Thirty Days of Whole30 Recipes – Day Three (2024)

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Today is day three of my family’s Thirty Days of Whole30 Recipes Challenge, and I’m feeling better than I did yesterday. Less cranky, not as hungry, and just…happier. My acne, which I’ve been battling for years, is starting to clear up, and I’ve already lost three pounds! I’m excited about all the positive changes taking place so quickly, and I don’t feel deprived at all. Well, I do miss my heavily creamed-coffee, but that’s a small sacrifice to have a clear face, a trimmer waist, and an overall healthier lifestyle. SPOILER ALERT: I cheated and had some caramel creamer with my coffee on Day 8, and I was shocked at the result.

Our Whole30 Breakfast – Apples and Almond Butter with a Side of Scrambled Eggs

Today was another rushed morning, so I grabbed an apple and some Artisana Organics Raw Almond Nut Butterand ran out the door, leaving my poor husband to fend for himself. This particular brand is a bit pricey, but it tastes great, a little goes a long way, and the only ingredient is 100% organic raw almonds. Where I live, it’s so hard to find specialty organic foods, so I usually buy my Whole30-compliant convenience products from Amazon. Once I got to work, I ordered some scrambled eggs from the onsite cafeteria and hoped for the best.

Our Whole30 Lunch – Ground Chicken Lime Fajita Bowls

Because I didn’t have time to prepare anything for lunch and I live really close to my work, I ran home on my break and cooked up these ground chicken lime fajita bowls on a whim. They were surprisingly delicious for the very little amount of thought or work I put into them. To make them, I warmed 2-3 tablespoons of organic coconut oil over medium heat and then added a medium yellow onion, chopped, and a green and a red bell pepper, thinly sliced and then the sliced halved. After 4-5 minutes, when the edges of the chopped onion were just starting to turn translucent, I added the ground chicken. (I used my handy Pampered Chef Mix N Chop to chop the meat into small, even pieces so it cooked more quickly. I use this little tool almost every single day. It is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets I never knew I needed until I bought it.) As the meat was browning, I added a handful of chopped baby portobello mushrooms, a can of petite diced tomatoes, not drained, along with a tablespoon of chili powder, a teaspoon of cumin, and a teaspoon of garlic powder. And that’s it! I simmered everything over medium heat until about half of the tomato juice had cooked down.

After spooning it into the bowls, I squeezed half a lime over each bowl, and this was our Whole30 lunch.

Our Whole30 Dinner – Ground Beef Bowls with Potatoes, Carrots, and Onions

I must have been in a ground meat bowl mood today, because for dinner, we had ground beef bowls. I toned down the spice on this one since the kids would be eating it, but feel free to add a little kick to it!

For dinner, I browned a pound of ground beef in 3 tablespoons of grass fed beef tallow. We really loved the complex flavor that the beef tallow added to this meal, as opposed to just using olive oil or coconut oil. As the meat was browning, I added 1/2 of a large finely chopped onion, 3 cloves of minced garlic, and 2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning. After the meat was browned and the onions began to turn translucent, 2 cups of finely shredded carrots and 2 large potatoes, shredded. If you’re thinking, “There’s no way I’m chopping and shredding all of those veggies,” I’m with ya. I hate chopping vegetables, HATE. IT. I used my can’t-live-without-itKitchenAid Food Processor, and everything was perfectly pulverized within minutes with virtually no cleanup. I added 1 cup organic beef broth and then gradually more until I reached my desired consistency and simmered everything on medium heat until the vegetables were heated through and most of the broth had cooked down.

This dinner was a huge hit with the family even though it didn’t look very pretty. The veggies were chopped so finely that the kids didn’t whine about them, and they even requested seconds! I’ll definitely add this one to the list to make again and tweak with different flavors.

Here is my little enjoying his own ground beef bowl, sans bowl.

Our Whole 30 Dessert

For dessert, I whipped up another smoothie. This time I took a pint of blueberries that I had put in the freezer a couple hours earlier and added 1/2 can coconut milk (with no additives), 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean powder (because we learned yesterday that vanilla extract is a no-no on the Whole30), a handful of ice, and 1 tablespoon of coconut butter, otherwise known as coconut manna. It was delish! By Whole30 standards anyway. 🙂

Thirty Days of Whole30 Recipes – Day Three (2024)


What is the hardest day of the Whole30 diet? ›

On Days 10 and 11, you are statistically the most likely to quit your Whole30. (That's why they're “the hardest days.”) By this point, the newness of the program has worn off, and though you've made it through most of the unpleasant physical milestones, you've yet to experience significant benefits.

How long does it take to see results from Whole30? ›

It can take several weeks before you learn to trust the “hungry” and “full” signals your body is sending you—and you may not have been eating enough in the beginning, because you were afraid of all that fat. Many Whole30'ers report that they didn't feel or see “the magic” until day 45, 60, or beyond.

What are the symptoms of Whole30 sugar withdrawal? ›

Popular diets (i.e., Atkins and Whole30) instruct dieters to prepare for a “withdrawal” syndrome marked by headaches, fatigue, irritability, and cravings that follows the timeline of drug withdrawal (i.e., emerges in the first days after dietary change and peaks on Days 2–5).

What is the Whole30 program for 30 days? ›

The Whole30 Program is laid out in two phases: 30 days of elimination, and 10 days of reintroduction. For the first 30 days, you'll be eating meat, seafood, and eggs; lots of vegetables and fruit; and natural, healthy fats.

Why do your pants get tighter on Whole30? ›

Sure enough, I was up 2.6lbs “overnight.” It's water retention and the beginning of the infamous “my pants are tighter” phase of Whole30 as the body continues expelling all the junk and getting used to a new way of eating. Day 8ish is usually a bit of a digestive adventure, so we'll see where things go.

Why is Day 3 the hardest of a diet? ›

One. Withdrawal symptoms: whilst you start a diet, specifically if it involves cutting out certain meals or reducing calorie intake, your body might also experience withdrawal symptoms from previous dietary habits. this could lead to cravings, irritability, or mood swings, making day 3 particularly difficult. Two.

How many pounds can you lose on Whole30? ›

Whole30 is a great way to reset your eating habits and jump start your weight loss journey. While results will vary from person to person, many people report losing 10-15 pounds in the first month.

Why do I feel so bad on Whole30? ›

Some downsides include Whole30 side effects like digestive problems, worsened food cravings, and reduced nutrient intake. The diet restricts certain foods and food groups, which, if followed long-term, can result in nutrient deficiencies.

What are the cons of the Whole30 diet? ›

The cons of Whole30: Very restrictive, which may make eating out or socializing difficult. May be difficult to get adequate calcium for bone health.

How do I stop sugar cravings on Whole30? ›

Whole30 prioritizes nutrient-dense foods.

The meal template encourages protein, vegetables, and healthy fat which help regulate appetite. Replacing nutrient-poor, highly processed foods with nutrient-dense minimally processed and whole foods helps reduce sugar cravings by increasing satiety.

How long does it take to flush out sugar from your body? ›

Drop your sugar intake at once. The Ohio University Medical Center determined that a sugar detox will take between 3-10 days. The more sugar you are normally taking in, the longer the detox will take.

How do I reintroduce sugar after Whole30? ›

The Fast Track Whole30 Reintroduction Plan

Day 1: Reintroduce added sugar by itself. A sweet potato drizzled with honey or salmon glazed with maple syrup will do the trick. Days 2 & 3: Back to the Whole30 diet. Day 4: Reintroduce gluten-free alcohol by itself.

Are potatoes OK on Whole30? ›

Are Potatoes Whole30? Yes! As of January 2021, all varieties of potatoes are included in the Whole30 diet. Yet, the catch is that fries and chips are not included in the diet as they are not considered to be “real” or whole foods.

How much weight can you lose on Whole30 in a month? ›

As one of those Whole30 devotees you're probably pretty annoyed with by now, allow me to explain. Three years ago, I dropped 30 pounds (and kept it off) by doing the Whole30 and continuing to eat well in the months that followed. During the 30 days on the program, I lost 11 pounds.

Can I have peanut butter on Whole30? ›

Peanuts/Peanut Butter: Yes (if it's unsweetened)

Legumes, including beans, lentils, and peanuts, are all compatible on the Plant-Based Whole30. When selecting peanut butter, choose only those varieties with no added sugar. Note: Beans, lentils, and peanuts are not part of the Original Whole30 program.

Why do I feel worse on Whole30? ›

Some downsides include Whole30 side effects like digestive problems, worsened food cravings, and reduced nutrient intake. The diet restricts certain foods and food groups, which, if followed long-term, can result in nutrient deficiencies.

How long does the Whole30 hangover last? ›

Whole30 Days 2-3: The Hangover

Whole30 Days 2-3 are called The Hangover for good reason. You will likely feel like you overindulged WAY too much last night. 🍻 You might have a pounding headache and feel *really* lethargic.

Can you have a cheat day on Whole30? ›

During the month-long elimination period, no cheating is allowed. It's recommended that you start the challenge over if you get off track. The founders claim that strict adherence to the diet allows your body to reset in isolation from certain foods that may cause inflammation, gut disruptions, or hormone imbalances.

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