Round 2, Whole30

March 22, 2016

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while now, you know that back in October, my husband and I did the Whole30 and we had great success. Feel free to read my Whole30 Recap. I have attempted to do it again since then, but my heart and my brain were not completely committed. 

We went on an All Inclusive vacation in February, and we ate and drank anything and everything that we wanted. That was the first time since completing the Whole30 in October, that we had really allowed ourselves to eat and drink anything that we wanted. We ate a lot of dairy, a lot of bread and a good amount of sugar and consumed a lot of alcohol over that seven day vacation. We came home and went back to our healthy eating, only to have what we will both assume was withdrawal headaches. We both have caved to our cravings over the last two weeks and picked up some old bad habits. Neither of us likes the way that we now feel, and after a few conversations, we are both ready to do the Whole30 again. Yay!

The first time that we did the Whole30, we had to get used to No Cheese, No Frothy Coffee’s, No Sugar or Artificial Sweeteners of any kind, No Honey, No Bottled Ketchup, No Bottled Salad Dressings, No Grains, No Legumes, No Soy, No Corn and No Alcohol! Sounds terrible, doesn’t it? I thought I would really have a hard time giving up my Frothy Coffee’s and cheese, but I actually didn’t. Since we both felt so good during our Whole30 challenge, giving up all of that stuff really wasn’t all that bad. I don’t miss cheese like I thought that I would,  and I love a good cup of Black Coffee made with freshly ground coffee beans even more now than I did before the Whole30. 

This time around, should be much easier. The house is stocked with Whole30 compliant foods, I am used to planning and having a prep day in the kitchen. I have a list of meals that are our favorites. I’ve continued to make my own mayo. We stopped eating ketchup all together and now opt for mustard or homemade mayo. I always have available the ingredients for homemade salad dressings. Eating at home has become habit and I’ve continued to make and pack Mike’s breakfast and lunch.

Wow! Writing that paragraph made me realize all of the changes that we made during that first round of Whole30, and have continued! That felt pretty good to write. 

If you are not familiar with the Whole30, the foods that you can eat are….Meat, Seafood, Eggs, Vegetables, Fruits, Raw Nuts, Avocados and Healthy Oils. You focus on there meals a day and no snacks. I eat lunch around noon, and dinner around 7:00, so I did allow myself one planned snack (small meal) in between lunch and dinner.

The toughest part for me is  the “No Snacking” and “No Alcohol”, but I always feel better when I take a break from the alcohol and I always need to work on the “No Snacking”.

The first time that we did the Whole30, I knew it might be overwhelming, and it was at first, so I didn’t bother to weigh or measure my food. I did not track any WW Points. This time around, I am going to weigh, measure and track. It will be good to compare and see if tracking makes a difference for me on the scale compared to my results in October. I have a feeling that it will.

I think Mike and I both indulged on Palm Sunday knowing we were days away from our second round of Whole30.

Okay, Round 2, Whole30. Lets do this!

Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast – 6 SP

Although the ingredients in these pancakes are Whole30 complaint, pancakes are not, so I got pancakes out of my system. Pancakes are too much like a cake, and desserts are not Whole30 compliant. It’s kind of a mental thing.

1 Banana, 2 Egg Pancakes topped with 2 tsp Almond Butter, Warm Blueberries and Unsweetened Coconut



Lunch – 7 SP

Leftover Cod, Cilantro Cauliflower Rice, Avocado and Roasted Plantains.

(Revised info about Plantains……Plantains are Whole30 Compliant when eaten with a meal, like my lunch here. There are not to be used as a snack in between meals. If you are tempted to eat them between meals, then it’s best to keep them out of your Whole30 plan, and enjoy then later when you know that you can eat them in moderation.)

Plantains are not Whole30 compliant for me. Too much like a chip, and chips and fries are not Whole30 compliant.



Dinner – 16 SP

We went out for dinner and I ordered a Salmon Caesar Salad and a Beer.

This Caesar Dressing is not compliant, and really, I could eat this Salmon Caesar Salad with no dressing at all and be satisfied. I love salmon, and they always cook it just right here.

Beer is NOT Whole30 compliant, but you gathered that, right?


These are my 2016 Goals

Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Three Meals and One Snack, Daily

I can eat 30 SmartPoints a day.

I have an allowance of 35 extra Weekly Points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s


Breakfast = 6

Lunch = 7

Dinner = 16

Total = 29


Exercise = none

How many ounces of water I drank for the day = 70

Remaining Weekly SmartPoints = 0


“love the life you live, live the life you love”


8 responses to Round 2, Whole30

  1. March 24, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    You are welcome, and Thank You!!

  2. Thank you so much! Congrats on a great day 1 you had!!

  3. March 24, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I have always liked black coffee, but I would always have my first cup with milk and sweetener. Always!! It was a hard habit to adjust to. I have ordered a few lattes since October (maybe four?) and I didn’t think they tasted that great, so I didn’t finish them. Weird, huh?

    I agree on the protein thing too. I pretty much have it at all three meals.

    The snacking and grazing is my absolute worst habit, so I’m hoping to be more successful at that by the end of this Whole30.

    Always love your comments. They motivate me so keep em coming….no pressure.


  4. Like you, there are a couple things that I’ve kept with me from the Whole 30 I did – I am now officially black coffee only. (except I still love a good Starbucks Latte!!) I’ve tried off and on throughout the years, but I do feel now I’ve succeeded. The other big difference that I’ve incorporated is the HUGE, protein-packed breakfast I’m now eating. I’ve always been a breakfast-girl, but now my breakfast is close to 1/2 of my daily smart points and it really does make me feel full/satisfied the rest of the day. I find when I eat mostly whole 30 foods that is sometimes difficult to get in the full recommend smart points for the day. I see you chopping and dicing away for your whole 30…. you go girl! …July is coming… Ronda

  5. March 22, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Yay Pam! There is a lot of info, I agree, but I think it’s all super interesting. I was so curious to see how different we would feel at the end of the 30 days, and then we did feel so great!

    Let me know if you give it a try! You could even just try it for a few days without a full commitment, and see how you feel about the prep work? I do remember the first 10 days or so feeling very overwhelmed, then after that, it wasn’t that big of a deal.



  6. March 22, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    I love a recipe too! I have very few things that I make without one.

    I have two favorite Paleo sites now. Paleo is not always Whole30, but for the most part it is, so be patient when looking for recipes.

    My two new favorite sites since doing Whole30 are… and

    I have really liked every recipe that I have made from both of those sites. I actually got Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook for Christmas. Her website is the

    Paleo Newbie even has a Whole30 Compliant section. All of her recipes that I have made are awesome!

    I noticed a lot of recipes on Pinterest that claim to be Whole30 compliant, that are not. So be careful when searching, but the sites that I listed are great. Since you are reading the book, you’ll know what to look for.

    Good luck to you! I’d love to know how it goes for you!


  7. Oh, so excited for your new Whole30 round! I just got the book – It Starts With Food…so interesting and a lot to absorb. Maybe I’ll get the nerve to give it a try. – Pam

  8. Hi Julie,
    You go girl!!! I am just starting to read It Starts with Food, currently doing WW, question…do you have favorite recipe websites for whole 30 or cook books? I’m a recipe kinda girl and reading and planning menus is much easier for me so any new “tools” would be a welcome. Thanks so much-have a great day! Marj😊