Whole 30 | The End

I actually did it. I’m am honestly so surprised that I did Whole 30 and that it only took me one time to get it right. So here are my final thoughts and reflection on my process.

it was easy

Okay, not super easy but a lot easier then I expected. The very first week was the most difficult, but after that it was smooth sailing. No headaches, funky energy levels or bloating. I felt completely normal. Whole 30 didn’t feel like a “diet” or crazy challenge, it was just a lifestyle switch. Looking back, it was pretty simple.

i was not like everyone else

When I first researched Whole 30 I found so many testimonials about how wonderful it was. Even people I knew were raving about how they lost X amount of weight in just one week. Or how they dropped a few pant sizes or felt like they had endless amounts of energy. In the Whole 30 book this stage was called “Tiger Blood” and for someone like me (who was pretty healthy and fit beforehand) I should have felt like someone “flipped a switch” and everything should have improved a ton. My workouts, my energy levels, how my clothes fit and my cravings. Again, this was not the case. I felt relatively normal, maybe a little improvement here and there, but nothing to go crazy about. Of course, I’ve read many forums and a lot of people who did not quite hit this stage said they had to extend there 30 days to 45 or even 60 instead.

i made baby steps

So, I know I was just dramatic about not being like everyone else. Sure there was no night and day difference, but every small step still counts. I did see some benefits. My skin cleared up a lot, to the point where I barely complete just half of my old skin care routine. I’ve been sleeping really well and have crystal clear dreams. Most importantly (to me) I developed a better relationship with food and understanding of my cravings. That just a few of the many, but those are the most obvious things. As far as my weight, body fat or measurements, I have no idea. My intentions where not focused on those quantities, so I never measured them to begin with. My clothes don’t feel extremely different, but I feel slightly more toned (…maybe?). Overall, baby steps are still steps in the right direction and I’m still proud of that.

my goals

It’s safe to say I reached all of my goals. 

  1. I finished Whole 30
  2. I added back in a regular workout regime and stuck to it. 
  3. I found new food options and got more creative with my spices.

the next steps

So what am I doing now? I’ve decided to stick with Whole 30… well sorta. First, I’ll go through the reintroduction stages to see what foods or chemicals I react too and figure out which ones to stay away from for good. But I’ll only introduce the foods I’m actually craving. For instance, I’m not craving a ton of dairy, just a little of cheese, but not the fake crap. I’m talking about real cheese, that’s fresh and doesn’t taste like chemicals and squeak like rubber. I’m not craving some legumes like black beans or pinto beans, but I am craving soy like soy sauce and edamame. Anyway, I’ll do the reintroduction thing and from there create my own Whole 30 for at home, and then say screw it for when I eat out. I want to keep those healthy eating habits when I’m cooking my own meals and then splurge when I go out to eat with friends or family.

my final reflection and advice

Whole 30 was worth it and I highly encourage everyone to try it. Even if you don’t believe you have a problem with food, it’s a good learning experience. Plus, it was only 30 days and it really wasn’t that bad. You can adapt the program to any lifestyle if you take the time to try. The most important thing I learned was about food and my relationship with it. The most obvious thing I learned is that there’s so much shit in all foods whether it’s organic or natural or “the healthiest frozen meal out there”. Whole 30 made me read labels and realize how much crap is in everything, mainly sugar. It is crazy how food companies sneak it in everything we eat.

My advice to newbies willing to try it out: read the book before you start, share your experience and do your best. If you slip, be honest and restart. 

They do say that it takes 30 consecutive days to create a new habit. Good luck.