Happy Monday! So we are over a third of the way through February and I have been meaning to write this post for about 2 weeks. Time gets away from me quick! Anyway, I wanted to share about my most recent Whole30, I finished in January. If you aren’t familiar with the Whole30 program, you can read more about it here. It is a dietary reset program (and for me a mental reset, too), eliminating common problematic foods like dairy, grains, alcohol, and sugar. You basically eat whole real foods for 30 days and then reintroduce those typically problematic foods over 10+ days to see how they effect your body. It is like your own personal science experiment and so beneficial to know how your body handles certain foods. It isn’t a ‘diet’ but gives you the tools to make healthy food choices.
I began my reset for a few reasons, one the holidays were over and I needed to stop eating so many sweets (Christmas cookies, anyone?!) and wanted to get into a better mindset. I have learned how eating too much sugar and drinking wine too often really doesn’t help my mood, mindset or self esteem. This was my third Whole30 and I still learned new things about myself. I think my second Whole30 was the most difficult to commit to, but this one seemed like getting back on a bike after a long break.
A few things that helped to stay committed were making recipes our whole family loves, mainly from Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan. Her recipes taste amazing and we have both Well Fed and Well Fed 2. I also printed off the non-scale victory checklist and checked them off as I noticed them. It was helpful to see the improvements through out the month without relying on the scale- because you can’t weigh yourself the entire month either.
Here are a few things I noticed this round:
- clearer skin
- clothes fit better
- less join pain during workouts and in the morning
- my leg with a varicose vein (from having kids) no longer hurt after standing for long periods of the day
- increased energy
- better blood sugar regulation
- feeling more in control of food choices but I loved not counting calories or macros
- less cravings
- less bloating and digestion issues
- better sleep and waking easier
- my exercise improved- able to lift heavier and hit new personal bests
- meal planning was easier by the end of the 30 days
- many more, but you get the idea…
Another thing I love about this reset is you eat real food without artificial preservatives, additives, etc. and are not counting calories, macros or points. I never got out my food scale, I only went off their meal guide template, here. Along with these awesome non scale victories, (which I think are more important) I did lose 10+lbs and over 9 inches. All without counting a thing and not feeling hungry.
I have reintroduced a few things and don’t like the side effects, so for the most part I am going to stick to a whole foods diet, keeping sugar out and wine only once a week. I know I don’t do well with grains, they hurt my stomach and dairy makes my skin breakout. I love sweets but am not going to buy them for our house, because if it isn’t here, I can’t over indulge. However, if we are out and I want to enjoy a treat, I will, if I want.
I am almost finished with the book, Food Freedom Forever and I have really enjoyed it. Based on the reviews I wasn’t sure if I would like it and never read it after my second Whole 30. I really want to make this a lifestyle change for good so I bought it this past month and have not been disappointed. It focuses so much on the mindset we have with our food choices and has been really helpful for me.
So there you have it. I really enjoyed this Whole30 and the results. I am curious have you ever done a Whole30? Let me know in the comments what has helped you make lasting lifestyle changes, I would love to know!
Here are a few more resources I have read and found helpful:
It Starts With Food (The why and science behind the Whole30 Program)
Whole 30 Day by Day (This book breaks down how you may be feeling each day of your reset. I found it really helpful the first time to know what is normal and what is not. It also has space to journal throughout your Whole30)
The Whole 30 Fast and Easy Cookbook (It is broken down into salads, sheet pan meals, slow cooker, etc. most can be made in 30 minutes or less)
Thrive Market (great prices on Whole 30 approved sauces and foods and shipped to your door)
Plan To Eat (helpful to plan our meal plans, shopping lists by stores- Costco, grocery store or Thrive Market)