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Whole 30 – Why I Am Doing It

Normally on Mondays you come to my blog preparing yourself for food porn. Well not this Monday my friends. You see, this weekend I continued on with my Whole 30 journey and I managed to not hate life. Imagine that!

So you might be asking yourself, why Whole 30? The obvious answer is because it is healthy. Because it detoxes and resets your body. I might shed a few pounds. There is a chance I have a food allergy and this might shine light on that. All of those answers are part of the reason. But I like to be real with you guys. The real reason why I am doing Whole 30 is to prove to myself that I can. To prove that food doesn’t control me.

I have a 40×40 list. You can see it up there below my title. It is still a project in the works as I have been adding on to it for the last year. Well, this weekend….I added Whole 30 to the list. You see, I wanted it on there last year when I started my list. It was the very first thing that came to mind (after Disney). The truth is, I didn’t have faith in myself that I could ever do it.

My mind has really started to change over the last year or so. Sure, I have been regularly waking up at 4:35 am five days a week for my workouts the past two and a half years. But working out was never really a problem for me. It has always been food. It probably will always be food. But something has changed in my mind.

I can be good Monday through Friday morning but then Friday at lunch I will go with friends. Friday night I will come home and snack on pizza or nachos. Saturday we hit up World of Beer where I have two or three beers then we are off to for a burger and fries. Sunday I am making cheesy pasta or chicken fingers and fries. It’s pretty much been that way since I came home from the beach this summer.

Everything is ok in moderation, right? The thing with moderation for me though, is that it is hard to walk the line. There is always that gray area. Say Tuesday I am really not wanting what I brought for lunch. I had a bad morning and I want to get out of the office so I go down to Jimmy Johns and have a sandwhich and chips. No big deal, it was just one meal. But then I get home that evening and while I am trying to cook our healthy dinner, I am starving and snack on chips and salsa. Wednesday morning while making Chris’s lunches, I play the one slice of cheese for his sandwich one slice of cheese for me to eat game. Thursday morning I am tired and swing by Starbucks for a grande nonfat caramel macchiato (my drink of choice.) Annnnnd I have already shared what Friday-Sunday typically look like.

All those little things add up. And for what? Did it make my week better? Did it bring me joy? No. Not really. That is why I need an all or nothing reset. Whole 30 doesn’t allow for those foods to even exist. You flat out can’t have them.

So my thoughts on Whole 30 after the first full week? I am alive and still positive about my experience. I haven’t intentionally tried to cheat. There was one day last week where I was unaware that I was consuming something that had an ingredient I wasn’t supposed to have.

On Wednesday I was a little more tired than usual. Some asshole left donuts and brownies in our break room and I wanted to go punch them in the face. So perhaps I was a bit cranky that day. On Thursday evening Chris ate chips and guac in front of me. I was wanting that chip so bad. I even jokingly asked him if it was cheating by just licking the chip. I didn’t do it…but that was how bad I wanted it.

Every day that passes by, I feel more and more confident in myself that I can do this. I can go 30 days without sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, and yes friends….I can even go without cheese.

I would like to give a shout out to Laura who is doing this with me. G-Chatting with her daily about wanting to lick tortilla chips and punch people in the face every time they open a diet coke has been quite helpful.

Amy and Laura are also great hosts on having the #breakupchallenge2016 and answering any questions I have. I wanted to link up with them tomorrow, but it’s book day so I am posting this a day early!

Oh, I lied. I did have a burger picture to share with you!!! My turkey burger, roasted potatoes and “ketchup” that I made with compliant ingredients. Boom bitches!!!


I probably wont link up every week to check in, but I will do a recap post on my thoughts and results at the end of the 30 days. You can follow along with me on Instagram to see some the #whole30 meals I eat! I hope you all have a great week!!!

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  • Reply Amy January 11, 2016 at 8:49 am

    First comment! Great job this weekend! I actually did hang with my friends and it wasn’t so bad to watch them eating and drinking. I felt great the next morning. I know it sounds cliche but this can really be a game changing experience if you embrace it and focus on the real intent of the program. You got this girl!!! We are all rocking this together!

  • Reply Tracie January 11, 2016 at 9:16 am

    That is one of my favorite meals, but I love dijionaise… I think that’s how you spell it. The hardest part for me is the no legumes and my food allergies, so I did a version of the Whole 30 that would still keep me healthy last summer. My favorite part was finding new ways to make things that I love, since I like to cook. I didn’t stick with eating that way forever, but it taught me better versions and ways to make food that I thought was healthy. I can totally relate to the food being the hardest part. I am the same way, I am an emotional eater and we can’t keep most junk food in the house. I pre-portion out my lunch popcorn on Sundays, so that I know if I sit and mindlessly eat it, that I won’t have it for a snack at work.

  • Reply Ashley January 11, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Good luck on your Whole 30 diet!! I am like you Friday-Sunday I eat like crap! I really need to work on it!

  • Reply Cara January 11, 2016 at 9:24 am

    I think it’s awesome that you’re doing this, and seriously you’re almost half way done! Your turkey burgers look great and I prefer them over beef burgers most days anyways. You can do it, girl! 🙂

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer January 11, 2016 at 9:45 am

    I feel like I wrote this. It’s 100% me. I too workout and eat healthy… But snack on chips. Eat horribly on weekends. I had 12 beers this weekend! Booze is a big thing for me. And snacks. You’ve got this, girl! Love following your journey!

  • Reply Jessica @ Pleas(e) & Carrots January 11, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Your willpower with the whole 30 is amazing! While you were describing your weeks not on whole 30 it felt like you were describing me! I am awful with my pickiness and sometimes only bad stuff sounds good and it’s so bad!

  • Reply Tracy January 11, 2016 at 10:03 am

    This is so inspiring to me! This is exactly how I feel about food, and about my insecurity over whether or not I could actually do something like this. I’m not sure that Whole30 is exactly right for me but I do need to make some changes in my eating. Good luck! Excited to keep following your progress!

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine January 11, 2016 at 10:32 am

    You can do this, I know it!! People, whether they realize it or not will try to sabotage you like the donuts in the break room but stay focused on you because you know that this is best for your body! Plus your readers your friends can garner inspiration and that means a lot! So proud of you, you got this so go tackle this Monday with gusto girl!!

  • Reply Stephanie January 11, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Good luck! I don’t think I can do it. Solely because I don’t eat meat. I could give up sugar (I honestly don’t like it) and alcohol (that would hurt) but I can’t give up legumes because it’s the only way I get protein, really. I know there’s protein in all my veggies but I don’t think that’s enough on it’s own. But I’m always super impressed when other people do it. Hopefully you’ll find out what you’re allergic to!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph January 11, 2016 at 11:11 am

    You got this! You can do it!

  • Reply Jackie January 11, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Kudos to you. I think the hardest part is always the first two weeks. You’ve got this!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo January 11, 2016 at 11:13 am

    I can see a plate of licked chips showing up on your IG 🙂 haha

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky January 11, 2016 at 11:48 am

    you can do this. it’s the change that’s the hardest part and incorporating this into your daily routine. it took me a good 3 months to be able to sit in front of people stuffing their face with my favourite foods without wanting to ninja-kick them in the throat and now? no problem. you can set a plate of mint chocolate anything in font of me and i’m ok with it. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!

  • Reply Pamela @ A Little Glitter January 11, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    You can totally do this, girl! I am so proud of you! PS That turkey burger looks freaking delicious!

  • Reply Helen January 11, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Get it girl! I haven’t tried the Whole30 but after looking at yours and Laura’s posts that may be the next thing I do. I’m working on the 21-Day Fix now and loving it. We’re all in this together, but we can do it! 🙂

  • Reply Carly January 11, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    You can totally do Whole 30 and will rock it! I liked the program because it was so strict, I wasn’t really able to cheat at all. I totally know what you mean about the chips – I missed crunchy foods the most!

  • Reply Laura @ Life with Lolo January 11, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Yes to all of this! Seriously we are the same people when it comes to food. It’s always a snowball effect and I view things as “not that bad” but when you look at the week as a whole, yeah it was no good. Snacking on chips as I make dinner, coffee drinks, a lunch out now and then, burgers and pizza on the weekends…I have a horrible relationship with food in general and that’s why I do whole30. You will be amazed when you get to week 3 and 4 and those things we love don’t even sound good anymore. No joke. It’s worth it, if anything, to bring some control into your life. Have the power over the food! We can do this!!!! Thanks for the nice shout out too friend!

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says January 11, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    I had a craving for tortilla chips during my entire Whole30. Which was weird because I never craved them before (and now I can’t stop. Bizarre). For me it was more of a mental challenge, too, and I’m glad you’re having a positive experience so far. You’re almost halfway there, which is a HUGE turning point.

    I’m here if you have any questions or want sympathy 🙂

  • Reply Amanda January 11, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Definitely right about things adding up. I’m the same way with food… I’ll do decent all week and then once the weekend comes all hell breaks lose. Cheat meals are no big deal BUT you can definitely undo a whole week of hard work by binging ALLLLLL weekend. It’s such a hard habit to break. Good luck to you, girl!

  • Reply Staci January 11, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Hi Nadine!,

    I found your blog through Helen at HelOnHeels and now can’t wait to follow along! I can’t tell you how bad I am at that “I’m gonna come home and make a healthy, portion controlled dinner *but ooo! I’m starving so I’ll snack on some Chex Mix or shredded cheese*”. Gets me every time. Still working on it!


  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders January 11, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I feel like you and I are seriously the same person when it comes to food, although I wasn’t actually working out last year when I gained all my weight. I just let the “little” snacks get in the way and it caused me to gain a bunch of weight! I seriously don’t know how you’re doing the no alcohol and cheese thing, but keep it up girl! You can do it! You’re already 1/4 of the way there!

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis January 11, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    You go girl! Sounds like you’re doing a great job so far and I’m sure all the temptations will lessen over time. The turkey burger dinner looks delish!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista January 11, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Girl you are a rockstar! The hardest thing for me to give up would for sure be cheese. You’ve got this <3

  • Reply Kerry January 11, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    You can totally do it! I am more towards the Paleo end but it is very close.

  • Reply Kaitlyn January 11, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Haha, you crack me up girl! Boom bitches. I’m doing a “Whole30 Wednesday” linkup, starting Wednesday. Join my linkup and share a Whole30 friendly recipe with us that you’ve enjoyed. I haven’t started my Whole30 journey yet. Still have a lot of Christmas goodies left over…(can’t bring myself to throw out all those baked goodies my family put a lot of time and effort into making). Soo…as soon as those are gone, game on.

  • Reply kristen January 12, 2016 at 8:22 am

    i am loving following along with you! i had no doubt you could do it, even if you were unsure – your willpower astounds me. i need that turkey burger + potatoes recipe please. or, just like, send me the food because yum.

    but really, i feel you about not wanting food to control you, and you’re showing it who is boss. congrats girl!

  • Reply ellesees.net January 12, 2016 at 9:10 am

    that is me–i eat amazing during the week and it falls apart during the weekend. ugh. can’t wait to hear more on this.

  • Reply Katie @Running with Wine January 13, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Yay!! I’m so proud of you for doing whole 30!! I really want to try it sometime but I’m kind of like you were and scared that I can’t do it. Have you had to do a lot of meal prep? I feel like that is where I would fail, because right now I do no meal prep ever and just try to figure out whats for dinner when I get hungry which wouldnt work for whole 30.

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