Hello friends! If you keep up with my IG stories, you’ll know that I went on a little food journey. Nope, didn’t eat my way through a major city, or try anything crazy, just completed my first Whole30. No big deal. I like to describe Whole30 to those who aren’t familiar as an eating experiment, removing inflammatory foods and seeing how your body responds to certain foods. Overall, this 30 day experiment is meant to show you how foods such as grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol and sugar (real and artificial) affect your body. Through the process of eliminating these foods that we tend to consume daily, mindlessly, we can learn what effects they have on our wellness.
I knew I wanted to try Whole30 during my last semester at school, because I ate a lot of not-so-whole-foods. I wasn’t eating unhealthy by any means, but I was pretty reliant on processed foods. I used a lot of artificial sweeteners in my coffee, I relied on protein shakes to get my protein, and lived off of energy drinks & yogurt. After being vegan for 4 years (until December 2018), I was used to and comfortable with eliminating food groups. Plus, I knew I could do 30 days – it wouldn’t be thaaat bad. So on Mother’s Day, I indulged in some desserts at a family party and decided that I would start my Whole30 the following day. This also happened to be the day I started my new job in Rhode Island, which leads me to the most important tip for those who want to try Whole30. MEAL PREP. Prep everything. Know what your 3 meals are going to be a day in advance.
Before my Whole30, I was only okay with how I looked. Meh, if you will. I knew I got bloated easily and could shed some pounds too. I didn’t really restrict myself before Whole30, but I tried my best to eat healthy. I was SUCH A SNACKER. I could graze and snack all day, which I learned through Whole30 (read the book before you start, trust me) was no bueno for my waist. I realllly liked how I felt eating 3 meals a day with minimal snacking. The first few nights were hard. I wanted a treat after dinner. I wanted something sweet. This graphic actually explains the timeline of Whole30 very well. And it did get easier with time and I was noticing my body and my mind change within the first 7 days. .
Grocery must haves:
Sweet potatoes. Avocados. Eggs & meat – I looveeee Trader Joes frozen chicken or turkey burgers. Ghee & coconut oil. Lettuce, broccoli slaw, spinach. I ate a ton of tahini, sunflower seed butter (make sure your nut butters are allll nut – no added oils/sugar). I wasn’t very creative with my meals and tended to have variations of the same thing everyday but I loved every meal I made and I still the same meals, I haven’t got sick of it yet! I love making salads and just loading them up with a ton of different veggies, nuts, and protein. There are millions of combinations out there. I also would either use avocado as salad dressing, or olive oil, salt, and pepper! Nutpods creamer is good if you love your morning coffee with some cream in it. It’s non-dairy, just make sure you get unsweetened.
I lost a little less than 10lbs. My clothes fit well and I have actually gone down a size in most pants. I feel realllly confident in how I look, and I’ve noticed my endurance has gotten better at the gym & while running.
My skin has been so clear. I also contribute this to using Curology but mainly the clean eating that comes with Whole30.
I’ve developed a habit of eating 3 solid meals a day and without snacking!
My energy levels are high, my bloating has gone down, and I feel really clear mentally. I have learned to say no, I’ve practiced insane self-control, and I have learned that dairy is not my friend. I’m still in the reintroduction phase.
It’s important to note that I thrive with structure in my life and in my diet. It simply works well for me. Restricting can lead to disordered eating habits for some people, so I don’t think Whole30 is really a one-size-fits-all approach to healthy eating.
If you are thinking of trying Whole30, I encourage you to try! I loved it & am planning on doing it again… not too soon 😉