I completed the Whole30 challenge

whole30 challenge completeWe made it! Whole30 challenge is complete!
I’ve included a summary of the week along with what I made for meals and snacks. Be sure to check out the updates from previous weeks as well as the prepwork I did to make this a successful challenge.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
If you want to see daily posts and more on Whole30 stuff you can check in on my Facebook page or take a gander at my Whole30 Pinterest board.

Week 5 wasn’t a full week since it only included days 27-30. However, you don’t just jump right back into eating whatever once Whole30 is over. You’re encouraged to introduce non-Whole30 foods back into your diet one at a time to see if you discover you’re actually intolerant to anything. We start with dairy for 2-3 days, then add in gluten-containing grains, then non-gluten-containing grains, then legumes like beans & peanuts.

Here’s a recap of the week:

What I ate: Week 5

Snacks
Hardboiled eggs, sweet potato muffins, veggies with sweet potato hummus, dates & pecans, or an odd combination like chicken, olives, and an orange.

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Breakfast
My beloved 3 eggs cooked in coconut oil with sauteed veggies. On multiple occasions I had double yolks! Crazy! I had a few mornings this week where I felt extra hungry so I ate a banana or plum with a handful of nuts about an hour later.

Lunch
Garbage stir fry and big ol’ PFC salads with homemade balsamic vinaigrette. I roasted my own beets this time to add to salads. It’s really easy; just wash your beets, make a foil packet to keep the juices from staining your oven, and roast at 375 for an hour. The skins peel off easily by scraping the beet with a butter knife so you don’t have to worry about staining your hands. Fun lesson I learned from this- beets can make your pee a pinkish hue… don’t be alarmed.

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Dinner

Day 27
Grilled chicken with sweet potato hash and cherries. We drizzled leftover gravy from the rotisserie chicken I made during week 1 over the chicken and hash. It made a lot of extra gravy so I froze it for later use.

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Day 28
I ended up staying the night at my parents so I had to pass on my mom’s spicy cabbage and noodle dish and had fried eggs & spinach instead.

Day 29
Moroccan chicken with yellow squash, cabbage, and tomato slices

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Day 30
Taco night with our bible study. I also had some grapes and blueberries.

Grocery Budget
In short, we went over budget. I was hoping to spend $350 since that’s been our usual grocery budget but we ended up spending around $400. Here’s how it broke down:
Protein (meat, fish, eggs…) $185
Produce- $137
Dry goods (nuts, oil, spices, etc.) $74

That’s with buying grass fed/pastuered protein sources and getting veggies ridiculously cheap at the wholesale market I love. I don’t even want to know what our budget would have been if we had to buy produce at regular price. I don’t know if it’s because Dave’s back at his gym lifting and training for a half marathon in October and I’ve been doing PiYo and still am nursing Nora full time but we seriously eat SO MUCH. I was amazed to add up our groceries and see the actual amount that we bought this month.

41 pounds of meat/fish/chicken (comes out to 1/2 pound per person per day)
23 dozen eggs (!!! Comes out to 5 eggs per person per day)

Veggies:
6# carrots
3# fresh mixed greens
3# onions
1.5# acorn squash
11 cucumbers
7.5# broccoli
2 large cabbages
2 pints grape tomatoes
25# sweet potatoes
10 avocados
3# green beans
1# okra
6 bell peppers
5# frozen stir fry veggies
3# frozen spinach

Fruit:
4.5# peaches
15# bananas
1# apples
2 mangoes
5# cherries
4.5# plums
1 cantaloupe

How I feel
My skin has been the clearest it’s been in awhile and I didn’t have one breakout this past month. Dave mentioned he doesn’t have any crashes at work since he was having something more substantial than a PBJ for a mid-morning snack. My nails have been really soft lately and I attribute that to the lack of Calcium in the diet as I explained in week one. Even though I took a multivitamin every day to bridge the gap I think it still might not have been enough.

Measurements
I lost a half inch from my stomach. The rest of my measurements stayed the same (bicep, legs, waist, and chest). Mindfulness, not weight loss, was my goal with Whole30 but I’m sure the combination of eliminating added sugar from my diet, nursing Nora exclusively, and doing Piyo contributed to that half inch I lost.

Overall
Like I mentioned in the Whole30 prepwork post, I don’t encourage eliminating food groups unless you actually find you have an intolerance to something. This month was a great experience in terms of being mindful of how often I would take extra food without thinking, especially desserts. After eating out 4+ times and attending 5+ potlucks I’m actually glad we chose July to try Whole30 out. If you have questions about the challenge that I didn’t cover ask away in the comment section or on any of my social media pages.

 What good eats did you have this week?

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Jessica is a Registered Dietitian and shares practical, useful tips on food, fitness and finance. Be sure to subscribe to her blog, Budget for Health!

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