I know this is a little late but last Wednesday was officially our final day of Whole30. I can confidently say we both conquered the challenge with no cheating whatsoever. Boom!
Our overall feedback is as follows:
- it’s really not THAT hard once you get started and find a routine
- although we missed certain foods (and supplements), neither of us had overwhelming cravings… but we also weren’t coming from a place of awful eating beforehand
- 30 days is a long time but also not that long. As long as you schedule a chunk of 30 days that doesn’t involve a lot of events or vacations, 30 days is totally do-able.
- we will continue to implement most of the “rules” especially during the week because overall we did feel better and real food is good.
- Costco saved us (we don’t go to WholeFoods or Trader Joes which seem to be staples for most Whole30ers. For us it was Costco, WalMart, and FoodLion so you don’t have to get too “crunchy” to master Whole30.
Speaking of Costco, here’s our bi-weekly shopping list for Costco that worked like a charm for us… literally covered 90% of the food we ate over the 30 days:
- Brussell Sprouts (they sell huge bags of whole sprouts which we quarter and cooked a few times per week… one full bag quartered provided 4 generous servings which covered a dinner and lunch for both of us) – we bought about 3 bags every 2 weeks
- Broccoli (again, huge bags… a half bag made 4 servings) – 2 bags every 2 weeks
- Asparagus (8 servings per bag) – 1 bag
- Mushrooms (for breakfast scrambles or the occasional stir fry)
- Carrots (the snack size)
- Sweet Potatoes (usually 2 bags per trip)
- Red Potatoes
- Peppers (for egg scrambles, taco meat, etc)
- Flank Steak
- Ground Turkey
- Ground Beef
- (NOT Chicken… just wanted to note that chicken is cheaper at WalMart and FoodLion)
- Chicken Sausage (Costco sells 2 compliant varieties of chicken sausage)
- Individual Guac (a lifesaver!!)
- Almond Butter (wwwwaaaayyyy cheaper than the grocery store)
- Eggs (we went through about 60 eggs every 7-10 days… I’m not kidding!)
Our meals: Here are the our last 5 Whole30 meals…see previous blog posts for all of our meals… at the end of Whole30, I was most excited about not feeling obligated to take pictures of my meals… sometimes you just want to eat 🙂
Breakfast: Egg scramble with chicken sausage, spinach, mushrooms and 3 eggs, grapefruit
Lunch: Turkey taco meat and broccoli
Dinner: Turkey burger with guac, asparagus and diced sweet potato (not pictured)
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, apple
Lunch: leftover turkey burger from Day 26 plus baked red potato and broccoli
Dinner: Port tenderloin, brussel sprouts and roasted red potatoes
Breakfast: Boiled eggs, grapefruit
Lunch: Page Road Grill! (Sam I Am burger with no bun and side salad)
Dinner: Compliant Sloppy Joes and brussel sprouts (one of my new favorite meals…seriously so good!!)
Breakfast: Boiled Eggs, grapefruit
Lunch: Leftovers from dinner Day 27
Dinner: Egg scramble with chicken sausage, mushrooms, green onion and spinach
Breakfast: Egg scramble with chicken sausage, mushrooms, green onion and spinach, and banana
Lunch: Sloppy joe leftovers from dinner Day 28, sweet potato and broccoli
Dinner: Grilled chicken, asparagus and baked potato
So, there you have it. Our Whole30 journey in 5 blog posts and 30 meal pictures.
If you’re thinking about doing Whole30 on your own… I say GO FOR IT! Seriously, you won’t regret it but make sure you prepare and feel free to ask questions!!