Fancy a Whole30 Challenge?

Here we are, about to hit Christmas season full throttle. It’s been 2.5 months since I finished my first ever Whole30. A quick 2.5 months where I have tried hard, but struggled at times to stick to my plan of 80:20.

Here’s what has worked well:

– My kitchen cupboards have remained compliant. I didn’t move back in all the products I cleared out. In fact, the ones I didn’t give away are still in a bag, tied up.

– All of my food shopping has still been compliant. Every now and again though I did dip into the storage cupboard to grab a bit of pasta. I’ve only cooked pasta once in the 2.5 months.

– I baked a pumpkin pie. I cut down the sugar from the recipe and substituted some with agave syrup.

– I am sooooo much more aware of what I put in my mouth and still read labels in the attempt to avoid added sugar (unless blatantly buying something which is made mostly of sugar!)

– I still mostly eat 3 meals per day

– I now know that soya milk actually doesn’t agree with me! My first soya latte post Whole30 made me so bloated and uncomfortable! I’m now solely on unsweetened almond milk.

– I’ve still been collecting recipe inspiration so I will have new things to try second time round. I also picked up a new cook book which sometimes has compliant recipes or at least ones I can adapt!

Whole30 Recipe Inspiration:

And what hasn’t worked so well:

– I still don’t have an off button when it comes to sweet things. I can go a while without any but put 4 cookies in front of me and I will eat 4. I hear you say “just buy one” but it doesn’t make financial sense. It cost £0.80 for 1 cookie or £2 for 4 cookies. …Throw my money down the drain, or get value for money?! That’s how the supermarkets work.

– I’ve become a little less organised and a little lazy when it comes to cooking and organising a menu.


– My skin has improved quite a lot since starting Whole30. I’m not sure if this is down to diet or also to lifestyle such as less stress, getting enough sleep etc

– I weighed myself as a pre Whole30 #2 metric and I’m heavier than when I started #1. This could be down to increased muscle though; all my clothes still fit and feel comfortable.

Whole30 Reading / Recipe List:

So why #2?

The biggest reason behind this has to be the fact I want to slay the sugar dragon…some more. Also, with winter on its way that means the mornings and evenings are dark which makes us all a little less inclined to get out and run / cycle / workout. I want to keep my energy levels high and get the most of out my training.

So this is my November Challenge! Are you in?! Or do you already have a fitness / nutrition challenge planned?! 

Let me know what you’re up to! 

Elle 🙂 



  1. Matilda Iglesias
    November 4, 2014 / 22:17

    I really want to do another whole30 or even whole15, but I want to wait until after my half marathon, just due to the fuel options I've been training with. Too late to change my options, as my event is only 10 days away. But it is still on the agenda.

    • Elle Linton
      November 5, 2014 / 10:51

      I think you've made the right choice there! I think after my 3rd or 4th full Whole30 I will start with Whole15's thrown in now and again but I don't think I am ready yet! Good luck for your Half Marathon too! 🙂 x

  2. Beki Cadd
    October 30, 2014 / 15:35

    Kinda similar but I'm signed up for the Be:Fit Hot, Healthy, Happy challenge which is based on the Paleo plan! I'm a week in so far so will be checking back at your previous Whole30 posts for inspiration 🙂

    • Elle Linton
      November 1, 2014 / 21:10

      Ah, yes! Just read about the HHH on your blog! Paleo is defo very similar…maybe a little less lenient which is appropriate to live by long term! Whole30 is just for 30 days then I guess I'd class myself as paleo after that! Banana pancakes are one of my fav paleo recipes…just can never seem to get them quite right! haha! 🙂 x

  3. Meredith N.
    October 30, 2014 / 14:15

    I would LOVE to do the Whole 30 challenge as well! I just ended a two week sugar detox and it's completely changed how I eat. I never realized how much junk was sneaking into my diet. Definitely an eye opener!

    • Elle Linton
      November 1, 2014 / 21:09

      That was the biggest thing for me 🙂 I love now that I don't even need added sugar to enjoy the taste of something! …Keep it up though cos it's easy for the sugar dragon to get hold of you again 😉

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