Whole30 Days 10 & 11: Survival Tips for “The Hardest Days”

If you’re also at Day 10 & 11 of Whole30, welcome.
If you’re not here yet, get ready.
If you’ve already passed Day 10 & 11 successfully, CONGRATS!

As stated on the Whole30 blog Day 10 & 11 are the most difficult days during the Whole30 program. Here’s an excerpt from their Revised Timeline:

By this point, the newness of the program has worn off. You’ve made it through most of the unpleasant physical milestones, but you’ve yet to experience any of the “magic” the program promises. You’re still struggling to establish your new routine (read: you’ve eaten eggs prepared ten different ways over the last ten days), and while you’ve been trying really hard to have a good attitude, today you are incredibly aware of all the foods you’re “choosing not to eat right now.”  Everywhere you look, you see the things you “can’t” have: the melted cheese on a greasy burger, the creaminess of that double-scoop cone, the cold beer in your best friend’s tailgate cooler. Dammit, this is hard! And right now you’re wondering if the results will really be as good as “they” all say it is.

Look At All the FoodThis could not be more true. SEVERAL times over the past two days, I noticed an increase in my awareness of all the foods I “can’t eat”. The psychological hold my food habits have on me came into full effect. I haven’t seen many physical changes yet. My body is tired after all my workouts and I’m still waiting to start feeling strong.

All this being said, as Day 11 comes to a close, there were a few things that helped me make it through. Hopefully, you’ll find these tips as helpful! 🙂

1. Exercise in the AM: I know this is difficult for some of your schedules, so better to exercise at any point than not at all. When I exercise in the morning, first thing, it sets the tone for the rest of my day. Intentionally starting off with a workout, even if it is just a quick one, can lay the foundation for a healthy day. So if your Day 10 & 11 are approaching, make sure to get to bed early the night before, just so you can tear it up in the morning! Doing this can be a HUGE motivating factor to stick with your new eating habits throughout the day.

2. Drink LOTS of Water: Throughout these days, you’ll start to feel hungry at random times throughout the day when you’re not actually hungry. More than likely, you’re actually dehydrated. Keeping a constant source of water handy and sipping throughout the day will aid those craving battles. What if water isn’t doing the trick? Grab a LaCroix Sparkling Flavor Water! Not only are these sparkling beauties #Whole30Approved, but it also adds some flavor and bubble to your water routine.LaCroix Waters

3. Do something FUN: Squeeze a little fun time in your day. Play a sport with a friend. Dance in your living room. Find a playground and get on the swing. Read in your favorite comfy chair. Whatever it may be, use this fun time as a chance to fully immerse yourself in an activity that doesn’t revolve around food. I would even shy away from meeting a friend at a coffee shop– hang out at the pool or park instead. This allows you an opportunity to engage in life and not stress about those foods haunting your dreams. 😉

4. Make yourself accountable: Chances are by this point a few people know about your Whole30 Challenge. Pick one or two of those people and keep them around close on these days. Having others around you will alleviate some of the pressure you feel when you’re alone. If they cannot physically be around, make sure to shoot them a text or call them up for a good pep talk when things are getting hard!

Just remember, STAY STONG! You GOT THIS!
You’re already a third of the way there and now is NOT the time to give up, friends! Zoodles & Ghee

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Quick & Easy Whole30 Meal Ideas

See these two lovebirds? They’re my adorable parents…
Everybody say, “Awwwww“.LovebirdsThese two embarked on their first Whole30 today! And now it’s on the Internet Mom & Dad, so you have to stick to it. The people know! My mother asked about some quick & easy Whole30 Approved meal ideas. As I was typing I got to thinking that just maybe this would be of interest to some of you. So, in honor of Bob & Jen… Let’s do it:

Breakfast:
– Scrambled Eggs (3) + Sugar-Free Bacon (3) + Roasted Broccoli
– Breakfast Frittata with assorted veggiesCheery Breakfast– Roasted Hash: sweet potatoes, mushrooms, bell pepper, zucchini, onion, and garlic; roasted in olive oil + Sausage – all chopped and tossed together in a bowl!
Coconut Milk & Chia Seed Pudding (without sweetener) + fresh berries
– Spinach Banana Smoothie: 3 cups spinach + 2 tbsp almond butter + 1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Milk + banana (but eat something else with it!)Strawberry-Banana-Spinach Breakfast Sausage Patties over a bed of Kale + Roasted Sweet Potatoes
– Omelets filled with whatever vegetables you’d like! 🙂
– Egg Cups: Bacon + Egg + Veggies; all baked together in one cupcake pan in just 20 minutesEgg Cups

 Lunch/Dinner:
**I put this category together because I almost always make dinner for two and save the extra for lunch. 2-in-1 meals for the WIN! :)**
– Tilapia + fresh salsa + steamed veggies (TIP: Tilapia takes 5 minutes at 500-degrees in the oven AND you can steam veggies in the microwave.. no excuses)
– Beef Burger over Spinach + slices of Tomato & Onion + Sauteed MushroomsDelicioso– Spaghetti Squash + meatballs + tomato sauce (check the label for sugar)- Taco-seasoned Ground Beef over lettuce, tomatoes, onions, bell pepper… instant Taco Salad!
– Applegate Farms Prosciutto wrapped around Apple Slices + small side salad
– “Zoodles” (zuchinni noodles) tossed with olive oil, salt & pepper topped with Grilled Chicken and Diced TomatoesRoasted Veggies & Squash– Hard Boiled Eggs + fresh veggies + handful of almonds or cashews
– Shrimp Kebabs: bell pepper, squash, zucchini, and shrimp coated in olive oil & grilled + squeeze of lime
– Stir Fry: chicken + any veggies + coconut amines + hot sauce; cook in sauté pan and DONE
Lazy Man Plate: protein + veggies + fruit + nut/seed (no cooking required)Lazy Man's Lunch Lettuce Wraps: Romaine Lettuce Leaves + Ground Chicken + Cucumber + Tomato + Balsamic Vinaigrette (check labels)
– Soup in the Crockpot (or anything in the Crockpot, really); just set it and forget it! 😉
French Onion Soup


I hope this helps you in your Whole30 journey! This is by no means an exhausted list, but just an option for you to glance over when you’re short on time and in need of a “real food meal” that’s Whole30 Approved!

For more recipes for Whole30, check out my recipes page for more ideas & tips!

Are You Up for the Challenge?!

challenge
noun: a call to take part in a contest or competition
verb: to invite someone to engage in a contest

Challenging yourself can be fun, taxing, and incredibly rewarding. It seems like there are a good amount of nutritional and physical challenges floating around, one of which I am participating in– shout out to Whole30— so I thought if any of you were interested in trying something new and improving your health at the same time, then why not a brief overview of some of the ones I’ve come across? challengeLet’s roll…

1) Whole30
“Change your life in 30 days” as they claim. Personally, I’m over here at Day 19 and I already feel incredibly different. The Whole30 is a thirty-day diet challenge. It looks very similar to a Paleo diet, though stricter. Some of the “rules” include…

– Only eat meats, seafood, tons of veggies, some fruit, nuts & seeds, along with quality fat sources.
– Avoid all gluten, grain, dairy, soy, legumes, and sugar; also avoid anything processed and artificial.
– No coffee or tea after 12pm.
– Do not try to recreate junk foods, baked goods or treats with “approved” ingredients (this will only continue to reinforce your habits)
– No cheating.

EatWhole30This challenge I halfway-completed once and saw incredible changes and benefits to my life, which is why I really am sticking to it this time for the entire thirty days. I also have spoken with others and their Whole30 journey and have heard similar experiences. Not only that, but after feeling so fantastic and energized, it has completely changed their diets permanently and they have continued with the Paleo-lifestyle. I’m predicting this outcome for myself as well. The amazing part is that at Day 19, I have an easier time passing up sweet treats and artificial goods because I no longer crave them. Now that is a win!

2) 21 Day Sugar Detox
“Bust sugar and carb cravings naturally” is the cry of creator Diane Sanfilippo. Not only is the book available for purchase, but also if you check out her website, there are entire packages you can buy that include the audio series, workout & yoga guides, cookbooks, and more! From my understanding, there are three levels during the detox:
– Level 1: a diet without refined foods, but not excluding all grain, dairy, or legume products.
– Level 2: adds the removal of grain and legume products.
– Level 3: super strict Paleo; removes all sugars, grains, legume and dairy products, but with additional modifications.21-Day-Sugar-Detox-Fruit-Allowed
Anyone out there give this 21-day challenge a shot yet?

3) 40 Days of Green
This one is pretty simple– drink a green smoothie (or juice) every day for 40 days. I first heard about it through Instagram when I noticed the #40daysofgreen hashtag spreading. I am a BIG fan of green smoothies. I love that you can jam-pack kale and spinach into a blender, add a piece of fruit, and you can’t even taste all those leafy greens, but you’re getting all the amazing nutrients! Kale CutiePlus, this particular site allows you to sign up for weekly emails that include recipes, videos, and community encouragement. Even if you don’t sign up for all the extras, if you’re having trouble getting vegetables in your breakfast routine (or even snack time) this is a phenomenal way to do so!


So what do you think? Have you tried any of these challenges? Or are there any other you have given a chance?Mental self-five