My Whole30 Journey ~ Part II (PLUS Szechuan Carrot Soup)

by Angie Anew on January 22, 2012

Twenty-two days! That’s how long I’ve gone without sugar, grains, dairy, legumes and processed foods. But let’s not focus on the withouts. The past few weeks of my Whole30 journey have been filled with leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and lean (and not-so-lean) meats.

How’s it going? Well, my guess is that I’ll have lost about 10 pounds at the end of this month. More importantly, though, I feel great! Here are the biggest changes I’ve noticed so far:

  • My pants are loose. A coworker commented last week that my pants are looking quite baggy in the rear. (A compliment!) I’m looking forward to picking out some new stuff this spring. Last year around this time, I was about 25 pounds heavier than I likely am now.
  • My skin is clearer. Before starting the Whole 30, I was going through a bout of bad break-outs. Now, my skin looks brighter and feels less irritated.
  • I’m sleeping better. I can’t credit the Whole 30 for this entirely. We’ve been making a more concerted effort to get our 1-year-old to sleep better at night. That combined with my better eating habits have led to some of the best sleep I’ve had in more than a year!
  • I have more energy. (See previous bullet.)
  • My teeth stay cleaner. Weird, but true. I guess the dentist was right. Sugar is bad for your teeth.
  • I’m wasting less food. It used to be that I’d buy vegetables with good intentions of using them only to flake out during the week. Now if I don’t make the veggies . . . I’ll have nothing to eat.

In short, I’m quite pleased. The habits I’m forming now will serve me well even after the 30 days are up.

This week, I’ll be thinking about my goals for after the Whole30. I plan to keep up with my new eating habits for the most part. I do, however, see some chocolate and red wine in my future. Oh, and the occasional splash of cream in my coffee. Mmmm.

Also in my future: EXERCISE. With better eating habits established, I’m ready to get moving.

For the last 8 days of my Whole30 journey, though, I’ll continue to focus on food. Like this awesome Szechuan carrot soup:

Szechuan Carrot Soup

I found the recipe on Relishing It — a Minnesota-based food blog with lovely photos and recipes. I only had to make three minor substitutions to make it Whole30 compliant:

  1. Fish sauce for soy sauce
  2. Sunflower seed butter for peanut butter
  3. No honey

Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. So good! And easy. Try it!

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Laurie Jesch-Kulseth @ Relishing It January 22, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Wow! Sounds like you’ve had quite a healthy month. Congratulations on being so healthy. You must feel wonderful! PS — glad you enjoyed the soup so much. :)

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Angie Anew January 22, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Thanks Laurie! I feel great. And the soup was fantastic! Better even than I was expecting. I used the full amount of hot pepper flakes. Warm, spicy goodness. Mmmm.

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Alissa January 22, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Okay Angie, you are convincing me, how do I start? I think I need to follow your lead here.

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Angie Anew January 22, 2012 at 10:24 PM

It’s actually really simple! Meat, veggies, fruits, healthy fats. The hardest thing (for me) was giving up dairy. But now I’m used to having coconut milk in my smoothies and drinking my coffee black. I also don’t try to “Whole30ify” foods that I would normally make with dairy or grains. I just eat totally differently.

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