10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 Days of Whole30

10 Days of Whole30

Well guys, if you don’t follow me on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) then you probably don’t know that I’m doing Whole30. If you do follow me on social media, you’re definitely aware because I’ve been talking about it nonstop. Sorry, not sorry.

For those of you who don’t know what Whole30 is … here ya go. Whole30 is considered an elimination diet, so for 30 days, you pretty much cut out all the good stuff. Dairy, sugar, grains and alcohol. You can get more info on the Whole30 website and if you’re going to do it, I HIGHLY recommend buying the book. It’s vital.

I’ve been trying to eat dairy/sugar free since 2018 started but until Whole30, I had NO idea that there is literally sugar in everything. In my bacon, in my non-dairy creamer, in my TOMATO SAUCE! That was definitely hard to come to terms with as I emptied my fridge out before I started the program. Instead of being long-winded and telling you ALL the things and because I’m on Day 10, I’m going to give you ten things/tips I’ve learned in the first 10 days of Whole30.

Caroline Kraddick Whole30
Caroline Kraddick Whole30 salmon
Caroline Kraddick Whole30 Steak

I MADE IT TO DAY 10 … ALIVE!

1.The first five days are hard.

Okay, not just hard. They freaking suck. Your body is detoxing, wondering where your Diet Coke went and you feel hungover. You’re irritable and mean to the people around you. Apologize in advance and GIVE YOURSELF SOME GRACE. This will pass.

2. Black coffee may not be the devil.

I take my coffee with cream and a Splenda every day and I probably have three cups. The amount of dairy and artificial sweetener in my coffee alone is a joke. Do I miss it? Yes. Will I get over it? I sure hope so. Nutpods are a dairy/sugar free option that doesn’t taste like much, but at least you can pretend there is cream in your coffee.

3. Meal prepping is an act of self-care.

I never realized this before my journey with Whole30 started, but now I see that it really is. Just like bubble baths, meditation, prayer … whatever it is that makes you feel loved, meal prepping is a part of that. For me, part of it is because I find cooking to be therapeutic. There is something to be said for being able to grab a Whole30 approved snack from your fridge when you’re in a rush and instead of grabbing a quick something that may not be Whole30 approved. It’s like a message from yourself that says “Girl, I got you!”

4. Nothing says “I love myself” more than homemade mayo.

You can try the Whole30 approved mayo, but I promise nothing is better than emulsifying your own gorgina, Whole30 approved mayo and then making it into an aioli. It takes time, but again, if you view it as an act of self-care, it is totally worth it. You can make it into an aioli and add all sorts of different flavors – garlic, horseradish, basil-lemon, BACON. Here’s my tried and true recipe of the perfect homemade mayo.

*An hour before you want to make your mayo or aioli, set your eggs on your counter so they’ll be room temperature when you start.
*If you don’t have time (or forget) you can put your eggs in warm water for 5 minutes.
*Make sure the eggs aren’t cracked and just use the hottest water you can get from your sink. If your egg is not room temperature, your mayo will not emulsify.
*Add one egg, ¼ cup of LIGHT olive oil or safflower oil, ½ teaspoon dry mustard and ½ teaspoon of salt into your food processor and pulse until emulsified.
*Gradually and slowly add a cup of oil into the food processor while continuously pulsing your food processor.
*Finish with fresh lemon juice. You can use a half or a whole lemon depending on your taste.
*ENJOY!

5. Pederson Farms is the best thing to ever happen to you.

Pederson Farms has a whole section of Whole30 approved products and they are all super delicious. Sometimes Whole Foods will carry the kind of bacon I like, but when they don’t, I use The Simple Grocer to stock up on my Pederson Farms goodies. The individually wrapped bacon is a SAVIOR when eating out, the kielbasa is amazing, and the ground beef is YUM. Trust me on that!

6. Be prepared to look crazy and embrace it.

Bring your Nutpods with you to your coffee date. Bring your Trader Joe’s “Everything but the Bagel Seasoning” with you to your breakfast meeting for your avocado or hard-boiled eggs. Bring your coconut aminos with you to that sushi dinner with your friends. And strike up a conversation with your server and make them fall in love with your charming personality so they aren’t annoyed when you request no oil on your salmon and no butter on your steamed broccoli.

7. Go to the Defined Dish.

There are so many different recipe options available on The Defined Dish, you don’t have to worry about eating the same meal over and over. Alex, the creator of this Whole30 Bible, is so incredibly knowledgeable and creative. Not only are her recipes all Whole30 compliant, they are freaking delicious. The meatballs and the creamy lemon chicken are always in my rotation.

Caroline Kraddick Whole30 Creamy Lemon Chicken
Caroline Kraddick Whole30 Defined Dish

8. Get someone to go on the Whole30 journey with you.

I’ve been saying “journey” a lot. I’ve been watching the Bachelor too much and apparently, if you’re a contestant on American Idol, you say “journey” a lot too. ANYWAY. Having a good support system makes a world of difference. My best friend, Nicole, is doing Whole30 with me, so instead of sitting on a patio drinking beer with friends on a sunny day, we can be lame with each other instead. Of course, we can still walk around the lake or go have a healthy meal and go to the farmer’s market together. Plus, we do all of our food prep together so it keeps us both accountable.

9. Be prepared to have some food revelations.

This is a true story that happened to me just last night. I was sick of eating chicken so I decided to make two of my Whole30 approved Peterson Farm hotdogs and some veggies. I ate the veggies first and then the hot dogs (with some yummy aioli, of course). When I finished, I was still RAVENOUS. So instead of eating more veggies, I decided to eat another hot dog. Still not satiated! After THREE freaking hot dogs! Then it dawned on me. OH, just because these hot dogs are Whole30 approved doesn’t mean that they have ANY NUTRITIONAL VALUE WHATSOEVER. Would I ever eat more than one chicken breast? Nope. Why? Because I’m full of delicious protein after I finish it and completely satiated. That, my friends, is a revelation.

10. Talk about it.

Tell your friends and family what you are doing! Not only is it cool to educate people, but it keeps you accountable! You wouldn’t want to let your mom down by having a glass of wine on Day 15, would you? I’ve loved sharing my journey on social and with my friends, and everyone has said they like learning about Whole30! And if they don’t love it, don’t talk about it around them! Or, like I said before … sorry, not sorry.

Keep doing you! ​

xo,
Caroline

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