Wow okay, when I started Whole30 I honestly never thought that I would inspire so many other girls to try it too! I have been getting messages DAILY asking what I am eating, what I got at the store or how to cook dinner.
First, I recommend watching my (very first) Youtube video above. I go in depth explaining my past health and fitness adventures and how I even ended up doing Whole30. But also, if you’re asking wtf Whole30 is, let me break it down!
Whole30 is a 30 day plan to reinvent your relationship with food. You are supposed to use the 30 days to cleanse from junk food and sugar, eat whole foods and non processed meat. With that being said, you CANNOT have sugar, alcohol, processed carbs (bread, pasta or rice) legumes and again NO SUGAR! If you have tried keto, remove the dairy and add potatoes BUT again you cannot have processed food so it cuts a lot of those “keto” snacks out.
Let me say, I FEEL AMAZING and honestly I feel bad bragging but damn it feels good! Going through college ( aka being poor), opening the store (and the fashion truck) moving into my own house and then just going through my twenties, I have felt so lost and unstable! Doritos for breakfast, yep its happened… But generally I am a pretty healthy person (better than the average American that’s for sure). Anyways, if you watch the video above, it’ll explain a lot about my experience. This blog will explain what I am eating/cooking so keep reading!
Okay, going out to dinner is really hard not gonna lie but luckily Jake decided to do it with me so I wasn’t “that person” at the restaurant. But eating out is hard because a lot of restaurants used soy or peanut oil when they cook (and you can’t have either of those) but we found a few places to chow!
We went to Chipotle quite a few times and here is what we got! Salad (literally lettuce) with carnitas (shredded pork, I believe this is the only meat you can have because the others are seasoned with things “non” Whole30 compliant) red salsa, green salsa (yum my fave) & pico! You cannot have the corn salsa (ya actually can’t have corn) add a heaping scoop of guac 😍 and more lettuce on top. For both of us to eat its $25ish dollars and we get water cups (you can’t have anything besides water or iced tea anyways). Its quick and its nice to eat out so we don’t feel like hermit crabs at home!
Five Guys, yep you can have it. Here is what I order. 2 plain beef patties (no bacon no cheese) lettuce (I get mine in a bowl some like it wrapped in lettuce) you CANNOT have the bun, this should be obvious. I load up on all of the veggies EXCEPT mushrooms, I read online that they season them with sugar? Not sure if its true but I play it safe and I don’t get them. Grilled onions are my jam and jalapeño 😍
Buffalo Wild Wings – If you’re a local, you know EVERYONE goes to Bdubs pretty frequently. We went here too and this what we got! Jake and I usually get 6 naked tenders (grilled chicken strips) with 2 side salads. Unfortnately you cannot have cheese, bread, croutons or dressing. We brought our own Primal Kitchen dressing (you can find it at Meijer, Whole Foods or Amazon) and its actually a pretty good spread. We also add on a FEW traditional chicken wings with desert heat seasoning. The wings are not breaded and they fry them in beef lard. Don’t over do the wings, while you’re not counting calories, they’re still not “the best” for you but this is what we get! I’m 99.9% sure you cannot have any of their other sauces or seasonings. They include dairy or sugar of some sort!
Okay here is what I generally eat every day. It varies depending on the day (Monday is my day off, Thursday is my busiest day) but generally we kept it simple and ate the same stuff. Truly, if you find something you like you can eat it all day and love it.
Breakfast – 2/3 eggs generally hard boiled. If I am running around before working at the store, I will take them with me and peel/eat there. Ill usually have a banana or grapes and coffee. I like my coffee hot IF I have the time to sit down and drink it, otherwise ill take it iced on the go. Coconut or almond milk with cinnamon is what I like to add. Make sure it isn’t flavored or sweetened (we get the organic one at Aldi)
Lunch – Chicken, maybe 4 oz with veggies. At first I was eating broccoli (ew) but honestly I hate it and it makes the store smell. I am also hungry in like 2 hours. Recently I have been eating sweet potatoes and zucchini baked in the oven (cook at the same time, to save time)
Snacks- Okay I like bell pepper slices, cashews (high in calorie but salty), cucumber slices and fruit. Basically thats it. We buy what we BOTH like so we don’t have a ton of things getting lost in the fridge and spoiling. At the end of the week, our fridge is bare.
Dinner – the most anticipated meal. I have gotten so many questions about dinner so I am going to post my favorite recipes below. Remember, at first you will be hungry and it’ll take a few days to adjust. If this is the case, just add more veggies!
Cabbage and Sausage – this is something we have been eating before this diet because its cheap and filling. It also requires zero effort.
- 1 cabbage
- 1 yellow onion
- 2 clove garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 Pack of Applegate Farms Sausage (we get it at Trader Joes, read the label and check for sugar)
Thats it, super simple. Chop and throw in your crockpot. You can do this a on Sunday while you clean or a work day. Savory and really filling!
Stir Fry – This is another favorite that is quick and EASY. We eat this once a week.
- 1 bag cauliflower rice
- Chopped chicken breast or shrimp
- Bell peppers
- 1 onion
- 1 clove garlic
- Asparagus ( we just use 1 frozen bag)
- Salt to taste
- Chili pepper flakes
- Onion powder
- Black pepper
Heat your “rice” in one pan until toasted an not “wet”. In another pan, sauté veggies until soft, add chicken on high heat and cook through. Eat over rice. You can use any shrimp and modify your seasoning. Add coconut aminos to give it a “soy sauce” flavor.
Carnitas – Our absolute favorite dinner that we have been eating weekly for months. We love burrito bowls!
- Pork tender loin
- 1 Yellow onion
- 2 clove garlic
- 2 jalapeño
- Black Pepper
Mix all of the ingredients in your crockpot. Set it on low and a cook for 8 hours. Once its cooked shred and eat over lettuce. We had hot sauce, guac and diced tomatoes!
Fresh Guacamole – 😍😍 If you love guac but you’re not sure how to make it, please learn because it’ll save you money and it taste way better than the remade stuff!
- 3 Ripe avocados
- 1/2 Red onion
- 1 Jalapeno (remove seeds)
- Cherry tomatoes
- Sea Salt
- Garlic powder to taste
Chop, mix and mash! Remove the seeds from your jalapeños or they will be super super spicy.
Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato – YUMMY, one of my favorites. When I diet I only eat sweet potatoes because if I eat regular potato I feel guilty 🙈
- Diced chicken
- Hot Sauce (make sure it doesn’t have sugar)
- Primal Kitchen ranch dressing
- Baked sweet potatoes
- Brussle Sprouts (your side dish)
Sauté your chicken with garlic, salt and pepper until cooked, then add hot sauce. While chicken is cooking, bake your sweet potato in the oven (or cheat and microwave it). Split your potato and kind of mash it on your plate. Add the buffalo chicken to your potato and drizzle with ranch. I love brussels, so I have them as my side! This was my “birthday dinner” haha Jake cooked it and we both loved it!
Zuppa Toscana Soup – okay I found this recipe years ago and we cook it once a month! Its flavorful and perfect for winter but its clearly not the same as Olive Garden.
- Fresh Chopped Kale
- 2 diced Yellow Potatoes
- 2 cups Chopped Cauliflower
- Applegate Farms Chicken Sausage (we get ours at Trader Joes, spicy Italian is our fave)
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 1 Yellow Onion
- Beef or Chicken broth ( make sure its compliant)
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Sea Salt
- Italian Seasoning
Sauté your onion, garlic and chopped sausage In a pan. The sausage is already cooked but I think it taste better browned a little bit. Add all of your ingredients into a stock pot. Boil until your veggies are soft and flavors are blended.
Okay, hopefully this was helpful for you! We cooked a few more dinners but I cannot remember what we we even ate. I think once you find things you like, just put them on repeat because there is nothin more annoying than cooking dinner after being starving and working all day and it sucked lol
Use PINTEREST, seriously so many ideas out there. Experiment with foods and make it fun!