Whole 30 Week 3 Recap: Confession, Grocery Success, Eating More & Paleo

Well that’s a mouthful of a title.

Three weeks down. Home stretch. If you missed my week two recap, you can catch up here. Things learned thus far: fruit and cauliflower hate me, my skin is awesome, lots of planning and prep, Tupperware is my bestie, the snack monster is tamed, fish is a treat, buy chicken breasts on sale. That’s the short version.

So week three… firstly, a confession:

I broke a Whole 30 rule: I drank alcohol on Friday night. I know. I’m terrible. Okay not actually but I did go out on Friday and had vodka (one shot and one vodka soda). I know this is totally not allowed on Whole 30 – I’m sorry! Forgive me? I was going out and I really just wanted a drink (or two). I don’t drink often but I wanted to.

Amy vodka

So I did. My stomach was a bit upset the next morning and my skin kinda broke out (boo) but I nourished my body, hydrated and went to CrossFit to do 14.4. I know I am doing this challenge and I technically “failed” but I am doing it to learn about my body, food, how I feel and how to fuel it properly.  Obviously vodka is not fuel but it happened and it’s not the end of the world – it is very possible to balance vodka and veggies.

Okay, moving on… On the bright side, I think I have this grocery shopping thing down to an art. Or a science.

Whole30 Week 3 Groceries

I went to Metro for produce and The Healthy Butcher (love it there) for meat/chicken/seafood. I had some eggs and 4 chicken breasts in the freezer as well as my staples (nuts, seeds, oils, butters).

Here’s what I bought for week #3:

  • 4 cans of salmon – $11.16
  • 5 sweet potatoes – $5.76
  • 1 spaghetti squash – $6.20
  • 1 acorn squash – $2.52
  • 3 organic golden delicious apples – $2.68
  • 3 organic bartlett pears – $2.16
  • 8 bananas – $2.95
  • 10 avocados – $10.15
  • 4 organic portobello mushrooms – $3.99
  • 1 organic zucchini – $2.99
  • 1 box organic baby spinach – $3.99
  • 12 organic free range eggs – $6.99
  • 5 chicken sausages – $11.61
  • 1 can of sardines – $3.99
  • 1 lbs grass fed ground beef – $8.76

Total =  $85.90

Boo yeah! Are you proud?! I am!

When I talked about my grocery bill last week, Laura gave really good advice about going to the grocery store with a flexible plan based on what is on sale. This is definitely something I am trying to be better at but sometimes when I get something in my head that I need to make… well it’s hard to pull me away. Anyways, I am learning how/when to buy meat and picking my organic vegetables better. I would be sooo happy to spend around $80 a week on average on groceries – some weeks will be more/less depending on what I already have.

Okay enough grocery talk. Here are my thoughts from this past week:

1. I stopped craving sweet things and oatmeal – but I still have a fruit-tooth.

As if that happened… but it did. This past week was the first week that I really didn’t want a Larabar or crave oatmeal after dinner. I really did feel satisfied. But my dad keeps getting Edible Arrangements and my hand keeps finding their way into the gorgeous fruit basket. But I didn’t over-do it – my digestion was fine.

2. I ate more than I thought needed.

Okay that probably sounds really weird but I couldn’t come up with a better way to say it. My meals are large. But I also don’t eat as often. Breakfast takes me to lunch. Lunch takes me to dinner. Dinner takes me to the next morning’s pre-workout snack. Snacking no more – if I don’t eat enough during the day then I am hungry after dinner.

I know I talked about this last week, but I was going through some of my old WIAW’s and compared how my meals used to look and how they now look. No wonder I needed five billion snacks. Sure they were always “healthy” but I definitely was not getting enough nutrients for me and my body. Check it out…



1/3 cup oats, water, 1 apple, 1 tbsp. peanut butter and cinnamon VS. 3 eggs cooked in coconut oil, handful of almonds, 1 banana, 1/2 cup frozen berries cooked in coconut oil



Egg white and spinach omelette, tomatoes, peppers, 1 slice of Ezekiel bread with jam VS. 2 chicken sausages, 1 apple, 1/2 an avocado, 1 sweet potato, spinach – cooked in coconut oil



Baby portion of salmon, roasted brussel sprouts and kabocha squash VS. human portion of salmon, 1 avocado, 1 mango and tomatoes

3. I am having great workouts!

This has been constant throughout the whole time but I definitely noticed that last week I had lots of energy for my morning workouts. I haven’t felt sluggish at all!

4. But I have been feeling a little fluffy…

I tried on a few things to wear to work and they were a bit snug. I knew with CrossFit and obviously eating more this would happen (and I wanted it to) but it’s annoying and still made me emotional. Please note: I cried when I lost weight and my jeans were too big. I’m not a fan of change yet I do love my baby muscles growing.

5. So speaking of change, I have been trying new things.

I know I told you about the chicken sausages I bought from The Healthy Butcher – they are awesome. They are local, organic, no junk ingredients at all – and taste delicious. Well dad didn’t like them but I do. They are also budget friendly. For me, it comes out to $4 per meal. My protein portion for $4? Plus some fat, carbs and veggies… I’ll take it.

I have yet to try the sardines I bought and need to still make sauerkraut but I am definitely making progress.

Primal Toad

[Image source]

So it’s no secret that I am loving this Whole 30 and paleo stuff. No it’s not perfect. No I am not labelling my diet “paleo”. But I’m learning. There are goods and bads with everything. I read this article this weekend. It’s a good one and short: “6 Health Lessons From The Paleo Diet.” I used to think paleo was all about eating absurd amounts of meat, bacon and shunning bread. Well when I want to learn more, I do just that. I read, research, and go back to school. I don’t view paleo this way anymore – I really don’t consider it a “diet” at all: its a lifestyle. The “paleo perfectionists” make this mold hard to break but I truly believe that paleo” is about eating real food, nourishing your body with nutrient-dense foods in a way that works for you and exercising. That sounds pretty good to me. I’ll talk more about this tomorrow.


Questions of the day…

Will you still be my friend even with my vodka slip-up?

Are you trying any new things with your diet? Learning anything new? 



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48 thoughts on “Whole 30 Week 3 Recap: Confession, Grocery Success, Eating More & Paleo

  1. I commend you for confessing to your minor slip up… We are human after all and like you say the whole30 is about learning more about your body and what is right for you. Hopefully there won’t be any of the whole30 police reading this! :)

      1. I’m giggling b/c I googled vodka and whole 30 and this came up. I am headed out of a girls’ weekend and was afraid I would “cave”….now I won’t feel so bad if I do. Thanks for helping me realize that there isn’t “perfect” whole 30.

  2. I am terrified of sardines. Keep us posted if you try them! If you saw what I ate last week, you would know I couldn’t care less about your Vodka. Kids were sick and I am too exhausted to make good choices :-(. It’s a new week.

  3. Love the idea of fried banana & berries in coconut oil. Does the Whole 30 book give you meal ideas too? Everything looks delish.

    Vodka schmodka. I really don’t think the challenge should be looked at as a “Pass/Fail”. It’s simply a journey, so don’t be so hard on yourself! Have fun this week and enjoy :)

  4. You are so right — it is possible to balance vodka and veggies! And your talking honestly and openly about how you’re making Whole30 work for you really inspires me and helps me believe I can make it work for me. :) So thank you! I’m curious, I went to The Healthy Butcher the other day and loved it! (Thank you for mentioning it!) But some of the meats I bought did cost me a small fortune. I haven’t really cooked meat for myself in a long time and transitioning back into it is scary because I want to do so in a way I can feel good about (i.e. animals that have been properly fed and cared for). You’ve mentioned some great tips in your posts about how you balance healthy meats with your budget and if you have any more tips/thoughts on which kinds of meats are both “good” and budget-friendly I’m all ears! You are so inspiring and I thank you so much for sharing your experiences!!

    1. You can definitely make it work for you! I am so glad you enjoyed the Healthy Butcher but yes it is not cheap. Honestly, the “best” and most budget friendly option is their grass fed ground beef. It isn’t local (it’s from New Zealand) but it is good and inexpensive. I cooked it last night in coconut oil with homemade tomato sauce, mushrooms, onions and spinach. Add some sweet potato and avocado and dinner! I was terrified of cooking beef but it really isn’t hard and I feel good about eating it from proper sources. Have you tried their sausages? Sausages kind of grossed me out before but these are great quality and very budget friendly too. I will keep thinking and hopefully I can do a “meat budgeting” post in the future :)

      1. That sounds delicious!! And so doable! I will definitely pick up some ground beef the next time I am there. I did pick up some chicken sausages when I was there — for sure the most budget-friendly purchase I made. And yes, I too am totally grossed out by traditional sausages — but you’re right, when they’re good quality as they are there then it’s a nice option. Thanks so much for the tips!

  5. Good job for being honest and moving on with your vodka slip up :) No biggie if ya ask me!! :) And I totally know what ya mean…I have a “fruit-tooth” now too!!! :)

  6. Next time can you bring me along for your vodka slip up? If you do that, all is forgiven :-p but seriously, a few drinks won’t make or break you! As for my diet, right now the only thing i’m trying is ‘eat-all-the-foods’ and honestly, just thinking less about ‘nutrients’ and ‘balance’ and just eating what I want to eat…it seems to all even out in the end.

  7. A little vodka slip up isn’t a bad thing, I think that by trying the paleo style diet and learning about what foods your body prefers you should also include things that you enjoy. Your probably not going to avoid alcohol forever so a drink or two won’t hurt. I’m excited to read more about how you feel this has helped your face.

  8. I’m not a fan of food rules because of my own checkered past with food, so I say drink all the vodka you want! Well, maybe not allll the vodka. Nothing new in my diet lately. I’m not happy with a lot of things, but I can’t seem to fix it while still being “healthy” so I’m just trucking along.

  9. Don’t even apologize. Your body, your diet! I laughed at your description of the salmon before as a baby size serving vs a human size serving. So funny! Also, is that a see-through black shirt in what still feels like the middle of winter??? I am freezing cold just thinking about it (the heat is also out in the lab today), but it is very cute! You are going to look FABULOUS even as you get more toned and develop more muscle definition, even if you gain a little weight. I know it’s hard, but don’t forget that!

  10. haha…of course, I’ll still be your friend aside from your vodka slip-up! You’ve been doing amazing on the Whole 30 and besides, you’re only human. Slip-ups are allowed once in a while. And besides, you wanted a drink – no use depriving yourself of something you wanted at the time. NO need to apologize whatsoever!

  11. Yay for the paleo lifestyle! It makes me feel great and I love to hear other people feeling that way too. But it’s true, we all find our own paleo lifestyle, no two are the same.

    Oh and love the phrase ‘human portion of salmon’! So true! :-)

  12. Thanks for sharing! I’ve thought about doing the Whole 30, but honestly wasn’t sure I wanted to give up alcohol. Not because I drink a ton, but because a lot of our social gatherings involve going to beer/wine tastings. I love reading about other people’s experiences though and seeing what they learn about their bodies. I think your paleo lifestyle mentality is great and that you aren’t afraid to listen to what your body needs.

    1. I can completely understand that. The book says to use the challenge as an excuse for social situation but I really didn’t want to put the blame on someone/something else… I’m a big girl and I can make my own decisions :) you could definitely do your own kind of “challenge” though

  13. Girl, I am actually pretty happy that you drank some alcohol. I mean come on, we need some fun in life! Not that alcohol is the only way to have fun, but you get it right? Please don’t beat yourself up for a little booze. The Whole30 is really strict and I did slip way more than you did. We’re humans and this is life.
    ANd YES for growing! Go for it girl, don’t be scared!! I swear, I grew so much in the last 2 years and I feel better than ever before.

  14. It’s okay for the slip-up with vodka. We’re all human. =) We need some fun in our lives.
    And, that’s awesome your muscles are growing. That means you’re getting stronger. =) Don’t be scared about it.

  15. That’s a great quote and it’s why I think paleo, if done right, is a sustainable and healthy way of eating…..even though I do it without the meat! If you focus on real food, it’s a great guideline/lifestyle to follow. :) And we all need those slip-ups or we’d go crazy…although I had 3 glasses of wine on Saturday and I almost died Sunday morning…hahah, getting old/eating too healthy?!

  16. We’re totally friends despite your slip-up – or maybe because of it? It might sound odd but to me it just goes to show you’re still yourself, you know what you enjoy and don’t try to fit into any present molds perfectly. Oldie but goodie: perfection isn’t happiness and taking the wiggle room you need to live to the fullest and have fun is the best you can do. If the mold doesn’t fit – reshape it to fit your needs. Don’t let anybody judge you for not doing it ‘right’/ all the way.
    Regarding paleo – which you might guess isn’t for me :) – I thought this article was an interesting read: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12987/what-paleo-gets-right-a-vegan-cardiologist-explains.html
    Also to build a bridge between diets that seemingly have nothing in common and probably help smoothen the waters a little.

  17. Is it weird that I love you even more because of your vodka “slip up”? We’re all human, we need to have fun, and sometimes that fun includes drinking. I think that’s one thing I’ve really learned – eating “right” is very important, but so is sanity. If you need/want the drink, have it. :)

  18. well i drink wine every night, so there, i am way worse then you. haha. But really, you know what your body needs and it’s about being aware and nourishing. Those chicken sausages sound great. i’ll take your dad’s! haha. And i feel ya on body change. I’ve been on both sides. It’s just a woman thing i guess, our bodies changing (lose or gain) is hard mentally, but we know… we know what we ultimately need… FUEL and to be thankful for our bodies abilities

  19. I’m so glad you’re doing the Whole 30 & liking Paleo!! Doing the Whole 30 was literally life-changing for me, as is the paleo lifestyle. You’re right on – it’s a LIFESTYLE, not a diet… it’s just a healthy way of life. :)

  20. I was trying to cut out my evening wine/cocktail – I made it 2 weeks and caved!!! I figure small chunks of time are good – no need to do away with my favorite “splurge.”

  21. Catching up – sorry! I totally forgive you for the vodka :). I just did my own mini challenge and avoided the vodka but slipped up on a few other things – like frozen grapes, one of my favorite all time treats! And cereal a couple of times – oops!

    Anyway, I would imagine that your workouts feeling great because you’re doing such a good job focusing on clean eats, and you ARE eating some carbs (sweet potatoes, vegetables, some fruit) rather than completely eliminating them. I feel so sluggish when I try to do the super-low-carb thing.

    And YES – even though I’m not Paleo and don’t intend to be (for now), I’m so very glad that people are realizing it’s not JUST meat. I just posted today a great article from Mark Sisson about you still have to include some vegetables to be healthy, in fact. People tend to sensationalize things – so when the diet comes out and gets popular, we all say it is the “meat diet” (because it does emphasize meat more than some). That’s dangerous for everyone – not only because it gives Paleo a bad rap, but also because people forget that Paleo is about nourishing your body (if that’s what works for you) and not about just cramming in as much bacon as possible. OK, sorry for the long babble!

    1. The Whole 30 does not involve oats or Ezekiel bread. The meals on the left were what I was eating BEFORE the Whole 30 –> “compared how my meals used to look and how they now look. No wonder I needed five billion snacks. Sure they were always “healthy” but I definitely was not getting enough nutrients for me and my body. Check it out…”

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