Whole30: The Wrap Up

Yesterday was our last day of the challenge, so we spent a little bit of time discussing the results.  I noticed a pretty immediate and dramatic improvement in my allergies, which I attribute to once again getting completely off of gluten.  Harrison didn’t notice many changes.  Having said that, the Whole30 protocol isn’t that different from how we were eating before, with the key differences being that we normally eat a good amount of cultured dairy (cheese and yogurt) and we drink wine once or twice a week.  I think if you were doing the Whole30 straight out of a Standard American Diet (SAD) you would notice more significant changes.

Cheese was by far the biggest obstacle for me.  It is my go-to snack and as someone who needs to limit carbs it was hard for me to adjust–I ended up eating too much fruit and too many nuts as a substitute.  It will probably not come as a surprise that yesterday we filled the fridge with cheese and yogurt, and that cultured dairy is the first thing on our reintroduction list.

The Whole30 is definitely worth doing, especially if you have allergies.  My asthma is allergy-induced, so when my allergies are gone my asthma disappears.  It’s magic that way.  It’s well worth spending a month to see how you respond.  It also provides an opportunity to evaluate how you have been eating and to hit the “reset” button on some bad habits.

We will likely do this again next year (though with better timing), and I hope you have enjoyed reading along with the process.  I also wanted to share this recipe with you, which I made up yesterday when it was pushing 90 degrees here–honeydew and avocado popsicles.

Honeydew Avocado Popsicles

Perfectly refreshing for our spring heat wave.  I did not add any sugar to these so they are lightly sweet, but you can add in a tablespoon or two of honey if you want them more along the line of a regular popsicle.  Taste the mixture before you put it into the molds to freeze, and adjust according to taste.

Honeydew Avocado Popsicles
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups ripe, cubed honeydew melon
  • 1 large, ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • juice of one lime (2-3 tablespoons)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until very smooth. Taste the mixture and adjust the lime and honey as needed. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze overnight. Run the molds under warm water to remove the popsicles and serve right away. The amounts will vary a bit, but this made 8, 3-ounce pops.

Honeydew Avocado Popsicles

Limes are crazy expensive right now, so I get the maximum juice possible out of each one by microwaving for 10 seconds before I juice them.  It breaks down the cell walls a bit and really does let you extract more of the juice.  I had an email question about adding salt to sweets, and I always add in a small pinch of salt because it makes sweet foods taste more intensely sweet.  If you are trying to limit added sugars, tossing in a trace amount of salt can help.

I have added this recipe to the Autoimmune Protocol round up over at Phoenix Helix–you can check out other AIP recipes on her site!

Honeydew Avocado Popsicles

If any of you have tried the Whole30 challenge I would love to hear your thoughts on how you felt, what your challenges were, and how it went.  Thanks for following along!

-Angela

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11 Responses to Whole30: The Wrap Up

  1. Christine from Cook the Story May 7, 2014 at 7:22 am #

    These look SO refreshing!

    • Angela May 7, 2014 at 9:06 am #

      They really are–of course today it is chilly and raining, but I’m going to enjoy one anyway.

  2. Christina May 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    I am on day 7 of my whole30 challenge and I’m feeling fine! I was paleo before, though, so I didn’t jump in from the SAD–no hangover headache or carb cravings for me, ha. These look amazing! The boyfriend loves ice cream and even on paleo I avoid the dairy, so these look like an awesome sub and another way to get in some good fat.

    • Angela May 7, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

      Yeah, I didn’t deal with the “flu” issue or any of that–I am pretty sure we actually ate more carbs than usual, which I will try to curb the next time we do this. Good luck with the rest of the challenge!

  3. Eileen @ Phoenix Helix May 21, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    This recipe looks delicious AND it fits the paleo autoimmune protocol (a rare thing). So, thank you! I host a weekly Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable through my blog, and I would love it if you linked up this recipe. I’m trying to expand resources for the AIP community. Here’s the link: http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2014/05/21/paleo-aip-recipe-roundtable-27/

    • Angela May 21, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

      Done! Thanks, Eileen.

  4. Erin May 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

    These look perfect! I bet my kids would love them :)

    • Angela May 22, 2014 at 7:40 am #

      Thank you, Erin! I hope they like them!

  5. Naomi May 22, 2014 at 1:17 am #

    These popsicles have me craving summer! I wonder if they would convince the one avocado hater in our family to like avocados. Can’t wait to try them!

    • Angela May 22, 2014 at 7:39 am #

      Naomi, they might do the trick! The honeydew and lime are the stronger flavors, so, maybe…

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