My Whole 30 Experience

If you’ve tried it, great! If not, read my take on it, but definitely try it and make your own conclusions.

I am a firm believer in moderation and making health and fitness a lifestyle, not a crazy, rigid, unsustainable plan. That being said, I do love competition and have gone to drastic measures myself to attain physique and strength goals, but it has always been short-term and calculated. I work with several athletes and physique-focused clients who have reached his/her goals in the same way, but after the event/game/competition etc, the focus always needs to return back to being happy, healthy and fit.

I hate diets. Wait, what? Isn’t the Whole 30 just another weight loss diet you ask. Not exactly. It is an elimination diet that goes on for 30 days (or longer if you choose to), but the goal isn’t necessarily to lose weight. Weight loss is often a result of eating this way for 30 days because of the foods you have cut out. The ultimate goal is to eliminate foods that commonly have a negative impact on your health.

What You (Absolutely, Positively) Can’t Eat

Brace yourselves.

  • No sugar or natural or artificial sweeteners. Nope, not even maple syrup.
  • No booze. Hello dry January!
  • No smoking. We mean weed too.
  • No grains. Time to empty your jar of quinoa.
  • No beans or legumes. No chickpeas, no peanut butter.
  • No soy. Tofu is a goner.
  • No dairy. Cheese is dairy, guys.
  • No processed additives. Carrageenan, sulfites, MSG.
  • No fake treats with Whole30-approved ingredients. Sorry, cauliflower crust pizza and Paleo pancakes, you’re off-limits. This rule is all about building a healthier relationship with your food, and replicating non-compliant foods is a big no no.

My Takeaways

Positives

-My veggie game has been so strong!

—Most veggies are allowed

-I am eating more full meals rather than so many snacks

-My sugar cravings are non-existent, except pie; I will always want pie…. 😀

-The recipes in the book are delicious, like WAY better than most of my go-to normal meal prep recipes

-I have lost 2 pounds, without calorie tracking

—I believe this is because of the reduction of refined sugar. I don’t eat a lot of it, but definitely have some sweet treats a few times every week.

-It gave me a measurable goal and reasonable time frame to change my eating habits

-The goal of the plan is not to lose weight, but this is often a by-product.

Negatives

Because I have been eating healthy and intuitively for so long now, even this 30 day plan was tough for me.

-It takes A LOT of planning. I think my boyfriend and I are meal prep champs (even though he usually does most of it), but the planning, shopping, and cooking took SO much longer than our usual meal prep.

-I always read labels, but this required me to scrutinize them for any added sugar, MSG, gluten, soy, dairy etc.

-I powerlift, soooooo this sucked. I never thought I would say this, but I am so tired of potatoes. It was great at first, but this diet is not for those who are super active and need explosive power for his/her sport due to the limited carb choices.

-I have never really felt I am allergic to things. I was lactose intolerant when I was younger, and probably still am a bit, but not enough to motivate me to cut out my favorite mid-morning snack  (greek yogurt, granola and berries).

—There is a lot of non-compliance to this snack: gluten, sugar AND dairy…ugh.

-My performance in the gym has suffered.

—It totally could be psychological knowing I am not consuming as many carbs or a protei  shake after my workouts, but regardless, I have not been performing nearly as well as I normally do.

Conclusions

If you have chronic acne, IBS, indigestion, insomnia, acid reflux, insulin resistance, excessive bloating, severe cramps, cognitive fuzziness etc for no known reason then I would recommend trying it. It certainly shouldn’t hurt anything (unless you’re training for a powerlifting meet I suppose), and it typically facilitates some weight loss and diminishes cravings, in addition to helping identify aversions you may have to certain foods.

I lasted a week-ish, but may try it again in the future when I don’t have a powerlifting meet the same month. My meals this week are “Whole 30 compliant,” but my snacks are back to my usuals. I am happy to have read the book, cooked the recipes and studied the protocol, because now I feel confident in coaching a client through the Whole 30 if he/she decides to try it.

Recipes

These are all the recipes I have made over the past 2 weeks!

In addition to being posted here, most of them are also in my Pinterest board:

https://pin.it/5fg6fv3x6ascrp

Just a salad with blackened chicken, green apples, avocado, and any veggies you want + this amazing vinaigrette!

http://therealfoodrds.com/citrus-vinaigrette-thyme/

 

This combo meal is out of the book, but here are similar recipes! I also cooked up some scrambled eggs to go with it!

http://meljoulwan.com/2014/07/17/classic-paleo-diner-style-home-fries/

https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/easy-homemade-breakfast-sausage/

I literally used this as salsa and put it on everything. It makes SO MUCH, but you’ll have it for weeks!

https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/savvy-kitchen-4066007/gazpacho-whole30-5695562093

 

That one day I got tired of all the prepped foods and made a veggie omelet (without cheese), and topped it with homemade guacamole!

https://40aprons.com/healthy-buffalo-chicken-stuffed-sweet-potatoes-whole30/

https://therealfoodrds.com/one-pan-teriyaki-chicken-veggie-bake/

https://www.thekitcheneer.com/recipe/slow-cooker-carnitas-burrito-bowls/

I also added sweet potatoes and onions!

https://blog.paleohacks.com/crispy-garlic-brussels-sprouts/#

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