Sorry this post is a bit delayed. As you can imagine, the last week of my Whole 30 was quite busy what with going home for the holiday and all the Christmas craziness that ensued. I won’t lie, this last week on the Whole30 was my toughest yet due to being surrounded by incredible smelling savory foods and tempting sweets. And being so close to the end of the 30 days made it reeaaaallly tempting to just say, “to heck with it, 25 is close enough”, but I’m happy to say that I didn’t. I stuck it out for the full 30 days.
Here’s a recap of what I ate…
Breakfasts this week were no departure from tradition – eggs again. One thing I’ve learned from this experience is that eggs cooked in coconut oil are amazing, and I will continue to have this for breakfast until I get tired of it. Which, if I learned anything from last year’s lunchtime salad run, could be eight months.
I either had berries with my eggs, or a half a banana, which I drizzled some “chocolate sauce” on. The chocolate sauce is just coconut milk with cocoa powder and some spices. It’s actually pretty good on fruit.
Lunches were some type of salad. Most days I had Spicy Tuna Cakes over iceberg lettuce with homemade mayo. This didn’t get old. Seriously, these tuna cakes are amazing. And homemade mayo is awesome. I asked for an immersion blender for Christmas so that I could more easily make my own mayo. I tried it a few days ago and it worked great. I also took half of the mayo and made a Creamy Italian salad dressing which was awesome, and I ate it on a salad topped with the Turkey Pesto Meatballs I made way back in week two (they were frozen so it’s not like they were super old. In case you were wondering). I also made another batch of Nom Nom Paleo’s Cracklin’ Chicken because it’s amazing.
Dinners this week consisted of Balsamic Pot Roast with Sweet Potato and Onions which I prepped the weekend before, salads, and baked potatoes with the Chicken Chili on top that I had frozen from Week 2. It was really delicious.
And for Christmas dinner, I had Surf and Turf. Can’t complain about that! And I had made myself a special Whole30 compliant dessert. Homemade Larabars or, as Michelle from Nom Nom Paleo calls them, Liarbars (recipe in her cookbook app). I cut mine into the shape of a mitten (I was limited with my cookie cutter options).
It was actually kind of nice to finish Christmas dinner and not feel absolutely stuffed to the brim and slightly sick. Although I won’t lie, I was sad to not have even one of my grandma’s famous sand tarts. Maybe I can convince her to save me a few of them for after my reintroduction phase is over…
Aside from all the tempting foods, my Christmas was wonderful. It’s always great to get to see all of my family members, and of course, it’s always fun to have four dogs under one roof 😉 Yes, it’s a bit of a circus at times (like when you come home from Christmas dinner to find that one of the dogs has had spray-diarrhea all over my parents’ new bedroom carpet), but it’s always so nice to be greeted by multiple sets of furry feet and so many wagging tails 🙂
Now that my Whole30 is officially over, I’m starting to reintroduce foods one a time into my diet to see how my body reacts to each in turn. My next post is going to have some more details on what I learned from this experience, and what results I have seen. So stay tuned!
How was your Christmas?
Is anyone planning on doing a Whole30 in January?