Some of you have been curious to hear about my Whole30 experience, so here it is! I chronicled lots of it on Instagram, where you can also find some of my fave meals. And my post about starting my first Whole30 and why I chose to do it is here. I also plan to post my favorite Whole30 recipes! (If you’re curious about any of the recipes from the photos below, most likely they are posted on my Instagram. If not – ask me!)
I have to admit, I was nervous to start! I don’t really know why – probably just the anticipation of it, like waiting for the gun to fire to start the race. A few things I noticed RIGHT off the bat:
- I am/was very addicted to chewing gum
- I still need to snack!
The book says that you will likely need to snack in the beginning, especially if you are used to eating 5-6 small meals per day. This also made me realize that I have not been eating nearly enough protein I was surprised how much an actual serving was for one meal! I also started to make a habit of eating quite a few servings of nuts throughout the day, and realized that this was making me bloated!? I’ve never even thought about nuts making my bloat, but I’ll be going easy on the nuts for the rest of the month.
A few other observations from week 1:
- My 3pm lull is gone (I no longer need to take a nap in the middle of the day!!)
- I’m still figuring out what/how much to eat to hold me over until next meal
- I think my pants are looser (?!)
Week 2 started to feel way easier. The sight of chicken and eggs no longer repulses me (PHEW), and I’m getting the hang of how much protein and what size portions to eat for each meal. For example: I eat an entire chicken breast for dinner, I eat 3 eggs for breakfast instead of 1, etc. I also found that upping my fats at meals was helpful too, to keep me satisfied longer. A loooong drizzle of olive oil on my salads goes a long way.
Other notes from week 2:
- Nighttime snacking? What nighttime snacking?! This is a huge breakthrough for me.
- I feel a definite increase in energy, maybe even in mood?! (To Fabio’s delight – I was game to go out with him on weekends….and stayed out PAST 1O’CLOCK PM.)
By week 3, this feels like a breeze. Knowing what to cook and eat comes as second nature. I’m not really getting sick of what I’m eating, and not really craving anything non-Whole30 compliant, either. Maybe the only think I’m really looking forward to having is dairy cream in my coffee…
Observations this week: I have gone way over my grocery budget. Like, by a couple hundred dollars. I’m not sure if that’s because I’m eating more fresh foods, buying better quality ingredients, or just cooking with more….ingredients.
Second observation, and this is a confession: I cheated, and weighed myself. I was just so curious! I have been feeling my sides tightening up, my hips feel a little slimmer. So I stepped on the scale and….I haven’t lost a pound. Not a one. Maybe even gained a little bit. I was shocked! This could be because this Whole30 is happening simultaneously with my break from exercise (okay, that’s probably a big reason), or that I’m eating more sweet potatoes than probably necessary. Or both.
By the time I got to my last week of Whole30, I almost forgot I was doing Whole30. Not that I starting eating whatever I wanted, but I started to get a little lax with the “rules”. I started snacking a little bit again during the day, especially after dinner. That’s something that stayed with me the entire 30 days: I always wanting something sweet after dinner. I know that craving is supposed to go away throughout the course of the month, and maybe I’ll make that a goal the next time around. I’ve always craved sometimes sweet after dinner, but now an apple does the trick! #winning?
So, what’s the verdict?!
I loved it. I feel like I can/want to keep going, so I decided I’m going to go back a strict Paleo diet after this. It just feels good. I don’t think this massively changed my life, or cured any weird disease, but I feel better. I definitely sense the increased energy and reduced bloat, like the program suggests will happen. I love that I’ve learned how to not graze all day, and that I have a better understanding of the right foods to eat to fuel me. The funny this is, I thought I knew all this already! I think the mental changes resulting from my first Whole30 were just as significant as the physical changes. Maybe the most amazing part? I learned to really enjoy drinking my coffee with unsweetened Nutpods. I never thought I’d see the day. EVER.
Do I recommend trying Whole30? YUP. I think everyone could benefit from doing Whole30, at least once. You can learn some interesting things about yourself and your eating habits. And, I’ll bet you $20 that you’ll feel more energized and less bloated. Can’t guarantee, it’ll cure you of that weird disease, though.