#wholefoodsreset is over.

February 15th I started a food challenge to “reset” my eating.  I intended to try for 21 days, but last Wednesday I had some hot cocoa (for comfort), and after that, I let myself slip more and more.  I made it 11 days, which is weird, because the 2 attempts at a 21 day sugar detox both ended at day 11.  Apparently my body NEEDS sugar after 11 days (yikes.)  I’m not disappointed in myself for quitting early, in fact, I’m proud of myself for realizing that it was causing me stress.   I listened to my mind and body as I grieve the loss of a friend, and practiced kindness toward myself.

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I did learn a few things this time around….

1.  I love vegetables. I mean, I already knew that I did, but we really just dump any veggies we have into a pan and cook them. And they always taste delicious. Our grocery shopping and meals are more centered around vegetables and protein, and that was the whole purpose of doing this challenge.

2.  When I have meals centered around protein and vegetables, I stay full for hours, and definitely don’t feel as bloated or sluggish. I usually only need 2 full meals/day (with some snacks of course!).

IMG_63723.   I feel tired and sluggish when I eat sugar.  I have added sugar back in (I know I need to cut back again), and when I do have sugar I feel more tired and have even had to take more naps–some of this might be due to being emotionally exhausted/pregnant, but I don’t think the sugar helps.

4. I want to get better at controlling my stress eating.  I use food for comfort. I love ice cream and sweet things and when I’m stressed, I like to treat myself. I would like to find a better balance of “treats” during stressful times, because good food makes my body feel better, which would help with my stress.

5.  I got a few more recipe ideas from my friend Jamie and the other people I have been following on instagram, with the hashtags #wholefoodsreset  #whole30  I will probably continue to use the #wholefoodsreset hashtag to tag pics of delicious food that I eat so I have a place to be inspired when I get in a slump.

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6.  Eating this way is pretty. I get what they say by “Eat the Rainbow.” Our groceries and meals have been SO colorful lately.

So while I only made it 11 days of a 21 day challenge, I’m proud of myself.

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Update: #wholefoodsreset

Last Sunday I started the #wholefoodsreset to get back on track with my eating (sugar cravings were out of control).  Here are my thoughts on the first week…

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I think whole foods are so pretty!

I have been posting pictures of my food on instagram and tagging #wholefoodsreset and have been amazed at the response I’ve gotten.  My ego tells me that no one wants to see what I’m eating, and that its annoying to post pics of your food, but I’ve gotten comments and inspiration from people by doing this.  My high school friend Jamie is joining me (follow her on instagram: @thekitchenarium) and visit her blog Jamie’s recipes!  She is inspiring me to branch out with my cooking and meal prep (she’s a great cook–at least her food looks amazing… I guess I’ve never tasted it before-ha!).   A few other friends and family have reached out saying they would like to do the something similar, but are needing some motivation to get started.  Just reaching these few people is incentive enough to keep posting annoying food pics. 🙂 It definitely holds me accountable knowing I’ve got people watching me.

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The cooking part of the #wholefoodsreset has been easy for me. I’ve done a #whole30 a few times before.  This time around I’m being even less strict, which I think is my saving grace.

Food prep is key.  I made this delicious frittata on Sunday, and boom, a filling breakfast is served for the next couple days. I also shredded up carrots, and cut up broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage to make a coleslaw (without the dressing) and we used that all week in salads, stir frys, egg salad, and other concoctions.

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So far, I am feeling better (maybe its all in my head, but does that matter?).  I have more energy and more motivation to do things around the house.

I still crave sweet in the afternoons (Friday afternoon was the worst), but I have just been reaching for a healthy snack, like an apple, kiwi, or grapefruit to fill this urge.  Eventually I would like to not have to have anything sweet, but for now, baby steps.


IMG_6321I’ve been more regular and stay full longer between meals.   I’ve had a few temptations: donuts, candy, hot tamales, but really I haven’t had a hard time saying no.  We are going out to eat tonight at Cancun (Mexican).  I have already decided I will skip the chips, and order the fajitas (and have a few beans and rice with it).

Its weird, but I almost think this #wholefoodsreset is easier to do while pregnant.  I have more incentive to choose healthier foods and I’m not drinking alcohol (a glass of wine or margarita was hard to resist during my other challenges).  I’m finishing up Day 6 of 21 ..already planning my meal prep for next week.  Preparation and planning are key.

Are you interested in doing a #wholefoodsreset or something similar?  Let me know if you need help getting started!

I also recommend the book It Starts with Food if you’re wanting to learn more about the #whole30 and eating more whole foods!