We made it! Our final week of whole30 is complete. I must say, that was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. When I think back to our first round 2 years ago it felt like such an ordeal. I would spend hours in the kitchen prepping food and planning everything out. This time around things just felt easier. I think a lot of what we learned on the first round really stuck with us.
On day 22 Nate and I took a trip down to San Diego. We love to take little day trips to get out of town and explore. Typically our day trips involve hiking, eating and drinking. We knew of a restaurant that we could get a good whole30 approved breakfast at, and since we haven’t eaten out much, it sounded like a real treat. If you’re ever in the San Diego area you must check out Nectarine Grove in Encinitas! They have tons of gluten free and paleo options. After we finished eating we drove down the coast and checked out a few beaches. I’m not going to lie, things got tough as the day went on. There were temptations around every corner. We both really wanted to have a drink and hangout like we normally do when we visit San Diego. For the first time since we started whole30 I was OVER IT. Luckily this was the only day that felt really challenging. Once we got home and back into routine things were back to normal.
Once we got past Monday, the rest of the week was a breeze. Energy levels were still high, sleep was great and I felt really productive going into the weekend.
Something interesting happened on day 26! I knew my period was coming sometime in the near future, but I wasn’t exactly sure on what day. Normally when I’m getting close to that time I can feel it coming. I usually get moody, bloated and lethargic the day before. This month I had none of those symptoms. I felt really strong in my body instead of fatigued (I think this might have something to do with the increase in protein). I didn’t experience any cramping either which was great. It was the easiest and most pain free period I think I’ve ever experienced! I’m assuming this has a lot to do with lowering my sugar intake and eliminating alcohol.
On the days leading up to the end of our whole30 I started to get a little anxious about it being over. I’ve been feeling so good for the past few weeks and I wasn’t quite ready to give that up. I can’t nor do I want to stay on whole30 forever so I figured I would treat myself to a cocktail and maybe a dessert on day 31. I’m not doing the reintroduction phase on this round since I did it the first time and already have a good grasp on what foods don’t agree with me.
Increased mental clarity
Drastically decreased PMS symptoms
Clothes fit better
Better sleep/easier to wake up in the AM
Non existent sugar cravings
When you complete the whole30 it is advised that you do a reintroduction phase where you slowly add certain foods back into your diet to see how they affect you. I took this phase very seriously on my first round 2 years ago so this time I decided to opt out. These are the foods I found that I’m sensitive to.
Gluten. I’ve found that I can tolerate small portions of gluten, but when I eat it in larger quantities I tend to have digestive issues and brain fog.
Dairy. Even small amounts of dairy can cause my skin to breakout and my belly to feel bloated and uncomfortable.
Bell peppers, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. While all of these are healthy and nutritious, they don’t always agree with my stomach.
Grains. I can tolerate grains when I eat them in very small quantities and when I don’t mix them with a lot of other foods. Otherwise they make me bloated and sluggish.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are the biggest benefits you experienced from whole30?
A. A better relationship with food, more mental clarity and less sugar cravings.
Q. When is the best time to meal prep?
A. I think this really depends on your schedule. Find a day when you have nothing planned for a few hours. Spend some time mapping out your schedule for the days ahead and then figure out how many meals you’ll need and what you want to cook. From there, write a grocery list and go shopping for everything. Having a plan is key when it comes to meal prepping!
Q. Where do you find affordable produce?
A. I love to buy my produce from the local farmers market. A good tip is to go towards to end of the market when farmers are trying to get rid of everything. You have a better chance of getting a good deal. If you have a Sprouts in your area, that is another great place to find good deals on produce.
Q. Is it possible to do Whole30 as a vegan?
A. There are definitely parts of the program that you can incorporate into your lifestyle as a vegan. Eliminating added sugars, alcohol, baked goods and deserts are all things you can do for 30 days to reap some of the benefits. The guide lines of whole30 advise you eat meals with a balance of veggies, proteins, healthy fats and carbs. Since there aren’t any plant based protein options that fall under those guidelines, it technically wouldn’t be considered whole30.
Q. Is it too hard to do it by yourself for the first time?
A. It’s absolutely possible to do it on your own! With that being said, I think it’s a good idea to tell someone you are planning on doing it to really hold yourself accountable. It helps to have a strong support system in place before starting. Explain to the people in your life what you have planned and your reasoning for doing it.
Q. Do you recommend trying to get a friend of partner to do Whole30 with you?
A. Absolutely! It makes things a lot more fun and manageable when you have someone to share the journey with, but it’s important to make sure you aren’t forcing that person into doing it. Its a big commitment so you’ll want them to be in it for the right reasons. If you can’t find someone to do it with you there is TONS of support online.
Q. What foods did you miss the most?
A. Eating Evolved coconut cups, Simple Mills crackers, Majestic sprouted hummus, coconut yogurt and homemade cocktails.
Q. Is whole30 expensive?
A. It depends. For us, we saved a TON of money because we didn’t eat out or buy extra treats like we normally do.
Q. Did you notice a difference in your skin? If so, how soon?
A. Yes! Towards the end of week two my complexion started to look a lot more even and glowy and I didn’t experience any breakouts around my period like I normally do.
Q. Did you take supplements while on whole30
A. The only supplements I’m currently taking are collagen peptides and Bulletproof brain octane oil.
Q. How long did it take to kick the sugar cravings?
A. The first weekend was a bit challenging, I had been eating dessert almost every night leading up to whole30 so I had to adjust to not having that. After the first week I didn’t really have many sugar cravings at all.
Q. What snacks did you eat?
A. Bone broth, sliced veggies, apples, oranges, lara bars, raw cashews, soft boiled eggs and smoked salmon.