My Whole 30 Experience
My Whole 30 Experience
How I discovered it…
I came across Whole 30 by accident a few days before the end of the year when I was browsing for “gluten free” recipe books to buy on Amazon. I read the reviews and then started doing a little more digging. I recalled hearing of it before, but never really looked into what it was all about.
Why I decided to do it…
I was always curious about my own food allergens, sensitivities and intolerances. I had also heard of many different & expensive food tests you can do to find out your own sensitivities but I wasn’t prepared to fork out the cash. So I thought that this instead was a great way to approach the issue. If I was to pay enough attention to my reaction to the various foods that I eat, then this would be a good skill to learn for the long term. Besides, after reading the book and rules, I didn’t think it was THAT hard for me to do anyway since my current diet is already pretty clean. The only hard part was rice and beans (because this girl loves her rice and legumes!)
What I liked…
- Purpose – I like the premise the book and the purpose behind why you should do this. Not for weight loss, or a physical goal, but to be mindful of how certain foods make you feel and to understand your relationship with food. I know it sounds fluffy. But I really believe that a lot of how/what/why we eat is because of conditioning, habits and food associations. If you always have dessert at the end of every meal, then even if you’re full, you’ll still eat it because it’s just what you do. Whole 30 breaks up that routine. It really allows you to listen to your body and analyze how food makes you feel.
- The rules were simple – the simple list of NO’s were easy to understand and follow.
- No calorie counting – it teaches you portion control, but you’re not counting macros or calories, which to me was daunting!
- Ingredients and leading the labels– this forces you to really pay close attention to what goes into the pre-packaged food that we so often consume. A rule I always follow has been that if you can’t pronounce it then don’t eat it!
- No Scale – The fact that you cannot weigh yourself really taught me to not have the scale control my day, my mood, my mind and self-worth. It was liberating to not wake up every morning and weigh myself, only then to think about what I ate the day before that affected the number on the scale one way or another.
A picture is worth a thousand words! As you can see, I ended up with little to no weight loss. But the good news is I lost 3 inches total around my waist, hips and thighs. Talk about “back gainz” lol! I’ve also achieved scale victory because I didn’t step on the scale once. I slept well throughout the month, had no sugar cravings (which is huge), and had a more steady level of energy throughout the day! I have to also say, my skin is clearer and I had zero breakouts! All in all, I would highly recommend the Whole 30 if you have not tried it. It’s only a month and you really have nothing to lose and will likely learn something about yourself.
Did you do the #JanuaryWhole30 challenge? If so, how did you find it? Would love to hear about your experience below!