This is my Whole30 Experience – week 4 – everything I ate, all the exercise I did, and any symptoms I had. This time we went on a short vacation, so I also explain some aspects of traveling while on Whole30.
Going into this, I figured week 4 of this Whole30 was going to be the hardest of the weeks for me. Why? Becuase I went on vacation!
Vacation is often a trigger for people to eat fun, comforting foods, and it's no different for me. I usually don't even eat Paleo on vacation. Typically I eat gluten-free (being Celiac I make sure I ALWAYS eat gluten-free). But corn, cheese, rice, gluten-free baked goods, etc – those seem to enter my diet on vacation.
This time though I remained 100% Whole30-compliant. It wasn't even that hard and it didn't absolutely zap any remaining willpower I had.
I made sure I set myself up for success though by renting a condo with a kitchen so we didn't have to eat out, and I further made for a great trip by preparing almost everything ahead of time.
This did mean like 6 HOURS of cooking the day before we left, but it was well worth it because all we had to do on our trip was reheat the meals I made.
We went up to the mountains here in Colorado and had a short ski vacation. Day 1 was cross-country skiing and day 2 was downhill skiing. Neither activity makes for having tons of energy afterward, so having pre-made meals was key in the ability to snuggle on the couch in front of the fire and not have to spend my time cooking.
The videos below show what I ate for Whole30 days 22-30.
The Whole30 Series
- How I'm Using Diet for my Hashimoto's Flare
- Whole30 Prep – How I'm Meal Planning and Getting Ready
- My Whole30 Experience Week 1
- What I Eat in A Day on Whole30 Week 2
- Whole30 Daily Meals and Experience Week 3
- My Whole30 Results – Recap
I'll share all of my results in the Whole30 results post coming shortly.
Whole30 Meals During Week 4
The following are the vlogs (videos) that show each day – what I eat in a day, how I feel, exercise I did, and anything else I feel important to share (like some tips).
Whole30 Days 22 and 23
(Can't see the video? Watch Whole30 Days 22 & 23 What I eat in a Day)
The Whole30 recipes I made:
Day 22 –
Breakfast – Whole30 Mexican Breakfast Casserole by The Whole Cook
Garrett Valley Sugar-free Bacon
After Barre AM Snack: Banana and a Justin's classic almond butter packet
Lunch: Arugula, Mashed Cauliflower, leftover Paleo Rogan Josh by Mel Joulwan
and a baked avocado with tomato, sesame oil, and sesame seeds
PM “Snack”– Golden Root sugar-free Turmeric Latte
Dinner: Roasted Vegetable Grain-free “Couscous” by Thriving On Paleo:
Breakfast – Scrambled Eggs, Pico de Gallo, Garret Valley Sugar-free Bacon, Black Coffee
Lunch: Leftover Roasted Veggie “Couscous” from Day 22
Lunch #2 – Five-spice Pork Chops from Green Chef
Dinner: Umami Chicken Thighs by NomNom Paleo
and Whole30 Baked French Fries with Chipotle Ranch Dip by Paleo Running Momma
Whole30 Days 24, 25, 26, and 27
I didn't have any major changes in the last few days so this is just kind of a high level look at each of my meals. I wasn't hungry for any snacks, so it's just breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day.
There weren't any specific recipes I used this time either – but some brands I used:
Primal Kitchen Foods Mayo
Garrett Valley sugar-free Bacon
Cascadian Farms Hashbrowns
Green Chef Meal Delivery
Whole30 Days 28, 29, 30
(can't watch the video? Watch Whole30 Days 28-30)
The last 3 days of this Whole30! Day 28, 28, and 30. This is the time we go on that short ski vacation, so I show what I bring to eat while traveling.
The Whole30 recipes I made:
Breakfast – Scrambled Eggs, Garrett Valley Sugar-free bacon, Cascadian Farms Hash browns, black coffee
Lunch: Applegate Farms sugar-free hot dogs, potato salad (white potatoes, hard boiled eggs, dijon mustard, Primal Kitchen Foods Mayo, salt, pepper), and a Bubbie's Dill Pickle. I cooked the potato salad at home and put that and the pickle into a Tupperware container. Then we cooked the hot dogs right before leaving and put them in thermoses to keep them warm.
Snack # 1 – Trail mix: (replaced the pineapple with dried apricots and freeze dried strawberries) by NomNom Paleo
Snack # 2 – Banana and Justin's Classic Almond Butter Packet
Dinner – I Heart Umami Paleo Chinese Sesame Chicken (** I made the sauce ahead of time and diced the chicken and coated it with the arrowroot powder. All we needed to do is cook the chicken at the condo).
Roasted Broccoli (** I cut the broccoli into florets and covered it with avocado oil, salt, pepper, and garlic before leaving. At the condo we roasted it and then drizzled with a little sesame oil)
Plantains – ** I made these at home and then just reheated at the condo. They are yellow plantains that were sliced about 1/2 inch thick and fried in a few tbs of coconut oil for 3 min a side and sprinkled with salt
Breakfast – Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl by 40 Aprons
(** I made this at home and we just reheated at the condo). Topped with coconut flakes, almond slices, goji berries, hemp seeds, blueberries, cacao nibs
US Wellness Meats Sugar-free Pork Breakfast Sausage (affiliate link): (** this I formed into patties at home and cooked all the way in a pan. Then we just reheated at the condo)
Lunch: Chicken Salad (roasted chicken thighs, a diced apple, fruit-juice sweetened cranberries, walnuts, pecans, celery, Primal Kitchen Foods Mayo, salt, pepper) . I made this at home and just put into a tupperware container to bring skiing.
Snack: Leftover Chinese Sesame Chicken
Dinner- Mel Joulwan's Paleo Chocolate Chili with mashed cauliflower. ** I made the chili at home and put it into a bag. At the condo I put it into a slow cooker and let it simmer for about 3 hours. I reheated the cauliflower before serving.
Breakfast – Leftover sweet potato bowl, sausage, and coffee
Lunch: Leftover Chinese Sesame Chicken, broccoli, and mashed cauliflower
Dinner: NomNom Paleo Curry Turkey Bites with Apricot Ginger Sauce with roasted potato wedges
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