It is 30 days and I have completed my first Whole30!
Well.. I successfully completed a Whole28. On Easter Sunday, aka Day 28, I decided to eat chocolate and candy and basically end early. For day 29 and day 30 I stuck with the program but I know rules are rules. However I will not be starting over, I am done with the reset for now. I’m telling myself I basically ended early and reintroduced sugar first! 🙂
Also, the cookie cake, Reese’s eggs and mini Milky Ways were 1000% worth it by the way.
Here are my thoughts overall from the last 30 days. Yes, I am proud that I managed to drink no alcohol and eat clean, whole foods for 30 days, and eat no sweets or chocolate for 28 days. No, the Whole30 did not change my life.
I never got tiger-blood or felt any huge increase in energy. I’m a little frustrated to be honest because I had pretty high expectations for how I would feel after the 30 days, especially after reading all of Melissa Hartwig’s books. Yes, I had some improvements but nothing ground-breaking or that would be worth not eating chocolate for the rest of my life. Mentally it was probably the most challenging because it had such an impact on my social life and relationships and made my weekends pretty stressful trying to plan activities around eating clean and no alcohol.
Throughout the 30 days, I consistently had cravings for sugar and sweets. And bread/muffins/etc, it wasn’t just limited to sweets. There wasn’t a day that I didn’t have some type of craving for a non-compliant food. They usually passed quickly but the last few days were brutal.
That’s not to say there weren’t some positives. My NSV or non-scale victories were…
- Clearer and brighter skin – I had no new breakouts and felt really glow-y!
- Shiny hair (even at my hair appointment 20 something days in my stylist commented on how great and healthy it looked/felt!)
- Deeper and sounder sleep, no more melatonin needed
- Stayed full until lunch without needing a mid-morning snack
- No hangovers 🙂
- No feelings of bloat after meals
- Feeling lean and skinny all day (you know how you feel really lean when you first wake up? like maybe abs are visible after all? I felt this way all day even after I ate which was awesome)
- I cooked more than usual and learned some new recipes I’m excited to keep making
- I have a sense of perseverance and inner strength, that I have more self-control and self-discipline than I thought
- Better digestion after eating, no stomach aches or bathroom issues
And as for a ‘scale victory’ … I lost 2 pounds. Which is disappointing for 30 days but I know the program is not built for weight loss. Looking back at this list I did have some great results that I’m happy about and want to maintain.
Why do I think it wasn’t a ‘life-changing’ Whole30?
I wasn’t following the meal planner exactly as prescribed. And I ate too much fruit. The meal planner suggests 1 palm-sized serving of protein, a ton of veggies, and some healthy fat. It was hard for me to get the fat in (besides using cooking fat like coconut oil or ghee) and I slacked on the veggies. I also didn’t break my habit of using fruit as a snack. Snacking is discouraged on Whole30 and too much fruit can keep your body craving sugar.
That being said, now that I know what went wrong, the next time I do a Whole30 I will be a lot more prepared. And I definitely do think I will do one again because I think it’s a valuable reset tool. You can also incorporate shorter resets like a Whole15 or even just a few days.
I’m proud and happy that I did it. No wine for a whole month is not easy! As far as the reintroduction phase, I am going to try and reintroduce different food groups one at a time, but to be honest I am really wanting to just dive into a jar of cookies and call it a day. So.. stay tuned on that!
After hearing this would you try a Whole30?