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Friday Five: Ways the Second Whole 30 is Easier Than the First

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“!

5 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…

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:

  1. I don’t eat Paleo style as a regular thing. I definitely enjoy carbs and dairy, especially when I’m in training mode.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Whole 30 resources

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!

Whole 30 breakfast eggs blueberries

Fried Eggs with Shredded Coconut
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
My go-to Whole 30 Breakfast!
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil
  • Shredded unsweetened coconut - to taste
  • Blueberries or other fruit on the side
  1. Heat a non-stick pan, then add the coconut oil
  2. Turn pan so that oil coats the pan
  3. Crack each egg into the pan
  4. Fry eggs until they are cooked enough to turn, then flip
  5. Fry the eggs on the second side until cooked almost to your liking (runny vs. not runny yolk)
  6. Sprinkle unsweetened shredded coconut over the eggs and cook another minute or two.
  7. 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.

Whole 30 Meme

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.

I'm sorry for what I said when I was hungry.

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.

Nonalcoholic fruit drink

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?


Link up your Friday Five post below! Remember to link back to one or all of the host blogs, visit other blogs in the linkup and leave a comment, and please ONLY link up a Friday Five post! This isn’t a linkup for random posts or the general link to your blog. Thank you, friends!


Cynthia @ You Signed Up For What?!

Cynthia @ You Signed Up For What?!

Cynthia Steele is a runner, triathlete, & working mom of 3 little kids. She has lost 50 pounds through fitness and healthy eating and writes about fitting in all this crazy stuff while juggling work and kids.
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28 Thoughts on “Friday Five: Ways the Second Whole 30 is Easier Than the First

  1. My go to breakfast has changed so much over the years! I go in really long streak. For so long it was a bagel and cream cheese, then gluten free oatmeal, then quinoa, then sweet potatoes and nut butter. Now it’s a sandwich on paleo bread (turkey or egg with some avocado) and on some days, sweet potato with nut butter.
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  2. I don’t think I could do no dairy forever…even on a paleo diet! I think I will just use it sparingly :) You do what works for you!

  3. For years, my go to breakfast has been greek yogurt with berries and granola on top. This week I’ve started to try and switch things up, but I still had yogurt and berries as an afternoon snack instead.
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  4. I couldn’t live without chocolate, not even for a day! Oh and sushi…. that was sooo difficult during pregnancy.
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  5. As a vegetarian, I can’t live without grains and beans so the whole 30 is not for me. Currently eating and egg white omelet with spinach and avocado.
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  6. Good job! I’m especially impressed that you were able to keep this up since you have family members that are probably eating things that you would love to have, but can’t. I’m not sure I could last 30 days on a detox or diet reset.
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  7. I’m a pretty big fan of the quick and easy breakfast so it’s either a protein smoothie or a luna protein bar most days. I’ve never done Whole 30 but I do need some kind of reset soon, my eating has gotten very sloppy lately!
    April @ RunTheGreatWideSomewhere recently posted…Friday Five: 5 Ways to Reclaim Your MojoMy Profile

  8. Your go to brekky sounds tasty! However, I would be hungry after a couple of hours! I ate so much during my Whole30 that I’m surprised I even lost weight! haha! Congrats on finishing again though! …I just finished my first one but i am doing 80:20 at the moment!
    Elle @ keep it simpElle recently posted…Whole30 Days 21 – 30My Profile

  9. That breakfast does look really good. Now I’m hungry.
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  10. I could live without coffee but I don’t WANT to! My go to breakfast on work days, smoothies and when I have time, protein pancakes. Yum!

    Love your comment about day 4-5!
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  11. I was paleo for a couple of years, seeing as it felt so good for my system, but I found out that I was just intolerant to dairy and gluten. Which is why t felt so wonderfully normal!
    I could not live without peanut butter for 30 days. I eat wayyyyyy too much for the average healthy person.
    My go-to breakfast is gluten free oatmeal mixed with cinnamon and topped with a dollop of PB, a sliced banana, chia seeds and a drizzle of agave.
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  12. lol… I love number 4. At least you knew to expect it this time around :) Thanks for linking to the sugar detox post. I think that’s something I need to work on. I meant to do it in August and just forgot :(
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  13. Cynthia, I did a paleo-type (sort of Whole30, I guess, because I used some of their resources) for about a month and, while I did feel completely amazing, I, too, was delighted to bring some grains back into my diet. It certainly helped me become more mindful again about what I was eating and snacking on and has helped me continue to make better choices. Yay for you!! Hope you have a fabulous weekend and, as usual, thanks for this amazing link-up and your support!
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  14. I didn’t make it past the “I hate everyone” stage on day 5 LOL. And, honestly, I don’t drink a lot of beer, but have never successfully given up my Friday night beer. We always go out on Friday night, usually to a brewpub, and I just don’t have the willpower to give up that one yummy beer.
    MCM Mama recently posted…But I don’t WANT to run a marathonMy Profile

  15. I like eggs for breakfast, protein, filling, and yummy! I struggled with my first Whole30, not sure if survive a 2nd.
    Bethany recently posted…Friday FiveMy Profile

  16. My go to breakfast is stove-top cooked oatmeal sweetened with a bit of brown sugar and topped with 1/2 banana, walnuts and a splash of milk. This breakfast holds me over very well. I could not go without coffee, peanut butter or eggs for 30 days! Coffee, well, because it is coffee and PB and eggs because they are staples in my diet! I hope you are in a better spot with your eating habits now!
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  17. I had to laugh at #3 on your list. I have to confess I’ve never done the Whole 30. Instead I went Paleo in February of this year. Fortunately, there are some other members in my family who have done things like Atkins, so I didn’t get completely weird stares, but I have had some friends continue to pester me with, “How do you NOT eat bread? How do you NOT have dessert?” My Paleo approach is 80/20, so I still have brown rice now and again, but I have found that this way of eating is much better for my health, sanity, and well-being!
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  19. I eat a lot of breakfast burritos. I grew up hating eggs so when I became health conscience I would cook up an omelette or fritatta with tons of ingredients to mask the egg taste. I’ve gotten used to them now, but I still prefer to eat them with veggies and cheese, so a burritos works really well to hold them all together.
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  20. Oh the pushers! I love my bf to death but he is the worst. He will pour me a glass of wine or offer to cook the minute I start a detox like this. Really tries my self control! But yes, the second time around seems much better than the first. At least you know what you’re getting in to :)
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  21. I have done a few Whole30s now and always feel better when I do. I have not gone back to grains although do now eat Greek yogurt and a bit of peanut butter from time to time.
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  22. I don’t know anything about the Whole 30, but sounds tough! Good for you! I My go-to breakfast is usually greek yogurt with some granola (no idea if that fits into the rules?!). I think a beverage I’d have trouble giving up is my daily pop. I know I know, I shouldn’t drink it at all, but I just love it! haha. Some people drink coffee, I drink pop, though I do limit myself to one a day.
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  23. I think for me, mine would have to be wine and cheese. A perfect combination after a long day at work. Hope your 30 day challenge works out for you.

  24. Hmm fried egg with shredded coconut, sounds interesting. My go to breakfast is one of 3 things: greek yogurt with berries and granola, oatmeal with PB (and blueberries) or a bagel with cream cheese. But I also love some eggs, bacon and hash browns which has been the go to post-long ride/run brunch (sometimes lunch) meal this training season.
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  25. My go to breakfast is greek yogurt with strawberry puree or cottage cheese. If you do another No Sugar Challenge, I am in!
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  26. I don’t have a go-to breakfast – I need to get better at eating it!!! If I had to choose I’d say hard boiled eggs. and coffee, can’t live without coffee!!
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  27. Those eggs look delicious! I actually have a second Whole 30 scheduled for October (Weddings and the like are preventing me from doing it any earlier) I’ll definitely have to add that to my breakfasts. I tend to default to pan fried plantains with eggs, delicious!
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