Food, Musings

Whole 30- Home stretch?

August 10, 2016

Mahhhhhhn, time has flown, I’m not going to come here and pretend I didn’t think I’d make it this far. That would be a lie, I was prepared, interested, motivated and determined. I like the food I’m allowed to eat on whole 30 and I didn’t think it would be too difficult. So I smooth sailed through week 2 and 3, after getting the hang of it in week one. I survived a birthday party, my sister-friend’s wedding and my birthday! As you know, life doesn’t like it when you’re too sure of yourself, so of course, I got thrown a curve ball.

I’m currently at a 5week residential training where all our meals are being prepared for us. Our sessions start at 7 and end at 6:30 pm, with us facilitators then eating dinner quickly and having meetings, setting up for the next day till about 10pm. As you can imagine, this schedule is intense, even if I wanted to buy food and go into the kitchen to make my own meals, it would be impossible. I’m determined to finish whole30 strong but I had to make a concession. MSG- (maggi/knorr). There was no way I would ask the ladies cooking for 100+ people to remove mine (for the special meals I can actually eat) and not put maggi . It would be the height of ridiculousness(The yoruba mummy head caterer would probably hiss at me). So yeah MSG rule is out the door.

Today is just day 4 of being here, arrived on Sunday and I’ve been able to survive. On sunday I brought dinner, Breakfast is bread most times, when it’s with eggs, I eat the eggs and leave the bread. I’ve never appreciated how whole 30 friendly the Nigerian diet is before now, thankful for Yam, Eba, amala and all our soups! lol. Otherwise I wouldn’t be able to eat anything. I also brought a bag of almonds with me from home so today for breakfast I had a handful with bananas. I think I’ll survive…

I’m most concerned about the reintroduction period, in fact I might end up extending my whole 30 just so I can be home and do my re introduction easily. We’ll see how it goes. Overall I’m really pleased, I feel great and I’m looking to take many of these changes along with me for ever. C and I did it together and I loved talking to her about what we were eating/feeling, some of my friends have also joined in and my mum wants to do it too. Love it!

I’ll come back with an update on Sunday to say if if I’ll be making my whole 30 a whole 60 O_O

Love always,



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  • Reply Tee October 24, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Well done Sabirah.
    I’ve been contemplating doing whole 30. Discipline though.. I wanted to ask, what did you use to season your food since Maggi has msg?

    • Reply Sabirah October 24, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      You can do it!!!
      I made sure I cooked using fresh aromatics like onions, garlic and ginger. I also used herbs. In addition for naija meals- like veg soup, lots of crayfish does wonders. Sea salt, Cameroon pepper and spices so many options. I promise you won’t miss it

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