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My Whole30 Experience

My 20 year old daughter, Madison, bamboozled me into doing Whole30 with her.

Basically it is a very strict diet that is to be maintained for 30 consecutive days. The point of it is to develop an understanding of how many things we eat without thinking about what the ingredients are, while doing a sort of “junk food cleanse.”

Whole30 sugar detox

Since I am not one to turn down a challenge, I took my daughter up on it and immediately regretted it! It turns out I am a junk food junkie! Plus, I love me some Dr. Pepper, and that is strictly forbidden. Did I mention it lasts for 30 DAYS???

Here are a few of the things not allowed on the Whole30 plan:

  • Sugar
  • Artificial sweetener
  • Honey
  • Rice
  • Grains
  • Corn
  • Legumes
  • Peanuts
  • Dairy products

The first couple of weeks, I was miserable. I had a headache. I was cranky. I was tired all the time. I missed my sugar fix!

Whole30 breakfast

(Whole30 Breakfast)

Then something happened around Day 18. I got the “tiger blood!” It turns out it’s a real thing! That day, I came home from CrossFit, scrubbed the toilet and the bathtub, then taped off the dining room so I could begin painting it later in the day. This was in stark contrast from the 17 days before when I just wanted to crawl under the covers and sleep the day away!

Whole30 dinner

(Whole30 Dinner)

That’s when I started thinking there might be something to this healthy eating thing. I really have felt more energy than I have had in years!

Whole30 shopping cart

(Whole30 Shopping Cart)

My shopping habits have changed. My eating habits have changed. I have been changed.

I am now down to the very LAST day of my Whole30 challenge, and I have DONE IT! I only accidentally licked my finger once when I was serving ice cream to my children, and I immediately rinsed my mouth out. I have to say that even though it has been inconvenient at times, (especially when eating out or at friends’ houses) and I hated it at first, I’m glad I did it. Here are a few reasons why:

  • I proved to myself that I have the self control to do a hard thing.
  • I showed my children what it looks like to deny self and do a hard thing.
  • I now know I don’t need sugar to get energy.
  • I have increased energy!
  • I have noticed regular digestive function.
  • I no longer have stomach upset every morning from my morning coffee with flavored creamer, plus brown sugar.
  • I have expanded my recipe rotation to include whole foods, without artificial ingredients.
  • My friends cheered my on with recipe suggestions and tips.
  • I enjoyed participating with my daughter to cheer me on.

Have you ever tried Whole30? Do you think you could do it?

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Comments

  1. I am SO proud of you! I am even toying with the idea of doing it again….

  2. Well done, sticking to it!

  3. I’m on day 25 of my second Whole30. It isn’t easy and it’s a lot of work, but it’s GOOD. I’m glad you’ve accomplished this goal! It’s such a great learning experience. Now to decide what to do post-30…

  4. Yay!!!! I am starting it August 10th. I’m still reading the book (It Starts With Food) and need to read the newer book, Whole30. Did you lose any weight in those 30 days?

  5. I love W30!!! I completed my first round while pregnant. Then two while breastfeeding. It is life changing!

  6. Sheila Mom to Seven says:

    My name is Sheila. And I’m a sugarholic.
    Seriously, I did a 10-day cleanse (with Advocare), and the sugar was not that hard to give up. It was the DAIRY. I cannot live without cheese. At all. Butter and milk are nice, too, but CHEESE! I read your list and hit dairy and said, “not for me.”
    Though, I’ll never say never…(er, i.e homeschooling…)
    Way to go, Connie. I honestly admire especially the first two benefits you listed. Self-denial (and demonstrating such to our children) is incredibly important in so many ways.

  7. Ok, so help me understand. No I haven’t read the book or anything about (being honest here, I won’t read it) but I don’t understand these kind of plans. To me, anything found naturally should be edible. It’s natural, whole. Right?

    • Smockity Frocks says:

      Jeri,
      I am a lot like you! I didn’t read the book. I browsed the site and relied on my daughter to explain it to me. I kept calling it “The Stupid Whole30” because I didn’t understand all the reasons for the excluded foods. For instance, coffee is allowed but not peanuts or pinto beans. Coffee is basically BEAN JUICE! Whyyyy???

  8. Jonalynn says:

    I am on day 25 of my second Whole30. It is amazing what a difference it makes. I’m a little nervous about coming off it, but I REALLY miss peanut butter. That may be the only thing I add back for a while! Congrats on sticking with it through the rough weeks!

  9. My husband and I are on Day 4 of Whole30. I went on THM for about two years and lost 60 pounds–got burned out and gained back half of it! I also have severe Rosacea and am willing to do just about anything to have it gone. Really hoping whole30 does it for me! On a side, note I somehow missed the part that says if you cheat even once you have to start all over! And since I ate a bite of my kids’ biscuits tonight, i guess tomorrow will be Day 1 instead of Day 5! Whaa!

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