If you’ve never heard of the Whole 30 diet/lifestyle (my mom refuses to call it a diet in my household so we call it a lifestyle) then you are missing out. If you haven’t heard of it, here is a link to all the information:
But to summarize, Whole 30 is basically where you cut out all the foods that can have a negative impact on your body such as grains, dairy, sugar, alcohol etc. I don’t necessarily consider it a “diet” because although you will lose some weight, it’s specifically for trying to make your body feel better.
I started Whole 30 with my mother and father on November 25, 2017, and just completed it a few days ago. It was the best thing I’ve ever done for my body. Some of the benefits are listed on the website but here were my personal benefits from it.
- More energy!! I have always been a low energy person and this made me less tired throughout the day.
- Better sleep, I have bad sleeping habits and this definitely helped me get a full 8 hours of good sleep each night.
- Weight loss, I did lose around 11 pounds in the 30 days, however, I didn’t eat super healthy before
- No more sugar cravings, after about a week I wasn’t craving anything sweet anymore when normally I crave chocolate cake ten times a day
Those are just a few of the major benefits that I noticed. Now here are the cons:
- Very inconvenient, for a full-time student and full-time employee it was difficult to make time every day to plan meals and go to the store. Let’s just say I made plenty of leftovers for the next day. Although it was inconvenient, it was do-able.
- repetitive, I don’t have a huge kitchen with lots of utensils when I’m away at school so I repeated the same 4 or 5 meals every week which made it not as enjoyable but once again it was do-able.
Those were the one 2 cons I had on this program. I actually really enjoyed having a restrictive diet. There was never a point where I wanted to give up because I really loved how great my body felt.
I will say that the new Whole 30 book that just came out allows you to eat white potatoes, however, I cut out white potatoes from my diet. There’s no specific reason why I kept away from white potatoes, I just didn’t feel like eating them.
Here are some of the meals I ate while on the program:
Breakfast: Hard boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, bacon (no sugar) and sausage (no sugar)
Lunch: normally ate what was left over from dinner the night before
Dinner: chicken with green beans and sweet potatoes. filet mignon with zucchini noodles with olive oil, garlic, and onions. Salmon with squash and avocado and tomato salad.
I loved Whole 30 so much that in about 9 days I’m restarting it! It definitely opened my eyes to why it’s important to be careful what we put in our bodies and how much the food we eat affects our bodies.