Whole 30 Wine Country Edition : Volume One
Alright fraaaands ! We are half way through the Whole30 and my attempts at a healthier lifestyle ! So I think the first thing that’s important to state, I’m not actually doing the whole30..that I quickly realized wasn’t possible for me and my living environment. I decided to go with a very modified approach. For those that are not aware of the Whole 30 and what it entails, please read below:
From the Official Whole 30 Website, written by co-creator Melissa Hartwig...
Yes: Eat real food.
Eat moderate portions of meat, seafood, and eggs; lots of vegetables; some fruit; plenty of natural fats; and herbs, spices, and seasonings. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re whole and unprocessed.
No: Avoid for 30 days.
- Do not consume added sugar, real or artificial.
- Do not consume alcohol, in any form, not even for cooking.(And ideally, no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
- Do not eat grains.
- Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
- Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat, or sheep’s milk products like milk, cream, cheese, kefir, yogurt, sour cream, ice cream, or frozen yogurt.
- Do not consume carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
- Do not consume baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients.
I am tired just reading that list! I decided early on that my whole 30, really my whole 365 is what I should call it, would look like this:
- Alcohol once a week on a desired day!
- No grains, besides the occasional tortilla chip and or piece of bread (I have had bread 4 times this past month - I remember the exact scenarios - so basically doing it once a week)
- Smoothie 5 days a week! This way I am ensured to get all the nutrients and vitamins I need to boost my metabolism
- No added sugar at all, including morning coffee, tea's, sweet treats have been very limited. I don't have a sweet tooth really, so that's not that hard.
I have had some major fails, one fast food trip, I got super drunk one day and was really hungover the next....so what I am trying to convey, by no means am I perfect! I am proud of the positive changes I have made and the differences in my body seen below are evidence from those changes. The mental changes though are huge, really taking accountability and focusing on the positive vs. being set back by the negative. I know I have said it before and I will continue to preach, but the guys at Bare Health really have improved not only my physical state, but my mental state. They are such a force of positive energy and good vibes, that you can't not want to live like them. They are a huge proponents of a healthy, balanced lifestyle....aka drinking wine, indulging in the Napa Valley lifestyle, but not every weekend like muah! hah.
See below for my before and after photos - which technically they don't recommend you do and or weigh yourself, but I prefer seeing results and these are honestly only 2 weeks apart...so it's amazing how much the no alcohol and no grain thing can just melt off the inflammation! Also you will see some of my favorite places to eat for a healthy lunch and some recipes I swear by and will continue to use going forward on this journey!
Healthier Places To Eat In Napa
Southside Napa and Yountville : This great spot popped up about 2 years ago and is absolutely crushing the avocado toast game, pun totally intended! I love going there for lunch and grabbing their "Protein Bowl," $12 and I add avocado for $2 ....it's the perfect size and combination of flavors. I am completely stuffed after, but not that uncomfortable I just ate a burger and fries type of stuffed, the kind where I can easily go back to work and feel amazing for what I just ate!
Heritage Eats : located in the BelAir Shopping center (whole foods, target, trader joes), this place is a GREAT spot for grab and go lunch or dinner. I love getting their chicken tikka masala on salad greens, with salsa, coleslaw, pickled veggies and harissa spicy sauce! The price is right at $10 and under for most things!
Genova's Deli : Now hear me out on this one! Of course I know that deli sandwiches aren't the healthiest thing on the planet, but what I typically get when I go there is this delicious Taco Salad with salsa as the dressing and then minestrone soup ....so pretty much all vegetarian. The best part about it, it's totally affordable and I get out of there for $15 or less even if I get a half sandwich too...it's been known to happen. I only eat half the bread though...so that's like a half of a half....
These are just a few of the spots I frequent, but rest assured if your living a healthier lifestyle you can absolutely come to Napa and not be completely thrown off your wagon! When it comes to what I cook for myself at home, there are a few tried and true recipes that I’ll share with you!
Bare Health Morning Smoothie
This is a recipe I got started with because of Tessa and Matt at BH. They encourage all of their clients to start the day with this Smoothie because it really is the best thing you can do for your body, besides training with them too lol!
1/2 cup frozen berries
1 cup almond milk or more to desired smoothness
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon turmeric
1/2 tablespoon flax oil
1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
5 drops chlorophyll
1/2 tablespoon cacao nibs
Handful of greens (super greens from whole foods)
blend together and enjoy ! Perfect way to give your body everything it needs !
When it’s time for dinner my brain isn’t tricked as easily and wants comfort food only lol, so I got creative and put a really fun healthy twist on shake and bake chicken (yes I know, who am I that I eat Shake and bake?).
Pistachio Crusted Chicken
1 Bag Of salted pistachio from Trader Joes
2 tablespoons hot sauce (I loved using my Zana Sauce I received from my Fuego Box - it’s whole 30 approved)
beat the egg and hot sauce together and dredge chicken in the mixture and then dip into pistachio mixture to coat. Bake on 350 for 30-35 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked! Your mind will barely register it’s not having actual fried chicken, this is great for friends that are Gluten Free also!
Last but certainly not least we should talk about that extra motivation to get you to the gym.....looking cute! I always order work out clothes online because I haven't had the best luck finding items locally. That is all changed now with one of my favorite shops starting to carry workout gear! Boho Lifestyle in downtown Napa offers some adorable tops and pants with great patterns and funny sayings, you cannot go wrong! I especially love these pants because they are uber high waisted and suck EVERYTHING in, which you know, is kind of amazing when you're wanting to feel skinny but aren't technically all the way there yet (IMO). You can find this top HERE and my adorable work out pants HERE!