I have got to be honest, I don’t think there is anything better than someone asking if you have lost weight. This week, my priceless mommy life saver in human form, otherwise known as Olivia – my cleaning lady (I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I have a cleaning lady, but mama’s gotta mom) – asked me if I had lost weight. I could have called it a day after that! It didn’t matter that I still had errands to run, or that I hadn’t showered…in a couple of days…my day was officially made.

While I don’t see any real “weight loss” when I look in the mirror, the scale has reflected otherwise. So, just for kicks, I tried on my previously snug jeans (as mentioned here) to see how they fit. Well wouldn’t you know, they weren’t hugging my bum like a piece of saran wrap anymore; and I actually had room in the waist. #winning

I hate admitting it, but my husband might be on to something here. Over the last three weeks, I have officially become a believer in the Whole30. Now don’t get it twisted, I am still going to be adding sugar and creamer to my coffee when this is all over; but I am forever a changed woman. I mean, I don’t even recognize myself. Physically, I do, I still have the same chubby post-pregnancy face – but habitually…completely different. Let me give you an example: As I was out at my beloved Target earlier this week, I thought, “Oh, I am totally going to buy some cookie dough to celebrate with when we complete this foodie revolution!” Normally, I would choose my cookies based on whichever photo made my mouth water; but that day, I did something entirely unfamiliar…I read the ingredients. There were probably twenty-plus ingredients listed out on the package, and the first three were all sugar related. Want to know what I did next? I put it back. (insert gasp here)Β 

Instead of stockpiling our fridge with sugar-laced celebratory foods, I’ve been loading up our pantry with a naturally sweet alternative: LARABAR.

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Unfortunately, I found out that I cannot consume the blueberry muffin bar until after our thirty days are up, because it contains vanilla extract. Thankfully, that hasn’t gotten in the way of me hoovering the other two flavors I purchased.

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There are many things I love about these handheld treasures: they are gluten-free, dairy free, and non-GMO. Most of them have eight or less natural ingredients, and they are incredibly delicious. Seriously though…I am addicted. I actually have to limit myself to one a day, or I’ll consume the whole box. The first day I bought them, I ate three…seriously. These have become my go to when I’m in a rush or in need of a sweet pick-me-up. Either way, I feel like a winner every time I eat one.

In addition to these nectarous alternatives, I have also come across an interesting bun replacement for my burger. Enter my new favorite vegetable: The Sweet Potato.

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That’s right – all you have to do is find some robust sweet potatoes, cut them in to 1/2 inch slices, heat a little olive oil in a pan, and fry those bad boys up. Takes maybe ten minutes, and is a ridiculously tasty AND healthy alternative to bread. If you can’t tell by now, I may have developed an affinity for these sweet spuds.

The last game changer in our household for the week, is the all too famous zoodle.

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Replacing pasta noodles with zucchini is such a guilt-free way to eat Italian food, and will probably be what we use moving forward anytime we make spaghetti. We like to pair ours with homemade chicken meatballs and organic pasta sauce. I’m not going to lie to you though (I like you too much), this will in no way be the EXACT same as pasta. I only tell you this, because I would hate for you to feel deceived. This is merely a healthier way to indulge in your once carb-filled dishes.

You know, they say it takes 21 days to form a habit. So, I guess that’s what has happened in our household. Truth be told, we will never completely go back to our old way of eating. There are even some days when I sit here, dreaming of food (that’s right…I said dreaming of food), and I literally start to feel sick to my stomach when I consider eating something covered in cheese or sauce. I actually prefer eating a meal where I still have energy once I’m finished, rather than feeling like I’m going to birth a food baby.Β While it takes more time, I will definitely continue cooking fresh meals for dinner most nights. I will also still order pizza when I am too tired to move, the days my darling children have turned in to rabid beasts. I can also say, I will not be eating eggs for breakfast EVERY…SINGLE…MORNING. I will, in fact, eat my oatmeal.

I say all of this to let you know, I am no longer a hater. So here’s to you, you gluten-free, paleo participating individuals. Here’s to the vegetarians, and the farm market-goers. Here is to the sugar-free and non-dairy consumers. Go YOU! Because when you eat good, you feel good – and if someone like me, who grew up on fast food and boxed meals can make a change, you can too!

3 more days.

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9 comments on “Bye Bye Baby Weight, Hello Whole30: Have you lost weight?”

  1. I’ve never heard of the Whole30, but I will look into it now! I just posted an article about my weight gain last month, instead of losing it. I need some new habits. Thanks for the tip of the sweet potato bun! I’m definitely gonna try that! You know what else is a delicious bun replacement? Lettuce! Yes! You heard me right! Just place your burger and everything that goes with it on a big leaf of lettuce and fold the leaf over the burger. Yum!

    • Tanya, I didn’t know anything about the Whole30 either, until my husband came home talking about it one day. I believe he heard about it while watching a documentary on Netflix one afternoon. It was definitely difficult at first, but now, I can’t imagine going back to our old way of eating.

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      Also, thank you for the tip on the lettuce! I’ll have to try that next. πŸ™‚

  2. How awesome! I’ve never done the Whole 30 but I frequently do the Advocare cleanse and my CF box does group Paleo changes every so often. I love cleaning up my
    Body and recommitting to healthy habits. While I definitely enjoy my treats I am so much more conscious of what I’m putting in my body and how it affects my body. Amazing how that changes your outlook about food.l

    • Kate, thank you for your comment! Today was our first day after completing the Whole30, and I tried to add sugar to my coffee again…it did not go over well. It tasted TERRIBLE! I feel so much better after completing this challenge, and actually plan to stick to a pretty strict food routine.

  3. I love your honest feedback about what works for you in your lifestyle journey…I am picky about nuts but I am willing to try a few Lara bars to see how it tastes and zucchini pasta! I will cut back but I won’t give up on pasta either πŸ˜‰

    Ursula aka Blueridge Beauty

  4. Great post! I did a 21 day sugar detox (I was too afraid to commit to 30 days for Whole30) and actually loved the process. It was a great way to find out about my body, my food choices and made me much more aware (like you and the cookie dough) about the ingredients in food and how so many are just fillers!

    Congrats on your new found healthier lifestyle!
    ~Brynn http://www.thedomesticdietitian.com

    • Thank you so much, Brynn! It really is a great way to learn about your body. I think my husband and I are about to start round two of Whole30 in April.

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