My First Whole30 Experience
I'm writing this on my LAST day of my first Whole30.. and it's been such an experience! In general, I'm a healthy eater.. but this total restriction/overhaul made me realize how much I thought was "good" and actually wasn't that great.. (@ processed foods and their hidden sugars...). For those who are unfamiliar, Whole30 is a 30 day program that eliminates all potentially inflammatory, sugary, and craving-inducing foods from your diet, in order to give yourself a real reset! See the rules here but basically: it's no grains, dairy, sugars, alcohol (YES.. the hardest after the holidays), and legumes (I missed hummus so much..)
I was really lucky to have the support of my friends (some of them did it with me!) and my boyfriend (who did sober January) which made it a lot easier. I felt so good and energized through it, so that also kept me motivated. I definitely plan to try continuing living under (most) of these guidelines, and do the whole30 again sometime soon.
Overall, I learned a lot.
Some things I want to try to remember going forward:
- Meal prepping is SO key! It takes like 30 minutes (I will be sharing some of my meal preps on the blog) and makes life 100x easier. Plus, at the end of the week, you'll have little to no food waste..
- There are so many other and better ways to feel full & satisfied than relying on bread and other grains
- All cravings subside
- My skin glows way more than usual.. and no breakouts... may save a lot of $$ in the future
- Baristas lie. Kinda joking.. but not really :) Check the almond/coconut/other compliant milk to make sure it's really unsweetened
- This one seems kinda obvious, but so many of us are guilty of it (myself included): drinking more is not the way to make situations more fun. If you don't like the vibe of a place, having more to drink likely won't change that
I REALLY encourage you guys to try it.. it's only 30 days and it's so worth it.
If you do give it a go.. some advice:
1. Choose those 30 days wisely.. if your best friend's wedding is coming up, or that big trip you have planned, or a big move (career or otherwise).. it's probably not the best time. Set yourself up for success
2. Get comfortable with saying no thank you.
3. Prep a TON of veggies /sweet potatoes at the beginning of the week. They will get eaten and are life saviors for rushed meals
4. From someone who loves to eat out check the menu at the restaurant and make your choice & modifications before you go.. if you're quick when ordering, no one will notice/make comments :)
5. Plan other fun events that don't involve indulging! Try a new yoga studio, go see a play, finally frame those pictures you said you would, spend time with family..
6. Did I mention that planning / prepping is good??
Okay, rant over. Hope you guys give it a try! I'll put up some recipes on the blog.
Please share with me your thoughts/experiences/advice etc!