Well I did it 30 days of eating WHOLE30!! Sure I had a few off eats during my 30 days. I had a few upsetting moments and one breakdown.
I have to say though it wasn’t a bad 30 days. I had my moments where I thought I couldn’t do it for one more second but I overcame them and completed my 30 days.
The first week was difficult but it was nothing compared to the temptation of giving up in the last week. There is something about being close to the finish line it gets easy to let your guard down. But I stuck it out and am happy I finished. Here is a recap of some of the food over the course of the month.
I enjoyed cooking food the whole time. There was always a new fruit or veggie to try. I thought I was going to turn green based on the amount of avocados I was eating (love them!) I really got to test my culinary skills with limited ingredients but tons of variations. I learned quickly dinner leftovers make GREAT lunch options. And I found myself making extra dinner just for this reason. Shrimp cocktail saved me from many a dinner rut. I added some horseradish yummm a perfect and healthy meal!
My husband will tell you the best take away of this entire adventure is the girl who always said “I can’t fry eggs”…now can make some pretty sweet looking over easy fried eggs! I’m sure that will be crappy for me later on, since some of the reason I always said I can’t fry eggs is because the hubs is so good at it 😉 I’ve got mad egg skills now. I can tell you to the second when to flip them and how long to hard boil them! Incredible edible eggs!
I’ve discovered so many great foods that if I hadn’t completely this I may never have met. I discovered when I make my own I kinda like Mayo! I discovered new ways to eat sweet potatoes and will no longer walk by them in the grocery store! And of course this experience was forever changed by the introduction of GHEE!!
My favorite lunch/dinner is still this wonder:
My skin cleared up tremendously during whole 30. That was an unexpected reaction and I’m enjoying the change!
My energy levels were really off the first two weeks. I had NO get up and go and was barely functioning through regular activities let alone workouts. It was really kind of awful.I’m still not sure that I ever really figured out my fats to proteins to carbs ratio since I’m still not feeling like I have the bursting energy others have talked about getting from this program.
I had some withdrawal hot flashes that were interesting in the beginning. I had no idea how addicted I had let myself become to sugar. I “thought” I was eating pretty clean. Then again it’s not hard when EVERYTHING now has sugar added to it. Behold the table salts from my pantry (one ok, one NOT!):
SERIOUSLY? WHY IS DEXTROSE (SUGAR) in my table salt?
You can see how it happens. Prior to whole 30 I NEVER would have checked the ingredients of my salt. After all I learned in high school chemistry table salt is simply NaCl Sodium Chloride. But apparently nothing is simple in food anymore.
Reading labels for me will be the biggest take away of the past 30 days. Ingredient lists have become so complicated on some food, how are you even suppose to know what you are eating? I’m not a chemist. I don’t know what these terms mean but I’ve decided it’s true, if you can’t pronounce it you should just read it as CRAP THAT WILL KILL YOU! And even the healthy food you need to check. It’s hard to find items that don’t have sugar added to them. I bought canned tomatoes I searched through over 8 brands before finding ONE that was whole ingredients.
So how did it work?
Final photo: Although I didn’t lose dramatically, for 30 days I was impressed by the results by just cleaning up my diet. I lost some inches and was happy to have people notice the results!
Although I assumed my middle would be where I would lose most of my weight I actually noticed the changes more in my back, face and chest. Final weight loss? Eh, I have no idea since I don’t own a scale but I would say between 5-10 pounds.
My tips to you for trying your own whole 30:
- Read the Book, It Starts with FOOD. When things got hard,and my willpower was tested. I went back to the book to remind myself why I was doing this eating style in the first place.
- Prep work is key, there are NO shortcuts to this diet. Meal planning and prep work saved me time and made my journey easier. I went grocery shopping once a week and knew what each meal would be. Plus Sunday was a great day to make the mayo, dressing and salsa I would be eating that week.
- Lara Bars are a life saver!
- Buy Ghee, I didn’t like coconut oil at all so this was my saving grace for cooking meat.
- There are good carbs Spaghetti Squash and Sweet Potatoes will keep you full. Eat them they are delicious!
- Two website you should get to know Nom Nom Paleo and Whole9Life great for recipes, tips and ideas.
- PLAN FOR EVENTS! If you are going to a BBQ it’s a good idea to bring your own food since very little friendly food will be offered. Trust me on this my biggest slip ups were with events.
The unusual part for me on this entire journey was the day it was over. I said YES I get coffee creamer back! I poured some heavenly goodness into my coffee. Took a sip of the warm morning beverage only to GAG….yes GAG it was HORRIBLE it tasted like sugar and stuck to my teeth then it had the strangest after taste?! WTH?! I dumped it out and went back to my new favorite morning beverage….BLACK COFFEE!
For now I’m still sticking pretty close to the whole 30 diet. I like the way that food tastes. When I stray from whole foods into the coffee creamers and bread territory I just end up with a migraine or am horrified by how it tastes. I like tasting fruit, and it tastes sweet. I like knowing what I’m eating. And let’s face it now that I can fry my own eggs, I’m rather enjoying those too. I’m not being crazy strict about my eating but for the most part my diet is still whole 30 and I don’t see that changing!
I’m working on finding the perfect balance of fats and proteins for me. And I think I’m getting closer. I’m not feeling as royally drained after completing my P90X classes. I’m back up to running 15 miles a week.
Question of the day: Have you ever thought about trying a whole 30 plan?