During quarantine, my parents and I found ourselves constantly ordering out and really losing track of healthy eating. To combat this, we decided to do the Whole 30 but with a twist. We did it with drinking but only distilled alcohol – and a glass of champagne on my graduation.
So, technically we didn’t DO the Whole30 but I feel as though I reaped the benefits of it. Being 22, right out of college, it is difficult to avoid the glass of wine or cocktail for a month when you are in the middle of celebrating and seeing old friends. Personally, I have been able to keep up with the Whole30 guidelines for a longer amount of time. AKA, when I drunk eat, its still Whole30 approved, which was a HUGE obstacle for me before.
The Benefits (I saw)
Whole30 was finally the solution to all (of the many) stomach issues I’ve had over the past ten years, more or less. I now am much more conscious of what I put in my body and how to fuel myself both mentally and physically. When taking out additives, gluten, dairy, sugar, legumes, etc., you become much more conscious of flavor, fulfillment and just your overall attitude.
The actual Whole30 book does a great day-by-day “how you feel” guide that was scary accurate. One night I had a nightmare where I was almost done and broke it for cheesecake (which is my least favorite food, I prefer chocolate cake) and I looked at the book and it literally had a page about the sugar devil creeping into your dreams. It sounds outrageous but I was equally surprised.
Another benefit was I was able to lose about 15 pounds over the time between April and August. I stayed on the Whole30 (with drinking) for about two months and then was more lenient and slowly introduced food like rice, potatoes with corn starch, and then my annual McDonald’s #1. I still only cook Whole30 but am more flexible when eating out. Not the best for the stomach but life is short.
Favorite Whole30 Recipes
My mom was an absolute all-star through our quarantine and made incredible meals. Below I have linked some of my favorites. Those that don’t have virtual recipes, I will be posting soon.
- Ina Garten’s Shrimp Scampi – To make Whole30, roast spaghetti squash opposed to spaghetti and use ghee instead of butter (or all olive oil)
- Chicken Wings – Use salt, pepper, onion powder, and your choice of a compliant hot sauce while baking for 20 mins on each side at 400º.
- Fajitas – Sautéed chicken, peppers and onions, roasted in a cilantro, olive oil, garlic, cayenne powder, cumin marinade and served over cauliflower rice with guacamole and pico de gallo.
- Grilled Steak
- Smoked salmon over arugula with a poached egg, salt, pepper and olive oil.
- A huge Trader Joe’s compliant list.
- Arugula Caesar Salad – prosciutto and chopped cherry tomatoes with Tessamae’s Caesar Dressing
Our “Healthy” Cocktails
- Grapefruit Cosmo
- 1 part Grey Goose Citron Vodka, 1 part freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed lime juice (1 quarter lime), to sweeten: add 1/4 part St. Germain Liqueur
- 1 part Casamigos or Patrón Silver tequila, 1 part freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed lime juice (1 quarter lime), and top off with Spindrift seltzer water
- Spicy Skinny Margarita
- 1 part jalapeño tequila (I use Tanteo), freshly squeezed lime juice – about half a lime, seltzer water, and don’t forget to salt the rim – if you’re into that
Thanks for reading along. Please comment any questions, or info!