This Is Whole30: 60 Days Down, and Moving Forward

Well, would you look at that. I finished my first Whole30 (Whole60, in my case) Although my official 60 days ended on August 31st, I have been still eating Whole30/paleo for a few personal reasons. I do have every intention, though, to reintroduce a few “non-compliant” foods back into my diet soon and fingers crossed my body reacts well to them.


In th spirit of my weekly Whole30 posts (and yes, I know I slacked towards the end) I am going to keep the post format the same and let you know my thoughts on completing the program, both the sweet, the sour, and my thoughts on moving forward.

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Whole30 Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

I learned pretty quickly that convenience is key when doing your first Whole30 (or any round of Whole30) My favorite thing to do is batch cook chicken breast, shred it, and utilize it in different ways throughout the week. Yes, I am still eating chicken for every lunch, but it gives me the opportunity to still create variety and save on time!

This cranberry pecan version of chicken salad is extremely simple! I am also sure there are many variations of this recipe floating around the internet but I figured I would share my [Whole30 compliant] for anyone interested.

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This Is Whole30: Week Five

Within Food Freedom Forever by Melissa Hartwig, there is a statement that really changed my entire thinking about this [Whole30] journey. During a section where she is speaking about mindset and growth, Hartwig suggests that instead of claiming you are on a “healthy diet”, why not try stating that you are a “healthy eater”? Something as simple as that seemed to turn on a light inside me that I have apparently been keeping shut off (or at least on a dimmer) and during my appointment with Holly this week, it really hit me. Instead of saying that I am on a diet, or that I am eating healthy for “x” amount of time until I reach a goal, I want to be able to claim that I am a healthy person. Sure, Whole30 is a 30 day stint (well, 60 days in my case) but it is the building blocks of learning to live a healthy lifestyle. I am tired of holding onto the mindset that this is “temporary” and that I “can’t wait to be done dieting”, because that type of outlook is only holding me back. I have to start looking at this journey as one with no end, one that is about the process and not the destination. I need to stop fighting it and let the word “healthy” become more than just about the food I put in my mouth.

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