Well, I’ve completed my first week of my first Whole 30, so I thought I’d update you on how I’m doing, if I noticed any changes, and all that jazz
As I’ve previously mentioned, my food choices prior to starting Whole 30 were very similar to the Whole 30 protocol (no alcohol, gluten, grains, and rarely ever any sugar or legumes) however, I did consume dairy regularly, so the removal of dairy was the biggest change for me.
As I said, the removal of dairy was the biggest change for me since starting Whole 30.
Particularly in the form of whey protein powder. Oh, my beloved chocolate sweet potato protein ice cream. My chocolate sweet potato protein ice cream was my go to postworkout meal. It was packed with complex carbohydrates and deliciously flavoured chocolate protein powder. It was the best postworkout meal ever and I didn’t think I’d ever find a replacement.
However, since starting Whole 30, I’ve removed dairy and protein powders, so I had to come up with another postworkout meal for myself.
I wanted to stick with having a large sweet potato postworkout since it seemed to be working quite well for me. So, I just needed to find a new source of protein.
It is recommended to keep your postworkout meal’s fat content at a minimum, since fat slows down digestion, which is not ideal postworkout. So, many people enjoy using egg whites as their protein source postworkout if their choosing whole foods instead of a protein powder. However, I personally didn’t want to use egg whites.
I haven’t bought egg whites in ages as I believe eating the whole egg is your best choice. So, I wasn’t about to start buying egg whites again.
Since starting Whole 30, my postworkout of choice has been chicken and sweet potato.
I have to admit, the thought of sitting down to a chicken breast postworkout didn’t sound like much fun compared to my chocolate sweet potato protein ice cream, but since making the switch I have noticed wonderful benefits and question whether or not I will do protein shakes postworkout ever again. Even after I complete my Whole 30…
After eating a postworkout meal containing whole, solid foods compared to a protein shake or protein ice cream, I feel a lot better. I feel more satisfied and it seems as though my hunger cues and energy levels have improved since implementing a solid food containing postworkout meal.
I enjoy feeling energized throughout the day without any dips, which I sometimes felt after consuming a liquid meal postworkout, so I think my chicken and sweet potato postworkout might be here to stay!
I’ve even been freezing my sweet potato the night before and enjoying it thawed postworkout. It’s nice to have something cold after a training session and I find the sweet potato very sweet and much like dessert when ate this way! Sometimes I will sprinkle it with cinnamon, too!
My first week of Whole 30 has been great and I’ve learnt that a postworkout meal containing solid foods works best for my body!
Do you notice a difference in how you feel if you eat a solid vs. liquid meal postworkout? What do you eat postworkout?
I like sweet potato postworkout