5 Things that Got Me Through My First Week of Whole 30

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I’m doing Whole 30 this month, along with everyone else in the world it seems! Whole 30 is blowing up my Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. I’m amazed at how many people can stick with such a super restrictive diet.

But here I am, 11 days in, actually sticking to it myself.


I do miss pasta.

And coffee creamer.

And anything and everything sweet.

But I feel like since I’m already 11 days deep, I might as well push through and finish this thing!

I wanted to share a few things that have been lifesavers for the past week and a half. If it weren’t for these 5 things, I’d probably have given up already. So if you’re thinking about trying Whole 30 yourself, check out my list of 5 things that got me through my first week of Whole 30.

1. The Whole 30 Day by Day Book

This book is in journal form and it’s been such a great addition to my Whole 30 plan. I’ve been pretty consistent about reading it and filling it out each day. I love checking the box at the end of each section that says I completed a day. So satisfying!

2. NutPods

I was devastated to hear that I couldn’t have any type of coffee creamer while doing Whole 30. Even the almond milk and coconut milk based ones I’ve used in the past are a big no-no! The first few days of Whole 30 I used canned coconut milk, but it wasn’t the same. A few friends told me about the NutPods brand and I ordered a few on Amazon. They’re pretty tasty and a much better coffee creamer alternative to the canned coconut milk, in my opinion.

3. Sprouts Brand Almond Butter

I’ve had quite a few different brands of almond butter over the years, but the Sprouts brand is my favorite so far! It’s super creamy and doesn’t separate as much as other brands. And it doesn’t require refrigeration. It’s so good on a banana or on a baked sweet potato.

4. Sweet Potatoes

I’ve always liked sweet potatoes. And after a few days on Whole 30, they actually started to taste really SWEET to me. They’re super filling too, which is great when you’ve cut out all processed grains and carbs.

5. Tea

I’m such a huge night-time snacker. There’s nothing I love more than (finally) getting the kids in bed and plopping down on the couch for some serious binge-watching and snacking. Especially when we have something sweet and yummy in the house, like brownies or ice cream. Of course, having hot decaf tea in the evening doesn’t compare to the other yummy desserts and snacks I’m used to, but it can help me make it through those evening hours until bedtime.

Have you done Whole 30 before? What are your must-have items to get you through?

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Nothing of Substance

So last night, I met my parents (and their SUV) at Home Depot to buy some patio furniture I found that was CHEAP! I was so excited!! My husband and I have wanted patio furniture since last spring (but by the time it was fall, and all the sets went on sale, I had been laid off and we didn’t think it was smart to spend money on something frivolous like patio furniture). But now that we have a little bit of money and I found some with an awesome price, I HAD to buy. The table was only $69 – and it seats 6! The chairs were $19.99 each-awesome! We just bought 4 (we can use folding chairs if we have more ppl over) and the total price for the 5 piece set was…..$159!! Compared to the $299-$599 sets I’ve been seeing – this is a great deal! Hopefully it isn’t so cheep that it will break after a few uses. So now, I am super excited for spring. Al fresco dinner parties, grilling out, watching the sunset while eating dinner every night. Ahhhhh – it sounds lovely!

On a completely different subject, tomorrow night, my husband and I are having dinner with some friends at Taco Mac. If you have a Taco Mac near you, you MUST try the ranch dressing. Their ranch dressing is THE BEST ranch in the world. It is soooo tasty as a dip with fries. YUMMY! So I’ve already planned out my whole day tomorrow to allow myself enough calories for the Taco Mac fries and ranch dressing.

Speaking of calories, if you do not know of Sparkpeople.com, you really need to check it out. It is a great website to track your calories-I have been using it almost every day this year to prepare for my best friend’s Jamaica wedding in June. It’s at the amazing Sandals Whitehouse resort – I can’t WAIT until we go! But I need to lose around 15lbs to be brave enough to be in a bathing suit for a week.

I feel like I should get paid for today’s post. I’ve endorsed Home Depot, Taco Mac, Sparkpeople.com, and the Sandals resort in Jamaica. Where’s my money? 🙂

As you can tell, I have no deep thoughts for today, nothing of substance to blog about, but since it has been a while since I have posted anything, I figured I should write. So now you know what’s been going on in my life this past week – nothing. 🙂

While I’m on a roll, here’s a few other random endorsements:

I got the new Mary Kay Andrews‘ book from the library yesterday. I’ve already read almost half the book – I LOVE her books!

A few of the blogs I stalk were talking about Lilly Pulitzer. I had no idea who she was, so I googled. She has the cutest line of dresses and I bet I would look awesome in one of those dresses in Jamaica. Maybe this one:

or this one!
Gotta start saving. This would definitely be considered a frivolous purchase. 🙂