Phew….! 30 days you guys, 30 days of no sugar (HUGE for me), 30 days with no dairy, 30 days with no wheat/grains, 30 days no alcohol (WINE!) and it was amazing…no really!
When I first began the Whole30 journey I was really skeptical and nervous for cutting out so many different types of food out of my diet. I wasn’t sure how my body would react, well let’s be honest, I was more nervous about how my mind would react to not having my favorite comfort foods.
love LOVE my coffee each morning (and sometimes afternoon), I would have a packet of stevia and 2 tablespoons of Simple Natural Salted Caramel creamer, so I obviously like my coffee pretty sweet. Whole30 coffee is either black or you can add some coconut cream, coconut oil or some almond milk (unsweetened) in it. So each morning I would do a tablespoon of coconut cream, a teaspoon of coconut oil and a dash of cinnamon, I would say my coffee was something I struggled with the first two weeks.
Breakfast was usually eggs, bacon or sausage, and avocado; chia pudding; or an apple with cashew butter.
Lunch was either dinner leftovers from the night before or salad.
The snack I had daily was either a Larabar or some fruit topped with cashew butter and coconut chips.
Dinner varied, think of any combination of protein and veggie and I’m sure we had it.
It definitely took a lot of planning, meal prep, and self control to make it through the 30 days. Full disclosure-I had 1 drink with friends at dinner one night and that was truly the only cheat I had.
- I lost a lot of inches, I really wish I would have taken measurements to know the exact number but my pants are falling off.
- My energy levels during workouts are ridiculous, although I didn’t notice a big energy surge outside my workouts (like during normal day to day activity)
- I lost 11 pounds, 11!
- One of the biggest things is I no longer have headaches. I used to get headaches DAILY, popped Advil DAILY. Not anymore, it’s amazing.
- I sleep like a rock, I fall asleep when my head hits the pillow and I wake up in the morning. No tossing and turning, no troubles sleeping.
- My face is clearer.
I think I had my post Whole30 day planned out by the end of week 1. I indulged in Mexican food, and ice cream and I felt like total crap after that meal. The next morning I got a Starbucks coffee and scone and I couldn’t even drink my coffee-it was too sweet! After the little bit of coffee and scone I had a horrible headache and was super nauseous.
Going forward, my plan is to eat Whole30ish, I’m still kinda figuring out what that looks like but I know it will include coffee creamer and wine plus an occasional treat.
Have you done Whole30? Would you?