What I’ve Been Eating Since Finishing Whole30

by Kelli H. on January 11, 2015

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I figured I should check in and talk about what I’ve been eating since David and I finished our Whole30 back in November. We’ve been eating a modified Paleo diet, but here are some of the things that aren’t Whole30 approved that we’ve somewhat added back into our diet in limited quantities.

1. Goat cheese: this took a while to add back in but we’re now eating it on a weekly basis. I just love it as an addition to salads! I would also eat blue cheese, but I just don’t buy it regularly.

2. Seeds; sunflower and hemp seeds. I eat these more than David but pretty much every morning I use hemp hearts sprinkled over my banana and almond butter. I like to add sunflower seeds to our salads.

3. Honey & Maple Syrup: we use this on pancakes/waffles or in salad dressings. Basically for anything that needs sweetness.

4. Buckwheat: I’ve used up to 1 cup in our pancakes on the weekends. I like how full buckwheat keeps me.

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5. Paleo Pancakes/Waffles: I like to mix it up on the weekends and try my hand at almond, coconut, buckwheat flour mixtures to make pancakes. Adding applesauce to pancakes has been a great addition that I’d like to play around with more. Also adding in bananas, pumpkin, and sweet potato is great.

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6. Smoothies: While I’ve only made 3 smoothies since finishing Whole30, I do plan on adding these back into my diet when the weather is warmer. I love smoothies!

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7. Alcohol: Drinking up to 3 times a week; Fri-Sun but usually only Friday & Saturday. Not mass amounts but probably 2 each night. We enjoy it too much to give it up!

Things that have stuck since finishing Whole30

1. Making all our own salad dressings. I don’t see this changing anytime soon.

2. Not eating processed foods (like at all!).

3. No grains (minor exceptions). Sometimes I miss a bowl of oatmeal but then I think how it’d make me feel bloated and could be blocking the absorption of minerals/nutrients and I move on.

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4. Cooking a whole chicken every week and using the bones to make our own broth — love this! I love having extra broth in the freezer. It was amazing to me how many broths add sugar/honey/whatever sweetener. It’s not needed and is another example of how sugar is in everything.

5. Reading every single label. It’s amazing what ingredients are in an item at the store. Even at stores like Whole Foods. We even changed our toothpaste because there are nasty chemicals in it! We’re using Redmond Earthpaste, but I’ll be making our own when we run out.

6. No legumes: this is funny because this was one of the things I thought would be the hardest to give up. I’ve made dried beans and lentils a couple times in total but every time was somewhat of a disappointment. They resulted in gas and an upset stomach. I thought I’d also miss quinoa but I’ve yet to miss it. I may make it in the future but I haven’t had a desire to.

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7. Black coffee: I never thought I’d be able to drink my coffee black but I guess once ya go black ya never go back! I tried adding homemade almond milk once but it kind of curdled when I frothed it and I just wasn’t a fan. I still haven’t had a regular latte and I’m totally fine with that.

8. No dairy: I suppose you could say goat cheese is dairy, but I’m talking about milk, sour cream, yogurt, etc. I definitely feel much better without dairy. We have eaten cheese during get togethers with friends, but we’ve totally limited our intake and it is most definitely a splurge as it doesn’t make either of us feel good.

9. Vegetables at breakfast: this is definitely something I thought I’d hate, but since we need things to fill us up for breakfast that aren’t grains, we’ve added lots of spinach, kale, sweet potatoes, zucchini, etc. Veggies at breakfast are great!

This is just a small list of what’s going on in my diet right now. So far we’re having way less stomach issues and we both feel better than we have in the past. We plan on doing another Whole30 again in the future. Maybe even in February. We still stand by that giving up alcohol is the hardest part.

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We still go out to eat with friends and family (not every week) but when we do, we try to order healthier than we would have in the past. We’ve both ordered salads as entrees (which we never used to do), have asked for substitutions, and passed on dessert. It’s all about making small modifications that help you in the long run. We try to not let our healthy diet take over our lives. When we go to an event with friends or out to eat, we eat non-paleo and don’t feel guilty about it. You only live once.  We also try to make conscious decisions about what we put in our body and how it effects us. Just by doing that we’ve been able to easily pass on foods that we would have before indulged on.

By no means are David and I strict paleo, but our diet is based off of paleo and modified to fit us. As Kristine’s post said, NO LABELS in 2015. I highly recommend checking out Kristine’s blog post on her diet motto. I agree with everything she said in it. Take last night for example, we’d eaten practically paleo for 8 days straight, so we made the decision to make homemade pizza, which we haven’t done in months. It.was.amazing. We still believe we should be able to eat everything in moderation, but now our moderation is we eat the “bad” stuff a lot less, because we generally don’t crave it as much as we used to.  

Do you have any food goals for 2015?

Do you label what kind of eater you are?

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane @ Life of Di. January 11, 2015 at 8:22 pm

My week of clean(ish) eating has been going well (with the exception of today – I binged on peanut butter 🙁 ) I would say that the label I align myself with is just a ‘healthy’ or ‘conscious’ eater; however, I definitely indulge from time to time and even more so during the holidays. I really love the idea of NO labels though! That was a great post that you shared and I can get on board with that idea.

I haven’t been eating Whole30 (I just don’t think I could get rid of beans…and wine) but I’m thinking about doing it in February…Can’t decide!!!

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Kelli H. January 11, 2015 at 8:49 pm

Beans and wine were my 2 biggest concerns with Whole30, but I felt I could do anything for 30 days and I did! I’m still trying to decide if I want to do it again in February. I feel like it might be too soon but we shall see!

I think the most important thing with diet is to be a conscious eater so I’m happy to hear that’s what you do!

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Jane January 12, 2015 at 9:27 am

Love the might set. I totally think that healthy eating is what works for you and your body. Seems like David and you are on a great path.

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Jane January 12, 2015 at 9:27 am

MIND set 🙂

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David W. January 12, 2015 at 10:43 am

Heck yeah, love that post! I’m done with labels too! I love our diet, we eat healthy and still enjoy life. It’s a great balance, and it makes us feel great. That’s the most important thing! Doing something like the Whole30 really helped change the way I thought about food, and gave me the opportunity to see first hand how different foods actually affected me. I’d definitely recommend trying it once and adjusting your diet from there.

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Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness January 12, 2015 at 7:47 pm

By the way, totally cute that your hubby left this comment! 🙂

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Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness January 12, 2015 at 7:46 pm

While I don’t necessarily agree with the principles of the Paleo diet, there is some common ground in it to my plant-based diet, and that’s the emphasis on whole foods. It sounds like you’ve made a lifestyle change to eating just mainly whole foods – good for you!

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Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes January 14, 2015 at 12:36 pm

You’ve done such a great job keeping up a healthier diet even after whole30! Way to go for eliminating the processed stuff still. So many times after cleanses or detox, I binge on chocolate and something that totally breaks the whole thing within a couple days. I’ve found it’s best to focus on whole eating and what makes your body feel it’s best than beating yourself up about “rules”. You’re doing an awesome job!

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Kristine January 17, 2015 at 8:30 am

YEAH! I love it! I read labels like a hawk since finishing Whole30 too. I love my latte with a bit of homemade almond milk but coffee black for me too. By far the wine was the hardest part for me on Whole30 too. BY FAR! Your diet looks AWESOME girl, you need some indulgence (homemade pizza and wine!) to stay sane! 🙂

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Kelli H. January 17, 2015 at 9:50 am

Thanks, Kristine. You’ve definitely been the inspiration for me to eat cleaner. It all started when I read your Whole30 post!

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