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?
- Check out my primer for getting started here: Help! I'm Doing the Whole30, Now What???
- 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!).