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Recent Eats: My First Whole 30 Days 26-30

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.

DAY 26


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.


Dinner was super awesome. “Perfect” chicken breasts seasoned with Dizzy Pig Fajita-ish rub, roasted brussels and green beans and plantains pan fried in coconut oil with sea salt.


The plantains were definitely one of the best “treats” we’ve had on Whole30.

DAY 27


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.

DAY 28


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!

DAY 29


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.

DAY 30


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.


  • 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

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  • Shannon February 1, 2016, 12:59 pm

    I watched a periscope that Melissa posted from her Whole30 site and she really emphasized that during reintroduction, don’t be “scared” or “afraid.” It’s okay to say you are “concerned” (nervous is okay too) about a certain reaction, but we should NOT be fearful of food.

    Honestly there aren’t too many foods I’m missing (well…some ice cream would be nice and a good piece of bread) so I’ll definitely take their advice and just avoid those unless I really really want to or am out. For some reason I thought I’d miss hummus, but I really don’t! I’m still going to reintroduce just to see what happens though.

  • Amanda February 1, 2016, 1:50 pm

    Hi Jen! How do you make your mashed sweet potatoes?

    • Paige February 1, 2016, 2:15 pm

      I am wondering too!

  • Mary Ann February 1, 2016, 2:16 pm

    You are inspiring. You stuck to this for 30 days. Thanks for posting all of your meals and recipes. It is encouraging when I can’t look at another egg for breakfast and I don’t want to take the joy away from eating.

    • Jen DeCurtins February 1, 2016, 10:08 pm

      Haha! I completely get that! Chia pudding and sweet potatoes essential to my completion of whole30 when it came to breakfast.

  • Jacklyn @ Jack's Balancing Act February 1, 2016, 2:20 pm

    Congrats on sticking with it, Jen!! Not surprisingly, all of your food still looks SO good. I’m looking forward to the recap and so happy that your eyes are feeling better!

    • Jen DeCurtins February 1, 2016, 10:10 pm

      Thank you!! The eyes alone seriously made the whole thing worth it.

  • Abby Sparrow February 1, 2016, 2:26 pm

    My mom, dad, and I just started our Whole30 today! It was such a coincidence that you just did yours and you’re one of my favorite blogs. Your pictures are such inspiration for us and I can’t wait to try chia pudding for breakfast (I’ve got a special raspberry chia + cacao nibs pudding planned for a special Valentine’s Day breakfast). Great work!!!

    • Jen DeCurtins February 1, 2016, 10:11 pm

      Yum!! Good luck on whole30. I hope some of my posts will give you a little inspiration!

  • Summer Hendrix February 1, 2016, 2:33 pm

    Woohoo, congrats! Sweet potato for breakfast? Yum yum! What a good idea. I see a berry La Croix peeping in the background of your Y2 salad, just tried that flavor over the weekend and I’m definitely a fan!

    • Jen DeCurtins February 1, 2016, 10:14 pm

      Sweet potato for breakfast is a great whole30 option when I don’t want eggs or chia pudding!

  • Megan February 1, 2016, 2:51 pm

    So I have to share – I totally related to your hormonal acne comment. I’ve felt like no matter how well I ate or took care of my skin, my hormonal acne persisted (mine was mostly along my jawline). I stumbled upon Turmeric Curcumin (originally found it in searching for natural herbs that were good for depression) and it CHANGED MY LIFE! My hormonal acne is gone, and it has been years since I could say I had clear skin. I buy mine off Amazon and it is 1300mg. Hope it can change others’ lives like it has mine 🙂

    • Michelle February 1, 2016, 7:10 pm

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Megan! I’ve tried Vitex, Saw Palmetto, Milk Thistle, and (yet to try) Berberine in an attempt to combat my hormonal acne. I will add Turmeric to the list of supplements to try!

      • Megan February 2, 2016, 2:37 pm

        Michelle, one thing to add to that – I’ve been taking the Turmeric Curcumin for probably 6 months now and ran out right before a work trip overseas. I ran to CVS to buy some and did not realize that it was only 500mg. I panicked because I started breaking out on my trip and thought it had lost its magic, but as soon as I got home and started back on the 1300mg, my skin cleared right up. I just checked my bottle and it also has bioperine (black pepper extract) which apparently helps with absorption. Good luck!!

  • Tracey C February 1, 2016, 3:14 pm

    Congratulations! My husband did the Whole 30 in September and has retained so many of the habits from it. We also noticed what you said about reducing food waste. We used every bit of leftovers when he was on Whole 30. I’m not sure why, but it made us very aware of how much we throw away after a week. It has motivated to end each week with zero food waste. Harder than it seems for our family!

    • Jen DeCurtins February 1, 2016, 10:16 pm

      That’s great! I’m sure it’s tough with a family. Thank you!

  • Abby February 1, 2016, 3:36 pm

    Is “It Starts With Food” the book to read or should I buy the one called “Whole 30” to learn more about the program?

    • Jen DeCurtins February 1, 2016, 4:30 pm

      It starts with food is the book about the program. Whole30 is the cookbook!

  • Sara @ Oats & Rows February 1, 2016, 4:23 pm

    Congrats, Jen! I cannot wait to hear more about your thoughts on the program

    • Jen DeCurtins February 1, 2016, 10:16 pm


  • Michelle February 1, 2016, 7:07 pm

    Congratulations on setting this goal and hanging in there until the end! I’m impressed with your commitment.

    I’ve actually been considering Whole30 as a final effort to help clear up some hormonal acne. (I’ve tried almost everything!) I said to myself, “If Jen improves her eyes with Whole30, then that’s a sign I should try it.” However, I’m bummed to hear you say it didn’t prevent hormonal acne.

    I eat a pretty clean diet as is, but there’s always room for improvement, right? I’ve been reluctant to commit to Whole30 because it would be a big effort (for me) to give up wine and dark chocolate (my two vices).

    I’d love to hear your thoughts (after listening to the audio book) on sugar, diet and hormonal acne. Who knows…one of these days I might just get frustrated enough to try it!

    Thanks for sharing your meals and experience. Every meal has looked colorful and scrumptious!

    • Jen DeCurtins February 1, 2016, 10:18 pm

      Thank you! Wine and dark chocolate were two of the hardest things for me to give up, but it was worth it!

  • Chrissie February 1, 2016, 7:45 pm

    Congrats on making it all 30 days!! And glad to hear your eyes have cleared up! I caved on day 27 and had a couple slices of sourdough bread and am still paying for it, mostly in the form of bloating and discomfort. Guess I’ll be eating less bread from now on! I called that my first re-introduction and am giving myself another couple days before I try another food group…I’m going to wait for my stomach to calm down again before I try something new. I’m nervous about re-introducing other things now, too. Can’t wait to hear your recap and how you decide to start adding things back in!

    • Jen DeCurtins February 2, 2016, 9:30 pm

      Oh no! I’m so scared that’ll happen to me when I try my dad’s sourdough bread!

  • Emily @ My Healthyish Life February 1, 2016, 8:55 pm

    I still have a week left but I’m already nervous for the re-introduction period. Curious to hear how it goes for you! We’ve done a good job minimizing (basically eliminating) food waste during Whole30 too! We add everything to salads and just call it a day.

    • Jen DeCurtins February 2, 2016, 9:32 pm

      I’ve definitely gotten more creative with how I use leftovers on Whole30!

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt February 2, 2016, 8:23 am

    So interesting! I’m so glad it helped you eye! Hopefully you can figure out which food was causing the problem now and hopefully it’s not something really good 🙂

    • Jen DeCurtins February 2, 2016, 2:12 pm

      Gosh I hope the same thing…on both fronts!

  • Jessica February 2, 2016, 9:31 am

    Congratulations, Jen!! The whole 30 takes serious commitment. I was curious – did you have a snack every day? Looking forward to your recap. You are my very favorite blog – thank you for sharing your experience!

    • Jen DeCurtins February 2, 2016, 2:12 pm

      Thanks Jessica! I had a snack most days. Things I snacked on: unsweetened banana chips, apples and almond butter, dried fruit like apple rings, raisins and apricots, dates with nut butter, bananas with nut butter, microwaved apples with raisins and almond butter, olives.

  • Janice February 2, 2016, 11:34 am

    After seeing your mashed sweet potato bowls, I decided to try to make one. I think I did a fairly good job because it does taste good. I was wondering if you could share how you make yours. Thanks.

    • Jen DeCurtins February 2, 2016, 2:11 pm

      I will post!

  • Amy February 2, 2016, 12:02 pm

    Please share how you do your mashed sweet potato bowl – trying to switch up my bfast and this looks sooo good! thanks

    • Jen DeCurtins February 2, 2016, 2:10 pm

      I am going to post the recipe!

  • Jenni February 2, 2016, 12:08 pm

    Hi, just to let you know, not sure if others experience this, but when I goo on your website from my mobile, I get a really large uber advert I can’t close, it takes up nearly half my screen and so is quite annoying. Only seen to notice this happening to me on your page

    • Jen DeCurtins February 2, 2016, 1:27 pm

      It happens to me too. Trying to figure out what is causing it. Thank you.

  • DeeDee February 2, 2016, 12:59 pm

    Congratulations! I’m done, too!

    The last few days of Whole30 were actually some of the worst for me cravings-wise because it ran up against PMS chocolate cravings. On my first day off of it I made a half batch of your sea salt brownies (makes a cute little pan of just four brownies) to calm the chocolate beast and while they tasted good, they left me feeling bloated and lethargic, and now that they’re gone I’m not interested in having more. I ate some sushi–probably the thing I missed the most last month–for dinner on the second day.

    Other than that I’ve been eating pretty much the same as I did on Whole30, with the exception of now I can have sriracha on my eggs again. 🙂 Today I’ll probably have peanut butter on my apple instead of almond. I’m burned out on almond butter, to be honest, and I’ve always liked peanut butter better, so that’ll be a welcome return to my diet.

    • Jen DeCurtins February 2, 2016, 2:10 pm

      Those brownies are the BEST! Love the idea of a mini-batch but sorry you didn’t feel great after. I’m sure it was just a shock to your system. I hear you on the almond butter burn out, we’re switching it up with sunflower butter and cashew butter.

  • tara February 2, 2016, 1:39 pm

    im so happy for you that your eyes cleared up. what an awesome thing ! and am curious if during reintro if you will find out what is the culprit !

    • Jen DeCurtins February 2, 2016, 2:09 pm

      Thanks Tara, I’m really hoping I can pinpoint it. We shall see!

  • Jackie February 3, 2016, 12:36 am

    I have to say Jen, your mashed sweet potato meals remind me of the sweet potato baby food I feed my 7 month old. ?

    • Jen DeCurtins February 3, 2016, 8:02 am

      Haha, how’s it different from eating mashed sweet potatoes as a side dish?

      • Jen DeCurtins February 3, 2016, 8:05 am

        Also…I did try pureeing roasted pumpkin, bananas and sweet potatoes together in the VitaMix and THAT was too similar to baby food texture. Ha. Mashing with a fork is where it’s at so you still have good texture. 🙂

        • Jackie February 18, 2016, 4:43 pm

          I’m going to have to give your recipe a try. I love all the ingredients, so why not. 🙂

  • Brooke February 3, 2016, 12:52 pm

    Can you explain more on how you make your sweet potato mash? It looks delicious and I’m in desperate need of something for breakfasts besides eggs constantly!

    • Jen DeCurtins February 3, 2016, 1:19 pm

      Yes! I am going to post the recipe this week!

  • Tiffany January 15, 2017, 11:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing your whole30 experience! I’m going into week 3 of my first one and I’m feeling great. I had a freak out moment today for the first time because I went to the Dunkin Donuts drive thru to grab my coffee on my way to work, got to work, took one tiny little sip and tasted cream and sugar! I have drank my coffee black for years so this wasn’t an issue for me, but as soon as those “off-limits” items hit my lips I totally freaked. For 2 hours I debated with myself if this counted as a cheat and do I need to start over? On day 13? Then I decided, it wasn’t my fault, nor my choice, and it was not even a whole sip, more of just a drop. I’m not going to beat myself up over it! I was more mad that I work night shift and now had no coffee!

    Again, thanks for sharing!

  • Lindsey January 23, 2017, 2:06 pm

    I love your reviews! I am on day 21 and it has definitely changed my approach to eating as well!

  • Stephany June 11, 2017, 8:21 pm

    You are so incredibly inspiring!

    Would you mind sharing the recipe for the Balsamic Rosemary Salmon?

    Thank you so much!

    • Jen June 12, 2017, 9:37 pm

      Hi Stephany – thank you so much. <3 I don’t remember what recipe I used! 🙁

  • Jenne August 10, 2017, 12:48 pm

    Your posts are so inspiring! Thank you for sharing your experience (plus all of your amazing looking recipes), I’m thinking about doing my first Whole30 and having insight into someone else’s experience is super helpful.

    • Jen August 11, 2017, 12:29 pm

      Thank you Jenne! I would definitely recommend going for it. I love the program and I think it’s eye-opening.

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