Plenty of people express interest in the Whole 30 when I tell them of the amazing benefits and victories – deep sleep! Clear skin! Bright eyes! No bloating! Amazing energy! No 3.30 sugar crash/slump! Oh and did I mention the weight loss that comes nicely along with it? Just another bonus.
Once I have gotten through talking about how AWESOME and AMAZING I am feeling, the question that inevitably follows is…”but what do you EAT”?
The easy answer is – heaps! I eat fresh, clean organic (where possible) and natural produce and protein. Vegetables, fruit, meats, fish, nuts, and spices. My food tastes delicious and makes me feel alive.
Most of the time, that’s the end of the conversation – and I can tell (as their eyes glaze over) that the other person has immediately dismissed the Whole 30 as ‘too hard’. That’s ok, it just means it’s not right for them (or not right for them at that time). The Whole 30 IS hard, it’s challenging and stressful and a damn PAIN sometimes. But those benefits above? That’s why I keep coming back to it.
For those who are slightly more interested, I get tonnes of questions about what it is EXACTLY that I eat, what I buy in my weekly grocery shop, and meal ideas. This post is for you, people.
WEEKLY GROCERY SHOP
I stock up on these items (some are not weekly purchases, but I included them so you are aware of what I buy for a Whole 30).
FRUIT & VEG
Baby Spinach and/or lettuce
Snow/sugar snap peas
Tomatoes and baby toms
+ anything seasonal and yum like asparagus, squash
+ anything seasonal and yum like melon, mango, pineapple, nectarines, peaches, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries – it’s definitely made a difference doing a Whole 30 in Summer rather than winter!
+ medjool dates which I put in the freezer – taste like caramels!
Salmon & smoked salmon
Chicken thighs/ breasts/ drumsticks
Ground beef/ pork/ lamb
Frozen prawns/ shrimp
100% organic bacon (if I can find it)
Chorizo (Unearthed brand in the UK is Whole 30 approved)
Herbs and spices
Dried unsweeted fruit (Urban Fruit is ideal) – mango, apples, pears
Nuts – cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, pecans, pistachios
Coconut flakes/ shredded coconut
Coffee & Green tea
Bottles of sparking water
WHAT MY TYPICAL WEEK LOOKS LIKE
Mince, roasted sweet potato & boiled eggs
Boiled eggs, chorizo pieces and a piece of fruit
Scrambled eggs and sautéed veges
Egg, chorizo and mushroom scramble
Frittata or omelette with whatever leftover veges I have
Pre-baked egg Frittata with salmon, asparagus, & mushrooms
Fruit platter with nutty granola (made purely from seeds and nuts)
Fruit with almond butter smears
Rockmelon with prosciutto
Whipped coconut cream with blueberries and toasted coconut flakes/ slivered almonds (put the can in the freezer and it separates…nom)
Organic sausages & eggs
Smoked salmon & eggs
Banana pancakes (made with eggs, cinnamon, coconut, mashed banana and blueberries – or whatever fruit you have)
Shredded chicken breast salad
Breakfast salad (just a regular salad, for breakfast!)
Fried egg, boiled egg, poached egg (sorry, Kiwi joke from my favourite movie BOY, couldn’t resist!)
Last nights leftover dinner (it’s ok for breakfast!)
Salad with tuna & egg
Salad with paprika grilled chicken thighs
Rockmelon & prosciutto
Leftovers from dinner
I can even #Whole30 while travelling! Pics taken in Poland
Pieces of fruit
Slivers of red pepper & cucumber
Dried mango/ dried apples
Nuts – cashews or almonds
Mini chorizo pieces
Spiced chicken drumsticks (or pieces of any type of meat)
Stirfry of any combination of veges, meat and herbs
Salmon & veges
Steak & veges
Moroccan meatballs & veges
Aubergine bake & veges
Chocolate Chilli with avocade & salsa
Deconstructed homemade burgers – mix up the meat and use ground pork or ground lamb instead of beef
Chicken and sweet potato green/red curry
+ ALL of the recipes from Well Fed!
Thinking about doing the Whole 30? Feel free to comment with any questions or tweet me @leahnaturally. I often post pictures of my meals on instagram – you can follow me @naturallyleah. It’s awesome how many of you have recently started your own Whole 30 journey – I love hearing about how you are going too!
Want to know more about the Whole 30? Read my series of posts below, or visit http://www.whole9life.com
Starting the Whole 30
Whole 30 – Week One
Whole 30 – Week One Recipes
Whole 30 – Week Two
Whole 30 – Week Two Recipes
Whole 30 – Week Three
Whole 30 – Week Three Recipes
Whole 30 – Week Four
Whole 30 – Week Four Recipes
Whole 30 – Revisiting my Goals and Final Thoughts