Well folks, we have done it. Thirty entire days of very clean eating. I do apologize for my lack of inspiration over the last week or so. As I have mentioned many times — work really had me goin and goin and anything extra in my life just had to take a back seat. We did keep up our 30; however, and it’s time to give a final wrap-up.
First off, I have to be honest — this Whole30 was far too easy. I am in no way trying to take away from those that are having any cravings, struggles, or trials during their Whole30…but of course this is about my experience.
Why was This Whole30
Easier Than the Rest?
Here’s a little back story — we have been living a Paleo lifestyle for quite some time now and we have been on both ends of the spectrum. I have gone through periods were I am really lax with my rules so to speak, and then other times where I am a complete nazi. I am sharing with you that I have struggled very much with my carb intake…and it has left me in a strange place. When we first started – I ate as much as I wanted to. No questions asked — as long as it wasn’t on the list of “don’t eat” foods I considered it A-okay. Then… I got a little crazy…
Your Personal Carb Intake
can be a Challenge
I mentioned this before on a post I made titled “Call Me a Carb Lover.” I felt that my main goal was to get lean. I felt like I had a lot of weight to lose. I got very obsessed with wanting a completely flat stomach… let’s just say my goals are different now. I was convinced that in order to lose any extra weight I had to ward off as many carbohydrates as I could. I fell victim to the popular low-carb craze. I ate plenty of meat and vegetables; I ate great sources of fat…but dense carb sources like sweet potatoes and fruit…nah, not really. In fact, I can honestly say there have been times where I have gone months at a time without a single piece of fruit. As far as sweet potatoes, winter squashes, etc….maybe once a week if even that. Guess what!? I got incredibly lean. I looked great!…but my thyroid stopped working properly, my energy level dropped and my hormones got all out of wack…and now here I am. 🙂
Whole30 Eating Leaves me
Healthy & Happy
Basically, I don’t live by those strict rules anymore. I have conditioned myself to not give so much attention to the physical anymore. My number one priority is to be healthy and happy. Guess what…I found out that eating an apple every night with some almond butter and cinnamon makes me very happy. I also found out that eating salad at lunch, but substituting roasted sweet potato fries next to my steak at dinner makes me really happy, too. I admit that I am not as lean as I once was. Yup, it’s true…I have pair after pair of tiny-ass jeans that I will likely never wear again just hanging in my closet. But I feel better, and you know I think my body is healthier inside. I have come to understand that your level of health is not necessarily determined by what you look like on the outside. I am happy with what I have accomplished.
So back to why I thought this Whole30 was easy… compared to what I have been used to — it was a walk in the park. There was a time where eating an apple after dinner was not allowed. Lara bars in the afternoon just because?…no, that was a special treat. Now I know that if I gave up my fruit for dessert every night I would lose weight — I know without a doubt that I would — but is it worth it? These extra pounds — that little bit extra — it’s mine, and it’s mine for a reason. I am meant to have it, and I have come to terms with that. If eating clean 100% of the time for 30 days means that I can have fruit every day…then yeah, of course I can do that.
Where will I go from here? Well, I think that I will continue doing what I am doing and see where that takes me. I am not interested in having really strict rules anymore. I just want to eat nutrient-dense foods that I know are going to do something for my body. As long as it is worth eating, then it’s game on. Restriction can get me back into those tiny jeans, but I am not sure I am willing to sacrifice my health for it.
How about a new recipe? Last night for dinner we had a recipe from Practical Paleo — stuffed mushrooms. Diane’s mushrooms are called Grandma Barbara’s Stuffed Mushrooms — and let me tell you — they are outstanding. Hope Diane doesn’t mind me spilling the beans on another one of her recipes 😉 Give ’em a try!
- 4 large portobello mushroom caps
- 1 tbsp. bacon fat
- 1/2 red bell pepper, minced
- 1/2 small yellow onion, minced
- 1 lb. ground pork
- 2 cups spinach, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. fennel seeds, crushed
- 1/2 tsp. ground sage
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. dried parsley
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Place mushrooms cap-side down on a baking sheet and bake for around 10 minutes.
- While waiting on the mushrooms, prepare your stuffing. Heat the bacon fat over medium in a large skillet. Add red pepper and onion and saute about 3 minutes.
- Add ground pork to the pan along with spices. Break the pork up with a spoon and cook until little pink remains.
- Toss in spinach and garlic and combine well.
- Spoon the mixture into each of the mushrooms caps and place them back in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until stuffing has browned on top.