The plan was to do a Whole30 check-in at the midway point of my round. Alas, life got in the way and that never happened.
I did however decide to sign up for Instagram. You can follow me here:
One of the reasons why I signed up to Instagram was because I kept seeing the Paleo Network Instagram photos from the whole30 she did in Jan in my Facebook newsfeed. I was inspired by all the food I was seeing. So I thought it would be a good way to show people what I was eating.
I did start off as Day 1 Meal 1 etc, but to be honest, I lost track of days (because I didn’t start on Feb 1st, I started 28th Jan), and a lot of my meals were leftovers, so I ended up just posting things that were new to me, like making mayo, coconut milk, almond milk, and other awesome meals.
In this round of whole30, I made an effort and tried lots of new recipes.
Here is a list of just some of the things I tried.
- Kiwi salsa (Paleo Australia App)
- Banana / Mango / Strawberry Chia Pudding
- Roasted Cabbage Slices (Wellness Mama)
- Zucchini Fritters (Wellness Mama)
- Sweet Potato Hash (new variations – Nom Nom Paleo)
- Caramelized figs
- Mayo (Well Fed)
- Almond Milk (Paleo Australia App)
- Coconut Milk (Wellness Mama)
- Waldorf Salad (Well Fed)
- Citrus Carnitas (Well Fed)
- Chicken & Vegetable Lo Mien (Nourished App)
- Simple Firttata (Nom Nom Paleo App)
I went a tad new recipe crazy. It was great. We had winners with the kids (yay), and some they didn’t care for (nay).
Now I know some of you are properly thinking ‘wait a minute you had a pudding?! That doesn’t abide by the whole30 rules. I get that and I understand that but I’m an endurance runner, and I need a recovery meal, and these puddings I can make up the night before and are perfect for use during training and then again after training. Therefore in my whole30 rule book, they fit. In my opinion, the Mango is the best, then Banana, and then strawberry. I should mention these are all homemade. I tried to replicate the “Chia Pod” which you can buy in the supermarket.
The other thing I discovered was which foods affected me prior to my long runs, and what didn’t. Eggs are my go-to breakfast prior to a long run. I don’t get cramps and I have plenty of energy. Too much protein (meat), and I feel gluggy.
Pureed carrot & prunes make a great replacement gel (in a reusable container like a sinchie), but what is even better is almond butter and banana! That totally rocked during my 21km trail run recently.
I will admit that it took me to about the 21-day mark to really start to feel awesome.
Even though whole30 is now officially over, the only thing I have re-introduced is dairy. Gosh, I missed cheese a lot during those 30 days. I’m glad I have it back. I can also have dairy a lot better than the other rounds.
To be honest I have no interest in eating bread or pasta again. I had rice for dinner last night, and it was ok taste-wise and digestive-wise, but it didn’t rock my socks. So I doubt I will bring them back in. I might have some gluten-free alternatives (for like pizza), but I’m quite content eating this way for the rest of my days.
Have questions about my whole30, ask away?
What recipe would you like me to post?