It seems like only yesterday that I shared with you that I was starting my first Whole30. I’m happy to say that not only did the 30 days (mostly) fly by, but it was a lot easier than I thought it would be to stay compliant and finish strong!
Of course, it wasn’t all unicorns and rainbows. There were a few days where all I wanted was a glass of wine at the end of the day. Some other days I was absolutely obsessed with cookies…and peanut butter…and of course, peanut butter cookies. However, those cravings only lasted a few days and I wasn’t even remotely interested in cheating and having to start all over again. It wasn’t worth it!
I don’t own a scale, so I honestly can’t tell you how much weight I lost. I do know that I lost a couple of inches on my hips and thighs, which has always been the area where I carry any additional weight, so that’s a bonus. However, weight loss was not my goal, and the program encourages you to focus more on the non-scale victories, aka NSV’s, instead.
My Whole30 NSV’s
- More energy (afternoon naps are a thing of the past!).
- Less bloating, in fact, no bloating.
- A much calmer stomach. Considering I used to take Immodium a few days a week, this is a big NSV for me.
- Reduced inflammation and fascia pain in my hips and legs.
- Stronger workouts.
- Ability to stay awake past 9pm.
Huge victories for sure!
I truly feel that proper meal planning was the key to success. The Mr. did quip that he was spending most of his free time in the kitchen, which is likely true. Between prep work and cooking, he was in the kitchen a lot, but it was completely worth it. I shared my meal plan for the first week, and I wanted to share the other three weeks as well.
~ Days 8-14 (click here for a larger version) ~
~ Days 15-21 (click here for a larger version) ~
~ Days 22-28 (click here for a larger version) ~
~ Days 29-30 (click here for a larger version) ~
We did end up repeating a lot of recipes, because we enjoyed them and it was just easier than coming up with something new every night. We ended up trying a lot of new things and we’re looking forward to continuing to find new foods and recipes to keep life interesting.
Overall, I consider the program a huge success for me. I learned a lot and my relationship with food is completely different. While I could write a novel about the past 30 days, here is a more succinct summary.
Whole30 Tips & Revelations
- Plan, plan, and plan some more. Not having a meal plan and doing the prep work is a direct road to cheating.
- Read the book at least twice and check out the online forums. I read a lot of blog posts about the Whole30 and it seemed like a lot of them never even read the book based on their meal plans that included forbidden items.
- Zucchini noodles and spaghetti squash are revelations. My life is forever changed.
- Same goes for coconut aminos (called coconut sauce in Canada). I’ll never use soy sauce again.
- I won’t lie, eating at a restaurant and staying 100% compliant is almost impossible. Try to avoid it if you can. It’s only for 30 days.
- It was expensive, however we didn’t have any restaurant expenses.
- Find a local butcher that provides compliant broth and meat. There is sugar in everything and these two items are no exception. We used this one.
I’m now in the reintroduction phase of the program and this past weekend was a tough test. We had dinner guests on Thursday, and brunch and dinner out with friends on Saturday, with a ball game in between, just for fun! Thanks to some planning, we made it through the weekend unscathed and feeling great.
Both the Mr. and I plan to follow this program, albeit a bit more loosely, going forward. We love how it makes us feel! I’ll be posting some of my favorite Whole30 recipes in the near future, so stay tuned!
Do you think you could do the Whole30?
Have you tried anything similar? How did it go?