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15 Feb

Not Whole 30

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So, last week my coworker friends and I (I won't say their names to protect the guilty) decided to try a Whole 30 compliant diet for a week (Whole 7?).  We really just wanted to see if we could do it.  So, for me, I started last Sunday and was successful through Thursday evening until I ran out of Whole 30 compliant food that would allow me to put together a meal (Update: So, the Whole 30 diet pretty much takes out dairy, grains, sugar, and any food that would bring a little bit of joy to your life.  I linked to the website above.).  Here's how it went:

 

Sunday:  I felt good with my Whole 30 diet.  I was excited for the challenge.  I never felt TOO hungry (I did feel slightly hungry at time, but just snacked on nuts/fruit).  Overall, I thought this won't be too bad.

 

Monday:  I started to feel more hunger as my body realized that I was not going to give it all of the delicious carbs ad cheese that I love.

 

Tuesday:  I was still a little hungry at times and even almost broke down and had a bowl of cereal, but I resisted, ate a Whole 30 compliant snack, and went to bed.

 

Wednesday:  By Wednesday, I was pretty much over the hunger hump, but was also just about over this stupid diet and asking myself why I was doing this to myself.  I think I just needed more variety in my diet.  I did notice that I wasn't snacking as much anymore and my body felt ok with that.  I also will note that I still didn't feel that I had enough energy to go to the gym though, so there were no workouts during this week.

 

Thursday:  This is when the wheels fell off.  All day at work I kept craving a doughnut.  I started looking at pictures of doughnuts online and looking up the best doughnut shops in DC.  I set my mind on ending Whole 30 after work and going to Krispy Kreme (old faithful) for a doughnut or two (Follow me on Instagram BlitzAndGlam to see those doughnuts).  {Side note:  I also started craving a hot dog and I don't even like hot dogs.  That was a sign that it was time to end this foolishness.}  I may or may not have also ordered pizza for dinner. 

 

Now, one of my friends never actually started the challenge and the other one ate something each day that was non-compliant, so I do commend myself for sticking with the challenge 100% for 71% of the week.  Also, let me add that I did not want to start losing weight, so it was probably good that I stopped early.  {P.S. By the time I made it back to the gym Sunday afternoon, I weighed myself and happened to be down 2 lbs from before I started Whole 30.  This is not a good or bad thing as I like to stay within a 5 lb range and I was still within that range.  It was just an observation.}

 

The Big Takeaway:  I am actually more conscious of what and when I'm eating.  I'm listening to my body more to make sure that I'm actually hungry and not just eating to eat.  The picture above is absolutely not whole 30 compliant, but an egg white and cheese croissant is currently my favorite breakfast meal.  While I certainly don't eat it everyday or even once a week, I do occasionally have it and that won't change along with occasionally eating waffles, pizza, a grilled cheese, or parmesan cheese sprinkled on my salad.  #sorrynotsorry  I do plan to continue eating fruit and nuts daily as my snacks rather than something less healthy.  For example, during the week, I often cut a banana in half and ate one half in the morning as a snack and the other in the afternoon or at night as a snack.  Before I was probably eating fruit 2-3 times a week (not enough).  Now, when I'm grocery shopping I'm making sure that I have enough fruit to get me through until the next grocery delivery or trip to the grocery store (typing that just made me think that I cannot wait until peak watermelon season!). 

 

Have you ever done Whole 30 or any other diet?  What was your experience?  {Let me reiterate here that I did not do this diet to lose weight.  It was simply a challenge to see if we could do it, would notice anything different about how we felt, and to force us to look for some healthier eating options.}

Tamara Marbury
7 Comments
  • Bobbie

    Hey Tamara…I have never heard of the Whole 30? Atleast you did give it a try. I may need to give this a try myself. Healthier eating options is definately a plus. 

    February 15, 2016 at 2:48 pm
  • Amber C

    I'd love to know about the whole 30. I'm trying to lead a more healthy lifestyle especially with my eating habits. Please share more info. Great read!!! #BLM

    February 16, 2016 at 8:54 am
  • Maja Jones

    I know giving up on your favorite foods can be a bit of a struggle. I think I try to do something like the Whole 30 every month and completely fail. Maybe one day. 

    February 16, 2016 at 10:23 am
  • Yaya

    I was thinking about doing the whole 30 for two weeks but never started because I wasn't sure I could make it that long. It's always hard for me to restrict anything in my diet, so whatever I love that isn't necessarily healthy, I just try to enjoy in moderation. One donut instead of 2. Unless we are talking Fractured Prune donuts. Then all bets are off.

    February 16, 2016 at 12:26 pm
  • Khloe

    I tried to do the whole 30 so many times and each and everytime I failed miserably. It's just something I couldn't do.I gave it a shot though but I beleive there shouldn't be diets,.it should be everything done in moderation and that makes you happy! ) #BLMGIRL

    February 16, 2016 at 8:59 pm

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