Whole30: Grain Reintroduction

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Hey guys!

Back on May 1st, I did my gluten free grain reintroduction. Here was my experience!

Breakfast: W30 compliant.

Notes: Nothing to report here.

Lunch: Chipotle salad with white rice, steak, tomato, green chile, and red chile salsas.

Chipotle

Notes: The rice was pretty bland to me which I was surprised by since I remember loving their rice so much. It’s definitely just a filler that I can do without. The steak (which is made with rice bran oil) was ok, not as tasty as I remembered it though. None-the-less I was starving and I devoured it.

About an hour after eating, I felt bloated and heavy. After a couple more hours, this feeling began to go away. I felt normal otherwise.

Dinner: It was date night and we went to a Mexican restaurant downtown called Nada. I had the chips and salsa tasting trio (fire roasted tomato salsa, jalapeño verde salsa, and habañero-garlic creeper salsa), crispy pork belly tacos, and a chili mango margarita. Yes, I said margarita. It wasn’t part of the plan, but it sounded tasty and in that moment I decided it would be worth it.

Chips and Salsa

Chips and Salsa

My margarita!

My margarita!

Crispy Pork Belly Tacos

Crispy Pork Belly Tacos With Corn Tortillas

Mini Review & Notes: Ok first, let me talk about this place. I made a reservation the week before our date and it was a good thing I did. It was packed and people were being turned away left and right. It felt like an exclusive club. We were seated on their second level and the tables were pretty close together, which I didn’t mind as much as I thought I would. The lighting was nice and the atmosphere was pretty lively. The food was pretty good, I enjoyed the appetizer, margarita, and the tacos. Now here comes the bad part…our waiter wasn’t very good. 😦 In a nutshell, he wasn’t very attentive and was pretty slow. While we waited, the two tables next to us got their food and we were there before them. Even one of the couples next to us noticed. I understand that they were busy, but we felt flat out ignored. My boyfriend unfortunately didn’t like his entree. He ordered some enchiladas which appeared to be dry, as if they were cooked too long or sat under the heating lamp for too long. He didn’t even eat much of it and was beyond ready to go after that. These things really put a damper on our overall experience. Would I go there again? I don’t plan on it, but never say never.

After I was done eating, I noticed some minor heart burn symptoms and I had a minor stomach ache. I really think I overdid it by having so much grain in one day, the heaviest amount during dinner. My body was not having it.

Day 5: The alcohol definitely didn’t help with my sleep that night. I tossed and turned a bit and didn’t feel as rested. My stomach was still slightly bloated and I had a trip to the bathroom that further informed me that my digestive system wasn’t feeling all of that grain. I’ll spare you the details. I began to feel better as the day progressed.

Day 6: I was feeling normal again and I took advantage of that. Breakfast was W30 compliant but lunch, not so much. We didn’t have much food at the house so we decided to go grab some food. I got a steak salad from chipotle with salsa and…cheese and sour cream. I know, I know, I messed up. But it was so good. I mean, I was whatever about the cheese, but that creamy sour cream though?! Man, I didn’t even realize how much I missed it. YUM! So was it worth it? Yes. But I had heartburn symptoms once again. I know that cheese and possibly the sour cream was the main culprit.

Chipotle 2

Verdict: I can do without rice and probably other similar gluten free grains but I’m loving the corn products! Corn tortilla chips are a no breaks food for me and I have to be extremely careful with those but having them every now and again shouldn’t hurt too much, as long as I don’t go over board like I did on reintro day. I will work to only eat these things when it is deemed completely worth it. Otherwise, I’ll leave this food group alone.

Welp that’s all for now folks! Up next: Legumes.

Talk to you all soon!

Kristyn B.

Whole30: Dairy Reintroduction

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Hey guys!

On April 27th I finished my Whole30 turned Whole50! Woo-hoo! I lost 14.5 pounds! Just the cherry on top of all the other benefits. 🙂 On April 28th I began the reintroduction phase of the program. I wanted to share this with you all, you know, in case anyone was interested. The Whole30 creators, Melissa and Dallas Hartwig provide a sample reintroduction schedule but of course leave you room to decide for yourself. Here is the schedule that I made for myself.

Day 1: Dairy
Day 2 & 3: Whole30 Compliant
Day 4: Gluten Free Grains
Day 5 & 6: Whole30 Compliant
Day 7: Gluten
Day 8 & 9: Whole30 Compliant
Day 10: Legumes

To begin, I completed dairy day and the two Whole30 days after. Here was my experience.

Breakfast: 2% Lactose Free Milk in my coffee. Besides the milk, my meal was Whole30 compliant.

Notes: Shortly after my breakfast I was feeling jittery and could feel my heart pounding. My stomach was rumbling. I’m pretty sure this is related to the caffeine though since I hardly drank any coffee during my Whole50. About an hour later and (TMI alert) a trip to the restroom, things calmed down. Lol

Lunch: Grilled burger with cheddar cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato, and no bun. Carrot and celery sticks on the side.

Notes: I planned on eating Chipotle but due to their pork shortage, carnitas weren’t available. So I went to a restaurant next door that was grilling out instead. My meal wasn’t very filling, seeing that the light veggies were the only option to swap out for the chips. About an hour after my meal, I wasn’t feeling too hot. A little sick to my stomach and I was burping (which I hardly ever do). I also had slight acid reflux feeling in my chest and throat, a feeling I remembered all too well. An hour after that, I noticed that I was super sleepy!

Dinner: Dinner was Whole30 compliant. For dessert, I had a scoop of strawberry and one scoop of butter pecan from Graeter’s ice cream.

Notes: Let me tell you, I had been waiting for this moment. I was excited for the day that I could taste luxurious ice cream again. I hadn’t been craving it at all (like I did ALL last summer) but I missed it and had memories of how good it tasted. When the day came, I was excited but not too excited. I felt…oddly calm and nonchalant. When I finally took a bite I definitely enjoyed the taste and I noticed that without even forcing it, I was eating slowly and savoring every bite. I had a handful of bites and then…I was done. Yes, after eating less than half of my ice cream, I had enough. My boyfriend and I were both in shock. The Whole30 really did change me! I had no doubt that it did but to actually see it in action was amazing.

Before and after.

Before and after.

I went back a little later to try and finish the rest but I still couldn’t do it. I didn’t even have the desire to. So I gave the rest to my boyfriend and he enjoyed it…after devouring his own two scoops of ice cream. Lol

Day 2: I was feeling normal but really sleepy. It’s important to note that I had been tired that whole week even before testing dairy so I think it may be unrelated to that or quite possibly the dairy made it worse. I had an apple with breakfast (a pink lady) which tasted waaay too sweet. I think I was still recovering from the sugar overload I had the night before. Lol

Day 3: I was in an irritable mood for no apparent reason. I definitely think it’s in relation to the dairy and not eating enough throughout the day. *Sigh* I still have a hard time packing enough for breakfast for work. I’m working on it.

Dairy verdict: I don’t think milk in my coffee will hurt me. Granted, I had lactose free milk, not sure how it will be with regular milk but we shall see in the future. Cheese (oh my beloved cheese) will only be eaten on rare occasion. To be honest, I didn’t even miss it much during my Whole50 so I’m ok with this decision. I didn’t have a bad reaction with ice cream, just a sugar rush. Lol I will probably have this as a special treat from time to time but only when I feel it is worth the indulgence and has the simplest ingredients possible (Graeter’s being a good choice).

Later Peeps!

Kristyn B.

Thinking about doing a Whole30 or are currently going through the reintro phase? Share your questions and/or experiences below!