I’m so excited to say that I completed Whole 30! Honestly, the last week and a half I was definitely questioning myself as to if I was going to be able to get this done. If you haven’t followed along previously, you can check out my Week 1 Recap and Week 2 Recap. It was starting to drag out and I was feeling less inspired to create new whole30 approved dishes. I was also SO burnt out with a few foods because I had them so much. For example, eggs. Which I didn’t think I would ever get burnt out of those!
Nevertheless, I’m really happy I decided to take on Whole 30 this month because I felt (and still feel) amazing. The biggest things I noticed, which I mentioned in my previous posts, is that my head was so clear. I woke up feeling SO energized. I’m already a morning riser, but I feel like I woke up with more pep in my step ;) I also never really had the afternoon slump like I would get some days before doing Whole 30. I know exactly what all of this is from too…sugar. While I think I do a pretty good job at paying attention to the ingredients that are in the food I eat, etc. I definitely don’t pay attention enough to the sneaky sugars that I was consuming. It was really eye opening in that aspect. It’s something that I plan to carry on with post whole 30 as well. I’m excited to use this knowledge from the Whole30 lifestyle and carry it on to potential clients.
The biggest thing I struggled with while doing Whole 30 was going out anywhere to eat, have coffee, etc. I felt like even at most restaurants that I would consider healthy, I was still having to modify things and ask ALL the questions. Which definitely isn’t a bad thing, just made me feel limited when I was out. I thought about bringing my almond milk to the coffee shop with me too since most places definitely didn’t have approved ones haha. I also took on Whole 30 knowing that Thanksgiving was this month. I will say, my Thanksgiving plans this year where a lot different than previous years because I was staying in Austin as opposed to being home and doing Thanksgiving with the whole family. I knew that I would be able to be more flexible in planning out my meal here so that I could have it be Whole 30 approved. With that being said, if you’re considering taking it on around the holidays then I would definitely consider what you have going on that month. Obviously things came up that I had to work around, but I would never suggest sacrificing a holiday meal with your family. If it isn’t your first time, I think this time of year would be a great time to follow Whole 30 for maybe 10-15 days to get your body & mind feeling great before all of the holiday festivities.
A few tips that I would recommend if you’re considering Whole30:
Preparation is KEY. Once I started to feel less prepared was when I was wanting to reach for the foods that were comfortable & easy for me. Preparing a few items ahead of time really was a life saver for me.
Be prepared to have to say no. You’re going to be put into a lot of situations where you will be around food that isn’t Whole 30 approved. You have to tell yourself over & over that this is only thirty days and I can do anything in thirty days.
Do your research. Before starting Whole 30, look for recipes that you want to create, foods that are allowed, etc. I made a document of things I wanted to create that would be whole 30 approved and it gave me something to look forward to each week. Switching up what you’re making will make the process A LOT smoother.
I didn’t do this but I wish I did. I would definitely consider journaling during this time. I would write down the foods that you’re eating each day and how you feel when you wake up/go to bed. I think it would be really cool to see the progression throughout the 30 days. I had a few days where I felt on top of the world & other days where I was like I’m freaking over this haha. Definitely would be a great tool to see how the experience affects you.
Post whole 30 and I am in the process of reintroducing things into my diet and seeing if I notice any effects from them. I’m still being weary with some of the things that I’m eating because honestly I don’t want to loose this feeling. As always, if you have any questions about it or interested to learn more, feel free to contact me! I would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. If there’s anything that I can do to help you out, please let me know. xoxo