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The Whole30 Aftermath: What Now?

Whole30 The Aftermath

Congratulations: You’ve completed your first Whole30®! I hope that during your journey you learned as much about yourself and your relationship with food as we did. One of the first things most of us asked ourselves on Day 1 was “What are we going to eat as soon as we finish”? My family’s answers ranged anywhere pizza to wine and cheese to Girl Scout Cookies (Thin Mints, please!). As we marked off each Compliant Day, we became less and less fixated on what we would indulge in once our 30 days up and more worried about undoing all the progress we made for one silly meal on Day 31. However, we know that this isn’t meant to be a long-term plan and that we would eventually (intentionally or not) end up eating something that is off-limits. We referred back to Chapter 20 of It Starts With Food to see exactly what is recommended to do on Day 31. The book suggests a slow approach to reintroduction that will help identify food intolerance once and for all. The thing is: some of us don’t have food intolerance. We simply have food addictions (I’m looking at you, pasta) so reintroduction might not physically punish us but might start us on a slippery slope of bad decisions.  Another recommended way to approach life after Whole30® is to adopt a 80/20 or 90/10 lifestyle- 80% (or 90%) of your meals and drinks are compliant while 20% (or 10%) are not. Some people might find…

Paleo Valentine’s Day Meal Ideas

Paleo Valentines Day Dinner

Oh Valentine’s Day, thanks to genius advertisers and great marketing campaigns, don’t we all equate this holiday to chocolate and teddy bears? This year, Valentine’s Day is falling smack dab in the middle of our second round of Whole30 so, needless to say, we will not be partaking in the chocolate indulgence.  Even though we won’t be partaking in any chocolatey goodness or eating out at some fancy restaurant, I still want our Valentine’s Dinner to be special…so I’m breaking out the big guns and cooking my Perfect Tenderloin *substitute butter with ghee for Whole30* paired with Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus and topped with my new favorite: Bearnaise Sauce! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Whole30 and Paleo options for a perfect and romantic Valentine’s Dinner. Be careful, some of these need slight adjustments to be made compliant! I’ve even added some great Dessert options for my Paleo friends!                         Desserts!!!   Some other great options: One Dish Garlic and Herb Pork Tenderloin Honey Bacon Pork Tenderloin Pesto Mashed Potatoes Tomato Soup Lobster Tails– *replace butter with ghee* HUGE list of Paleo Desserts   Do you all have any special plans for Valentine’s Day? What’s on your menu?    If you liked this post you should check out  my Facebook The Hungry Mommy, Instagram @the_hungry_mommy, and Pinterest The Hungry Mommy! See you there!

What’s the Difference: Comparing Whole30 and Paleo

Whole30 vs paleo

Over the past few months I’ve had a lot of people ask me what the difference between Whole30 and Paleo diets are, what are the various advantages and disadvantages to the two, and how to pick which one to try. First, I have to say that I’m not a Whole30 expert, just a follower of the plan! We do stick to a mostly Paleo lifestyle when not on Whole30, but we indulge every now and then..and that’s where the differences of the two start to emerge. All Whole30 recipes are also Paleo but not all Paleo recipes are Whole30 compliant. This for 2 reasons: 1.Paleo allows for “recreations” of foods that aren’t on a Paleo Diet while Whole30 expressly prohibits recreating food that isn’t allowed on the program.     On the Paleo diet, you can create a Cauliflower crusted Pizza or decadent dessert and still be adhering to a Paleo lifestyle. However, while on Whole30, we are meant to physically, psychologically, and emotionally break off our relationships with the food groups we are abstaining from – grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol, sugar- and to do that requires not recreating them out of compliant ingredients. The thought is that, while on Whole30, making a cauliflower crusted pizza is giving in to our mind in that we can’t live without pizza (or something that resembles it).  2.Paleo allows for added sweetener in the form of honey, agave, etc. while Whole30 does not   The Whole30 Program is completely without added sugar or sweeteners…