For the last 30 days I have not consumed any grains, legumes, peanuts ,dairy ,alcohol ,sugar, msg, carrageenan, sulfites, or paleo desserts/breads. I completed my first round of Whole 30 and feel pretty darn proud. I will be honest, even though this is not meant to lose weight you typically do and it is what caught my attention. After the first week I quickly realized that how much weight I would end up losing would just be an added bonus.
While I was pregnant I had gestational diabetes and then during my breastfeeding journey I was on a dairy free diet. After I stopped breastfeeding, my eating habits were horrible. I was treating myself to sweet snacks way too often because I went so long without them. I wanted something other than tracking calories or just watching my portions because that was not enough for me. I have ready many reviews on Whole 30 over the last year and so I convinced my best friend and, I am not sure how, my husband to join along. My best friend also did this with 3 kids between the ages of 8-4 so if you have any questions on how to include kids ,I can get you in contact.
I had many non-scale victories such as, more energy, feeling less bloated, less head fog, very few headaches, no random aches and pains, less breakouts and my clothes are fitting me in a different way. I ended up losing a total of 9.5 pounds which I of course was not going to complain about. I became very aware of actually looking at the list of ingredients and became very surprised at how much added stuff is thrown in there. I have never felt better and have no desire to stop eating this way just because my month is up. I am in the reintroduction part of the process now but I have not had the best time , so for the most part I am still being Whole 30 compliant. This has made me change my eating habits in ways I never thought was possible. I was always eating chocolate or any candy for that matter. It did not matter the time of day, if I was stressed chocolate was there to make me feel “better”. The other morning we went for a long walk down to the river and stopped by a cute gluten-free bakery. It was the 4th of July so there were extra yummy chocolate treats but I passed them up for a banana muffin. If you know me at all, you know this is unheard of, but because of Whole 30 I am making much different choices.
I highly recommend looking into Whole 30 and giving it a try. The only down side is that you will have increased dishes to wash, your grocery bill will be slightly higher ( we did not eat out or go to Starbucks so it does balance out) and for the first few days you may feel a little under the weather.
I am not a nutritionist by any means but I am just sharing what has worked for me. I use the word life changing very rarely, but Whole 30 has done just that. For me feeling good about myself is going to make me a better person overall and able to be a better mother to Alyson.