Whole 30 Update:1


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If you follow me on the internet in any way shape, or form, I just need to apologize. I know, it’s been annoying. You’ve probably rolled your eyes. Love me through it, y’all.

I. Haven’t. Shut. Up. About. Whole. 30.

I mean, sure, I eat clean. Let me rephrase that, I cook clean. I love my mermaid diet when I’m at home and then I don’t worry so much when we go out to eat. And because we don’t go out to eat a lot, I never stress.

But then you try Whole 30. And you realize you do not in fact eat clean.

So what is Whole 30?

You can read some info here, but I can summarize!

It’s a nutritional program for 30 days where you cut out grains, sugar, dairy, legumes, alcohol. After the 30 days you reintroduce those foods to your body and you’re able to see how your body reacts. Most women deal with nausea and stomach pain after meals and we think it is normal. Most women deal with midday headaches and we think it is normal. But, it isn’t. And Whole 30 allows you to reset your body, hormones and nutrition so you’re able to see how your body reacts to these “bad” food groups and then adjust your diet accordingly.

This is not a diet to lose weight by any means, but people do lose weight while doing it.

Why am I doing Whole 30?

My birthday is next month and I really wanted to know my body better. I had also had a few autoimmune flare ups [and I got sick a lot!] after our wedding, so I wanted to see if this had anything to do with it. My mom doesn’t eat gluten or sugar for her autoimmune so I was tempted to try.

I also love a challenge. I’m not competitive with anyone else. Oh you ran a marathon? Bless you. I will cheer you on from the sidelines and eat a burger with you after. But when I look at myself? I love to compete with myself. I knew a lot of friends who had done Whole 30 and I thought, “Okay, Katey. Let’s do it.”

So it is definitely a combination of knowing my body better before my birthday, seeing if I can do it and understanding things I should avoid.

How have I felt the first 10 days?

Today I am officially 10 days in, and these are the hardest days. Today and tomorrow is when Whole 30 says I’m most likely to quit. Whole 30 breaks down how you will feel each day but my body skipped a few of the emotions and so I thought I’d share my experience.

Day 1: This isn’t bad.

This was how they said I would feel and I did. Granted, I went to the rodeo that night and was bummed I could only eat plain turkey breast and unsweet tea [peace out corn dog and Diet Coke] but it wasn’t terrible.

Day 2: Starving.

On day 2 they say you get a food hangover. Your body will be in shock and wake up with a migraine. I didn’t ever get the food hangover, but I was starving on day 2. Paul and I love to munch on cheese and wine before bed, so this was missed and I just felt so hangry when I woke up in the morning. I honestly ate too much fruit to make up for it, but it was fine. You have to give yourself grace on Whole 30, and if 3 clementines requires some grace I can give it. 😉

Day 3: Kanye West Twitter Rant.

They say day 4 -5 you’ll be angry and this is just your body adjusting to no sugar. Y’all, I was borderline how Kanye West gets on twitter. I wasn’t mad at people. I was mad at objects. Seriously. That’s how much sugar affected me. haha. I was so angry my coffee was bitter [we have a nespresso so our coffee is much more stout and strong]. I was angry I didn’t want breakfast. I was angry about always doing dishes [you will ALWAYS be washing dishes]. And I was angry I couldn’t just have a quick snack, everything requires prep. I went to Chipotle for lunch and got the approved meal: lettuce, carnitas, guac and salsa and all was well.

Day 4: Back to Normal.

Day 4 I started to work out again. I was told to not workout the first few days because you’d be starving and more likely to cheat. I don’t recommend it totally, but I just wanted to be sure. I was so paranoid I’d bite into something I wasn’t supposed to have without thinking [if you cheat you have to start over] so I didn’t want to jinx it. I started my morning with a 6 a.m. workout with a girlfriend and felt so much better. I didn’t have the Tiger Blood feeling of course [that is the feeling of Whole 30 perfection reached towards the end. You feel amazing!] but I just felt like I could do this.

Day 5: So. Tired.

They said you’d feel exhausted around days 6&7  and they weren’t lying. I went to the gym one morning, hopped in the shower and crawled back into bed for 45 minutes. I never do that. Everything exhausted me and I always wanted a cat nap. This is because your body is getting rid of all the artificial sugar sources and has to rely on actual protein to keep you going. And then I won’t lie I got really annoyed at Whole 30 around day 5 evening. I had our neighbors over for dinner and was making them homemade penne alla vodka, bread and cookies. I ate a sweet potato. While cooking I just got frustrated and thought, “Is this seriously worth it? I don’t want to be a person who revolves their life around meal prep and the gym.” Those people are super cool, but they aren’t me. Just like not everyone wants to be a fashion blogger. But I fought back the cravings, didn’t touch what I made them and felt so good going to bed not feeling bloated.

Day 6: Slept Amazing.

I woke up and was so happy I hadn’t had the penne alla vodka the night before. For starters, I’m a terrible weekend sleeper. If I have even one glass of wine I’m up by 5:30 a.m. but still exhausted. I want to take 4 naps during the day. And Paul let me sleep in until 8:30 that morning and when I did wake up, I felt amazing. I didn’t really care I couldn’t have our usual Saturday brunch and I was so glad to have energy.

Day 7 & 8: Not Too Different

These days weren’t difficult, I finally accepted what I could and couldn’t eat so food didn’t really consume my thoughts. However, I didn’t feel much different.

Day 9: Crazy Energy

My energy peak hit me on Day 9. I got up at 4:30, had a 5 a.m. workout, did outfit shoots and worked until about 7 p.m. when my girlfriend Taylor had to pry me away from my desk so we could make it to church on time. I honestly wanted to pull an all nighter to work and it was so bizarre because I had no caffeine that day. I’m hoping this continues!

What do I miss the most?

Sugar and dairy. Honestly, I thought I’d miss grains, but I don’t at all. I’m not a big drinker so I don’t miss the alcohol by any means. But I miss my coffee creamer more than anything in the world, so I’m going to have to say sugar and dairy. All my friends have been giving suggestions and everything has sugar in it. You can only have canned coconut milk, which is just awful. They’ve sent me almond milks from central market, coconut creamers, you name it. And I drag my behind up to Central Market, read the label and see it all has sugar. You can’t even use honey. So I’m not currently drinking coffee and have been surviving off black tea. I could use an immersion blender with the coconut milk and dates and cinnamon to make homemade creamer, but I haven’t hit that point yet. Honestly, if I have to wash a dish to do it I don’t want to do it! haha. 😉

[They trick you, but those coffees/creamer alternatives [bottled cold pressed, malk, etc.] at Central Market/Whole Foods are Whole 30 compliant. They have agave or maple syrup which is a no no, so be super careful about reading labels!]

My favorite meals? 


  • Baked Bananas: I hate bananas. I mean if you tell me anything has banana in it I act like a 2 year old and cringe. However, I knew I needed potassium and so I baked it. I sliced it up, drizzled some coconut oil over it, sea salt and pepper at 350 for 30 minutes. And I crave this every day now. It’s an amazing snack and I honestly go to bed dreaming of this. haha! It curbs a salty and sweet tooth!
  • Sliced Peppers dipped in Guacamole
  • Clementines: After cutting out sugar these start to taste like candy!


  • Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes: I got the recipe here, but adjusted it a bit! Only make this on a weekend or day you don’t go into work until later. Bake a sweet potato at 400 for 40 minutes. Then sauté onion, garlic and bacon. Pull out and mash the middle of the potatoes and mix with the sauté. Place back in potato and top with an egg and tomato. Bake for another 15 minutes. It takes forever, but so worth it!
  • Egg Scramble: I scramble eggs, kale, tomato, garlic, peppers and potatoes in a pan with coconut oil. Top with avocado and homemade salsa.


  • Avocado BLT Egg Salad: Recipe here


  • Buffalo Ranch Stuffed Peppers: Recipe here. Use Ghee to make it Whole 30 friendly.
  • White Chicken Chili: Recipe here

I hope this helps if you are interested in Whole 30! Days 1-10 are the “misery” days, but after Day 9 I’m so excited for the next two updates to share all the positive side effects I see! Right now my body has just been getting rid of the bad, and I know those are the reasons I’ve felt this way. Let me know what you want me to answer for the next few updates. 🙂

P.S. This has been the biggest help with meal prepping! I use it to plan my meals the next week and our grocery list!


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  1. Jes wrote:

    Have you lost weight? And how did you know you were having an autoimmune reaction, I think that happens to me sometimes too!!

    Published 10 Feb 16Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Jes! I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder when I was 12 and went through treatments for years. It was awful, I couldn’t go to school a lot and was sent to medical centers all over the country to find the exact disease. I’m in remission so I don’t take medicine right now but when side effects show up from when I was diagnosed that’s how I know. My autoimmune disorder shows up in my skin, my joints and and a few other symptoms, so it’s really easy to spot for me. And you aren’t supposed to get on the scale during Whole 30 until the very end, but I definitely think I have with how clothing fits! 🙂

      Published 10 Feb 16Reply
  2. Sarah Jo wrote:

    I have been so interested in Whole 30 for a while! Thank you so much for sharing about your experience so far! I am excited to hear about the rest of your time doing Whole 30!
    Sincerely Sarah Jo

    Published 10 Feb 16Reply
  3. Courtney wrote:

    Where is your white and blue top from? I love it!

    Published 10 Feb 16Reply
  4. Madi Newman wrote:

    Thanks for sharing!! I’m thinking of making the commitment to do whole30 so definitely interested in the experience. Your recipes look yummy! You can do it!!!! 🙂

    Published 10 Feb 16Reply
  5. Desiree wrote:

    Hi Katey,

    Do you mind me asking what autoimmune disease you have? I was diagnosed with Sjorgens a little over a year ago. I’m thinking of trying whole 30 next month! Keep it up! ?

    Published 10 Feb 16Reply
  6. Casandra wrote:

    Wow Katey. This sounds so intriguing. I’m not one for diets or exercise really but lately I’ve been feeling like I need a reset button. I’m often very tired, bloated and I get tummy aches often. Maybe this is something I need to try to see if it gives me the boost I need. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Published 10 Feb 16Reply
  7. Hi Katey!

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I’m super interested in trying Whole30 out. I’m always cautious of what I am eating and typically drink Kombucha. What Kombucha do you drink? I found one that is ‘ok’ but wanted to see what you used.

    Love all of your posts!

    XOXO, Amanda

    Published 10 Feb 16Reply
  8. Irina wrote:

    After completing whole 30 I realized I miss sugar and dairy most as well. I thought I was obsessed with grains but I’m not. The coffee with no creamer was killing me 🙂 Hang in there girl!

    Published 10 Feb 16Reply
  9. Amazing you are able to keep up with this! I would have the hardest time staying on a strict plan and would only be able to cut out less than half the foods you did! Keep it up, girl!


    Published 10 Feb 16Reply
  10. Sarah wrote:

    Hi Katey!
    I’m starting my Whole30 on the 26th and I am so excited but also incredibly nervous lol. I love that you did day by day updates! Did you read any of the books that they recommend and did you buy the cookbook or are you coming up with all of the food and recipes by yourself? Also, were you a picky eater before? I’m most nervous because I’m a bit of a picky eater and am wondering if I’ll be able to survive off the foods they allow lol. Thanks so much and keep it up love!

    Published 10 Feb 16Reply
  11. Hannah wrote:

    Good for you girl! I have gads friends as well who have done Whole30. I don’t eat gluten or dairy. But I definitely would have a heard time without ANY sugar. I can’t believe you can’t even eat honey! Keep it up! You’re doing great!


    Published 10 Feb 16Reply
  12. Hi Katey,

    Thanks so much for sharing your journey! I’ve been following on insta and snap and laugh out loud when you stopped posting food on snap because your sis was making fun of you…so funny but please keep posting! It’s so fun to keep up…i’ve been thinking about trying it for a while. 😉



    Published 10 Feb 16Reply
  13. This is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I did a sugar detox in November where you cut out even fruit. It was insanely hard but the results were amazing! I felt incredible. Good luck on the rest of your journey!

    xo Laura Leigh

    Published 10 Feb 16Reply
  14. Lindsay wrote:

    Love all of the detail and recipes! Whole 30 has always interested me from a GI/allergy standpoint, but completely terrified me. I did have a trainer who was like a Whole30 lifer tell me to put my coffee and a teaspoon of ghee in the blender and it comes out like a latte. It is amazing and what she had me have before workouts for energy and a little fullness!

    Published 10 Feb 16Reply
  15. Jennifer wrote:

    I started it on Feb 1, too – and I have to giggle at your comments about dish-washing. It’s non-stop! 🙂 I think the hardest thing for me to give up was wine, sigh. But, pretty quickly I stopped craving it and got to the point where, while I’d certainly enjoy it, I was also enjoying the process of the Whole30 and the challenge to myself to stick with it. Somehow, that seems to be working on the rest of it, too…though it’s only Day 11 and I do want cheese now and then!

    Re: the coffee…I am not a Starbucks fan (despite living in Seattle…there’s just so much better stuff out there!), BUT they have a cold coffee at the grocery store that is pretty good. It’s not bitter/sour like some of their hot stuff and it comes (finally! I’ve been searching and searching…) with a completely plain option. No sugar, no milk, no cream, no flavoring. It’s the one with the green cap. If you want something milder than the Nespresso (I also have a machine – and can’t imagine drinking those without a splash of milk, at least) and pretty smooth-tasting, you should give the Sbux option a try. I’ve been drinking it regularly at the office for a year or so, because I can just throw it in the fridge and pour whenever. Now I sound like I work for Starbucks. I promise, I don’t!

    Also, have you tried munching on roasted nuts to help curb the hunger?

    I’ve already broken the cardinal rule about scales and I’ve lost 5.5 lb. so far (don’t report me!) In addition to feeling empowered and less bloated, I’m also seeing results there. That’s before seeing/feeling the full results of the healing process, which is still to come. So….despite the difficulty of doing the program, I’m already feeling pretty good about it!

    Looking forward to your future posts. #Team19


    Published 11 Feb 16Reply
  16. Ashley wrote:

    What type of material did you use to get started on Whole30? Are there certain books/websites that you find helpful or that you continue to reference for meal ideas? Maybe you will cover this in your next post… But i’ve been researching and there is so much info about Whole30, I want to know what worked best for you!

    Published 14 Feb 16Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Ashley!

      I read the book on Whole 30! 🙂 I also just used the grocery list that is available on the website and then found meals on Pinterest!

      Published 15 Feb 16Reply
  17. Allie wrote:

    Did you ever find a bacon you can eat? I have done Whole 30 once before and am getting ready to do it again in a week but was never able to find bacon. I have heard of people finding it that is not cured with sugar and I was wondering if you were one of them? Good luck with the last stretch 🙂

    Published 15 Feb 16Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Allie!

      Yes! I live right by a Central Market so I just talk to their butcher and they have a lot of options!



      Published 15 Feb 16Reply