coma and don’t remember anything about the 30 days of misery I just survived.
beginning of my third round of this. I first did this in August 2014, then
again in January, and after a failed attempt in March due to being sick, here I
am just now wrapping up the successful 3rd round. And I’m so glad I
did. Its not impossible. I won’t lie and say its not hard some
days to give in and eat the same food with the rest of my friends or to make
one dinner instead of two at night. But its not impossible.
found here is a surprisingly accurate breakdown of how one can expect to feel
everyday. I’ve heard a lot of different comments each time I’ve done
this, so I think it’s important for me to explain why I did it. I did it because I was on a downward spiral of eating all
the things. I gained weight earlier this year when I started a new
relationship. I was eating my emotions when work was stressful. I was craving
every dessert ever, every night. Whole30, for me, is more of a nutritional reset. It’s a giant
slap in my own face to point out how these foods I’m eating on the regular are
making me feel and look. In one week, I
was feeling on cloud 9 and I could already tell a difference in the way my
clothes were fitting. I was sleeping like a baby (not to mention falling asleep at
a decent hour.. maybe even too early some nights?) and I would wake up feeling
refreshed instead of groggy. I had more confidence once my double chin
disappeared around the halfway mark. My workouts felt stronger. I was, by
default, eating cleaner, so if I was busy and couldn’t work out, I never felt
had a doctor’s visit. I found out there that I had lost 13 pounds up to that
point, but I failed to weigh myself at the end of week 4 to see my final
results. My pants are fitting better. I bought the smallest jeans I’ve ever fit
into – probably since I was in the womb – three weeks into it.
my best for this trip. And I do!
myself as I had done all month, but I could tell when my portions were smaller
and I was feeling full after much fewer bites. While we ate some delicious food
(maybe some of the best I’ve ever had), I’m jumping into the workweek feeling
refreshed and ready to start being more mindful of my food choices.
and to realize the wretched things that I’m putting into my body. Luckily, I
know how awesome it feels when I treat my body well and with the proper
nutrients, so its easier now to get back at it. I ate a lot of french fries last month. I ate a lot of meat
and a lot of vegetables. And a lot of peaches, of course. I wouldn’t say I
starved myself, which is something that I hear a lot when talking to people
about this diet. It’s awesome and free of calorie counting and the refreshed
feeling after just a few days makes it so. very. worth. it.
excited and scared all at the same time. To be honest, I’ve never been good at
slowly re-introducing certain foods to see what triggers what in my body. After
a whole30 compliant breakfast and dinner, I went to Whole Foods at lunch and
picked up my favorite protein bar and Kevita drink… both of which I was more
excited about than any normal person should be. I got the protein bar after
deciding I would get a cookie but then talking myself out of it. It was about
as good as we’re going to get regarding me slowly re-introducing the bad foods
into my diet. Add a few hours of being hangry and indecision, we picked up
pizza and had dessert at home for my first dinner night of eating without
think those moments from the weekend are deserving of their own posts, so more to come on all of the delicious things later.
a jumpstart on your health. Its good for both people who eat poorly and need a
complete re-set, and for people who know what foods are bad for them
but can’t seem to get their act together (um, hi.)
Having a solid support system is key. Michael constantly telling me how proud he was (this was huge for me), him giving me a look when I wanted to steal his cookies (he did a month of no sugar, which I was really proud of, but his month ended a few days before mine), his mom making our Sunday dinners whole30 compliant for me, and my coworkers keeping me straight when I wanted to eat junk at 3pm on a bad day: all of these things helped and I think they all deserve a high five for not killing me in the process.