I’m sharing my Whole30 Experience, from weight loss, to food sensitivities + more – read this post for an honest Whole30 review.
After having stomach issues (bloating, pain, overall being uncomfortable) I decided I would try doing a Whole30.
After visiting a slew of doctors, being tested for every allergy under the sun, and still having no answers.. I decided to take matters into my own hands and try to figure out what was bothering me on my own.
Even though I was tested for celiac disease and lactose intolerance (both of which were negative) I figured it was worth another try to nix grains and dairy from my diet and see what happens. So I decided to do Whole30.
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I’d been hearing and seeing people talk about Whole30 all over Instagram, preaching about the wonders of the program and all that it has done for them. For those of you who don’t know what Whole30 is, it is a 30 day program founded on the idea that we should be eating real food.
There are a few ‘rules’ to Whole30:
- No sugar of any kind
- No alcohol
- No grains
- No legumes (Which means peanuts.. beans.. soy…etc)
- No dairy
- No carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites
- No ‘recreating’ baked goods/treats with Whole30 approved ingredients
These rules aren’t too far from the ‘rules’ of clean eating or the paleo diet… If you follow either of these approaches you’ll see some clear overlap.
I think that the philosophy behind Whole30 is great, and totally agree with everything that it stands for. The book It Starts With Food is fantastic, and I highly recommend the program to anyone looking to learn about their dietary sensitivities, or dive head first into healthy eating.
How did I manage to cut out dairy and grains? I didn’t eat a ton of dairy to begin with. I drink a protein shake everyday, eat a non-fat Greek yogurt 3-4 times a week for a snack, and occasionally I’ll eat a small amount of cheese. So it was fairly easy to say good-bye to that. Grains on the other hand.. I love. I typically start my day with sprouted grain toast, overnight oats, or whole grain pancakes. Snacks are usually popcorn or a protein baked good. Lunch and dinner usually have quinoa or brown rice as a side. Giving up the grains was definitely a challenge, but doable.
What did I eat? Breakfast consisted of a lot of eggs, chicken, turkey and veggies. I really don’t like eggs so after a week or so of eating them every morning I decided to just start eating animal proteins..AKA, my leftovers. For lunch and dinner I stuck to animal protein, and veggies. If I was hungry and felt like a needed a little extra boost of carbs, I would have sweet potatoes. Snacks were fruits, veggies, raw nuts, and various bars.
How did I feel? I didn’t lose any weight.. but I felt lighter (if that makes sense?). I’m not sure if it was in my head, or if my body was actually reacting to my food intake completely differently. I also felt satisfied. Before doing this, I was constantly hungry.
Many people see drastic results or changes when they do a program like this… Prior to doing this I was already eating very healthy, so this really wasn’t a drastic shift.
The protein came from animal protein, or protein powder. The fats came from the animal proteins, olive/ coconut oils, avocado, and raw nuts. If you are eating a bunch of junk and processed foods and you cut it completely from your diet.. you are likely going to have more drastic results than I did.
After doing the reintroduction, I figured out that legumes + whey protein were what bothered my stomach most. Since cutting them out, I have had zero issues. This also hasn’t been very difficult to do, although I do miss peanut butter. I do eat it, just sparingly because it does make me bloat and feel uncomfortable.
As I mentioned before I definitely recommend this to anyone who is questioning their sensitivity to food groups, or wants to change their eating habits. This was a good start to helping understand my dietary sensitivities, but ultimately it didn’t cure them.
So far it has been working out great.. but this is what works for ME and not necessarily what will work for you – we’re all different 🙂
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