I have so much to say about my experience this time around compared to when I attempted Whole30 last summer. For one, January is a way better month to do a Whole30 than during the summer. It’s the perfect month to cleanse your body since it follows the holiday season full of non-stop sweet treats and social gatherings. By the time January started, I just felt SO READY to start eating clean again because I had been indulging in junk food since October. Plus, January is a slow month because everyone’s recovering from the holidays, so there’s not a lot going on. When I attempted Whole30 last June, I remember having social plans every weekend because it was the beginning of summer and everyone wanted to hang out. Because of these reasons, I will probably always do a Whole30 during the month of January.
Something else I did differently this time is I made a concerted effort not to go out to eat and not to make a lot of social plans. During my last Whole30 attempt, I realized it really sucks to eat out during Whole30 because you have to make all kinds of modifications to what you order to make sure it stays compliant with the Whole30 guidelines, but then you end up being THAT PERSON in the restaurant who annoys the crap out of the server and cooks. Another reason it sucks to eat out during Whole30 is because you’re surrounded by tons of people in the restaurant who are eating the food you’d rather be eating, like French fries and cheeseburgers. This time around, I decided not to torture myself by not going out to eat in January at all. I think this definitely helped me to avoid temptation, but not going out to eat for a month also caused me to get burnt out quicker when it came to cooking and meal prep. Cooking all day everyday for two people is exhausting, and by the end of week 3, I was OVER IT.
As for not making social plans, I only accepted two invites during the entire month: my nieces’ birthday party and a hangout session with two friends whom I hadn’t seen in a while. For my nieces’ birthday party, it was at Chuck-e-Cheese so I made sure to eat a big meal beforehand so I wouldn’t be tempted to eat pizza. When I hung out with my friends, we cooked lunch together, so I was able to bring food I knew I could eat and share it with them.
Now onto my results: I lost 9 pounds! Basically, all the weight I gained during the holidays is gone. I started at 164 pounds and am back down to 155 pounds. I am still 5 pounds away from my goal weight, but I’m not stressing about that right now. I’m just happy to be able to fit into my jeans again.
For non-scale victories, my skin is glowing, I have more energy, I feel completely cleansed from the holidays, and my sugar dragon is under control again.
So what’s the plan for life after Whole30? I plan to stick to an 80/20 paleo lifestyle, so that means eating paleo most of the time, but enjoying wine, bread, cheese, sweets, etc. during special occasions, vacations, or social outings. I love Whole30 because it is the only program in years that has helped me to lose weight; I can’t recommend it enough to anyone who needs a hardcore cleanse, is looking to lose weight fast, or improve their relationship with food. However, the program is SUPER strict. I don’t know how some people are able to do Whole60s or even Whole100s! I’m good for 30 days, but after that, I just want a night off from cooking, preferably with a glass of wine and some cheese.
Have you ever done a Whole30? If not, would you? Do you think you could give up sugar, dairy, bread, alcohol or all of the above?