My Whole 30 Experience

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Disclaimer:  Do not take this post as a nutritional recommendation or think that I am an expert of any sort!  Just sharing my journey on how I got my health back on track.  🙂

If you have never heard of Whole 30, you are probably thinking what the heck is this girl talking about?! Haha.  If so, read this.  To make a long story short its a 30 day short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you curb unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.  That is exactly the reason I started the program but yes, there are weight-loss benefits to it as well ((details on this further down in the post)).  The following are the foods obmitted from your diet in order to achieve this nutritional reset: No sugar, no alcohol, no grains, no legumes, no dairy, no carrageenan – MSG or sulfites, and no junk food.  I have gone back and forth on how to share my journey, meals, benefits, and lifestyle after Whole 30 and ended up deciding on making it one large post.  Since this is a fashion blog I figured those not interested in this “Lifestyle” post would prefer to not see it in a 5 part series stretched over a few weeks.  That being said – I have divided it up into meals, how I felt throughout, weight-loss, lifestyle after completion.  Enjoy!

Meals

• Day 1 – black coffee – 2 hard-boiled eggs – pickles, small sweet bell peppers, red grapes – salad with jicma, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, grilled chicken, and oil & vinegar
• Day 2 – black coffee – 2 hard-boiled eggs – salad with bell peppers, carrots, walnuts, grilled chicken, and oil & vinegar – 2 clementine’s – chicken breast and ½ a bundle of asparagus
• Day 3 – black coffee – grapes – chicken breast and ½ a bundle of asparagus – pickles – 2 crab cakes with Annie’s Dijon mustard
• Day 4 – chai tea – 2 hard-boiled eggs – Smoothie with kale, pumpkin seeds, lemonade, peach juice, peaches, and bananas – 2 mini clementine’s – almond butter packet – grilled chicken skewer and roasted red potatoes
• Day 5 – coffee with unsweetened vanilla almond milk – almond butter packet – roasted red potatoes and grapes – 5 chicken/apple sausages and sweet potato chips with salsa – clementine
• Day 6 – 2 cups of coffee with unsweetened vanilla almond milk – almond butter packet – coconut crème Lara bar – clementine – sweet potato chips with salsa – salad with turkey, pecans, banana peppers, olives, and Dijon mustard + olive oil
• Day 7 – coffee with unsweetened almond milk – almond butter packet – 3 clementine’s – The coffee one smoothie – cucumber roll + chicken and onion lettuce wrap
• Day 8 – coffee with unsweetened almond milk – cashew cookie Lara bar – 5 chicken/apple sausages – 2 clementine’s – 6 oz. filet, salad with onions and oil & vinegar, plain baked potato
• Day 9 – coffee with unsweetened almond milk – cashew cookie Lara bar – 3 slices of turkey and 2 clementine’s – Coco banana smoothie with banana, 100% cacao, coconut milk, almond butter, spinach – Carrots
• Day 10 – coffee with unsweetened almond milk – coconut crème Lara bar – salad with turkey, banana peppers, olives, and Dijon mustard + olive oil – carrots – Lemon pepper tilapia
• Day 11 – coffee with unsweetened vanilla almond milk – cashew cookie Lara bar – salad with grilled chicken, banana peppers, olives, carrots, green peppers, onions, and “secret sauce” dressing – almond butter – grapes, shrimp, carrots, bell peppers
• Day 12 – coffee with unsweetened vanilla almond milk – cashew cookie Lara bar – Blue chocolotta smoothie with banana, 100% cacao, coconut milk, almond butter, blueberries
• Day 13 – chai tea with unsweetened vanilla almond milk – coconut crème Lara bar – scrambled eggs with sausage, arugula, kale, and blueberries – kale slaw – smoothie with coffee, almond butter, almond milk, banana, cinnamon – chipotle burrito bowl with carnitas, grilled onions and peppers, lettuce, and guacamole – almond butter
• Day 14 – coffee with unsweetened vanilla almond milk – coconut crème Lara bar – nachos with ground beef, diced green peppers, diced olives, banana peppers, secret seasoning, tessemae’s ranch dressing, and Terra veggie chips – peanut butter packet – almond butter packet
• Day 15 – coffee with unsweetened vanilla almond milk – almond butter packet – nachos with ground beef, diced green peppers, diced olives, banana peppers, secret seasoning, tessemae’s ranch dressing, and Terra veggie chips – raisins – peanut butter packet – dinner same as lunch
• Day 16 – coffee with unsweetened vanilla almond milk – coconut crème Lara bar – carrots with guacamole, grapes, bacon jerky – Coco banana smoothie with banana, 100% cacao, coconut milk, peanut butter, protein powder, spinach – grilled chicken with zucchini – almond butter
• Day 17 – coffee with unsweetened vanilla almond milk – coconut crème Lara bar – grilled chicken with zucchini – almond butter – grapes – green peppers with salsa – raisins – almond butter – banana peppers
• Day 18 – coffee with unsweetened vanilla almond milk – salad with grilled chicken, banana peppers, olives, carrots, green peppers, onions, and “secret sauce” dressing – nachos with ground beef, diced olives, banana peppers, secret seasoning, tessemae’s ranch dressing, and Terra veggie chips
• Day 19 – coffee with coconut milk, cinnamon, and vanilla extract – peanut butter packet – nachos with ground beef, diced olives, banana peppers, secret seasoning, tessemae’s ranch dressing, and Terra veggie chips
• Day 20 – coffee with coconut milk, cinnamon, and vanilla extract – salad with grilled chicken, banana peppers, olives, carrots, green peppers, onions, and “secret sauce” dressing – café Americano – shrimp and veggie stir fry with peanut sauce – raisins
• Day 21 – coffee with almond milk – the coffee one smoothie – chicken with banana peppers, guacamole, tessemae’s ranch, and Terra veggie chips – raisins
• Day 22 – 2 coffees with almond milk – the nutty one smoothie – chicken with banana peppers, guacamole, tessemae’s ranch, and Terra veggie chips – raisins – cashew butter – asparagus and zucchini – carrots with guacamole
• Day 23 – coffee with coconut milk, cinnamon, and vanilla extract – grapes – carrots with guacamole – cashew butter – banana, cinnamon, almond milk smoothie – 4 small eggs
• Day 24 – coffee with coconut milk, cinnamon, and vanilla extract – carrots with guacamole – cashew butter – cocoa banana smoothie with peanut butter, raw cocoa, banana, protein, and spinach
• Day 25 – coffee with coconut milk, cinnamon, and vanilla extract – salad with grilled chicken, banana peppers, olives, carrots, green peppers, onions, and “secret sauce” dressing – carrots – cashew butter – raisins
• Day 26 – coffee with coconut milk, cinnamon, and vanilla extract – burrito bowl with chicken, onions, mushrooms, green peppers, lettuce, olives, cilantro, and guacamole – coffee Janet smoothie with raw cacao, coffee, hemp seeds, protein, almond butter, banana, organic almond milk
• Day 27 – coffee with coconut milk, cinnamon, and vanilla extract – RX bar – burrito bowl with chicken, onions, mushrooms, green peppers, cilantro, lettuce, olives, and guacamole – burrito bowl with ground beef, onions, green peppers, lettuce, olives, cilantro, guacamole
• Day 28 – coffee with coconut milk, cinnamon, and vanilla extract – RX bar – The Coffee One smoothie – homemade chicken salad with hot sauce, avocado mayo, olives, green peppers, chicken, and terra chips – spoonful of Justin’s peanut butter
• Day 29 – coffee with unsweetened vanilla coconut milk – homemade chicken salad with hot sauce, avocado mayo, olives, green peppers, chicken, and terra chips – 3 clementine’s – carrots with guacamole – almond butter packet – peanut butter
• Day 30 – coffee with unsweetened vanilla coconut milk – almond butter packet – salad with grilled chicken, banana peppers, olives, carrots, green peppers, onions, and “secret sauce” dressing – coffee Janet smoothie – homemade chicken salad with hot sauce, avocado mayo, olives, green peppers, chicken, and terra chips

How I felt throughout the Whole 30

• Day 1 – headache and hungry – probably from lack of sugar
• Day 2 – already feel less bloated – no headache – still feeling a little hungry but probably because I didn’t have an afternoon snack
• Day 3 – woke up with a headache but subsided after coffee
• Day 4 – extremely tired – leg muscles are achy
• Day 5 – really tired around 3pm but can’t tell if it’s just lack of sleep or from the food
• Day 6 – nothing out of the ordinary
• Day 7 – nothing out of the ordinary
• Day 8 – gagging feeling in the morning
• Day 9 – pretty steady – felt a little sick after the smoothie ((to sweet!))
• Day 10 – steady
• Day 11 – feeling good! Maybe tiger blood is starting to come on? Very productive! ((Tiger blood is what the people who created whole 30 call the great feeling you get once your body has ridded itself of the bad and is living off all the good you’re putting into it.))
• Day 12 – steady
• Day 13 – lots of energy, woke up early, had a full day and didn’t get tired – tiger blood for sure!
• Day 14 – steady
• Day 15 – steady
• Day 16 – steady
• Day 17 – steady
• Day 18 – pretty tired – seeing great results but craving fried food
• Day 19 – steady
• Day 20 – steady
• Day 21 – steady
• Day 22 – steady
• Day 23 – steady
• Day 24 – at some points when I’m getting hungry I think “I would really love some junk food right now!” and then when I actually think about consuming it, it doesn’t sound as appealing! I think I’m at the point when I’m really adopting this as a lifestyle
• Day 25 – steady
• Day 26 – steady
• Day 27 – steady
• Day 28 – huge headache in the morning but after smoothie late afternoon I felt fine
• Day 29 – steady
• Day 30 – steady

Weight-loss

Overall weight-loss was 5 pounds.  Like I said earlier, I did not do the Whole 30 in order to loss weight but was hoping that would be a side effect 😉  I regret not taking measurements of myself before starting because I think that’s where I would see the biggest improvement.  Places where I typically hold my weight ((chin, knees, lower abdomen)) are all so much slender!

Lifestyle change after completion of Whole 30

I have decided that after completing Whole 30, I want to continue this “lifestyle”.  Call it drinking the kool-aid, call it weird, call it extreme, I don’t really care haha.  The benefits I have seen in my body far outweigh the cravings for things like a piece of chocolate cake, some fried chicken, or a loaf of bread!  In order to not obsess over it or feel like I’m missing out on some fun experiences, I am going to follow a Whole 30/Paleo diet 80% of the time and use the other 20% to indulge in whatever when out with my friends or when I need a comfort meal 🙂  20% ends up being 4-5 “cheat meals” a week, which I think sounds like a great compromise.  Honestly, this challenge was SO HARD but SO WORTH IT!! I definitely recommend you trying it!

This was a bit of a lengthy post, but I really wanted to share my experience with y’all after so many readers showing interest in it as I posted updates on Instagram.  Please let me know, in the comments below, if you are going to try it out and/or have already!  I would love to be a support system for those about to start or hear stories from those that have already done it!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend pretties!

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    • Shelby

      I loved reading this, especially the breakdown of meals & your feelings for each day! I have wanted to give whole 30 a go for so long, but my will power is no bueno!

      You go girl!

      xoxo!
      Shelby
      http://www.glitterandgingham.com

    • I’ve been eating paleo for about 5 years now, and this sounds pretty similar. It is so worth it. Congrats, you look great!

    • Love this breakdown of the Whole30, it’s great reading your experiences and thoughts each day.

      XO

      Lee Anne
      http://www.lifebylee.com

    • Ashlee Nichols

      I need to get motivated! This was a great and informative post! Thank you!

    • SO interesting. I personally know I am not disciplined enough to do this, but love to hear your thoughts on each day.

      http://adoredbyalex.com

    • You go girl- I don’t think I could do it but I probably should at some point. Sweets are my weakness!!!

      xo, Kristina

      Medicine & Manicures

    • Nina Rand

      This is a really good post! I’ve been wanting to try Whole30 but I’m not sure I’m disciplined enough to do it. Super impressive! xx Nina

    • You go girl- I have heard so many good things about Whole30 but have hesitated doing it since I am such a picky eater haha!

      xoxo,
      Katie
      chicincarolina.blogspot.com

    • Emily Fogarty

      You go! I’ve beed debating trying this, but may have to take your tips into consideration!!

      xox E
      http://thestylehuntblog.com

    • This is awesome! You go! I really want my fiance to try this with me!
      xoxo

    • Sarah Louise Zerbe

      Loved how you broke this down! Congrats on completing it!

      Sarah
      Stylish Sassy & Classy [] http://stylishsassyandclassy.com

    • Great post! I’ve been doing Whole 30 since January of this year…fell off for a short period but back on the horse. It is amazing how much food impacts the way you feel. I’ll be taking some of your meal ideas. 😉

      xo,
      Brooke || http://www.kbstyled.com

    • Fortuitous Foodies

      Wonderful and insightful post! On the #JanuaryWhole30 now and your ‘How I felt’ has given me confidence that I will start to feel better soon! Days 1-3 have been hard with headaches and being tired but I’m still motivated! Looking forward to the tiger blood!!!

      Thanks again!
      Emily
      http://www.fortuitousfoodies.com