So chances are you saw on Instagram that Jord recently did Whole30. I personally did not participate in the 30 day reset with him, but I was along for the ride to see if this is all it is really cracked up to be….
I was 100% shocked when J told me he wanted to even do Whole30. We were sitting on the couch on New Year’s Day and I was scrolling through Instagram noticing how many people were starting their own Whole30 journey. That is when J said “I’m going to do it.”
I really thought he was kidding. Considering he has never done a diet or showed an interest in anything Whole30 related, I didn’t even believe him! But he was dead serious.
J definitely struggles a bit with digestion issues, but that has always been the case despite his balanced mindset towards food and health. When we first started dating in college, we were ordering breakfast together and I remember him saying “you know, I eat really healthy..just a heads up.” And it was like a I knew I found my soulmate then and there.. (kidding, but not really).
I actually always admired J’s approach to eating in general. He doesn’t overeat, he doesn’t eliminate foods and most importantly he LISTENS TO HIS BODY! He isn’t a mindless snacker or a french fries and pizza guy on his lunch break. Sure he orders a bacon cheeseburger once in awhile and likes to have a few beers and cocktails, but he truly has an amazing approach to eating. And you know what? I think it is because he doesn’t really think about it. I am beyond jealous of that.
Despite his balanced mentality around food, he does get stomach issues quite frequently. We never knew what was going on or how to make them go away. Sure he tried not eating dairy or gluten for a couple days here and there but nothing ever seemed to make a difference.
In my option he had finally reached his breaking point. But if you ask him why he did Whole30, it is because he wanted a challenge.
And a challenge is what we had my friends (emphasis on the we).
We began reading the Whole30 website, learning all the rules and asking a bunch of people about their experiences. He decided to start the 30 days on January 14th since we didn’t have anything too crazy food wise he would be missing out on.
On Valentine’s Day the Whole30 journey was OVER. We obviously celebrated with Mezcal (Jord’s favorite), Pressed Freeze with all the chocolate toppings and I made homemade Snickers (coming soon here) to break his no-chocolate streak with. I also brought him Shake Shack to work to get real crazy.
We outlined a few things here that we think would be beneficial for anyone to know that is considering doing Whole30 or is curious about it. We also outlined Jord’s results, favorite recipes, challenges and what is to come next.
Results after Whole30:
- Less bloating – after 4 days on Whole30, J lost an entire layer of bloating, it was like a balloon popped (I wish we had before an after pics) but that was just FOUR days!
- He lost 8lbs in 30 days – he really didn’t need to lose any weight and we think a lot of it was bloated, water weight but he looks much leaner without working out as much
- Stomach issues were gone – he definitely learned that eating a diet filled with mostly protein and healthy fats is most beneficial for his body
- Energy levels were great – he woke up much easier in the morning for work than usual
- Morning hunger increased – by not eating after dinner or having dessert, he woke up much hungrier, which is a sign your metabolism is working well!
- New perspective and awareness on food – we were able to really branch out of the usual meals and try new things while all becoming more aware that eating more meat, eggs, veggies, fruits, and nuts really works well for J
Biggest Challenges on Whole30:
- Meal prepping everything for hours on weekends – it literally took up our whole weekend days between going grocery shopping and making all the meals
- Doing Whole30 on a budget – it is not easy, we spent a ton more $ on groceries during these 30 days due to more meat, eggs, etc.
- Having to make completely different meals for Jordan and myself
- Not having someone to help me taste test and eat leftovers from recipes for the blog
- Finding new recipes that Jord wanted to eat – he left it up to me to decide each week, lol!
- Going out for meals – Jord had 3 work dinners and we had a few social dinners/events. He always found options but obviously it is challenging to order things and be picky
- No alcohol – J enjoys having a couple of drinks and/or beer so he definitely was looking forward to enjoying them again
- The whole not snacking thing – Jord didn’t follow this because he felt he needed snacks throughout the day to avoid blood sugar from dropping. I also agree with this, we made “larabar” type balls or he had nut butter, jerky, fruit, etc. All made with whole ingredients!
Favorite Whole30 Recipes:
- Pesto Zoodle Chicken Thighs
- Taco Stuffed Avocados
- 10-minute Pad Thai Zoodles – omit coconut sugar and use coconut amino for soy sauce
- Beef Bolognese – we made these 3x and used zucchini instead of sweet potato for noodles
- Bacon Potato Sausage Frittata – we made these into egg muffins
- Asian Turkey Meatballs – served this with a cauliflower fried rice
- Carrot fries
- Salmon Red Coconut Curry with Turnip Noodles
- Thai Tuna Cakes – sub coconut amino for soy sauce and use almonds and almond butter in slaw and no bun
- Zesty Chicken Bites
- Pesto Turkey Meatloaf
- Buffalo Chicken Pasta
- 5-minute PaleOatmeal
- Chia pudding – made this a lot for breakfast because it is so versatile
A Few Key Ingredients to Keep on Hand:
- Vegetables (especially sweet potatoes)
- Raw nuts
- Dried fruit (sans added sugar like dates and raisins)
- Seeds (chia seeds and flax seeds)
- Nut butter
Next Steps After Whole30:
- Since Jord’s stomach has felt great and energy levels are on point, we are keeping his meals and snacks Whole30-friendly for the most part. We are introducing gluten, dairy and legumes but making sure that about 80% of the time it is Whole30/paleo-ish. That didn’t stop him from eating Shake Shack though last week 😉 fries and all!
- I definitely think that Whole30 is a great way to reset your body and figure out what could be bothering you or help get you back on track. I do not think this is for everyone (I couldn’t do it) and it is a TON of work so only do this unless you are fully committed and ready to be dedicated for 30 days.
Any other questions? Comments? Comment below! We’d love to hear what you guys are thinking 🙂
xx, Rach & Jord