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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…

  1. 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.
  2. The rules were simple – the simple list of NO’s were easy to understand and follow.
  3. No calorie counting – it teaches you portion control, but you’re not counting macros or calories, which to me was daunting!
  4. 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!
  5. 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.

My Results…

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!


9 thoughts on “My Whole 30 Experience”

  • I started following you a while ago because I was looking for meal prep ideas and came across your Instagram. I came across whole 30 on Pinterest when I was looking for recipe ideas. I had been deciding about whether to do the January whole30 all of December….then right after I decided for sure I saw that you were doing it too. I used some recipes that you posted and some from the whole 30. Thanks for the inspiration! I’m not in as good of shape as you (but I’m working on it) and ate way to much non-healthy or non-clean food over the holidays so I think that’s why my results were so different. I lost 10 pounds in the 30 days and I’m still dropping weight. I really think the whole 30 is a great way to train your mind and body to eat foods that are right for you. I’m now trying to read more about intermittent fasting. Do you have any reading recommendations?

    • That’s amazing Jen! Congrats on your progress!! Keep going and I’m sure you will continue to see your body transform. Thank you for your kind words about me, that’s really sweet. I haven’t really done much reading other than googling about intermittent fasting. My old gym did a challenge and it included IF in the routine, so after I tried it, I just stuck with IF since then. It has been about 8 months and I love it. It works for me and it’s helped me lose a lot of fat.

  • I was so encouraged by your results because mine were so similar! Not much weight loss but lots of non scale victories and a few inches. This was my fourth Whole 30 but my first while doing Crossfit so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I felt really really good with this Whole 30 and it has really helped me in making decisions as far as what foods are “worth” reincorporating back into my diet and which are not. If I feel less than optimal the day after, it’s just not worth eating unless it’s really spectacularly delicious. Most junky food just doesn’t meet that standard for me anymore.

    • Congrats on 4th round of Whole 30! That in itself is a crazy accomplishment. Your body rejects and just doesn’t crave for junk anymore after you’ve conditioned yourself. What’s your next goal?

  • Thank you for your advice on IF! Did you ease into this routine, or go straight into your 12-8 eating schedule? I am really interested in trying, but I’m nervous that my body will not be happy about not eating when it wants to!

    • Hi Katie,
      I didn’t ease myself into it, just went straight into it. I suffered the first two weeks of hunger but after that my body got used to it and I was fine.
      You can ease into it with one day on, and one day off.
      Hope this helps!

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