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The Whole 30: Ideas and Inspiration

February 3, 2015
The Whole 30 Ideas

I’m not crafting today … sorry.  I’m here to talk food.  and health.  and diets.  and feeling good again from the inside out (and believe me … I used to be the one that thought that last line was cheesy).

I’m not a ‘diet’ person.  And that’s not because I couldn’t stand to eat a bit healthier and not because I couldn’t stand to lose a couple pounds (hello baby weight), but because I suck at actually sticking to ‘restrictions’.   I suck at having the discipline to stay within the ‘terms’ of certain diets.  Does that make me a weak person??  Yeah, probably.

However … I should say that I suckED at those things.

Past tense.

I’m happy to report that I actually completed a diet.  An entire 30 days of a ‘diet’.  And guess what??  It actually feels empowering to know that it’s physically possible for me to be disciplined for a month.  I do have some self control … who knew?!?

You know what else?  I stuck to this diet over Christmas and New Years … and this diet didn’t allow alcohol .. or sugar.  What?!!?  #crazylady

I’ve given up alcohol for nearly years at a time, but the reasons always were 100% because of a baby growing inside of me … or a newborn’s sole source of food being me and my nutrients (a.k.a breastfeeding).   Yep, I’ve done that three times over the past five years (and still nursing that last one), but I’ve never voluntarily given up alcohol for my own sake.

Or gluten, grains, dairy, sugar, sweeteners, legumes …

The Whole 30 Diet;  Ideas and Inspiration  from View From The Fridge


Matt and I did the Whole30 diet.  And guess what … I survived!  I didn’t cheat (at least too much).  And … I’m here to say, it was 110% worth it.  Hands down.  It just wasn’t horrible (actually … not one bit as awful as I had previously imagined), and the benefits were fantastic!

Let me try to get your attention on why this diet is exciting (and totally worth it) from an excerpt from the creators of the Whole30:

Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat – even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?

Strip them from your diet completely. Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health. The most important reason to keep reading?

This will change your life.  {Excerpt from The Whole 30}

A very simple concept.  Doesn’t that sound good?  And totally worth giving up your wine … and cheese … and chocolate (gasp!) for a month?

But, let’s be real here …


Want to know what I decided to finally take the ‘plunge’??

I would love to say it’s because I am internally motivated to be an awesome person …. That I have no emotional connections to food …  That I have no problem with setting a goal and accomplishing it.  BUT … I’d be lying.

I decided to take the plunge after a Christmas party at which I decided to drink 19375635 glasses of wine.  Apparently, my one night of ‘freedom’ contributed to a night full of … umm … not my best moments, and the morning after left me feeling a bit, well … pathetic.  Matt just happened to mentioned the ‘Whole 30’, and at that moment … 30 days of healthiness (and free of alcohol) sounded like just the thing I needed.  Mission accepted.

Did you catch that??  Let me just make it black and white:  My massive hangover convinced me that I needed to clean up my diet and body (and my act … jeez, I’m not in college anymore!!).  I’m sure you have a better reason.

And because I was convinced that Matt didn’t actually think I could do it … I was determined to actually do it.  We compliment each other like that.  :)  

So … while I usually blog about crafts and DIY and decorating because these things come easy to me, I decided that today I’d try to encourage you to just ‘look‘ at this Whole 30 challenge.  It’s only 30 days.  And starting this on February 4th … or March 1st is just as admirable as starting on January 1st as a New Years Resolution (maybe even better?).

Okay … let’s get down to specifics on this whole Whole 30:

First off:  You can drink coffee!  And I love coffee.  Don’t like it black, though?  We drank (and continue to drink) our version of ‘Bulletproof Coffee‘ every morning:

The Whole 30 Diet;  Ideas and Inspiration  from View From The Fridge

  • 12 oz of coffee however you like it prepared (we love french pressed coffee)
  • 1.5 Tablespoons of Butter (from Grass Fed Cows)
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil (or Brain Octane Oil / MCT Oil)
  • Couple sprinkles of Himalayan sea salt.

Mix it all with a hand blender, Ninja Blender, or just regular ol’ blender for 15-20 seconds, and you get a totally compliant, and absolutely delicious and fulfilling coffee treat!

As for the rest of our breakfast (most days this coffee was plenty filling enough) we ate a whole lot of eggs.  Period.  Scrambled, fried, boiled, omlettes, … you name it.  Lots.  Of.  Eggs.  and some bacon (but be careful when choosing bacon!!  Surprisingly, most have sugar and other junk in them).

How about the rest of our meals??

I tried {extremely} hard to focus on what we COULD eat (as opposed to those ‘forbidden’ foods).  Here are some of the meals we ate:

Slow Cooker ‘Cheater’ Pork Stew from Nom Nom Paleo:

Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew

Okay, Okay … this picture doesn’t do this dish justice.  Not one bit.  It’s absolutely fan-tas-tic, and you need to go check out the recipe (and much, much more appetizing pictures over at Nom Nom Paleo).  We ate this at least once a week.  Maybe more.  It’s so simple and amazing!!

Next … we ate this delicious Lemon Thyme Chicken several times during the 30 days:

Lemon Thyme Chicken from Ambia Wellness via View From The Fridge

My friend Kacey from Ambia Wellness also has this wonderful recipe for Salmon Bacon Burgers that is incredibly easy, as well:

Salmon Bacon Burgers from Ambia Wellness via View From The Fridge You use CANNED Salmon, bacon, and eggs.  I heart simplicity.  And bacon.  And deliciousness.

For dessert, we had apples with salt on them.  Do you think that’s weird?  Try it.  It’s great.

And we drank a lot of San Pellegrino.  And lemon infused water.  And coconut water.  We were well hydrated.  

My motivation was simple:  I wanted to see how good this ‘diet’ could make me feel.  Was it true that you could magically get your energy back?  Was it true that your brain could feel ‘clearer’?  Was it true that you could eat without feeling bloated?  Was it true you could learn to NOT crave sugar and sweets?

The answer is ‘yes’ … a million times over.  You’ll feel ‘cleaner’, ‘more sane’, ‘more grounded’, all with 200% more energy.  Even if you only sleep half the night because you have a ‘spirited’ 7 month old who wakes 3-5 times every night.  I can only imagine how great you’d feel if you could sleep all night long.  #probablyruletheworld

Are you inspired?  You should be!!

Give this a try.  Commit to not cheating for 30 days.  See how awesome you can feel.

And, here are some fantastic recipes to help you stick to your game:

The Whole 30 Diet; Ideas and Inspiration from View From The Fridge

The Whole 30 Diet; Ideas and Inspiration from View From The Fridge

Bell Pepper Taco Bowls from Just Misty

The Whole 30 Diet; Ideas and Inspiration from View From The Fridge

Cauliflower Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Dried Apricots and Pumpkin Seeds from Spoonful of Flavor

The Whole 30 Diet; Ideas and Inspiration from View From The Fridge

Cilantro Lime Fajita Salad from My Natural Family

The Whole 30 Diet; Ideas and Inspiration from View From The Fridge

One Pot Pepper Steak … the MAN way from Sleep Tight (also great for women …)

The Whole 30 Diet; Ideas and Inspiration from View From The Fridge

Coconut Poached Cod from Frugal Mom Eh

The Whole 30 Diet; Ideas and Inspiration from View From The Fridge

 Paleo Avocado Tuna Salad from The Artisan Life

The Whole 30 Diet; Ideas and Inspiration from View From The Fridge

Crispy Kale Chips from Natural Chow


 Double Chocolate Avocado Paleo Green Smoothie from  The Artisan Life (just maybe omit the Chocolate Almond Milk in favor of the unsweetened variety for the Whole 30).

The Whole 30 Diet; Ideas and Inspiration from View From The Fridge

Pineapple Cucumber Lime Juice with Watercress and Ginger from Southern Krazed   {And a fantastic breakdown of all the healthy-ness in that one glass!!}

Want to try it??  I completely and totally recommend it.  You honestly will feel fantastic (even on little sleep).

And finally … one last thing.  Have you tried Essential Oils?  What?!?!  Did I just lose you?  I thought we were discussing diets???

I’ve not gone crazy, I promise.  I’m actually a little IN LOVE with all the benefits of these little oils right now.  Essential oils have actually been used since the beginning of time, and they have amazing (and natural, healthy) benefits for you and your family.

Naturally.  Healthy.  

More ideas on what they can offer to come, but in the meantime, check out this amazing deal on a kit to get you started:

Essential Oil Starter Kit from Young Living ... Awesome Deal!

The kit and the education package will be sure to get you started on the right foot!

Now … I need your input.  This blog just took a turn.  We did an all ‘health’ all ‘food’ all ‘wellness’ post.  Do you want more of this or should I just stick to crafting?  #helpmeout


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  • Reply Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor February 3, 2015 at 7:48 am

    What a great post and list of recipes! Thank you for including my recipe!
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    • Reply Katie February 4, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Love your recipe, Ashley! Thanks for linking up, and I’m excited to feature you!!

  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney February 3, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    WOW this is awesome, Love all these ideas, my friend sells the Essential oils and loves them.
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  • Reply Amy February 3, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Such crazy timing. I had just chatted with the hubs about trying this Whole 30 thing out. We are heading to Florida in two weeks to visit family, so I’m thinking we may start it after we return. And also, you are hilarious. #ruletheworld
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    • Reply Katie February 4, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      Amy … okay, so it really, really is worth it!! I never thought I could do without my wine, but it wasn’t that bad!! You can have coffee, and if you make it the way I posted … you won’t even need breakfast (though I still ate breakfast). I didn’t lose much weight, but that wasn’t what I was going for. I truly felt amazing. After being done, I still am sticking to most of it (though I’m drinking my ONE glass of wine a night and my ONE piece of dark chocolate for dessert a night). Still feel great!

      Also … where are you going in FL? We’re still here, and I don’t want to leave!!!!

  • Reply Misty Kearns February 5, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you so much for featuring my Bell Pepper Taco Bowls! :)
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    • Reply Katie February 7, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!! I can’t wait to give it a try!

  • Reply Stuffed Bell Pepper Taco Bowls Recipe February 5, 2015 at 2:27 pm

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  • Reply Creative Mama Renee February 5, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Yes! You make me so excited about dieting and clean-eating, so keep sharing recipes and input!


    • Reply Katie February 16, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      Yay!! So glad you stopped by and are inspired! Cleaning up our act when it comes to eating has been such a great experience!

  • Reply Emily February 7, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I am intrigued by Whole 30. But I would want to get my husband on board to try…otherwise it might be too tough for me to do! These recipes look so good…maybe these will help convince him. 😉

    • Reply Katie February 7, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Hi Emily!! I think that’s how my husband felt about getting me on board .. Ha! He finally convinced me, and it was SO worth it! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Dini @ Giramuk's Kitchen February 7, 2015 at 11:44 am

    This is an inspiring article! I really want to try this, as I think I probably need it :) I love the Cauliflower Kale Salad! that looks so delicious :)
    Stopping by from SITS!

    • Reply Katie February 7, 2015 at 11:51 am

      Thanks, Dini! I do recommend it!! You’ll feel awesome and have so much energy!! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!!

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