January Whole30: Days 1-15

Well, we’re halfway through the January 2018 Whole30 with Nutrition Jeanne. I’ve absolutely loved leading the group that’s running through this round of Whole30. We’re up to 71 members, most of whom are highly active. We have discussions about food and cravings, share recipes, and just all around support one another. There’s something about being a part of group, and knowing there will be a daily check-in that really helps with the accountability of something that can be as emotional as food.

Here are some of the main takeaways from the first half of the January Whole30:

Top Three Favorite Recipes

  1. Breakfast Pumpkin Custard – If I’m being honest, this would probably be numbers 1 through 3, but that wouldn’t make for a really interesting list, now would it? Everyone loves this for everything from breakfast to a snack to a [technically not allowed] evening treat. I also think this is a great snack for nursing moms as it provides high levels of healthy fat and good carbs to maintain adequate milk supply.
  2. Big @$$ Salad – Seriously, we all love this. My favorite template for a BAS is: 2-3 handfuls of kale or leafy greens, whatever salad veggies you have on hand (carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, etc.), 4oz of protein, a tablespoon each of whatever seeds and nuts you have on hand, and about a teaspoon each of 2-3 “superfoods” such as chia seeds, flax seed, maca root powder, etc. all topped with homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
  3. Egg Roll in a Bowl
  4. Honorable Mention: Carne Guisada

Biggest Question: “I’m a nursing mom, what can I do to maintain my milk supply?”

In my experience, a big thing with nursing women on Whole30 is that they inadvertently fall too low carb. To combat this, I recommend eating lots of healthy carbs such as sweet potatoes, squashes, roasted root veggies, etc each day. It’s also important to make sure overall calories don’t dip too low. If a nursing woman does begin to experience a dip in supply, I recommend counting calories for a few day to see if you’re eating enough. While this is counter to the rules and spirit of Whole30, I think it’s an important deviation in order to maintain the nursing relationship between a mom and her nursling. Once you’ve established your average caloric intake, make a plan to adjust upwards, if necessary. Other than that, it’s all about the healthy fats! Avocado, coconut oil (great smothered on those sweet potatoes), macadamia nuts, and fat bombs are all great options.

O Coffee, Coffee! Wherefore art thou Coffee?

It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how many things change, some things will always stay the same. And in the case of Whole30, that’s the dreaded cup of morning coffee. Look, I get it. Coffee is a big part of my life. It’s a hobby. And not being able to visit local coffee shops and try out their specialty drinks is the hardest part of Whole30 for me. But what is it about telling someone that they have to change they can’t have flavored creamer in their coffee that makes them scream and run in the opposite direction? It’s a real problem, y’all.

Thankfully, this round, we were introduced to a simple recipe that what can be described as nothing short of a Magic Latte. Brew your coffee as usual and add it to a blender with a handful of cashews, a date, and a sprinkling of cinnamon. Blend until frothy, and enjoy. That’s it.

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And yes, this simple recipe has turned even non-believers into coffee fans again – and literally made our morning Whole30 participants a whole lot less grumpy. 😉

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