I survived and THRIVED on Whole30 this past January.

My weight stayed right around where I was in the fall but I lost over 4 1/2 inches. A solid inch from each thigh was the icing on the cake, that I won’t be eating 😉

This Whole30 challenge was very different for me than the last two times. I learned more about my body and my self than I thought possible and could probably fill a small notebook with all the reasons I’m so glad I decided to start 2015 off like this. The first time I did Whole30 it was about wanting to lose weight, this time I wanted lasting change in how I view the food I put into my body. I now 110% know that how I feel mentally and physically is a result of the foods I chose to eat or not eat.

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I was determined to make this the year that I brought my family together most nights for family meals. Meals that we all ate the same foods, rather than me throwing together something different for each of my kids. Being part of the #PathToFit campaign with Garmin and Whole Foods, gave me the kick in the pants that I needed to make this happen. I couldn’t just survive on eggs and sweet potatoes, my previous Whole30 staples, and have something to talk about if I wasn’t actually making anything with all the great food from Whole Foods.

My husband had to work late the other night, when I told Chloe this she started sulking around. I asked her what was wrong and she said – that means no family dinner tonight. I felt like I had just won the lottery – one goal for 2015 achieved!

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My favorite go-to-meal for breakfast and lunch is some form of a salad. I’ve upped my protein intake and have noticed that I am recovering from workouts faster than I was prior. I feel better and don’t have a food hangover after every meal.

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The fantastic thing about salads is that you can literally create a different option every day, and you can be the worst cook in the world and still make something you like. I’ve also found that by mixing them up, I haven’t gotten sick of them. I’ve eaten a salad a day for the past 30 plus days and now wake up craving them. Sounds too good to be true right? I really do love salads and Whole30 has made me love them even more.

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Here are some of my go to salad ingredients:

  • Hemp Seeds http://navitasnaturals.com/
  • Goji Berries
  • Olives
  • Olive Oil
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes {Short on time? Cook them in a microwave safe covered bowl for approximately 9 minutes}
  • Sausage
  • Chicken
  • Bacon http://www.wellshirefarms.com/
  • Beets {If you are short on time you can buy pre-cooked beets}
  • Onions
  • Sauerkraut {tried this for the first time last week and oh my – so good – I bought it pre-made at Whole Foods}

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I’ve gotten some questions about Whole30 and marathon training and how I’m making it work. The truth is that you can eat plenty of carbohydrates to fuel your runs, even if you aren’t eating grains. I’ve been eating extra potatoes the day before my long run. I was used to not eating breakfast before runs but that has slowly been changing, as I wake up really hungry in the morning now. If I have enough time to digest a little something before my run, I will have some potatoes with olive oil and sea salt. If I don’t have much time, I will have a handful of dried dates or dried cherries to give me a natural sugar kick. Whole30 has given me more energy for running, not less.

This past week I ran my 17 mile long run on the treadmill and hit a new step record for the day at the same time. 36,342 steps in one day!

I really LOVE being able to see the step counter on the vívofit go up – seeing the numbers on my wrist really helps me move more. I’m attempting {ugh} to be on my phone less because I recognize I waste a good amount of time during the day on it. I’m thankful I don’t have to plug this tracker into my phone during the day to get the numbers like I did on one of the other trackers I was formerly using.

What are some of your go-to salad ingredients? Did you finish Whole30 in January? How did it go?


This post is part of a series of posts for Garmin and Whole Foods. Garmin provided a vivofit and Whole Foods provided a gift card. All thoughts and opinions are my own.






  1. AVOCADO CREAM. I mix avocado with a bit of salt, lime juice, and garlic and run it through the food processor. Better than any other salad dressing out there.

  2. I love the idea of a food hangover, it’s the perfect description for how I feel after I eat an unhealthy meal.

  3. this is a great recipe. i just tried this out today and it was delicious. thank you so much for sharing this really good idea. I Enjoyed it a lot. cheers

  4. Krystin C. says:

    I love family meals!! I eat salads everyday for lunch it’s weird how you crave them, huh?! On days I eat something else I have that food hangover! I have been working on my sugar intake it’s the hardest one for me! Thanks for sharing, love the ingredients you listed as I am trying to be more creative in the kitchen.

  5. I love that salads are so easy but so healthy! I have to have tomatoes in my salad and maybe olives and boiled egg and carrot…. Random but I love all those things! :)

  6. Dorothy, I did my first Whole30 and finished yesterday. Today is Day 31 and I could not bring myself to cheat so plan is to do the Whole30 every day but allow 1 cheat day a week. but I am going to introduce gluten tomorrow or Weds cause I did it more to see what’s causing my symptoms. I have no desire to go back to eating the way I was and I really thought I was eating clean! Here is what I put on the Whole30 Facebook page today. I didn’t measure my inches but I’ve lost way more weight then I imagined I would!

    What I learned on the ‪#‎Whole30‬ Plan:
    I learned that I really wasn’t eating as “clean” as I thought.
    I’ve learned that the constant migraines, headaches, stomachaches, etc., were my body telling me something is wrong. Not just after effects of my gallbladderless body. I’ve had zero migraines, 1-2 mild headaches and ZERO stomach aches in the past 30 days!
    I learned that I don’t need sugar or “fake” carbs to survive and be healthy. Naturally occurring fruit and carbs from vegetables and fruit are just fine. Your body learns to use them for energy when needed.
    I don’t need fake protein, wheat or white carbs to sustain me for a long run or even to get me through the day. Eggs, fish, avocados and nuts are my new best friends. Healthy fat plus protein is a 2 for 1 deal!
    I’ve learned that my body can tell me what I need if I just listen. I now know what true “hunger pains” are not just the sugar or thirst cravings I was having before.
    I’ve learned that gluten might be bad for me. All those processed soy products are probably too. I’m looking forward to finding out but also scared. I don’t ever want to feel that way again.
    I’ve learned that the above two things along with the large quantity of beans I was eating probably caused inflammation in my body daily that made me feel like I was getting old. IS THAT WHAT APPROACHING 40 IS SUPPOSED TO FEEL LIKE? I’ve since learned that NO, IT IS NOT. By the end of week 2, that was all gone! I no longer ache when getting out of bed. My bones, joints and muscles feel amazing compared to before.
    I’ve learned that my body is rewarding me by changing my energy level. It has skyrocketed. No joke, often at 3:30 p.m., I can be found sprinting around outside at work at the dismissal line in the parking lot because I just had that jolt of energy in my body that tells me to run fast! In the am too my energy level has changed!
    I’ve learned that my body loves 12-14 cups of water a day; the more the better!
    I’ve learned that BLACK COFFEE IS DELICIOUS! With almond or coconut milk is even better!
    I’ve learned that IT IS possible to lose weight just by changing your diet and in a healthy way. 12 POUNDS IN A MONTH!?! It seems drastic but I know I did it healthy and I was not starving. My body adjusted accordingly and I wasn’t working out that much. About 3 days of running a week for approx. 30 mins each time.
    I’ve learned that I’m a pretty damn good cook! I’ve perfected eggs many different ways; almond flour pancakes are the bomb. I love the caliliflower pizza crust and all the time in the kitchen is really worth it because it tastes even better after. Not to mention all the money we’ve saved from not eating out as much.
    I’ve learned that when the only sugar you are getting is from a perfectly ripe organic orange, IT WILL TASTE LIKE ABSOLUTE HEAVEN when you bite into it. I’m pretty sure this is how GOD INTENDED IT TO BE!
    I’ve learned that my gallbladder might have failed me a year ago or I might have failed it? Not sure but I now know how to feel better and I’m going to make sure to stay this way! It’s only going to get better from here on out!
    I highly recommend this gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, sugar, rice, bean, alcohol free elimination diet for 30 days! It was tough at certain times but overall not as bad as I feared and the rewards are so amazing. It is totally worth it!

  7. Hi Dorothy!
    I’ve been loving my kale, spinach, beets and avocado thrown with whatever meat I want. I’m so glad I decided to give this Whole30 a try! I feel amazing, lost lbs and inches and gained strength and muscle. But the best thing is that my asthma/wheezing/chronic cough are gone!!!!!!
    I was diagnosed with LPR(silent reflux) 6 years ago, this is what causes all those symptoms….and they are gone!!!! I havent used my inhalers in 3 1/2 weeks!
    I go see my ENT in 2 weeks, can’t wait to hear what he says about this! I want to thank you in a way, the only reason I started the plan was because I saw it on your blog and I felt the need to detox. I could cry about this, seriously! I’m in better health and feel fantastic so I’m sticking to this lifestyle (except for the occasional adult beverages)ha!
    I’m extremely happy!
    XOXO, Mitchel

  8. I eat a lot of mache rosettes, strawberries, avocados, and beans!

  9. I’m so glad you posted this. I am enjoying eating clean, have lost a couple of inches, but am the exact same weight I was 3 weeks ago. Wth? Good to know I’m not alone. At least we are healthy!!! 😉

  10. Your salads looked delicious! Thanks for suggesting Sauerkraut, it really is good!

  11. You rock at making salads … mine are far too boring. Mind if I steal your ideas? :)

  12. i agree with you..It was really very nice recipe…

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