Lifestyle

My Whole 30 Journey (so far)

I underwent the Whole 30 just to prove a point really. To show that I could. But also to hopefully reset my taste buds and make me crave bread and dessert less. 

Since my New Year’s resolution was only to eat meat on the weekends, during the week I follow the Whole 30 vegetarian regime which allows slightly different things than the regular Whole 30 (like chick peas and lentils.) This isn’t strictly kosher by Whole 30 standards, to mix the regular and vegetarian versions but it would be utterly irresponsible to go 5 days of the week without major protein sources. 

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My thoughts so far? Of course it’s good for you to cut out processed foods from your diet. I’m all for that. Sugar is bad. I get that too. But unless you sincerely suspect yourself of a real food intolerance it doesn’t actually make sense to cut out other foods that are actually beneficial to your health; like Greek yogurt.  

Do I miss sugar? Yes, all the time. After dinner I can’t stop thinking about cookies. But it’s not the hardest element of the whole ordeal for me – the lack of diet coke was horrible. I really suffered without it, and more than sugar I think about those delicious bubbles.

Transitioning my morning coffee from skim milk to free-form almond milk or coconut milk wasn’t that difficult, and I don’t struggle at lunch time. I almost always packed either leftovers or salad for my lunch before, so there wasn’t any difference.  My biggest takeaway so far is that I actually was already eating more healthily on a day-to-day basis than I suspected.

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In general, over 12 days in, I can’t say that I particularly recommend the Whole 30. I think it’s more of a fad diet than anything. The longer I try, the more I think it’s a gussied up version of Atkins from 20 years ago with some buzzwords thrown in.  

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I’ll finish the challenge because I don’t like to give up on things, but if you don’t suspect a food allergy, then just cut back on your sugar, cheese and bread intake and a call it a day. No need to drink the Whole 30 coolaid. 

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  • I had read about the Whole 30 diet and had half-toyed with the idea of trying it out, so it’s great to read your impressions of it. To be honest, I really don’t like the idea of elimination diets, and I agree with you that it seems to unnecessary to cut perfectly healthy food out of your diet unless you suspect you are intolerant to it. I admire you for sticking to the regime – I’m sure I would have given up after the first 2 days!!! xxx

    • Exactly! I mentioned to Melanie above that if you didn’t eat healthy already it would be pretty life changing, but if you try to be balanced then it doesn’t make a huge difference in your life. xx

  • I really appreciate you being so honest about this! I can see the mental benefits of starting and completing a challenge that requires as much discipline as Whole 30 (major kudos by the way – I probably wouldn’t have enough discipline to last a day! 😉 ), but when I first read up on this diet I was a little shocked by how incredibly restrictive it is. Like you said, it’s obviously a good idea to cut back on sugar, but I don’t really see the point to cut back on certain things when you don’t actually have a food intolerance. Anyway, good luck for the remainder of the challenge – you have made it so far already that I definitely believe that you can do this! 🙂

    • Thanks so much Melanie! I like to think of myself as a disciplined person, and I enjoy a challenge so this has been much more of a mental challenge for me than anything else. I think if before trying this I had been eating a lot of pre-processed food than it would be pretty life changing, but since I already try to eat a fairly balanced diet I don’t really feel the benefits espoused by the creators (more energy, better digestion, etc.) xx

  • I could never do this. Mainly because Jan would never go along with it so I’d end up cooking two separate meals every single night! Well done you for sticking with it 🙂

    • Thank you! I managed to talk Sam into it, but only because he’s usually much healthier than I am! x

  • Whole 30 is one of those things that you hear about, then it keeps cropping up all over the place! It’s interesting, and I can totally see the concept behind it, but I agree with you about seeming unnecessary cutting out healthy foods. It’s really good to see a realistic approach to it, but I can imagine it’s not something you’d be able to stick with for very long. alice xx

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    • Some people really swear by it and it’s revolutionised their lives, but I just don’t buy it now that i’ve tried it. I think if you had been living on a diet of pre-processed food it could definitely be life changing, but if you already try to be healthy and cook your own food then it’s fairly “meh” xx

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    I love the fact you called it an ordeal lol! I’ve been reading about the diet and thinking od trying it – I’m not a big sugar eater but I would very much miss caffeine!

    • You can have coffee on the Whole 30 which was my saving grace! I’d never have done it if I had to give up my morning cup! xx

  • This post makes me mega happy, I get really annoyed when people just label whole batches of food as bad when it takes a varied diet to get all we need and be healthy.

    • None of what people say that happens when you start eating paleo: more energy, better sleep, etc etc has actually happened to be and I’d rather eat bread and cheese and yogurt… xx

  • I think that Whole 30 is a good thing to try if you find yourself eating a ton of processed food, if you aren’t really eating healthily, or if you have health issues and you need to test for food sensitivities. But if you already are eating healthy and you’re not eating a ton of processed food, then it doesn’t make sense to try.

  • I’ve never been on a diet in my life… I don’t think I’m gonna start now. Basically, eat food and enjoy life, and it’s easier to do that if you’re eating reasonably healthy as you won’t feel like shit all the time… but the odd bit of cake ain’t gonna kill you. That’s my philosophy anyway.

    • It’s not even considered a diet and most people lose weight at first because of cutting out the sugar and grains but then gain it all back in protein in the second half of the month. It’s benefit is supposed to be cleansing your digestive system and breaking you of the desire for sugar and processed foods….but so far…. meh. I still want cookies. And to be honest, if I’m going to gain weight, I want to gain in in milkshakes and cookies and cheese not protein. xx

  • I was just listening to a podcast from the creator of the whole 30. I totally agree with you, I think if you don’t suspect a food allergy this wouldn’t be a good fit for me either.

  • I’m just impressed you even gave up the diet coke…!

  • I’ve never heard of it to be honest! Your food diary just looks like normal food to me so doesn’t look too bad! But i’m with you on the fizzy drinks, except my tipple is Pepsi Max, those fizzy bubbles are definitely what I crave! x
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    • The Whole 30 is basically a paleo diet on steroids. No grains, no dairy, no sugar and most oils cut out. For me dairy has absolutely been the easiest part to go without! xx

  • Omg. Kudos to you for even trying. I think of cookies even whilst eating cookies. But to be fair, the menu looks decent and not as bad as most diets look!

    Honey x The Girl Next Shore

    • Yea, it’s really not bad at all. It’s not even considered a diet and most people lose weight at first because of cutting out the sugar and grains but then gain it all back in protein in the second half of the month. It’s benefit is supposed to be cleansing your digestive system and breaking you of the desire for sugar and processed foods….but so far…. meh. I still want cookies. xx

  • Christine Everyday

    You’re doing awesome!! Keep going and you’ll be so happy! I wish I could do it.

  • Cate in the Kitchen

    I’m into this post.

  • You will be so happy when you’ve kicked your coke drinking habit! I gave up cokes years and years ago (looking at you, Dr. Pepper) and now I can’t even take a sip without pulling a face at how sugary it tastes. You can do it!

  • I gave up diet coke a while ago… too much caffeine and I wasn’t losing coffee! I started drinking seltzer water to get my bubbles. not sure what the options are in the UK, but my grocery in the US had tons of flavors, all sugar free.

    • I thought I was going to have tons of sparkley options, but there was sweetener in practically everything at my local store! Even on bottles that said sugar-free. Gah! x

  • Interesting! I did a very similar but even more extreme clense a couple years ago for the whole month of January, and really, it did nothing for me but make me feel deprived. It reintroduced certain things week by week, but during the first week, I could only eat fruit and veg and natural fats! No grains, even. Nightmare! I sort of felt the same way that you did about this Whole 30. Now I’m perfectly happy with my mostly veg, avoiding sugar thing. I would like to consume less dairy milk, but almond milk is so expensive here in comparison. Womp.

    • No grains on the whole 30 either. Sad times. It hasn’t really changed my taste buds like people claim – I still want sugar, but in the future I’ll just try to say “no” more. Almond milk is really expensive here too. We bought it at the beginning and then realised we needed to make it last a long time…. xx

  • Miu

    I gave up sugar and meat for Lent and I definitely learned that giving something up entirely is not very healthy, because when I get cravings for chocolate and I can’t eat it, I will think about it on and on, instead that I just eat a piece and move on with the day…