June 16, 2015

You're Such A Spaghetti Squash and Whole30* Round 2 {Recipe Files}

Yup you read that right, we did it again. I know it sounds crazy, but after our first Whole30 experience we both went a lil nuts eating all the food. Now, a lot of that eating started because of birthday shenanigans and then I honestly just got lazy. I was lazy about planning, prepping and food watching and a few weeks later I felt like poopoo. Normally I'd just try moderation, but since bathing suit season was right around the corner I figured the only way to get in shape would be to get back to strict rules. My weight and inches had crept back up and I was not happy with how I looked.

Whole30 has been the only eating program that has shown me success and I am extremely happy with the results. I know that it's not something everyone would want to attempt, but it has worked well for me. Do I think everyone you should try it out once? Yes, yes I do [unless you are vegetarian or on a restrictive diet already]. I know many people are scared about the strict regime, but I 100% believe that anyone who tries it will be surprised by their results and their will power. It truly can be mind over matter if you plan it out.

I find it interesting when people bash the program without trying it. Understand me though, saying it's "too hard for them" or "they aren't sure if they could" is NOT considered trashing it in my opinion. I understand the trepidation, I was very nervous about it at first. But people that just talk down about it because they don't want to try it kind of make me laugh. Clearly they haven't fully researched the program and that's fine. Different strokes for different folks, but going on a rant about Whole30 is kind of silly because if you don't want to try it, don't, no one is forcing you. Okay, moving on now.

This Whole30* taught me that I can be an emotional eater, which is something I never considered before Whole30. When I'm stressed out or frustrated I want a class of wine [I mean wine makes it all better right?] and I also want to eat all the bad things. I crave chips, ice cream or lots of pasta because I see those as indulgences. And when things are bad and pissing me off indulgences make me feel 'better'... or so I thought. There were a few stressful moments during this program and all I wanted was something not on the list and you know what, the next day I felt better than if I had indulged. Not being able to grab something 'bad' made me look at what was really bothering me and made me figure out another way to feel better. Now that the program is over I'll probably think twice before I reach for something when I'm stressed or annoyed.

Alright, now to the fun stuff, the results. Since I am leaner than I was before the first go round I knew my numbers wouldn't be as awesome but I still expected to see some sort of change. Interestingly enough my weight dropped the same this time but my inches were not nearly as drastic. I've actually lost 10 pounds since we started our Whole30 in February and am almost at my wedding weight, carrying a LOT more muscle than I did in 2013.

I had some great NSVs as well, clothes fit me better, my ab definition started to show and people started to notice a difference in my body. I had the BEST moment at the gym last Friday because a body building girl that I chat with from time to time came up to me and told me I looked great. Talk about the best feeling in the world, y'all. Le Husband had really only been the person to tell me he noticed a difference, sp having someone that knows fitness and works out for competitions notice made it worth all the effort.

Since I did a weekly update last time, I decided to keep our second Whole30* off the blog until it was complete. I didn't want to bore y'all because for the most part we ate the same thing we did last time and it was a lot easier planning meals the second go round. There was a lot less worry or trepidation about the unknown and there was less variety too because I already knew what worked so why stray from the tried and true?

Enter our ONE new dish. I didn't attempt spaghetti squash last time, but I knew this time it was something I was interested in making the next time we attempted Whole30*. Despite completely overlooking the spaghetti squash at the Safeway and googling if butternut squash works the same way [fyi, it doesn't] I was able to find one with the help of a kind Safeway worker [thank you]. Make sure you ask if you can find one at your store, they will have them!!!

There are a ton of recipes online and I followed this one because it was one of the first ones I found and I just left out the cheese. Spaghettis squash isn't very hard, it just takes about 50 minutes or so to roast the squash in the oven so this is NOT a meal to make on a whim or without a plan. #scoreoneformealplanning



Things got a lil more intense because I also had to make my own spaghetti sauce since all the ones we had at home had sugar in the ingredients. Thankfully we had everything I needed at home and it was pretty darn tasty if I do say so myself. I'm a huge fan of homemade sauce even though it comes out much chunkier than the jar version. I think next time I'll puree it in a blender to make more of a smooth sauce.




For a bit of protein I made some chicken meatballs that tasted awesome in the sauce, but were a bit dry on their own. I definitely will have to tweak this recipe before I share it. I will say making regular meatballs would be amazing with spaghetti squash. Le Husband was actually a big fan and I see this being a new staple in our life because it was almost better than pasta, well it is better than boxed pasta. I don't think anything will ever top homemade pasta :)!


Have you made spaghetti squash before? Did you like it? Have you tried a bake?

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*ASTERISKS*  You might have noticed the * by every Whole30 in this post and that is no accident. I wanted to call attention to this Whole30 because it was indeed different from our first. Technically it was not a true Whole30 because there was a slip up day when we went to visit Le Husband's family. When a rub was made for the BBQ sugar was put in and obviously that's a no-no. I was kind of annoyed about it and went a lil off the deep end and had a smore and drank some wine, which again is a no-no and cause for a restart. However, since Le Husband and I had already completed a TRUE Whole30 we both felt okay jumping back in the next day and going about the program. I have no problem sharing this here, I'm100% fine with our decision and feel it's best to be fully transparent. 

linking up here here and here today

30 comments:

BLovedBoston said...

So happy that you loved your results and the program enough to do it twice!!! Did you workout more this go around or the same amount? I love spaghetti squash - we make it at least once every other week :) xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Kay R. said...

You are Whole 30 girl!! This looks so yummy!

Alana Livingston said...

Good job!! You look amazing! I love spaghetti squash but Jacob hates it so I don't get it often 😕

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

Yay! Glad you are having such great results with the program! I've heard a lot of bloggers talking about it so I may need to look into it more. I'm really bad about dieting/restricting my food. I can do it on my own to an extent but as soon as someone tells me I cant have something thats when I crave it the most. LOL!

<3, Pamela
Sequins & Sea Breezes

awhite said...

Way to go, lady! You rocked the Whole30. :) I haven't tried it (yet) but I've heard it really works. And it's awesome getting compliments from super fit people- they know their stuff! :)

-Ashley
Le Stylo Rouge

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

You are rockin' it gurlie! I am in so much awe of you for not only completing the program, but going for it again :-D

Amanda {Kids and Cabernet} said...

Good job! I love reading these! We eat pretty healthy, but we want to start implementing a cleaner diet. There's so much junk in our foods - it's gross!

Emily B said...

It looks tasty! I have been intrigued by spaghetti squash, but haven't looked into trying it. It looks pretty simple.

Elle Sees said...

loveeee spaghetti squash. if i can't have my pasta, this is a nice sub.

Kathy@RealTalk said...

i love all squashes and my favourite is roasted butterCUP squash with a little bit of coconut oil, salt and pepper NONFUCKINGNOM!

spaghetti squash is also on regular rotation at our house since the hubs and i don't eat grains anymore so we just eat "heavier" veggies with our meals. funny how squashes feel heavier when eaten but have WAY LESS calories than most things. love that!

so happy that you're giving the whole30 another go! both my husband and i started this grain free thing as an experiment and we've both enjoyed it so much and have seen great results that this is now our way of life :)

Cory (playdates and prescriptions) said...

I htink it's awesome you're going to do it again. It's hard for me to adapt any sort of thing like this b/c of my kids. But good for you! And I haven't personally cooked with spaghetti squash, but I've heard it's amazing!!

Courtney B said...

So proud of you girl!! You're amazing! I have to admit that I never dared try it because of the strictness of the game (ha!) but I do get tempted with the idea to try it after I have the babe as I work my butt off to get my body back. Of course if I'm nursing, I won't do it until I'm finished with that (not willing to risk my milk supply by major diet changes) I do, however, LOVE to get meal ideas from whole30 recipes! We are pretty healthy for the most part!
One thing that really makes me nervous though is that I hear about people obsessing over "cheating" (like- losing sleep kind of obsessing) and that is the other thing that has held me back from diving into this. I could easily see myself losing my mind over the what-ifs or accidental cheats (like your meat rub) and I really try to avoid adding extra stress in my life, ha! So whole30 may not be totally for me anyway? Who knows, maybe I will dive in and try it someday!! But I seriously admire you and your hubs! Power couple!!

Emily said...

I've only made spaghetti squash once and it didn't come out how I was expecting considering I love squash but this recipe looks delish and i like the addition of protein to make a well-balanced meal.

MakeMeUpMia said...

We were planning on trying it this last weekend but our plans changed. I put it in the fridge and I will be trying it this weekend. I bought sauce and was going to make turkey meatballs with ours. I can't wait to try, but I'm pretty sure we'll love it! Yours looks amazing!

Julia said...

Wow you look amazing and awesome results on your pounds and inches! Way to go!

Jen said...

This sounds yummy!! I've never cooked spaghetti squash but I might now.

Rebecca Jo said...

I love that you're talking round 2... I remember you getting through the first round. I bet your body is just craving that healthy path now. You look fantastic! & look at the results? cant argue with that.

Lindsay @ Broke and Bougie said...

Good luck with round 2!! This sauce looks so good - I tried my own and it came out kinda yucky, I think I left out something important haha!

Lori Hart said...

We have spaghetti squash growing in the garden so I'm on the lookout for lots of delicious healthy recipes. This one fits the bill!! Thanks! This looks amazing!! Found your recipe at the Tasty Tuesday. I am the hostesses of Tickle My Tastebuds and would love you to stop by and link this recipe. http://bit.ly/1JRRwDZ
Lori

Erin LFF said...

You are awesome! I'm glad you've shared so much of your journey because I DO think I can do it- and yes it will be hard, but isn't that kinda the point?! ;) I am going to look up the sauce recipe you used because I hate how they all have sugar in them too! I always try to find the one with the least amount but I think I'd much rather make my own.

Foxy's Domestic Side said...

Good job! You have ALMOST gotten me on board, need to do some research myself. :) So is this something you just keep doing month after month? Or do you just stop and do stuff in moderation? Also Trader Joe's has a spaghetti sauce that we eat that has no added sugar in it. At least I don't think it does. It's the can with the vine ripe tomatoes on it. The best one out there, that doesn't have all the extra preservatives in it, IMO. Coming from someone with lots of food allergies.

Pink and Fabulous said...

Amazing job with Whole 30!! You rocked it! I love spaghetti squash, and that sauce looks amazing, pureed or not!

Illegally Blonde said...

Umm so proud of you and gorgeous! J and I are thinking of trying it once i go back to work and have a routine.

Laura Marie Keenan said...

Ha, that's why you are looking so good! Awesome job for doing this AGAIN!

Living In This Season said...

Looks so good! I keep wanting to try this! Thanks for sharing at Tues talk!

http://sweetcanadian.blogspot.com/ said...

those are good results! looking at your starting weight from the first time and your ending weight now. Keep it up to get where you want!! You shouldn't be too far off now.

I know what you mean about when others notice your hard work. I lost over 20 pounds and i have had a few people make a big deal about it and it felt good. I put up a picture from our rehearsal against one from now in the same shirt and that is when it hit me lol.

All i did was portion control and more veggies but i was sick for 2 weeks where i barely could eat and that started it. It was easier after that. I am hoping to not be obese one day (i was 113 growing up (5'6") 127 when i got pregnant and 142 after i had my son which was considered the weight i should have been at for "normal"). I used to see it as impossible but now i see it very well may be reality. I have a tough time with the unhealthy eating and the "cravings" though. I am sick again so eating very little, hopefully that will kick start me again (no not starving myself, have a nasty stomach thing).

Joy said...

Ooooh, I really love spaghetti squash, but have not tried a bake- thanks for the idea and the recipe! Great job!

Carolyn said...

You're a rock star! :) I'm so proud of you for committing to this TWICE!!! And I love your little disclaimer at the end - you're adorable. :)

Jess said...

You go girl! So proud of you. That recipe looks so yummy too!

NewMrsAdventures said...

I can't wait to try this, I've always wanted to try spaghetti squash!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!