I completed Whole30 last Friday evening and I have to say I am proud of myself for what I accomplished and the things I learned on Whole30 during this month long experience. At the end of 2014 and the first few days of January 2015, I really didn’t know if I could complete the entire 30 days and follow the plan completely! (That shows you how much confidence I didn’t have in my will power and determination (Word the Year again), doesn’t it?) BUT, I completed the entire 30 days and I feel so much different.
If you are unfamiliar with Whole30 (check out their website) and what I am talking about I wrote a few posts about it so you can read up on it. The first one I wrote describes the plan, taken from the book “It Starts With Food”. The next article I wrote was after I had been on the plan for one week. The last post I wrote about is where I talk about my progress with Whole30 was this one, giving myself some motivational tips to continue following the plan! I’m glad I did, too!!
I typically don’t follow “diet plans” that restrict you from eating things, because I usually feel that eating this way for a time only sets me up for failure, and that is the last thing I want to do, but felt I really needed to do something drastic for my health. The Whole30 plan talks about all the reasons for eating a clean, whole foods-diet to help with auto-immune diseases, as well as inflammatory health issues. It also talked about how this plan can help curb all those nasty cravings for sugar and junk food! I knew that if I put some true determination and planning into eating this way for 30 days I would be able to do it.
Whole30 was exactly what I needed to get a handle on the sugar cravings and make myself eat veggies the way I KNOW I should be doing all the time. I have been “off” plan now for almost a week and I am in the reintroduction phase of Whole30. It’s going well but I have decided that there are some things that are NOT going to be a normal part of my eating plan now. It’s not because they are necessarily bad but it’s because of how much better I feel when I eat whole, clean foods. Following the Whole30 plan helped me kick the sugar and junky food habit and made me really think about the foods that were going into my mouth every.single.time! In the reintroduction phase the authors suggest eating a different food group every three days. I started with bringing dairy back into my diet because that was the thing I really missed most (hello Greek yogurt and cheese!), and next I brought back corn products because I missed tortilla chips (hello chips and queso!). Over this weekend I am away from home at a homeschool convention (with Christy, YAY!!) so I am not going to be too strict with my eating. I am going to do my best to eat veggies at every meal and stay away from gluten (as I’m sure I have a problem with it). I’m also going to make sure I am careful with the amount of sugar I consume (as in no cokes). I really don’t want to undo all the progress I made in January, during this weekend, so I will enjoy myself, but do it in moderation!
Before I started Whole30 I carefully thought out my plan of attack, because I had spent much of the last quarter of 2014 eating excessive amounts of all things that I knew I really should not be eating and drinking all the 32 ounce cokes I could purchase from Sonic and Chick-fil-a!
Oh how I hate how much I LOVE Coke! I had to get away from drinking cokes and eating things that I knew I needed to stay away from, saying I was doing it because of stress and coming up with more and more excuses!
Here are The 12 Major Things I Learned on Whole30:
- I can prepare healthy, easy meals for me and my family. All I have to do is do some planning and preparations on a day when I have more than a couple of hours available.
- I don’t mind eating a salad every day.
- I like homemade, oven baked sweet potato fries (and so does my family). My family likes them enough to actually ask for them if we haven’t had them in a couple of days!
- It’s VERY challenging to eat in restaurants while eating a Whole30 plan diet. The only place we have on regular “rotation” for a quick meal out that fits into the Whole30 plan is Chipolte. Fortunately, there are a couple of them near us and I like their food! Chick-fil-a, although I LOVE their chicken nuggets and waffle fries, does NOT fit into the Whole30 plan. I DO LOVE their unsweet iced tea, and if you know me well, you know that says a lot!
- The more simplistic a meal is the more likely that I am going to fix it more than once or twice! I don’t have a lot of time for cooking right now, so the easier the meal the better!
- I don’t have to have bread at a meal to feel like my meal is complete!
- I can go to a restaurant and NOT eat chips and salsa/queso while everyone else is eating them!
- I can go online and read the menu and nutrition information before going to eat with friends, too!
- I can lose 13.6 pounds in a 30 day period!
- I can lose more than 6″ around my hips and waist in 30 days!
- I can be healthier and feel better physically when I actually come up with a plan and stick with it!
- I can determine the foods that are not good for my body by doing experiments with those foods.
What’s next for me, you ask? I think I’m going to try my best to be paleo-ish as Bari would say. My only changes to this list will be that I want to eat my Greek yogurt for breakfast and some occasional cheese. I also want to be able to have chips and queso when we go out to eat, so that means I will be having corn, too. The rest of the “no’s” I can mostly live without, so I’m going to follow that plan and see how I feel.
Did you participate in the Whole30 plan? I would love to hear how you feel different and what you learned? Would you like to learn more but don’t know where to turn? I would suggest reading the book It Starts With Food and spend some time reading the Whole30.com website. You can also read Whole9.com to get more insight.
I’m so glad I did this and feel that it was a successful month! I can’t wait to see what I learn in the remainder of February about myself!!