“Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Fighting cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You’ve done harder things than this, and you have no excuse not to complete the program as written. It’s only thirty days, and it’s for the most important health cause on earth—the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime” – all I needed to hear to eliminate: 1) added sugar, real or artificial; 2) alcohol; 3) grains; 4) legumes; 5) dairy; 6) baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients from my diet for whole 30 days with no exceptions (unless we are talking about my trip to Vegas – one glass of wine and a dessert, not too bad for Vegas, right?) So what’s there left to eat? Honestly, not much.
I’m not a huge fan of the word “diet” since I feel like this one word kills the whole purpose of the program. Whole30 was created to help you change your emotional and physical relationship with food. This program exists so you can learn which food makes you feel good and which doesn’t, and if you loose weight that’s great, but be realistic and don’t expect crazy results.
So here are a few things that I would like to share with you:
- It requires lots of cooking. Tons of cooking. So at some point I realized all I was doing is cooking and cleaning, and we are talking about hours and hours. I was physically exhausted and I’m not exaggerating. What was helpful is their app – Real Plans. The app will plan out everything for you: from recipes to how much of groceries to buy for a week ahead. It took me a second to get a hang of it, but once I did, everything got so much easier. Learn more about it here.
- Eating out is not an option. You will just annoy servers and everyone around you. Trust me. I’ve tried.
- Snack is not an option either. You have breakfast, lunch and dinner and you must stick with that only.
- Sugar. Oh my. That was my biggest fear. I still have no idea how I pulled it through, but I did. The hardest part is that you are in it alone. Watching people eating chocolate around me was intense.
- You will loose weight, but be realistic. It’s only 30 days. I started seeing results on day 12. Overall I lost 12 pounds, but I think working out did its part as well.
- You will feel sick. At least I did. I felt light headed here and there. And you can start rolling your eyes right about now, but in my opinion that’s what happens when you start changing your eating habits, your body will react to it in some way.
- Your skin will change. I think that was something that literally blew my mind. Again I was never into nutrition or anything in that sort, but seeing how flawless my skin was for 30 days really changed the way I look at food now.
- Around day 12 you won’t care for sugar, dairy or carbs. You could have drank or eaten anything in front of me and I didn’t care a bit.
- Be ready to feel sick once you start introducing food back into your diet. It took me about 2 weeks before I stopped feeling sick after consuming any kind of dairy or carbs. I was nervous for a second thinking maybe I messed my health up, so I started reasserting and looking for answers. Here is what I found on their forum:
“One thing that happens when you eat foods that irritate your body is that your stomach develops a thicker mucosal lining to protect you from the irritation. When you do a Whole30, part of that lining sloughs off because it is no longer needed. So when you eat irritating foods again, your body is not as prepared to protect you as it was and you feel the irritation more notably than you did before. However, if you keep eating irritating foods, the mucosal lining will thicken again and begin to provide you the protection it did before”.
It’s important to listen to your body and make healthy choices. Watching how my body and skin were reacting to certain foods changed my relationship with it forever. And don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying no to burgers and chocolate, I believe that everything is good in moderations.
So who is joining me in my next Whole30 challenge?
Your NDS Duo,