Guys. This is my last post about the Whole 30. Which I appropriately titled the Whole 27 because I lasted a total of 27 days. I was just about finished with it, but this weekend I traveled to Pittsburgh for my bestie’s wedding shower and it just didn’t feel right to not pop some champagne when I was so close to being done anyway. (Read about weeks one, two, and three).
In a weird way I’m sad that the Whole 30 (cough 27 cough) is over. It really showed me how what I eat affects me and I literally felt amazing. I can tell that this is going to forever change my eating habits, and I’ve developed a baseline for how I should feel on a day-to-day basis.
Oh and I kind of lost 10 pounds.
My fourth week was by far my easiest. I had gotten the grocery shopping and meal prepping down to a science so it was no longer super time-consuming. My energy this week was through the roof. I used to be literally falling asleep sitting up at 9 and this past week I was wide awake at 11 at night and feeling so rested throughout the day. And I was just overall more cheerful.
Some meals for this week:
- Shrimp two-ways (blackened & coconut-flour encrusted) with spinach and zucchini
- Eggs & chicken with applesauce & cinnamon
- Ribeye and spinach
- Chicken & shrimp fajitas with guacamole
- Scrambled eggs with fruit and side salad
So now that I’m all done, here is some advice I have to anyone that is considering trying this out:
Do your research. Sure, I’ve definitely talked about it an excessive amount on my blog, but there is still a lot more to the diet than just meat & veggies. I would definitely recommend reading the materials on the Whole 30 website, as well as googling blogs about it. Pinterest and @whole30recipes on Insta are your best friends for meal ideas. Or you can just text or e-mail me at email@example.com and I’m happy to help! 🙂
Plan ahead. Duh. This one is obvious. But you really have to do it. Out of the four weekends I was on this diet, I was traveling for two, and it required a lot of planning. But once you plan it out, you don’t have to worry about willpower, because you already have taken care of yourself and you haven’t left yourself in a vulnerable spot. I always packed easy snacks – homemade trail mix, bananas, Larabars or RX Bars – and it 100% kept me on track.
Don’t worry about the weight aspect during your 30 days. I learned this firsthand – the weight comes off. I didn’t even look at calories, carbs, or even portion control. I ate when I was hungry and I ate what I wanted, whether it was lean salmon or fatty ribeye – and I didn’t think twice about it. I never felt deprived (and honestly didn’t even exercise), and the weight still came off. I also weighed myself on day 1 and didn’t weigh myself again until day 27. Some days it was hard because I was just genuinely curious, but the last day I felt really proud of myself. I don’t think I would have felt the same way if I was stepping on the scale throughout the process.
Follow it 100%. Don’t try to sneak around guidelines or turn a blind eye to ingredients that might be in your food. If you’re going to do it – do it right. Slipping up on accident is one thing, but if you cheat, you’re only cheating yourself and missing the whole point of it.
Just do it. Seriously. Even if you can’t commit to a whole 30 (no pun intended) days, try it for a week. Or two. And just see how it makes you feel. Just the practice of reading labels and watching out for unnecessary added ingredients makes it worth it. And I guarantee if you try it out, you’ll realize it’s not that bad, and you’ll keep going.
So tell me… Do you think you’ll try it? Does it sound impossible? Or do you just have no interest whatsoever? LOL. Tell me everything! I’ll be back Thursday so I look forward to seeing you then! Xo.