This Is the One Food I Miss the Most During Whole30

Goodbye forever, zoodles!

Anne Burrel Pasta Bolognese

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I learn a lot about myself and my eating habits anytime I do a Whole30. I’ve realized I don’t really need to put sugar in my coffee. I’ve learned that ghee is practically better than butter. And as far as dessert goes … who needs it when the world gave us blackberries? They’re like nature’s version of a Gusher!

One major thing I’ve taken away on the other end of the spectrum has to do with zoodles. Yes, the word is so fun to say, but after 30 days of spiralized vegetables, I truthfully never want to see them again. All I want right now is a big, beautiful bowl of spaghetti covered with rich, wine-filled Bolognese sauce. (Anne Burrell’s recipe has five stars and 694 reviews!) Top that pasta with endless amounts of fresh Parmesan and serve it with a side of crusty bread to sop up all the sauce. People say they tend to have dreams about food during Whole30. (My best friend dreamt about hugging bread!) This is my food dream.

While there are Whole30 principles I would like to continue in my everyday life, there’s one thing I’ll never be able to let go of — real pasta noodles.

That said, I don’t recommend diving all into this meal the second Whole30 is over. (Sorry, guys.) I believe there’s value in the reintroduction phase that the program recommends. Adding in legumes, grains, dairy and gluten strategically helped me identify changes in my body — and when you’re already on such a natural high (tiger blood!) from eating clean, there’s no point in just throwing it all away.

If you have the time, think through a plan for 10 or so extra days of testing the waters with everything you’ve eliminated for 30 days. In the meantime, I’ll be over here dreaming of a carb-filled pasta dinner complete with a glass or two of my favorite Pinot Noir. Life is all about balance in my mind, and for me, a big bowl of spaghetti bolognese is 100% worth it.

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