The Whole 30 That Wasn’t

I’ve done a few Whole30’s now.  Each time I do it I come away with something new.

I find Whole30 a great clean up, and it’s exactly want I needed.  With getting sick, and having to take 2 courses of antibiotics, and just generally eating crappy food.

I needed to have a clean up, for my mind, body and spirit.

But to be honest I really didn’t want to do it for 30 days. So I decided to do half a Whole30 instead, and focus on eating 100% paleo for 15 days.

Those 15 days however turned into 13 days, but I’ll explain that later.

As a birthday present to myself I purchased the 21 day sugar detox cookbook by Dianne Sanfilipo.  I ordered this book as an actual paper back rather than an ebook.  Yes I have paleo ebook cookbooks, but for some reason I prefer cookbooks that I can hold. It’s easier to bookmark the recipes I want to try, and easier to make notes on the pages.

It’s safe to say that I’m in love with this cookbook.

This cookbook became my foundation for my Whole15.  I took principles from the Whole30 program and the 21 Day Sugar Detox.

Yes there are differences from Whole30 to the 21 DSD, the main (for me) being that in the 21 DSD the only fruit you can eat are green tip banana’s & apples. More importantly however only one piece of fruit a day.

You don’t have those fruit restrictions on Whole30.

So while I took on these principals I didn’t always apply them. I’m an athlete (by no means a professional, but I still workout), so the extra carbs gained from the fruits were essential for me. Especially as a pre workout food for my long runs and speedwork sessions.

Now to get back to how the 15 days turned into 13. Well I blame this:
IMG_20140726_155955In one afternoon I won the club run, the cake raffle, a box of chocolates and a bottle brush (native Australian plant).

Yep I broke my Whole15 for cake.  Which by the way didn’t taste very nice.  The homemade naan bread that I had with dinner made breaking the Whole15 so totally worth it over the cake though.

Even though I broke my Whole15, I still gained a lot.  I performed better (hello win?!), sleeping much better, and overall just feeling on top of the world.

I might not do a Whole30 again (we’ll see), but a Whole15 or even a Whole7 will definitely be on the cards again.


What’s your go to meal for breakfast? For me it’s a frittata.
Have you ever done a Whole30 (or Whole15 or 7)?
What’s one food you can’t/wont give up?  I love cheese, and miss it everytime I do this challenge.