I finished my second Whole 30 on October 4th. And first off, if you don’t know what a Whole 30 is, check out this post here (Click here for link on What is the Whole 30?).
My first Whole 30 was over 2 years ago. Many things were different this time around. There was less stress in my life work wise, school is now done and I am not doing CrossFit, which I had last time. Despite just being 2 short years apart, a lot has changed and I thought having one Whole 30 under my belt would make this time around easier.
And boy was I wrong!
There were a couple of things that were easier. Meal prep and what to eat was easier. Coming up with recipe ideas was plentiful and I would cook 1 big meal and enjoy it for 3 days after. This made eating much easier.
But I have a new found appreciation for people who do it on their own. Last time my mom, best friend and I did it all together. We ate all the same things for dinner, snacks etc. And Charles through association ate my dinners and would hide anything non-compliant from me.
This time, it was just me in my house and I realize now how much more difficult this was. So for everyone doing it on their own in their home, my hats off to you!! With temptation all around you, keeping the sugar dragon down is a feat in itself.
Going a whole month is also a feat. Getting over the last half was even harder than the first 2 weeks. I am not perfect. I had 4 things that were not compliant. I don’t feel bad about it, but wish I would have had more restraint and just kept it clean the whole time. But I am so glad that despite the non-compliant items, I didn’t just throw in the towel and quit. Sticking through it to the end isn’t easy, but all the great things in life usually aren’t.
So after 30 days what did I learn?
- Food is fuel – whether it’s eating meatloaf for breakfast or chomping on a full cucumber on my way to a meeting, food is food. It’s not a stress release, it’s not a way to take a break.
- Still hate Zucchini – wish I didn’t, because zoodles look delicious. But tried it again, and still can’t do it.
- Coniferous Veggies don’t agree with me – cleaning up my diet allowed me to really get in touch with how food makes my system feel. And for myself, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli etc. need to be enjoyed in small quantities.
- I don’t have to live with stomach pain – before this Whole 30 my stomach hurt all the time. It was bloated, sore and only fluctuated between mild pain and life-stopping pain. But since cleaning up my diet, the pain has stopped. And I now know how bad things were before. Some things you get used too, this I now know I shouldn’t.
So if you are contemplating your own Whole 30, buy the book (Click here to buy the book “It Starts with Food”) and get started. Your own journey will look much different than mine, but that’s the point! Your health journey is your own. No one should tell you how to feel, not in your nutrition, not your feelings. Not ever.
Good luck, and please know that you aren’t alone. Email or reach out to us, we are here!