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Rosemary and Thyme Lime Chicken ~ Whole 30

Have you heard of the Whole 30 Program?

This program is to help change your life in 30 days…

Whole 30 Program

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photo credit: whole9life.com

On April 1st I began this Whole 30 Program to possibly help reduce the aches and pains that I have.  I am always skeptical about starting a new diet or program.   This one was no different except that it wasn’t a diet.  You don’t have to count calories.  You don’t have to weigh food.   That was the things that I liked about this program, you don’t have to do those things and you don’t have to exercise (at least for the first 30 days).  The catch – you can’t eat sugars of any kind, no dairy, no grains  and no legumes.     You are to eat real foods, meats, fish, lots of vegetables, some fruits and good fats from oils, nuts and seeds.  Not so hard right, well it is harder then you think.

For 30 days you are not to cheat, and not to slip.  They say that it is not hard.  But I am saying that it is harder then it looks.   An addiction is an addiction it is alcohol, smoking or food.  It is hard to quit.   The first week I had such craving and I had to be very disciplined not to eat food that are my NO LIST.  Bread was my biggest thing… I love the smell of bread and I had to work very hard not to eat it.   I   also have to tell you that I slipped but I think that I did very well.  I am on my 4th week and I am still trying very hard to stay on this program.

Did this plan work for me?  One of the biggest benefits of this plan is that my clothes are fitting me better.  For my aches and pain, there hasn’t been a big difference and my energy level hasn’t changed.  I am hoping that with more time, this will change and I will feel better.    I do think that this program is good for you, it is healthy.  It is important for everyone to eat healthy and to eat foods that are unprocessed.   This program is a way of life and not a diet… 

My plans after the 30 days?  I am planning on continuing this program as much as possible.  I do know that I will eat at some time or another the foods that are on the no-list but I am hoping to stick to it for most of the time.  My hopes are that I will be able to continue to lose weight, and start feeling better with decrease aches and pains and more energy.

Rosemary and Thyme Lime Chicken

chicken marinated with Rosemary and Thyme and Lime. Served with salsa. A whole 30 meal


  • 2-3 chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 tbsp lime peel
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • Salsa, homemade or store bought - approx 1 tbsp per breast


  1. In bowl mix lime juice, peel, balsamic vinegar, pepper, rosemary and thyme. Place chicken in ziplock bag and pour mixture over. Marinate in fridge for approximately 30 minutes, turning every. 10-15 minutes.
  2. Place either aluminum foil or parchment paper in baking pan. Place chicken in baking pan and pour marinate over the chicken. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees until chicken is done.
  3. Serve with salsa.


  • This recipe was adapted from Mom's Recipe Collection on Facebook. This is a great group of people that share recipes and ideas.

Here is the link for Mom’s Recipe collection… you do have to ask to join. 

Sources:  The Whole 30 Program


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Marlys @This and That

A Canadian transplant into USA with an African husband, you can see my adventures in internationally cooking over at This and That.

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  1. I saw your recipe Rosemary and Thyme Lime Chicken. And then I saw the picture as well, At that moment I wanted to eat directly the chicken with the special flavors. So good!

  2. I havn’t heard of this diet plan either. It makes a lot of sense to me. Afterall what we need is a lifestyle change and not a regimented diet. I’m going to give it a try. And thanks for the recipe 🙂

  3. I’ve not heard of this eating plan, but do love those ‘diets’ that you don’t have to count anything…just eat healthy. The recipe looks awesome too – thanks for sharing, and inspiring.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Marsha. I find that this is easier to follow as I don’t need to count or weigh… just eat real foods.

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