My Journey with Whole 30

If you know me you know I love working out and eating healthfully now but thats never been the case until 2 1/2 years ago. I have always struggled with food and my weight from junior high to high school. It was summer of 2018 and I was up in Vermont for 3 weeks I had a legit stalker and I was anxious and my anxiety was really bad I ended up throwing up water because there wasn’t enough food in me. I was having little pieces of chicken, little bit of yogurt but because I was so anxious I didn’t eat. Fast forward to summer 2019 I was back in Vermont for 3 weeks no stalker so I took a different approach I worked out every night from 8-9pm with a bunch of my guy friends.

I wouldn’t go into the game room because I didn’t want to be tempted with nachos and burgers and all of the crap. I would get a water and protein drink to drink after we would work out. I watched what I ate if I had dessert for lunch that equaled to no dessert at dinner or no dessert at lunch meant I could have dessert a dinner only rarely would I have both. I limited myself but I would treat myself. Fast forward to being in college I am eating healthfully and watching what I eat.

Do I struggle being at campus and having burgers and chicken and pizza and cupcakes around me? Yes however there are 2 ways I can go about it I will have a salad or chicken instead of a burger or pasta I will do a sandwich I will make those little choices same thing with a Frappuccino at Starbucks I will choose my pink drink or matcha! One of my friends who I workout with will keep me accountable if I decide to have a cupcake he will make me do an extra set or rep or add 15 minutes as a punishment not because I had the cupcake because I ruined everything I am working for and I just set my goal back! I workout everyday and I am watching what I am eating. If you want to learn more about Whole 30 check the link here

I still don’t have the greatest relationship with but Whole 30 has diffidently help because I can’t have:

  • Sugar
  • Oats
  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Chips
  • Coffee (only black I can have)
  • Ice Cream
  • Dairy: cheese, sour cream, milk, yogurt, cream cheese
  • No sweets

which are all of my favorite foods but because I’m not eating it I have learned to like my fruits and veggies and I have gotten creative for meals. It’s diffidently a struggle because everything has sugar and I love me Chick Fil A, I love my iced coffee and being in college doesn’t help it either, but because I am living at home its easy. I am on day 3 and feeling sluggish I want pasta, coffee, I don’t have much energy I’m hungry all the time. I am eating:

  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Potatoes
  • watermelon
  • peppers
  • onions
  • Bacon
  • Sugar-Free BBQ sauce
  • I have made my own ketchup & Ranch along with Chipotle ranch
  • Sausage
  • Apples
  • Prosciutto
  • Almond Milk
  • Coconut Milk
  • Avocados
  • Avocado oil and Mayo
  • carrots
  • Dates
  • Bananas
  • Coconut oil

If I really want dessert and I am craving ice cream or something sweet I will have watermelon or I will fry apples in coconut oil and sprinkle apple pie spice or pumpkin spice for dessert. Breakfast for me is hard I hate eggs unless there is cheese so really won’t have breakfast but if I do its a banana with natural peanut butter or I will eat prosciutto and apples. I will make French fries in my air fryer and have chicken tenders without the breading. Super Bowl will be easy since I am hosting it!

Menu for Super Bowl:

  • French Fries
  • Homemade ranch
  • BBQ chicken bowls with Coleslaw
  • Chicken wings with teriyaki sauce and Buffalo sauce
  • Potato skins with ranch and bacon
  • Apple Nachos for dessert and thawed frozen strawberries with peanut butter

Don’t worry there will be enough food for everyone and everyone can be whole 30 for the day šŸ˜‰.

I will link all of the recipes here when I make all of the food


By Grace Dowling

I am from a small town in Connecticut I love traveling, spending time in my favorite place called Maine.

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