Eat Well, Eat Whole: My Whole30 Experience
Updated: Sep 15, 2018
I DID IT! I completed the whole30. Technically I'm on day 31, and I have yet to stray from the program guidelines. I'm scared, yet excited! Is this the new me? Kinda. For now. I cannot say I know exactly what will come, but I can say the lessons and habits I learned are worth it!
Why I did it
I will be first to admit, okay, maybe not first, but I needed to make a positive change. I wanted to WANT to eat well. I wanted my body and mind to reflect that. So after purchasing the book and doing some research I decided on the Whole30 program. Anyone can do something for 30 days, right? Here is a rundown of reasons I did the Whole30.
I cannot do things in moderation. It just never worked for me. Only eat "bad" foods sometimes...What? Your idea of sometimes can become my all the time. I need no room for interpretation. I need a strict yes and no.
I wanted to prove I could do this to myself. I felt like I loss control of myself and what I was fueling my body with and I wanted that control back.
Lose weight. Hear me out! I know that is not a supposed to be the goal. It was not my main one, but I did welcome that side effect.
What is Whole30?
Whole30 is a nutritional program planned to change the way you feel and eat in 30 days. Basically, you have to remove all of the possible inflammatory foods and beverages in your diet (consider: added sugar and sweeteners, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, processed foods and beverages, baked goods, and junk foods) and eat “clean” meals, made with Whole30-approved ingredients (consider: meats, seafood, veggies, fruits and eggs).
How did it go?
Well, I succeeded with my goal, and ate Whole30 for 30 plus days. The first few days were exceptionally tough, as I did not prepare myself as well as I thought. I ate out about twice, and managed to order salads that were compliant, being "that" customer that asks things like, "what kind of oil do you cook in"? I even went to a few bars and drank sparkling water with lime, giving the illusion I was consuming alcohol. SIKE!
What really helped in some strange way was drinking out of a wine glass. I'm serious! Everything I sipped from such as La Croix to kombucha was placed in a large red wine glass. On some days I would even throw in some fresh fruit or edge my glass with a lime or strawberry. It really just made me feel as if I was being treated. I think I may keep that in my life as well. All my beverages will be in fancy glassware from here on out!
These are a few of my favorite things!
Eggs- The incredible edible egg. Egg salad, deviled eggs (compliant mayo), omelets, egg muffins, scrambled, fried...I'm starting to feel like Bubba from Forrest Gump here. You get the picture.
Bananas- I had at least one a day. Not only are they high in fiber, B6, and maganese, but they are versatile and filling. I liked them best frozen, drizzled with Justin's almond butter, and sprinkled with cinnamon powder. Who needs ice cream?
Tessemae's anything- They have turned our favorite condiments and dressings into healthy, yet tasty Whole30 compliant versions. I invested in a pack that included ketchup, ranch, BBQ sauce, hot sauce, and little dressings to take on the go.
Bubbly- I need the fizz. I used to be strongly addicted to diet pop. Spindrift, LaCroix, and GTS Kombucha brought me to life! Another plus to kombucha is the gut health it aides with. Loaded with probiotics!
Nutpods- I like my coffee semi-sweet and creamy. This is the only Whole30 approved creamer. It is not sweet, and honestly not that creamy, but it gives a flavor and lightens the acidity of just black coffee. It is either that, or just walk yourself right over to the dark side.
Blue Apron- This fresh food delivery service provides options to order Whole30 approved meal kits. Can I get a hell yes?! Want $40 off your Blue Apron? Click here!
Whole30 came up with calendar below using data from participants over time. It really sums up how it went.
So do I encourage the Whole30? YES! It's 30 days. You can do anything for 30 days. I recommend buying the book and joining a community. Create one, join one, whichever. It's been proven time and time again that whenever you change anything major, it is more successful with help. Help one another be whole!
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