30 days are done!!
I don’t know the best way to recap this whole experience, so I will try to divide it into different subjects.
What I Loved About The Whole30
- Trying new recipes, especially with beef!! I RARELY eat beef, so it was great to try new things for a month. My favorites were:
- Paleo Pesto Meatballs
- Crockpot Chocolate Chili
- Chicken Salad (and egg salad, and tuna salad- anything with homemade mayo)
What I Didn’t Love About The Whole30
- The whole30 gave me some weird feelings about food. I felt guilty about fruit, which was not a feeling I enjoyed. I’m someone who generally doesn’t enjoy too many strict rules or schedules, so often when I try to “eliminate” a food group, I end up rebelling and eating more of it! I found myself overeating nuts or fruit a few times and I think it was due to emotions behind the idea of “I can’t have xyz.”
- I went into it thinking it was a “diet”. Because of that I thought I should make sure to “make it worth it” and only eat “perfectly” so that I might lose some weight.
- After about 10 minutes I realized that was stupid. My goal wasn’t to lose weight- it was to experience a new way of eating and challenge myself to get rid of all kinds of junk food that had crept into my diet.
What I Learned On The Whole30
- Oh man- a lot!! I learned that I can go 30 days without diet coke, stevia, oatmeal, dairy, and peanut butter- foods that were part of my diet maybe not daily, but definitely multiple times a week.
- I learned that I can commit to something that seemed too hard to do.
- I learned that with enough planning, you can control your diet even if it’s very strict.
- I learned that I love fat (okay, I already knew that) in all forms- avocado, oils, nuts, eggs, ghee, mayo, coconut butter- you name it!
- I learned that I can feel full and satisfied without lots of my normal food groups.
What I Gained On The Whole30
- Not one pound. I was interested to see if I would gain or lose weight on the whole30. During the first week, I thought I might lose a tiny bit of weight, but started to feel hungrier and so I made my meals bigger and increased my fat intake. Then I thought I might gain weight.
- From day 1-day 30 I lost just 1 pound, which is probably not significant given daily weight fluctuations.
- I think it’s AWESOME to see first hand that you can eat A TON (I was never hungry and I ate SOOOOO much) and not gain weight if you’re eating good stuff.
- In the course of one month, I ate an entire jar of coconut butter (30 tablespoons), 2 bags of cashews, 2 sticks of butter turned into ghee, 2 batches of mayonnaise, tons of almonds and almond flour, many many servings of meat that’s fattier than my normal lean chicken or turkey, and about 1 million eggs.
- I ate that much fat and didn’t gain one pound.
What I Missed On The Whole30
- Greek yogurt
- Peanut butter
- Bread (even though I don’t eat tons of bread, it’s so convenient to keep a loaf in the freezer if I’m in a hurry and need a snack)
- Shockingly, I didn’t miss diet coke or any other sweetener. I didn’t miss my stevia, honey, or maple syrup. I had plenty of fruit with coconut butter or nuts for dessert and never once missed sweeteners.
- Ketchup. I love ketchup. I’m glad it’s back in my life.
Would I Whole30 Again?
- Probably! I think that I learned a lot about food and my relationship with food. Each time you take a month and really focus on what you’re eating, you get something out of it. I’m sure if I did the whole30 again, I would learn even more!
- I think the whole30 is a perfect way to “kickstart” a healthy plan. After the 30 days you can decide what you want to incorporate back into your diet and what you want to leave out indefinitely. For me, I think I might keep going with my no diet coke streak- even though I love diet coke, I know it’s not good for me, and I know that if I can go without it for 30 days, I don’t need it.
Would I Recommend The Whole30?
- Yes!! There is no harm in trying it- you will learn to cook new things, you will learn how to turn down donuts and muffins at work (that was good for me), and you will learn that you can do something if you set your mind to it!
- The Whole30 recommends a specific re-introduction phase to help you decide if certain foods bother you. I don’t know how strict I will be with this. I will definitely pay attention to how I feel after I eat new things, but I think I’m probably just going to
eat a pint of ice creamgo back to regular eating 😉
Would you do the whole30?
What would you miss the most?