Pearls + Girls Goes Whole 30

This baking blogger is putting her flour, sugar and butter on the top shelf for 30 days!  Surprised?  ME TOO! 😉

Pearls + Girls

Left:  Caramel Glazed Coconut Carrot Cake

Top Right:  Browned Butter Zucchini Bread

Bottom Right:  Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

Pearls + Girls

Left: Caramel Pumpkin Eclairs

Top Right: Banana Pineapple Muffins

Bottom Right: Pie Crust Nachos with Orange Caramel Sauce + Raspberry Drizzle

 So, as you can clearly see, I don’t mind adding veggies and fruits to my baked goods.  What I DO mind is eating veggies and fruits……but no baked goods. 🙁  Nevertheless, that is exactly what I plan to do for the next 30 days.

Blackberry Drizzled Banana Almond Pancakes ~ Pearls + Girls Get the recipe HERE

Why Whole 30

Whole 30 is something I’ve been researching for awhile.  I like that it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change.  You are not counting calories, measuring ingredients, adding extra ‘points’ on the days you exercise, etc.  You also don’t weigh yourself during the program, so there is no constant obsession about how much your weight has gone up/down over the course of each week.  I’ve never worried much about the # on the scale, it’s more about how I feel and look in my clothes.

I’m not going to get into all the logistics of the program, but if you are interested you can find some more information about Whole 30 here.

Why Now?

Honestly?  I wanted the 30 days to be done before my daughter’s school break AND before Easter.  HA!  I usually cook a big holiday meal, and there is no way I’m going to forgo the honey glazed ham, bread and of course, candy.  I’ve been told that doing Whole 30 will reduce or even eliminate those cravings…..hmmm, we’ll soon see!!!

I decided to pull the plug on sugar and dairy because I haven’t been feeling so great these past few months.  We’ve had a lot of stress searching for a new home and adjusting to a new school schedule, so I feel like now is the time to do something good for ME!  In order to fulfill my commitments to my family and myself, I need to be in the best health possible.  My hope is that I will have more energy, sleep better and just have a general feeling of well being.  And it definitely would help to lose a few inches in the process!!!

Whole 30 is not a change forever, it’s a change for 30 days.  That I can totally handle!  Once it’s done I’m not sure if I’ll continue with a modified Paleo diet, I’ll just have to see how I feel and what will work best for me in the future.  I will never give up baking, so there has to be some give and take to make sure I’m living a healthy lifestyle.


Here is my menu plan for the first week.  Some meals I will repeat, I plan to make double batches so I can ‘cook once, eat twice.’  However, I did plan a full week of dinners because I don’t want to get bored with eating the same thing every night.  I really enjoy food, so I tried to include a variety of proteins, fruits and vegetables.   Some people like the predictability of eating the same thing for breakfast/lunch each day, but I definitely need variety if I am going to stick with the plan.  I used this grocery shopping list to help me get started.


Scrambled eggs/bacon/kiwi

Eggs over easy/Sweet Potato Hash/grapefruit

Banana Almond Pancakes

Ham and Mushroom Omelet/orange

Pumpkin Pie Porridge


Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps/apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon

**Update 2/23/15 – This recipe calls for Paleo Mayo.  I substituted one mashed avocado with a squeeze of lemon juice with great results!  I also substituted dried cherries for raisins (if you follow my blog, you know I don’t care for them).

Chopped Salad with Turkey and Avocado

Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps/pineapple chunks sprinkled with cinnamon

Egg Salad/carrot sticks/sliced strawberries

Beef Lettuce Wraps (using leftover pot roast)/watermelon cubes


Apple/Almond Butter Sandwich

Guacamole with Cucumber ‘Chips’

Cocoa Almond ‘Milkshake’

Banana/handful of walnuts

Handful of Olives/handful of pistachios


Pot Roast/Roasted Carrots/Garlic Mashed Potatoes

**Update 2/23/15 – This recipe calls for one cup red wine.  I substituted 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar and 3/4 cup of water with great results!

Steak/ Roasted Mushrooms, Cauliflower and Broccoli

** I am an A1 sauce addict, so eating steak without steak sauce is going to be a BIG challenge for me.

Rotisserie Chicken, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Snap Peas

BLT Salad

Coconut Shrimp/Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Creamy Chicken Vegetable Soup

Mongolian Beef over Cauliflower Rice

Will You Exercise Too?

Even though I exercise on a semi-regular basis, it’s really more to maintain my health than to lose weight.  I want to see the true effect of doing Whole 30, so if I changed up my routine I wouldn’t know if the results were due to my eating or exercise habits.  In other words, I don’t plan on being a couch potato, but I don’t see CrossFit or Hot Yoga in my immediate future either….

Will You Post Any Recipes?

YES!  I have tagged the links to some of the recipes I’ll be using this week.  I’m also planning to tweak a few new recipes, so if they turn out well I will be posting them on the blog.

Wish me luck!  From what I’ve been told the first three days are the hardest, so here goes nothin’!!!


  1. […] We made our kabobs right before we served them, but you could certainly whip the cream and slice the fruit ahead of time, just make sure to squeeze some lemon juice on the bananas so they won’t turn brown.  This is a perfectly Paleo snack, but if you omit the honey, it’s also Whole 30 friendly! […]