I'M FINISHED WITH MY WHOLE 30!
Let the chocolate eating begin. Sort of kidding.
This was definitely an experience that I won't soon forget. I'll detail the things I like and dislike about the diet, but first let me show you what I ate the last 1 1/4 weeks:
Breakfast: Scramble with hashbrowns and kiwi.
Lunch: Leftover mayo baked salmon.
Supper: (at my family's house) Burgers with fries, chips, and carrot sticks.
Snacks: Homemade cobbler and rhubarb bars for dessert.
Breakfast: Smoothie (strawberries, bananas, milk, cream, and collagen)
Lunch: Leftover meatballs, mashed potatoes, asparagus, butter, and cod liver oil.
Supper: Burger with crispy potatoes.
Snacks: Seaweed snacks, almond butter, pickle, dates.
Cheats (I don't really consider dairy to be a major cheat): Milk, cream, butter, cheese on burger.
Lunch: Leftover hamburger + hash from breakfast.
Supper: Taco Salad.
Snacks: Pickle, carrot sticks.
Cheats: Sour cream and cheese on salad.
Breakfast: Banana + almond butter.
Lunch: Leftover taco salad.
Supper: Scramble with pulled pork, potatoes, and an orange.
Snacks: Mango, carrot sticks, apple juice, almond butter, pickles, 1/2 banana.
Cheats: Sour cream on salad, took a sip of Helen's (unsweetened) carob milk to see if it was too hot.
Breakfast: 2 fried eggs, almond butter, and an orange.
Lunch: Chicken broccoli stir-fry.
Supper: Apple + almond butter, chicken stir-fry, carrot sticks.
Snacks: Seaweed snacks, dried blueberries, carrot sticks, a date, and a pickle.
Breakfast: Smoothie (same as day 23 except without collagen).
Lunch: Shrimp and zoodle stir-fry.
Supper: Graduation open house food (besides what is pictured I also had a third of a chocolate cupcake).
Snacks: Almond butter, carrot sticks.
Breakfast: 2 fried eggs, 1/2 grapefruit, dill pickle relish, sauerkraut, and cranberry juice from Positive Energy.
Lunch: Graduation open house food.
Supper: Apple + banana with almond butter.
Breakfast: Scramble with mango.
Lunch: An apple with almond butter, pickles, carrot sticks, a date, and sauerkraut.
Supper: Shepherd's pie.
Breakfast: Scramble with grapefruit.
Lunch: Leftover shepherd's pie.
Supper: Crockpot roast chicken with mashed potatoes, peas, and butter.
Snacks: almond butter, a date, and dill pickle relish.
Cheats: Butter, cheese on shepherd's pie.
WHAT I LIKE AND DISLIKE ABOUT THE WHOLE 30 DIET
Overall I think my experience was positive, but there were a few things that bothered be about this program.
WHAT I LIKED:
- * It really makes you realize just how much sugar you consume. It's in everything! I personally don't have a problem with consuming moderate amounts of sugar, but it was a bit of an eye opener when I had to avoid all forms of it.
- * It encourages you to eat the majority of your meals at home. Normally, when I'm not feeling like making supper, I can convince Reuben to take me out to eat. But with the limited options for Whole 30 approved restaurant meals, you're forced to do a lot of cooking. Which isn't a bad thing at all!
- * I ate way more fruits and vegetables than I usually do. Without grains to cut through proteins and fats, you have to consume fruits and veggies or die of nausea (kidding).
- * When you can't use grains, it actually simplifies your meals. Instead of coming up with complicated Whole 30 approved dishes, I stuck to simple ones that didn't call for banned ingredients in the first place.
- * Throughout the month I have felt less bloated. I notice a bit of discomfort if I eat a lot of grains at once.
- * At the start I had a few more blemishes, but they diminished as the month went on. I only had one new blemish pop up, and it disappeared quickly. I'm not sure if it was just the progression of the month (if you know what I mean), or the diet. I usually don't have a lot of acne problems.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
- * I'm a little put out that the Whole 30 plan doesn't allow dairy. I know that a lot of people are allergic to it, but they can be allergic to eggs and nuts as well. You can't cut out a food just because someone somewhere is allergic to it. People have been consuming dairy for a long time. As long as you're sourcing organic/grass-fed/raw dairy, I don't see a problem. In fact, unless you're allergic, I think that dairy is a very beneficial food.
- * There is no encouragement to soak your nuts for optimal digestion.
- * This diet was somewhat of a trigger for me. During the first few days when I was still figuring things out, I was hungry often. It brought me back to my low-fat days. You see, hunger can be addicting, and some of those old feelings came back to me. I don't think it's healthy.
- * My nails seemed a little more brittle - perhaps because of the decrease in dairy and thus calcium?
- * I had less energy than I normally do, especially at the beginning as my body was adjusting. Nothing major, but it's not a fun feeling. I've also been on the verge of a headache often. This could be a combination of being on the Whole 30 and Helen not wanting to sleep at night...
- * It's harder to be spontaneous. If I wanted to take Helen to the park, I had to worry about making supper when I get home. I felt guilty for cheating.
- * Reuben didn't like me doing the Whole 30. He thought I was a bit more cranky, which I freely admit to. When a girl can't have her chocolate, it ain't pretty!
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS DIET?
Yes, but I would say: Listen to your body and make modifications if you want to. Be strict with yourself most of the time, but forgive yourself if you cheat.
If you want to try Whole 30 for yourself, HERE are the original rules.
Thank you for coming on this journey with me!
Would you be interested in an occasional post about what I eat normally for a day or a week?