Whole30: So…What can you eat?!

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Those of you who know me personally, follow me on Instagram, or are my friend on Facebook, know that I’ve been doing something called the Whole30. So what the heck is a Whole30? In celebration of day 30 of my 30 days (woohoo!!), here is a run down of my Whole30!

What is a Whole30? In short, a Whole30 is 30 days of clean eating, eliminating all possible allergens and food that can have a negative effect on your health. No added sugar (real or artificial), no alcohol, no grains, no legumes, no dairy, no processed food, and no baked goods (paleo or “healthy” versions included).
Added on to that, hopping on the scale during the 30 day period is prohibited. Although it can be a result of the program, the Whole30 is not about weight loss; it’s about breaking unhealthy habits and learning to control your relationship with food. No cheating is allowed during the 30 days! If you cheat, you have to start all over again. There is no time for BS around here!

My God woman! What can you eat?? Real, delicious and nutritious food! Sounds cliche but it’s true! My meals consist of fruits, vegetables, meats, healthy fats, and seafood. There are also yummy snacks and condiments that I found along the way.

Goodies I found at Target!

Goodies I found at Target!

Would you do it again? Yes! If I fall off the wagon and need to get back on track, I will gladly do another Whole30 or however many days I would need, whether it be less or more than 30 days.

You would seriously do it again? Are you crazy? No! Well, at least not for that reason. 😉

Why did you put yourself through this? I did this because I wanted to improve my health and relationship with food. I wasn’t happy with the way I looked and how I felt. I knew a lot had to do with my diet and that needed to change. I wanted to set myself free of my sugar addiction and turn my bad eating habits around once and for all. Last summer, I ate ice cream damn near every day. Every. Freaking. Day. I knew that my junk food binge had to end. I was working out but let’s be real, exercise does not completely trump a bad diet.

I have been seeking to better my health for years and I have tried different approaches from South Beach diet, eating vegetarian meals 1-2 times a week, and even contemplated a raw food diet (yea…no). I would eat really well for a while and then I’d slip up. It was a back and forth struggle. A lot of people suggested that I try to find balance instead of going from one “extreme” to the other but that doesn’t work for me. I’m either all in or I’m out. I like the Whole30 program because it is detailed, straight forward, and easy to follow. Whole30 forces you to be all in or simply get out and I love that! And now that I’ve broken my cravings, moving forward, I can learn to create a nice balance in my diet.

Grilled steak, potato, peppers, onions, and asparagus. Mmm...such a perfect meal.

Grilled steak, potato, peppers, onions, and asparagus. Mmm…such a perfect meal.

How was your experience? I’m not going to lie to yall, the first couple of days were rough. I ate all the crap I could get my hands on the week before starting and I paid for it! I had a food hangover for real! Plus I was on my period so that didn’t help either (#WomanProblems). But by the end of the first week, I was feeling pretty good! About two weeks in, it was pretty much second nature. But on the reals, there was one day that I was tempted to give up because I had an extremely long and stressful work week and just wanted to plop down with a glass of wine and not have to cook. But that feeling only lasted for a second. After having a talk with my boyfriend (who has been a HUGE support, can’t thank him enough) and relaxing a bit, I mustered up the energy to fix dinner. I treated myself with a steak and was all good again. 🙂

As a result of my Whole30, I no longer experience constant stomach bloating, I now know what triggers cravings and how to fight it, I have consistent energy throughout the day, I sleep like a log, and overall I feel really happy! My mind is clearer and I handle stress much better.

Bear hugging a heart reflects how Whole30 makes me feel. <3

Bear hugging a heart reflects how Whole30 makes me feel. ❤

Oh snap, son! I want to feel good too! Should I do a Whole30? Yes! I recommend the Whole30 to anyone who wants to get healthy and break unhealthy food addictions and habits. BUT only if you are truly ready! You have to be motivated enough to begin this process and stick to it! If you don’t have that or you go in with the intention to cheat here and there then you’re not ready. If you choose to do this only to lose weight and have set plans to devour a whole box of Krispy Kreme donuts, washing it down with a 12 pack on day 31 then you’re not ready. This is the beginning of a life style change. This is the start of a brand new relationship with food and the journey does not end on day 31. You have to be committed!

If you feel like you are ready, check out http://whole30.com. They lay out all of the details of the program and have answers to pretty much any question you may have. If you decide that the Whole30 is for you, they have all the tools you need in order to make your 30 days (or beyond) a success!

So that’s my Whole30 story and it’s only the beginning! 
If you have any questions or want to learn more about my experience, feel free to reach out to me in the comment section below. If you are currently doing a Whole30 or have done one before and would like to share your experience, feel free to drop a comment! I would love to hear from you!

Later peeps!

Kristyn B.