My Whole30 Body Makeover + Beginner’s Guide

I am semi-embarrassed to share this post with y’all.  There’s nothing like setting up a tripod and snapping a picture of yourself, no makeup, no figure-flattering tummy-tucking outfit, with every flaw brutally exposed, to send out into blogland for the whole world to see.

This post is as raw as I’ve ever gotten.  It’s real.  And I honestly thought about not sharing it considering it really has nothing to do with home decor and DIY.

But then I thought harder about it.  My ultimate goal with this blog is always to help people, to empower others, to show that we’re all human beings just trying to do the best we can in our everyday lives. So I’m going for it.

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I have to confess something to you.  I’ve hated my body ever since Olivia was born (exactly four years ago tomorrow) when I had gained 50+ pounds.  I don’t like to admit it, but that’s just how I’ve felt for so long. My weight has gone up and down based on my stress, our family vacations, our busy schedules, around holidays, etc.

I’d lost all of my baby weight around a year post-partum, but those last 10 pounds somehow always creep back every now and then.  And despite my weight being back down to pretty much where it used to be, my muscle composition is completely different. (Just proof that the numbers on the scale don’t always give you the whole story on your health.)

This summer, I got to the point where I dreaded walking on the beach in a bathing suit.  Then in August, after returning from my last summer vacation with family, after devouring Lord knows how many empty calories with ice cream and cheeseburgers, I decided now was the time for change.

I had to take control of my health, not just for my own mental and physical well-being, but to also teach an important lesson to Olivia on how to really love her body.

I challenged myself to do the Whole30 Program.  Y’all!  It was hard.  REALLY hard.  But this progress pretty much speaks for itself. And so many of you were so encouraging when I first started and mentioned it on Instagram. (Let me apologize in advance for this long post ahead, but it’s worth it, I swear.)

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I mean… it probably helps that in that after shot I’m wearing makeup.  When I took that before picture, I had no idea I’d be posting it here, so I just tossed my unshowered hair into a messy bun and snapped a pic.

It was mainly for me to use as my own measuring tool to gauge how much my body was changing doing the program.  Oh my gosh, did my body change!  Do you see that tummy shrinking action?!

If you’ve never heard of Whole30 before, it’s a program where you drastically clean up your diet and avoid any foods for 30 days that could be having a negative impact on your health- dairy, sugar, grains, legumes, and alcohol.  There’s the Whole30 book, which I highly recommend reading if you want major success with it.

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I technically only made it to Day 25.  Robert and I had to go on an unexpected weekend trip where we would be eating a lot of meals in a 14-hour car ride on the road, and continuing Whole30 was going to be a bigger challenge than we could handle, so we chose to end it early, unfortunately.  And, I should note, I only visited the gym twice during the whole time we were on the program since we were wrapping up a room makeover and a fall tour.

But in those 25 days, these are ALL the things that improved with my health:

  • I lost 14 pounds in 25 days!
  • I lost several inches, but I was terrible and didn’t measure myself at the beginning.  All I can say is I went from a size 8/10 to a size 6/8 in jeans in less than 4 weeks.
  • Boundless energy!  Before doing Whole30, I had many sluggish days where I always felt exhausted.  After 2 weeks into Whole30, my energy was through the roof! My to-do list was easier than ever to handle because I was suuuuper productive and clear-headed.  Have you ever seen the movie Limitless?  I imagine this is how Bradley Cooper on NZT-48 felt.
  • My mood improved drastically and my usual everyday anxiety was virtually nonexistent (which is a big accomplishment when you’re dealing with regular temper tantrums from your preschooler.)
  • My skin was glowing!  I’ve had bouts of adult acne before, and my breakouts had flared up this summer because I was eating so poorly.  With Whole30, my breakouts completely cleared up and my skin’s texture hadn’t felt this amazing in over 10 years.  My skin, not just on my face, but all over felt baby soft.
  • Headaches cleared up!  At least once a week, I usually get a headache, either from stress or sinuses or fatigue.  Whole30 made all of that go away.
  • Seasonal allergies were gone!  In August/September especially, I usually get a seasonal allergy attack.  Something always blooms around that time that doesn’t agree with my sinuses.  But I had no issues at all this year by just cleaning up my diet. (And guess what… as soon as I went back to my bad eating habits while we were on the road, my allergies acted up on me. Maybe that’s a coincidence. I don’t know.)
  • My taste buds changed!  By the end of it, the bad-for-me foods didn’t even taste very good.  I actually craved vegetables!  Don’t get me wrong, I devoured some chocolate when it was all over, but I was completely turned off by the thought of French fries.  It was like by eating loads of salt and sugar before, I couldn’t really taste fruits and vegetables.  They suddenly had way more flavor.

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If you’ve wanted to try it too, here are some of my tips to help you survive the Whole30 program:

  • Do Whole30 with a friend or spouse. – Robert and I did Whole30 together and I could not have done it without him.  (He lost 15 pounds!)  We sort of made it a competition.  As in, “If you eat that brownie, that means I win at this no-cheating thing. Ha!”  We were both determined not to be the one to crack under the diet pressure first.  It was great motivation.
  • Read the Whole30 book! Just do it. – Instead of mindlessly scrolling through Facebook on my phone like I sometimes do, I would try to read a chapter or two from the book at a time.  It was so eye-opening to understand why I needed to avoid certain foods and see all of the studies behind the science.  I got a better understanding of my own psychology that always ends up being my downfall during “healthy phases” so that I could be more determined to fight back against bad cravings.
  • Read this Whole30 timeline. Seriously. – This timeline was so spot on to my moods throughout the program.  Psychology plays a big part in this (because you’re fighting with yourself the whole time), so if I knew what tricks my brain was going to play on me, I could be more prepared.  Also, it’s pretty hilarious.  The “Kill All The Things” phase is so real.  On Day 5, I really was ready to murder some people. Grouch status.
  • Drink water like it’s your job.  A lot of times, we confuse hunger with thirst.
  • Plan ahead.  I always like writing down my weekly menu before grocery shopping, so I know exactly what to make for dinner every night and how those dinners can be stretched into leftovers for lunches.
  • Have fun with new recipes. – If you see cooking and eating your meals as a big chore, it’s going to be an even bigger challenge.  But if you can see it as an exciting chance to test your skills in the kitchen and try new foods and pretend you’re Chef Ramsay for a month, it’s really a lot of fun!  The Whole30 Cookbook is a great start.  I searched online for Whole30 recipes too and came up with some really amazing ones (which I listed at the end of this post).

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I wasn’t the best at documenting my meals, but I snapped photos of a few typical breakfasts and lunches I had.  I’ll tell you now, eggs, avocados, almond butter, and potatoes will be your best friends.  You definitely will not go hungry on this program.  I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so. much. food!

Most mornings, I ate veggie scrambled eggs, with spinach and diced tomatoes, a fruit of some kind, sliced avocado, and bacon. (Make sure the bacon is the kind with no sugar.  I discovered the low sodium kind usually has no sugar in it.)  And I had coffee with coconut milk and coconut cream to help cut through the bitterness.

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If I needed a quick and easy lunch and didn’t have any dinner leftovers prepared, tuna salad in a lettuce wrap was a go-to.  I made mine with avocado mayo, topped it with some avocado slices, and it was soooooo good.

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I made salads frequently for lunches too.  I discovered if I cooked a big batch of grilled chicken to last us through the week, I could make meals more easily when I was in a rush by shredding it up into a soup or on a salad or in a lettuce wrap, topping a chicken breast with some salsa, or whatever I needed to do to keep it interesting.

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The one thing that was tricky was salad dressing.  Pretty much all of them have sugar! I never paid much attention before.  This Greek vinaigrette was my go-to and completely Whole30 compliant.

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Whenever I had a major sweet tooth craving, I usually had a small bowl of Monkey Salad, unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon, apple slices dipped in almond butter, or a Larabar (the ones without peanut butter or chocolate).  It helped in a pinch when I felt ready to devour any doughnut in a reachable distance.

I discovered a lot more about myself as a cook because I was able to play a lot more with flavors and tossing in spices and combinations I’d never really attempted before.  And I loved it!

Here are a few other recipes, Robert and I really enjoyed:

For sides, I usually just roast vegetables like broccoli or Brussels sprouts seasoned, tossed in olive oil, and put in the oven at 425 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.

The Cons:

  • Our grocery bill was pricey.  We were spending easily $200 per week at the grocery store for all of this fresh meat and produce were were cooking up.  But considering we weren’t eating out really at all, where we used to eat out 3-4 times per week for lunches or dinners when we were feeling lazy or in a rush, it mostly evened out.
  • Grocery trips are frequent.  The shelf life of fresh food is very short, so you will likely be making grocery trips at least once a week.
  • The first two weeks were the hardest.  Really hard.  You might have a short fuse for a few days.  If you can make it past Day 12, you’re mostly in the clear!
  • It’s time-consuming.  I had to make a conscious effort to set aside at least half an hour, sometimes more, to cook breakfast and dinner.  It’s definitely challenging if you’re already really busy.  But hey, if you get that awesome burst of energy and clarity it gives you, making time becomes easier.
  • It doesn’t travel well.  The two restaurants we could depend on if we were driving around and needed a meal were Chipotle and Chili’s.  At Chipotle, we ordered salads with carnitas, salsa (not the corn kind), and guacamole. It was sooooo good!  At Chili’s, we ended up getting lettuce-wrapped grass fed burgers with tomato, avocado, and mushrooms with steamed veggies on the side.
  • Your kitchen will always be a mess.  It’s a fact.  We were always grilling chicken, scrambling eggs, and chopping veggies (this food processor helps).  Just tell yourself it’s only for 30 days, and you’ll be okay.  Knowing this diet wasn’t going to be forever gave me that “light at the end of the tunnel” mentality I needed sometimes.

It’s now been a couple of weeks since we finished the program, and even though I’ve gained back 2 pounds and don’t have as much of a strict diet (we’ve now switched to Paleo and allow ourselves treats on weekends), I still feel like I’m much more educated in terms of my health and am more conscious of what I eat.  I feel more in control of my body, and that’s a great feeling.

Robert and I are already excited to try another Whole30 round next month (and hopefully make it to the end, busy schedules allowing).  Now that Olivia is back in preschool, I’m hoping to make regular trips to the gym again too. (Or at least bust out my 30 Day Shred DVD that helped me lose my initial baby weight.)

Out of all the makeovers we’ve had on this blog, I have to say, this one was definitely the most challenging but also most rewarding.  For the first time in years, I actually love my body.  And that’s a huge victory for me.

If you’ve been struggling on a weight plateau or with skin issues or have had zero energy lately or a whole slew of health problems, I’m telling you, YOU CAN DO THIS!  Every journey has to start with that first step.  Losing a loved one is hard.  Raising children is hard.  Beating cancer is hard.  By comparision, eating more vegetables and less junk is not hard.  YOU’VE GOT THIS.  (Oops, sorry. I’ll stop yelling.)

Have you ever done Whole30 before?  Or Paleo?  Have you thought about trying it?  Do you have any tips that helped you? Or favorite recipes that you cooked?  I’d LOVE to know in the comments.  And hopefully, it could help others with the same struggle too.

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Lauren! Girlfriend, its like you are speaking directly to me. My daughter will be 3 in a few months and I’ve had an even worse love/hate relationship with my body since she was born. I’ve thought about implementing Whole 30 before, but it seems so intimidating. Thank you so much for being honest about your journey!

Thanks, Jordan! I’ll bet you it’s something a lot of us struggle with but just never talk about. It’s so hard putting all of your insecurities out there. I did it mostly just to prove to myself that I could because I told myself I couldn’t for way too long. 😉

Thank you so much for sharing your story and experience with Whole30! Having 2 young kids, a husband and two full time jobs makes it way too easy to put my own health and well being on the back burner. Reading your story has made me even more determined to make eating better a priority. I too suffer from headaches and migraines and would LOVE to be able to stop taking my prescription migraine medication and be able to prevent them naturally. Thanks again for being so raw and sharing your experience! xoxo

Congratulations on taking control of your health! I did the Whole 30 for 4 months to help stop inflammation, and lose some weight. I stayed gluten, dairy, sugar free for 14 months total l lost 49 pounds and it helped with inflammation, however l have multiple autoimmune diseases, and eventually l was hospitalized 3 times sine last October. I stayed pretty clean with my eating, but the slip ups were becoming more frequent, so a month ago l started no sugar, gluten, or dairy. One thing that really changed was my overall cholesterol, l dropped 100 points in a year! I have basically chosen to eat healthy, even though weight loss is very slow, there are internal changes that makes it worth it. The most important thing to remember is that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, no matter how we look, we are loved, and were bought with a price we could never pay. Beauty is who we are, not how we look, but we have a responsibility to be all we can be for Him.

I also have an autoimmune disease. Already gluten free, I try really hard to be sugar free, but now reading I need to be dairy free which leads me back to the W30. I did great on it the first time. But found out on the 2nd and 3rd time that I was eating too many fruits. My body is not accepting carbs and I could gain 10# in a week. So it looks like back to the W30 with minimal fruits this time. Encouragement needed! Praying daily for healing and strength.

I think it was because of you that I looked into it over a year ago. Did you once post a picture of the delivery of the book, Starts with Food? Well I too, have done a few rounds. Lost 10 pounds each the first 2 rounds, then just 5 last month. It is fabulous and I look at it more for internal health NOT a vanity thing about looks, or weight.
You look fabulous and can imagine how great you feel.
Well done.

Hmm… I don’t think it was me. I only just now did my first round of it and only found out about it a few months ago. That is SO amazing that you’ve had such great success with it! I totally agree, the internal health benefits far outweigh the weight loss.

Congrats on your success! I will definitely have to look into this more when I can focus on it (now I have work x2, school, house buying & moving!)

Check out Brianna’s Real French Vinaigrette. No sugar at all and very tasty. I did it as part of the AdvoCare 24 day challenge and still use it. 🙂

Wow! Yeah I’d say you have a lot on your plate right now. Haha! Congrats on the house buying and moving!! I’ll have to check out that dressing recipe. Thanks!

Love your guts girl!! I’m glad you didn’t shy away from sharing! Although I know how hard it can be to feel so exposed and raw and for thousands of people to see! In the past three years I have put on almost 30 lbs because I haven’t been as focused on my health as I should be. And your right, it translates when raising daughters how we feel about ourselves and the things we sometimes say out loud thinking little ears won’t hear or understand what we are saying. Or just even the self-image we display. Donning sweatpants and a t-shirt everyday because we’ve outgrown our regular clothes or that’s what’s comfortable and what we like can translate an image of carelessness about our appearance. It’s one thing to darn that on occasion, it’s another when we live in them and are depressed about our body’s shape or size. Reality is… Babies change us and our bodies, but we don’t have to give up on ourselves, our health, and feeling good because we don’t look like our pre-baby body anymore. We need to embrace our motherhood and all the changes that came with it but also need to put some value on ourselves and in taking care of ourselves. So….big clapping hands to you! 👏 Just one more way you inspire! I love the raw and real you! And thank you for sharing it all!

Wow, if you think you’re fat you must be only 2 feet tall! LOL. You look great and I can definitely tell the difference. Took guts to post your pictures online, but it is what it is, right? I’ve done WW off and on for years and I’m back at my highest weight nonpregnant. This is an inspiring story and may decide to do this. Thank you so much for sharing your inner and outer self with us a little more!

Not fat but just… not the best version of myself. And I think being in good health is so much more than being skinny. Thanks for the love, Linda!

So proud for you, Lauren! That post-baby thing is a hard one for us girls, when we see how much it changes our bodies. Fantastic that you are doing this for yourself–because we tend to become last on our own list once we become moms. Love that you shared this and I think you look wonderful.

Hi Lauren, one thing that I’ve learned is that you should be priority one, because if your down so is everyone else. I have not been able to visit your posts for awhile as I’ve told about my daughter struggling with cancer. Thank God I took control of my life over thirty years ago, because now I am my daughter’s strength and it seriously has paid off, she is healing in a big way. She got to the point where she just did not want to fight anymore, she did not want to go on. I thought I can’t possibly know what she’s going through so every step of the way so far I’ve been there for her and she told me that my matter of fact attitude and the fact that I told her that it’s okay I’ll take the wheel for awhile., (believe me this is hard to write) has helped her emotionally by far and now the cancer along with severe pain has almost dissappeared. The one thing I feel as women, vanity is the last thing on the list to take care of yourself, please do it for others that you love because one day someone made need all that strength from you and believe me after seeing what your loved one (especially your child) goes through with a life threatening illness, it’s more painful than any diet or workout as your heart is always in cardio mode. Lauren I’m proud of you for wanting to do this for yourself and your little darling daughter!!

Your comment just completely made me well up with tears. You are so right, Pat. I’m so sorry for everything you’ve gone through. Saying a prayer for you and your daughter right now. Thank you for that extra encouragement.

Thanks so much for this. It’s not me being g incompetent?! The cons you listed (minus the restaurants) are things I am feeling now. I’m a stay at home homeschooling mom and I feel like I never leave the kitchen because we’re always cooking and cleaning up. All the runs to the store for fresh veggies or fruit are tiring too. We (husband, daughter, and me) have a week left. I’ve enjoyed trying new things and my daughter has prepared some of her own meals as well. I still don’t feel the energy I should or hoped but I’m thinking the new school year pace and all this kitchen time is wiping me out. Thanks again.

Yes! The cooking and cleaning and grocery tips are a big ol’ pain. My husband was great about cooking breakfast for us so I only had to cook dinner and we usually did easy leftovers or salad for lunch. We tried to split the duties as much as we could. For grocery trips, I use online shopping and just pick up at the store. Saved SO much time, and it kept me from being tempted by junk food while shopping.

That’s awesome Lauren! Eating clean can be such a challenge, but when I’m consistent, I feel SO MUCH BETTER! Getting started is always the worst, and when I fall off the wagon, it’s such a struggle to get back on – I swear, it’s like coming off a drug addiction! You look fantastic – what great results!

Thank you for sharing! I myself just completed the 21 Day Fix Challenge through BeachBody and it was tough! Making so many changes to my diet was really hard at first, but I too now crave the “good stuff” and have really seen a boost in my energy levels, less headaches and I’ve lost 6 lbs and inches off my waist. The 30 minute workout videos were challenging but they got a little bit easier each time I did one. Overall, its really helped me be more conscious about treating my body as a holy temple and taking care of myself so I can set a good example for my own 3 kids. I’m glad you had such great results as well!

That’s so great, Katie! I’ve heard great things about 21 Day Fix too and haven’t tried it yet but I’m really interested! I like 30 Day Shred too, which I imagine is similar to the BeachBody workouts.

That’s awesome Lauren! Congrats!! Is it weird that the most noticeable thing to me is your neck?? Probably because I HATE mine. Profiles are the worst! But you look great!!

Im really happy that I read this article; although it was like a beginner’ guide to the whole30, and I was already doing the program, It drew me in. I did this program for 3 weeks, and ended it early because of a death in the family, which called for me to go over seas. I was ok for the 1st 2 days, but it became difficult, so I stopped it. I felt guilty, but at the same time, grateful for all the health tips i learned! I too lost weight, and I didint get a chance to work out as much. This article helped me to feel less guilty about ending it but im happy with what I learned and my 3 week results!

Thats awesome. We are modified paleo ( I still eat cheese and some yoghurt, and also rice, and wrap bread- and I give the kids milk and some snacks). Overall we are fairly refined sugar free- Ive been toying with the idea of whole 30 but its so busy with six kids

I decided to do whole30 with my daughter. It’s hard but worth it. I did not have GERD once. BUT when my 30 days were up, I ate “garbage” and paid for it. My system was not happy. Congrats on your success!

Awesome post, and inspiring! Just wanted to share time-savers that my husband and I do to deal with the time crunch when preparing foods: 1. You can scramble eggs on Sunday, (a dozen or so) and heat and eat via the microwave.. they are pretty tasty, just don’t overcook. 2. Ditto salads, not for 7 days but usually 3 days worth. 4. Make the tuna/chicken salad up on Sunday, for the entire week. We have a routine where we shop and do as much food prep on Sundays for the week ahead. Hard boil eggs, salad fixings, chicken breast, crock pot, get it done on one day, and voila, less stress for weekday breakfasts/dinners!

I started my first round May 2016. I did the entire 30 days and my results were similar to yours. I wish I had measured too. I have always “eaten healthy” and worked out. I knew how to keep my weight where I wanted or lose if I needed to. I filled in on running boot camp classes at my former gym. Then premenopause hit! I gained nearly 15 lbs and couldn’t get that weight to budge in 2 years…until Whole 30. When your body doesn’t have to waste effort trying to decipher what “frankenfoods” we eat, it can spend more effort healing ailments in your body. For me it was needing it body to naturally balance my hormone levels. I followed my 30 days with a 5 day vacation, so I didn’t do the reintro like I should. I came home and did another round, but that was followed up with a 2 week camping trip with a group of almost 20 people. I came home to needing to get my classroom prepared and meetings (teacher), and eventually got back on track for round 3. This time I did reintroduce! The idea is you try reintro for things like dairy and gluten one at a time. This is to determine intolerances. I have had joint pain that I have worked through for years. I found out dairy triggers it. I also found out gluten make me bloated and digestive discomfort. I had no desire to add in alcohol or sugar. I don’t intend to eat those or processed foods as part of my day to day. I haven’t tried legumes yet. I am hoping that I can add black beans back in.
The next step is the new book Food Freedom. It helps you take what you learn and make it a lifestyle. How to work back in holidays and vacations etc. I highly recommend it!
I sleep better than I ever had, clearer skin, no bloating, no joint pain, “regular”, weight gone, back in all my clothes so inches lost, continual energy and no crashes, better mood…can’t say enough!

Great Job! I have been doing the Whole30 (has sort of turned into a lifestyle change) and the one recipe that I absolutely LOVE is by MariaMakes…her version of Dump Ranch…oh my goodness! Add a little avocado and cilantro and I could eat it off my shoe! Also, vanilla chia pudding is a staple in my daily diet. God bless you for spending all the time on this post!! Whole30 is worth it…I have lost 16lb. My colleague lost 17lb in her 30 days.

This post was very inspiring! It’s hard to believe how much junk we eat on a regular basis even when trying to be healthy! Can’t wait to try the whole 30. Thanks for your honestly, you look awesome!

I just found this post—thank you. Started the Whole30 with my hubby on January 1. It is hard even though the authors of the book say it’s not. 😳😬😜 We just ordered the Paleo cookbook you mention. Although I’m in the grandma stage of weight gain 😠 I needed something and the Whole30 seemed right. Wish us luck.

Congrats on starting it, Wendy! My husband and I just started our second round this month too, and even though we’ve done it before it’s STILL hard. I’m already able to see a change in my body with the way my clothes fit after less than a week though. It’s tough planning ahead for meals and avoiding the temptations but it’s sooo worth it. Hope the rest goes well for you!

You are fabulous girl! Great job, and props to your hubby for doing it with you! Thank you for being so brave as to post your pics and share your journey! You’re gorgeous and gave me even more motivation to do my first Whole 30. Thank you!!

My husband and I just finished our first Whole30. He lost 15 pounds. Which he needed to do. I’m pregnant and still feel great. We look forward to continuing this healthy eating lifestyle.

The pork Bangor sausages were a huge hit with my kids, so we made a double batch once a week and got one dinner and one lunch out of them! They were also one of the least time consuming items to make.

My favorite snack while on W30 and after is two or three slices of bacon cut in inch size pieces, eaten with guacamole. Sometimes I add two deviled eggs and call it breakfast or lunch, dinner if adding more veggies. I also like sautéing veggies of all kinds in a huge pot, then adding any spices I feel like at the time (paprika, Italian seasonings, cumin, chili, turmeric, ginger, rosemary, thyme, are just a few I’ve used at different times. I’ve found cumin, ginger, and turmeric all help with my joint pain so I add them as often as I can to whatever I’m cooking.) I then usually add tomatoes or spaghetti sauce with only ingredients being tomatoes, and sea salt, and spices. I eat this “spaghetti veggie” mix for any time I’m hungry, added to meals, as a snack, or use it in a lettuce wrap. Sometimes I add in compliant sausage too. It’s a great easy addition for your weekly meals.

That sounds yummy! Deviled eggs is one of my favorites too. I just discovered baking pork meatballs in the oven, sauteing raw zucchini noodles for about 5 minutes (already spiraled in the produce section), and tossing into Rao’s marinara (which is Whole30 compliant). Easiest dinner ever. It takes less than 10 minutes of work, and it’s sooooo goooooood when I’m needing an Italian / pasta fix.