When I finished Whole30 about a month ago, I said I planned to stick to eating paleo 80% of the time and only indulge in non-paleo foods 20% of the time (i.e. at social gatherings), but I was secretly a little worried I might go back to my old bad eating habits. I was surprised to find that I have, in fact, been able to stick with an 80/20 paleo lifestyle and learn that I’ve even developed some good habits thanks to doing Whole30! Here’s how my eating habits have changed for the better:
1) I cook at home way more now – Before Whole30, I probably cooked 1-2 nights a week. Yes, I was working nights in a restaurant then, but even the nights I wasn’t working, I didn’t want to cook because it was my night off from work and I didn’t want to do anything. Now I cook 4-5 nights a week and I meal prep on the weekends. I’ve learned that if I want to eat healthy, whole foods, that means I have to cook! Plus, cooking at home is way cheaper than going out to eat, whether you’re eating organic or not.
2) I drink less caffeine and don’t drink it after 2pm – Instead of drinking my coffee black during Whole30, I decided to just switch over to iced green tea in the mornings. Green tea has less caffeine than coffee and is really good for you! I also don’t allow myself to drink caffeine after 2pm. I think this new rule of mine has helped me to sleep better at night and wake up easier in the morning.
3) I haven’t had any desire to drink soda – I’ve struggled with breaking my addicition to soda for the last five years. My family drank a lot of soda when I was growing up and my mom was definitely addicted to it; in fact, we believe her soda addiction is one of the reasons she got breast cancer. So once she passed away, I quit drinking soda cold turkey. But over the years, I had started drinking it again! One of the reasons I wanted to do Whole30 was to slay my sugar dragon once and for all, and I’m happy to say I’ve made good progress on that: I still enjoy a good sweet treat now and then, but as for soda? I have no desire to drink it anymore. Instead, I drink way more water which is much, much healthier for me.
4) I only go to Starbucks once a week – This is huge for me! I’d been addicted to Starbucks since I was in college. In college, I would go to Starbucks every day. After college, I realized how expensive it is to go to Starbucks daily so I cut back to 4-5 times a week. Earlier this year I bought a Keurig which helped me cut down to 2-3 times a week. This past month, I only went to Starbucks once a week and that’s because I have a gift card I need to use. Once I use up the gift card, I might start going to Starbucks even less! This major Starbucks cutback has not only been good for my waist, but for my wallet as well.
5) I’m more selective on my indulgences – When it comes to the unhealthy stuff, like sweets and alcohol, I’m a lot more selective now on what I choose to indulge in. For example, if a co-worker brings brownies into the office and they look like her kid baked them out of a Betty Crocker box, I will pass. But if I’m at a birthday party and they’re serving mint chocolate chip ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins (MY FAVE!) then bring it on.
They’re not kidding when they say Whole30 is life changing. Not only did the program help me lose 10 pounds in a month after YEARS of struggling to lose weight, but it helped me to develop some good, healthy habits that I hope to practice for life. I can’t recommend this program enough to anyone who is looking to lose weight and develop a healthy lifestyle!
Have you done Whole30? If so, did you develop any good habits from it?