You. Guys.!!! Today is Day 30 of the Whole30! I honestly feel like those were the quickest 30 days of my life. I’m not positive if I will make it a Whole32 or a Whole35 or a WholeWhatever, but I hit day 30 and I’m incredibly happy with my ability to succeed! So let’s get into some of the changes that I’ve noticed! For why I decided to do the Whole30, read here.
My clothes absolutely fit better, and I feel like my body has leaned out a little bit as well! Actually, leaning out was one of the biggest physical changes that I noticed which makes me incredibly happy! I weighed myself maybe 4 times throughout the course of the 30 days, but I didn’t let the number on the scale bother me. In total, I lost about 2.5 lbs, but my body changed, which is better than a number!
I also loosely tracked my macros. Well, I tracked them, but if I went over for the day, it was because my body needed it. I knew that I was making great food choices, so as long as I was close to my macro goals, I was happy. I AM glad that I tracked because it allowed me to see how much I was taking in. One day I didn’t track because the battery in my food scale died, and I didn’t like it. In the late afternoon I had such a bad headache, and I didn’t know if it was because I hadn’t eaten enough carbs or fat. Had I been able to track, I would have known what my body was craving!
I finally began to sleep through the night. Before starting the Whole30, I would wake up a handful of times, but now, I might only wake up once to use the bathroom, which shows that my cortisol levels are in a great spot!
Unless I have a one-off night where I don’t sleep well, I almost always am full of energy for the work day. In the first few weeks, I found it very hard to have the energy for workouts, especially without relying on a pre-workout supplement, but now I’m finding that I don’t even need pre-workout. My goal going forward is to continue to use my body’s own natural sources for energy and to not go back to pre-workout. Not only will these be better for my body, but it will save me so much money every month with not spending $30+ on pre-workout!
Before the Whole30 I was eating 3 meals and 3 snacks, and I shifted to the Whole30’s preference of 3 big meals and as few snacks as possible. I’ve actually grown to love and prefer this as well! I make my 3 meals between 400-450 calories, and then have 1-2 snacks. I might have a banana in the afternoon, and that’s it, or it might be an afternoon banana and a mini Larabar as my evening treat for my sweet tooth.
It is gone for the most part! Yes! No more waking up in the middle of the night craving a pint of ice cream, nor do I have any desire for sweets. Between Thanksgiving, my Mom’s birthday, and office treats, I managed to make it through all of those events without a single craving… although my Mom’s birthday cake did look really good. Sometimes in the evening I want just a little something sweet, so I will enjoy a mini Cherry Pie Larabar, and that’s all I need.
I want to keep going for a few more days because I want to test out how my body reacts to not eating nuts, and in order to notice a change, I want to keep things the same as they have been. I think on Saturday I’ll choose a food to reintroduce, making it a Whole32. The truth is that I don’t feel the need or want to bring back foods that have been off-limits, simply because I’m not craving them. Like peanut butter. Not once did I crave pb. That’s huge! As much as I’d like to see how my body handles it, I figure I won’t try it until I really want it, but for now, that probably won’t be the first food that I reintroduce!
I want to stick to Paleo as best as I can going forward, but I know that there will be a meal or a snack that is far from Paleo, and that’s 200% okay! I like nourishing my body with healthy fats, tons of veggies, and lean protein, and I want to do that as best as I can going forward, because I truly love how I am feeling!
If you completed a Whole30, what food did you reintroduce first?
If you eat Paleo, what do you like the most about the lifestyle?
What are the key foods that keep you from going Paleo?