Okay, seriously, this week has gone crazy fast. It’s already Friday and time for the Friday Five! My co-hosts Courtney, Mar, and I chose a “Free Friday”. Free, as in: pick a theme, any theme, your favorite theme, your randomness, your five genius ideas – whatever ya got for us today! The theme I chose is “Five Ways the Second Whole 30 is Easier Than the First“!
I’ve been meaning to recap my Whole 30 Round 2 experience, and what better time than this week where I’ve had a potpourri of posts – if you missed them this week we had a-little-a-this, a-little-a-that. There was…
- Running in the Streets of NYC on the closed off Park Avenue for “Summer Streets”,
- Tri Talk Tuesday: Ten Triathlon Race Etiquette Tips, and finally:
- My experience at Blue Nectar Yoga as the most inflexible person on the planet (spoiler alert: it went great!).
And then yesterday was quiet here on the blog because Wednesday night, instead of writing, I drank wine on my neighbor’s deck and then came home and fell asleep on my couch. Oh yeah, I’m old!
So speaking of wine, let’s get down to the post du jour, where I went without wine for 30 days. You want to know about this Whole 30 business. First, remember three things:
- I don’t eat Paleo style as a regular thing. I definitely enjoy carbs and dairy, especially when I’m in training mode.
- I did this as a detox to reset some bad eating habits that were creeping back in. I knew I needed a strict, structured program to be able to gain control and enjoy a healthy diet while training.
- I have limited time to cook, and my husband does our weeknight cooking since I’m sitting in DC traffic at that time.
So I was a little nervous going into this from a time perspective – but it went great overall! So here are
Five Ways the Second Whole 30 is Easier Than the First!
1. You can do your grocery shopping without a book, a pamphlet, a Whole 30 Shopping List, and Google open on your phone.
2. You already have your go-to snacks planned out and can quickly buy them and/or prepare them. And, your go-to breakfast is appealing day after day!
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp Coconut Oil
- Shredded unsweetened coconut - to taste
- Blueberries or other fruit on the side
- Heat a non-stick pan, then add the coconut oil
- Turn pan so that oil coats the pan
- Crack each egg into the pan
- Fry eggs until they are cooked enough to turn, then flip
- Fry the eggs on the second side until cooked almost to your liking (runny vs. not runny yolk)
- Sprinkle unsweetened shredded coconut over the eggs and cook another minute or two.
- Serve with blueberries or another fruit.
3. Your coworkers, friends, and family have already been through this once with you and don’t give you as many questions and weird stares. And they’re less likely to be “pushers” of desserts and drinks.
4. You already know that on Day 4-5 you will want to Kill all the Things and don’t wonder if you’re PMSing, losing your mind, or having a midlife crisis.
5. You can approach it knowing that “it’s only 30 days” because you’ve made it through once and remember how detoxing from processed food, sugar, and wine was so worth it.
See, it’s my non-alcoholic fruit drink out to dinner one night!
A total sugar bomb but a way to have something fun and not miss the wine.
So I have a wee little confession: I re-introduced grains a couple days before the 30 days was up, but in a very “clean” and healthy way. I needed to adjust my body before the trip to NYC for the New York City Triathlon. I’m now enjoying a regular diet, but eating pretty healthy overall and trying to stick with whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible.
If I do another detox or re-set, I will likely try another No-Sugar Challenge, since it seems to be the overt, the added, and the hidden sugar that gets me on the wrong track. I’m happy with my whole grains and dairy added back in during my high intensity weeks.
Head over to my Six Sugar Detox Strategies if you need some tips for cleaning up the sugar fest in your diet!
What’s your go-to breakfast?
What’s one food or drink you couldn’t live without for 30 days?
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