whole30 review

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when i committed to doing the whole30, i had my hesitations. i’ve never been able to stick to a diet nor have extreme self control around food. don’t get me wrong, i didn’t binge but i was complacent telling myself i ate “relatively healthy”. 

committing to the whole30 on dec3rd, crossing christmas and new years was an even bigger challenge. but i told myself it would make it easier than “trying to cut back”. because rather than allowing myself “just one” or trying to track how many “just one’s” i’d had that day… the answer would always be simple. it would be “no thank you

turns out that worked!

it was hard, and i went through some ups and downs in my emotions. but i made it through!

you can read all about the common stages over on whole9life.com

THE TIMELINE: A DAY-BY-DAY GUIDE TO YOUR WHOLE30

 

now here’s my take…

week 1 – i was tired and hungry. making sure i ate enough protein was challenging. i do think the volume of each meal increased, but cutting snacking probably offset that. realizing i couldn’t chew gum was a major bummer. {funny how i don’t miss it now}.  did i mention how tired i was?! 

week 2 – i lost my hunger. as my body began adjusting to the new REAL food, i lost my appetite. some of this may be attributed to lack of meal diversity but i was also getting sick of meat. slowly, my energy starts to creep up and my relationship with food and appreciation for it begins to change about half way through. gregg dropped off from whole30 to paleo – rather than going with him – that gave me more desire to stick with it.

week 3 – late week 2/early week 3 i had food dreams. lots of them. some funny, some bizarre. but i start to feel the “tiger blood”… looking back through my blog posts they are chipper and energetic.

week 4 – early week 4/late week 3 my energy plummets. i’m crabby. and i’m mean…. turns out, my body needs more carbs during certain time of the month. after i learn & adjust accordingly, energy is back up and mood improves! the last half of week four felt like it took forever. i was just ready for day 30 to be here.

day 29 (nye) – i tell myself i’ve done well enough. i can eat whatever i want.  but i don’t. because i committed to 30 days, not 29.

day 30 (new year’s day) – i tell myself i’ve more than proven myself…that night, i will indulge in a little frozen custard. however, ted drewe’s is closed, and i feel ashamed of letting my guard down on last day.

day 31 (today!) – for weeks i’d planned to get starbucks this morning….yet i didn’t. i don’t know why. i told myself i’d “need” or “want” it more later in the week. i stayed compliant to whole30 (other than my paleo-ized banana muffin).  i’m looking forward to carrying the things i’ve learned day-to-day.

there is, honestly, some anxiety in my head…. what happens after all this???  what happens when i eat something and feel like crap???  what happens when my energy plummets and i gain all my weight back, or my headaches return, or acne reappears??? 

well, the answer is simple, i eliminate what hurts. 

i eat good food.

i would encourage anyone, and everyone, to the whole30 challenge. it will change your life. i promise.

i’ve lost weight. tightened my bod. quit taking prescription migraine meds. skin is brighter and clearer. energy is up. i’m happy. tummy issues are gone.  

what will you gain? only one way to find out!!…. 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “whole30 review

  1. Thank you for sharing your real experience. I am on day 6 and feeling a little tired but loving all the good food I have been making. I am looking forward to seeing clearer skin and to lose some belly bulge come day 30. Happy Sunday!

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