It’s done its done it’s done!!! Whole 30 is O-V-E-R ! But actually- it really wasn’t that bad! In fact, I think that everyone should try this, at least once. That is everyone who has ever had any stomach issues, which I’m guessing is the majority of people out there! Okay so at times it was definitely the bane of my existence and other days it was just a little straining on my self-control. I want to give a very honest review of my experience to you all so here it goes!
Whole 30 was hard and frustrating at times. More than I would like to admit, I stood and just stared at things I wanted, obsessed over the idea of them, I even had dreams about them (like who dreams about doughnut ice cream sandwiches?! – THIS GIRL!). But never did I once wake up in the morning feeling awful and regretting having those late night snacks (bc even if I did snack it was dried mango or frozen blueberries!). Waking up without feeling the ick is incredible!
I can’t stress how much better I feel. While I have definitely cooled down on the work outs (you aren’t supposed to really workout on Whole30) I have so much more overall energy its incredible! My skin is better, my ability to focus and process is better, and best of all my craving for sweets has really gone away (but not all the way of course!). My stomach also has taken a 180, no more bloat or digestive issues (TMI but I feel its important–> no problems “going” over here 😉 ) I used to always wake up with somewhat of a headache for a while, that is gone away for the most part as well!
Weight & size wise I am down about 2 pounds. TBH I don’t really have a ton of weight to loose. I also stopped my weight lifting workouts, so it’s very possible that I just lost some muscle. The first few days I was down like 4 lbs – they don’t recommend weighing yourself (OOPS), then I think I gained some back after getting the hang of cooking for Whole 30. The bridesmaid’s dress fit PERFECTLY (the main reason I started this journey in the first place) I would say my backside is definitely smaller (again muscles). My stomach is probably as flat as it’s been since highschool (crazy what can happen when you cut out sugar!)
This process has really changed the way I think about food. I used to just eat for taste and not really pay attention to why I was eating. Like many of us I would eat because something sounded good or was in front of me, not because I was actually hungry. Having limited options is part of this decrease in eating just to eat, but my body has also realized that when the only options are actual foods and not just foods that are tastefully pleasing I only want to eat when I am hungry for actual foods! In short (and they call it “having sex with your pants on” eating, essentially eating just for taste. I can proudly say that it is no longer a habit of mine.
Call me crazy but eating to me is now kind of like drinking! Let me clarify – okay so you drink water at night and you wake up feeling good. You only drink water all week and you wake up feeling even better. You drink wine one night you wake up okay but not great, drink wine every night of the week you wake up feeling terrible! Simply put, and definitely said before – you are what you eat! Get rid of the bad stuff and there isn’t anything (at least food wise) that can make you feel bad!
Burning question – will I continue with my Whole30? No, not in the sense that I will adhere to it exactly, I will definitely try and lean more towards paleo and whole 30 recipes from here on out. Nothing taste as good as feeling good! That’s why I will be thinking twice before grabbing a tub of ice cream and a spoon, because while it taste good, the feeling (physical and emotional) are just not worth it! If you ever have any questions at all about whole 30 please let me know! Or if you’ve done it I’d love to hear about your experiences!
Here are my favorite Whole 30 recipes
Tomato Basil Chicken – (coconut milk makes an excellent & healthy thickener!)
Flourless Brownies – perfect for a girl’s night when you know you’re going to over indulge (I like it better cold! I’ve even frozen it!) *Thanks again to Matts mom for finding this recipe!*
Who says you can’t have Burger & Fries?!
Thank you so much for reading, I hope you all have a lovely week!
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