The Whole30: Weeks Two & Three.


Exercise: I’ve still been sticking to my same workout routine. Lifting 3 days/week with 20-30 minutes of cardio 5 days/week and TONS of walking (goal of 10,000 steps/day.) Unfortunately, my FitBit broke yesterday so I’m without until I can get it replaced. Ugh.

Breakfasts: (more of the same)
– Eggs + Sausage over 2-3 cups of spinach
– Sweet potato + egg + bacon hash

Lunch: (more of the same)
– GIANT veggie salad w/ grilled chicken breast + apple

– Almonds + banana
– Apple slices + cinnamon
– Banana + cinnamon + flax seed

– GIANT sweet potatoes + veggies
– Chicken Sausages + veggies + sweet potatoes
Paleo Chili
Salsa Chicken over greens

Overall Thoughts: 

I cheated once last week! As most of you know, I’m now working at a wine bar. I’d say that has been the most difficult obstacle throughout these last few weeks. That said, I had a guest leave abruptly, leaving behind a $70 bottle of wine we’d just opened for him. Guess who got to keep the bottle? 🙂 Now, I would’ve passed if it were a $20-30 bottle; however, how often do you get to drink a bottle of $70 wine? You better believe I took it home with me. Marty and I shared it over dinner the following evening. Pinot Nior = Oh. so. delicious. (and well-worth the ‘cheat’)

What else? Unfortunately there have been more almond/almond butter binges in the evenings. PUT THE SPOON DOWN DIANE!

Tough moment: my mom made a cherry + peach cobbler for dessert on Sunday night. Warm out of the oven with a scoopful of vanilla bean ice cream – it was hard to pass up but I reluctantly did so.

All in all, these past twenty-something days haven’t been as difficult as I expected. The ‘Whole30’ has helped me refrain from mindless snacking (throughout the day) and has encouraged me to try new recipes. I also think I prefer a savory to sweet breakfast? Shocking for a sweet tooth like myself…

Goals for the last week:

Just one: no more almond/almond butter binges!

Do you have a food (such as almonds/almond butter) that’s hard to put down? If so, how to combat these cravings? Do you just keep the item out of your house? Thoughts?

17 thoughts on “The Whole30: Weeks Two & Three.

  1. talk about job perks! gah, i think the most expensive bottle i’ve ever had is.. um.. $15? i’d love to hear some vino recommendations for when i decide to go big :))

  2. When I use to eat A LOT of nut butters it was becauseI wasn’t eating enough healthy fat and protein. I kept it out of the house for a long time until my taste buds were retrained and my system was in a more balanced place. Now I have it around all the time but I only reach for it when it’s one of the last things available to eat.

  3. I’m not a wine drinker.. but I think I’d have a glass or two of that 70 dollar bottle. I mean goodness gracious, who wouldn’t? Can’t say I can afford that type of beverage . Hah!

    I’m with you – it’s very hard for me to put away the almond butter.. or almonds in general.

  4. WOW! Your eats sound amazing! Love the things that you’ve been enjoying! Sounds like Whole 30 is going well! Keep up the great work!! 🙂

  5. This is really interesting to follow! Do you think you’ll keep up some of the habits afterwards? I feel like I’d get too obsessed/it’d get too restrictive for me, but I know a lot of people say it makes them feel better!

    We really don’t keep a lot of snack foods in the house (except for Jordan’s — he likes popcorn, chips & salsa and Costco’s chocolate covered raisins) — but I can’t resist ice cream. It’s the one thing I’ve indulged in a lot during pregnancy. I feel like I eat pretty well otherwise, and it’s calcium (ha)!

  6. I feel very fortunate that I am not the biggest nut butter fan – I just find it so dry and it makes me parched. My sister is almost finished getting certified for Personal Trainer / Nutritionist – so watching her make one of her meals/snacks really helps me to avoid sticking a spoon into canned frosting – although she would never say anything and she is probably not, I feel like she would totally judge me….My weakness lately has been zucchini chips (slice zucchini quite thin, dunk them in egg or milk, coat them in bread crumbs, then bake at 425 until crunchy – 15-20 minutes) and eggplant pizza (slice eggplant, top with some diced tomatoes, a little cheese, and a sprig of basil – bake 425 for 15 minutes). So amazing…. As for cheating, I always say a glass or two of wine isn’t harmful – if it was, they wouldn’t serve it at church!

  7. Way to go, girl! Sounds like you’ve really committed to this! And $70 wine?! Who could pass that up? Totally worth it. I’m all about sweets so I try not to keep too many in the house at once or else I find myself hopping from treat to treat after dinner, haha 😉

  8. Sounds like you’re doing a great job! I think your cheat is 100% acceptable 🙂 I have a hard time with ice cream. I’ll make a bowl, go back for seconds, and then take a spoonful out of the container as I’m putting it away. I stopped buying it for the past month or two because it was getting out of control. I just bought more this weekend and haven’t let myself binge yet. Yay for me haha. Oh and btw that chili looks sooo good. It’s so hot down here I can’t even think about making chili right now, but as soon as it cools off I want to make that.

    1. I’m going to do a thirty day detox of all nut butter. Goodbye until September. Hoping it’ll help me get a grip. I actually gave it up for Lent a couple of years ago. It means that much to me – haha! And yes, the chili is good. Definitely try to make it when the weather cools down. Hope all is well ❤

  9. Oh man, the $70 pinot would be hard to resist…I think for me not drinking during the whole30 was the hardest but also one that I was most looking forward to. Wine/beer/cocktails are definitely my favorite treats! I’d totally take that over dessert.

    As for not binging on “bad” foods I don’t keep snack foods in the house. Most everything has to be prepared except for like nuts, dried fruits, fruit, veggies. Anytime we have “snack” foods (chips & salsa) David always clears it out of the house by eating it before I can get to it.

    Funny — I also learned that I prefer savory over sweet breakfasts on Whole30. Glad you’re still going strong! Keep it up!

    1. Thank you! I almost messaged you to see what you thought about ‘giving in’ to my cheat. I’m surprised that I struggled more with the wine than desserts, too. I wouldn’t have thought that prior to the Whole30.

      I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t keep jars of nut butter in the house (I’ve said this month after month and keep buying the stuff – it’s time I really put my foot down) and stick to individual packets of Justin’s almond butter if I feel the need. I also need to take the Costco giant bag of almonds and separate into smaller portions so I don’t overeat.

      PS – Marty is the exact same way with chips + salsa. I barely get any before he has gobbled it down!

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