I am SO excited to share Jennifer Green’s Whole30 Results!! Jennifer is a former kindergarten teacher turned stay at home mom. She’s a mom to spunky preschooler and a brand new 5 month old. She blogs at Life In The Green House, there she posts about recipes, things that are close to her heart, how she exercises her creativity through DIY projects, and she looks for any excuse to throw a party and give us the details!! Also find her on Instagram as @jenniferggreen!
Where/ when did you first hear about Whole30?
Some of my friends on Instagram started Whole 30, I had some baby weight to lose, and I needed to revamp my eating, so it seemed like a great program to try.
When was your Whole30?
What was the biggest challenge you overcame during Whole30?
Food as a social event. I realized everything we did somehow revolved around food. In the first week of Whole 30, I went to a gender reveal party, a birthday party, out to dinner with friends, and had a Sunday afternoon lunch with friends from church. I live in the very southern state of Alabama, and pretty much everything I was offered at these gatherings wasn’t compliant. It was tricky in the beginning, and saying no to my favorite things like cupcakes and homemade lasagna was tough.
Each and every time I passed up something unhealthy, I had a small victory inside. The first time I said no, it was seriously tough. I was mad, I wanted to quit, and I wanted to eat what everyone else was eating. As the 30 days rocked on, I said no more often, and really felt empowered by the self control I learned through Whole 30. I also had more energy, felt better about myself, and had better skin. There were so many things I experienced during Whole 30 that I wasn’t prepared for, it was truly a life changing experience.
Do you have any words of wisdom for anyone currently doing a Whole30?
Yes! Stick to it! Your victory in the end is worth more than any thing you think you want to put in your body. Is it hard? Yes! Is it worth? YES!
What is something you wished you had known before starting Whole30?
You can eat white potatoes!! I didn’t know this until about 10 days in, and it would have definitely made that first week easier.
Are there any specific meals or recipes you loved during your Whole30?
Yes! I loved eating chicken salad and chia seed pudding. They became treats when I was tired of eggs and grilled chicken. You can find those recipes here: Chia Seed Pudding and Chicken Salad. You can also read more about my Whole 30 journey on my blog here!
*Beautiful photograph at the top taken by Sarah Lyn Photography*