A Whole lot of fun
As Dry January comes to an end for some, I’m knee-deep in the Whole30. I didn’t go into the new year with health goals (woops?) and then ended up on what seemed like a mini-bender of consistent birthday parties, bottomless brunches, happy hours, the National Championship (roll tide, btw), and a slew of impulse-buy meals. It left me feeling like a tired, poor, lump. I had wanted to do the Whole30 possibly in February or March, but started feeling antsy - like, the sooner I started, the sooner it would be over. I was nervous about it because that would require me to pack my breakfast, lunch and dinner, and adjust my social plans for the next month or so. But it was something that I had to do.
So, last Saturday my friends and I had one last hurrah: a cheeseburger, fries and beer from J.G. Melon and a piece of strawberry cake and a latte afterward from Harb’s (pictured below. I mean… ideal last dessert right?) And then next day I started with day 1.
The diet removes dairy, sugar, legumes, grains and alcohol from your diet for 30 days. Several friends and coworkers have asked why I’m doing this, and there are a few reasons… I’ve been going a little too all-in on everything New York has to offer: fun restaurants, bars, events. Aka things I pay for and have to eat. That, and I really want to be better about my physical health - going to the gym, eating well, sleeping enough. I’ve never really been “in shape,” and being a bridesmaid this spring and taking a trip to Hawaii (!!) in November, I’d love to have a consistent routine and better diet. I’m historically bad at doing things in moderation and I’m a good rule-follower, so having the clear Whole30 rules and guidelines have been clutch. Then, after day 30, I can gradually add some things back and try to limit them overall. (I will be adding greek yogurt back ASAP! The rest I really don’t miss as much as I thought I would.
My sister did Whole30 in 2016, and she continues to follow a lot of the guidelines regularly. It was a great example to see her go through it, and how she's maintained a still-healthy eating and fitness routine since. I'm hoping to be able to do as well as she has!
I’m currently on day 8 - more than one full week down!
Here’s a little bit about how it went:
Day 1: This is great! I’m so healthy! I’m buying every compliant item I can find!
Day 2: Glad I meal prepped. I have a headache. This is fine.
Day 3: I have never been so hydrated in my life. Because I’ve been drinking water every time I consider wanting a snack.
Day 4: Office belated holiday party - where I drank sparkling water with lime and scraped the sauce off the salmon.
Day 5: Ate a Lara bar and it gave me life. Plus, my meal prepped lunch still tastes good!
Day 6: A casual friday sneaking an apple into the theater to have during Ladybird. And we’re a fifth of the way to day 30!! (Ps: learned that Cava has compliant ingredients. Look at that salad !)
Day 7: First time trying to eat out - had over easy eggs and ham at Gracie’s on 2nd (a must-try diner on 86th and 2nd).
Day 8: We’re in this thing.
I will say, the sticker shock on compliant foods on top of the already-pricey NYC groceries almost made me change my mind. Last week I spent $150 stocking up, but luckily this week was only $50. I think the prep/staples in the beginning are vital, and not part of the weekly grocery run budget (thank goodness!) And, honestly, the biggest concern I had was how I would drink my coffee. Don’t worry - I scoured the internet and found NutPods, the only compliant creamer... and then Amazon Primed it to the office in time for Day 3’s coffee. #clutch
Anyone have Whole30 success stories? Or go-to recipes or products? I’m all ears! Hoping to make a few compliant recipes for Super Bowl Sunday next week... let's see how it goes.