Whole30 the second time around

Last week, I finished my second Whole30. This time was so much easier than the first, largely because I’ve figured out what works in the kitchen and where to find great recipes. It was also considerably harder, in that I got some flu-like viral situation and was down for the count for 12 days. Despite that, I managed to stick to the plan, and ended up losing six pounds in January. (At least three are from coughing, I’m sure.)

I learned a few new things along the way, and plan to test a few things out now that I’m back to semi-normal eating. Here’s what I learned:

Egg is no good for me

One of the fun(?) things about clean paleo eating is that there are so many eggs in the diet. I figured out that egg was one of two things really bothering my stomach, and after cutting it out, felt a ton better.

I just finished my second Whole30. I learned a few new things along the way, and plan to test a few things out now that I'm back to semi-normal eating.
Instead of eggs, I made something mostly resembling mofongo – smashed fried plantains with garlic and bacon. I added a little jalapeno as well.

However: that brings the list of “things that bother me” to:

  1. Gluten
  2. Soy
  3. Dairy
  4. Egg

Yeah, that’s half the major allergens in the United States. (Please note, I am NOT allergic, just very sensitive to these things.)

Gluten is the only one that causes inflammation and body pain, so I have tended to tolerate very small amounts of the rest of them if I’m careful about it. Tiny bit of mayo (soy + egg) = usually okay. Fried rice with soy sauce and eggs in? NOPE.

I bought some digestive enzymes and some supplement that’s supposed to help digest dairy, so I’m going to give those shot and see if it makes much of a difference.

What’s the second thing that bothers me, you ask? I still don’t know. Running theories are garlic and/or onion, or just high fat meals in general (which might be good news on the dairy front?) At some point, I’m going to have to go off flavor (haha) for a week and see if I can figure out what the last thing is.

I just finished my second Whole30. I learned a few new things along the way, and plan to test a few things out now that I'm back to semi-normal eating.
This was an easy salad I threw together for lunch one day when I was tired of eating meat all the time.

If you’re here reading this, you’re either friends with me and know how much I suck to take out in public (bless you, friends), or you’re going through the same thing. It’s taken me over five years to figure out this much. Just keep trying until you find the right balance for you. As much as I make fun of myself, I feel better avoiding the things that bother me, and feeling better outweighs the food I miss, or the social stigma around being picky.

Alcohol upsets my system

Oh, did you think I was still a little bit fun after reading the list of things I can’t eat? Wait, there’s more! After Whole30, I went out with a friend and had two drinks one evening. Woke up feeling terrible. Drank during the Superbowl. Woke up in the middle of the night feeling terrible and my pulse was like 95. Not a great feeling at 1 am.

So it looks like alcohol consumption is going to be very, very limited in my immediate future. I’m giving “only drink on the weekends” a try, and may add drink limits to that as well.

I will say, Whole30 hit during a month where I attended a concert at a bar with friends, went to a couple brunches, and attended a huge reception where my introvert self was forced to approach strangers and talk about my work. And I managed, in all cases, and it wasn’t so bad. My overall anxiety levels were lower, and I realized that drinking is probably the cause of some of the anxiety I was dealing with last semester. So this is all a good thing, I think. I’m still fun, I promise!

Instagram is a great Whole30 resource

One of the nice things I discovered this time around was that Instagram is home to a supportive, lovely community of Whole30 coaches and recipe writers. I found all kinds of ideas for food, and encouragement every time things started to get a little tricky.

Here are a few of the IG accounts I found really helpful during this Whole30:

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Today we’re kicking off the #MyFoodFreedom book club. 📚 Raise your hand if you’re in! 🙋🏾‍♂️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏽‍♂️🙋🏼‍♂️🙋🏾‍♀️ Here’s how this will work:⠀ ⠀ 📚This week, read Section One of Food Freedom Forever. (If you just completed the #JanuaryWhole30, you’ll breeze through this section!)⠀ 📚Follow the #MyFoodFreedom hashtag so you don’t miss our book club posts. You can also post your reflections on the book to this hashtag and comment on posts from other Whole30’ers, too! Our Whole30 team will be checking the hashtag frequently.⠀ 📚Throughout the month, we’ll post about Food Freedom Forever here on Instagram. Share your thoughts and reflections on the book in the comments and watch our Instagram Stories.⠀ ⠀ Want more information? Click the link in our profile to get the reading schedule for the month and to see what else we have planned!⠀#FoodFreedomForever #Whole30 ⠀ whole30.com/2019/01/book-club-2019/ ‎⠀ ⠀ Video description: Video is shot from above looking down onto a marbled surface. A hand opens a copy of Food Freedom Forever and it “boomerangs” open and shut to a page that reads, “Welcome to Food Freedom”.

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#TBT to those baked meat filled plantain fritters! Quick Recipe ⬇️ . . 2 boiled green plantains 2 boiled sweet plantains 1.5 lbs cooked ground meat . . •Purée plantains (feel free to add spices of choice- salt, garlic powder etc. To taste) •wet your hands with cold water (very important to keep hands wet) •take a hefty tablespoon of puree and place on your hand. •fill the center with a tsp. Of ground meat •with your wet hands shape into a ball, making sure the meat is in the center and covered by plantain; wet your hands as needed to prevent sticking •place in a 375 degree oven for about 30 min. . . . . #whole30 #whole30recipes #whole30challenge #whole30compliant #paleo #dominicanpaleo #paleofood #paleofoodie #whole30foodie #whole30blogger #foodie #foodblogger #lifestyleblogger #blogger #healthyrecipes #healthylifestyle #afrolatina #curlygirl #healthyfood #healthy #easywhole30recipes #fritters #isimplyamflor #blessed

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Have you been thinking about trying a Whole30, or did you just finish? How did it go? Tell me in the comments!

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