It is all the rage it seems right now. Back in 2013 when I bought my first Whole30 book? I had full intentions of doing it with no real why. It was not until I was getting desperate during trying to conceive, reading it helped infertility/PCOS, and gave it my all in hopes of a baby. Guess what I did happen to make my miracle baby that round, so I am a full Whole30 believer.
I don’t believe in living it 100% of the time, we have completed five rounds together post giving birth, and now finally found what foods give us troubles, and how to live an 80/20 balance. Modernized foods sometimes are just not to be avoided; there are foods out there that are 100% compliant to help you live Whole30 all the time- but don’t believe what ANYone tells you: It is freaking expensive.
I posted easy Whole30 menus here and here; they are just that. Budget friendly, and easy. If you are not filling your body with crud, guess what you’re going to need a lot of fresh veggies and meat to fill your void until your body comes down off that sugar/crap carb detox.
The biggest and permanent changes we made
- My husband does not live off Cereal and Coffee anymore. He makes a breakfast every morning, or a Paleo based shake.
- Bye Gluten!
- Also, limited Dairy is only occasionally having a frozen custard in town.
- No more pasta, even gluten free.
- No snacking. Three meals a day only.
- No added sugar to can products we buy
So YES, we are aware that a lot of our rules do not follow Whole30. It is great that some people want to live Whole30, but here are the negatives for me
No: We can not afford to live Whole30 100% of the time. I can’t buy the fancy chemical and crap free condiments and meal assists or meal bars etc. Is it easy and cheap to eat veggies eggs and meat all the time? Yeah if it’s plain and you eat eggs as your protein for 2/3 meals.
I am lazy.
There I said it.
Anyone who has done a Whole30 will tell you the prep, and cooking gets out of control sometimes! Especially if you are not eating the same boring things every day, dull, or microwaving your way through whole30.
I just don’t want to live that way. Part of my mantra is to enjoy the journey. If we can’t love our meals 80% of the time, why do that to ourselves.
Both realizing we could do Keto, or Whole30, whatever to force some outrageous, incredible goals, that we may not be able to maintain. Right now neither of us have gained back a single pound, and LOVE what we eat.
Favorite Whole30 Products, and post Whole30 products
Whole30 Products we can’t live without:
Primal Kitchen Mayo: If you can’t make your mayo- This stuff is better than any mayo we have ever tasted!
Ghee: it is better than any avocado oil in our opinion, and makes scrambled eggs heavenly.
La Croix: It seriously helped my husband kick his soda habit. Favorite flavor Coconut!
Any fancy Whole30 approved item that you would likely find at a Whole Foods If in the budget. Seriously whatever makes it easier.
Post Whole30 Products we are loving:
Arctic Zero: As an occasional treat, and we are HUGE fans. I could write a whole post on my love for them as they are gluten-free and lactose-free- and some under 150 calories for the whole pint
Frozen Fruit: After dinner, we bust open a bag of frozen cherries and share them as a family as we relax. I guess its Dessert and not part of the meal? Meh. WORTH IT.
BFree Gluten-free Breads: They sent us this giant box full of all their products, to try and review. Now one product that was just plain gross was their bagels. It is on me because Bagels could be my favorite thing and the love runs deep. But I did find I LOVED their sprouted rolls more than regular bread!?
BFree products do not contain wheat, dairy, eggs, nuts or soy, making the entire BFree product line free of all major allergens—and completely vegan.
I won’t lie I topped that sandwich with grilled chicken, and I am not vegan. I buy vegan products because I know they are Dairy free, and usually gluten-free as well.
My little guy loved every single thing we tried from pita wraps to the AMAZING fluffy non-disintegrating or crumbly rolls. I can’t believe they were so good. He also didn’t like the bagels at all. I think due to their density.
When their PR sheet to me said “Passionately dedicated to providing exceptional taste, nutrition profiles and performance, BFree’s wraps, rolls, bread loaves and bagels maintain the texture of traditional bread products but are free from gluten, wheat, dairy, egg, nuts, and soy. All BFree products are allergen and vegan-friendly, low-fat and high-fiber, making them ideal for health-conscious consumers across the globe. ” I rolled my eyes. I seriously had yet to try a fantastic product that came with this kind of label. Usually, I find it a waste of my caloric intake on stuff like this.
My favorite product and my husband’s hands down are their rolls- we used it for burgers to breakfast sandwiches! My son ate all the rest of the products they sent us and for a picky 20-month old that is a pretty fantastic testament. Minus those bagels. shudder There is not a bagel out there that is Allergen Free for me to love.
So that about wraps it up. We eat more Primal I would say vs anything else, but honestly I feel besides sticking to our no list, we are just eating balanced. Balanced without Grains at the base of our food intake, Balanaced with Dairy replacements, and still sticking to mostly whole fresh foods. If you are looking for the book that started our WHOLE life overhaul on food: “It starts with Food” The Whole9 life Whole30 book that started it all four years ago.
So tell me: Have you completed a Whole30? Do you want to, or is something stopping you?