.
Do a reset ever so often
Sometimes life happens and before you know it, you start getting relaxed with what you are eating again. If you are starting to feel your old eating habits creeping back in or you just aren’t feeling great because of what you have been eating, do a reset. You may not need to do a full 30 days again. You may just need a week or 2, to get yourself back on track. After our summer vacation this past year, we needed a major reset. Who is super disciplined on vacation, right? We did a simple 4 days of Whole30 eating and it was just enough to cleanse our bodies and get us back on track. Sometimes a few days is all you need.
Stay away from your trigger foods
Unfortunately, sometimes our trigger foods are our favorite foods. However, in your weak moments, remember how great you felt, eliminating these foods for 30 days. Coffee creamer is still so hard for me. I just love it. I do enjoy Nutpods but it still isn’t the same. However, the skin breakouts just aren’t worth the indulgence, usually (I still do indulge ever so often). Same is true for you. If dairy gives you stomach cramps, or if legumes don’t digest well for you, just eliminate them from your diet. You gained really valuable information during Whole30, take advantage of that!
My Experiences with Whole30
As I have talked about many times before, my first experience with Whole30 truly changed my life. I have always considered myself a clean eater but I had no idea how many improvements and modifications I could make. To be honest, this second round of Whole30 was not a huge shock to my body like the first round was. Yes, the first week was hard, but after that, it was fairly easy other than the pizza cravings. I, 100% contribute this to changing our eating habits so much after our first Whole30. We have maintained a Whole30-ish lifestyle so my body has adapted quite a bit already.
I have tossed around the thought of maintaining a Paleo diet moving forward and I am still thinking this through. If any of you that are reading this, have gone Paleo after Whole30, I would love to chat with you. Please reach out to me. If you are considering this option, below are a few great cookbooks to check out.
- Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations: A Year of Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes for Every Occasion
- Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime
- Paleo Cooking with Your Instant Pot by Jennifer Robins
- The Paleo Kitchen – Finding Primal Joy in Modern Cooking
I hope you enjoyed your Whole30 journey and learned some really valuable information about your body. If you have had a great Whole30 experience, let me know! Shoot me an email or leave a comment below. I love hearing Whole30 testimonials. And you never know, you may just talk me in to doing another round again at some point! Maybe….. 🙂