I did it! 30 days of healthy food. I can’t believe I lasted this long without my daily oatmeal and without baking any cookies. This experience felt like it flew by so fast but it also feels like it has been a long time since I had a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie 🙂 Reintroduction of non-gluten grains starts tomorrow and I’ll be doing a whole reintroduction post so look for that! I’m still going to be eating my delicious savory breakfasts, now I have grown to love them!
- If someone offered me a cookie right now, I could say no easily. Not sure exactly how but the Whole30 has made my cravings for desserts decrease a lot, in fact, cravings for all non-Whole30 foods like oatmeal and pasta are pretty minimal. I did smell my favorite pizza place that is next door to my apartment wafting down the street on my way home yesterday and it did make me hungry. And maybe after I start eating more food groups, I’ll go back to my need-dessert-daily mindset, who knows!
- Skin is clearer and less groggy in general
- Whole30 meals never leave you feeling super weighed down like if I were to eat a bunch of pasta
- Discovered some new ways to cook veggies and some new meal favorites!
- Taste buds are “cleansed” and I am more sensitive to added sugar tastes
- My runs have been going really well, not sure if this has anything to do with it but it might!
- Overall a great experiment for your body and mind!
- Super hard to go out to eat/be social obviously and a bit awkward to explain to people who don’t understand it
- Super hard to get over not relying on fruit for ‘dessert’
- I actually gained a couple pounds…too much fruit? I didn’t eat many nuts and ate normal portions otherwise so it must be the fruit. There are lots of carbs in mangoes and I ate a ton of those over the 30 days. I ate more regularly though and probably all together more food than before or at least higher calorie foods.
- Expensive, food prepping and grocery shopping constantly! I can’t imagine doing this with a family, just by myself it was a lot and I’m even a pescatarian!
- No fun for foodies who love trying new foods and baking
Even with all the cons, I definitely recommend doing this at least once in your life, just to reset your system for a bit and maybe learn something new about yourself.
WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?
Yes, for sure! In fact, I’ll probably continue to eat Whole30-ish after my reintroduction, adding the foods my body seems to handle well (and the smoked salmon in my fridge that has been waiting for me for weeks because it has brown sugar in the seasoning!) I mean, everyone should be eating veggies at every meal and eating healthy like 90% of the time. Of course I am going to bake and eat cookies but probably less often than before and I’ll really think about whether a sugary treat is truly worth it before diving in next time. I sometimes forget that nature has already provided us with candy, in the form of fruits and dates (or my homemade dehydrated bananas below)!
If you are interested in doing the Whole30 Program, here are some resources I found useful:
Whole30.com – the official website, tons of info, shopping lists and a forum for questions
MelJoulwan.com – great recipes
It Starts with Food – book by the Whole30 creators, a good read!
I found most of my recipes on Pinterest or blogs. Be sure to check out my other Whole30 posts!