jumping on the whole 30 bandwagon

Is there a Whole 30 month going on? I've seen so many people doing a Whole 30 in July. I first learned about Whole 30 from a friend and have been intrigued, but I could never bring myself to give up cheese and waffles and tortillas and creamy lattes for a whole month. 

Text messages with johnny

But I can though… (ok, cheese is going to be difficult, but whatever)

I'm doing a round of Whole 30 to help figure out what is going on with my thyroid. I don't keep my thyroid struggles a secret, and at the end of 2014 I gained 30 pounds in about 2 months. I gained some weight, which threw off my Synthroid dosage, which led to more weight gain and turned into a vicious cycle until I got to my endocrinologist and upped my dosage. I felt great for a while, but lately I've been feeling run-down again. I'm always tired. I'm "puffy," for lack of a better word. I'm not gaining weight yet, but I don't want to get to that point. I've read great things about Whole 30 and chronic conditions, so I figured I would check it out.

Chicken prosciutto involtini

For the most part, I will follow the rules, but I do cook for someone who is not following the menu for the month. I need to make this work for my lifestyle. This means I'll probably cut my morning cold-brew with almond milk that might have carrageenan. I won't be buying grass-fed beef because conventional meat is expensive enough (good thing I just did a round of COLI pricing before this). There will still be beer in the house, and I might indulge in one along the way if something comes up (I am married to a craft beer blogger). I'll do my best, but I also need this to work in my lifestyle. I'll give it my B+ effort.

Csa share february 2015

Remember, my goal isn't to lose weight. This isn't a Diet with a capital D. This is me figuring out what, if anything, may help keep my thyroid under control to avoid the weight gain-low dosage cycle. I'm going to meal prep like a boss and make some awesome food! Let's see how many ways I can cook eggs in 30 days…

Have you gone through a round of Whole 30 before? What are your favorite recipes, or what did you learn along the way? Let me know in the comments!

UPDATE: So, funny thing, my A/C unit decided to poop out during one of the hottest weekends of the year, so my awesome food prep plan didn't happen. Today was supposed to be my start day, but there was no way I was going to turn on my oven during this saga. I hate to push this back a week, but July 20th will be my new start date. I'm not entirely sure when the A/C saga will end, but I'm optimistic that by next weekend I'll be roasting my veggies and chicken thighs and spaghetti squash for the week. I did get to make Melissa Joulwan's Italian pork roast in the slow cooker and it's pretty life changing.

Sarah- 1, A/C-1.

This is the danger of writing posts in advance. Things happen, plans change. I just have to roll with it.

12 thoughts on “jumping on the whole 30 bandwagon

  1. You’re thyroid issues really don’t sound good, I hope you can help your body out with some diet changes šŸ™‚ I don’t know a lot about the Whole 30 diet, but I’ve seen the word come up a few times lately. Fingers crossed your AC is working soon again – I’m hardly ever in the mood to heat up the kitchen even further when it’s already hot šŸ˜‰


  2. Argh! Thyroid issues. Me, too. I try to focus on an anti-inflammatory diet overall but struggle with the dairy issue (and I thought bread would be the worst, but giving up lattes and cheese are KILLERS).


  3. I think I can handle the lattes. I drink black iced coffee more than anything in the summer anyways. The cheese is going to be my downfall. That text message picture sums up my relationship with cheese perfectly.


  4. I’ve done a couple of Whole 30s, and I’m so excited for you to try it! I never buy grass-fed or organic meats because they are crazy expensive — and I think you still reap the majority of the health benefits even with conventional meats. Summer is a great time to try this out because of all the fantastic grilling recipes and all the fresh produce that’s available. Best of luck to you!


  5. I hope that the Whole 30 goes very well for you and I wish you the best of luck! Making lifestyle changes are incredibly difficult and I commend you for taking the initiative to see what the lifestyle change can do for your condition.I had been working on changing my lifestyle around for months, and unfortunately got caught up in a cycle of extreme stress and that change crashed. I’m just now trying to get my life in order and start back on that lifestyle change again. I have never tried the Whole 30 before, but I just may have to look into it!
    Good luck! ā™„


  6. What’s one thing you would recommend to a Whole 30 newbie? A tip or certain product or…anything really. It’s pretty overwhelming, and I’m thankful I had kind of a transition week this week to prep.


  7. Hey Sarah,I’m just starting on this list in Daring Creative. I too have thyroid issues and I find that dieting makes things even worse for me. The biggest thing I’ve learned is to eat,real.whole foods and never do anything extreme. I have an autoimmune component to my whole thyroid thing and there is a super connection with gluten. The less I eat of it the better I feel – I’ve actually gone in to remission. That being said I’m a vegetarian and a couple of my protein options are made with wheat gluten – sometimes I feel so limited but other times free as a bird. The best eating plan for me has been the Ketogenic Diet – I love 30 pounds this year and I’m a Sommelier so I still drink wine!
    What’s it like being married to a beer blogger? Sometimes I think I drive my husband crazy but he’s a landscaper and I’ve caught him a few times looking lustly at rocks. Ha,ha.
    I’m glad I read your post and good luck with the whole 30 thing.
    Kellie from Princess and the Yard Ape


  8. I was drawn to the Whole 30 because it really is learning to eat real food. I also struggle when I go out of my way to Diet with a capital D. Thyroids are so crazy…The beer blogging thing is interesting. We’re always checking out new breweries and always have a good supply of fun bottles on hand. It’s fun, but I definitely feel bloated after a weekend of trying new things for his blog posts.


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