My Second Whole30 - DanaChirps

I recently finished up my second round of Whole30. This round was a BREEZE in comparison to my first. For 30 days I did not consume any added sugar, grains, dairy, legumes, or alcohol. It really went off without a hitch. If anything, it was a bit anticlimactic because it felt like less of an accomplishment because it was easier! I knew how to shop, where to shop, and had designated go-to recipes for busy evenings. 

Looking back, I feel as though I had done another round of Whole30 too soon. My last round was in January. My motivation and enthusiasm just weren't the same this time. But I was committed to completing a goal I set for myself and so I did. Although, if I ever again want to quickly get good habits rolling (which was my main motivator to do another round), I would do a 10-14 day reset. 

One of my secondary goals for this round of Whole30 was to get better about eating breakfast. I started off strong, muscling egg cups down every morning. But by the end, I ended up not eating breakfast or eating an Rx bar. There's still quite a bit of room for improvement there. I also developed a bad habit during Round 2. I was consuming TONS of dried mango. Dried mango is one of the sweetest things you can eat on Whole30, but it's not meant to be consumed the way I was eating it! I finally had to cut myself (and Brett who did another round of "Whole30ish") from it. If I don't buy it, I have no problems.

The good news is that I still love Whole30 food, and am an advocate of the program. The food is absolutely delicious and the program works. For this round, I purchased Whole30 Fast and Easy. This recipe book was so handy and the food I made from it was a lot faster and easier than the food I made from the other two cookbooks I have. This was an ideal book to use during the workweek. However, I have the time and energy to cool, I still love relishing in the process of cooking recipes from the other ones. 

My three favorite recipes this round:

Roast Root Veggies in Curry Sauce with Ground Pork - If you like Indian food, this is the BEST Indian dish I've tried on Whole30. I'll be eating this again!

Cod with Citrus Glazed - Simple and delicious. Plus, who doesn't like balsamic reduction?

Chicken Satay Salad - This was my favorite recipe I made out of the Fast and Easy cookbook. That dressing was UNREAL.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Results Recap - Whole30 - DanaChirps

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I did it! I survived Whole30! No alcohol, no added sugar, no legumes, no dairy, and no grains for 30 days! And now I'm in the reintroduction process. But I figured I'd go ahead and share my results with you! 

  • I feel way more empowered when I'm grocery shopping for food. I read every ingredient on every label of every product. I've also gotten financially savvier with grocery shopping for clean food.
  • I know how to make insanely tasty healthy meals! Seriously though... I've been exposed to, and have made so many foods I never would have tried otherwise. I now have an inventory of go-to meals to make.
  • My energy has increased which is crazy, because I thought I was pretty high octane before... but now I feel like my energy levels are evenly sustained all day.
  • I fall asleep -and stay asleep- so much easier now.
  • My skin looks awesome - I literally had an 18 year old ask what products I use after she complimented my skin. (She thought I was younger. And she's essentially my new favorite person on planet earth now.)
  • Digestion has improved.
  • I feel less anxious and less stressed. 
  • It's not that I was against fat before, but I feel like I really have experienced the benefit of consuming good fats and am a full fledged fat lover now. 
  • Unhealthy food cravings have decreased, and are much more manageable.
  • Did not get sick or catch a cold during this experience. Considering I had a hectic work trip where I was in airports, and around hundreds of people during flu season - I'm going to take this as a positive indicator with regards to my immune system!
  • My weight dropped 2-3 pounds. I wasn't big to begin with, but I had sort of mysteriously gained a few pounds that weren't muscle. So although it wasn't a concern, I wanted the extra to be GONE - and it is, and I feel great. 

These were my goals when I first started. I think it's safe to say I cleaned house on the benefits of eating this way.

It's also worth mentioning that when I started this program, I had also started a challenge at the gym I had just joined and have been going very frequently. I would say that the one-two punch of healthy eating, and endorphins has been really powerful and played a large factor in the mental/mood related benefits I've experienced.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Days 25-29 - Whole30 - DanaChirps

Seared Scallops with Ginger Blueberry Sauce and Asparagus - Whole30 - DanaChirps

Seared Scallops with Ginger Blueberry Sauce and Asparagus - Whole30 - DanaChirps

I'm at the last stretch of Whole30, and I can't believe it is almost over! Overall, this program has been much easier to implement than I ever could have imagined. Below are my thoughts on the process of doing Whole30... I have a separate post coming to discuss results.

The hardest parts:

  • Traveling for work - I had to really plan and pack a tonnnnn of compliant food. But by doing so, I successfully avoided eating noncompliant food. However, I was glad the trip was a short 3 days. Had it been longer, I'm not sure if it would have been feasible. 
  • Going out to eat - This was tough. We barely went out to eat because most restaurants didn't have compliant options. The few times we went out, I hated having to spend money (or have Brett spend money) on something bland/compliant. On the plus side, I'm sure we have not spent nearly as much as we typically do wining and dining out.
  • Time - You spend a lot of time dealing with food. Reading labels, researching recipes, meal planning, grocery store trips, cooking, and Lord have mercy - the dishes - SO many dishes! But this does get easier as time goes on because you naturally learn which recipes are going to be a bigger time investment.

The best parts:

  • I feel way more competent in selecting the food I buy. I read every label!
  • The food. It is SO.STINKIN.GOOD! I tell people that even if they aren't doing Whole30 to buy a Whole30 cookbook just for the sake of having awesome recipes. I have sincerely loved nearly everything I've made. 
  • I've learned to appreciate and enjoy cooking. This is the first time I've really been adventurous in the kitchen, and I've really gotten into it. 
  • Picking recipes. Even though it takes a little time, I love meal planning. I think it is fun to select the yummy foods I'm going to make. Brett and I tag-team grocery shopping, and I actually enjoy this process more than I thought I would. I typically plan 5 days at a time. This is largely due to the fact we have a smaller fridge/freezer, so space is limited. 
Cherry Chipotle Chicken Thighs - Whole30 - DanaChirps

Cherry Chipotle Chicken Thighs - Whole30 - DanaChirps

Recipe Rundown:

Asian Sesame Meatballs Over Zoodles - This one was ok. I think I would have really liked this one more with less zoodles. 

Seared Scallops with Ginger Blueberry Sauce and Asparagus - Um, yes x1000. The scallops with the sauce... so flavorful!

Cherry Chipotle BBQ Chicken Thighs - This was a giant hell yes kind of recipe! It has a little kick to it, but the cherries are seriously like these flavor bombs that are so scrumptious.

Spicy Pineapple Steak and Chicken Kebab - I think we just love all things kebab'd... another winner!

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.