Whole 30 Week 2 Recap

by Meg on February 19, 2014

Last week I recapped my experience throughout my first week of doing my first Whole 30. If you missed it you can read it here, but to summarize I mentioned that the biggest change was my postworkout meal. While doing Whole 30, I’m no longer consuming whey protein powder in my postworkout meal. Instead, I’ve been eating a meal containing solid food such as chicken and sweet potato. Since making the switch, my energy levels are better and I never experience dips as I did when consuming a liquid meal postworkout.

So, I think my new postworkout meal is here to stay.

For my recap on my second week of Whole 30 I wanted to touch on a question I received a few times this week:

How did you manage to stick with Whole 30 while travelling?

During my second week of Whole 30, I flew from London to Calgary then Calgary to Regina, spent one week in Yorkton, and then flew back to London again.

A week away from home and two full days in airports and planes can be a little intimidating and stressful to some who are doing Whole 30, but I want to assure you that it is possible!

As Stephanie mentioned in her recent post, after eating Paleo (or close to as I was) for quite some time, meal planning doesn’t require a lot of additional thinking anymore.

However, to someone that is new to this way of eating and lifestyle, time away from home, a vacation, or time spent in airports and on a plane can be a big challenge if you’re wanting to stick to the Whole 30 guidelines. But, like I said, it doesn’t have to be! It is possible.

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When I go to Yorkton to visit my parents, nothing much changes as they eat very similar to the way I eat. In fact, last night they made my cauliflower rice recipe!

But, restaurants don’t always offer foods that comply to Whole 30 protocol or at least they make them hard to pick out…

The best example was yesterday while I was in the Calgary airport over the lunch hour. I went to one of their restaurants located in the airport and began to search the menu. I was really in the mood for some salmon, but they only offered a grilled salmon sandwich. So, I politely asked the waitress if I could get a large house salad topped with a piece of grilled salmon.

And she brought me just that.

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I even lucked out! The salmon was the best restaurant salmon I’ve ever had. Imagine that! In an airport! It wasn’t previously frozen like most restaurants serve and it was cooked just how I like it! Look at how beautifully it’s flaking! Perfect!

When I order salads at a restaurant here are a few of my tips:

- Ask for dressing on the side

- Ask if they have avocado on hand to add to your green salad

- Ask if the salad comes with cheese or croutons. If so, ask for it to come without!

- For a salad dressing, ask your server to bring a bottle of olive oil and vinegar to your table.

- Add protein! I usually always ask for a entree sized protein to top my salads as the portions for salads are usually fairly small.

It’s not impossible to eat at a restaurant while completing a Whole 30. Here are a few more tips of mine when reading over a menu for the first time:

- Look to see if they offer any organic or grassfed protein options. If they do, this is usually your best bet, but if they don’t that is ok, too! If choosing a protein source that is conventionally raised, choose fish, seafood, or lean cuts of meat. The reason for this is because the toxins consumed by conventionally raised animals are stored in their fatty tissues.

- Order it grilled, steamed, or baked instead of fried. Most restaurants will change their cooking method.

- Ask for double vegetables! Instead of a side of rice, french fries, etc., I usually ask for more vegetables.

For more information about dining out while completing a Whole 30 check out the resources below:

Whole 30 – Dining Out

Whole 30 – Dining Guide

Also, don’t hesitate to bring your own food from home! I’ve travelled with everything from sweet potato, steamed shrimp, roasted chicken, avocado, and cans of salmon in the past!

Do what works for you and don’t worry if anyone is judging you. 

I’d also like to note before saying goodbye that this is not how I always order in a restaurant. These tips I shared with you today are for those following Whole 30 or Paleo. I enjoy food and will order any item on the menu I please! Remember, health is more than eating healthy 100% of the time. To be 100% healthy, we need to learn that it is ok to not eat 100% healthy all of the time.

Have some fun, use moderation, find your true and happy balance, and don’t forget to love yourself :D  

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Whitney @ Yoga All the Time February 19, 2014 at 8:19 AM

I think it’s important to do what works for you. I often preface every order with “I’m sorry for being picky but can you please bring me …”. Kindness goes a long way when ordering something that isn’t technically on the menu.

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Meg February 21, 2014 at 7:49 PM

totally! it’s so important to just be kind when asking for these modifications :)

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Angie February 19, 2014 at 9:16 AM

I love all ur posts! congrats on the engagement :):)!!!
Thanks for all your tips, and for fully promoting, and being a living example of a balanced life!
Thanks Meg, you are a huge inspiration!
(still hoping to casually run into you at Davids tea in Masonville haha!)

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Meg February 21, 2014 at 7:50 PM

you’re from London!? oh i am sure you will see me there ;) i am there daily ;) i am surprised you haven’t seen me yet! haha make sure you say hi when you do! and thank you so much for the sweet comment :D i hope to hear more from you – you sure made my night

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Megan (The Lyons' Share) February 19, 2014 at 9:42 AM

These are great tips, Meg! I used to travel every week for work and I felt the same way … it takes a bit of extra work to eat healthily on the road, but it’s NOT impossible! Keep it up!

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Meg February 21, 2014 at 7:50 PM

thanks Megan!!!

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Ellie February 19, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Why should you order meat or fish to be steamed, grilled, or bakes instead of fried? Are vegetable oils not allowed on the Whole 30 diet? And if so, do you know what the reasoning is behind it? I can’t find anything about that on their website (except that the Dining Guides say the same thing – that you shouldn’t order your food fried).

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Jill February 21, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Most foods that are fried are also breaded and the breading is what makes it not allowed as part of the Whole 30 diet. Also, most vegetable oils contain corn, which is also not allowed.

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Meg February 21, 2014 at 7:52 PM

thanks for commenting Jill! i’ve been a bit behind these days!

Also, Ellie, vegetable oils are not stable and can become rancid easily, which is another reason they are not promoted. You can read more about vegetable oils and how they affect your body on the whole30 website :)

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Steph February 19, 2014 at 11:43 AM

This is a fantastic post with lots of GREAT, practical ideas for folks! Can’t wait to share it :)

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Meg February 21, 2014 at 7:52 PM

and thank you so much for sharing love!

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Alexandra February 19, 2014 at 1:55 PM

“Remember, health is more than eating healthy 100% of the time. To be 100% healthy, we need to learn that it is ok to not eat 100% healthy all of the time.” WORD <3

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Meg February 21, 2014 at 7:52 PM
Livi February 19, 2014 at 3:12 PM

love the caveat at the bottom! health is not 100% about healthy eating! Happiness is key as well :)!

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Meg February 21, 2014 at 7:52 PM

yeah girl :)

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Jody - Fit at 56 February 19, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Love this recap & rally helpful for those eating this way. I am not Whole 30 BUT I certainly do what works for me AND when I go places, I tend to bring my own food a lot, :)

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Meg February 21, 2014 at 7:53 PM

that’s perfect!:D

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Natalie @ lovenataliemarie February 19, 2014 at 7:23 PM

All great tips. It’s nice to try new things and find what works for you. It helps you learn more about your body. I’m glad to hear that things are going well. :)

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Meg February 21, 2014 at 7:53 PM

thanks :D

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