Whole30 - RESULTS!


Whole30 results time!  Woot woot!  So, thirty days of no grains, no dairy, no legumes, no sweeteners, and no alcohol.  I thought it would be miserable.  Even though I've done it before (sort-of), I never completely gave up alcohol or dairy.  I still had good results in the past, but this time wanted to see what would happen if I played by the rules.

And, I sure did play by the rules!



  • Was the Whole30 hard?


Well, yes and no.  I missed my glass of wine in the evenings.  For sure.  I didn't miss cheese nearly as much as I expected.  (And considering I'm writing this a week later and STILL haven't had cheese, I guess that's saying something).  

The first week was definitely the most challenging.  Detox wasn't as bad as past times, probably because I never fully reincorporated grains, but I did get sluggish and cranky for a few days.  Once I was over the week one hurdle though, I settled into a comfortable routine.

I like this way of eating because I tend to try new foods and discover things I never knew I liked.  I don't like this way of eating because grab-and-go is not easy.  And with five kids, I grab-and-go a LOT. That said, with some effort, it's adaptable.

  • How do you feel after the Whole30?


After the first week I started to feel really great. Increased energy is my favorite part because I'm not a good sleeper (which I was hoping would be remedied by the W30, but sadly not).  Even when I was only getting an average of 6 hours sleep, I still felt like going to the gym.  And afternoon slump was no longer. Also, the joint pain I had been feeling in my hips is completely gone.  My appetite has decreased substantially as well.  I no longer wake up starving (a cup of coffee and banana are generally plenty for breakfast), and unless I did a really hard workout at the gym, I'm not craving snacks during the day.


  • Did you lose weight on the Whole30?


Yes!!!  I lost a little over nine pounds, and a full pants size.  I took pictures to compare, but I'm not quite ready to show those to the world. Maybe after I get a little farther in my journey!

  • Will you continue with the Whole30 rules?


Yes and no.  Generally speaking I will continue to follow the rules as written for the foreseeable future.  I will worry less about the occasional SWYPO, and may have a glass of red wine here and there after the kids go to bed.  I don't have any immediate plans to reincorporate dairy as originally planned, because I'm just not missing it yet.  Possibly that will change.  I do expect to enjoy a nice somewhat off-plan birthday dinner next week, but not too far off because I don't want to feel crummy in the morning!

  • Okay, You've Convinced Me!  So Where Do I Start?


    • Also, below you'll find a synopsis of each day on my Whole30.  I've included every single thing I ate, with pictures, and links to recipes when applicable (if I missed something, please let me know!).  You'll see that we ate out regularly, and it's actually pretty easy to do (I was worried about this!).







2 comments:

  1. I've followed you for most of the month you have made it look so easy. And with this post, you have convinced me to give it a try. Thanks for sharing your W30 journey!!

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    1. awesome!!! be sure to come back and let me know how it goes for you! :-D

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