I'm Going Back to Basics: Whole 30

My relationship with nutrition has been so positive the past two years. I am proud to say I live by the 80/20 rule (healthy 80% of the time), have cut out most processed foods, and my willpower for junk food has become dominant. But just like anyone else, I have occasional ups and downs in my health and fitness journey. My summer was filled with some more cheats and cocktails than usual. 

Since the summer has passed I have seen a noticeable change in my body, and I'm not talking about weight gain or different fit in my clothing. I'm talking about constant bloating, fatigue, trouble sleeping, and become intolerant to dairies. I have a good feeling these symptoms relate to my nutrition. So I decided it's time to dig deeper and become more aware of how my body reacts to the types of food I'm putting in it! I'm pressing the big giant reset button on my health.

What I get to eat for the next 30 days!

Meat, seafood, eggs, tons of veggies, some fruit, and lots of good fats from fruit, oils, nuts and seeds. I'm going to enjoy foods with very few ingredients, pronounceable ingredients, and foods who don't even have ingredients because they are just that natural!

Foods that I'm kicking to the curb for 30 days!

No added sugar. Artificial or real.  It's empty calories and it's an unhealthy psychological relationship with your food that becomes very hard to break .

No alcohol for me, not even in cooking. yikes. I don't drink alcohol during the week, but it definitely is a social thing with my friends and I. So being surrounded by it and maybe some peer pressure is always difficult. 

No grains. No legumes.

No dairy. I already know I'm intolerant, but also because it is processed and milk does produce a high insulin response in our bodies which can cause inflammation.

Lastly, no recreating baked good, junk food, or treats with approved ingredients. Whether it's with better ingredients, you're still tricking your brain into eating "junk".

Check out my first week meal plan:

Monday, Oct 31:

Breakfast: 3 egg and veggie omelette with bacon and berries.

Lunch: Flank steak and broccoli

Snack: strawberry and banana shakeology.

Dinner: coconut Lime Chicken

Tuesday, Nov 1st:

Breakfast: 3 egg and veggie omelette with bacon and berries.

Lunch: Flank steak and broccoli

Snack: strawberry and banana shakeology.

Dinner: chicken fajitas on cauliflower rice

Wednesday, Nov 2nd:

Breakfast: 3 egg and veggie omelette with bacon and berries.

Lunch: Flank steak and broccoli

Snack: strawberry and banana shakeology.

Dinner: Steak and veggies

Thursday, Nov 3rd:

Breakfast: 3 egg and veggie omelette with bacon and berries.

Lunch: Flank steak and broccoli

Snack: strawberry and banana shakeology.

Dinner: Salmon and veggies on Cauliflower rice

Friday, Nov 4th:

Breakfast: 3 egg and veggie omelette with bacon and berries.

Lunch: Flank steak and broccoli

Snack: strawberry and banana shakeology.

Dinner: spaghetti squash with shrimp and pesto

Now I know that Shakeology is not Whole 30 compliant, but I have made a personal decision that Shakeology has been too beneficial in my life to remove it from my nutrition. No debating that personal decision of mine please and thank you.