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Whole30 Results and Favorite Recipes

Whole30

Last night I finished my first complete Whole30, meaning I had no dairy, soy, wheat, legumes, or sugar for 30 days. I admit I was nervous when I started because of the dairy and my love affair with cheese and butter. I could have fruit, so sugar was not a big deal. I worried because the Godfather did not do this with me, we did no cleaning of the pantry, I even baked him bread several times during the month. I thought that would be more challenging, but it wasn’t. I really enjoyed my Whole30 month. Read my story below…

Lessons Learned

Here’s what I learned the past 30 days. There’s an INCREDIBLE variety of foods one can eat aside from dairy, soy, wheat, legumes, and sugar. I read about food boredom on the Whole9 Life website and on various other blogs, but I have to say, I never felt it. Instead I felt more creative, more motivated to explore flavors and keep things varied. The Godfather helped a lot by trying new meat recipes and modifying spices to be sure I was always compliant.

I learned to eat more at meals and less/little in between, and when I thought that would result in immediate blood sugar crashes, I found I was wrong. I didn’t go looking for coffee or something sweet as an energy boost in the afternoon, which given the amount of energy required by one small human and one small dog, is pretty amazing.

I think I noticed the biggest change from “before” when I decided to track my calories one day. As I put in what I was eating, and saw how different it was from the “recently added” suggestions from the last time I used the app, I paused. I was eating much more bread, smoothies for breakfast, etc, a far cry from the high protein diet I know makes me feel my best. I have never, ever, been good at cereal for breakfast.

Starting today, I’m adding things back into my diet slowly, and in moderation. I fully believe in maintaining a balance while enjoying all food, and I have some really amazing ideas for recipe development coming your way. But I’m working now from a better place, starting with a clean slate, feeling balanced again, and so I know it will help me maintain long-term.

My Results

I had several non-scale victories I celebrated this month. The first, posted on Instagram last week, was fitting into my first flamenco costume again. It’s snug, but the dress was custom made for me when I was just about at my smallest adult weight and has zero stretch, so it’s a much better judge of changes than most things in my closet. So I am very excited about that, especially since it’s hard to be as active in the winter than in warmer months when I can go outside.

The second, is the reason for my official “after” photo outfit choice. On May 19, 2013, I found out I was expecting. I had been feeling a little bloated, but my clothes still fit so I didn’t think too much had changed. We were booked to go to Arizona for our wedding anniversary that week and I packed this little black dress to wear the evening of our anniversary dinner. When I went to put it on at the resort, it didn’t fit over my hips and I broke down in tears. Part of it was hormonal, but the other part was me feeling I was losing a battle I fight constantly. I struggle to look in the mirror and seeing what’s actually there and not just every flaw blown way out of proportion. When something that used to fit, doesn’t, I feel like I’ve failed myself and, as a dutiful first child with the personality that comes with, failure is not an option.

So I kept the dress, and every few months after the birth of our daughter, I’d check again and see if it not only fit, but didn’t leave me looking like a stuffed sausage. I tried it again yesterday, and for the first time it passed the “I can wear this in public” test. So this is my after picture, for now, and no, my hair is not done and it’s just daytime makeup. I still have lots of room for improvement, and I’ll get there, but this is a beautiful way to start 2015. If you’d prefer numbers, I lost a total of 9 pounds and a couple inches everywhere, I just didn’t bother tracking how much because the dress was my progress marker.

Please pardon the winter-pale, minimal makeup, ponytail, and weird cropping. This was taken using a self timer and tripod that wouldn't hold my camera with lens properly to take a vertical photo. The point is, I can now wear this dress in public and look cute.

Please pardon the winter-pale, minimal makeup, ponytail, and weird cropping. This was taken using a self timer and tripod that wouldn’t hold my camera with lens properly to take a vertical photo. The point is, I can now wear this dress in public and look cute.

Thoughts About the Program 

I loved it. Should I feel in the future that my food “balance” has disappeared, I’m going to do this again and I’ll probably do a week or two here or there from time to time just because. I’m not ever going Whole365, and those of you who know me know that I’m not into Pterodactyl wings and fads enough to go whole-paleo/primal/whatever, but I do firmly believe in balance and whole foods. Eat mostly unprocessed foods, in the best quality possible, prepared in a variety of styles, and then you can have treats and junk food in moderation. Because food is meant to be enjoyed and shared with those you love, not vilified.

If you’re thinking about starting a Whole30 and want someone to cheer you on, let me know. I’d love to! I’m also happy to answer any more specific questions about my experience, including a zillion different ways to enjoy scrambled eggs, or share resources I’ve found.

To help you, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite Whole30 compliant recipes on the Goodie Godmother website below and a few other resources I found useful. Enjoy!

Whole 30 Recipes on Goodie Godmother (as of Feb 6, 2015):

Other Great Resources:

 

Delicious Gift Ideas Under $25

Happy February, Lovelies! Does anyone else feel that 2015 is going to pass just as quickly as 2014? The year is certainly not dragging on at the Godmother household, so you can imagine how I felt when I realized Valentine’s Day is just two weeks away! Thankfully, we have our plans for the evening figured out, do you?

The Godfather and I always stay in on Valentine’s Day to avoid rushed service and prix fixe menus at restaurants. At first we would take turns cooking for each other, but now we pick a meal and cook together. This year we are going to make my fabulous shrimp and grits, to be served with sparkling wine, and I’m going to make a merveilleux for dessert.

Merveilleux have been around France for centuries, but are apparently the dessert du jour for the time being and rapidly making their way across the pond. I want to try one, so I shall make it. If you think back to several years ago, this is how my macaron love-affair began and I’m hoping this experiment turns out as successfully. Recipes for everything will come shortly after, naturally.

Where I usually find myself feeling a little stumped is in the gift category. I am a fan of practical gifts that are still sweet and thoughtful. In previous years I’ve picked up video games or golf gear for the Godfather, but this year, I decided to get him something else I think he’ll enjoy. And just in case he reads this, I’m not sharing what it is, but it follows today’s theme… romantic Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the food lover!

Check out the fabulous ideas I’ve rounded up for you below, and then don’t forget to enter into my first BLOG GIVEAWAY at the bottom of the post. It’s easy to enter and you could win a “Chocoholic’s Delight” basket filled with an assortment of some of my favorite chocolate items and a few extra-special Godmother treats made by me (in my home kitchen). Due to the nature of the prize, I am only shipping within the continental United States. Good luck darlings!

Valentines Day Gift Ideas under 25 and a free giveaway

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas  under $25 for the Foodie in your Life:

  1. The Fred and Ginger Champagne Coupe (Gift Box Set of 2)
    These super cute champagne flutes inspired by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers would make an adorable gift paired with sparkling wine or non-alcoholic cider and a classic movie.
  2. Sur La Table The Original Bacon Kit
    I have to admit we *almost* picked up this kit as a Christmas gift for a few people. It comes with just about everything you need and instructions for making your own bacon. How cool is that?
  3. The Chocolate Tasting Kit (Tasting Kits)
    The one is just a book, but it has everything you need to know about chocolate tasting, and tasting cards for hosting your own chocolate tasting party, which I think is just the cutest idea ever. So this gets my vote for the perfect gift for chocolate lovers, Girl’s Nights, or Valentine’s Day with kids… chocolate always wins.Bonus: The book is a great gift on its own, but if you plan to use it with your sweetie, it would be awesome to purchase the chocolate in advance too. The author includes a handy buying guide.
  4. A Date Night Cookbook
    I hardly think there’s anything more romantic than cooking for or cooking with someone special. Preparing food, to me, is and always has been the ultimate way of showing someone you care. Do you remember the first time you cooked for someone special? Maybe it didn’t turn out quite the way you’d hoped (there’s always pizza!), but the right cookbook will help you find the right recipe.Bonus: Pick out your favorite recipes from the cookbook, buy the ingredients, and prep the meal for (or with) your sweetie!
     

I hope these fabulous ideas help you find the perfect present! Please note that the above are affiliate links, so I do receive a small commission should you make a purchase. There is absolutely no change in price for you. Thank you for supporting Goodie Godmother!

Finally, please don’t forget to enter my FREE GIVEAWAY! I’m sharing some of my favorite chocolate treats and making you a few extra-special Godmother delights (maybe even some favorites from my bakery days), and mailing them to the winner just in time to enjoy (or share) for Valentine’s Day! It’s very easy to enter and there are many options for bonus entries, so you can have lots of chances to win.

Click here to view this promotion.

If for some reason you can’t see the entry form due to a technical glitch, CLICK HERE to view the form.

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