Things I learned from Whole30 (Round 1)
I’m currently embarking on Round 2 of Whole30 a year and a half later (on the infamous Day 4); found this list of things I’d learned the first time around, so thought it might be helpful to someone else, too.
- Basic leftovers are better (can be built upon)
- Breakfast is tough. Don’t make it an afterthought.
- Fat is your friend
- Textures makes a difference; acid makes the meal
- Homemade mayo is amazing & versatile
- Going out eats into my budget way more than extra groceries did
- Going out, despite what Whole30 says, is nearly impossible
- So much of my social life revolves around food & alcohol
- Packing lunch is preferable to packing ingredients
- SO many dishes, especially bowls, ramekins & spoons
- Wash cutting boards & knives sparingly; just wiping them down during meal prep is fine & saves time, so long as you’re not dealing with meat or eggs
- If you’re actually eating enough food, cravings are not as intense (and most times don’t even appear)
- My skin likes vegetables. And fat!
- Cooking instincts (different from skills) are needed to succeed. Also time.
- I did not starve. I did not suffer. This is sustainable dieting.