Well, I did it. I completed the Whole30 program and I have so much to say about it. I’m going to save the my commentary, thoughts, advice and results for a final Whole30 wrap-up post that I’ll write in the next few days. For now you can check out results teaser that I shared on Day 30 on Instagram. It’s been a good 30 days…and not just from a physical standpoint but emotional as well.
For this post I’m going to stick to sharing my last set of meals with you. Here are days 26-30.
I roasted a kabocha and acorn squash and then mashed it with ground flax, cinnamon, chia seeds and egg whites. Topped with coconut, almond butter and unsweetened coconut. This was “eh.” We were out of bananas and sweet potatoes so I thought I’d get creative with squash. Squash puree was a good idea. Eating 100% squash puree without mixing it with something else was not so much.
Lunch was leftover sweet potato chili topped with avocado.
The plantains were definitely one of the best “treats” we’ve had on Whole30.
Breakfast was two scrambled eggs and a mash of pureed squash, sweet potato, banana, chia seeds, flax, raisins and almond butter.
I met a friend for lunch at Dean & Deluca where I did a made to order salad with spinach, mixed greens, sprouts, artichokes, pine nuts, salmon, avocado and golden raisins. Dean & Deluca is a Whole30-friendly dining option!
Dinner was…more chili. We’ve done a killer job with no food waste during Whole30, which makes me so very happy.
I packed mashed sweet potatoes and banana to eat at the gym between training clients. I also brought a giant thermos of coffee. I’ve said this to many people but one of the saving graces of Whole30 is that you can have coffee. If they took away wine AND coffee, I think it would be a deal breaker. 😛
Lunch was a salad with spinach, arugula, blueberries, cucumbers, carrots, watermelon radish, pistachios, avocado and canned pink salmon with olive oil and balsamic to dress. Funny story, I was talking to my dad last night and he asked me if adding canned salmon to my salad was for sponsored work. I laughed and said, “No, I actually like it and it’s surprisingly good” and, “I wouldn’t post something that I thought was gross and tell people it was good, even if it was for a review or sponsored post!”
Dinner was AWESOME! Spiced chicken thighs (if you’ve never tried this recipe, it’s a must and great on chicken breasts too!) with roasted carrots and parsnips, roasted okra and braised red cabbage and apples. We are obsessed with this cabbage combo and I bought another head of cabbage so I can make it again, photograph it and share the recipe with you guys soon!
Mashed sweet potato bowls is the new chia pudding.
Lunch was a salad at Y2 during teacher training. Arugula, green apples, eggs, avocado, red cabbage, pumpkin seeds, olive oil and balsamic.
And dinner a quick spaghetti sauce I whipped up over zoodles. I just mixed ground turkey with onions, mushrooms, garlic, diced tomatoes, some herbs and spices, about half a jar of some marinara sauce I had from Whole Foods and water and let it cook for about an hour.
The final breakfast of the Whole30 was two scrambled eggs, sweet potato mash with almond butter and orange slices.
Another salad at Y2 with arugula, avocado, beets, roasted turkey, almonds, sprouts, cucumbers and tomatoes with olive oil and balsamic.
We really knocked it out of the park with our final dinner! Roasted cauliflower, balsamic and rosemary glazed coho salmon and leftover braised red cabbage and apples. I created this easy salmon recipe during Whole30 and it’s so wonderful. I will post it!
And then it was over. Like I said earlier in the post, I have so many thoughts and experiences to share and I’ll work on getting that put together as soon as possible. Immediate next steps are to stay on the plan and to follow the Whole30 re-introduction process. I’ll let you know how that goes as well.
HOW I FELT DAYS 26-30
- Like Whole30 was a natural way of eating and not something I had to overthink.
- Excited that I was so close to the end and that I was really going to finish.
- On the same hand I considered quitting a few days early because I had proved the point, done the work, my friends quit, yada, yada, yada. I listened to It Starts with Food on Audible while I was folding laundry and it snapped me back to reality. I committed to a Whole30!
- I didn’t sleep well days 26 and 27 but I think it was traveling home from Florida and my sleeping schedule being a little off.
- No itchy eyes! (HAPPY DANCE!) Skin on eyes completely clear.
- I grew a giant zit on my chin. Whole30 has not helped my hormonal acne.
- Energetic. My energy level was steady throughout the day, even with the bad sleep nights.
- My workouts were great last week! Performance and recovery.
For those of you who have completed Whole30, I’d love to hear about your re-introduction process.
I’m feeling rather nervous about it.
Here are all of the Whole30 posts!
I’m Doing My First Whoel30
Recent Eats: My First Whole30 Days 1-4
Recent Eats: My First Whole30 Days 5-8
Recent Eats: My First Whole30 Days 9-12
Recent Eats: My First Whole30 Days 13-16 and Thoughts on a “Perfect” Whole30
Recent Eats: My First Whole30 Days 17-20
Recent Eats: My First Whole 30 Days 21-25