Welp, here it is, my Whole30 Experience. I’ve put together a slideshow of my Whole30 Instagram photos I took in the name of “accountability.” They serve a scientific evidentiary purpose!
From May 16 to June 15, I ate no dairy, sugar, gluten, grains, alcohol, or legumes. Overall, I enjoyed the Whole30 experience. I felt that I slept better, which I attribute to cutting out the excess sugar, and I had more energy in general. For me, the pros outweighed the cons, and I think I’ll try another round sometime soon. Next time I’ll combine the diet with exercise and measure the difference.
- Better sleep quality overall.
- More energy in the mornings and no energy slump at 2:30pm.
- Helps with bowel movements.
- Lost 10 pounds without really doing anything significant in terms of exercise.
- Got me into the habit of drinking more water.
- I’m more aware of food labels, especially when it comes to added sugar.
- Justified the taking of way too many food photos with the excuse of keeping myself “accountable.”
- La Croix is delicious, God help me.
Cons (because binary divisions must be balanced):
- Green poop. It’s hard to digest cellulose, man. But why are greens so good?
- Meal prep is a necessary evil. Food ruts are real.
- Coconut doesn’t stop tasting like coconut.
- Missed meatless meals. Grains and beans especially.
- So many eggs and so much meat.
- Sugar cravings are a thing. I didn’t expect to crave candy as an adult, but Skittles are delicious. And so is Cherry Coke.
- Going out to eat is really hard, so plan on being a homebody for 30 days.
Things I expected to miss more than I actually did:
- Cheese. It’s surprisingly easy to go without cheese and dairy all together if I’m honest. I don’t really care for milk anyway, so that wasn’t a loss for me. I am a fan of Greek yogurt, but even that was surprisingly easy to eliminate from my diet.
- Chips/pretzels/and other crunchy snack foods. On Whole30 you’re not supposed to snack, but if you must make it small and make it healthful, like nuts or veggies.
- Alcohol. Here’s where it helps that I’m not a huge drinker in the first place. There were a couple instances where I wanted a drink, social outings and birthday parties, but club soda and lime did the trick in the end.
Try it if you want. Whole30 is great exercise in discipline and commitment. It’s not a lifestyle, it’s 30 days. You will live, you just might be a nightmare to eat with for a while.